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Employee Focus: Ronnie Lapere

October’s Employee Focus is on Ronnie Lapere.  In just a couple of months, Ronnie will be celebrating 14 years with Van Mark Products.  Ronnie started as a Production Associate, before moving into the role as a Logistics Associate in our Shipping and Receiving department.  Ronnie takes a lot pride in his diverse abilities and is always ready and willing to step in and help in different areas within the plant when needed.  His consistent smile and upbeat personality also make him a positive asset!

Ronnie said that some of things he really likes about working at Van Mark is that his schedule allows for a great work life balance, we are offered a variety of benefit options, and he really likes his coworkers!  When we asked Ronnie to describe Van Mark his reply was “Quality”.  Van Mark is known for its quality tools and service, so we think this description is spot on! 

Ronnie was born and raised in Detroit.  He moved out of Detroit at the age of 20 and eventually settled in Farmington Hill…

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.

We are introducing…

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 …

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 …

Employee Focus: Wayne Stankus

For our latest employee blog, we’ll be focusing on Wayne Stankus.  For 16 years now, Wayne has been a valued employee at Van Mark Products. Wayne is one of our production associates primarily building our brakes and takes a lot of pride in the quality of the products he helps produce.

Wayne told us, “I like the people, working dayshift, and we never work weekends!”  Wayne enjoys the stability of working at Van Mark, which is why one of his goals is to achieve 20 years of employment with the company. “I’m proud of the knowledge that I’ve gained over the years and I appreciate always being treated fairly.”

Wayne grew up in Wyandotte and currently lives in the house he grew up in as a child.  He inherited the house when his parents passed and really enjoys being back in the old neighborhood. Wayne is happily married to his wife Angela since 1997 and they have one Pomeranian who is an important part of the family too. Wayne enjoys going to the movies with his wife and the occasional week…

Van Mark at the International Roofing Expo 2018

We are less than 2 weeks away from the International Roofing Expo, (February 6-8 – Booth#2234) and we would like to talk about the tools that will be displayed at our booth.
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 Industrial Metal Master® 20 EZ-Go portable job-site brake with 20” throat depth, designed for job site use, offers easier bending and hemming on up to 24 gauge painted steel.   The machine features reinforced LockMaster™ locking castings for increased bending capacity. 
Also on display this year is the 24” Trim-A-Slitter™…

Message from the President of Van Mark

As we complete our 54th year in business, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our distributors and end users for their support and patronage of Van Mark Products throughout 2017. Over the last few years we have seen the remodeling and construction markets that use our tools continue to grow. Van Mark’s business has grown as well, and we expect this trend to continue throughout 2018 and beyond.

We consistently hear from our customers that they appreciate the craftsmanship and quality of our tools. While our tools have been known for over 50 years as the best quality in their class, we continually strive to make them better. We don’t publicize many of the minor improvements we make, but rest assured, we are always adding value and durability to our tools. 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…