A well known farm machinery manufacturer, Ed Reiten started with a one-man shop in Cooperstown, ND, and built it into a 125 employee manufacturing plant, which was sold to the Melroe Company in 1967. Some of the items developed and manufactured by Reiten's plant included the steel hay stacker tooth, the world’s first trip beam plow and aluminum truck bodies.
He was named an NDSU Harvest Bowl honoree in 1980 and received the Federal Land Bank 50th Anniversary Medal for Outstanding Contributors to American Agriculture. In addition, he held membership in the ND Metal Workers Association, the American Welding Society and many local clubs and boards. He and his wife, Lillian, had two children. Reiten died in 1986.
Year Inducted: 2002