In 1972 Bob Barker started a business in the back of a barber shop selling kitchen supplies to restaurants and jails. Forty years later, the Bob Barker Company has grown into the nation’s leading detention supplier and the worldwide leader delivering innovative supplies and services to correctional and rehabilitation customers.
As an innovator, Bob Barker brought many ground breaking products to the corrections market including a polyester-core mattress which became the industry’s standard, a triple bunk to help with overcrowding, the Van Cell™ to provide secure and economical prisoner transport, and personal care products in see-through containers to make it impossible to hide contraband.
“Our loyal customers have made us what we are today and have played a tremendous role in guiding and teaching us how to fill their needs with quality products and sincere service,” said Bob Barker, CEO and founder. “Our success has come from dedicated passionate employees who believe as I did that to be successful, you must treat people with dignity, respect and go beyond what is normally expected in business relationships.”
The company plans celebrations with employees, customers and the community throughout the year including an Open House planned for the Fall. They will kick off an employee celebration this Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Bob Barker’s family retreat on the Cape Fear River to include a giant slide, moonwalks, mechanical bull, basketball challenge, carnival games, face painting, fishing, horses, canoe rides, and more!
In the business for 40 years, Bob Barker Company, Inc., offers the broadest product line and the largest inventory of detention supplies in the country to federal, state, and local government agencies and select businesses. Bob Barker Company’s corporate headquarters and primary distribution center is located in Fuquay-Varina, with a state-of-the-art distribution and sales center in Ogden, Utah.