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Yesterday, the Governor of Michigan issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, directing all Michigan businesses to temporarily suspend operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. Simultaneously, Tennessee’s Sumner County Mayor, Anthony Holt issued the “Safer at Home” declaration, and the province of Ontario, Canada ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses. Bradford Company operates manufacturing facilities in each of these affected areas. At this writing, our manufacturing operations in Mexico have not been affected.
The proclamations above generally allow for businesses to provide packaging for products deemed Critical or Essential as defined by the Department of Homeland Security. We are asking our customers to let us know if they meet the requirement of Critical or Essential. If so, you are able to grant us that same designation, in writing, so that we can work to fulfill your requirements in an expeditious manner.
Today, we are manufacturing orders for companies that are Critical or Essential and have deemed us Critical or Essential. We are staffing accordingly to fulfill these orders. Most of our non-manufacturing team is working remotely allowing us to remain open for business and serve our customers as best we can during this crisis.
The safety of our fellow employees, families, and the communities we serve remains our top priority. We will continue to monitor the ever-changing situation and adapt as best we can by balancing the needs of community and our team. We are excited to do our part to help stem the spread of COVID-19.
Thank you for your continued trust and support.
President and CEO
We at Bradford Company are closely monitoring the changes and impacts of COVID-19. The safety of our employees and their families is our top priority. We also want to ensure that we continue to provide high quality, uninterrupted service to support your business requirements.
Internally, we have instituted heightened cleaning and disinfecting procedures to maintain a healthy environment for our employees. Like other companies, we have also implemented a screening process that will help minimize unnecessary outside contact, without altogether eliminating the potential for customer/supplier interaction.
Our executive team is meeting daily to evaluate the ever-changing information that is available to us, and we have assembled a COVID-19 Bradford Response Team that will work on adapting policies, procedures and internal communication that relates to how we deal with these unprecedented times. At present, we do not foresee any changes to our normal business operations, and we look forward to servicing you from any and all of our 6 manufacturing facilities throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico.
We truly believe in protecting our customers’ products and reputations, along with protecting our most valuable assets – our people.
Thank you for your continued trust and support.
President and CEO
It’s much more than an acronym about how fast we solve packaging challenges here at Bradford. It’s a set of critical interacting principles.
Much like how the four bases in a strand of DNA form the building blocks of life, the principles of F.A.S.T.™ infuse passion, parameters, and purpose into everything we do at Bradford — ensuring we exceed our customers’ expectations.
“The F.A.S.T. model is really a set of key principles that we always come back to when helping our customers protect their products and their reputation,” says Tom Bradford, President and CEO of Bradford Group Inc. “We don’t operate without it. It’s our corporate compass, our battle armor.”.
Why is F.A.S.T. worthy of descriptions like “compass” and “battle armor”? To answer that here’ a quick deep-dive into each of our four “DNA principles”.
F = Forward Thinking
We anticipate and plan for the future in order to better serve the needs of our customers, our team, our vendors, and our community.
A = Agile
We expect things to change quickly and with urgency. Therefore, we adapt and redeploy resources across our company to meet the evolving requirements of our customers.
S = Simple
Our goal is to simplify products, processes, and relationships. We strive for clear communication in all endeavors.
T = Trustworthy
Integrity is at the heart of every interaction amongst our team, our vendors, our customers, and our community.
So F.A.S.T. isn’t about speed of delivery, but rather a set of principles that allows Bradford to be fast. Our solutions do move quickly, from concept to completion, but not because of haste. Our efficiency is driven by the way our principles infuse everything we do with an optimum level of performance.
“We don’t settle for ‘good enough’. Our DNA as a company doesn’t allow us to,” says Bradford. “As we extracted these four F.A.S.T principles from that engine-revving DNA, it became clear why we don’t settle. We have a passion for going beyond the ‘that works’ packaging solution and instead driving forward, always racing toward the future with our innovation, being more agile, simplifying products and systems, and never losing the hard-earned trust of everyone we work with.”
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.
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NASHVILLE— Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Bradford Company officials announced today the company will invest $5.1 million over the next five years to expand operations at its Gallatin Facility. The reusable packaging manufacturer will create 25 jobs in Sumner County.
“I want to thank Bradford Company for choosing to expand its operations in Gallatin,” Boyd said. “Over 300,000 Tennesseans are employed in manufacturing and it is exciting to have a company like Bradford strengthening the Team Tennessee workforce by creating these valuable jobs for our state.”
Bradford Company is a fifth generation, family and employee-owned business and has been in Gallatin since 1991. With this expansion, the company plans to expand its capacity as well as consolidate all of its Gallatin facilities into one.
The company specializes in manufacturing reusable/recyclable containers primarily for the automotive industry. Bradford Company’s products are free from pollutants and chemicals which provides a safe, hazardous free work environment for its employees.