The History of BNB
Bridgeport National Bindery began as two separate binding companies founded in the late 1800's, Bridgeport Bindery, Inc. and National Library Bindery, Inc. These companies merged in 1974.
The present company began when Magnus Larsen, father of present owner James M. Larsen, was employed at Scribner's Publishing during the depression. Mr. Larsen worked a full day and then took bookbinding classes at the YWCA. In 1942 he joined the army to fight in World War II.
In 1947 Magnus purchased Bridgeport Bindery. It began as a small bindery, but within seven years he had doubled the business.
This growth is attributed to the service philosophy Magnus had and that continues at Bridgeport National Bindery today. Bridgeport's motto, "Bound to Last" emphasizes quality and a long term commitment to customers. It looks to the future without forgetting the past.
In 1974 Bridgeport Bindery merged with National Bindery to become Bridgeport National Bindery, and moved operations to West Springfield Massachusetts. Growth continued at a steady pace and continued to move to larger facilities.
In 1999, Bridgeport moved into a new 55,000 sq. ft. building on Silver Street in Agawam Massachusetts. The new facility was more than twice the size of the previous plant. However, in only eight years, Bridgeport National Bindery, again had outgrown their building and added a 15,000 sq. ft. addition to the plant.
Most of the current growth has come from Bridgeport National Bindery's expansion in the print on demand business.
Bridgeport National Bindery's growth is also the result of expanding our geographical market area. Bridgeport National Bindery places increased emphasis on the national part of their name with customers on both coasts and in the Midwest. Bridgeport National Bindery has returned competition to the binding market where, in recent years, many libraries have found themselves with little or no competition in library binding due to binders going out of business or merging. BNB is committed to making sure all libraries--large or small--have a choice in where they receive their library binding and preservation services.
As Bridgeport National Bindery grows it works hard to maintain the high standards of quality that customers have come to expect. Such a long-standing reputation for quality can be hard to live up to, but it is a challenge the company relishes.