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Monday - Thursday 7:30am-5:00pm

Monday - Friday 7:30am-4:30pm


After 15 years as a High School teacher in southern California Jim Lara moved to Arizona for a chance of a better life for his family. In 1980 Jim saw an ad in the paper that was looking for people to invest in and sell gloves imported from China. Jim took a little inheritance money that he had and bought a bunch of gloves. He then went out and sold them on construction sites to the workers. It wasn't long before he was almost out of gloves and had to order more. Over the next few years working out of the family home and delivering gloves in his Brown 1970's van.

Eventually his inventory got so big that he could no longer fit everything in his garage. So he rented his first space. Every few years he had to move into a bigger building. Adding clients and other safety products. In 1991 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He continued to work 12 hour days while going through Chemotherapy. After about 8 years of fighting cancer and working hard he decided it was time to step back and retire. Handing the company over to his sons who had been working with him for several years. He spent the last few years travelling with his wife and spending time with his family. In 2001 he finally passed away. Since that time two of his sons left the company and the other two and one of his son-in-laws have continued to grow the business into a nation wide company.


AGS Safety & Supply was founded in 1981 by James Lara. Jim knew that the most important thing in business is the customer. He set the standards in Arizona for customer service in the safety business. He combined honesty, integrity, and great pricing to achieve the highest level of customer service.

Today we still hold the same standards of doing business. We share this way of doing business coast to coast. With 10,000 stock items we have the largest inventory of safety equipment in the state, we are sure to have what you need.

We have knowledgeable customer service team members waiting to help you. Our customer service is dedicated to making sure your experience with us is a positive experience.

We look forward to doing business with you. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you.


We are located at 3010 S. 52 st. Tempe, AZ

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