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Tornado rips through Vermeer Manufacturing in Pella

PELLA – A tornado ripped through Vermeer Manufacturing Thursday afternoon, tearing up buildings on the property, flipping over cars, and blowing out windows.

PELLA – A tornado ripped through Vermeer Manufacturing Thursday afternoon, tearing up buildings on the property, flipping over cars, and blowing out windows.

Sheets of metal roofing and a destroyed corn field the result. And Vermeer Manufacturing hit maybe the hardest. 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been impacted,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said during a visit to the town.

Vermeer CEO Jason Andringa says 144 MPH winds pounded the company for a few minutes, destroying two buildings. But that’s not going to stop business. 

“The process to rebuild starts now,” Andringa said. “And I am confident we will come back stronger than ever.”