PLATTSBURGH Pain-staking work goes into each monument and stone that comes from Plattsburgh Memorials, and it's a tradition of which Ricky F. Gadbois' father would be proud. Plattsburgh Memorials, located at 4875 S. Catherine St., was a business started more than 40 years ago by Mr. Gadbois' father, the late Conrad Y. Gadbois. During the 1960s, the late Mr. Gadbois worked as stone-cutter in central Vermont, honing his craft for working with granite. In 1975, he took the business across Lake Champlain to the City of Plattsburgh, where the business remains today. It was there his son Ricky would study under him and eventually take over the helm of the family business. Since that time, Plattsburgh Memorials has expanded from offering monuments to burial vaults for funeral homes. The handsome concrete enclosures for coffins have become a popular product offered by Plattsburgh Memorials, offering a higher level of protection for customers to the remains of their loved ones. Unlike a burial liner, which covers only the top and sides of a coffin, a vault offers complete enclosure. Burial vaults also protect coffins from the weight of the above ground, preventing damage to the coffin. Plattsburgh Memorials is the only maker of burial vaults in the greater Plattsburgh area, offering a unique product for a large clientele. With the increase in services offered, the staff has increased as well. The business, which opened in Plattsburgh with one employee Ricky's father today employees a staff of seven. That staff also offers their expertise with a wide selection of granite monuments, cut on premises and engraved with the utmost precision. Customers are welcome to peruse the business' more than 400 memorials on display that are only a fraction of Plattsburgh Memorials inventory. Catalogues are also available to leaf through, in order for customers to find just the right memorial they're looking for. Plattsburgh Memorials also prides itself on custom-designed monuments. From guitars to motorcycles to whatever you can think up, Plattsburgh Memorials can shape your monument to your specifications. And monuments aren't just for those with deep pockets. Monuments can range anywhere from $600 up, including a concrete foundation and installation. The added benefit? Monuments can be ready in as little as four weeks from placing an order. "We take care of everything, all you have to do is pick out the memorial you want and what goes on it," said Mr. Gadbois. "We'll take care of the rest."