The National Concrete Burial Vault Association (NCBVA) held its annual meeting on Saturday, August 10, in Saint Louis, MO. The meeting was conducted at the Drury Inn & Suites and was attended by more than 60 burial vault manufacturers, suppliers, dealers, and guests stretching from Phoenix to Boston – a 100% increase in attendance year-over-year.

The general session included a legal liability presentation as well as a bylaws discussion, and then hands-on demonstrations were held at Bruns Doric Vault.  Bruns Doric Vault personnel gave a plant tour of the facility and pouring operations and demonstrated best practices for vault lowering devices – everything from record keeping to safety and proper care checklists.  Several vendors led additional sessions:


  • Garcia Casket Lowering Devices – Casket lowering device daily checklist and how to maintain a safe device
  • T & J Manufacturing Corp. – Burial vault lowering device inner workings and maintenance
  • Axis Corporation – The do’s and don’ts including OSHA regulations for vault carts
  • American Cemetery Supply, Cemetery Funeral Supply, & Holland Supply – a show & tell on tent safety, liability, & maintenance.


The event concluded with a group outing to the St. Louis Cardinals MLB baseball game. If you would like additional information, please visit our website at or call (888) 88-NCBVA.

The National Concrete Burial Vault Association (NCBVA) was chartered in 1930 as a voluntary nonprofit organization of concrete burial vault manufacturers throughout the United States and Canada.  The purpose of the organization is to provide a unified voice for the concrete burial vault industry, regardless of product affiliation, brand recognition or location. Every major brand affiliation of concrete vault manufacturer is represented as a member of the organization.  The NCBVA represents groups that provide 90% percent of all outer burial receptacles interred within the boundaries of its membership.


Meeting attendees gather outside of the Bruns Doric plant.


Station #1: Garcia Casket Lowering Devices demonstrating methods to lower caskets.


Station #2: T & J Manufacturing demonstrating hand cranks and vault lowering devices.


Station #3: Axis Corporation trains on vault cart usage and OSHA regulations.


Station #4: American Cemetery Supply, Cemetery Funeral Supply, & Holland Supply lead a show & tell on tent safety, liability, and maintenance.


Ed Bruns leading the Bruns Doric plant tour.

Group outing to the St Louis Cardinals MLB baseball game