Dec 19, 2018

VAA Celebrates Loyal Employees

This past year marked VAA's 40th anniversary. To help celebrate the milestone, VAA recognized five employees who have been with the company for over a quarter of a century by admitting them to its 25 & Up Club.

Click on each person's name to reach their full VAA stories and a short Q&A.

Gene Haldorson is our final club member of 2018 and longest-running employee to date. After 37 years, Gene’s authencitity and no-nonsense leadership is as valuable today as it was when he joined the firm in 1981.

Gary Nagel is celebrating 34 years with VAA. Joining the firm only seven years after its inception, he has quietly shaped the growth of VAA with his unshakable dedication to his work and his clients.

Bernie Jansen is VAA's resident agribusiness guru. Serving as a Partner at VAA for 18 years, Bernie is currently a principal and still values hitting the road for face-to-face visits with clients.

Connie Cronquist has been the front desk administrative assistant for the past 26 years. She is the personality/friendly face of the company.

Kelsey Brown, partner/structural engineer, is well respected for his technical skills and calm demeanor. He never misses an opportunity to acknowledge the growth and achievements of those around him.

Recently Added to Buyer's Guide

VersaMix Triple Shaft Mixers

  • For mixing applications requiring efficient powder dispersion and critical homogenization of medium to high viscosity slurries, pastes, gels, creams and suspensions
  • High-shear mixer with solids/liquid injection manifold (SLIM) technology rotor/stator

GUC-F Controller

  • Multichannel feeding and dosing controller
  • Control solution for feeding and weighing applications in powder handling applications
  • Flexible and modular design with analog and digital load cells


  • Offers accurate and reliable continuous mass flow measurement of bulk solids with an accuracy of +/- 0.5% full scale
  • Measures mass of flowable solids with densities of 10 to 100 pounds/cubic foot and flow rates from 700 to 7,000 cubic feet/hour


  • 10.1” touchscreen
  • Easy to install in new or existing systems

Sanderson Farms Feed Mill Expansion - Kinston, NC

  • Construction of a whole grain silo expansion (76’ diameter x 145’ tall) to hold 500,000 bushels
  • Expansion also includes a 12’x17’x22’ deep boot pit extension at the end of the existing receiving tunnel

Horizon Feed Ordering Automation Platform

  • Automates many processes within supply chain for efficient, sustainable and profitable production
  • Manage all bins and orders on a single software platform


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close: 5.8288

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close: 13.2696

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high: 7.0566
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close: 7.0014