Vermeer CEO Passes Away

Bob Vermeer, 78, joined Vermeer Corp. in 1974.

Bob Vermeer.
Bob Vermeer.

Vermeer, which produces skid steers, trailers and a variety of other industrial and construction equipment, has announced that its CEO Bob Vermeer has passed away. He was 78. 

Vermeer reported that he passed away on Aug. 17 surrounded by family. 

During his time as a leader of Vermeer, the company grew to more than 60 countries on six continents with hundreds of dealers around the world. He also worked to promote succession planning to transition the business to future generations of the Vermeer family.

His passing was also reported by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), a group he was heavily involved in. According to AEM, Vermeer served as chair of the Equipment Manufacturers Institute (EMI) in 2001, prior to it joining with the Construction Industry Manufacturers Association (CIMA) to form AEM. His longtime support and numerous contributions to the association led to him being named to the AEM Hall of Fame in 2016.

"Bob will always be remembered for his support of AEM, his contributions to our equipment manufacturing and his efforts to spur the growth, development and success of Vermeer into the industry-leading company it is today," said AEM President Megan Tanel. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

Bob Vermeer was the second child of Gary Vermeer, who founded Vermeer Corp.

To read more about Bob Vermeer's life and to share messages and memories, visit the Vermeer page about his life.