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Employee Focus: David Barget

For our first quarter in 2020, our Employee Focus is on David Barget.Dave has been a member of the Van Mark team since June of 1993, when he was hired in as a Production Associate.This June he will be celebrating 27 years with the company.Dave shared with us that he feels the work is not too complicated and enjoys the people he works with.He said work keeps him active and makes the day go by quickly.When we asked Dave to describe Van Mark in a couple of words he said, “Unique product line”.Van Mark manufactures tools for the Construction Industry, therefore we are a bit unique considering we live in the “Motor City”, where many manufactures are automotive related.
Dave tells us that he’s hoping to retire in the next couple of years.He’s planning to retire by the age of 67, however, Dave did tell us that he wants to continue working “As long as I’m healthy, and right now I’m pretty healthy!”.Speaking of healthy, Dave clearly takes very good care of himself.He prides himself on the fac…
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Happy Retirement to Harold Burns!

Harold Burns (aka Hal), a long-term employee, retired this December. Hal has represented Van Mark since 1985. He has done an excellent job in both the production and maintenance of Van Mark’s products.

Hal has been one of our employee focus topics last year in June, you can read more about him here Employee Focus – Hal Burns.

We want to take the opportunity to thank Hal for his hard work over the past 34 years and wish him a healthy and happy retirement!

Employee Focus: Frank Delorey

For the last quarter of 2019, our Employee Focus is on Frank Delorey.  Frank joined the Van Mark team as a Production Associate in February of 2002. He will be celebrating 18 years with the company in 2020.  Frank tells us that he loves his work schedule because it allows him to have his evenings and weekends to himself.  When we asked Frank to describe Van Mark he stated, “Quality of life”.  Frank said, “it’s been different at Van Mark, not being required to work over-time” and he appreciates that it’s allowed him to spend more time with his family.

Frank takes a lot of pride in his work.  “I’ve been told I have mad Hinge skills”, Frank shared.  He tells us that this is not an easy position but, he feels he’s mastered it over the years.  Frank is looking forward to retirement in the next couple of years.  After retirement, he plans to work part-time, do some updates to his home, and eventually put it up for sale so that he can relocate away from “city life”. 

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Happy Retirement to Denis McCully!

Denis McCully, our independent sales representative for Canada, is retiring this September. Based in London Ontario and covering Canada from the Maritimes to British Columbia Denis has represented Van Mark since 1991. He has done an excellent job in both supporting our distributors as well as growing and maintaining Van Mark’s market share in Canada.

During our transition, please contact our internal sales team for any needs and questions. You can reach us at 1-800-VAN-MARK (1-800-826-6275).

We thank Denis for his hard work over the past 28 years and wish him a long and healthy retirement!

Employee Focus: Noah Schertzer

For the third quarter of 2019 our Employee Focus is on Noah Schertzer.  Noah became a Van Mark team member in October of 2018 when he was hired in as a Production Associate shortly after graduating high school.  Noah was asked to describe Van Mark in a few words and the description he provided was “tight-knit community”.  Being a small, family owned company, we think Noah’s description is spot-on. 

One of Noah’s responsibilities in the Production department is building coil dispensers and coil cradles.  Each one of these tools is etched with his initials once he’s finished building it.  Noah tells us that he takes extreme pride in building a quality product for our end users and is proud to etch his initials into each tool.  In addition, he enjoys being part of team that works well together and, when he receives a large order, he knows he will complete the task in a timely manner and still provide excellent quality.

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Product Insight: 4'6" Cam locking brakes

At Van Mark we receive many inquiries about our small brakes, shorter than the most popular 10’ 6” and 8’ 6” Sizes. Our 4’6” brakes are the most requested and are great for small jobs or where shorter pieces of metal are needed to be formed. These 4’ 6” brakes are perfect for bending chimney, skylight, and roof vent flashing's as well as small window installation and repairs. Our “Cam Locking” brakes will “Hem” or make 180° bends easily and are designed to bend trim coil and gutter coil up to .027 (3003H14) or .032, soft copper, and light gauge steel (please contact our factory for capacities on your specific metal.) Our 3 featured 4’6” brakes, the M4, our traditional hinge bending brake, the TM4, our most popular brake with the powerslot™ hinge, and our newly updated MM460, featuring a 20” throat depth and lighter yet stronger castings. All 3 cam locking brakes can utilize our optional accessories like our Trimcutter™ or Trimformer™ to cut or form the perfect flashing for the jo…

Employee Focus: Helen Mickle

Our Employee Focus for the second quarter of 2019 is on Helen Mickle. Helen joined the Van Mark team in 2004 and just celebrated her 15-year anniversary this past March. As a Customer Service employee, Helen spends much of her time assisting customers and end users with product questions and placing orders.  With over 40 years of customer service experience behind her, Helen has a proven track record of always taking care of the customer’s needs with a positive outcome.  Helen told us “I thrive on customer satisfaction.  Anytime a customer shows appreciation I feel rewarded and proud of the accomplishment”.

Helen describes Van Mark as “family oriented”.   Her goal in the next five years is that she will be either retired or preparing to retire.  During her free time Helen enjoys being outdoors, gardening, and dog sitting her “grand dog”, a Great Dane named Titan!  Lately, however, Helen’s time is sparse as she spends a lot of her free time helping her elderly mother with her daily ne…