Iron King made garden cultivators and seeders in Madison, Ohio. Amos Almon Genung settled in Ohio’s Western Reserve in 1838. Amos established a foundry at a crossroads known as Genung’s Corners. Younger brother, William, began working for him at age 15 making plows. William rebuilt the foundry after a disastrous fire in 1851, expanded the foundry and added a machine shop. By 1867, Genung was producing engines. Garden equipment became an important addition in the 1870s.
Williams son, Charles W, was a miner in Arizona. Charles returned to Ohio in 1905 to help his ailing father who died in 1906. Garden equipment was advertised heavily during this period. Iron King, Planet Jr., and Iron Age dominated the garden equipment market. The Iron King Implement Company was incorporated in 1921. C W was now 64 years old and looking for a buyer for the company. While research didn’t reveal a sale, Planet Jr. manufactured and advertised both products. Planet Jr. renewed Iron King’s trademark number 144,217 in 1941.