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Monuments & Headstone Manufacturers – What Must You Look For?

Do you own a funeral home, a death-care service company or a monuments or memorials showroom? Are you trying to find a quality monuments and headstone manufacturer who can become your long-term suppliers?

This guide will educate you about how you can go about choosing a quality monument manufacturer.

How to Choose a Quality Monument/Headstone Manufacturer?

1. Must own a Monument Production Factory and Quarries

granite monument manufacturerThe first and foremost selection criteria when it comes to choosing a quality monument manufacturer is to ensure that they own both a monument factory and granite quarries. There are some monument manufacturers who do not own a production facility but will still try to take on orders by outsourcing such orders to actual manufacturers of monuments.


Kattima Granite owns a 35,000 Sq.Ft monument production facility in the port city of Chennai, India. The factory is equipped with state-of-the-art monument production facilities that include specialized fabrication and finishing machines and stations and equipment, EOT cranes, gantry cranes and dedicated packing and loading zones. The factory also employs hundreds of granite craftsmen, sculptors and artisans specialized in monument making.

Besides owning a monument production factory, Kattima Granite also owns several quarries across India. Quarry ownership ensures consistent and cost-competitive access to premium granite stone varieties used in monument production.

A Drone Picture of Kattima Granite’s 35,000 Sq.Ft Monument Manufacturing Facility in the Port City of Chennai, TN, India

2. Must Have a Proven Track Record of Making Quality Monuments

Monuments are products that cater to a very sentimental audience. People spend a good deal of money on a monument that they believe will be a symbolic representation of a loved one that has passed on. Therefore, it is imperative that you work with a monument manufacturer who has perfected the art of monument making, preferably over several years.

Kattima Granite for example has been in the monument business for over 40 years. Over this period of time, the company has supplied tens of thousands of monuments that now embrace the legacy of thousands of lives once lived, across hundreds of cemeteries in USA, Canada, Japan and more.

2. Must make all types of monuments, including bespoke monuments

Monuments are a very personalized product. No two monument requests are the same. While most customers begin to design their monument with a template, the end-design they have in mind is almost always a unique product. Your monument manufacturer must therefore be able to cater to this requirement of making any monument that is requested.

Monuments comes in many shapes and sizes. You can learn more about the types of headstones.

When it comes to ordering bespoke monuments, you must make sure that your monument manufacturer has the ability to take a CAD drawing and convert it into a finished monument. At Kattima Granite, we routinely take orders where our customers send us PDFs and other buyer reference documents with drawings of monuments that they need, which we then convert into monuments.

At Kattima Granite, we also make Jewish monuments, Asian Monuments, All-Faith monuments and more.

3. Must offer a variety of granite stone and colors

A good monument manufacturer will offer a wide variety of stone choices for the monuments that they make. They must also be able to offer the same stone in several grades as well, to allow you to source monuments that cater to all budgets. Some of the most popular monument colors are India Black, Coral Blue, Paradiso, Tropical Green, Indian Mahogany, Sera Grey, Catseye Brown, India Pink, SADG, Bahama Blue, Blue Pearl and Emerald Pearl. Kattima Granite carries all of the above mentioned stones and many more.

4. Must offer competitive prices

As a retailer or funeral home owner, you probably want to do your best to be able to price your monuments affordably. However, it can be difficult to accomplish if the cost of acquiring your monuments is high to begin with. This is why it will be best if you work with a reputed monument manufacturer based out of India, one that is already serving several American customers. By ordering direct from manufacturers, you cut out several middle layers where the cost of monuments are marked up, both eroding your margins as well as driving the prices up for your end customers.

At Kattima Granite, we offer very competitive prices with absolutely no compromises on the quality of monuments we make. Please send us a quote request to find out for yourself.

5. Must Make Timely Deliveries

Most monuments are ordered several months in advance. But, it is very common for manufacturers to still delay orders, despite the long lead times. The last thing you want to do is to leave your customers frustrated with a delayed delivery, especially when they have gone to great lengths to plan a service to commemorate their loved one with the erection of a monument.

At Kattima Granite, we are very upfront about the delivery deadlines we can feasibly meet. Our production deadlines are usually between 30-60 days, after which the monuments are shipped to the USA or wherever in the world you order from. Shipping then takes an additional 40 to 60 days, meaning your lead times are essentially about 2 months to 3 months from the date of ordering. These timelines we offer are very expedited, especially when you consider the quality of monuments we produce and also factor in the savings on cost you can enjoy by ordering from us.

6. Must Offer dependable and customized packing options

Your monument manufacturer must use comprehensive packing practices to safely deliver your monuments. It would be a shame if your monuments break or are damaged during transit. At Kattima Granite, we offer several packing styles that have worked dependably for four decades. Our breakage rate is less than 0.5% and we readily replace items broken during shipping, in the rare instances that they happen.

Kattima Granite also offers customized packing options that cater to customers needs. For example, some of our customers request an individual crate for each of the monuments that they order. This then allows them to ship our package directly to the customer, without unpacking and repacking. We also use custom packing protocols as instructed by the client, if they have special instructions. We also work with our customer-configured container layout specifications.

7. Must offer risk-free payment terms

Beware of monument manufacturers who expect you to pay in full, upfront. While you must not pay for your monument order upfront, you also cannot expect the monument manufacturer to create your monuments without any payment. The payment risk therefore has to be balanced. At Kattima Granite, we require a 40% deposit on order confirmation. The rest is only due when the bill of lading is drawn and provided to you as shipping proof. This is an arrangement that has helped us harmoniously work with our customers for 40+ years.

Kattima Granite Monuments

Kattima Granite is a 40+ Year Old company that specializes in the manufacture of granite monuments and memorials. In 2022, we shipped out over 50,000 cubic feet of monuments to monument wholesalers and retailers across America and Canada. Please learn more about us at https://www.kattima.com/monuments/