PELLA, Iowa -- A brief interview with Mary Vermeer Andringa, President and CEO of Vermeer Corporation, at the National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS) last February - plus the luck of a draw among 130 participants – has landed a Floyd Knobs, Ind. farmer a brand new Vermeer hay baler for the entire year.
Billy Hollis, who owns and operates a cow-calf operation just northwest of Floyd Knobs, was one of the 130 Vermeer customers who stopped by and visited with Vermeer personnel at their NFMS booth to discuss the “ups” and “downs” of hay harvesting. Andringa was one of the Vermeer executives participating at the event.
“I think this is the first time I’ve ever won any kind of contest, and it was really a fun, enjoyable experience,” said Hollis. “It’s not often you get to sit down in a tractor cab and visit with the president and CEO of a large international farm and construction equipment company, especially someone who’s totally engaged in the products they produce and the work we do.”
Hollis was invited to participate by his Vermeer dealer, Abbott Farm Products in Memphis, Ind. His name was randomly selected through a blind drawing of all interview participants. He chose a new Vermeer 6650 Rancher® baler with monitor and netwrap because it’s designed to bale with less fuel. Hollis already owns an older Vermeer baler model – similar in size – and “may use the older baler as trade for the new Rancher baler after [he] puts some miles on it.”
“I sure hope they offer this program again at the show next year. I’d love to take one of those Vermeer trailed mowers off their hands for a year,” said Hollis. “It would fit perfectly with this new baler.”
Hollis actually owns and manages several other businesses in addition to his cow-calf operation. These include an asphalt company, commercial rental properties and gas/food marts in the area. “They really keep me busy,” he added.