Ralph Hood, Owner

Ranch Owner, Businessman, and Hunter

Ralph received a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from The Pennsylvania State University in 1977. His curriculum was oriented toward graduate studies in the medical field because of a strong interest in biology. Post-graduation he decided some job experience could be an advantage with any future studies.

Ralph started as a lab technician with Cappel Laboratories, Cochranville PA, and in 1977 and advanced to become Production Supervisor by 1980. Feeling constrained by the ridged corporate structure, he and a friend set out to create a new, better company. In 1982, Jackson ImmunoResearch Laboratories Inc., of which Ralph is now the current President, was founded and now has 55 employees. In addition to starting the new venture, Ralph married Donna L. Hood in 1982.

Jackson ImmunoResearch Labs is a manufacturer of antibody reagents (affinity-purified secondary antibodies) used extensively by scientists in various fields of scientific research as well as diagnostic companies. JIR is widely recognized as the leader in its field. As President, Ralph is responsible for all business activities.

Ralph has been active in the local YMCA, serving as a board member and elected as Township Auditor in his Southeast Pennsylvania home. Other interests and hobbies central to his life typically involve the outdoors. In the summer, the vegetable garden and landscaping around the property are top priorities. When fall arrives hunting, primarily big game hunting, is the only activity on his agenda.

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