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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 he
gets the opportunity. Gary is close with
his family and enjoys hanging out with family and friends when he’s not at
work. Gary was born and raised in
Westland, Michigan. He now resides in
Livonia, sharing his home with his brother.
Look forward to another employee focus next month and be sure to follow us onFacebookandTwitterfor announcements.
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…
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
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…
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…