Secretary of Commerce visits Vermeer
08/28/2013

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker traveled to Vermeer Corp., Pella, Iowa, in August as she continued her nationwide listening tour, during which she is meeting with businesses and thought leaders to hear about their priorities, concerns and ideas on how the public and private sectors can work together to strengthen the economy and create American jobs.

“We welcome the opportunity to represent the voice of business as the Secretary acclimates herself to the opportunities and challenges industry faces to grow domestically and abroad,” said Mary Andringa, Vermeer president and CEO. “We thank the Secretary for making the commitment to listen to those who are working every day to grow American jobs and American business opportunities.”

While visiting on Aug. 8, Secretary Pritzker saw examples of the Vermeer global footprint by touring manufacturing facilities where the company’s largest machine to date — the 200-ton T1655 Terrain Leveler surface excavation machine — is built and then exported around the world; the Vermeer Parts Center where more than 65,000 active parts are stocked and shipments are made domestically and internationally daily; and lastly, the lean brush chipper assembly line where the number of days from raw steel to finished product has been reduced from 52 days to two days as part of a lean journey that began in 1997.