Mary Andringa Inducted to American Equipment Manufacturers Hall of Fame
December 4, 2019
Mary Andringa, Chair of the Board at Vermeer and IBC Chair was inducted into the Association of Equipment Manufacturers Hall of Fame. The AEM recognizes individuals whose innovations, ideas, and leadership have advanced the off-road equipment manufacturing industry and contributed to its success in the past and into tomorrow. Andringa contributions are exemplary in her industry and community. She has led Vermeer’ Cooperation through the development of many significant initiatives including their Lean program and the creation of Vermeer University, both emphasizing safety, professional development, and efficiency.
During Andringa’s tenure as CEO of Vermeer, the company established volunteer time-off, giving employees eight hours of paid time-off to volunteer time in local charities and causes. Yellow Iron Academy, an on-campus early learning center with a STEM-focused curriculum, was opened in 2014. Andringa also helped foster the company’s Friends of Vermeer program, where retirees work part time or as needed in their previous job and participate in quarterly updates and have access to Vermeer University classes and retirement investment counseling. Continuing the legacy her father, Mary helped promote the Vermeer 4P Philosophy (principles, people, product and profit), with people being the most important assest.