Over the past several months, Vermeer Corporation has made numerous strategic moves to be well positioned for the future of the global forage market. These moves include Vermeer family succession and leadership planning along with an expanded biomass and dairy market focus. In addition, Vermeer has restructured the Forage Solutions sales territories and developed a new training department to further support these opportunities moving forward.
Vermeer Family Succession
As part of its ongoing family succession planning and leadership development, third generation Vermeer family member Jason Andringa has transitioned to the role of President, which took effect on January 1, 2013. In his new role as President, Andringa has responsibility over the Forage and Environmental Solutions groups, reporting to Mary Andringa in her continuing role as CEO. He is working to sustain the growth and drive future investment for the company. Another priority is to accelerate Vermeer’s momentum in the developing global biomass industry.
“I have always had a strong personal affinity for this company, particularly the forage side of the business, and I look forward to building on the growth already in place,” said Andringa. “Some of my earliest Vermeer product memories are of my grandfather (founder Gary Vermeer) taking me out to the field to make hay with Vermeer round balers. Now, as a third generation family member, I’m ready to help advance the legacy he started and which the Vermeer family has worked so diligently to strengthen and protect.”
Andringa has been with the company since June 2005, most recently as Vice President with responsibility for distribution and global accounts. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI), a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Biomass and Dairy Market Emphasis