Texas Precious Metals LLC is a spinoff of Kaspar Companies, owned and operated by the Kaspar fifth generation. Since 1898, the Kaspar Family of Companies has been doing business the right way in southern Texas. We're proud to say that our family of businesses spans twenty recessions, one depression, two world wars, oil embargos, steel shortages, and twenty presidential administrations.
Texas Precious Metals began as a precious metals wholesaler, selling gold and silver bullion exclusively to coin shops and local retailers. We still maintain a wholesale bullion business. In May 2011, we expanded the company to the retail market, competing against more well-known (though less established) dealers. Texas Precious Metals LLC is rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau. We are recognized by the United States Mint as a national bullion dealer and a market maker for US Mint products. We are also a national distributor for the Perth Mint of Australia.
Jason Kaspar is the CEO of Texas Precious Metals. He is a fifth-generation Kaspar and a summa cum laude graduate of Texas A&M. Tarek Saab is the Chief Operating Officer of Texas Precious Metals and a co-founder. Saab has previous experience at Guardian Commodities, and in 2006 he was a finalist on NBC's television show, The Apprentice.
The Kaspar Family of Companies original began its grand existence more than 100 years ago when August Kaspar made and sold his first wire basket. In the 1890s, ranchers had discarded their old smooth wire fences in favor of barbed wire. August picked up some of the discarded wire and fashioned for himself a crude looking basket intended to help him carry hay and corn shucks from the barn to the animal stalls. A neighbor saw the basket and bought it for a dollar. He made a second basket which was sold to another neighbor, again for one dollar. With nothing more to work with than his hands and a pair of pliers, he began to weave large baskets in lots of a dozen or more, load them on a wagon, and peddle from farm to farm selling his baskets for a dollar each. A few of these baskets are still in existence today – treasured as antiques. Soon after, August began making other things from wire and finally quit farming altogether to make wire products full time. He built a wooden barn-like structure to house his new business venture and bought several machines to assist him – including hand-cranked and gas-powered wire straightening machines. These machines served to make his products much more presentable because he no longer had to work with crooked wire.
He began selling his products through general stores and hardware stores rather than peddle them door to door. Business boomed. August
Kaspar was assisted in this venture by his son Arthur. Arthur was only 10 years old when he began to help his father with the new machines and with the basket making. Arthur gained a knack for dealing with the unruly pieces of equipment his father had purchased, learning how to fine tune the gasoline engines and handle the maintenance and repairs. In his father’s shop, Arthur developed a lifelong love for machines and manufacturing. Arthur also had a hand in creating new machines for production of the Kaspar products – including new twisting tools and machines to fashion wire coat hangers. Arthur also took it upon himself to make many business trips to promote the sale of their wire products. They purchased a new Model T Ford – which was constantly in need of repair – and traveled far and wide selling the baskets for which the Wire Works is famous. As the company expanded its product line, it introduced wire shopping carts for grocery stores, considered by many to be the first "grocery carts" ever produced.
Through World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Korean War, successfully navigated through difficult economic times by staying debt-free and earning a reputation for quality workmanship and honest business practices.
Eventually Arthur passed the business to his son Don Kaspar. Don continued his father’s work and built the Wire Works into an international corporation. By the mid-1950's, the booming newspaper business had created a need for newspaper racks and dispensers, a business line which Don worked diligently to develop. To this day, 90% of all newspaper racks ever produced came from Sho-Rack, a Kaspar Company. Sho-Rack's largest client was USA Today.
The company is still family owned and managed by Don’s 4 sons – David, Dan, Douglas, and Dennis, and a few of their children, making it a 5th generation company. In the early part of this century, Kaspar Companies purchased a small Texas business, Ranch Hand Truck Accessories, and have since built the business into the largest and most well-respected maker of grille guards for pickup trucks.
Ranch Hand Truck Accessories
Since 1986, Ranch Hand has become the #1 source for truck accessories in the USA. This family-owned business is dedicated to growing the dealer/distributor business model and is committed to long term relationships built on customer service. With more than 170 employees, we process over 60,000 lbs of steel every day in our 195,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Ranch hand products are sold through our company-owned stores, distributors, new truck dealerships, and truck/SUV accessory dealers. Ranch Hand's reputation has been built on rugged durability. Ranch Hand products are made in the USA.
Kaspar Wire Works
Kaspar Wire Works manufactures stock and custom products from wire, sheetmetal, and tubing, including baskets, fan grilles, display stands, easels, food processing equipment, computer frames and stands, furniture components, and saddle rigging. Our Electroplating company performs metal surface preparation, electropolishing and electroplating in a variety of materials including zinc, nickel and chrome using barrel and rack plating methods. Our Die & Tool company offers design and machining services for forming, stamping, progressive, coil-feed and other high-volume production tooling for metal, plastic, leather, and cloth manufacturers. Our Custom Fab company specializes in precision fabrication of industrial metal products. Our broad range of production equipment offers a wide range of capabilities in designing and manufacturing sheet metal, wire and tubing products, as well as cutting, forming, stamping, welding, electroplating, powder coating and high quality silk screening. We operate on a 550,000 square foot, 40 acre manufacturing facility with state of the art equipment and highly knowledgeable craftsmen and engineers. We can take your project from concept to reality through every stop of the process. American made, turnkey manufacturing since 1898!