Maker of FRP Cooling Tower Components Marks 40 YearsBedford Reinforced Plastics, a manufacturer of pultruded and molded fiberglass-reinforced polymer (FRP) structural materials for cooling towers, among other applications, is celebrating its 40th year in business.

The Stahl family started the company in 1974 with a small barn, three pultrusion machines and about a dozen employees, primarily manufacturing products for the agricultural market. Since then, Bedford has expanded its line of high performance structural fiberglass products to serve many applications and markets.

Even after 40 years, company is still privately owned and operated by the Stahl family. In 2014, Bedford has more than 200 full-time employees and more than 200,000 ft2 of fiberglass pultrusion manufacturing space, including a fabrication center. Bedford’s product lines include pultruded FRP structural shapes, grating, molded grating and flat sheet. Custom profiles, caged ladders and assemblies that include catwalks, platforms, stairs and handrails.

In addition to the company’s headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Bedford, Pa., Bedford Reinforced Plastics also has distribution locations in Houston; Fort Dodge, Iowa; Tavares, Fla.; and Salt Lake City.