Custom foam packaging manufacturer B.B. Bradley Co. Inc. has boosted its floor space by another 12,000 square feet at its Painesville, Ohio, facility. The private firm now has a total of nearly 60,000 square feet of manufacturing space, said Thomas C. Becker, sales director.
Founded in 1977, B.B. Bradley has expanded from the basement of company President Bruce O. Beaty to its headquarters facility in Painesville and to a second facility in Columbus. Both facilities incorporate management, sales, manufacturing and just-in-time warehousing. B.B. Bradley has a total of 42 manufacturing employees in its two-city operation.
The company would not reveal sales figures.
Becker said expansion to a third, undisclosed, Midwestern city is possible. Whatever the city, it would be within a day's drive of headquarters in Painesville, in keeping with the company's philosophy of being near customers, Becker said.
Becker described the company as ``much like a cabinet maker. We take a raw bulk of foam stock and turn it into a finished product for capturing a specific need.''
Although recent business has involved the manufacture of a variety of products, including industrial gaskets, ``our specialty is packaging'' and will continue to be, Becker said.
The company serves the automotive and computer industries.
B.B. Bradley's product mix is balanced among polystyrene, polyethylene and polyurethane foam protective packaging, a change from previous years, Becker said.
``Several years ago we were doing much more polystyrene than we are now.''
More customers have needs that require the use of the more expensive polyurethane and polyethylene, he noted.
``But we've also expanded our use of polystyrene,'' he said.
Among the more notable accomplishments of B.B. Bradley in recent years is the company's concentration on automation in its lamination, high-speed mil-ling and hot wire-cutting processes.
``We actually started thinking automation about 12 years ago in lamination and took the concept to other manufacturing processes since,'' Becker said.
B.B. Bradley also follows a corporate commitment to recycling its manufacturing waste plastic either back into the manufacturing process, or into applications that use waste plastics in construction.
``We are not a recycling company, but our object is to keep as much from going to the landfill as we can,'' Becker said.