U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker traveled to Vermeer Corporation on Aug. 8 as part of her nationwide listening tour, during which she met with businesses and thought leaders to hear about their priorities, concerns and ideas on how the public and private sectors can work together to strengthen the economy and create American jobs.
“We welcome the opportunity to represent the voice of business as the Secretary acclimates herself to the opportunities and challenges industry faces to grow domestically and abroad,” said Vermeer President and CEO Mary Andringa. “We thank the Secretary for making the commitment to listen to those who are working every day to grow American jobs and American business opportunities.”
While visiting, Secretary Pritzker saw examples of the Vermeer global footprint by touring manufacturing facilities where the company’s largest machine to date – the 200-ton T1655 Terrain Leveler surface excavation machine – is built and then exported around the world; the Vermeer Parts Center where more than 65,000 active parts are stocked and shipments are made domestically and internationally daily; and lastly, the lean brush chipper assembly line where the number of days from raw steel to finished product has been reduced from 52 days to two days as part of a Lean journey that began in 1997. 888.837.6337, vermeer.com
Full photo caption: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker (middle) tours the manufacturing facilities at Vermeer with CEO Mary Andringa (left), Plant Manager Bruce Severson (right), and Doug Hundt, president of underground and specialty excavation (far left).