About el Bradford Company.

How does a family business last 100 years?

The answer is simple; by constantly reinventing itself to best serve its customers.

The W.J. Bradford Paper Company was founded in 1897 and incorporated in 1924.  Today, Bradford is the world’s largest manufacturer of industrial chipboard (paperboard) partitions and custom engineered reusable/returnable interior protective packaging.

A Rich History in Quality and Service

Timeline:

  • 1897

    W.J. Bradford opened a paper company on the South side of Chicago. It serves bakeries and candy makers (confectioners) with a product line he called "ConFex". The company's specialties included popcorn bags and candy boxes. To gain efficiency, he invested in automation to assemble paperboard partitions.

  • 1924

    The W.J. Bradford Paper Company is incorporated. The plant and offices have moved into a new and larger location on South Ashland Avenue. The business adds wax coating lines. The founder's sons and the son-in-law take charge of management.

  • 1952

    A second location is added in Holland, Michigan. The new plant finds a market for cell dividers among the auto part makers, suppliers to the furniture industry, and other industrial companies in the boom years following World War II.

  • 1976

    The company's name is shortened from W.J. Bradford Paper Company to simply Bradford Company. The change is predicated by the growth of returnable/reusable packaging to replace one-way paperboard containers. During the next few years, Bradford becomes the largest manufacturer of plastic corrugated totes and custom interiors in North America.

  • 1984

    The company's name is shortened from W.J. Bradford Paper Company to simply Bradford Company. The change is predicated by the growth of returnable/reusable packaging to replace one-way paperboard containers. During the next few years, Bradford becomes the largest manufacturer of plastic corrugated totes and custom interiors in North America.

  • Today

    Bradford plants in Canada, the USA, and Mexico expand the firm's geographic footprint and production capabilities. Innovative materials, converting equipment, and systems are acquired and developed in-house. Bradford Company is now a fifth-generation employee/family-owned business, and has grown to be the largest supplier of custom industrial dunnage in the world.

Culture and Environment

F.A.S.T.®

Bradford Company’s culture and values are shaped by the way we think and act on a daily basis. Our F.A.S.T.® model guides the way every member of our team functions.  We also apply our F.A.S.T(r) measures to each vendor – and customer.  Being aligned in our thinking results in an efficient and effective approach to identify and implement value-driven solutions throughout the extended enterprise.

As our F.A.S.T.® model implies, our business world changes daily and we need to be in a position to anticipate those changes to meet the needs of our customers.

 

F – Forward Thinking

Our team members are proactive, focused and innovative. We promote creative thinking, individual goal setting and continuous development of our skills.

A – Agile
The Bradford team is agile and moves quickly. Groups come together, solve problems and adapt to the ever changing requirements of the packaging industry. Remaining flexible and open minded is a prerequisite.

 

S – Simple

Communication between our team members is uncomplicated and readily understood. We communicate clearly and to the point with specific and focused feedback.

T – Trustworthy
We value individuals who are dependable and honest. Integrity must be a part of every business decision.


1Bradford

The world is flattening.  A corporation today might have Purchasing in the Midwest, key component suppliers in Mexico, and final assembly operations in Canada, with an Engineering/Packaging Engineering center in the Mid-South.  Ultimately, the Logistics, Safety, Quality and Production Control functions put their imprint on every project.  Each of these required participants plays an essential role in the development and acquisition of packaging and material handling products.

Only Bradford has the experience and geographic footprint to cut costs while accelerating the process.  Our 1Bradford philosophy allows you to exploit the fact that we are already where you need us to be – with the skills that are required. Our proprietary development processes and unique tools are standardized so that team members at any of our locations can serve your requirements throughout a project’s lifecycle.  We save you time and money by eliminating the hassles associated with travel and collecting signoffs.  We will fully handle administrative needs, including documentation, in compliance with your established processes.