Bradford & Bigelow — Company on a Mission
Now secure in its new building, Bradford & Bigelow might actually see things get back to normal. Growth will primarily be organic, but Galligan hasn’t ruled out the possibility of further expansion through acquisition. Don’t expect him to entertain any notions of branching outside his company’s world of 81⁄2x11˝ textbooks, though, because it’s not going to happen.
“NAPL chief economist Andrew Paparozzi says it best: ‘Stick with your core and go for more,’ ” Galligan remarks. “That’s what we’ve done and we’re staying with an 81⁄2x11˝ product line. We’ve added a significant digital component and now have a platform where we can expand at both ends. We can add a third Timsons press on the conventional end and a second digital press for the Digital Book Factory.
“We’re delighted that our plant relocation is over, and our transformation from conventional book printer to supply chain manager is complete,” he adds. “The key is disciplined growth. We know what we’re good at and we’re staying with our core.” PI