Posted July 20, 2018

Vermeer plant devastated by tornado

More than 400 dealers in attendance for company’s 70th anniversary; few and minor injuries reported.

At approximately 4 p.m., July 19, Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa suffered a direct hit from a tornado, The company suffered significant damage to several plants and its waste management facility on the campus is a complete loss, according to reports on AgWeb.

Vermeer plant damage from tornado
Photo: WHO-HD Ch. 13 News

During the tornado, more than 400 dealers and customers were onsite to celebrate the company's 70thanniversary.

Jason Andringa, Vermeer CEO, says that as the storm approached, employees, dealers and customers were guided to several tornado shelters on the campus.

Seven people were taken to Pella Regional hospital for minor injuries, according to local emergency officials. 

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