Bulman Products, Inc. is a world leading manufacturer of paper trimmers, dispensers and racks used to trim or tear rolled art paper, kraft, giftwrap, plastic, bubble wrap, foam, corrugated cardboard or foam, cork, foil, cling wrap and other materials used in many markets, including schools and school/art supply shops, industrial packaging, retail packaging, and food packaging.

Bulman Products, Inc. was founded over one hundred years ago and we remain dedicated to our traditions of quality, customer service and community involvement. We are expanding upon these rich traditions to build an infrastructure capable of handling our planned global expansion.

Whilst we are excited to further market our paper trimmers and other trimming and cutting systems internationally, we also pride ourselves in providing excellent service to our current distributors and end users. Seeking new distributors in the international markets continues to be a focus and we will continue to evaluate and follow up on each opportunity.

Most importantly, we value our team members. We strive to be the best and provide the best to our staff, our customers and our community every day.

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History of Bulman Paper Trimmers

In the front of a small paperback book titled “Origin and Development of Bulman Industries”, the first paragraph reads, “Elvah Orville Bulman had an idea for a product. He also had the rented loft of one not very large and not very new barn, $200.00 capital and a great deal of determination in the year 1905.”

His product was the Gem Take-up Twine Holder, a dispenser that held a cone or ball of twine.

In the years that followed, Bulman’s company grew rapidly in the United States, and his product line expanded to include roll paper trimmers, holders, and store fixtures. After retirement, his son, Orville Elvah Bulman, carried on until 1970 when he sold the company to Rospatch Corporation.

General Manager of Bulman Products, Jack Kirkwood, purchased Bulman from Rospatch in 1982, keeping the well-known name of Bulman Products intact. Jack continued to focus on their niche market of rolled paper trimmers and dispensers whilst maintaining the company’s long standing history of quality workmanship, creativity and service.

Jack’s son, Jim Kirkwood, was planning to take over the business when he suddenly and tragically passed away in December 2008. Jim’s widow, Ann, joined the Bulman team in February 2009 and completed her purchase of the business in December 2012.


As you can see, ownership has changed over the years, but many things have remained the same in this small family owned business. Bulman paper trimmers continue to be made from the same durable materials used by E.O. Bulman over 100 years ago. Another lasting tradition is the organisation’s belief and commitment of giving back to the community. For nearly 20 years, Bulman has utilised the Grand Rapids non-profit organisation “Hope Network” to employ 8-10 adults with special needs who have experienced brain and spinal cord injuries, mental illness or developmental disabilities.

Our commitment to quality, excellent employee relations, and community service will continue on through the next generation of ownership.

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