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.


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


Principle Based


A Great Place to Work

Our Leadership

Bob Grote

Bob GroteCEO

An engineer by schooling, a salesman by nature, and a businessman by practice, Bob joined Grote Company in 2000, became CEO in 2008, and now spends his time developing industry partnerships and seeking the latest food technologies. During his tenure, he’s overseen the acquisition of industry pillars including PFI, Vanmark, Advanced Food Technology, GME International, and Pizzamatic. He serves as Director at Large of the FPSA (Food Processing Suppliers Association) and sits on various industry and non-profit boards.

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. .

Jason Davis

Jason DavisVice President

As Vice President, Jason oversees operations at all Vanmark locations, making 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 10 years and has over 20 years of sales and manufacturing experience. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and an MBA from Northwest Missouri State University. Jason enjoys camping, fishing, hunting, and canoeing outdoors with his wife and two daughters.

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.

Veeresh Gowdru

Veeresh GowdruDivisional General Manager

Veeresh joined Vanmark in 2018 to head the newly-opened India facility – leading the development and manufacturing of Vanmark’s equipment for Southeast Asia. He has over 10 years of experience in the food industry in engineering, sales and management roles. Veeresh was born and raised in south India and now lives in Bangalore with his wife Madhu and son Samarth.

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.


Let's feed our growing world – together.

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