Bradford Soap Works is far from being a dud with suds. As a top manufacturer of private-label bath soaps, the company makes soap and personal care formulations specifically for consumer products firms. Products, which include bar soaps, gels, powders, and mousses, are manufactured under names AngelSkin, Eco-Ex, OrganicChoices, Chakra, Body Buffing Grain, and Watercolors, among others. Bradford Soap also makes certified organic ingredients, as well as detergent, lubricants, and foam stabilizers for industrial use. Bradford, which has operations in the US and Mexico, was founded in 1876 to make soaps for the textile industry. The company grows its operations chiefly through acquisitions of smaller soap makers.
Bradford purchased New Jersey-based custom soaps rival Stahl Soap in 2009. As part of the deal, Bradford transitioned Stahl's manufacturing to Rhode Island and integrated the company into its operations.
The company's position as a leader in soap production is regularly contested by competitors that dole out reduced wages and benefits. To stay competitive, Bradford staffs more than half of its production positions at facilities in Indiana and Mexico.