More than five decades of finding better ways to make hay
“Find a need, fill that need with a product built to last, and simply build the best.”
These words were famously spoken by Vermeer founder Gary Vermeer, who made a name for himself by doing just that. It started with the invention of the big, round hay baler in 1971. Here’s how it came to be…
Chalk it up to innovation
Innovation can happen anywhere. In the case of the Vermeer round baler, it took place on the factory floor. And what better place for engineering minds to collaborate? Gary Vermeer had an idea spinning 'round in his head and there was only one course of action: Chalk it up and build it. Gary and Arnie Mathes, a Vermeer engineer, drew up the initial design and had a prototype ready for field testing a mere 45 days later. The result?
“It didn’t work,” recalled Al Van Dyke, who worked at Vermeer. “They couldn’t get the bale to start. Then Gary got a fence post, threw it in there and the bale took right off. So then he knew he had something. So he ordered a bunch of these long cardboard tubes. Then he figured out the fingers to catch the hay.” And the rest is history.
Meet the family behind the Vermeer round baler
Generations of the Vermeer family have been involved in the business and continue to carry on the legacy of innovation and improvement. Our ultimate goal is to help our customers do important work and be Equipped to Do More®. All of Gary’s children served as CEOs or company leaders at one point, and now the third generation is leading the company. Gary’s grandson Jason Andringa serves as president and CEO and his granddaughter Mindi Vanden Bosch leads the Forage Solutions team.
See the current lineup of Vermeer round balers
Wet or dry hay. Part-time, full-time or custom operations. Vermeer has the round baler you need to put up dense, high-quality bales you can be proud of.