Our History

Established in 1945

Builders Equipment & Tool Company began in 1945 in Houston, Texas, when (as an employee) Edward C. Gilbreath opened SAFWAY Scaffolds of Houston, Inc., a subsidiary of a family-owned company based in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Eventually, while serving as branch manager, he purchased the Houston location from his employer and remained dedicated to the principles of safety, quality products, and excellent customer service. In the 1940s, Ed would take orders in the morning and often deliver scaffold himself to Houston area jobs in the afternoon. Today the company has a fleet of delivery trucks and branch locations in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Beaumont. We service all of Texas, as well as parts of Oklahoma and Louisiana.

Ed wanted to establish his brand of safe scaffold equipment, accessories, and service, so he founded Builders Equipment & Tool Company, which eventually became known as BETCO Scaffolds. Today we operate with the same dedication to safety, quality, and service as we have done in the past. BETCO has been awarded the ABC Excellence in Construction Award multiple times for success with major projects throughout the State of Texas and we are consistently recognized for our award-winning service and quality. We have also received the coveted ABC Platinum Safety Award for seven consecutive years, a tribute to our relentless dedication to safety.

Privately owned by the Gilbreath Family for three generations and today professionally managed, BETCO Scaffolds is nationally known as one of the most innovative scaffolding companies in the country with a strong and continuing commitment to safety, dependability, and quality.

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