Vermeer celebrates its 75th anniversary

A historic photo of the Vermeer HQ

While Vermeer started as a small machine shop to meet the needs of local farmers in Pella, Iowa, the company has grown into a manufacturer with a dealer network of more than 600 locations worldwide.

This year, Vermeer Manufacturing celebrates its 75th anniversary. Built on Founder Gary Vermeer’s legacy of finding a better way, Vermeer Corporation has focused on impacting people and the world for the better.

Today, Vermeer operates eight facilities in six continents, including its headquarters in Pella, and offers service and support in more than 60 countries.

Vermeer President and CEO Jason Andringa, the grandson of Gary Vermeer, explained the next 75 years will continue to aim for the same purpose. 

“With the guiding principle of treating other people how you’d want to be treated yourself, we’ve created a culture over the last 75 years of making a real impact on the way work gets done that continues to drive our company forward,” Andringa said. 

“Ultimately, it’s a commitment that is part of every interaction we have among ourselves, suppliers, dealers, customers and the communities we live and work in.”

Vermeer worldwide

Today, Vermeer has expanded from its modest beginnings to an organization of more than 4,000 team members worldwide, recently having been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Midsize Employers. 

From Gary Vermeer’s first invention of the wagon hoist followed more equipment innovations from the company. With the invention of the hydraulic horizontal directional drill, large round baler and stump cutter, Vermeer has shown its commitment to creating equipment that addresses the challenges its customers face. 

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Looking ahead to the future, new innovations Vermeer plans to bring to market will include expanding digital product offerings, developing next-generation machines and introducing new equipment. 

“We are committed to carrying on the legacy of innovation and continuous improvement to make a lasting impact around the world,” Andringa said.

“We understand the important work our customers and equipment are doing, and we support them, wherever they are. Together, we are equipped to do more.”