The public is invited to attend; all are welcome to join the celebrations.
“The intent of Community Day is to open our doors to local communities and give them a behind-the-scenes look at our newest investments here on the Vermeer mile, including self-guided tours of the new Global Parts Distribution Center. Visitors will also be able to go through the newly remodeled Vermeer Museum, as well as see the original Founders’ House, where Gary and Matilda Vermeer lived, and shop at The Hangar, the exclusive Vermeer store,” said Liz Sporrer, Vermeer senior manager for talent brand experience and corporate communications.
Global Parts Distribution Center, the Vermeer Museum and the Founders’ House will be open to the public for self-guided tours from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Global Parts Distribution Center, commonly known as the GPDC, is a 312,000-sq-ft state-of-the-art facility dedicated to packaging and shipping parts to customers worldwide, located on the grounds of the corporate headquarters to leverage the manufacturing capabilities of the Vermeer mile, where most Vermeer products are assembled. Building on a legacy of customer support, this new building is located at the end of the old runway where company founder Gary Vermeer once delivered parts to Vermeer customers by plane.
The Vermeer Museum, located within the Global Pavilion, showcases the history of Vermeer Corporation. Originally opened in 1998, the Museum had been closed for renovations and has recently reopened, offering a modern, immersive experience to guests wanting to learn more about the Vermeer family, the markets the company serves, the hardships it has faced and how the organization is moving towards the future. New displays include features on the impact of the 2018 tornado and a prototype of the original horizontal directional drill. New interactive screens allow visitors dive deeper into details about how Vermeer Corporation was started and how it contributes to today’s industrial and agricultural marketplaces.
While no production will be happening on the Vermeer mile during the open house event, we ask that visitors please respect the company’s rules and protocols while onsite. Visitors will not be allowed to take photos or videos while inside these facilities, and all other facilities on the Pella campus will be closed to the public. Vermeer personnel will be on-hand during the event to assist guests and provide guidance on where to go and what to do.
In case of emergency during the event, please contact Vermeer security at 641-621-7000.
Entrance and parking details
Visitors to the Pella campus are asked to enter the Vermeer mile from East Vermeer Road and park in only the areas designated on the map below. Please enter/exit the open facilities through the buildings’ main entrances. All other doors will remain locked and monitored by Vermeer on-site personnel.
“We invite anyone who is interested in seeing the Pella campus and learning more about our company to stop by the Vermeer mile that morning and be part of the festivities,” said Sporrer. “This will be a great event for us to share what we do and how we do it with the local communities where our team members live and work. We look forward to welcoming our neighbors to our facilities!”
About Vermeer Corporation
Vermeer Corporation delivers a real impact on the way important work gets done through the design, manufacture and support of high-quality industrial and agricultural equipment that helps connect people to the necessities of life, manage natural resources and feed and fuel communities. With a reputation for being built tough and built a better way, that equipment is backed by localized customer service and support provided by independent dealers around the world. To learn about Vermeer Corporation, products, the dealer network, financing options and careers, visit vermeer.com.