Vermeer headquarters hit by tornado

On Thursday July 19th, Vermeer headquarters in Pella, Iowa was hit by a tornado causing significant damage.

According to a statement from Vermeer CEO Jason Andringa, several buildings had structural damage and work at the facility has been canceled through Friday.

Plant numbers 5 and 6 had significant structural damage that would limit the company’s ability to continue their operations. The waste management facility is a total loss. Plant numbers 4, 7 and the advanced systems and testing facility will require a structural assessment to determine the extent of the damage. The remaining buildings were not damaged, Andringa said.

The tornado hit as the agricultural equipment manufacturing company was celebrating its 70th anniversary. The event brought about 400 customers and businesses to the facility from around the world.

Seven people were treated for injuries at an area hospital but all employees and guests have been accounted for.

Pella police praised Vermeer for following its emergency response protocol and getting employees to shelter quickly.