A Horrible Loss

Kevin Merk, President of Jones Machinery, has passed away. He was 62.

We first met Kevin in the early 1990’s when he put his faith in Southwestern Industries and the ProtoTRAK. First, he joined our Dealer Program, and then our short-lived Sport Machines. Both of these programs were problematic because they disturbed traditional sales channels. But Kevin was unfailingly honorable and true to his word. Through these unique challenges we forged strong relationships at many levels of our organization.

Throughout the years, Jones Machinery has prospered under Kevin’s leadership, and we have prospered along with them. With Kevin’s guidance, Jones Machinery has always put its best effort into every initiative that we have offered the marketplace. When we were considering a partnership with Siemens, I called Kevin to talk it over and he gave me his straight opinion.

Kevin was a great businessman, a wonderful human being, and a good friend to many of us here at TRAK Machine Tools.

We mourn his passing as the friend that he has been and we will miss him terribly.

Steve Pinto

Kevin Merk, President of Jones Machinery

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