Bridgetown Natural Foods Honored as Manufacturing Company of the Year
by Portland Business Journal
PORTLAND, Ore. – Bridgetown Natural Foods, a manufacturing partner for leading all-natural, organic and gluten-free snacks foods, recently was honored by the Portland Business Journal with a Manufacturer of the Year Award for its business performance, community leadership, and commitment to being a values-based employer.
Bridgetown has seen consistent growth since its origin in 2010. Over the period 2010-2013, the company’s compounded annual growth rate was 144 percent, with a 10-fold growth in its employee base, from 30 to nearly 300 associates.
Bridgetown’s production lines are designed and scaled for emerging brands, providing complex manufacturing capabilities and leading food safety certifications to a high growth segment of the market. Bridgetown produces in excess of two million snack bars and 50,000 pounds of baked snack products daily in its 110,000 square foot facility.
In an interview with the Portland Business Journal company owner Dan Klock said, “The hot topics in the industry are things like engineering systems, information technology and robotics. But manufacturing is still very much a big people business. People want to work somewhere that has a purpose.”
Bridgetown is located in Portland’s Lents urban renewal district, a historically underserved community. Bridgetown is committed to paying all of its associates a living wage and providing a comprehensive health insurance benefit, plus life insurance. In March 2014, Bridgetown earned B Corporation certification, joining the ranks of select organizations who meet rigorous standards for sustainability and social responsibility. The company met stringent criteria by demonstrating innovative production methods, positive community impact, and prioritizing employee well-being and training programs.
A past winner of the Oregon Governor’s Rising Star award for sustainability, Bridgetown contribute $180,000 to nearby Zenger Farms to help it launch Urban Grange, which offers food education, camps and urban farming opportunities to local families.
In 2013 Dan and his wife, Kelly Flatley-Klock, launched Bridges to Better Health, an employee education and wellness program. The program emphasizes nutrition, meal planning and budgeting, and employees have the option to be paid to attend three quarterly healthy cooking classes each year. In addition, each month the company passes out $500 worth of “Bridgetown Dough” to employees redeemable for healthy food at the Lents Farmers; Market, Zenger Farms or the farm stand Bridgetown erects monthly onsite.
CONTACT: Amy Brown, Harvest PR