Richard VandeVusse, industrialist and visionary died Saturday, May 10, 2008 at Marquette General Hospital. He was President of VMA associate member VanAire, Inc., Ag Solutions and VanAire Houston. Dick was born December 8, 1953 in Holland, Michigan. He graduated 1997 from Michigan Technological University with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Administration.
Dick has served on many boards including the City of Gladstone Economic Development Corporation, the National Biodiesel Board, LSSU Industrial Advisory Board, Michigan Renewable Fuels Commission, Member of the MTU Presidents Club, Marble Arms Advisory Board, M-Tec Advisory Board, and MUMC Board of Trustees.
Dick’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit was recognized in 2005 when VanAire, Inc received Michigan’s Cool UP Summit Winner for High Tech Enterprises. VanAire, Inc received the Delta County Business of the Year Award in 2005. Also in 2005 VanAire, Inc was recognized as one the top 50 Michigan Entrepreneurial Companies to Watch. Most recently Dick was honored as one of Michigan’s most outstanding manufacturing leaders by the Michigan Manufacturers Association.
Dick shared his knowledge and was always helping others in the community. He challenged himself and his employees to do better-to go to the next level. He was a true innovator and visionary. His legacy will live on.
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