Richard S. Vande Vusse, BSME 1977
Richard S. Vande Vusse graduated from Michigan Tech with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and a BS degree in Engineering Administration, both in 1977. He is currently President and Founder of VanAire Inc. and Ag Solutions, Inc. in Gladstone, MI.
After graduation he started his career at Barclay, Ayers & Bertsch Co. in Grand Rapids, MI. In 1980 he became Warehouse manager at Babco Supply in Negaunee, part of Barclay, Ayers, & Bertsch. In 1984 he became Branch Manager and Sales Engineer for Bertsch Co.
In 1987 he started VanAire but still kept his “day job” as he put it. The focus was waste water treatment but at that stage it was mainly research. He went full-time with his company in 1995. VanAire manufactures wastewater treatment equipment for the animal slaughter and food processing industries; components for automating industrial valves and are the largest manufactures in the U. S. and possibly the world of these components; and chutes for cement trucks.VanAire has approximately 70 employees.
Ag Solutions Inc. is Michigan’s first Biodiesel fuel refinery, which began operations in November 2006. The plant was designed, including most of the processing equipment, was manufactured by VanAire. Ag Solutions has 6 employees. VanAire was named by Granholm to the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” list in 2005. Recently Dick Vande Vusse was appointed by Governor Granholm to Michigan’s newly formed Renewable Fuels Commission. Dick is married and has one child and just became a grandparent.