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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…

New career opportunity for a Machinist interested in working with an established family business!

Van Mark is excited to add the position of Machinist to our growing team in Farmington Hills, Michigan!  The ideal candidate will have experience performing manual machining using a Bridgeport.  Experience using a lathe and a drill press will also be required for this position.  New employees are eligible to join company benefit plans after just 60 days of employment.  Below is a more in-depth list of the essential job functions:
·Completes routine maintenance inspections. ·Ability to follow prints and assembly instructions. ·Ability to use Bridgeport/lathe/drill press and perform welding. ·Fabricate repair parts using Van Mark equipment. ·Dexterity to climb ladders and work at elevated heights. ·Solicits bids and quotes from vendors for projects requiring outside assistance. ·Monitors outside contractor performance and works with outside vendors to ensure work is completed according to specifications. ·Assist with Machine Repair. ·Ability to make recommendations for purchasing supplies, equ…

Product Insight: Coil Dispenser™

Our first product insight introduced the TrimCutter™ followed by the MultiGauge™. Today, our product insight will focus on another key brake accessory, the Coil Dispenser™. What makes the Coil Dispenser™ great is that it saves you time and money by taking the trim coil,” From the box to the brake”, while minimizing the chance of damage. It also places the coil at a “working height”, reducing stress on your back and from bending over multiple times.
Why use this tool? Simply ask yourself how much of your coil is damaged by rolling it out on the jobsite (lawn or on boxes) or simply pulling it out of the box, then place a dollar amount on that damaged coil and if you had a way to avoid that damage, how fast would a Coil Dispenser™ pay for itself? Most contractors find that if they avoid damaging just a few rolls of coil, the Coil Dispenser™ has paid for itself.
How easy is it to use? Simply remove the center axle and load the coil from the box. (Note: Some coils have a 90-degree lead edge…

Made in the USA

Van Mark, founded in 1964, have always both manufactured and assembled tools in the USA. This both supports US jobs and keeps our raw material dollars in the US Economy which we feel is the right thing to do for our country. This also allows us to achieve higher quality standards for all our products.
Sometimes it is not always clear where a product is produced even if it is labeled “Made in the USA”. Some are only assembled in the USA which is why we take such pride in both manufacturing and assembling all our products in the USA.

Van Mark has been producing American made products such as brakes, brake accessories, saw tables, slitters, utility tools, and gutter hood installation tools and hardware. Our customers can count on top-quality products, exceptional customer service, and swift reliable shipments of our products. For more information about our American made products, visit our websitewww.van-mark.com. Follow us on oursocial mediafor more information and blog posts.

Product Insight: Multi Gauge™

Following our last blog, we introduced our most essential and popular brake accessory, the TrimCutter™. Our next product insight is about another brake accessory that pairs well with the TrimCutter™, the Multi Gauge™.
This brake accessory features an angle guide that assists with determining the angle of the material being bent, and the TrimCutter™ cut-off point. The Multi Gauge™, which is packaged in a set of two, easily positions on any of our cam-locking brakes as well as our Coil Dispenser™.
How do I use the Multi Gauge™? Insert your material into your brake. Position the two Multi Gauge™ tools at each end of the material. Bend the material to the desired angle, using the Multi Gauge™ to assist. To utilize the Multi Gauge™ for the cut point of the TrimCutter™, simply mark your material as needed, then align the lead edge of the Multi Gauge™ to your marks. The TrimCutter™ knives will cut at this point which is 1 ½” from the lead edge of the brakes stainless steel strip. The Multi G…

Product Insight: TrimCutter™

Today, we are going to review one of Van Mark’s most essential and popular brake accessories, the TrimCutter™. When cutting with a utility knife, you potentially run the risk of damaging your brake when cutting material. Using a utility knife leaves a rough burr edge on your material. When bending material on our cam-locking brakes, the TrimCutter™ is a vital tool in cutting the material on the brake or Coil Dispenser™.
What material can the TrimCutter™ cut through? The TrimCutter™ cuts through galvanized steel, copper, zinc, vinyl, and heavy aluminum, basically anything that the brake can bend, the TrimCutter™ can cut. Best of all, the TrimCutter™ leaves a clean burr-free factory edge every time.
How easy is it to cut material with the TrimCutter™? Thanks to the unique 4-point track bearing system, combined with the low-profile grip, the TrimCutter™ gives you great control over cutting and averts the cutter riding off the brake or Coil Dispenser™.


The TrimCutter™ is an indispensable t…

Research and Development at Van Mark Products

At Van Mark Products, we strive to innovate our products and bring our customers the highest quality equipment on the market. We are continuously looking for ways to improve and help our customers with the challenges they face. Our Research and Development team is made up of various members dedicated to producing results. We use a variety of techniques to design, engineer, and manufacture inventive products.
The concepts for our ideas are welcomed to come from many different outlets. Van Mark has valued Technical and Customer Service teams. These groups document any issues or suggestions that come directly from our customers. In addition, we encourage our staff to provide their own feedback to areas of improvement. We have valued team members, many of which have been with the company for 25 years and counting. This invaluable expertise has provided us with many notions that have made it all the way through to production. The Van Mark Products team is always open and available to discus…