Vandor Corporation – The Beginning

Vandor Corporation was founded in 1972 by Bruce Elder as a successor to Elder Corporation. Bruce re-named the company in honor of his parents, Vance and Doris. The company started when Bruce began building burial caskets out of high school as a way to pay for college courses. When drafted into the Korean War, his parents joined him in running the business while he served overseas.

And although Vandor started as a burial casket interior component maker for which it still makes parts for most caskets assembled in North America, its history also includes:

  • Automotive parts – precision metal stampings and both single and two shot plastics injection moldings.
  • Wire, cable, and other continuously wound product packaging under its Reel Options brand including reels made of recycled plastics injection moldings, corrugated fiberboard, or plywood.
  • Cremation Urns under its Starmark brand (largest urn maker in North America).
  • Funeral and cremation products under its Starmark Cremation and Funeral Products, Vision Casket, and CJ Boots Hardwood casket brands.

Altogether Vandor’s products since 1972 are manufactured using one or more of its 60 plus patents with many more patents pending.

Bruce’s passions to build lasting relationships and design unique products to help customers is a fundamental part of what drives the Vandor team today. Vandor’s team nurtures long term customer relationships through service, innovative designs, and new technologies with the goal of exceeding customer expectations as to best quality and utility, value pricing, and on-time delivery of products.

Vandor Corporation is a privately held company.