Vermeer Celebrates 60th Anniversary, History Of Innovation

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | September 2008 Vol. 63 No. 9

The first Vermeer trencher was introduced in 1950. Today's trencher lineup includes a walk behind model, rider trenchers for utility work from 37 to 120 horsepower, and large, heavy duty track machines from 125 to 600 horsepower for cutting through rock, paving and difficult soils. There are three compact walk behind vibratory plow models. Vehicles that power utility trenchers are designed to accept interchangeable work modules, including vibratory plows and utility backhoes.

HDD market

Vermeer entered the directional drilling market in 1991 and today is a leading producer of HDD equipment offering 14 models with pullback capabilities from 5,500 to 500,000 pounds. Their HDD equipment includes a complete selection of support equipment such as fluid mixing systems, locators, drill pipe and downhole tools. In addition, Vermeer has added vacuum excavators, compact excavators and skid steer loaders. HammerHead pneumatic piercing tools has been offered through Vermeer dealers for many years.

In the agricultural market, Vermeer's best known product likely is its round hay baler, the first model being introduced in 1971. In wide use on landscape and land clearance projects are Vermeer chippers, stump cutters and tub grinders.

Today there are 150 Vermeer industrial equipment dealerships selling and supporting utility equipment products and 430 agricultural equipment dealers.

Earlier this year, Vermeer changed the company name from Vermeer Manufacturing Co. to the Vermeer Corp. and acquired Horizontal Rig & Equipment, Inc., Conroe, TX, expanding the company's line of large HDD equipment.

"While Bob and I are proud of our past, we are equally excited about our future," says Vermeer Andringa. "Today we are no longer limited by geography or culture. We are truly a global organization with an entrepreneurial spirit that stretches to all corners of the globe."

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Vermeer Corp., (888) 837-6337, www.vermeer.com