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 nearly 70 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. Founded in 1890 by John Backman with 30 employees, Aurora Casket is owned by Kohlberg & Co.