Aurora Casket Company won't meet you at the Pearly Gates, but it will get you there in style. One of the nation's largest casket and cremation urn makers, it sells its products directly to licensed funeral homes via 60 US service centers. Known for its stainless-steel line, Aurora Caskets makes caskets in a variety of woods and metals. Its cremation items extend beyond urns to include memorial markers, tablets, and plaques. It provides online advice on funeral planning and grief support and offers consulting, software, and website design services to funeral homes. Aurora Casket was owned and managed by the Backman and Barrott families for more than 120 years. In mid-2012 Kohlberg & Co. acquired the company.