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Van Mark at the Batimat Expo 2017

We recently attended the Batimat Exposition in Paris France. The expo is held every two years and attendees come from all over the world to see the latest in construction products and techniques.
It is one of the bigger building product expositions in the world.

Some of our European distributors have stands at the show and promote our tools. This year our IM655 2-meter brake was on display at the Gutterfrance booth. Our Industrial Metal Master® 20EZ brakes are used primarily to bend aluminum, zinc and slight gauge steel in the exterior building and remodeling segments all over Europe.

They also exhibited our Trim-A-Table™ model TAT60 in conjunction with Gutterfrance's GMK 600 Couir Panel roll forming machine. Our Trim-A-Table is used to easily cut angles on panels anywhere from 90 degrees to 10 degrees. Gutterfrance was exhibiting the table positioned to cut roofing panels as they exit their new roll former. There was a great amount of interest in these tools.

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Employee Focus: Bryan Brillhart

For this month, our employee focus is on Bryan Brillhart.  Bryan has been employed at Van Mark for over 25 years, and just celebrated this huge milestone this year!  Being a long-term employee, Bryan, who is our International Sales Manager, has seen many changes take place at Van Mark over the years.  One of those changes is the increase in international sales.

“I’m proud that I have been trusted to expand Van Mark’s global presence by developing numerous international relationships over the past 10+ years.”  Bryan’s focused on continuing to help build on Van Mark’s excellent reputation in the industry overseas.  “American Pride” is how Bryan describes Van Mark.  “I look forward, each day, to working with my customer base.  We offer a product line that we believe in and can stand behind.”

Bryan was born and grew up in downriver Detroit.  He relocated to northwest Wayne county in 1999, and has resided there ever since.  During his free time, Bryan enjoys spinning vinyl!  He winds down…

Employee Focus: Darlene Hayes

Our Employee Focus this month is on Darlene Hayes.  Darlene has been with Van Mark Products for only a year, but in that short time her positive attitude and willingness to help others has proven her to be a valuable member of the Van Mark team.  Darlene handles Van Mark’s receptionist duties, as well as supporting customer service and the sales department.  If you call Van Mark, most likely Darlene’s voice will be the friendly voice you hear on the other end of the phone. 

When asked what she enjoys most about working at Van Mark, Darlene responded “The people!  We all work really well together!”   Darlene likes that she reports to a supervisor who is a hard worker, and sets a great example for others.  She feels her work is challenging and the biggest perk is that she works with a great group of team players.  As for the future, Darlene said she hopes to retire from Van Mark.

Darlene is a Detroit native who grew up on the west side of Detroit.  She has since moved to the suburbs of…

Van Mark at Metalcon 2017

With only 2 weeks away from Metalcon 2017, (October 18-20 - Booth #1330) 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. The Industrial Metal Master® 20 EZ-Go portable job-site brake with 20” throat depth, designed for onsite use, offers easier bending and hemming on up to 24 gauge painted steel.   The machine features a new reinforced LockMaster™ locking casting which offers increased bending capacity.  Also on display this year is the 24” Trim-A-Slitter™ Perforation Package Model SCI24HD and our Trim-A-Gutter™, The Trim-A-Slitter™ is specially designed to slit, rib-fo…
At Van Mark, the real secret behind our industry leading tools, is the team of employees who work diligently each day.  From the production and logistics employees, who build and ship the products; to the customer service staff, who support distributors and our loyal end users.  All of which depend on our tools to be of the highest quality.

Van Mark consists of many team members who have anywhere from 20 to 40 years of service.  These key employees provide mentoring and training to new team members.  This ensures that Van Mark will continue to grow toward the future providing the quality that consumers expect and deserve.

At Van Mark, we value our employees, and what makes each of them unique.  Look for future blogs that will focus on different team members, providing more insight as to why we consider each team member so significant to our continued success and growth. Be sure to follow us on facebook and twitter for updates.

Van Mark Special Promotional Mail-In Rebates

For Contractors and Installers, we offer special mail-in promotions on our select Van Mark tools. Promotions typically start the first day of every month, and last throughout the month. Some of our past promotions offered savings on our select brake accessories, utility tools, tables, and even our line of Trim-A-Gutter clips and brackets. Make sure to check our website for the latest offer every first of the month.
To view our current special promotion for the month, go to www.van-mark.com/promo for information and to complete the form for your own mail-in rebate offer. Simply fill out the required information, which sends a request to our promotion department. An email with your rebate coupon will be sent to the address you designate. Then just follow the steps on the coupon and mail it to Van Mark with your proof of purchase for your rebate.

Offers are not valid for distributors. Terms and conditions apply. For more information about our line of tools and products, visit our websit…

Van Mark’s Knowledge Base: Our Technical Department

During the busy construction season, a customer contacted our technical support asking for help. The customer owned an SCI48 Trim-A-Slitter™, and was slitting 12” pieces from 48” coil. Unfortunately, his 12” weren’t cutting straight. Our expert technical staff walked the customer through how to measure the alignment of the knives in relationship to the fixed guide. Using a common framing square, technical noticed that the fixed guide had come out of alignment. Once technical determined the issue was with the fixed guide, they were quickly able to assist with the adjustments and have the slitter operation working to customers specifications.

Another common question technical support might get “I just pulled my new brake out-of-the-box, and it seems really hard to unlock.” When we ship new brakes, we lock them very tightly to secure them for shipping and they require some pull to unlock for the first time. This is a normal situation, but feel free to contact technical if you require as…