Manufacturing: BRADFORD ‘BRAD’ BEAUCHAMP
PRESIDENT AND CEO, CARPENTER CO., RICHMOND
Beauchamp, who joined Carpenter Co. in 2008, was promoted to CEO in late 2020. Founded in 1948, Carpenter makes flexible foam, fiber, air filtration media and other products, employing about 4,200 people — 450 of them in Virginia — at 50+ locations worldwide.
In October 2021, Carpenter, one of the world’s largest producers of foam products, announced the acquisition of European-based competitor Recticel’s engineered foams line for approximately $656 million. The purchase includes about 32 manufacturing sites, with 2,700 employees.
A graduate of Bethel and Southern Methodist universities, Beauchamp serves on the regional advisory board for Factory Mutual Insurance.
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