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Vantage reprepresentatives Mike Lacy, VP of operations, and Lisa Barlow, Director of Sales and Marketing, explained the burial vaults are sold ahead of time and stored, rather than putting the customer's money into a trust fund, to save money and ensure against inflation.
"It’s the old adage that things never get cheaper," said Lacy. "There are situations where people have purchased pre-needs and died 20 years later and they come up and say we’re sorry but the money you paid before won’t cover the funeral expenses." By purchasing and storing the item, customers can make sure they have what they need and pay a cheaper price than if the item were purchased later.
While the origins of the theories are unclear, there are blog postings that date back to December 2007 (AboveTopSecret.com), although the majority of postings have come within the latter half of July.
And, according to Vantage Products Corporation Vice President of Operations Michael Lacey, that’s exactly when the calls started pouring in.
“It’s been going on for quite a while, about a week,” Lacey said.
Lacey maintains that the theories regarding the property, and what’s on it, aren’t quite accurate.
The “coffins” aren’t coffins at all, according to Lacey. Instead, they are burial vaults, “the outer container for caskets,” Lacey said, placed in the ground before the coffin to protect the coffin and maintain level ground above.
There are currently 50,000 of these burial vaults on the property, according to Lacey. As the vaults were placed on the site around 1997 or 1998, there may have been as many as 70,000 or 80,000 to begin with.
“It’s nowhere near the quantity they talk about on the Internet,” Lacey said.
This quantity of burial vaults, Vantage’s Standard Air Seal model in black, also the least expensive model and the most in-demand, was made to cater to what Lacey calls the funeral industry’s “pre-need.” This “pre-need” occurs when people make arrangements for their funeral before they actually pass away, so that the family doesn’t have to go through the perceived stress of making the arrangements. When these arrangements are made, the products are paid for; obviously, though, they are not yet needed.
So, Vantage stores the product until the person dies, and the product is needed.
Further, pallets of the burial vaults are moved truckloads at a time, as there is space for a palate at the
Contrary to the beliefs of the theorists, then, the burial vaults aren’t owned by the government, or FEMA. Instead, they’re owned by individuals, or not yet sold.
“They’re not owned by any one individual, company or the government,” Lacey said.
Further, Vantage leases the land, located at 1200 Madison Industrial Boulevard, from Conyers Welding & Supply and has for four to five years, a fact confirmed by Conyers Welding & Supply. Conyers Welding & Supply took over the lease when the property was purchased from Robert Usury in 2000. Usury purchased the property in 1989, according to information provided by the Morgan County Tax Assessor’s Office and the Morgan County Online Public Property Portal.
Originally posted by ajay59
reply to post by Brother Stormhammer
I hate to throw a stone before the wheel of your FEMA bandwagon but...
When a disaster does happen FEMA never seems to address the needs of the victims and actively deters any good-hearted souls from helping. What's up with that?
They are ready with burial supplies but not with less useful things such as, food, water, blankets and clothing etc....edit on 6-2-2013 by ajay59 because: (no reason given)edit on 6-2-2013 by ajay59 because: (no reason given)
Let me start with a disclaimer: I'm not a big fan of F.E.M.A. for a variety of reasons.