On Oct. 9, Vermeer Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and officially celebrated the opening of Shop 48, a facility where innovation becomes reality.
Named after founder Gary Vermeer’s shop, where his inventions came to life and led to the founding of Vermeer Corporation in 1948, the building spans 114,000 square feet of space dedicated to building and testing new equipment. Shop 48 marks a new era of innovation at the corporation and was the first offensive move announced on Sept. 5, 2018 following the tornado on July 19, 2018.
Shop 48 is truly the first of its kind at the Vermeer Pella campus. Designed specifically to build low volume and job shop engineering builds, the layout maximizes efficiency and flow for team members.
Also in Shop 48 is a state-of-the-art paint facility. The split design allows for parts to flow directly from the paint booth into the oven. Similar paint booths will be installed in the new Vermeer manufacturing facility, Plant 7, as the corporation continues to develop their advanced manufacturing efforts. Plant 7 is set to open in the fall of 2020.
Some team members who will work in Shop 48 have been working offsite since July of last year at various locations across the state of Iowa. Despite this challenge, these teams have demonstrated incredible agility as they worked together to help design, build and launch major innovations.
“I am excited about the synergies that will happen now that our teams are together here,” said Jason Andringa, Vermeer president and CEO to the crowd gathered to commemorate the official ribbon cutting of Shop 48. “To our team members who have been working hard offsite, thank you for your patience, and thank you for your momentum. Last week I was extremely proud to stand in my Vermeer shirt in our Vermeer booth in front of our customers and launch our new XR2 vacuum excavator thanks to your work. Welcome home.”