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Vermeer Founder Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted: Thursday, October 8th, 2009 at 6:27 am


A Pella native and founder of one of the city’s major manufacturers was awarded a posthumous award Tuesday in Des Moines by the Iowa Department of Economic Development. Gary Vermeer was given the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 10th Annual Iowa Venture Capital and Entrepreneur Conference in Des Moines.

Vermeer founded the Vermeer Corporation, where he was a part of many innovations in agriculture equipment, and was also known for his charitable contributions to local and global charities through the Vermeer Charitable Foundation. Gary Vermeer passed away in February of this year.