Suppliers Consolidate Operations
February 24, 2009
After five years of planning and transition, All Book Covers Inc. (asi/34262) and Bradford Alan (asi/41460) have formally combined operations and now manufacture products from one facility in Tempe, AZ. All Book Covers has closed its California plant, citing high business costs in the state. The new consolidated company is called All Book Covers AZ dba Bradford Alan. "I'm glad we're now under one roof," says Ivan Fishman, who has owned both All Book Covers and Bradford Alan for several years. "Even before the recession, it was too expensive to continue in California."
Fishman says he offered all of his California-based employees an opportunity to move to the Arizona plant. About a dozen decided to move, but roughly 60 workers stayed in California. One salesperson remains in California. The consolidated Arizona facility is 80,000 square feet and includes two buildings. "We had to move all our equipment, so that was a challenge," says Fishman. "We now have room to grow. It was a good decision."
All Book Covers and Bradford Alan generated combined revenues of about $10 million in 2008. Fishman is hoping for a successful 2009, but is setting realistic goals because of the economic downturn. "I know there is light at the end of the tunnel, but I just don't see it yet," he says. "I think this year things will turn around for our industry."
All Book Covers AZ dba Bradford Alan employs 80 workers. The company produces menu and diploma covers, hotel guest directories, leather products and other items.