R.M. King Company has been family owned and operated since its inception in 1953.
Thank you for the support and loyalty through the years! We recognize that it is our customers who keep the business growing. We also believe that each employee is part of a team and everyone has an important role to play. R.M. King Company is the conduit to connect customers with the knowledge, talent and dedication of our employees.
Reinhardt Milton King’s original occupation was in accounting. However, he left that occupation to serve his country in the 381st Bomb Group as a B17 Bomber pilot in WWII. This began an incredible story which included 13 successful missions and being shot down. After being shot down he was on the run in Germany, was captured, lived as a POW, and participated in the prison break known as “The Great Escape”. Eventually he made it home at the end of the war.
After German prison camp confinement during WWII, Reinhardt, or Reiny as many called him, knew that he could not spend his days behind a desk as an accountant. Following the war he spent time in business with his brother running an aluminum and brass foundry in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Then, in the early 1950’s, he moved his family from the cold winters and humid summers of Minneapolis to Fresno, California.
Following the introduction of mechanical cotton harvesters in the late 1940’s, the need arose for knowledgeable mechanics to service these machines. With cotton being one of California’s largest crops at the time, it was not long before Reiny found work in that industry. The first few years of business Reiny served the industry by working out of a panel truck. Business increased and a repair shop was opened. By 1956, the first complete picker head overhaul was offered. As the overhaul business grew, the need for a quality line of aftermarket parts arose. To stay competitive, R.M. King Company began manufacturing replacement parts for the cotton picker in 1964 and spindles in 1967. By 1979 both of Reiny’s sons, Doug and Drake, had joined the company. Doug took on the responsibility of manufacturing while Drake took on management of the repair facility. In 1990 Reiny’s eldest daughter, Jeanine, joined the company. Drake’s son, Jordan, joined the company in 2005 and daughter-in-law, Sharon, in 2007. The addition of Jordan & Sharon makes R.M. King Company a third generation family owned and operated company. Today, R.M. King Company offers a complete line of replacement parts for John Deere and Case IH cotton picker headers in addition to its picker head services. We welcome the opportunity to assist you with whatever your cotton picker needs may be.