Next door to the Casket Handle Assembly Shop was the Vacuum Coating Shop. This workshop only seems to have come into existence in 1963 when Newman Brothers bought a second-hand vacuum coating machine. This machine was used to put a metallic finish on plastic products. The switch from inhumation to cremation was accompanied by a switch, enforced by regulations, from incombustible to combustible coffin furniture. Newman Brothers responded to this change by buying in plastic handles made to their own designs, and then giving them the desired metallic finish using their own vacuum coating machine.
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