Seedburo celebrates 100 years

by World Grain Staff
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DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, U.S. — Seedburo Equipment Company, which was founded in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. in 1912 as the Seed Trade Reporting Bureau - a publishing company started by Leroy M. Smith,  announced on Jan. 5 that it will be celebrating 100 years of service in 2012.

The company produced several publications for the seed trade and provided the industry with information and crop reporting. Among these publications were the Seed Trade Buyers Guide and Seed World magazine, launched in 1915.

In 1916, the Grain Standards Act was passed and Smith sold his interests in the publications to continue his business in equipment sales. The Seed Trade Reporting Bureau was then reorganized, and the original trade name and Bureau became “buro” to form the Seedburo Equipment Company.

The focus of Seedburo was to be the “go to” source of equipment for the grain inspection offices, grain elevators, seed research and development companies, and the various food and feed manufacturing industries. Seedburo noted that it quickly became one of the largest distributors of testing and handling equipment in the U.S.

Seedburo said that after it established its U.S. business, it began exporting equipment world-wide through an extensive network of international sales personnel. In 1983, Seedburo was presented with the prestigious “Presidents E Award” for their excellence in exporting and continues to distribute to over 130 countries worldwide.

Through several acquisitions, including main competitor Burrows Equipment Company, Seedburo said it strengthened its position as a premiere supplier to the grain, feed and seed industries. The Seedburo sales team includes: Owner/President Tom Runyon, Vice-President of Sales Kathy Reading, Marketing & Sales Manager Tim Snader, Sales Associate Iris Sanchez and Sales Associate Veronica Quintana.

In 2008, the company moved from Chicago to Des Plains, Illinois, U.S., which puts the company closer to freight forwarders and O’Hare airport.