Scandia, MN – Kelly Vaughan is the owner of JAG Products, manufacturers of unique insulators for electric fencing used in the containment of livestock.
On a trip to the Laughing Water Guest Ranch in Montana, Kelly would meet Jim Gravelle.
Jim had been a wrangler his whole life. One day at the ranch, they were expecting 40 horses for the season but the person who installed the fence did not install it properly.
“It's not like you could run to your local hardware store: it was 65 miles one-way to town,” says Kelly. “So Jim said, ‘Forget it. We've got horses coming. We’ve got to figure this out.’ He took what he had, and he modified it. The following year the insulators were still working, and that’s when we met.
Electric fencing for livestock is a psychological barrier. It keeps the livestock safe and protected within the area they are confined to. If you're using a steel or a wooden post and if you have high-tension electrified wire, you need a plastic insulator to keep the wire away from the fence post and prevent it from shorting out.
JAG Products is not a ‘me too’ company: everything they design was created out of need that wasn't being met. Today, they remain the only company in the world that manufactures an insulator that can glow in the dark, absorbing light during the day to glow a soft neon green at night that makes the fence lines easier to see.
Jim passed away in 2003.
“If there were no Jim, there would be no JAG Products,” says Kelly. “His idea ended up achieving a US patent.”
“The story behind our company gives people hope.”
For more information on Jag Products Inc., visit www.jagproductsinc.com