Iowa exec in line to be first woman chair of NAM
Mary Vermeer Andringa, president and CEO of Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa, began her two-year term on January 1, 2009, as vice chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Andringa was elected vice chair at the NAM's semi-annual Board of Directors meeting in October 2008. She succeeds Michael Campbell of Arch Chemicals in this voluntary position that traditionally paves the way for the NAM chairmanship.
Andringa is setting a new precedent as the first female vice chair of the NAM Board of Directors. Andringa will be the third executive from a small or medium manufacturing company to lead the manufacturers' association. She also will be the third executive from Iowa to lead the NAM, following Richard Kautz of Grain Processing Corporation (1976) and Daniel J. Krumm of Maytag Corporation (1990).
"I am honored to serve America's manufacturers in these tumultuous economic times," Andringa said. "I look forward to working with the Obama Administration and the new Congress to help craft policies and legislation that will enable manufacturing to be a significant part of our nation's recovery and long-term economic growth," said Andringa.
"Mary chaired the NAM Small and Medium Manufacturers in 2006 and 2007 and was instrumental in helping build the NAM membership," said NAM President and CEO John Engler. "Her drive, intellect, and strong dedication to American manufacturing are truly exemplary and will serve manufacturers well in this era of economic and competitive challenges," he said.
Andringa is president and CEO of Vermeer Corporation, a family-owned agricultural, construction, environmental, and industrial equipment manufacturing company with 2,100 employees. She received an A.B. degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Andringa taught in Iowa Public Schools from 1972-1975 and directed the Mustard Seed Preschool in Omaha, Nebraska, in the late 1970s. She began working at Vermeer in market research in 1982 and became president and chief operating officer in 1989, with a special focus on manufacturing, continuous improvement, and engineering. Andringa assumed her current position at the helm of the company in February 2003. She was also the first woman to chair the Association of Business and Industry in Iowa in 1992.