Robert Vermeer, chairman and chief executive officer of Vermeer Manufacturing Company, Pella, IA, was elected the 2000-2001 chairman of the Equipment Manufacturers Institute (EMI) during its 107th annual convention, held in St. Petersburg, FL.

His one-year term as chairman officially began Nov. 1, 2000.

Vermeer has been an active member of EMI, having been on the institute's board of directors since 1994, during which time he served as EMI's vice chairman and second vice chairman.

Joining Vermeer as newly elected EMI officers are Gary MacDonald, executive vice president, MacDon Industries, Ltd., Winnipeg, MB, Canada, vice chairman, and David Woods, chief operating officer, Charles Machine Works, Inc., Perry, OK, second vice chairman.

Appointed to serve a one-year term as vice chairman of agriculture was Duane Wilder, president, J-Star Industries, Inc., Fort Atkinson, WI. Chuck Hoge, president, Bobcat Company, West Fargo ND, was appointed to serve a one-year term as vice chairman of construction.

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