Founded in 1929 by Earl Bertrand Bradley, the company began selling products for
Knape and Vogt Co. of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
With the opening of the Los Angeles branch in 1929, the company became a wholesale
distributor specializing in store fixture and specialty hardware such as drawer
slides, hinges, brackets and standards. In 1943 branch offices were opened in San
Francisco followed by Seattle in 1956.
The company's market position and business began to grow during the late 1950's
and 1960's after adding Wilsonart's high-pressure laminate line to its product mix.
During the 1970's under the leadership of E.B. Bradley's son Robert E. Bradley,
Sr., two new branches were opened; San Diego in 1972 and Portland in 1976. Significant
product additions were the Blum line of European hinges and drawer slides and Accuride
precision ball bearing drawer slides. A greater emphasis as a supplier to the Cabinet
and Furniture industries was taking hold.
Since the opening of the Anaheim branch in 1995, the company has been consistently
In 1998 the company entered the cold press lamination business by opening 3 locations
of its West Coast Laminating subsidiary in the Los Angeles, San Francisco and Pacific
In 2013 the company opened a fully stocked distribution center in Phoenix, Arizona followed by the opening of a will call center located in Santa Fe Springs, California in 2014.
Up until January 4, 2009, the company operated as a 100% family owned business.
On January 5, 2009, Industrial Opportunity Partners ("IOP"), a private equity firm
based in Evanston, IL. partnered with Robert Bradley,
Jr. in aquiring the stock of E.B. Bradley Co. and its subsidiaries from its current
On February 5, 2014, the E.B. Bradley Company was acquired by PSP Capital Partners, LLC ("PSP Capital"). PSP Capital Partners, LLC is a Chicago-based private investment firm founded by Penny Pritzker, who currently serves as the Unites States Secretary of Commerce. PSP Capital takes a long-term, fundamental approach to investing with partners who share its core values of integrity, discretion and candor.