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About the J.E. Lortie Company

Since 1892 J.E. Lortie, Co. (Jelco) has prided itself on manufacturing quality products and meeting each and every customer's need. Joseph E. Lortie started the business with a handful of leather craftsman manufacturing a line of quality dray horse harness and ancillary leather goods. By the turn of the 20th Century the burgeoning industry of telegraph communication and electric energy distribution involving wood poles created a need for leather pole climbing belts and straps which the Lorties' began to manufacture. Since then Jelco has had a long association of designing and manufacturing fall prevention devices.

When it comes to testing we meet or exceed the standards of any country. Our products are tested in accordance with and meet or exceed applicable standards of OSHA, ANSI, CSA, and ASTM. Jelco is ISO 9001:2000 certified. Our quality management program concentrates on defect-free products, services to our customers, and continuous improvement to all aspects of our quality management system.

We have been in business for 116 years because we know how to change and adapt to meet the industry's need. We are constantly looking at innovative ways to make our products more user friendly, lighter, using materials that are stronger, safer, and more durable. Technology has drastically improved since the turn of the 20th Century and we are keeping apace both in terms of improvements to our products and creating new products to meet the requirements for tomorrow's worker. Along these lines, Jelco has designed the first wood pole fall arrest system named The Pole Choker®.

Our core principles are tried and tested. We believe in our people and our people believe in our product. Our values are simple: each and every product is made as if our son, daughter, or loved one will use the product. Life is delicate and our job is to preserve life for those that climb to high and dangerous places. There are no short cuts or cost saving measures in our business. We inspire to instill confidence for those people that depend on our products.

Today, Jelco continues to pride itself on conserving a deep commitment to good workmanship. This commitment begins with the design of our harnesses, lineman belts, lanyards and tree saddles, tool bags and the selection of components. It continues through manufacturing, inspection, shipping and customer service. Quality is the number one word at Jelco. It is a commitment to excellence that never ends. It is our way of life.

Jelco will continue to uphold our core values and principles in accordance with our proud tradition in providing the very best products in the world in safety and quality for our customers as we move into the 21st century and beyond.


J. E. LORTIE CIE LTÉE / CO. LTD. 3160 de Rouen, Montreal QC, H1W 1K7
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