On May 8th, Bead Industries celebrated a monumental achievement: its 100-year anniversary in continuous business. Though a little damp and foggy, more than 150 people came through our doors to help us celebrate including current employees and their families, board members, former employees, vendors, customers, colleagues and fellow manufacturers.
During the catered event, visitors went on a self-guided tour via the history boards located throughout the building - each describing a decade of manufactory innovation. There was also a screening of Bead's video: 100 Years of Manufacturing Innovation, a history of Bead told by its employees and the Bryant family. After making their way out to the factory, visitors were greeted by several employees who stood by some of the machines to demonstrate our swaging process and how our contact pins are produced. One table, complete with magnifying glasses, displayed the breadth of our capabilities with Bead's "smallest contact pin" and Bead's "largest contact pin".
Legislators from Hartford and local officials, including Senator Gayle Slossberg, House Representatives Paul Davis, Kim Rose and James Maroney, Milford Mayor Benjamin Blake, and First Selectman of Orange, James Zeoli, made speeches and presented Bead with proclamations memorializing the occasion. They proclaimed May 8th to be “Bead Industries Day” in both Milford and Orange, as our facility straddles the town line. Even a proclamation from Governor Malloy’s office honored and recognized Bead’s accomplishment.
Fourth, fifth, and sixth generation Bryant Family members gather outside the factory.
Watch Bead's Centennial Celebration Slideshow to see pictures from the event.