In November 2018, Vermeer Corporation announced its purchase of Vac-Tron Equipment, and its plans to bring the Florida-based company together with McLaughlin Group, Inc. which was purchased by Vermeer in 2017 and start Vermeer MV Solutions.
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.
The Story of Vac-Tron Equipment
In 2000, Award-winning Vac-Tron Equipment was named the 13th fastest growing company in the country by Inc. Magazine, growing by more than 7000%. Vac-Tron was also named Industry and Business of the Year respectively by The Lake Sentinel and Lake County Economic Development Council in 2000 and a winner of the 2018 Florida Companies to Watch Award. Founder, Don Buckner, was recognized as 2000 Florida Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young, in conjunction with NASDAQ, CNN and USA Today, as a Young Innovator in Trenchless Technology. Today, Vac-Tron is growing further by continuing to help industries and governments see the benefits of vacuum excavation in safety and productivity for projects and have manufactured over 7,000 units to date.
Its success is attributable to Vac-Tron’s commitment to build strength, safety, durability and one-of-a-kind features into all the company’s products, and then to back them up with integrity and service.
“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 operates under one combined leadership and sales team led by General Manager Dave Van Wyk. Leadership at both Vac-Tron and McLaughlin have come together and serves 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.