Wilbert Innovation Timeline
Leo Haase introduces 2-Piece Concrete Vault.
Wilbert Haase invents asphalt-lined
concrete burial vault.
Personalization of the burial vault is introduced with decorative insignias for groups such as the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus.
Cremation vaults are introduced.
The WilbertWay® vault handling device is patented.
A copper lined vault is introduced, later
becoming part of the Wilbert Triune® line.
Electricity is used for a prototype WilbertWay vault handling device that also lowers the casket.
Wilbert introduces the industry's first plastic-lined burial vaults, the Monticello® and Continental®, replacing the traditional asphalt-lined vault.
Unidex®, the material used to bond the plastic liner to the concrete is also innovative in that it further adds strength and protection to the concrete.
The Universal Marbelon urn vault is developed,
a combination urn and vault.
Wilbert adds the Stainless Steel Triune®
vault to the product line.
The Venetian® vault is introduced, using Marbelon plastic material to resemble Venetial marble.
The WilbertWay Casket Lowering Device is developed to combine with the WilbertWay Vault Lowering Device, allowing one process to lower the casket into the vault, seal the vault and lower the entire casket vault into the grave.
The Wilbert Bronze® premiers as the
top-of-the-line burial vault.
The Bronze Triune®
completes the Triune collection.
A new line of concrete cremation urn vault is developed, mirroring the vault product line: Monticello, Venetian, Stainless Steel, Triune, Copper Triune & Bronze Triune.
The feminine-oriented Cameo Rose®
Triune vault and urn is introduced.
Vault personalization is expanded with the ability to affix personal photos, symbols, images and other graphics of meaning to the deceased and the family.
The Wilbert Foundation is established to provide grants to help children cope with grief & death.
Wilbert Display Animation interactive monitors are introduced for funeral home selection rooms to help objectively educate families on burial vaults.
Commemorating First Responders is launched, a program that donates a personalized Stainless Steel Triune vault, or a cremation urn and SST urn vault, for a fallen first responder.