Gary Vermeer inducted into Farm Equipment's Shortline Legends Hall of Fame

Gary Vermeer inducted into Farm Equipment's Shortline Legends Hall of Fame
Gary Vermeer, the founder of Vermeer Corporation, has been inducted into the inaugural Farm Equipment's Shortline Legends Hall of Fame.

This prestigious honor recognizes individuals whose innovations have had a lasting impact on North America's machinery and dealer distribution industry over the past 55 years.

Using his farming background and innovative mindset, Gary developed solutions that directly addressed the real challenges farmers face. Gary’s groundbreaking inventions have had a significant impact on the agricultural industry. One of his notable inventions was a mechanical wagon hoist, which simplified the transportation and unloading of corn between farms. However, his most well-known invention was the revolutionary large round baler, which helped transform labor-intensive processes and paved the way for increased productivity for farmers.

“We are thrilled that Gary, our founder and my grandfather, has been recognized by Farm Equipment for his contributions to the industry,” said Jason Andringa, president and CEO of Vermeer. “His unwavering commitment to innovation and his deep understanding of the needs of farmers have shaped our company’s values and continue to inspire us today.”

Joining Gary Vermeer in the inaugural class of the Shortline Legends Hall of Fame are the following individuals, who have also made significant contributions to the agricultural machinery and dealer distribution industry:

  • Roy Applequist, founder of Great Plains Mfg
  • Don Landoll, founder of Landoll Corp
  • Joe MacDonald, founder of MacDon
  • Jon Kinzenbaw, founder of Kinze Mfg

“At Vermeer, we are committed to continuing my grandfather’s vision and values,” said Andringa. “We believe in making a positive impact on the lives of our customers, employees and communities. This induction into the Farm Equipment’s Shortline Legends Hall of Fame is proof of his enduring influence and the remarkable legacy he created.”

Vermeer is committed to upholding the legacy of its founder, embracing the core values of integrity, collaboration and continuous improvement. As the company celebrates its 75th year in business, it remains dedicated to expanding its range of agricultural equipment and dealer network. This expansion is aimed at meeting the evolving needs of farmers and ranchers in North America, both now and in the future.

For more information about Vermeer equipment and services, please contact your local Vermeer dealer.

About Vermeer Corporation

Vermeer delivers a real impact on the way important work gets done through the manufacture of high-quality agricultural, underground construction, surface mining, tree care and environmental equipment. With a reputation for being built tough and built in a better way, Vermeer equipment is backed by localized customer service and support provided by independent dealers around the world. To learn more about Vermeer, products, the dealer network and financing options, visit

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