Bedford Industries doesn’t share the same meaning to everyone who hears it. At mention, you may immediately think of our oldest product, the Bedford Twist Tie®. For others, Bedford means a creative ElastiTag® or functional CloseIt® clip. Perhaps we’re known for our flexible wire used in surgical masks and drapes.
We’re willing to bet you wouldn’t be surprised if we told you the Bedford you know and depend on today isn’t the same as it was more than five decades ago. We were born from our founder, Bob Ludlow’s, belief that he could create a better quality twist tie than the one he witnessed on his friend’s loaf of bread during an ice fishing excursion in 1966.
Decade by decade, he built the company by adapting to the landscape. He made sure to have a varied portfolio in which bakeries weren’t the sole industry that relied on us. During our earlier years there was a huge demand for garbage bag ties. Bedford also entered the home crafting industry with our ribbon wire; made mealtime convenient with our plastic TV dinner trays; and repurposed our plastics into plastic lumber.
Today, under third generation leadership, our product lines service more than a dozen industries and can be found in virtually every department at large retail stores.
You won’t be surprised to find our tie in the bakery aisle but expect to see them in the produce, coffee, candy, housewares and industrial aisles as well.