RICHMOND, IN. September 19, 2022 – Vandor Corporation is celebrating 50 Years of Success in Indiana. After having earlier moved to Richmond, Indiana a Michigan casket manufacturing company started by Bruce and Suzanne Elder changed its name in 1972 to honor Bruce’s parents Vance and Doris Elder.
With nearly 60 patents issued so far with many more forthcoming, and brands that include Reel Options, Elderlite, and Starmark Funeral Products, Vandor has grown to more than 200 team members working together to create products that serve funeral professionals as well as automotive, communications, construction, and consumer product industries. The team members’ dedication and affirmative attitude underpinning Vandor’s culture from the beginning remains steadfast to this day.
A Golden Celebration
In celebration of its 50th year, Vandor hosted a companywide congratulatory event on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at the Starr Gennett building in Richmond Indiana. With over 300 past and present team members and their families attending, local favorites Smiley’s Pub Catering, Ullery’s Homemade Ice Cream, and AVI Food Systems served lunch and dessert to the celebration guests. The Northeastern High School Cheer Team supported with activities for the children including inflatables and face painting. Melissa Vance of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce honored Vandor for its years committed to growth in the Richmond area. A strong sense of friendship and gratitude for one another and a recognition of past accomplishments was shared among team members. Vandor’s team is prepared and looking ahead to its next fifty years!