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Over Seventy-Two Years Of History

In addition to all but putting the blacksmith out of monument business, the carbide tip marked the beginning of a series of industry-altering changes. Up to this point, monuments were manufactured locally from huge hunks of granite and stone imported from Vermont, South Dakota and Georgia. By the mid-40ís the manufacturing process became more efficient and less expensive when completed by the suppliers themselves. Changes were also taking place at Phillipsburg Memorial Company.

In the mid-40ís, after returning home from a two-year tour of duty with Uncle Samís forces in the South Pacific, Willard Ehrhardt, Friendís son, was eager to become the second generation involved in the familyís enterprise. Willardís first challenge was deciding on how to keep the family business growing during a period of ever increasing competition. Determined how to approach a grief-stricken family to discuss a monument or marker had always been a concern. This lead Willard to a marketing decision that would affect the company for decades to come and still stands to this very day. Serving Uncle Samís forces in the South Pacific

Phillipsburg Memorial Company never solicits individuals or families. As a matter of fact weíre even hesitant to follow-up on leads from well-intentioned family or friends of a deceased loved one. We prefer prospective customers call themselves.

Our marketing philosophy, put into effect nearly 50 years ago, is partly responsible for our continued growth and success. To this very day we use radio advertising and print ads to promote the only message we want delivered to our customers. That is, when someone needs our services, we understand and are sensitive to the situation, and weíll make every attempt to provide them with quality workmanship and a remembrance of a loved one that they can be proud of.

Randy Ehrhardt
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Upon graduation from Phillipsburg High School in 1968 and 1973, respectively, sons Glenn and Lynn joined their father, becoming the third generation in the familyís monument business. In 1985 we formed a partnership. In 2000, after graduating Phillipsburg High School, Glennís son Randy became the fourth generation to join in the Ehrhardt family business. The close professional and personal relationship of father, sons and grandson is expected to ensure the future of Phillipsburg Memorial Company for many years to come.

Technical advances have, in many cases, removed the craftsmanship aspect of the monument business. But, this fourth generation monument family is most proud of the fact, unlike many other companies, we still continue to letter and carve headstones on the premises Ė affording customers truly personalized memorials. According to Willard Ehrhardt, ďEach monument represents a personís page in history and we create all of our memorials with that thought in mind.Ē Quality Craftsmanship