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We continuously improve our machines and process to move our customers’ businesses and the world forward. The same belief holds true for our team members to continuously improve themselves and the communities in which they live.
As part of the Vermeer commitment to improvement, Vermeer focuses on long-term initiatives that help make a real, personal impact on our world.
Vermeer Charitable Foundation
As Vermeer Corporation has grown, so has the Vermeer Charitable Foundation (VCF). Local focus supports many civic, church and educational needs from the central Iowa area. Vermeer Corporation’s equipment and expertise have proven valuable in supporting disaster relief efforts as well as contributing to a better quality of life for people around the world.
Three generations of Vermeer family shareholders now serve as directors on the Board of VCF. Their passions have changed and propelled the foundation over the years. “Bricks & Mortar” type projects were core in the early years and then education and scholarships became a growing interest, especially as it impacted Vermeer team members’ children. Environmental protection and business mentoring globally are more recent focuses. VCF continues to seek out opportunities where the foundation’s efforts can make a real impact in the world in which we live.
Vermeer is committed to the communities where our team members work and live. This philosophy strongly reflects the character on which our solid foundation was built decades ago. Whether through citizenship initiatives or the Vermeer Charitable Foundation (VCF), Vermeer and it’s people worldwide believe in a long-term commitment to community engagement.
Vermeer team members are encouraged to take advantage of paid Volunteer Time Off (VTO) to help people and communities move forward.
Vermeer encourages youth to explore and pursue education and careers within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Vermeer aims to create learning opportunities for education and real-life experience to intersect. The Vermeer teacher intern program allows teachers to experience ways in which STEM skills directly relate to our workforce. Throughout the year, Vermeer also hosts students to learn more about advanced manufacturing and the opportunities available. From celebrating "Take Your Child to Work Day” to hosting K-12 classrooms with age-appropriate curriculum, Vermeer believes seeing is learning.
Vermeer Chair of the Board Mary Andringa was co-chair of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council from 2013-2015. During her tenure as CEO, Andringa was named one of the Top 100 CEOs in STEM by STEMconnector® - a group focused on education and jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Current Vermeer President and CEO Jason Andringa was also named one of the Top 100 CEOs in STEM by STEMconnector® in 2016.
In 2012, Vermeer made a significant investment in creating an opportunity to engage our future workforce and benefit from increased collaboration with academia by becoming the first corporation to create an office presence in Iowa State University’s Research Park. ISU faculty, full-time Vermeer team members, student interns and student engineering teams work hand-in-hand on specialized projects and research.
In 2016, Vermeer opened the Vermeer Applied Technology Hub, where ISU faculty, full-time Vermeer team members, student interns and student engineering teams work hand-in-hand on specialized projects and research.
“We are excited to continue our relationship with Iowa State to demonstrate how partnership between Iowa’s education system and private industry can best be applied. When the state, our education system and the state’s private industry come together, strong economic development potential can follow,” said Vermeer CEO Jason Andringa.