Genesis 1:1 Our beginning
Now in our fourth generation and celebrating 70 years, Bond Products, Inc. was founded in 1947 by Kenneth “KB” Bond Milnes as Bond Narrow Fabric Company, Inc. Uncle Ken was an inventor at heart who, (among his other inventions), developed the first hot melt carpet seaming tapes when sewing and latexing seams were still the norm.
KB, along with his brother Wesley Milnes Jr., sold narrow woven, knitted and braided tapes and cords, sewing threads, elastics, and more to the garment and lampshade manufacturing trades that were so prevalent back in the day. Uncle Wes also made calls to industrial laundry facilities and the large Detroit auto manufacturing plant areas.
Bond eventually was purchased by the Milnes family’s 100+ year old textile weaving mill here in Philadelphia where we still manufacture all of our cotton carpet binding tapes. Under our family’s ownership, Richard Milnes, our former president and current credit manager, along with the late David Schaible, our sales manager, steered the ship for over forty years.
Bond took over the supply of portable binders (formerly “Speedbinder”) hired Herbert “Gene” Garner to head the machine shop, and introduced the Bond PBL model portable carpet binders. Gene recently developed our PBB models (bobbinless portables) that are the latest technology.
Scott Heilman has the longest tenure of our full-timers (over thirty-three years) and is still active in sales. He also runs our Service Department and Instabind manufacturing division. Dave’s nephew Mark Schaible runs our carpet workroom and heads our hands-on rug making training as well.
Debbie Fox, our office manager, and Scott’s daughter Elizabeth Heilman are our customer service professionals and are your initial contacts when you call to place orders or need help.
Michael English is our warehouse and inventory manager.
Brian Milnes, Richard’s son, ran the warehouse for over ten years and worked in sales for six years. Brian purchased Bond in December 2002 and is currently the owner and President of Bond Products.
Ms Precious the cat will welcome you with a friendly meow when you visit the front office. She’s been part of the family since 2008.
What we do
We are happy to be able to offer you a large variety of carpet supply products. Among them are:
- Portable zigzag lock-stitch binders and the new style bobbin-less portable carpet binders
- Table or stationary binders and sergers
- Cove base cutters
- Binding tapes in cotton and polyester with ranging widths, styles and colors
- Serging yarns, fringes, and threads
- Parts and service
- A state of the art carpet workroom for training and local services
- An artificial turf seam sewing machine and specialty hot melt tapes for joining turf seams together. These state of the art tapes are used on some NFL fields including, the Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Pittsburgh Steelers new practice facility.
We also own the patent, and are the exclusive manufacturer of Instabind, our DIY on-site carpet binding tapes.
How we do business
We take pride in offering friendly helpful service, quality products built to last, and family instilled values! We understand that business is earned everyday and it’s not something we take for granted. We appreciate our customers and look forward to earning your business everyday!
“It’s not what we say about ourselves — it’s what our customers say about us that counts!” Brian Milnes, Owner.