Joseph Billing began his career in the monument industry at the age of 14 in New Market, Ontario. He apprenticed under a Scottish stone cutter/memorialist for 7 years.
Joseph first set up his memorial business in Morden, Mb. in 1894. From Morden, he went to Grafton, N.D., back to Ontario, finally settling in Carman, Mb. in 1920.
He took over the Carman memorial business in 1922 from his uncle, Howard Patchell who had purchased it from Alec McIntyre.
Joseph continued to operate Carman Granite until 1946, when his eyesight became too poor to continue. His son, Howard Billing, joined him that year and purchased the business in 1947.
Howard ran the business in its original location in downtown Carman until 1975. However after being flooded 8 times in 11 years (the last being the major town flood of 1974) the vacant Carman Creamery building was purchased & moved to our present location, 1 km south of Carman.
In 1984, Howard’s son, Murray purchased Carman Granite. They worked together through 1985. Thereafter, Howard remained a key consultant, mentor and historian until his passing in 2001.
As the business grew, equipment improvements and space requirements did the same. The first hydraulic crane was purchased in 1988, followed by a second in 1991. Also in 1991 Carman Granite entered the computer era with the acquisition of MonuCad. This program has streamlined production as well as added over 15,000 designs for our customers to choose from. In 1992 an electric overhead crane was installed in the shop. The shop was both renovated and expanded in 1992. The last of the major changes was the new garage and pole shed, which was completed in 2000.
In 2007, Sean Billing came on board to mentor under his Uncle Murray. Thus the fourth generation begins. Sean and his wife Lynne purchased Carman Granite in the spring of 2008. Murray has moved on but remains a valuable resource.
Carman Granite is now a modern, full service cemetery Memorial Company regularly serving an area from Winnipeg to Manitou and the U.S. border to #1 Highway.
Notwithstanding our main service area, we will deliver & install or arrange for the same wherever necessary. Carman Granite has installed and/or shipped monuments & markers to every Canadian province and territory plus North Dakota & Minnesota.
We design, sell & install cemetery memorials manufactured from the world’s finest granites on an at-need or pre-need basis. Carman Granite also fabricates and installs beautiful custom granite and quartz countertops.
We are committed to serving the needs of our customers with honesty & integrity, thus creating a trust that cannot be questioned.
Carman Granite continually monitors the entire industry to ensure that the products & services it offers reflect the highest quality & widest selection available.
In maintaining these high standards, Carman Granite customers can make an educated decision when purchasing a memorial that truly reflects the personality & memories of themselves or the deceased.