More than 20 international visitors recently toured GSI’s grain bin manufacturing facility in Assumption, Illinois, as part of an annual grain trade mission hosted by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
The purpose of the department’s annual Illinois Grain Tour is to increase foreign sales for the state's agriculture industry and reinforce its commitment to exporting Illinois grain. The 5-day trade mission also included stops at other agricultural companies, research facilities and industry associations throughout the state.
This year’s tour included international buyers from six countries – China, Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia, The Philippines and the Dominican Republic – who learned about the latest advances in grain storage equipment during the GSI visit.
Terry English, an Illinois Grain Tour coordinator, said improving grain handling and storage infrastructure is an important objective in the countries represented on the tour, and participants were impressed with GSI’s technology and capabilities. “The tour gives the Department of Agriculture the opportunity to showcase world-class facilities located Illinois, such as GSI, to foreign investors,” English said.
Over the last five years, the Illinois Grain Tour has generated over $230 million in sales of grain, oilseeds, distiller's dried grains and equipment. The Illinois Department of Agriculture reports that nearly half of the corn and soybeans produced in the state are exported, resulting in billions of dollars in direct sales annually.