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Akron Monument & Granite helps families choose memorials

10/18/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Akron Monument & Granite Co. creates monuments, such as this one pictured above, to honor loved ones.
Photo courtesy of Akron Monument & Granite Co
NORTH AKRON — Akron Monument & Granite Co. helps customers honor their loved ones through personal service, according to company owner Jim Leone.

Leone said he opened the business in 2005 after working for another company since 1973.

Located at 590 E. Tallmadge Ave. in North Akron, the business supplies bronze or granite markers, upright monuments and custom-built mausoleums, or makes inscriptions to an existing monument in a cemetery.

“I like doing business the old-fashioned way — using the golden rule approach and treating people the way you would like to be treated,” said Leone. “The difference between us and the big companies is our philosophy. They have quotas. We take care of one customer at a time. We don’t twist anybody’s arm. We try to help our customers.”

Leone said he has helped more than 10,000 customers since 1973, and these customers had made referrals to his business to their friends.

He said he helps customers select the best marker for their needs, and expert and skillful designers and craftsmen create and install a family monument in the best way possible.

“We believe every customer deserves the best value, reliable products and the best service possible,” said Leone.

Leone said now is a good time of year to order monuments. He explained cemetery officials must install a concrete foundation before most monuments can be installed, but that can no longer be done when it gets too cold. He also said an order for a monument can take up to 90 days from design to completion.

“By ordering one now, a customer can spread payments through the winter, and then in spring, when the foundation can be laid, it will be ready to install,” he said.

Leone cautioned that often cemetery officials tell customers they can take better care of a monument or marker if it is purchased through them, but he said cemetery officials only mow around the gravesite.

“People should take time to purchase the monument. At the time of death, there is too much stress and too many decisions to make about funeral arrangements,” he said.

Leone added he offers pre-need counseling about making funeral arrangements.

For more information about the business, visit www.akron monumentgranite.com or call 330-252-1746.

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