HOLLAND, Michigan, August 23, 2023 — Bradford Group Incorporated announced the asset acquisition of Findlay, Ohio-based Partitions Plus LLC, one of the Midwest’s largest corrugated partition manufacturers.
The acquisition of the 80,000 square foot production facility accelerates Bradford’s continued growth in the corrugated partition market. The official announcement was made on Monday, February 13, 2023 in Holland, MI.
“We are excited to build on the positive customer relationships that have been formed by the Partitions Plus team and look forward to working with the many talented people there,” said Bill Baumgartner, Senior Vice President at Bradford.
Ben Riblet, a co-founder of Partitions Plus, is the General Manager of the new enterprise.
“We’ve experienced a great deal of growth over the last several years in the demand for innovative, high-quality partitions products. Bringing Partitions Plus into the Bradford family of companies helps us meet that demand,” adds Baumgartner.
The acquisition positions Partitions Plus as the ninth packaging manufacturing operation of Bradford Company, a fifth-generation family-owned business with locations in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.
The W.J. Bradford Paper Company was founded in 1897 and incorporated in 1924. Today, Bradford is North America’s largest manufacturer of industrial chipboard (paperboard) partitions and custom engineered reusable/returnable interior protective packaging. More information about Bradford is available at bradfordcompany.com
About Partitions Plus
Partitions Plus (P+) was founded in 2011, with a core focus on paper corrugated partitions. Today, P+ is known to service their Midwestern customer base with a wide variety of partition products. More information about Partitions Plus is available at https://partitions.plus
It was a fiesta-worthy milestone. Bradford de Mexico (BdM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Bradford Group Inc., celebrated more than 20 years of service to North American manufacturers from within Mexico. To commemorate the occasion, employees from multiple Bradford locations in Mexico and the United States converged at the BdM headquarters in Monterrey for a day of celebration.
“We’re so thankful to our customers and employees at BdM and in the United States for hitting the ground running 20 years ago and continuing to grow and expand our capabilities here in Mexico,” said Tom Bradford, President and CEO of Bradford Group Inc., who was on hand for the festivities.
Established in 1997, BdM provides custom returnable / reusable packaging, Work In Process, and one-way shipping solutions for automakers and their suppliers. BdM’s range of products includes steel racks, molded plastic containers of all sizes, custom fabricated totes, textiles and custom sewing solutions, and paper-based boxes and partitions using a wide variety of internal packaging materials. Along with manufacturing services, BdM offers an impressive Design Center and a certified package testing laboratory.
As the Mariachi entertained everyone on hand and the cake was cut, there was plenty of time to reflect. The success of the last 20 years has been great. However, without question, there was an even greater enthusiasm for what’s next.
Bradford adds, “Looking forward, we see our presence in Mexico continuing to grow. We’re excited to see what the next 20 years brings as we fulfill our F.A.S.T. (Forward Thinking, Agile, Simple and Trustworthy) mission of meeting and exceeding customer and employee expectations.”
Bradford de Mexico (BdM) , headquartered in Apodaca (Monterrey), Mexico, is opening a new plant in Queretaro this month. The newly constructed building is in El Parque Technologico on a site selected to allow future expansion. It will produce custom returnable / reusable packaging, Work In Process, and one-way shipping solutions for automakers and their suppliers. BdM’s range of products includes steel racks, molded plastic containers of all sizes and custom fabricated totes and paper-based boxes and partitions. The interior packaging is made of formed plastic, metal, foam and textile materials. Along with manufacturing services, the new plant will include a Design Center and a certified package testing laboratory. All Bradford factories are ISO 9001 certified; the registration for Queretaro is scheduled for early 2017.
Bradford de Mexico (BdM) was established in 1997 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bradford Company (headquartered in Holland, Michigan – USA), North America’s largest manufacturer of custom interior returnable/ re-usable packaging for the OEM’s and the Tiers. This marks Bradford Company’s fourth major facility expansion since 2011 with the others being the establishment of Bradford Canada, along with the expansion of operations in Apodaca and Gallatin, TN. “This new plant, along with our multiple operations in the USA and Canada, gives us an unmatched footprint in North America and continues our mission “to protect both our customer’s products and reputation,” said Tom Bradford, President and CEO of the five generation family-owned business.
For more information, please visit bradfordcompany.com/qro-facility/