The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a nonprofit educational association founded in 1988 whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences. Using its vast network of partners, IMBA travels around the world spearheading the development of trails — now with the help of its newest partner, Vermeer.
“Our crew of professional trail builders has put Vermeer mini skid steers through their paces at such mountain biking destinations as Sandy Ridge, Ore., and Spirit Mountain, Minn.,” said Chris Bernhardt, director of consulting services for IMBA. “We think these are great products for building a new generation of mountain bike trails.”
Vermeer recently announced a new alliance with IMBA, in which Vermeer will be the exclusive provider of mini skid steers (also called compact tool carriers) to the association and will serve as the recommended equipment provider to IMBA affiliates.
“This is an opportunity for Vermeer to expand into new markets,” said Eric Van Dusseldorp, business development manager for Vermeer. “Because of our global presence, Vermeer is in a solid position to fully support IMBA as it expands its worldwide reach.”
IMBA has a worldwide network of more than 35,000 individual members, 160 corporate partners and 600 retail businesses in North America, South America, Europe, Australia and many Asian nations. The alliance with Vermeer will be limited to North America initially, but could reach worldwide as soon as 2013.