Over 140 years of helping companies build great brands
Bradford is an innovative global resource for solid cleansing products. We are the world’s leading manufacturer of specialty bar soap and shower poufs. Bradford’s in-house market research department and broad customer base give us a unique, real-time understanding of industry trends. We offer turn-key solutions that include formulation, packaging, display and design services. Bradford’s state-of-the-art development laboratories provide custom product development and testing services.
Headquartered in Rhode Island, Bradford also has facilities in Indiana, California as well as a strategic partnership with a facility in Mexicali, Mexico.
Our company was founded in 1876 by two men from Bradford, England. Initially the company supplied flake soap for scouring wool to the many textile mills which once dominated the New England landscape. In the early 1900s Bradford moved into other industrial soap applications, including servicing the large number of paper mills in the northeast.
In the 1940s and 1950s, Bradford expanded its product line to include value-added finishing products for sale to the same customers who bought the company’s soaps. For example: flame retardant treatment for textiles and polyethylene emulsions to impart a glossy finish on paper stock.
In the 1960s, with the paper industry moving to the northwest and the textile industry moving south, Bradford shifted its focus to personal care products. The company upgraded its base soap making operation to produce fine toilet soap base and added a down-stream bar soap processing capability.
With a legacy of innovative formulations, patents and industry firsts, Bradford co-developed many of the leading personal care brands that are available on the market today. We were the first US soap manufacturer to receive organic certification—that happened in 2001! In 2013, we were the first company to work with The Rainforest Alliance on sourcing 100% traceable, sustainable palm oil from their certified plantations.
Our legacy of innovation continues in the areas of formulations, products, manufacturing and sustainability. Look for many exciting things come…