TORONTO, ONTARIO/April 10, 2023/ACCESSWIRE – Park Lawn Corporation (TSX: PLC, PLC.U) (“Park Lawn” or “PLC”) is pleased to announce that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Carson-Speaks Chapel in Independence, Missouri; Speaks Buckner Chapel in Buckner, Missouri; Speaks Suburban Chapel in Independence, Missouri; and Oak Ridge Memory Gardens in Independence, Missouri (collectively “Speaks”). The Speaks acquisition expands Park Lawn’s footprint in the Kansas City metropolitan market through the addition of three (3) stand-alone funeral homes and one (1) stand-alone cemetery.
“After almost ninety years of leadership by the Speaks family, we are confident that partnering with Park Lawn will help take our organization to the next level of funeral service excellence. We are excited about this opportunity and believe that it will further enhance our offerings to the families in our community as Park Lawn mirrors our core mission and values,” said Brad Speaks, former owner of Speaks.
“We are pleased to further deepen our presence in the Kansas City metropolitan market with the addition of the Speaks businesses,” said J. Bradley Green, Chief Executive Officer of PLC. Mr. Green continued, “These nationally recognized businesses are led by a robust leadership team which exemplify the high level of service present in first rate funeral and cemetery operations. We are honored to welcome the Speaks businesses and their teams into the Park Lawn family.”
About Park Lawn Corporation:
PLC provides goods and services associated with the disposition and memorialization of human remains. Products and services are sold on a pre-planned basis (pre-need) or at the time of a death (at-need). PLC and its subsidiaries own and operate businesses including cemeteries, crematoria, funeral homes, chapels, planning offices and a transfer service. PLC operates in three Canadian provinces and twenty U.S. states.
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