Seedburo was founded in Chicago, IL in 1912 as the Seed Trade Reporting Bureau, a publishing company started by Leroy M. Smith. They 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 Mr. Smith sold his interests in the publications to continue his flourishing business in equipment sales. Because of his focus on equipment sales, he became less involved with the publications. The Seed Trade Reporting Bureau was then reorganized, they shortened their 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 quickly became the largest distributor of testing and handling equipment in the United States.
After achieving success in the U.S., Seedburo 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. The company continued to flourish and forge a successful path as the industry leader in equipment sales, making distributor arrangements with many companies who continue to supply Seedburo with quality products even today.
Through several acquisitions, including their main competitor Burrows Equipment Company, Seedburo was strengthening their position as the premiere supplier to the grain, feed and seed industries. The legacy of Seedburo has continued for several decades with an experienced sales force which now 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.
A new history has begun for Seedburo including the 2008 move from the friendly ‘Windy City’ of Chicago to the more humble surroundings of Des Plaines, Illinois, which places them nearer to freight forwarders and O’Hare airport. A long future is in store for Seedburo as they continue the success of the company and the reputation they have chiseled out for 100 years!