The idea for a new company called RCI Engineering began in 2004. The founder, Randy Clark, had been working as an Engineer for an OEM of forage harvesting equipment. In this role, he had been traveling to various markets around the world and learned of a need for customization and engineering support for various forage markets. He developed a plan to build a facility on his family’s farm and begin operations in the town of LeRoy, Wisconsin. Through the help of fiance and family, Randy left his position in early 2005 and began RCI operations.
The first few years laid the groundwork for years of growth and product offering. A few employees helped build the company up, right on the farm, and they continue with the operation today.
In early 2008, RCI moved into a larger facility in the industrial park in nearby Mayville, Wisconsin. This facility fostered continuous growth and a development of a culture centered on low-volume, specialized markets for hay, forage and biomass equipment. It housed the development of some of the key products RCI offers today. It was also where RCI began manufacturing products it had developed for other customers.
In 2015, RCI outgrew this facility and acquired a nearby facility of 20,000 square feet. The addition of much more engineering and manufacturing space filled the needs of a growing company. This facility has room for years of growth in a supportive community that understands the importance of Agriculture and Manufacturing.
In 2019, RCI acquired Ag-Bag from CNH Industrial. All Ag-Bag operations were relocated to RCI’s facilities in Mayville, Wisconsin. This move has enabled RCI to build upon the Ag-Bag brand and grow in terms of in-house manufacturing capabilities. RCI has established the Ag-Bag by RCI brand and has an Ag-Bag specific dealer network for these products. The products compliment RCI’s capabilities, and Ag-Bag was an engineering customer of RCI’s going back to 2011.
The underlying principles of RCI Engineering carry forward to this day.
RCI Engineering delivers value in forage harvesting equipment solutions for its customers. RCI’s goal is to be recognized as:
- A preferred provider for power units, implements and attachments for forage equipment.
- A leading provider of plot harvesting equipment for forage and biomass research.
- An industry-leading team of talented professionals providing the best products possible, incorporating the latest technology.
To continue to grow in the areas of forage equipment solutions geared toward commercial operations that provide the end user improved capabilities, efficiencies and/or profitability.
- To produce forage equipment to the best of our ability.
- To provide our customers with premier product support.
- To continue to grow and pursue new products that will advance the forage industry.
- To run lean, so as to continue the momentum of product development through the low cycles of the agricultural industry.
Many people have asked over the years what “RCI” stands for. RCI represents Rapid Continuous Improvement, but also shares the initials of the founder, Randy Clark (Industries). The name RCI was proposed by a family member as a flexible name that could follow the direction the company would lead over time. Engineering was added to the proposed name as a reminder that all good products start in Engineering and that the Engineering must be done right for the product to succeed. And if we take care of the product, the product will take care of us.
And so, RCI “Keeps Moving Forward” to achieve the company objectives and to “Make Better Forage – Faster!”