On July 19th a tornado formed near Pella,Iowa and ripped through the Vermeer Corp. factory and business center. It was a miracle no one was hurt. The employees at Vermeer have come together,like a family, and have started the process of rebuilding. Vermeer, founded in 1948 by Gary Vermeer, is a leader in the hay industry, and pioneers of the modern round baler. Vermeer is also the largest employer in the Pella, Iowa area with approximately 2,800 employees according to the Des MoinsRegister.
Vermeer has been shuffling around trying to keep production going through this difficult time. They are currently back to 100% production and are in the process of rebuilding after two of their buildings were deemed complete losses and need to be torn down. They have received much support by the community and their customers as they have remained positive.
Not only are they planning to rebuild, they are also planning to expand production. They are currently in the planning phase and plan to complete the project next year (2019). We are very glad no one was hurt in the storm and believe Vermeer will take this as an opportunity to improve even further upon their company and their employees.