Founded in Matamata, New Zealand in 1967 by Jim Jobe, the name Jobe is familiar to farmers all over New Zealand and the world who use Jobe Valve products.

Jim Jobe came from farming stock. 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 and after 21 years with Mac Ewan’s, left to set up business in Matamata.Within seven years Jim’s business was selling and servicing swimming pool filters as well as milking machines and water pumps.  

Jim identified a need for a high flow trough valve for use in dairy cattle drinking troughs. Never one to let a commercial opportunity go begging he set about developing the first Jobe Valve. While still mainly used in agriculture, Jobe Valves can be found in many light industrial and process situations such as evaporative cooling systems and high pressure cleaning equipment and is now marketed globally throughout Europe, America and Australasia.