An Update from Vermeer Corporation
July 26, 2018 –
On Thursday, July 19, an EF3 tornado hit the Vermeer Corporation headquarters in Pella, Iowa. While there was significant damage to some areas of campus, several buildings sustained zero to little damage and were back in operation on Monday, July 23. Most importantly, only minor injuries were sustained and those injured were released from medical care by Thursday evening.
The team in Pella is actively making plans to bring the production lines in the affected facilities back to full-operation. We are proud to be part of the Vermeer dealer family and have been working in close coordination with the factory and our fellow dealers to keep our customers like you a top priority. If you have any questions or concerns, we are here to answer those as best we can and ensure you get the support you need. Together, we are all Vermeer Strong.
The Parts Center is back in full operation this week, and Vermeer has reassigned team members from other areas to help the team keep up with orders. Order fulfillment rates continue to be at high levels as we work closely with the factory to do everything we can to keep our customers and their equipment productive. While the Parts Distribution Center received no damage, some inventory and the facilities where Vermeer manufactures parts were more severely impacted. They are assessing the availability of those parts on a daily basis and are actively working with suppliers and others on the Vermeer Mile to minimize the customer impact of these challenges. We are making every effort to communicate with our customers to be sure you have what you need and know what to expect as Vermeer continues its rebuilding efforts.
Tornado Causes Severe Damage to Vermeer Corporation
July 19, 2018 – 8:30 p.m. statement –
This afternoon, severe weather hit Vermeer Corporation around 4 p.m. In addition to our team members who were working at that time, over 400 dealers and customers were onsite for the 2018 Customer Conference.
Upon being notified of severe weather, we worked to quickly activate our emergency response system. The emergency alarms in all buildings sounded and team members, dealers and customers were directed to tornado shelters in all facilities on the Vermeer campus.
Our efforts, along with emergency services, have been focused on ensuring those on our property during the weather event were safe and cared for. Injuries were treated both here and at Pella Regional Health Center. It is our understanding that those treated have been released.
The process to account for our more than 2,700 Pella-based team members is underway. All dealers and customers visiting have been accounted for.
The care of our team is our top priority and support resources are available. Vermeer chaplains are on-call through the Vermeer main line (641.628.3141) for any post-event care needed.
There is significant structural damage and personal property damage across the Vermeer campus. An initial assessment follows:
- Our corporate office, Plant 1, Plant 2, Plant 3, Parts Distribution Center, Global Pavilion, Lely and Yellow Iron Academy Learning Center appear to have zero to minor damage.
- Plant 4, Plant 7 and our Advanced Systems/Testing facility will need a structural assessment before we can determine the impact of the damage and the ability to continue operations.
- Plant 5 and Plant 6 both have significant structural damage that we believe, at this time, will limit our ability to continue operations.
- Our waste management facility is a complete loss.
We appreciate the quick outreach of the community. Unless notified, we ask team members, dealers, customers and community members to refrain from visiting the campus until further notice. Operations for 3rd shift have been canceled for the night of Thursday, July 19. All operations, both office and production, have been closed for Friday, July 20.
We will continue to provide updates as they are available.
TLA Annual Golf Tournament 2018
Wesgroup Equipment is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Truck Loggers Association’s 22nd Annual Golf Tournament, taking place at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa on Friday, June 15th, 2018.
Do come and meet your Vermeer BC team at the event!
Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa
1999 Country Club Way, Victoria, BC V9B 6R3
For event details, visit http://www.tla.ca/tla-events/tla-annual-golf-tournament
Vermeer BC Exhibiting at the International Urban Forestry Congress
Vermeer BC is exhibiting at the 2018 International Urban Forestry Congress (IUFC) from September 30th to October 3rd at the Westin Bayshore and Stanley Park. Vermeer will be showcasing their latest forestry equipment – come by our booth and say hi!
1601 Bayshore Dr., Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4
and Stanley Park
The Congress is a unique partnership between Tree Canada’s Canadian Urban Forest Conference (CUFC), the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture’s (PNW-ISA) Annual Training Conference and the Urban Tree Diversity Conference (UTD). The goal is to provide a forum for practicing arborists and urban foresters, green space planners and designers, policy makers, researchers and educators to share their unique insights into arboriculture and urban forestry.
Click for more information: IUFC 2018
Vermeer BC Drill School
On March 14th, 2018, Vermeer BC hosted their first Drill School event at Wesgroup Equipment's Surrey location on 10240, Grace Road. We had factory representatives and industry experts from Vermeer Corp, DCI, T2 Utility Engineers, and CETCO to lead the sessions and demo throughout the entire one-day event. Tacofino was on site to serve a delicious lunch.
Thank you to everyone that helped to make Drill School a success.
Vermeer BC Exhibiting at the WCTA Conference & Trade Show
Vermeer is proud to be exhibiting at the upcoming Western Canada Turfgrass Association Conference and Trade Show on February 14-16th, 2018 at the River Rock Casino, Richmond BC.
Come visit us at Booth #54, 55 and check out our equipment, and meet our full Vermeer BC team!
Show details: http://wcta-online.com/
River Rock Casino Resort
8811 River Road
Richmond, BC V6X 3P8
Featuring the new Vermeer SPX25 Vibratory Plow
Check out how the new SPX25 vibratory plow is compact, powerful and built with tracks to minimize ground disturbance!
Read article: LINK
Vermeer featured in Recycling Product News
We're proud to see how our Vermeer horizontal grinder has helped our customer reduce costs and increase their business' productivity! Read about how crunching the numbers lead to an alternative fuel source for Bevo Farms here: https://www.westerraequipment.com/vermeer-featured-recycling-product-news/
"As we grew, so did our needs," said Benne. "Doing the math, we determined we would be a lot more efficient with the Vermeer horizontal grinder than what we were getting from the electric unit. Not only do we get more production out of the unit, but it does a much better job of producing consistent material sizes, which gives us a better, cleaner fuel source."
Picture and article originally published in Recycling Product News, October 2017, Volume 25, Number 7.
Vermeer BC sponsoring at the Trenchless Technology Road Show 2017
Vermeer BC and Westerra Equipment are proud to sponsor for the 2017 Trenchless Technology Road Show taking place from Monday, September 25 to Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel located in Richmond, BC.Location:
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
About the Trenchless Technology Road Show and details, visit http://roadshow2017.cattevents.ca/