Farm Equipment Legend Passes

Cindy Zimmerman

Gary VermeerThe founder of Vermeer Corporation passed away today in Pella, Iowa.

Gary Vermeer started the business with a cousin in 1948, after inventing a wagon hoist five years earlier, which made it easier to unload corn. From that small operation, the company has grown over the past 60 years to an international organization that manufactures agricultural, construction, environmental, and industrial equipment. Today, Vermeer Corporation has industrial dealerships in over 60 countries and on every continent except Antarctica, in addition to hundreds of agricultural equipment dealers throughout the US. Vermeer’s business philosophy was, “Find a need. Fill that need with a product built to last. And simply build the best!”

A website has been established in honor of Gary and his lifetime of contributions – – that includes more information, including funeral arrangements and memorials for this farm machinery legend.

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