January 2018 Vol. 73 No. 1


Vermeer Southeast


Vermeer Southeast Sales and Service Inc. culminated 2017’s year-long celebration of 50 years of providing the Southeast with equipment, parts, service and solutions for the underground construction market and tree care industry.

The company began operations in 1967 as part of an emerging sales and service, dealer network intended to meet the needs of a growing industrial market for Vermeer Corporation. Starting with a single location in Orlando, FL, today it has grown to 9 locations and nearly 160 employees across Alabama, Florida and Georgia; Vermeer Caribbean, Vermeer Puerto Rico and

Vermeer Central America were acquired in 2003. Employees and their families, vendors and partners commemorated the company’s milestone at a special event near the corporate office in Orlando. Co-founders Merle Den Besten and Mel Bokhoven; and current owners, Kris Den Besten, Todd Ver Steeg and Jim Dees, reflected on the company’s growth and success since it’s humble beginnings. Also sharing congratulatory remarks were Bob Vermeer, chair emeritus of the Vermeer Board of Directors, and Doug Hundt, president of Industrial for Vermeer Corporation.

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