©2018 by Viking Industrial Painting.

Viking Industrial Painting (V.I.P.) was established in 2001 in Northern Iowa as an industrial tank painting company specializing in the Water Tower Industry.  For over 17 years Viking has actively worked with engineers, third-party inspectors, and tank owners to renovate and protect steel tanks. V.I.P. has also worked with tank maintenance providers and new tank fabricators performing the field painting portion of the tank construction process.

Viking Industrial Painting has been successful due to our attention to quality and detail. Our desire to take care of both our customers and our team members is a reflection of our motto and core value, "Do the right thing, always.".  As a result, Viking Industrial Painting has maintained the reputation as one of the premier tank painting companies in the Midwest.

Now located in Omaha, Nebraska we continue to grow our company through those same values. We offer not only professional tank painting and repair but also both short-term and long-term maintenance programs for all styles of water storage tanks.  We take a consultative approach to develop a plan that proactively protects your tank and allows for financial planning and fixed expenses for ease of annual budgeting.


V.I.P. Services


Tank Cleaning & Inspection

V.I.P. offers all Visual, ROV, Drained, and Drone Inspections to meeting your needs. We pride ourselves in providing professional inspections and reporting. Let us help with your tank Cleaning and Inspection needs.

Team V.I.P.

Professional Experts By Your Side

Viking Industrial Painting has invested in our team on both the Sales and the Operational side of our company to ensure our customers are taken care of from initial consultation to the completion of your project. We are NACE Certified Coating Inspectors - Level 3, SSPC-Lead Paint Removal (C3) Certified experts, and we work closely with AWWA to stay current with the ever-changing water industry.  We sit on several of the National AWWA Tank Standard committees to help educate tank owners with best practices on how to maintain and operate their steel water storage tanks. Viking Industrial Painting has many years of Tank Painting and Maintenance experience to help plan and execute your next water storage tank project.


Rory Sudbeck

402-981-5992 cell

Rory grew up in the industrial painting business as his father both worked and then owned an industrial painting business for many years. Rory worked with his father to learn the business before leaving home to attend Bellevue University. After college Rory worked and then became part owner of a firm representing and distributing Tnemec Coatings in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Rory worked closely with engineers, contractors, and owners to ensure proper surface prep and coating specification/application with Tnemec for over 12 years before deciding to specialize in the water tank industry.

John Snodgrass

Vice-President / Sales Representative - CO, IA, IL
402-639-3428 cell

John has worked in the tank maintenance business since 2002. He has held positions from a local Sales Representative to all levels of Sales Management. John is a NACE Level 3 Coatings Inspector and works with AWWA on a National level for both the D101 Tank Inspection Standard and the M42 Tank Reference guide. He has provided training on a National Level and with many State AWWA and Rural Water Associations, educating people about the importance of Tank Maintenance and Water Quality. John attended Pittsburg State University and served in the United States Marines Corp before starting in the tank industry.

Ben Rinken

Director of Operations
605-359-6056 cell

Ben is a graduate of the University of Sioux Falls and a construction professional with nine years of experience.  He has served in multiple capacities in the water storage industry including field work, construction management, quality control, and project supervision.  Ben uses sound communication skills to keep information flowing and projects on track.  He is both NACE-Certified Coating Inspector Level 3 and SSPC-Lead Paint Removal (C3) Certified.  Having a proven record of providing effective quality control and a firm approach to problem solving, he quickly wins respect from subcontractors and field crews alike.  Ben is passionate about efforts to continuously improve upon and streamline business practices while simultaneously respecting the product, craft, and people involved with executing it.

Monte Lund

Field Superintendent

Monte started working in the Industrial painting business in 1986 in Minnesota. He blasted and painted for a contractor for 10 years before deciding to start his own tank painting business with a partner in 1996. They owned and operated this business for 5 years until Monte decided to move to Northern Iowa and start Viking Industrial Painting in 2001. Monte owned and operated Viking as a successful company for many years before selling his company to John and Rory. Monte will continue to provide solid operational support to ensure a smooth transition and plans to stay on for several years.

Brandon VanderMey

Sales Representative - MN, ND, NE, SD
763-453-9739 cell

Upon graduation from St. Cloud State University in central Minnesota, Brandon began his career with the Sherwin Williams Paint Company.  He held several positions over 17 years with Sherwin Williams, including Store Manager, Professional Coatings Sales Representative, and Protective and Marine Coatings Sales Representative.  In 2016, Brandon began working specifically in the water tank maintenance industry, working primarily with municipalities and rural water districts in the upper Midwest.  Brandon is a NACE Level 2 Coatings Inspector and enjoys working with his clients to help ensure they provide quality water to their subscribers through a well-maintained water storage asset.  He will primarily be covering the northern part of the Midwest including the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Nebraska.  He and his wife Aimee and their two boys reside just outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Rick Penner

Sales Representative - KS, MO
316-651-6164 cell

Rick began working in the coatings industry upon graduation from Kansas State University.  He started his career with the Sherwin-Williams Co. in South Central Kansas and held numerous positions over 10 years including Operations Manager, Professional Coatings Representative and Industrial Coatings Representative.  In 1999 he began working for a firm representing the Tnemec Co. in Kansas.  For the next 18 years he consulted with contractors, engineers, and owners in the industrial coatings industry, with an emphasis in the water tank market.  Since 2017, Rick has been working specifically in the water tank maintenance market in Kansas and Oklahoma.  Rick has been active in numerous professional organizations over the years including being a member of Kansas Rural Water for the last 20 years.  He completed his NACE Level III training in 1996.  Rick lives in Hesston, Kansas and will be primarily covering Kansas and Missouri for Viking.

Viking Industrial Painting has great roots, and we are poised to continue our mission to provide high quality tank maintenance services to our customers.  We thank you for considering V.I.P. for your tank maintenance needs as we continue to work towards our goal of becoming the Tank Maintenance Company of choice in the Midwest. Give us a chance to show you the V.I.P. difference.

Interested in speaking with a team member? Get in touch today and let us start working on your next project!


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