Vanmark History

Vanmark Equipment crew, Creston Iowa

More than half a century of vegetable processing expertise.

As is so often the case, necessity was the mother of invention in the Vanmark story. Vanmark Corporation came to be when a Creston, Iowa restaurant operator recognized the need for an easier way to peel vegetables. In the early 1950s, the restaurateur developed and patented a mechanical potato peeler. Local investors and potato chip manufacturers took notice, and in 1954, Veg-A-Peel Company was born.

Within a few years, Veg-A-Peel débuted the Model 96 Peeler, an upgrade to the original design that could handle 2.5 tons of potatoes per hour continuously. To complement the peeler, Veg-A-Peel designed and began to manufacture hoppers, elevators and conveying systems. In 1964, following a decade of continued growth, Veg-A-Peel changed its name to Vanmark Corporation to better reflect its expanding capabilities. In 1979, Vanmark Corporation completed construction of a 58,000 sq. ft. building in the Creston Industrial Park and added on a 3,400 sq. ft. addition nine years later.

In July of 2007 the Grote Company purchased the assets of Vanmark Corporation to form Vanmark Equipment LLC. As a result, Vanmark is now part of a family of companies that represents three world leaders in food processing equipment, including Grote Company, the leader in precision slicing and application products.