Bead Industries is comprised of two divisions, Bead Chain and Bead Electronics, and a wholly-owned subsidiary, McGuire Mfg. Company.
Bead Electronics, a division of Bead Industries, manufactures precision continuous reeled, solid-wire, and tubular contact pins for the telecom, automotive, connector, and lighting industries.
Bead Chain, a division of Bead Industries, has supplied authentic Bead Chain® since 1914. Bead Chain® is used on vertical blinds, securing marine parts, as window blinds, securing plumbing fixtures, key chains and many other products.
McGuire Mfg. Company, based in Cheshire, CT, has been a distributor of commercial grade plumbing fixture trim for more than 50 years, providing high quality traps, stops, supplies, drains and strainers.
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Bead’s Board of Directors is made up of outside members from various fields of expertise. They have a fiduciary responsibility to the Shareholders to oversee the management of the business and corporate affairs in accordance with the company’s bylaws.
Ken Bryant joined Bead in 1998 and immediately implemented a new strategic vision for the company based on its core strengths and Lean manufacturing principles. Ken right-sized the organization, purchased modern new facilities and established an outside board of directors to guide and monitor Bead’s progress. Formerly, he was the Chairman of the Metal Manufacturing Education and Training Alliance (METAL), a member of the Industrial Board of the International Association of Management of Technology (IAMOT), an executive Board member of the New Haven Manufacturer’s Association (NHMA), an executive Board member of the West End Community Development Corp. in Bridgeport, and a board member of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council. Ken earned a BA from Beloit College and an MA from the National College of Education. He enjoys golf and has a large collection of contemporary jazz.
Mrs. Mayer joined Bead in 2007 as Financial Controller where she was responsible for the financial planning and reporting of both Bead Chain and Bead Electronics divisions. In 2014, she was promoted to Corporate President and now focuses on strategic planning, executive leadership and capital allocation. In addition to Bead’s Board of Directors, she serves on the board of the New Haven Manufacturers Association, the University of New Haven's Center for Family Business as well as their Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center. Jill holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Vermont and a Master's degree from Champlain College.
Mr. Cote was a member of the board from 2002-2015. He began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Hartford, CT, upon graduation from the University of Hartford. After leaving public accounting, he held various financial roles at Xerox Corporation, Emhart Corporation and Wang Laboratories. In 2004, Mr. Cote retired from TransAct Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ-TACT), a $60 million manufacturer of specialty printers, where he held the position of Executive Vice President, CFO, Treasurer and Secretary, and was a member of the Board of Directors. He assisted in taking that company public in 1996. Mr. Cote was chairman of the school board at The Prout School, a private parochial high school in South Kingstown, RI from 2006 to 2011. He was also a board member and treasurer of The Palms of Bay Beach, Inc., a condominium association in Fort Myers Beach from 2008 to 2011. He now serves on the audit committee for the Town of Fort Myers Beach. Mr. Cote and his wife Roberta have four children and six grandchildren. He resides in Fort Myers Beach, FL.