How it’s made: Aurora Casket
Premium content from Business Courier by Jon Newberry, Staff Reporter
Date: Friday, September 28, 2012, 6:00am EDT
Caskets are manufactured and shipped the same day in custom-designed trailers to service centers across the country. From there, they’re delivered to funeral homes.
Until its sale to the private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. this summer, Aurora Casket Co. was the largest independent casket manufacturer in the U.S.
With 2011 sales of $183 million, it’s one of the largest privately owned businesses in the Tri-State. Following several recent acquisitions, it has about 1,000 employees, 400 of which work at its operations in Dearborn County.
The company was founded in 1890 by John Backman and was run by the Backman and Barrott families until its sale this year. It acquired several other casket manufacturers in 2011 and 2012 as well as Rob-Win Press, an Allentown, Pa.-based supplier of stationery and register books for funerals. It also struck a deal with Rookwood Pottery Co. last year to market ceramic funeral urns.
Newberry covers courts and legal industry, manufacturing and GE Aviation