DuBOIS — A crematory unit, weighing at least 27,000 pounds, was delivered and installed Monday morning at the Baronick Crematorium, soon to be renamed Baronick Funeral Home and Crematorium, located at the corner of North Stockdale Street and East Park Avenue in DuBois.
The crematory is a first for DuBois and the surrounding area.
“Cremation is becoming more and more relevant. We want to embrace it and be a leader in it and provide good service to the people that we serve,” said owner Jeff Baronick, funeral director and supervisor of the Goble-Baronick Funeral Home, located at 211 S. Main St., DuBois. “It’s less expensive to get cremated. That is part of the reason for the increase but another part of it is just the change in tradition, change in family and structure, we always want everything more simplistic.”
The crematory is expected to be operational within a couple of weeks following staff training, said Baronick.
The Goble-Baronick Funeral Home purchased the building, which previously housed Amserv, LDT/DuSan Community Ambulance Service, in June 2016 and redesigned it to make it suitable for the crematory, Baronick said.
“We applied to the DEP (state
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Department of Environmental Protection) in August and got our final approval in January and here we are in February,” Baronick said.
Modifications to the roof had to be made plus a foundation had to be constructed for the cremation unit, according to Project Manager Chris Satterlee of Hallstrom Construction Inc., DuBois.
“We have been in and out of here since October,” Satterlee said. “The really cool thing about this is there is absolutely no emissions from this unit. It is DEP-regulated. There is a process and there is a reason for the process.”
Other local businesses that have worked on the project include Miller and Son Plumbing and Heating, Hallstrom-Clark Electric Inc., DuBois, and Smith Hauling was the crane company.
Baronick noted that the crematory will be used exclusively by the Goble-Baronick Funeral Home.
“We will be the only funeral home in three counties that has its own crematorium we will do everything here,” Baronick stated. “We won’t outsource anything. We are just trying to give good service to the people. They will never leave our care, we do everything ourselves from start to finish. It will be a clean facility.”