Vermeer recovery progresses


Vermeer CEO Jason Andringa shared with Gov. Kim Reynolds an update on the company’s rebuilding following last year’s devastating tornado.

Reynolds was at Vermeer the day after the July 19, 2018, EF-3 twister that leveled Plants 5 and 6. She was back at Vermeer 54 weeks later to discuss her apprenticeship program that began in Pella.

Andringa reported that the company chose to retire the numbers 5 and 6. The new buildings will be named Shop 48 and Plant 7.

Shop 48 will house engineering resources on the site of the former Plant 5. It is expected to open in mid-August. An eco-center being added is expected to open in January 2020.

Plant 7 will be a 200,000 square-foot facility that is set to open in the fall of 2020.

“I have no doubt they will come back stronger and better than ever,” Reynolds said of Vermeer. “It’s incredible what they have been able to accomplish.”