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ABOUT BRIDGER PACKAGING
As a privately owned enterprise, we are accountable only to our customers, who are our priority. For over 85 years, Bridger Packaging – or T. D. Bridger Limited, as it was – has been manufacturing innovative cartonboard products.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Founded on Innovation
Thomas Dudley Bridger was a pioneer. When he began his career as an agent for a paper maker, in his own time he was always working on the next big thing. Along with numerous other inventions still in widespread use today, Thomas and his brother developed the world’s first seamless loudspeaker cone, by extruding paper pulp into a mould.
In 1927 T. D. Bridger was established and the technique was patented. The brothers opened and ran a small factory in Shelford Place in Stoke Newington, North London. Meet the Team
A family Business
Thomas Bridger had three sons. Like so many young men of that time, the eldest son lost his life in the Second World War, in which he served as a Rear Gunner with Bomber Command. The younger sons – Tom and Dudley – joined the business in the early ’50s.
Lawrence Bridger joined his father and uncle at Bridger Packaging in 1983. Prior to joining the company, he had trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Lawrence is our MD today.
In 1959, the factory was relocated to Letchworth, a new town in Hertfordshire where there was plenty of space and labour to serve their expanding cartonboard packaging business.
In 2002, Bridger Packaging moved to new, purpose-built manufacturing premises. On the 4th October, the plant was officially opened by the Countess of Verulam, Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire. When the doors went up, the factory was equipped with the very latest packaging manufacturing equipment.
Always bent on perfection professionally, in their spare time Dudley and Tom Bridger built and raced high performance cars, and started to compete in Formula 3. In 1958 Tom Bridger raced for Alfred Moss and the British Racing Partnership in the Formula 1 Moroccan Grand Prix, as well as competing in the fabled 24 hour race at Le Mans.
A heritage of creativity and performance has brought us to where we are now: a purpose-built modern factory, manned by some of the most experienced and creative people in the industry, equipped with state of the art machinery capable of producing millions of cartons every week.
In 1982, Bridger Packaging established a works football team, that later became Letchworth Bridger. The team competed successfully and became champions in division one of the Spartan South Midlands Football League. In 2002, the team lost their ground in Muddy Lane, leading to the unfortunate dissolution of Letchworth Bridger.
Investment has continued throughout the last decade, and we are now proud to be able to offer an incredible range of cartons and cartonboard packaging products. Our friendly staff are still delivering competitive, efficient solutions to our customers. And true to our roots, our constructional design team are still producing highly innovative, mould-breaking designs, that don’t simply promote and protect, but add value to our customers’ products.