Hillenbrand Inc was incorporated on November 1, 2007, in the state of Indiana. It is a diversified industrial company that makes and sells premium business-to-business products and services. Its segments include, the Process Equipment Group and Batesville. The Process Equipment Group is engaged in the design, production, marketing and servicing of equipment and systems used in processing applications for industrial markets like plastics, food, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, power generation, coal mining, pulp and paper, frac sand, industrial minerals, agribusiness, recycling, wood and forest products, and biomass energy generation. Batesville is engaged in the North American death care industry through the manufacture and sale of funeral service products, including burial caskets, cremation caskets, containers and urns, selection room display fixtures, other personalization and memorialization products, and web-based applications. Batesville-branded products consist of burial caskets, but also include cremation caskets, containers, vaults, urns, and selection room display fixturing for funeral homes and other personalization and memorialization products and services, including web-based applications and the creation and hosting of websites for licensed funeral homes. Batesville uses carbon and stainless steel, copper and bronze sheets, wood, fabrics, finishing materials, rubber gaskets, plastic and zinc in the manufacture of its caskets. Batesville competes with several national and regional casket manufacturers, as well as more than 100 independent casket distributors. Batesville has customers in industries, including plastics, processed food, chemicals, fertilizers, industrial minerals, mining, energy, wastewater treatment and forest products. Batesville offers marketing and merchandising programs to funeral professionals. Batesville-branded caskets are marketed by a direct sales force to licensed funeral professionals operating licensed funeral establishments throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Batesville also markets its products to select independent distribution facilities as well as full-service funeral establishments offering funeral products in conformance with state law in states that do not have specific licensing requirements.
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