From what I have been told by various people over the last 4-5 years, Van Wert was a manufacturer of fine boilers that suffered the same fate as much of Pa.'s coal industry. When oil became the weapon of choice, coal mines shut down, boiler shops closed,and the industry became a shell of what it was. Only the strongest survived. Boilers like EFM, AA, and Keystoker were larger manufacturing facilities that were able to diversify and capture market share. Stay in business. Van Wert was doomed just by the economic times. As was Gentleman Janitor, Yellow Flame, Allens, Losch, Wagners, to name a few. All of these boilers are beautiful working machines in their own right. Just no longer made. Arnie Huntley, up in South Otselic, bought the patterns and rights to the Van Wert line and is now reproducing that fine line. Ther is much to like about the Van Werts in my opinion. They are shaped different than most. Most of the older coal boilers are wide and long and take up a bit of room. Van Werts are square and tall. The stoker portion is compact, easy to work on. Has very few wear parts that are easily replaceable. The boilers in general, have an interesting flow pattern that gives the unit more heat transfer area for it's size and makes it a self cleaning unit. Some models give up a 87% efficiency. Several models were offered with an oil backup in the last couple years they were in production. A DF model.