Endicott Artistic Memorial Company is the Greater Binghamton Chamber Business of the Week.
It has a showroom and workshop on East Main Street in Endwell across from Riverhurst Cemetery where it creates memorial stones for gravesites along with civic memorials, war memorials and even pet headstones.
The business began in the late 1800’s and is now in its 5th owner.
Dennis Camarda began working and apprenticing for his father in 1970 and puurchased the business from him in 1985.
Camarda says today’s headstones are more durable and that with modern technology, any image can be drawn, plotted, stenciled and then engraved on the stone using lasers.
He says Endicott Artistic Memorial is more than just a gravestone retailer.
“We are a company that is actually a monument producer. We design, manufacture, carve, letter, polish. We do a lot of different things that no other company around here does. None, not one,” said Camarda.
Endicott Artistic Memorial typically serves about a 50 mile radius.
Camarda says the cost of importing granite from overseas has gone down, making larger monuments more affordable.
Among the company’s recent civic memorials are the Spartan statue outside of Maine-Endwell High School and a Silver Rose Monument dedicated to the victims of Agent Orange located outside American Legion Post 1700 in West Endicott.