About Vanmark

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.

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What We Stand For


Our Vision

To feed our growing world – together.

Our Mission — We are:

Advancing Food Processing

Customer Committed

Passionate People

Quality Products

Profitable

Principle Based

Growing

A Great Place to Work

Our Leadership


Bob Grote

Bob GroteCEO

Bob is an engineer by schooling, salesman by nature and businessman by practice. He joined Grote Company in 2000, became CEO in 2008 and now spends his time developing industry partners and seeking the latest food technologies. He currently serves as Director at Large of the FPSA and Chairman of the MISA Foundation. Bob was born and raised in Central Ohio, returning to marry his wife Gina, with whom he recently celebrated their 25th anniversary, and raise his three now-grown children.

Jack Grote

Jack GroteChief Operating Officer

After 30+ years in engineering, sales and executive leadership roles, Jack joined his brother Bob at Grote Company in 2011. As COO, he drives strategic initiatives that impact customer experience and improve company performance. He has engineering degrees from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Purdue University, and a MBA from Ohio State University. Jack married his high school sweetheart Kelly in 1986, and together they are avid college football fans – especially of his hometown Buckeyes.

Eric Ytterbo

Eric YtterboChief Financial Officer

Eric has decades of manufacturing and food equipment experience, previously holding various financial roles at ITW Food Equipment Group/Hobart for 27 years and serving as CFO at Grote Company since 2012. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati and is an active CPA. .

Tom Mathues

Tom MathuesChief Development Officer

As Chief Development Officer, Tom grows new facets of our corporate business, focusing specifically on international opportunities. He started his career as an engineer in the automotive industry, moving to the food industry and Grote Company 13 years ago. He’s held several roles since, including President of Vanmark following its acquisition and later merger with GME (now Vanmark’s Boise location). Outside of work, Tom can be found restoring older homes and cars.

Jason Davis

Jason DavisGeneral Manager, Creston

As General Manager at our Creston facility, Jason makes sure people are in the right position with the tools they need to provide the highest quality service and equipment to our customers. He’s been with Vanmark for seven years and has over 20 years of sales and manufacturing experience. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and MBA from Northwest Missouri State University. Jason enjoys camping, fishing, hunting and canoeing outdoors with his wife and two daughters.

Kris Hearst

Kris HearstGeneral Manager, Boise

Kris brings a diverse and impressive background to her role as Boise’s General Manager. She is a licensed Captain with the U.S. Coast Guard, has sailed both U.S. coasts and the Caribbean with her husband and son, and worked for large companies like Boeing. Since being named General Manager in 2016, she has focused on product development, sales, technical service, training and leading employees – all to improve the customer experience.

Kyle Huck

Kyle HuckEngineering Manager

Kyle leads the Creston engineering team responsible for developing equipment solutions for our customers. He has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University, and worked in the automotive industry prior to joining Vanmark in 2013. He enjoys hunting, fishing and camping with his family and getting his hands dirty on car projects.

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.

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Let's feed our growing world – together.
Bob

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