Matthews International Corporation today announced it has acquired Everlasting Granite Memorial Co., Inc., of Elberton, Georgia. Everlasting is a supplier of granite memorials, columbariums, and private mausoleum estates. The acquisition expands Matthews’ presence in the granite memorial segment, adding to its established West Coast operations. Greg Gunter, President of Everlasting, joins Matthews as President of Matthews Granite Company, where he will have responsibility for managing Matthews’ full granite operations nationally.

“This acquisition is a key step in Matthews’ strategic commitment to building the premier granite memorial business nationally to offer a full line of memorialization products to our customers,” stated R. Michael Eddy, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Matthews Cemetery Products. He continued, “I’m delighted that Greg Gunter and his team are joining Matthews. We are impressed with Everlasting’s strong management team and their commitment to quality and customer service that has made them a leader in the granite industry for 40 years. Greg and his team will continue to provide exactly the same superior service to all their customers following the acquisition.”

Greg Gunter noted, “Matthews’ reputation and leadership position in the Memorialization industry, along with its current West Coast footprint, made it the best possible fit for Everlasting and I look forward to helping grow Matthews’ granite business.”

Matthews International Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a designer, manufacturer and marketer principally of memorialization products and brand solutions. Memorialization products consist primarily of bronze and granite memorials and other memorialization products, caskets and cremation equipment for the cemetery and funeral home industries. Brand solutions include graphics imaging products and services, marking products, and merchandising solutions. The Company’s products and services include cast bronze and granite memorials and other memorialization products; caskets; cast and etched architectural products; cremation equipment and cremation-related products; mausoleums; brand management; printing plates and cylinders, pre-press services and imaging services for the primary packaging and corrugated industries; marking and coding equipment and consumables, and industrial automation products for identifying, tracking and conveying various consumer and industrial products, components and packaging containers; and merchandising display systems and marketing and design services.