The family who owns the Pella-based company that makes heavy equipment for farm and industrial uses has announced its “family succession plans.”
Gary Vermeer founded Vermeer Corporation in 1948 and the company now sells its products in 66 countries. His daughter, Mary Vermeer Andringa, is the company’s president and CEO and she recently served as president of the National Association of Manufacturers.
Her son, Jason Andringa, will become Vermeer’s president and chief operating officer on November 1st, then a year later he’ll become both president and chief executive of the company. His mother will become chairman of the board and his uncle, who is also a former CEO of the company, will become chairman emeritus.
Jason Andringa is a mechanical engineer who earned a masters from MIT and an MBA from the
University of Southern California. He worked in NASA’s jet propulsion lab before joining the family business in 2005.
Vermeer employs more than 3000 people in seven manufacturing facilities in Pella and satellite plants in South Dakota and China. The company’s products are used for underground construction, surface mining and tree care as well as farming.
Photos courtesy of Vermeer.