- Aurora Casket Company
name = Aurora Casket Company
type = Private
foundation = 1890
founder = John Backman
key_people = William Barrott III (CEO)
William Backman III (Exec. V.P.)
Caskets, urns, and other funeral supplies
revenue = $152 million (2003)
num_employees = Over 850 (2003)
Aurora Casket Company is one of the larger manufacturers of
casketsand urns. The company has over 850 employees, and is based in Aurora, Indiana. As of 2005, it sold over 10% of the caskets used in the United States.
The company traces its roots back to 1890, when John Backman began making wooden caskets by hand. At the time he employed 20 people. In the 1920s, John's son William Backman, and his son-in-law William Barrott joined the company. Since that time the company has been controlled by the Backman and Barrott families. The current President and CEO is William Barrott III, and William Backman III is the executive vice-president.
Today the company makes both wooden and metal caskets. The company also produces urns for holding cremated remains. The company also provides supplies and consulting services for funeral homes.
* [http://www.auroracasket.com Aurora Casket Company Web Site]
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