In the midst of the depression, Guy William Babylon and his 12-year-old son, Guy Graham Babylon, turned to manufacturing concrete burial vaults to replace their dwindling income from farming. Using the basement of their farmhouse as their workshop, they made their first burial vault with a handmade wooden form and a concrete mixture of cement, stone, and sand that was measured by the shovelful. Family lore has it that this first vault was rolled out to the front yard on a sled and later used to bury the family’s matriarch, who died soon thereafter.
No one could have anticipated the growth and expansion of this business from these humble beginnings. In 1960, the company started manufacturing precast septic tanks in response to the booming housing market. Now occupying six acres of the original family farm outside of New Windsor, Babylon Vault Company has 15 full-time employees.
Innovation has been a constant at Babylon Vault Company. A highly sophisticated computerized system replaces the rudimentary process for mixing concrete. The burial vault and septic tank forms are made to spec from quality steel. Specially designed equipment hand pushes these precast concrete products. This new technology has allowed the company to maximize efficiency while continuing to provide the same quality and service under the direction of the third-generation owner, Donna Babylon.