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Vanmark is a leading manufacturer of industrial potato and produce processing equipment, working with our customers to make the safe, high quality food we know and love to eat. For over 60 years, we have been designing and manufacturing top quality, customized, easy-to-use equipment that optimizes receiving, storage, washing, peeling and cutting processes.

With our personal touch and enduring commitment to customers and employees, we provide unparalleled support. Our hardworking team embraces integrity, strives for excellence and never quits. We proudly collaborate to serve not only the equipment we build, but also the people who operate and depend on it. This approach is why our customers include the largest food processing companies in the world.

OUR MISSION — WE ARE:

Advancing Food Processing

Customer Committed

Passionate People

Quality Products

Profitable

Principle Based

Growing

A Great Place to Work

A Word From Our CEO, Bob Grote

Vanmark is a world-leading manufacturer of industrial food processing equipment and systems for a wide range of potato and produce products. Our top quality equipment helps food companies around the world make the produce and potato products that we know and love to eat.

And while I strongly believe our equipment is the best in the industry, that’s not the only thing that sets us apart. I’m so proud of our personal touch and enduring commitment to our customers and employees. When you call, we pick up the phone – or come out to see you face-to-face. No automated runaround, just good old fashioned business. This is how we began so many years ago and how we will continue to do business long into the future. We collaborate as one team to solve tough problems. We proudly serve not only the equipment we build, but also the people who operate and depend on it.

A Legacy of Quality and Durability

In the early 1950s, a Creston, Iowa diner owner recognized the need for an easier way to make french fries, so he developed and patented a mechanical potato peeler. Local investors and potato chip manufacturers took notice, and in 1954, Veg-A-Peel Company was born.

Veg-A-Peel soon grew to design and manufacture additional peelers, hoppers, elevators and conveying systems. In 1964, Veg-A-Peel changed its name to Vanmark Corporation to better reflect these expanding capabilities. Vanmark's world-class equipment, value and know-how kept the company growing in size and reputation, with key expansions in 1979 and 1988.

In 2007, Vanmark (renamed Vanmark Equipment LLC) became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Columbus, Ohio based Grote Company, the leader in food slicing and assembly equipment.

Vanmark has two locations in the United States and one in India. The original Creston plant produces peelers, scrubbers, washers, fluming units and receiving lines. Our facility in Boise, Idaho is the site of the former GME International, which was acquired by Grote Company in 2012 and is now part of the Vanmark brand. There, we specialize in hydrocutting systems. Our Bengaluru, India manufacturing and distribution center opened in 2017, expanding our capabilities in Southeast Asia.

Today, Vanmark is run by Bob and Jack Grote, CEO and COO respectively. We are proud to represent a family of world leaders in food processing equipment. The combined businesses now serve the largest potato chip and French fry manufacturers in the world, along with other fruit and vegetable processors and even golf ball manufacturers! A truly global brand, Vanmark's sales team, dealer network, equipment and lines operate in over 60 countries

Timeline

From our very first invention until today, we've applied the same craftsmanship, care and innovative spirit to everything we make. Here are a few of the milestones that helped us earn our worldwide reputation for quality.

Early 1950s

A Creston, Iowa diner owner develops and patents a mechanical potato peeler

1954

Veg-A Peel Company was born

1964

Veg-A-Peel renamed to Vanmark Corporation to better reflect growing capabilities.

1979

Vanmark undergoes a major expansion; 58,000 sq. ft. headquarters built in Creston, IA

1987 - 1988

Vanmark undergoes an additional headquarters expansion

2007

Vanmark becomes part of the Grote Company family of brands

2008

Bob Grote becomes CEO of the combined Grote Company brands

2011

Jack Grote joins as COO of the combined Grote Company brands

2012

Boise, Idaho hydrocutting leader GME International is acquired by Grote Company and becomes a part of the Vanmark brand

2018

Vanmark opens new manufacturing and distribution facility in Bangaluru, India.

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