About J.L. Matthews Co.


Letter from the President
My grandfather, Joe was born and raised in Grove City, PA. He joined the U. S. Navy in 1932 and spent 4 years serving our country, when he returned home from the Navy he went to work on the production floor for the W. M. Bashlin Company. He quickly moved from assembly of product on the production floor to Manager of Production. Under his leadership he invented many products which are still used in the industry today, the most important was the design and invention of the Shifting or Floating Dee Ring Lineman's Belt.

Junior Lineman's Belt 
After returning home and getting a job with W. M. Bashlin Company, he married his childhood sweetheart, Alberta Thompson and they had two children. During World War II my grandfather reenlisted in the U.S. Navy's Construction Battalion (SEABEES) where he was able to utilize his building skills.
U.S. Navy Seabees
When grandpa returned from his second deployment, he packed Alberta and the kids up in a car/trailer and moved south to Fort Worth, Texas. He used to compare himself and Alberta's trip to the Jobe Family from Grapes of Wrath.
In 1946, Joe created J.L. Matthews Lineman's Equipment Company. He started in a single car garage behind his house, manufacturing lineman's belts, holsters, pole straps, and accessories. Eventually in 1962 my dad, Gary Matthews, joined the small but growing company and continued the family business into the 2nd generation. Under Gary's leadership the company grew exponentially. J.L. Matthews Company is a major leader in the Electric Utility Industry. 

The 1980's brought the 3rd generation with the addition of myself--Danny Matthews. While still continuing to run the business with grandpa's core values:

  • Servicing the customer
  • Having Inventory on hand to ship out same day
  • Value Pricing

As J.L. Matthews Company heads into the future, we are preparing the 4th generation to uphold these same values and encouraging a relationship with the customer.

Danny R. Matthews