Press Release: 73 Years, 73 Turkeys



SC Company Celebrates 73 Years in Business with 
73 Turkey Giveaway this Thanksgiving


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Cayce, SC - October 17, 2013 - Columbia Wilbert Vault Co. is celebrating 73 years in business with a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway. A total of 73 turkeys will be awarded, one per year in business. 

“We did a big awards ceremony October 8th for our funeral homes. I know 75 years is a typical anniversary to celebrate, but why wait? Surviving 73 years in business is monumental itself and I wanted to say thanks to our loyal customers,” says manager Audrey Hoffman. 

“But I didn’t want to stop with the funeral homes, I wanted to do something that reached the families we serve,” says Hoffman.

Hoffman is the fourth generation of the family owned and operated firm founded by R. Earle Davis in 1940. Davis started the company manufacturing concrete, handling projects such as the Maxcy Gregg park in downtown Columbia, SC. He would soon join the Wilbert® Manufacturers Association, and become the first burial vault manufacturer in the state. Today, the company continues to make Wilbert® brand burial vaults in its original plant on Airport Boulevard in Cayce, SC. As a wholesale manufacturer, funeral homes and cemeteries are the company’s customers. Hoffman says they serve those that in turn serve the families, which is why creating a campaign to honor the community was important.

“We’re there during the tough times, we want to be there during the good. And that’s when I decided Thanksgiving was the ideal time to give back,” says Hoffman. 
When asked how she was planning to distribute so many turkeys, Hoffman smiles.
“We set and install vaults that literally weigh a ton in all sorts of environments. I think we can handle the turkeys,” says Hoffman.

The contest is open now through November 18th, and residents in all 15 counties the company serves are eligible to enter, including Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter. 

For more information or to enter to win, visit ThanksWilbert.com. 
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By Columbia Wilbert Vault with