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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…
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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 …

Employee Focus: Joe Pawlow

For March we will be focusing on one of Van Mark’s long-term employees, Joe Pawlow.Joe has been an employee of Van Mark since 1986.Originally hired in as a Production employee, within a few years, Joe’s abilities and knowledge had developed to the point that he was promoted to a maintenance position.Joe mastered this position and shortly thereafter, also became involved in Research & Development of new and existing products.Through the years Joe has acquired the knowledge and skills that have positioned him as an integral part of Van Mark’s R&D team.Joe shared with us that he hopes in the future to make R&D his primary focus.
When asked what Joe likes best about working at Van Mark, he commented that he loves having a steady schedule that doesn’t require working weekends or over-time.In addition, Joe enjoys the positive work environment at Van Mark.Joe also tells us that he is proud of his part in developing and introducing new products.Joe has had a hand in building most…

Van Mark at JLC Live 2018 - Providence, RI

We are days away from the JLC Live event in Providence, RI. (March 23-24 – Booth#318) Van Mark is proud to announce the tools that will be displayed at our booth this year.
Van Mark has over 50 years of experience manufacturing job-site metal forming equipment. Find solutions for onsite bending, slitting and perforating needs for Steel, Aluminum, copper, zinc and many other metals 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 residential roofing, window, siding, metal roofing and metal building industries. The Mark II Trimmaster® is our most popular and top-of-the-line portable aluminum bending brake. It is accurately and artfully engineered to be the workhorse for any remodeling contractor.
On display this year is our Metal Master 20®. This portable job-site brake features a 20” throat depth, allowing easier bends of wider mate…

Employee Focus: Jeff Bossio

This month’s employee blog will be focusing on Jeff Bossio. Jeff is Van Mark’s Production Supervisor, overseeing the production employees. Jeff tells us “I work with a great group of employees”. He also added “I love the hours and schedule, and it’s a very family-oriented atmosphere!”. He also shared that he appreciates that he has been given the opportunity to assist Van Mark with growth and improvement projects.In the future, Jeff is hoping to move into a more advanced role with Van Mark.
When asked about an accomplishment that Jeff was proud of, he said “During the last week of 2017, we received a larger than typical order. Our team came together and exceeded everyone’s expectation by completing and shipping the order with time to spare”.
Jeff was born and raised in Westland, Michigan, and currently resides in Livonia with his wife Sally and their dog Seger. Having recently purchased a new home, Jeff is in the process of completing some major renovations, which also happens to be …