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Bradford Soap Acquires Hewitt

November 14, 2005

West Warwick, RI-based Bradford Soap Works acquired Hewitt Soap in October, bringing together the No. 1 and No. 2 soap bar players.
The acquisition expands Bradford’s position as the largest player in the soap market with annual sales “just south of $100 million,” according to company executives.
Bradford executives said the company has no plans to close facilities at the present time. The Hewett plants in Dayton, OH and Columbus, IN will complement Bradford’s production plants in Rhode Island and in Chester, UK. Plans include one facility being dedicated to prducing products that will keep up with market trends, while another two locations will specialize in contract business and/or commodity products, such as soap noodles and specialty chemicals. The UK plant will service European customers.
“As our customers’ products and needs evolve, we’ll be able to change right along with them and keep costs down at the same time,” said Steve LeGraw, president and chief executive officer, Bradford Soap Works.
John Howland, chairman, Bradford, commented, “Bradford has sharpened its image and changed the paradigm of how we work with our customers. We identify trends and understand the markets, and that helps our customers bring innovative products to the market.”
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