About

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It All Started With…

BETCO Scaffolds has a rich history that dates back to 1945. It was established in Houston, Texas, by Edward C. Gilbreath, who initially opened SAFWAY Scaffolds of Houston, Inc., a subsidiary of a family-owned company based in Dallas/Fort Worth. As an employee and later as the branch manager, Gilbreath purchased the Houston location from his employer and founded Builders Equipment & Tool Company, which eventually became known as BETCO Scaffolds.
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The company started with Ed taking orders in the morning and delivering scaffold himself to Houston area jobs in the afternoon. Over the years, BETCO Scaffolds expanded its operations to include branch locations in Houston , Dallas, San Antonio, and Beaumont, servicing all of Texas and parts of Oklahoma and Louisiana. BETCO Scaffolds is recognized for its dedication to safety, quality products, and excellent customer service. The company has been awarded the ABC Excellence in Construction Award multiple times and has received the ABC Platinum Safety Award for seven consecutive years. Today, BETCO is still privately owned by the Gilbreath Family, spanning three generations, and is known ad one of the most innovative scaffolding companies in the country.

BETCO’s standards for safety and professional service remain our top priority with every project.

Training

Construction employees are pretested before hire to be assigned a certain craft. Once hired they receive an eight-hour class per OSHA requirements. Then the employee is sent to Safety Council for more specific training required by customers. All carpenters, Leadmen and Foremen are trained through the Scaffold Training Institute as a competent person.

The Specifics of 8-Hour Classes are

OSHA Hazcom SDS

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Personal Protective Equipment
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Lock out/ Tag out
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Confined Space
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Fall Protection
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Fire Protection
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Electrical Safety
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Ladder Safety
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Hand and or Power Tools
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Noise Exposure

OSHA Hazcom SDS

Personal Protective Equipment icon
Personal Protective Equipment
Tag out icon
Lock out/ Tag out
Confined Space icon
Confined Space
Fall Protection icon
Fall Protection
Fire Protection icon
Fire Protection
Electrical Safety icon
Electrical Safety
Ladder Safety icon
Ladder Safety
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Hand and or Power Tools
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Noise Exposure

Core Values

THESE AREN’T JUST WORDS TO US; THEY’RE THE FOUNDATION OF EVERYTHING WE DO.

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Safety
Safety is our top priority and people are our number one resources. We believe that every worker deserves to return home safely. We dedicate ourselves to making that a reality every day.
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Accuracy
Accuracy in our planning, execution, and support ensures that we deliver the highest quality service and products to meet our clients’ needs precisely and efficiently.
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Integrity
Integrity guides all aspects of our business practices. We operate with honesty and fairness to build trust with our clients, employees, and the community.
Evidence

HOW DO WE BRING THESE VALUES TO YOU?

Through our subsidized safety training programs, we have trained over 10,000 workers in safety protocols that significantly reduced accidents on sites we support. We’re also committed to environmental sustainability, recycling 95% of our scaffold materials and investing in energy-efficient transportation and equipment.

Recognitions

Our Commitment to Excellence Doesn’t Go Unnoticed

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The Safety Excellence Award from the Construction Safety Council for five consecutive years.

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ISO 9001 Certification for our quality management systems.

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The Innovative Solutions Award from the National Scaffolding Association, highlighting our advancements in scaffolding technology.

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2013 Step Gold

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2014 Step Gold

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2015 Step Gold

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2016 Step Gold

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2017 Step Gold

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2018 Step Gold

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2019 Step Gold

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2020 Step Diamond

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2022 Step Diamond
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2023 Step Diamond
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2024 Step Gold
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2013 Step Gold
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2014 Step Gold
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2015 Step Gold
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2016 Step Gold
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2017 Step Gold
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2018 Step Gold
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2019 Step Gold
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2020 Step Diamond
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2022 Step Diamond
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NEWS ARTICLES

AECOM Hunt Vespar

AECOM Hunt Vespar

This cantilevered scaffold was built from the 41st floor of the AECOM Hunt Vespar project in downtown Austin. Erected over 430’ in the air and extending out 14’ from the edge of the building, it allowed for the installation of the exterior eyebrow onto the building....

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Round Rock ISD Aquatics Center

Round Rock ISD Aquatics Center

A large Ring system dance floor was installed for Flintco LLC for the Round Rock ISD Aquatics Center Olympic size pool. BETCO provided a 24,396 sqft dance floor, tiered (two levels) to access the curved ceiling. This design allowed all trades to access the ceiling...

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Austin Hindu Temple and Community Center

Austin Hindu Temple and Community Center

We were honored to be the scaffold provider for Kumbabishekam at the Austin Hindu Temple and Community Center. Kumbhabhishekan is a Hindu Temple ritual that is believed to homogenize, synergize and unite the mystic powers of the deity. It is part of the consecration...

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