"We can do things really well in this country," Harkin said. "We've got the greatest workers in the world."
Harkin referred to Vermeer as "one of the premiere manufacturing plants in Iowa." VanEngelenhoven led a tour for reporters, separate from the Harkin-Pritzker tour. VanEngelenhoven said that Vermeer is willing to do "anything and everything" for its customers. That includes keeping parts in its warehouse that will fit equipment that was made 60 years ago.
Videos of Vermeer equipment in action were played on screens during the tour. They are made at job sites, and provide employees the opportunity to see the products of their labor working.
Vermeer left a strong impression with Pritzker. She praised the family-owned company's history and commitment to excellence. (Video of a portion of Pritzker's comments accompany this story.)
Following the tour, a roundtable discussion, closed to the public, was held at the Vermeer Global Pavilion.