April 02, 2024

The BigIron Story: How it Became the Leading Online Auction Platform with its Roots in the Future Farmers of America Organization

BigIron is the leading online auction platform for buying and selling farm equipment, construction machinery, transportation vehicles, real estate, livestock, industrial assets, and collector cars. With over four decades of experience in the auction industry, the company has established itself as a trusted marketplace for seamlessly connecting buyers and sellers.

But did you know that the origins of BigIron can be traced back to the FFA (Future Farmers of America) organization? FFA is a national youth organization that promotes agricultural education and leadership development for students in middle and high schools. Let's take a closer look at the inspiring story of BigIron and its connection to the FFA.

The Beginnings of BigIron

In the early 1980s, Ron and Mark Stock noticed that many farmers in their area were struggling to sell their used equipment, as traditional methods like classified ads and word-of-mouth referrals were often time-consuming and ineffective.

The brothers realized that there was a gap in the market for a more efficient and convenient way for farmers to buy and sell used equipment – so, they decided to start an auction company that would bring together buyers and sellers. It was during this time when Ron and Mark were preparing for their first live auction that they recognized the importance of presenting a professional image. Realizing the need for similar shirts, they turned to the only matching ones they had at the time – their FFA shirts, which happened to be a vibrant shade of yellow.

This decision to incorporate yellow not only created a distinctive and memorable look but has also become a symbolic link to the company's humble beginnings. The yellow shirts, born out of practicality, now stand as a visual representation of BigIron's commitment to professionalism, innovation, and its enduring connection to the agricultural community.

In 1984, Ron and Mark founded Stock Auction Company, which quickly gained a reputation for fair dealing, honest representation, and prompt payment. The company primarily focused on live auctions, but Ron and Mark saw the potential for online auctions as the internet became more widely available in the 1990s.  In 2001, Stock Auction Company broadcasted their first live online stream of a live auction.  This was the beginning of a new way for bidders to participate in an open outcry auction over the internet from anywhere in the world.

In 2009, Stock Auction Company officially launched BigIron, its online only auction platform. BigIron quickly gained popularity among farmers and equipment dealers, thanks to its user-friendly interface and transparent bidding process.

The Ongoing Connection to the FFA

Ron and Mark's passion for agriculture and their belief in supporting the next generation of farmers led them to partner with the FFA organization early on.

BigIron supports the organization by sponsoring local and state FFA events, providing auction services for their fundraisers, and donating auction items to FFA auctions. These efforts have helped to strengthen BigIron's ties to the agricultural community and reinforce its commitment to supporting the future of farming.

Buying and Selling Online with BigIron

Today, BigIron is the trusted partner in online auctions with thousands of items sold every week. From a farmer who is looking to upgrade their equipment or may be considering retirement – to an equipment dealer looking to sell inventory, the company's user-friendly website and mobile app make it easy for buyers and sellers to browse, bid, and manage their auctions from anywhere at any time of the day.

The story of BigIron is a testament to the power of innovation, entrepreneurship, and community. Ron and Mark's vision for a better way to buy and sell used equipment, combined with their commitment to supporting the next generation of farmers, has led to the creation of a leading online auction platform that serves the agricultural community nationwide. By buying and selling with BigIron, you're not just participating in an auction – you're joining a community of like-minded individuals who share a passion for agriculture and the future of farming.

So, the next time you see a BigIron sales representative in a crisp yellow shirt, remember that it's not just a color – it's a part of the company's inspiring journey to becoming a leading online auction platform with deep roots in the FFA.

If you’re in the market to buy or sell farm equipment, construction machinery, transportation vehicles, industrial assets, real estate, livestock or collector cars – visit BigIron today and register to bid. 




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Published by BigIron Auctions April 2, 2024
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