Manufacturing 2023: BRADFORD ‘BRAD’ BEAUCHAMP
PRESIDENT AND CEO, CARPENTER, RICHMOND
Even early in life, Beauchamp was a businessman: He and his brother earned money by fishing balls out of the ponds and woods by a golf course, cleaning them up and selling them back to golfers. With such a business mindset, it’s no wonder he rose to Carpenter’s top leader, a role he’s held since 2020.
One of the world’s largest producers of foam products, including mattresses, Carpenter employs around 6,200 people at more than
50 locations globally, including 450 in Virginia. In June, Carpenter acquired the engineered foams line of Belgian competitor Recticel. The $492 million deal adds 32 manufacturing sites, 2,700 employees and $600 million in sales to Carpenter’s books.
Beauchamp joined the company in 2008 as national sales manager for Carpenter’s chemicals division. He previously worked for almost 19 years at Stepan, a chemical manufacturer.
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Chicago Blackhawks
IF I HAD A TIME MACHINE, I’D MEET: Leonardo da Vinci. I’d love to learn the ways that his mind worked and discuss his ideas.
ONE THING I’D CHANGE ABOUT VIRGINIA: Traffic on 95 between Richmond and Washington, D.C.