Historical Timeline: Over 35 Years in the Making

  • 1973

    The Spark

    TradeTrans roots back to 1973, when a young Bob began his career with a large multi-national corporation. Within a year, he seized an opportunity with their ops group that sparked a passion and natural knack for foodservice exporting.

  • 1978

    Invaluable Lessons

    In 1978 Antes parted ways from corporate life and traveled the country for several months. Eventually settling in Florida, he ventured a small business start-up. Although the business did not prove successful, he attributes his failed endeavor to gaining invaluable lessons that led to the future success of TradeTrans.

  • 1979

    Journey Begins

    Returning to his home state of New York, Antes began work in a freight forwarding division of a global cargo inspection firm. Consequently, he was quickly promoted to a management position that led him to the firm’s California office. Before too long, Antes was transferred to Seattle as a project manager for a regional freight forwarder which would eventually become Federal Express.

  • 1984

    TradeTrans Founded

     In 1982, a small exporting company approached Antes to lead an operations upgrade. He negotiated the customer-base purchase when the firm decided to close its doors in 1984. Hence, TradeTrans was formed. Learning from prior experiences, Antes ran the new company while working as president for a start-up national trucking company.

  • 1986

    All In

    In 1986, Antes made the move to put all his efforts into developing TradeTrans into his vision of a food service supply chain management leader.

  • 2000


     Over 14 years of hard work, Antes grew TradeTrans from a solo business owner to a seven-million-dollar operation. During this time, he led the international expansion with big brand quick service restaurant (QSR) franchisers in the coffee, donuts and fried chicken categories.

  • 2001

    Global Milestone

    In 2001, TradeTrans took on global distribution management for one of the world’s premier ice cream brands. For this reason, the operations moved to a 33,000 square-foot office-warehouse complex in Chester, NY.

  • 2012

    Expansion Continues

    TradeTrans continues to grow in global distribution, purchasing, warehousing leading to a 7,000-square foot facility expansion in 2012.

  • 2020


    TradeTrans celebrates 35 years with a new brand. A new website and logo are introduced, along with the tag line:

    “Moving the World for You.”