About

Thomas Ritchie developed the concept of the automatic waterer valve in 1921 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Local farmers enjoyed the innovation and the first automatic waterers were built. From there our founder, patented the first automatic waterer device and a business was born.

Since that time, Ritchie Industries has developed into the leader in watering innovation and now manufactures a complete line of livestock and horse waterers to the highest specifications in the industry. Automatic waterers are our focus and our specialty.

We build our automatic waterers from the ground up, from design to prototype to end product. This allows us to ensure quality from the very beginning. Ritchie is an employee owned company located in Conrad, Iowa, a small, no stop light town of around 900 people. Ritchie Industries have been in the same location, Main Street, since 1943.
From a single horse Stall Fount to large fountains that accommodate 500 cattle, Ritchie automatic waterers continue to set the standard in quality. So when you buy a Ritchie waterer, you know you'regetting the most dependable product on the market... not to mention the best value, service and warranty in the business. To find the automatic waterer that will suit your needs, visit our products page.

Your Ferguson team at a glance



Greg Strebig - Sales


Greg is our Ritchie Account Manager and has been with Ferguson for over 18 years. He spends most of his time traveling our territory working with our dealers and visiting farms discussing applications.


Curt Babcock - Customer Service


Curt has been with Ferguson for 21 years and is our inside sales contact for Ritchie product. He is well versed with current and old style models as well as parts.


Mike Whitaker - Customer Service


Mike has been with Ferguson for 9 years. He has spent time in the warehouse working with Ritchie product and been in customer service for over 2 years.


Gary Busko - Customer Service


Gary has been with Ferguson since 2001. He is part of our customer service team and is happy to take your call or fill your order!


Nick Hahn - Warehouse Manager


Nick is our Warehouse Manager. He has been with Ferguson for 5 years. Order fulfillment as well as receiving is his specialty.


Other Associates ready to help...
Joe Carriere - Branch Manager

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