JET Equipment was born in 1958 when the founder of the company, Leslie P. Sussman, took the first Boeing Jet Airplane trip from Seattle, WA to Japan.

JET began as a small dealer of manual chain hoists and trolleys; sold from a single hardware store in Tacoma, Washington. Over the years, JET has carried everything from electric chain hoists to air hoists. Beginning in the 70’s JET introduced a full line of industrial air tools and material handling products which included paving breakers and backfill tampers and forklifts

By the early ’80s, as JET continued to grow, the metalworking products became the core business line. And 5 short years later, JET launched it’s woodworking product category rounding out the largest breath of product categories under one brand. JET pioneered the import business by working with overseas suppliers. In the 90’s JET grew from being just an importer of high quality machines and tools to designing and manufacturing its own products to stringent specifications.