Simon Robinson went to Moundridge, Kansas and interviewed David Cox, president of The Bradbury Group, which bought Italy’s Industrie Pu.Ma
Kansas, home of The Bradbury Group, is one of the plains states.
The horizon is far away, you have to see far and take the long view. Farming predominates and the weather can be extreme.
It is the kind of country that builds independence, resourcefulness and can-do into people.
In the heart of this landscape, about 42 miles (60km) north of Wichita is the village of Moundridge, Kansas and The Bradbury Group’s world headquarters.
Bradbury appeared on the radar of many in the rigid polyurethane market in January 2014 when the firm bought “substantially all of the assets of Industrie Pu.Ma,” said David Cox, president.
Bradbury is not new to insulated panels, it has been in the business of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulated panels since 2010, but it is new to rigid polyurethane technology.
Cox explains: “We have been in the insulated panel market since the late 70s. Unlike others in the industry, we focused on the dry section, all the roll forming and post-forming materials handling.
“But,” said Cox, “we’ ve always had an interest in being in the wet-side of the business because that’s a…