Thursday, 1 January 2009

Vantage - Monsanto Connection.

Earlier I spoke of my phone call with Vantage Products who make Burial Vaults in the Covington area, and how the receptionists demeanor seemed to change as soon as I started asking about the coffins in Madison GA, Read that post here

Well here are a few more connections to Vantage.

On their website they indicate the following:

Vantage Products Corporations was founded in 1978. The plant was a research and development facility of Hercules, Inc. before being purchased.

Hercules, Inc. is a multi-national/global corporation that is primarily a chemical company, but also has a number of subsidiaries and is part of the Aqualon Group as is Vantage Products Hercules spun off from DuPont Corporation in the early 1900's so you know that they are still really a subsidiary of DuPont, not a competitor). Hercules had major defense contracts with the US government. This is their US website

Here are their worldwide locations

The Chief Legal Officer for Hercules worked 30 years for Monsanto in various high positions:

Richard G. Dahlen
Chief Legal Officer

Mr. Dahlen received his B.A. degree from the University of Arkansas in 1961, and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1964. He attended the Executive Program, University of California, Berkeley, in 1991.

Mr. Dahlen joined Hercules on July 1, 1996, as Vice President, Law and General Counsel, after serving 30 years with Monsanto Company in St. Louis, Missouri. While at Monsanto, he held a number of positions including Vice President and General Counsel, The Chemical Group; Associate General Counsel, Monsanto Company; Director of Corporate Development, Monsanto Company; and Director of Law, Monsanto Agricultural Products Company.

Following his retirement in 1999, Mr. Dahlen returned to Hercules in a consulting role in October 2000 and assumed his current position in June 2001.

Mr. Dahlen is a member of the Delaware Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Here is a fact sheet on Hercules

No company would produce that kind of inventory to sit outside for an indefinite period of time without advance payment. Since this Vantage has connections to Hercules which has connections to DuPont, Monsanto, aerospace, weapons manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, etc., all connected to government, the fact that these are coffins is not a good sign, especially in Georgia where the Georgia Guidestones have been erected. Most people are not buried in these plastic containers that I know of; all funerals I have been to people are buried in decorative wooden caskets so the idea that this company would produce this kind of inventory for possible future orders, or that average people are buying these types of caskets is nonsense. This is just downright ominous.

An anonymous source who recently checked out the area (2 days ago to be exact) has stated

" The walmart employee had no idea they was there. A older man and lady came out and we asked them and he said this:

Those are casket liners. They been there for a little over 10 years. The government got into a riff over taxes on the liners and they just put them there and never came back for them.

I got the answers i went looking for though. The casket liners are not privately owned but owned by the government. That is what i went after to find out. That is what I got.

Editing to add: they are made of fiberglass"


Note that the Board of Directors for Ashland include former top US govt. employees - The former head of the Red Cross who became infamous during 911. This is a cherry job, 1/2 million salary a year, given often to wives of prominant politicians.


Ashland has now acquired Hercules which owned the plant that Vantage now occupies.


Ashland to Acquire Hercules

$3.3 Billion Transaction Creates Major, Global Specialty Chemicals Company


Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) and Hercules Inc. (NYSE: HPC) today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Ashland would acquire all of the outstanding shares of Hercules for $18.60 per share in cash and 0.093 of a share of Ashland common stock for each share of Hercules common stock. The total transaction value is approximately $3.3 billion, or $23.01 per Hercules share based on Ashland's July 10 closing stock price and including $0.7 billion of net assumed debt. The transaction, which would create a major, global specialty chemicals company, is expected to close by the end of calendar 2008.

Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), a diversified, global chemical company, provides quality products, services and solutions to customers in more than 100 countries. A FORTUNE 500 company, it operates through four divisions: Ashland Performance Materials, Ashland Distribution, Valvoline and Ashland Water Technologies. To learn more about Ashland, visit

Hercules manufactures and markets chemical specialties globally for making a variety of products for home, office and industrial markets. For more information, visit the company's website at

Connections with Cargill.

Ashland and Cargill to Combine Talents for Biobased Chemical Joint Venture

First product: renewable propylene glycol

COVINGTON, Ky., and MINNEAPOLIS, May 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) and Cargill have agreed in principle to create a new joint venture devoted solely to the development and production of biobased chemicals. The parties intend for the new stand-alone entity to become a leading global supplier of chemicals from renewable sources.

The venture's first product will be propylene glycol (PG). Using both licensed and proprietary technology, the joint venture will produce high-grade propylene glycol from glycerin, an abundant co-product of biodiesel production. The joint venture expects to provide global manufacturing and marketing of biobased PG, starting with a 65,000 metric ton-per-year plant at a yet-to-be-finalized location in Europe.

With a 50-50 ownership structure, Cargill and Ashland will bring to the new venture their unique technology, innovation and expertise in bioprocessing, along with chemical formulation, supply chain management and market analysis. The venture anticipates a combined initial capital investment in the range of $80 million to $100 million. Details on the name, leadership and development plans are expected to be announced later in 2007.

"We believe the chemical market has reached a tipping point where biobased and petroleum-based options are both desired by the market and practical to produce. To be in a position where Ashland can offer biobased specialty chemical products in the future, we need to help foster the creation of biobased basic chemicals now," said Walter Solomon, vice president and chief growth officer, Ashland Inc. "We are creating our future and we've found a terrific partner in Cargill to do so."

Since Vantage does not post it's board of directors, etc. and just took over the old Hercules plant facility, it smacks of a government funded corporation. The website is pretty generic and doesn't have a lot of info, only that it produces these plastic coffins.

It is amazing how all these companies are intertwined.

Vantage - Covington - Warehouse.

Google: 960 Almon Road Covington GA 30014

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