December 04, 2023

ISA completes office relocation

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Illinois Soybean Association has moved to its new headquarters at 1108 Trinity Lane, Bloomington.

The construction project, which began in December 2021, was part of an effort to reposition the organization “to get back to our roots,” said John Lumpe, ISA CEO.

“As we continue to align with our new strategic direction and truly get back to our roots, our organization has experienced tremendous growth in our staff teams,” Lumpe said..

With a current staff of more than 30 employees — and growing — additional office space was needed.

“Our growing staff means that we get to bring fantastic expertise in-house, resulting in more value back to the pockets of checkoff paying farmers.”

As an association, ISA has developed a strategic direction that puts Illinois soybean farmers at the center of its work, programs and messaging, all in the service of staying connected to the growers who pay into the checkoff and membership programs.

The approach inspired ISA to transition to a high-quality, high-touch service model that led the organization to grow its team, ensuring cost-efficiencies, as well as enhanced farmer service.

Areas of the building are sponsored by industry partners such as ADM, Bayer, Corteva, FMC, Illinois Corn, the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and the Iowa Soybean Association.

“Through this build, ISA is making the most of our checkoff investments,” said ISA Chairman Steve Pitstick of Maple Park.

“This newly renovated, 20,700-square-foot building allows us to do more, together, by offering modern, technologically-equipped meeting areas, enough space to house the growing staff team, and the opportunity to share it not only with staff, but to invite members of our Illinois ag family to utilize the meeting spaces, as well.”

The new location includes soy-based products such as parking lot striping, interior paint, window blinds and entryway mats.