Tornado damages Vermeer plants in Iowa

By |  July 20, 2018

A tornado struck two Vermeer plants July 19 in Pella, Iowa, during an anniversary celebration of the company’s agricultural equipment.

According to WHO-HD of Des Moines, Iowa, the tornado damaged two manufacturing facilities and injured several employees who were eventually treated and released from a local hospital.

More than 400 dealers and customers were on site at the time of the tornado, the television station reports.

The damage sustained by the two plants will limit Vermeer’s ability to operate them, the company says. In addition, Vermeer describes a waste management facility as a complete loss.

“We’re certainly going to rebuild and we’re going to come back stronger than ever,” Vermeer President and CEO Jason Andringa told WHO-HD.

Vermeer serves the aggregate industry with its Terrain Leveler surface excavation machines that offer a solution where explosives cannot.

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