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Van Mark at Metalcon 2018

With only a week away from Metalcon 2018, (October 10-12 - Booth #1429) in Charlotte NC. We would like to talk about the tools that would be seen at our booth.

Over 50 plus years of manufacturing job-site metal forming equipment. Find solutions for onsite bending, slitting and perforating needs for metal roofing with tools that are Manufactured AND assembled in the USA. Van Mark has produced portable job-site benders, brakes, slitters, perforating machines and panel cutting tables, designed specifically for the metal roofing and metal building industries since 1964.

Our tools have been known for over 50 years as the best quality in their class and we continually strive to make them better. We want our tools to be trouble free and have a minimal amount of maintenance required of them. Van Mark tools cost slightly more than our competitors but the low cost of ownership over the life of the tool far exceeds any short- term savings in the purchase price of other tools.

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Employee Focus: Julie Dinger-Sanders

For the month of September, our Employee Focus is on Julie Dinger-Sanders.  Julie became a member of the Van Mark team in May of this year, stepping into the position of Regional Sales Manager.  Julie has 20 years of sales and marketing experience. She has a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Marketing/Sales, from Ferris State University, and an Associates degree in Applied Science, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.  We believe Julie’s background made the transition into the new position seemingly flawless.

Julie told us that she likes being part of a family owned business that, not only produces products built solely in the USA, but also continually focuses on Research and Development.  We asked Julie to describe Van Mark in a few words and she responded with “Friendly, Superior Quality, and Reputation”.  Julie’s current and future focus is on developing a good working relationship with our distributors and outside sales representatives.

Julie grew up in Greenville, Michigan,…

Employee Focus: Gary Polehna

Our employee focus for August is on Gary Polehna.  Having started with Van Mark in 2002, Gary will be celebrating 16 years with the company in November.  Gary has worked for Van Mark back in the 90’s but left for a couple of years to work with his brother in the roofing industry.  After realizing that roofing was not the long-term career he wanted, he returned to Van Mark, and has been here ever since.  Over the years, Gary has gained experience working in almost every job position within our manufacturing department.  He’s assisted our Shipping & Receiving department when needed.
Gary told us he sees himself working for Van Mark for many years to come.  He said that he feels Van Mark builds a good, quality product, and feels fortunate to work with a group of good people. 

During his free time, Gary enjoys playing guitar.  He’s started playing about 10 years ago and considers it one of his favorite hobbies.  He has an interest in Heavy Metal music and attends concerts whenever h…

Employee Focus: Heather Poston

July’s Employee Focus is on Heather Poston.  Heather joined the Van Mark team in 2015 for her role as Product Design Engineer.  She recently celebrated 3 years with Van Mark.  Heather obtained her B.S. in Product Design Engineering Technology from Ferris State University along with an A.A.S. in CAD drafting and Tool Design, also at Ferris State.  She brought with her a background in CAD design as well as experience in product analysis. 

Heather tells us that she really enjoys working with our close-knit Research & Development team, and the team is always working on a common goal.  When asked to describe Van Mark in a few words, she declared “Consistently Improving” as her answer.  Thanks to Heather and the entire Research & Development team, we agree!  One of Heather's biggest contributions since joining Van Mark is her ability to use computer generated designs to influence new product development along with scientific based testing methods to determine product performanc…

Employee Focus: Hal Burns

June’s focus is on another of Van Mark’s long-term employees, Hal Burns.  Hal started working for Van Mark in August of 1985. This August, Hal will be celebrating his 33 years with the company.  That’s quite an accomplishment!  When Hal started at Van Mark, he worked in general maintenance, but eventually began learning many different functions in our Production area.  Hal’s love of building things make his work at Van Mark that much more enjoyable.  Hal tells us “We sell a unique product, so I feel my skills are not typical, and that gives me a great feeling of job security.”

Hal told us that he is very proud of the products he helps produce. When asked where he hopes to be in five years, Hal told us he hopes to be retired and golfing as often as possible. 

Hal began golfing just 2 years ago and has really fallen in love with it.  Hal has been practicing martial arts for many years and received his black belt in in 2004.  He enjoyed participating in various martial arts tournaments …

Employee Focus: Mark Lewis

Our employee blog for the month of May is focused on Mark Lewis.  Mark joined the team at Van Mark Products back in July of 1997 as a Production Associate.  With over 20 years under his belt, Mark has seen many changes at Van Mark since his start.  Although, one thing that has never changed is Van Mark’s dedication to a culture of success by producing quality tools, which can be handed down from one generation to the next.

Mark shared with us that his favorite thing about working at Van Mark is the people he works with.  “I like that we can come together at special events, like company BBQ’s and picnics, and are able to get to know each other”.  We asked Mark to describe Van Mark in a few words and his response was “family, integrity, and pride”.  He also told us “Because I work on the end of the line, I have the responsibility to make sure a quality product is sent to the customer”.  Mark is responsible for the final clean-up and boxing of products before they’re shipped to customer…

Employee Focus: Krista Miville

For the month of April, our focus is on one of Van Mark’s newer employees, Krista Miville.  Krista joined Van Mark Products in August of 2017 for her role as a Customer Service Representative.   She brought with her some great experience, a positive attitude, and a strong work ethic that has made her an asset to our company.  If you call in with an order or question, Krista will provide you with exceptional service.

Krista shared with us that she really enjoys working with the other employees at Van Mark (and rumor has it, they feel the same).  She says, “Everyone is easy to get along with and tries hard to work as a team”.   When asked to describe Van Mark in a couple of words, Krista used the terms “Quality & Innovative”.  We tend to agree! 

Krista grew up in Wyandotte and currently resides in Redford with her husband of over 20 years, Michael, and their two children.  Both of Krista’s kids are involved in sports activities which keeps her very busy when she’s not at work.  In …