Bradley Corp. marks 100 years


Bradley Corp. Chairman/CEO Bryan Mullett


Menomonee Falls, WI— This year marks the 100th anniversary of Bradley Corp.

It all started with Bradley’s first multi-user handwashing fixture – the iconic Washfountain – invented to increase worker productivity. Bradley was founded in 1921 by Howard A. Mullett after he and several partners bought the rights to the Washfountain from inventor Harry Bradley of the Allen-Bradley Corp. Bradley came up with the idea for the Washfountain after realizing the amount of time workers had to wait in line to wash their hands. He created the group handwashing concept to save time and keep workers on the shop floor.

Today, headed by Chairman/CEO Bryan Mullett, the fifth Mullett generation to lead the company, Bradley has not wavered from its origin of product innovation. The company is now the industry’s premiere provider of product solutions that meet the needs of architects, specifiers, plumbing engineers and contractors worldwide.

“From day one, Bradley has been driven by generations of talented people, innovative designs and a clear vision for the future,” said Mullett. “I am beyond proud of our employees and their accomplishments. Together, we’ve built a true family bond that grows stronger every year.”

As Mullett explains, Bradley was founded on the concept of removing touchpoints from the handwashing process, beginning with the Washfountain, which was activated by a foot pedal.

“Bradley has always strived to make handwashing and drying easier – and more hygienic,” Mullett said. “Touchless handwashing has been relevant for a century but never more important than it is today as the world overcomes the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Bradley Corp. Washfountain, circa 1957.


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