August 22, 2017


Harold Bietz, 1933-2017

(MITCHELL, SD, August 22, 2017) - Harold Bietz, of Mitchell, SD, died Saturday, August 19 at the age of 83.

In 1966, Bietz founded Plains Industries to manufacture cattle feeders and ag trailers. In 1978, he sold the company to Gordon Thomsen, who continued to grow the company and turn it into Trail King Industries. Until his retirement in 1997, Bietz continued with Trail King as Director of Manufacturing.

Bietz is preceded in death by his wife, Norma, and survived by his 4 children and 13 grandchildren.

The entire Trail King family, current and former employees alike, would like to extend our condolences to Harold's family and recognize Harold's important role in the Trail King story.