Vac-Tron has featured the Vermeer name on its equipment for more than a decade. Now, the vacuum excavation company is officially part of Vermeer Corporation.
On Nov. 12, Vermeer announced it has acquired Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC, and its plans to bring the Florida-based company together with McLaughlin Group, Inc. which was purchased by Vermeer in 2017.
For the last 13 years, Vac-Tron products have been sold almost exclusively through the Vermeer dealer network.
“We’ve been proud to have the Vermeer name on our equipment for the past 13 years. Now, we are proud to formally be a part of the Vermeer family,” said Vac-Tron President Tim Fischer. “We look forward to investing with McLaughlin and Vermeer to deliver the technology and equipment our customers need as we provide the highest quality product for the customer.”
The acquisition and integration of the Vac-Tron and McLaughlin builds on Vermeer’s strategy to provide a full suite of vacuum excavation technology, equipment, training and support to the growing underground utility and soft dig markets.
Headquartered in Okahumpka, Florida, Vac-Tron’s offices and production facilities employ more than 100 people.
McLaughlin, a drill tooling and vacuum excavation company founded in 1921 and located in Greenville, South Carolina with more than 100 team members, brought nearly a century of industry knowledge into the Vermeer fold last year.
“This acquisition allows us to leverage the innovation, market expertise and production capabilities across our McLaughlin, Vac-Tron and Vermeer brands to meet increasing customer demand while giving our dealers a more efficient, single-point connection to a full product lineup,” said Jason Andringa, Vermeer Corporation president and CEO. “Coming together solidifies the long-term strategy and commitment to support customers and dealers in a unified way.”
Operating under the combined group Vermeer MV Solutions, the organization will continue to provide Vermeer-branded vacuum excavation equipment and technology through dedicated Vac-Tron and McLaughlin series product lines as well as McLaughlin branded utility accessories and auger boring systems.
Vermeer MV Solutions will operate under one combined leadership and sales team led by general manager Dave Van Wyk. Leadership at both Vac-Tron and McLaughlin will come together and serve as a unified team, bringing the strengths and best practices together in the areas of innovation, design, manufacturing, sales and customer support. The Florida and South Carolina locations will continue production as they work together to meet the growing demand within the soft dig markets.