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Vermeer Corporation Announces Acquisition of Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC.




PELLA, I.A. — November 12, 2018 — Vermeer Corporation announced its purchase of Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC, and its plans to bring the Florida-based company together with McLaughlin Group, Inc. which was purchased by Vermeer in 2017. This acquisition and integration of the two companies builds on the Vermeer strategy to provide a comprehensive suite of vacuum excavation technology, equipment, training and support to the growing underground utility and soft dig markets.

Founded in 1997, Vac-Tron has grown to become a respected brand known for innovative, high-quality vacuum excavation products sold and serviced across underground utility markets. Headquartered in Okahumpka, FL, Vac-Tron offices and production facilities employ more than 100 people. For the last 13 years, Vac-Tron products have been sold almost exclusively through the Vermeer dealer network.

McLaughlin, a drill tooling and vacuum excavation company founded in 1921 and located in Greenville, South Carolina with more than 100 team members, brought nearly a century of industry knowledge into the Vermeer fold last year.

“This acquisition allows us to leverage the innovation, market expertise and production capabilities across our McLaughlin, Vac-Tron and Vermeer brands to meet increasing customer demand while giving our dealers a more efficient, single-point connection to a full product lineup. Coming together solidifies the long-term strategy and commitment to support customers and dealers in a unified way,” said Jason Andringa, Vermeer Corporation president and CEO.

Operating under the combined group Vermeer MV Solutions, the organization will continue to provide Vermeer-branded vacuum excavation equipment and technology through dedicated Vac-Tron and McLaughlin series product lines as well as McLaughlin branded utility accessories and auger boring systems.

Vermeer MV Solutions will operate under one combined leadership and sales team led by General Manager Dave Van Wyk. Leadership at both Vac-Tron and McLaughlin will come together and serve as a unified team, bringing the strengths and best practices together in the areas of innovation, design, manufacturing, sales and customer support. The Florida and South Carolina locations will continue production as they work together to meet the growing demand within the soft dig markets.

“We’ve been proud to have the Vermeer name on our equipment for the past 13 years. Now, we are proud to formally be a part of the Vermeer family. We look forward to investing with McLaughlin and Vermeer to deliver the technology and equipment our customers need as we provide the highest quality product for the customer,” said Tim Fischer, Vac-Tron president.

About Vermeer –Vermeer Corporation delivers a real impact in a progressing world through the manufacture of high-quality underground construction, surface mining, tree care, environmental and agricultural equipment. With a reputation for durability and reliability, that equipment is backed by localized customer service and support provided by independent dealers around the world. To learn more about Vermeer Corporation, visit To dig into the Vermeer story, visit 


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McLaughlin Adds Application Engineer, Neville Missen


GREENVILLE, S.C. — August 28, 2018 — McLaughlin Group, Inc. continues to grow its expertise in the underground construction industry with the addition of Neville Missen, an industry veteran who has played in integral role in developing microtunneling equipment and steerable rock systems. In his new role as applications engineer for McLaughlin auger boring equipment, On Target steering systems and steerable rock systems, Missen will work with contractors, dealers and the McLaughlin team to develop innovative equipment solutions that will continue to advance the industry.

Missen, a native of Australia, has owned and operated Boretec Microtunneling Pty, Ltd, managed Bullseye Microtunneling, and served as an equipment sales representative for Vermeer Australia.

“Neville has been a trusted partner of ours for many years,” explained Dave Gasmovic, business development manager at McLaughlin. “We worked with him when he was a contractor and he always provided helpful information for developing new products. From the work Neville has done testing machinery to the role he’s served in designing new equipment, he has helped fuel the growth of auger boring and microtunneling. We are excited to have him working for McLaughlin.”

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About McLaughlin

McLaughlin, a Vermeer Company, has been actively involved in the drilling tool industry for more than 95 years. McLaughlin has a reputation for designing and building dependable trenchless construction equipment. McLaughlin takes pride in providing solutions for OEMs and the underground industry.

McLaughlin Group, Inc. reserves the right to make changes in engineering, design and specifications; add improvements; or discontinue manufacturing at any time without notice or obligation. McLaughlin and the McLaughlin logo are trademarks ofMcLaughlin Group, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.© 2018 McLaughlin Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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Our Branding: New Logo, Same Commitment to Hard Work


Since 1921, our company branding has been virtually unchanged. Today we introduce a fresh new logo, in a color you’ll recognize. But don’t worry. Our commitment to hard work — and our appreciation for yours — remains the same. This video is for you.


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McLaughlin Welcomes New East Coast Regional Sales Representative


GREENVILLE, S.C. — January 22, 2018 — McLaughlin announces the addition of Tim Ross, regional sales manager for its East Coast territory. In his new role, Ross will provide sales support and expert advice for McLaughlin equipment dealers and contractors throughout the region.



For the past 17 years, Ross has served the construction and utilities industries, working in various positions including sales support for contractors running vacuum excavation equipment in the Central and Southeastern regions of the United States. He has also served as the production manager for a vacuum excavation manufacturer, office manager and information technology manager.



“Tim’s entire career has been focused on helping with the needs of contractors serving the utility industry,” said Jake Jeffords, McLaughlin director of sales and marketing. “He has a passion for the industry, knowledgeable about machinery and focused giving customers the support they need to be successful. We are thrilled to have him on our team.”



McLaughlin, a Vermeer Company, is a leading manufacturer of trenchless construction equipment including Vermeer vacuum excavators, auger boring machines, pneumatic piercing tools, locators, directional drills and attachments. Ross with support the full line of McLaughlin products for dealers and contractor.



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McLaughlin, a Vermeer Company, has been actively involved in the drilling tool industry for more than 95 years, McLaughlin has a reputation for designing and building dependable, low maintenance trenchless construction equipment. McLaughlin takes pride in providing solutions for OEMs and the underground industry.


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