John Payne

A recognized leader and innovator in the fencing industry

John Payne

John Payne founded his first fencing company in the early 1990s – literally in a barn in southern Ellis County — after an unsuccessful foray into the commercial ostrich ranching business. As painful as losing the commercial ranching operation was, Payne says, that experience was one of the best things that ever happened to him. Leaning on his wife, Lana, and drawing on his faith, Payne bounced back quickly as most entrepreneurs do to build Payne Fence Products into an industry leader with a reputation for quality second to none.

“Looking back on the last 25 years, there is no doubt God was working on Lana and me,” Payne says. “In the early days of our fence company, we just felt we were surviving, but daily we were committed to diligent work, great service, and executing a plan laid out for us.”

With its focus on top-quality materials and innovative engineering solutions, Payne Fence Products developed a reputation for devising solutions for complex commercial, industrial, and security projects for clients such as Wal-Mart, Lowes, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. And in so doing, it attracted the attention of international conglomerates and its ultimate suitor, the BetaFence Group of Belgium.

In 2008, Betafence entered into a partnership with Payne Fence Products and then bought the company in its entirety in 2011. Payne, who helped guide the transition, exited the company with an equity buyout to embark on his life’s next chapter.

As a fencing industry entrepreneur, Payne had obtained more than 20 patents that translated into better construction, better processes, better solutions, and better fences.  He had served on several ASTM International Technical Committees to help develop industry standards. As a native Texan and landowner, John understood just how vital a good fence is—and often how difficult it can be to build that good fence over rugged terrain and streams. Now, he had the chance to bring together two great passions: devising solutions and improving the land.

And thus, Tejas Ranch & Game Fence was born.

In just a few years, guided by Payne’s vision, Tejas Ranch & Game Fence has become known for craftsmanship and attention to detail throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.  Discerning landowners recognize the professionalism and results-oriented approach Tejas brings to every project.

“Whether it’s a high-game fence, cattle fence, horse fence, or clearing land for future income production, at the end of the day,” says Payne, “it’s all about creating something that makes people say, Wow!”

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It’s not often you find a company to give you a competitive price, start when they said they would start and complete the project on time!  Terrific job, thanks so much.

Ken HadjukRanch Owner, Calvert, TX
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Working with Tejas was a great experience.  The work was done in a highly professional manner – timely, quality work performed by folks who were most pleasant to work with during the entire project.  I would use them again.

David StalnakerRanch Owner, Eustace, TX
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From installing culverts, water gaps, or removing trees they have the equipment to get the job done right.  So from the bid to scheduling the work to the finished product there is not a better company.

Chris ParkerRanch Manager, Bradford, TX
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I spent considerable time with two other fence builders on numerous occasions.  Tejas is on a completely different level than any other fence contractors we interviewed.  The difference was apparent after just a few minutes.  The price was competitive as any, and considerably lower than some.

Buck HillLand Owner, Clarksville, TX

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