A proud history.

Continuing a legacy of passion and commitment to partnering with customers . . .

Founded by Ron Offutt in the US in 1968, RDO Equipment Co. is one of the world’s most trusted John Deere and Vermeer dealers with partnerships in Africa, Mexico, Russia and Ukraine. RDO first came to Australia in 2012 when it acquired a 50 percent interest in Vanderfield (a John Deere agricultural equipment dealer), followed by a 50 percent investment in Vermeer Australia in 2015. Today, RDO owns 100% of the Vanderfield and Vermeer Australia businesses and is the official dealer partner for John Deere Construction and Forestry equipment in Australia (excluding WA).

RDO Australia Group operates from 29 dealerships across the country and proudly employs more than 700 employees offering sales, parts and service support to customers across the agricultural, roads, civil construction, landscaping, mining and forestry sectors.

The year is 1968. 26-year-old potato farmer, Ron Offutt, is farming alongside his father in Minnesota, US, operating John Deere equipment rented from his local dealership. Later that same year, Ron purchases that local dealership and grows it into a company with more than 75 stores across nine states.

Established in 1963 as Farm Equipment Pty Ltd by Gordon Vandersee, the business became Vanderfield in 1970 and has now grown to 22 branches in key agricultural regions. Vanderfield have machinery partnerships with leading brands, such as our longstanding partnership with John Deere, as well as others including Muddy River, Kuhn, and Manitou.

Vermeer Australia is part of Vermeer Corporation’s worldwide dealer network of over 3000 team members. Vermeer Corporation, a manufacturer established in Pella, Iowa, in 1948, is a manufacturer of high-quality construction, surface mining, agricultural and environmental equipment.

The Group over Time

John Deere Dozer
1948: Vermeer Corp established in Iowa

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John Deere Cotton Picker
1963: Gordon Vandersee begins Farm Equipment Pty Ltd

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Vermeer Surface Miner
1968: Ron Offutt local ag dealership to form RDO Equipment

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