Bradford & Bigelow — Company on a Mission
To keep up with the Timsons, B&B added firepower to its bindery, as well, with a new 21-pocket Muller Martini Corona binder and a six-pocket BravoPlus stitcher. The bindery operation is a showcase of automation, speed and technology with custom built, in-line drilling and boxing machines, stream feeders and barcoded signature recognition equipment for improved quality.
Bradford & Bigelow’s green initiative hasn’t peaked. The company is installing two Agfa Avalon VLF platesetters that use Amigo bakeless plates, saving energy and using significantly less chemistry.
“We’re driving the green initiative across the entire manufacturing platform,” Richardson adds. “Ultimately, our goal is to save $1 million a year in energy costs.” B&B’s geographic position is also conducive to the use of wind mills and solar power, items Galligan hopes to embark on in the future.
Book Learning Required
It’s been an eventful 25-year journey for Bradford & Bigelow, which began life as a printer of software manuals for the mini computer industry in New England. When the need for multiple software manuals gave way to CDs, Galligan transitioned his company into the educational book market.
“The transition was tough,” he recalls. “Although we had a few accounts, B&B was not an established name in this market and our equipment was nothing special. However, we kept at it and started making some progress.”
With veteran sales representative John D’Antonio opening up metropolitan New York accounts and Galligan’s brother, Chris, managing the New England account base, Bradford & Bigelow was able to re-establish a viable client base.
It also helped that Galligan made several savvy moves in the technology department and recognized the talent of Richardson, a prepress expert and teacher, and promoted her to plant manager. The Timsons ZMR press acquisition of 2001 was a watershed moment for the company, and the new Digital Book Factory and second Timsons press have taken B&B to another level.