Renner Equipment Company was started in March of 1969.The company was formed as a corporation filed under the name of Smith Valley Equipment Co., Inc. in the state of Nevada. The original stockholders were Willard Renner, Kenneth Ragain and Howard Sannar all from Gridley, CA. The corporation was formed with the purpose of buying and selling agricultural equipment, and other related items such as hardware, veterinary supplies, animal feeds, etc. The corporation then purchased the business in Smith, NV from Giomi Brothers that handled the Freeman, Hesston, Farmhand, New Holland, Owatonna and John Deere farm equipment lines. Shortly thereafter, Kenneth Ragain passed away. Willard and his sons, Tom and Don, were actively involved in the business operated out of the Smith store until 1976. Expansion of the business occurred in 1976 with the purchase of a Yerington business from Etalo Lommori.