Vermeer has announced the opening of a 312,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Global Parts Distribution Center located on the grounds of its corporate headquarters in Pella, Iowa. The new facility is located at the end of the old runway where company founder Gary Vermeer once delivered parts to Vermeer customers by plane.
“Vermeer is focused on optimizing this facility so we can most efficiently deliver the right part at the right time to our customers,” says Tony Briggs, vice president of the Vermeer Lifecycle product group. “This facility allows customer support, engineering, procurement and logistics to be co-located. They work in conjunction with our operational team members to make sure we fulfill customer and dealer expectations daily.”
The location of the Global Parts Distribution Center leverages the manufacturing capabilities of “the Vermeer mile,” where most Vermeer products are assembled, says Briggs: “Almost 1/3 of the warehouse is filled with parts made by different manufacturing plants on the Vermeer mile. It is very convenient for us to be located near the manufacturing facilities that supply those parts. Ultimately, we bundle the Vermeer-manufactured parts with other parts and ship the orders around the world to take care of our customers.”
Boasting three times more space than the previous building, Vermeer’s new Global Parts Distribution Center includes 23 dock doors, a warehouse management system and improved warehouse technology. This investment will help drive efficiency by centralizing parts storage.
“With people at the center of everything we do, this new facility helps our team members equip dealers and support customers and that ultimately makes a real impact on their ability to get important work done,” says Jason Andringa, Vermeer president and CEO.
The new Global Parts Distribution Center is the second facility Vermeer has opened in 2023. Earlier this year, the company expanded its parts manufacturing footprint in Des Moines, Iowa. That facility manufactures horizontal directional drill tooling and utility tractor attachments.