In the late 1960s, a young Joe Penland Sr. began working as an ironworker, carrying his tools and climbing hundreds of feet in the air. Mr. Penland traveled from Mississippi to Texas hanging iron for many of the bridges in the gulf coast region that are still standing today. Mr. Penland recognized that after a large rain, the ground conditions prohibited all work using heavy equipment and this of course prevented Mr. Penland from working as well.
As a company man and a quick learner, Mr. Penland realized that if he could help the company continue to work during wet and muddy conditions, he could continue hanging iron and could better support his family. So, Mr. Penland borrowed $2,550 and purchased the materials needed to build what would become the first pre-assembled mats in the industry. His mats were a huge success allowing him and his company to continue working in poor weather conditions.
Soon after, his employer asked if he could build more mats. As word spread, other companies requested mats as well, and Quality Mat Company was born. In the following decades, Mr. Penland would patent his design and grow the company into the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of ground protection and construction mats.
Today, Mr. Penland continues to lead Quality Mat Company by developing new mats for nearly every sector of construction and transportation from contractor equipment rentals to rig mat installations. His patented designs are now used around the world, helping provide a safe and stable work surface, improving work conditions for laborers while increasing the bottom line for thousands of companies worldwide.
Based in Beaumont, Texas; Quality Mat has grown into one of the largest mat producers in the world and is one of the oldest companies in the business – with the capabilities of producing everything from logging mats to temporary road matting. Today, our annual mat production exceeds 250,000 and our products carry exclusive patents that serve a variety of major industries. Ever since those early days in Nederland, Texas, Quality Mat has been innovating new products and construction techniques. We’ve expanded our facility to ten times the size of what it was two decades ago. We’re able to service any type of industry with custom logging mats, contractor equipment rental mats, or temporary road matting. As long as our customers are in need of high quality mats, we’ll be committed to growing our operations to serve their needs.
When you talk to our people on the phone or get a chance to visit with our staff, you learn that we do things differently around here. Quality Mat Company is a family built, family operated and family oriented business. And that carries through to both our business dealings and professional relationships. You don’t have to be related to us to be treated like family; that’s our good East Texas style coming through. With this rig, oilfield and crane mat company you’ll find that we say what we mean.
We don’t promise more than we can deliver, and our word is our bond. We have built the Quality Mat Company on relationships that go back over 40 years. Each relationship we honor and value, from the mills providing the perfect cuts timber for custom mats, to the crane mat rental companies utilizing our mats, to the charities we’ve supported and watched grow and expand. We’re more than happy to share the good word about our work, and there are plenty of good folks out there that will testify to the way that Quality Mat does business.