In 1967 our founder, Jim Jobe, was running a business selling and servicing swimming pool filters in Matamata when he discovered the commercial need for a high flow trough valve for use in dairy cattle drinking troughs. Never one to let a commercial opportunity to go, he set about developing the first Jobe Valve and so our story began.
Jim came from humble beginnings, his parents had a small dairy farm in the Kauaeranga Valley near Thames where Jim was born. He lived in the valley until he was 12 when his parents sold the farm and moved to Hamilton. After finishing his schooling, Jim went to work for Mac Ewan’s Machinery in Hamilton. Under the watchful eye of his mentor Keith Fisher, Jim learned his trade. Then, after 21 years with Mac Ewan’s, Jim left to set up business in Matamata. And the rest, as they say is history