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Vermeer Invites Public to Yellow Iron Academy Open House


Pella, Iowa – (September 18, 2014) – Vermeer Corporation is pleased to introduce Yellow Iron Academy at a grand opening event Friday, September 19. A ribbon cutting presentation, including comments by Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, Pella Mayor Jim Mueller and Vermeer family members, will kick-off the public event at 6:30 p.m.

“Yellow Iron Academy offers a unique, educational child care experience that is already an inspiration to our team members and their families,” said Mindi Vanden Bosch, project coordinator and Vermeer family member. “It is exciting to open it to the community and share the facility, the program and the impact it will have on our children.”

Visitors to the September 19 open house event will have opportunity to tour the facility from 7-8 p.m., following the presentation. Guests will see areas that accommodate engaging play and learning activities from science labs to an art studio, as well as the state-of the-art facility that incorporates a tornado shelter and a full kitchen for healthy meals to be prepared in-house and served family style.

“We work hard at growing every child’s potential while fostering their spirit of community,” said Michelle Butler, the center’s director. “What better way than a community celebration to demonstrate that to the children, while thanking the community we’re now a part of.”

Yellow Iron Academy planning began in 2011 as yet another solution for Vermeer team member families. The center opened in August, and is located at the east end of Vermeer facilities at 780 250th Avenue in Pella, Iowa. It is managed by Bright Horizons, a leading provider of quality, employersponsored childcare and early education globally. Yellow Iron Academy enrollment is open to the general public; information is available by calling 641-621-8940.

About Vermeer

Vermeer Corporation, a family-owned and -operated company, manufactures high-quality environmental, tree care, underground construction, surface mining and agricultural equipment. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Pella, Iowa, U.S.A., Vermeer delivers a real impact throughout a progressive world with products known for their durability and reliability, and a culture built on helping people and communities move forward. Vermeer equipment is backed by a global sales and support network providing localized customer service. For more information, visit





  • The building uses geothermal heating.
  • The 25,000 square foot building is built in traditional Dutch barn style, indicated by the pitch of the barn roof.
  • Floors are anti-microbial to repel germs.
  • Nine classrooms serve children six weeks to five years old for full-day care.
  • An additional classroom is dedicated to the before and after school program for school-aged children. The space includes a kitchen, computers, ping-pong tables, art supplies, games and science projects.
  • An Art Studio gives space for hands-on art projects, reading about famous artists and learning styles of art.
  • A Science Lab is set up with a telescope, microscopes, scales, balances and real specimens of various rocks and creatures for scientific study.
  • The Movement Matters Zone is used for structured activities such as yoga, parachute activities and large group games.
  • Outside are five unique playgrounds with slides built into hills, eliminating fall hazards. Raised garden beds and sandboxes allow for science exploration, while bicycles, scooters, hula hoops and sidewalk chalk allow for large motor movement. Art easels and picnic tables invite children to express themselves outdoors.
  • A state-of-the-art kitchen provides a menu of healthy food while children serve themselves using real cups, plates and silverware.


  • The curriculum is made up of seven major components.
  • Science Rocks includes biology, chemistry and natural sciences.
  • Math Counts focuses on sequencing, sorting, time, ordinal language, counting and shapes.
  • Language Works involves reading, writing, letter recognition and phonics.
  • Our World is a study of social sciences, citizenship and social-emotional health.
  • Art Smart sets the stage for dramatic play, creative art and music.
  • Well Aware instills a sense of health and safety, hand washing and good nutrition.
  • Movement Matters provides children with large motor skill development through physical fitness.
  • With a special focus on science, technology, engineering and math rooted in our commitment to preparing future generations for careers in advanced manufacturing, activities focusing on robotics, engineering and simple machines excite both girls and boys.