Matthews Company is a 3rd Generation Family Owned
Business that was founded in 1946 by Joe L. Matthews
to supply the Electric Utilities and Powerline Contractors with
the tools and equipment they needed to complete their job.
are a distributor for over 150 manufacturers and carry a
complete line of equipment. From personal climbing equipment to
supplying a truck, when you buy from us, you buy with
All of our products are from top manufacturers. We
handle such brand names as Bashlin, Coffing, Hastings, Igloo,
Jameson, and Klein, just to name a few. Today, we
have more and more companies buying from us because they know
that the customer is our primary concern. So if you’re tired of
the run around, give us a call and see why more individuals and
companies buy from us. We know you have many companies to choose
from, so why don’t you give us a try, you’ll be glad you did.
We continue to add products and company information to better
service our customers. meanwhile, contact us if you don't find
what you are looking for.
Joe L. Matthews
The idea of a
distributorship that would SPECIALIZE in safety equipment for
Lineman, Arborists, CATV, Electricians, and Ironworker came to
Joe L. Matthews during World War II while he was stationed in
the South Pacific.
Joe was born and
raised in Grove City, Pennsylvania. in 1932 he joined and spent
4 years in the United States Navy. upon returning to Grove City
he went to work for Bashlin Industries and married Alberta
Thompson his childhood sweetheart. During World War II he
reenlisted in the United States Navy Construction Battalion
better known as Seabees where he used his building skills.
back home Joe and Alberta (Pinky) decided to pack up their 2
children and head south to Texas. They settled in Fort Worth,
where they had long time friends. in 1946, Joe decided it was
time to put his plan into place and the J.L. Matthews Lineman's
Equipment Co. was born. Joe started in a single car garage
behind his house manufacturing Lineman's Belts, Holsters, Pole
Straps, and Accessories. Success was slow but Joe was determined
to make his company grow and prosper.
In 1962, Joe's
son, Gary Matthews, joined the small but growing company and
continued the family business for the 2nd Generation. Under
Gary's leadership the company continued to grow and develop into
one of the major leaders in the industry.
In the 80's
grandsons, Danny Matthews and David Willis, came aboard and are
continuing the family business for the 3rd Generation.
Since our humble
beginnings in 1946 to present, our philosophy in business has
remained the same, everyone has the right to make an honest
living and support their family and your customer has the right
to expect the best you have at the best possible price.
The J.L. Matthews Co. family thanks you for your past support
and we look forward to serving your needs in the future.
Danny R. Matthews