For the fifth year in a row, Rock of Ages, the nation’s leading designer and manufacturer of branded custom crafted memorials, has awarded Wm. V. Sipple & Son of Milford the prestigious 2014 Rock of Ages Pinnacle Award in recognition of the company’s outstanding performance. Nationwide, only twenty-six Rock of Ages Authorized Memorialists were so recognized. Wm V. Sipple & Son is the exclusive Rock of Ages dealer for all of Delaware, the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia, and southeast Pennsylvania. Rock of Ages branded products carry a full perpetual warranty, assuring longevity.
Wm. V. Sipple & Son was started by current owner Scott Sipple’s great-grandfather, William Sipple, over 145 years ago. A stone cutter apprentice in 1850, William partnered with the Lopes and Moore families until he became his own boss in 1869. The business was incorporated in 1960 as the business found its original location at the corner of NW Front St and Church Ave in downtown Milford. In the 1930s the family bought several acres outside of the downtown area and in 1942 the company moved to their current location on Rehoboth Blvd.
“When you think about the history of this business it is pretty awesome,” commented Scott Sipple. “I decided to join my dad in the business and after a year he had an accident where a stone fell on his leg and fractured it. By the time he came back I was hooked, I enjoyed it.” Scott purchased the business from his father 1981.
On announcing the awards, Joe Zickmund, Director of Memorial Sales for Rock of Ages said, “For the last several years, the industry has trended toward lower quality imports. It’s good to see that trend reversing now as consumers are demanding higher quality American made memorials. This is good for American jobs and ultimately the consumer wins because they have the quality they deserve and with Rock of Ages, the strongest warranty available… a winning combination that creates consumer peace of mind. This year’s Pinnacle recipients embrace this as they are quality minded and community centered.”
Sipple CEO Scott Sipple said, “What sets our company apart is our ability to prepare and execute custom memorial personalization. We prepare computer designs for all of our jobs and are able to engrave any image or sandblast inscription that our customers desire. This award is a tribute to our dedication to the families we have worked with over the years.”