Safety Products and Climbing Gear and Equipment from JL Matthews Co. for Lineman, Arborists, Climbers and First Responders
Sales 800-421-3360       Customer Service 817-924-3360
J.L. 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.

We 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 confidence.

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


Company History

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.

After arriving 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


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Retail Store and Office
620 W. Felix Street
Fort Worth, TX 76115
Monday - Friday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 12 noon

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1116 W. Fuller Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76115
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