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Vermeer Corporation Announces Family Succession Plans

VermeerAs part of its family succession planning process, Vermeer Corporation today announced that third-generation family member, Jason Andringa, will serve as the company’s next President & CEO effective Nov. 1, 2015.

On Nov. 1, 2014, Jason will assume the role of President & Chief Operating Officer for one year, when he will transition to the role of President & CEO of Vermeer Corporation. He currently serves as President of Forage and Environmental Solutions.

“Gary Vermeer, my grandfather and Vermeer founder, was very influential for me personally and professionally,” said Jason Andringa. “Since a young age, I had a passion to follow in his footsteps. In the mid-90s, I traveled on a business trip overseas with my mother, Mary, and saw firsthand the global demand for Vermeer equipment and the impact it was making on local communities across the world. That trip solidified my path to Vermeer. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Vermeer as a family-owned and operated, global company into a prosperous future.”

Mary Andringa, current President & CEO, will assume the role of CEO & Chair of the Board Nov. 1, 2014. Mary will transition exclusively to Chair of the Board Nov. 1, 2015.

“I look forward to working closely with Jason this coming year to prepare him for the transition to CEO in Nov. 2015,” said second-generation family member Mary Andringa. “As an entire family, we are proud to announce the third-generation leadership who we know with confidence can propel us to new heights.”

Bob Vermeer, current Chairman of the Board, will assume the role of Chair Emeritus. The honorary role for individuals who served as Vermeer CEO or Chair of the Board will be effective Nov. 1, 2014.

“The Vermeer family and Board of Directors have worked diligently for more than two decades to establish a robust and extensive family employment policy and succession planning process,” said Bob Vermeer, second-generation family member. “We are confident that Jason’s education and experience have prepared him exceptionally to lead the company.




Vermeer Texas-Louisiana Hosts Groundbreaking Event for San Antonio Facility Relocation

Vermeer Texas-Louisiana, a market leader in environmental and underground construction equipment with 11 locations across Texas and southern Louisiana, held a groundbreaking ceremony for their San Antonio facility relocation.

Located directly off the IH-35 corridor on the Northeast side of San Antonio within the city limits of Selma, the new 34,000 sq. ft. facility will be built on 8.2 acres and will open in early 2013. The store will include additional space for heavy equipment, parts inventory, service, training and sales. The new facility will replace the branch located on the east side of San Antonio, which has been open since 1978.

The dealership has been awarded the Pinnacle Award, the highest distinction awarded by the manufacturer, recognizing excellence in customer service and support. The groundbreaking event was hosted in partnership with the Randolph Metrocom Chamber of Commerce, which supports economic development and business growth in Selma and nine other local communities.

“We are extremely grateful for the support we have received from our San Antonio customer base over the past 30 years,” said Vice President Mike Bye. “We are investing in this new facility to demonstrate our continued commitment to better service our customers in the region.”

Vermeer Corporation Makes Equity Investment In Mclaughlin

McLaughlin Group Inc. has announced that Vermeer Corporation, along with Jeff Wage —a veteran professional of the underground construction industry — has made a minority equity investment in the company.

Dave Gasmovic, president of McLaughlin, is the primary shareholder and will continue to lead operations. Wage joins McLaughlin as vice president and an equity partner, while the minority equity investment by Vermeer provides a deeper strategic relationship with McLaughlin.

“The Vermeer investment in our company is a strategic business partnership that positions both for further success,” said Gasmovic. “Our current partners and customers will not be affected by this change and can count on the consistent support they’ve come to expect with McLaughlin.”

“Vermeer has had a long-standing relationship with McLaughlin by representing its vacuum products and utilizing McLaughlin as an OEM supplier on components for our underground products, most recently with the new Vermeer piercing tool line,” said Dave Wisniewski, vice president of the underground segment for Vermeer Corporation. “The purpose of this investment is to secure a competitive position in the market.”

This new ownership arrangement will not affect the current branding or distribution of McLaughlin products, including vacuum excavation systems, auger boring systems, locators and attachments.

For more information on McLaughlin products and services, visit the company’s website at www.mightymole.com or email McLaughlin at mmole@mightymole.com.


AEM 2011 Annual Conference: “The Art of Decisions”

Off-road equipment industry leaders explore strategies for business success

The changing political and economic landscape, “first person” strategic thinking from industry CEOs, innovation, distribution and breakthrough marketing strategies are on the agenda of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) 2011 Annual Conference, set for November 2-5, 2011 at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle in Aventura (Miami), Florida.

The AEM annual conference is the leading education and networking gathering for senior executives in the off-road equipment manufacturing industry. With the underlying theme that your choices of today determine your company of tomorrow, the conference will offer attendees a variety of perspectives to help them master “the art of decisions” to run their companies profitably despite challenging conditions.

This year’s conference opens with a Wednesday evening (November 2) reception, followed by an intensive two-day speaker program, and concludes Saturday (November 5) with networking events and a golf tournament.

The lead-off session examines political decision making and consequences for the industry, with former Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile, who is Democratic National Committee vice chair of voter registration and participation and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Moderator is Major Garrett, U.S. congressional correspondent and  columnist for the National Journal.

A “Decisions of the Day” panel of industry CEOs discusses the complex issues facing manufacturers both domestically and globally, with Mary Andringa, president and CEO, Vermeer Corporation; Leif Magnusson, regional director Americas and president North America holdings, CLAAS of America; and John Patterson, chairman and CEO, JCB.

“Economy of Our Industries” breakout sessions feature economic experts on construction and agriculture to help attendees make sense of the wide variety of economic indicators affecting business. Panelists include Joe Glauber, chief economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture; Mark Vitner, managing director and senior economist for Wells Fargo & Company; and James Meil, vice president and chief economist with Eaton Corporation.

Also on the AEM annual conference agenda:

  • Growth through innovation by developing a culture of creativity, with Sundaram Nagarajan, executive vice president of Illinois Tool Works
  • Distribution channel issues of the future, including results of research which included AEM members plus industry dealers and end users, with Michael Marks, co-founder of Indian Rivers Consulting Group
  • Uncovering the qualities of “fascination” to shape persuasive product and brand marketing messages, with Sally Hogshead, author and brand innovation consultant
  • “Listening” internally and externally to inspire, motivate and create loyalty, with Roger Nierenberg, creator of “The Music Paradigm”

The association will also hold its annual business meeting and meetings of several board-level committees in conjunction with the annual conference, as well as AEM Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Details and online registration are available in the Education section of the AEM website – www.aem.org.

Vermeer HG6000 Features New Productivity Enhancements And Tier 4i/Stage IIIB Engine

Vermeer Corporation has redesigned the HG6000 horizontal grinder with new design enhancements and a Tier 4i/Stage IIIB engine to meet wood-waste processors’ needs for productivity and government emission regulations.

“Vermeer spent considerable time redesigning the HG6000 horizontal grinder,” says Jay Sarver, environmental sales manager for Vermeer Corporation. “The machine incorporates features that will help enhance productivity, and a new Tier 4i/Stage IIIB engine provides more fuel-efficient horsepower while meeting tier regulations.”

The HG6000 is powered by a Cat C18 Tier 4i/Stage IIIB engine that meets all U.S., Canada and European Union tier 4i regulations while producing 755 horsepower (563 kW), a 20 percent increase in horsepower over the previous Tier 3 engine.

A dual-screen system allows screens to be mixed and matched to attain the desired end product. The screens are also reversible and interchangeable to obtain the maximum usage of the wear portion of the screen. Customers also have the ability to adjust the screen support on the HG6000, allowing the screen to be moved closer or farther away from hammer tips to match clearance with the type of material being processed. Vermeer eliminated the transition area between the anvil and screen, increasing the screen area on the HG6000 by 20 percent, which allows for more throughput.

The Series II duplex drum hammermill consists of 10 hammers and 20 cutter blocks with a 36.4-inch (92.5 cm) cutter tip diameter and 62-inch (157.5 cm) cutting width. This patented design helps to decrease daily maintenance time, while increasing the life of major wear components simply by reversing the cutter blocks, hammers and center section of drum.

A box beam-style anvil — with replaceable wear surfaces on top — uses a wedge system to maximize retention while providing good resistance to bending. Additionally, serviceability is increased by providing ground-level access. All hardware used to secure the anvil is located on the outside of the machine, away from the wear path of material.

Vermeer also increased the thickness of the mill box sidewalls in front of the mill, as well as made it easier for the plates between the end of the mill and sidewall to be replaced. Optional, abrasion- resistant wear plates are available.

The Vermeer-exclusive SmartGrind system stops and reverses material from feeding into the hammermill when engine rpm drops below a preset droop speed. This helps increase machine and jobsite productivity by reducing operator effort. The feature reduces wear to vital engine and machine components by constantly monitoring engine loading. The feed table and feed roller pull material into the grinding chamber or reverse material away from the chamber when prompted. The operator can reverse the feed roller independently of the feed table to reposition irregular material as it enters the hammermill. Feed roller hydraulic down pressure can be applied using the remote control unit. Down pressure aids in feeding difficult material sizes and shapes.

A single-piece 48-inch (121.9 cm) wide belly and discharge conveyor belt eliminates the transition point from belly to load-out, helping to reduce the occurrence of plugging or bridging in some conditions. Vermeer also enhanced the overlap of the infeed and discharge conveyors to reduce spillage on the ground, resulting in less cleanup time under the machine.

The thrown object deflector (TOD) is designed to reduce both the quantity and distance of thrown material, allowing operation in smaller and controlled worksites. The TOD can be temporarily raised to reduce interference when loading over-length or bulky material if required.

Improved site maneuverability and a smaller turning radius were achieved by moving the fifth wheel pin under the 20-foot (6.1 m) long infeed. This design change also allows for enhanced weight dispersal for better tow vehicle traction and reduces the load on trailer axles.

A multifunction, wireless remote allows the operator to control most operating functions from as far away as 300 feet (91.4 m). This feature enhances jobsite productivity by allowing the operator to control machine functions from the loader vehicle while performing other functions. An optional air compressor is also available to speed up end-of-the-day cleaning of the machine.