About the Company

50+ Years: “Safety, Service, Savings”

Who are we?

We offer NAIL accredited testing and repair services, distribute new products, and also manufacture products for the electrical industry. We support linemen, contractors, electricians, and other hard-working people keeping the lights on around the country.


Herb Arnett founded the company in 1971. A veteran with extensive electrical knowledge, Herb Arnett saw an opportunity to improve the lineworkers lives by inventing durable, easy-to-use troubleshooting equipment.

Arnett’s first products — the Beast of Burden and the Pinpointer Underground Cable Fault Locator — paved the way for many more product innovations that are now in use worldwide.

Recognizing the need for rubber personal protective equipment to be checked and tested frequently, Herb Arnett started a dielectric test lab under the name “Arnett Testing Labs”, serving the electrical industry in the Pacific Northwest.

Today, over 50 years later, HJ Arnett Industries, or Arnett Industries, offers utilities a full lineup of innovative, durable products that allow workers to operate efficiently and safely. We continue to work closely with utility companies and their employees to develop products that help make utility field work safer and easier, and enable utility companies to operate more efficiently.

At Arnett Industries, we remain on the forefront of technology, researching and developing new products and services, ever guided by our mission to provide our customers with service, safety, and savings.


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When Herb Arnett decided it was time to retire and pass along his established company and name in the industry, he sought savvy folks who had a knack for service and taking care of their customers. Chris Shipley, the current owner of Arnett Industries, acquired the company in 2019 from his parents, and the entire staff continues to dedicate themselves to taking Arnett’s vision and service to a new level.

At Arnett Industries, we remain on the forefront of technology, researching and developing new products and services, ever guided by our mission to provide our customers with service, safety, and savings.

Arnett Testing & Distribution of Washington (ATD-WA), formally Electrical Testing Services (ETS), serves as a division within our company, enabling us to offer both in-house dielectric testing and field testing in accordance with ASTM, ANSI, IEEE, and WSHA standards and regulations. Located outside Spokane, Washington.

Everybody Goes Home Safe

Safety has always remained a core value at Arnett. Herb Arnett was the original founder of the NAIL for PET organization, which audits test labs practices, personnel, and procedures to make sure they comply with ASTM, OSHA, and other organizations requirements. Herb served as the NAIL for PET president for several years, and our alliance has remained strong throughout the years. Safety is a focus and top priority in every aspect of our business: our standards are high so that workers are not injured.

A support staff that’s tops in the business

Our technicians and consultants offer more than 100 years of combined experience in diagnostics, electrical rubber testing, protective equipment sales, hot line tool repairgrounding cable assembly, and revenue metering. We perform all work in accordance with ASTM standards, and the Arnett Testing Laboratory is the only fully accredited testing laboratory in the Northwest.

Rest assured that we can provide almost anything to keep your utility employees working safe and effectively. Emerging standards for personal protection equipment and FR clothing make it essential to equip all employees with proper safety equipment, including rubber goods, Hot Line tools, hard hats, safety shields and clothing. Most of our products were developed from direct conversations with end users, so if you can’t find what you need, just call us at (503) 692-4600 and we’ll help you find it.

Customers Include:

Over 50 years serving the electrical industry, our customers include:

  • Large Investor-Owned Utilities
  • Municipalities/PUD’s/Coops
  • Wind Farms
  • Electrical Contractors
  • Industrial Electricians (ex. Hospitals, Manufacturing Plants)
  • Auto-Repair (Hybrid Vehicle Mechanics) & More

If you would like to set up a business account, please email information@hjarnett.com or call 503-692-4600