The W.C. Bradley Co., founded in 1885, is a privately owned company headquartered in Columbus, Georgia. Founded as a “cotton factoring” business, the company heritage includes operating diverse businesses in the textiles industry, farm implement manufacturing, row crop and livestock production, wholesale supply businesses meeting the needs of industrial and building contractors, retail businesses in outdoor sports equipment and licensed sports apparel, and barbecue grill manufacturing.
The W.C. Bradley Co. is dedicated to its team members, to the community, and to establishing a reputation for quality and value. Today, it is comprised of the following family of companies focused on home and leisure products and services:
The W.C. Bradley Co.’s headquarters are still located on the Chattahoochee River in historic Uptown Columbus in renovated buildings dating from 1885, which were previously used to store cotton and other goods for the company’s businesses. Throughout its history, the company has transitioned through different businesses and industries, keeping itself in sync with market and consumer demands.
The company enjoys considerable financial resources to support its growth by virtue of its ownership of a large block of Coca-Cola stock. In the early 1900s, W.C. Bradley joined Ernest Woodruff and other investors in purchasing the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta. Serving as Chairman of the Board until the late 1930s, Mr. Bradley contributed to the growth of Coca-Cola® as the most recognized “brand name” in the world. Through the legacy of this investment, the W.C. Bradley Co. has an extraordinary ability to facilitate new initiatives and expand operations today.
The Bradley-Turner Foundation, using contributions from the company’s success, supports the community and region through many different programs and facilities funded in whole or in part by foundation donations. The foundation is one of the largest charitable foundations in Georgia.
The goal of the W.C. Bradley Co. is to attain leadership as a multi-brand supplier of high quality consumer goods and services focused primarily on the home and leisure lifestyle markets. Strategically, the W.C. Bradley Co. is committed to building on its current strengths and competencies and further developing them as a platform for seeking new opportunities.
The W.C. Bradley Co. – strong traditions, with a proud past and a promising future.