Incorporated in 1980, Advance Trading was the dream of six individuals with experience in the grain industry as elevator managers and merchandising consultants. These individuals saw the need to develop an independent source of information for North American grain elevators — one that could provide an informed, international perspective in an increasingly globalized and complex market. In order to maintain objectivity, deliver unbiased marketing advice, and remain equally committed to all its customers, Advance Trading chose to be a nonproprietary firm.
In 1984, Advance Trading launched its producer marketing program from the company's headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois. From that seed grew our current branch network of strategically placed offices, each of which focuses entirely on the marketing aspect of farmers' operations in one specific area. This kind of expansion has allowed us to establish and maintain long-term relationships with our producer clients and develop strategies tailored to fit their individual business needs.
Our commercial brokers remain based in our corporate office in Bloomington, less than 3 hours from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, allowing for transparent communication in our brokerage community on a daily basis to ensure crucial market factors are broadly scrutinized. This ultimately yields solid strategies that benefit all of our customers.