Vermeer’s Mary Andringa named to AEM Corridor of Fame

Mary Andringa on the Vermeer household dwelling the place she grew up, now the Founders Home.

Mary Andringa, Vermeer board chair, has been inducted to the Affiliation of Tools Producers’ Corridor of Fame.

Andringa is acknowledged for a number of achievements at Vermeer, an organization based by her father Gary Vermeer in 1948. Working alongside her brother Bob Vermeer as a co-CEO, she lead Vermeer’s lean manufacturing strategy and have become a number one advocate of lean practices, incomes the Lean Champion Award by the Iowa Lean Consortium.

This lean strategy result in a number of manufacturing successes at Vermeer, together with decreasing the time it took to fabricate a 12-inch in-feed brush chipper from 52 days down to 2.

Andringa, the primary feminine chair of the Nationwide Affiliation of Producers, additionally served on the President’s Export Council and the Ex-Im Financial institution Advisory Committee. She was named to the Iowa Enterprise Corridor of Fame in 2011 and was the primary feminine inducted into the IndustryWeek Manufacturing Corridor of Fame.

Whereas main Vermeer, Andringa helped outline and promote Vermeer’s 4P Philosophy: rules, individuals, product and revenue. She supported the beginning of an onsite major care clinic and pharmacy for workers and their households, giving them fundamental medical care both without charge or a lowered payment.

Throughout Andringa’s tenure as CEO of Vermeer, the corporate established volunteer time-off, giving workers eight hours of paid time-off to volunteer time in native charities and causes. Yellow Iron Academy, an on-campus early studying middle with a STEM-focused curriculum, was opened in 2014. Andringa additionally helped foster the corporate’s Associates of Vermeer program, the place retirees work half time or as wanted of their earlier job and take part in quarterly updates and have entry to Vermeer College lessons and retirement funding counseling.

AEM says its Corridor of Fame acknowledges “people whose improvements, concepts and management have superior the off-road tools manufacturing trade and contributed to its success prior to now and into tomorrow.”