In 1970, the Grigsby Brothers purchased a 2,300 acre cattle ranch near Lake Placid, Florida and named it The Grigsby Brothers Ranch. In the early 1980s, the Grigsby Brothers partnered with MetLife and set 3,500 acres of citrus trees on the Lake Placid Ranch calling the operation Sun Ray Farms. The Grigsby Brothers created a custom operation everywhere they went as they always purchased property that had been mismanaged. They knew how to take the time to clean it up and make it worth something again, selling their investment for a profit.
They continually saved money by repurposing used items and customizing items they could make work better than new. The Grigsby Brothers were shrewd traders and always did their homework, researching everything before they made decisions. Throughout the years, both Ralph Jr. and Sam’s sons were involved in farming operations in different capacities as was Ralph’s son-in-law, Harold Hale. During the 1970’s and 1980’s, the Grigsby Brothers also owned and operated a cattle feedlot in Texas.