It was warm sunny morning at Traub Funeral Home, Inc. when a large crane pulled into the parking lot along with a large forklift. This was quite a sight to see in the center of the village of Central Square. A few minutes later a large flatbed tractor trailer arrived that contained a brand-new fully-assembled cremation retort along with other supportive equipment.
On Aug. 18, Traub Funeral Home, Inc. under the direction of Jim and Andy Traub installed a new state-of-the-art natural gas cremation retort to replace some older cremation equipment.
The Traub family through Traub Funeral Home, Inc. has been serving families choosing traditional funeral services since 1855.
Traub Crematorium, Inc., a not for-profit corporation, was started by the Traub family in 1959 to serve those choosing cremation instead of burial and has operated for 52 years.
Recently, the Traub family began planning for the purchase and installation of a new cremation retort to replace older equipment.
The plan came to fruition on August 18 when the new retort was installed. It was quite a project getting a 30,000 pound machine in side of the building with the crane and forklift. After that, it took two weeks to connect the gas lines and electrical circuits and have a factory technician calibrate and finish hooking up the machine. Since then, the machine has operated flawlessly.
“It is amazing how clean and efficient this new cremation retort operates” said Andy Traub.
“We wanted to give families the best equipment available for cremation and I believe we have achieved that goal. It has also been our goal to have the cleanest equipment enviornmentally for the community. This new retort exceedes our expectations”.
With the addition of the new retort, one of the older machines has been retired. In five years, once the new retort is paid off, Traub hopes to replace the two remaining oil retorts with a second natural gas retort.
Traub Crematorium Inc. continues to serve the Central Square and surrounding communities but also provides cremation services for most of the other area funeral homes as well.
“We welcome any funeral home in our area to use our crematory for their cremation needs ,” stated Andy Traub.
In New York state, a crematory operator must be certified in order to perform cremations. Traub Funeral Home, Inc. has three NYS certified operators, Andy Traub, Tom Olmstead and K. Jaime Worden.
Traub Crematorium, Inc. is located at the back of Traub Funeral Home, Inc., 684 N. Main St., Central Square.