Wilbert Acquires Carrera Manufacturing

Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. (“Wilbert”) is pleased to
announce the acquisition of certain assets of Carrera Manufacturing (“Carrera”), also doing business as
W&M Manufacturing and Pier-Mac Plastics. Based in Portland, Indiana, Carrera is a molding and
finishing manufacturer who produces casket hardware, automotive/transportation components, and
other consumer products. “This transaction supports Wilbert’s continued growth strategy and ongoing
investment in complementary products and services benefiting funeral professionals and the families
they serve,” stated Mark Bates, President & CEO of Wilbert. “Carrera joins Astral within our Casket
Division and going forward will do business as Astral Molding & Finishing.”
“We are excited to complete the acquisition and further integrate the production of finish casket
hardware into our ongoing manufacturing operations. Combining our operations yields a number of
synergies for our company and ultimately the funeral professionals we serve,” said Don Robinson,
President of Wilbert’s Casket Division. “Astral Molding & Finishing will not only support our internal
demand but will continue to support the hardware requirements for a range of other casket
manufacturers in North America. Going forward, we are committed to enhancing and expanding on the
assets acquired in order to exceed the needs of our customers.”
This transaction demonstrates Wilbert’s ongoing commitment to supporting and investing in the
North American funeral industry.
For more information, call (708) 865-1600.

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