BA Kitchen Components was formed in 1990. The company was initially based in a small unit in Magherafelt, and commenced production with one person Brian McCracken. By 1992 a good and loyal customer base was taking shape, most of those first customers still buy today.
In the summer of 1992 they moved the company twelve miles, to larger premises in Cookstown. Sales were growing and the company was expanding rapidly. By the end of 1993 two years after they moved, BA had outgrown the new premises. They moved again in March 1995 to a 20,000 sq. ft. factory. The workforce was growing almost weekly to meet the demand for products, and the introduction of new sales personnel in 1996 and the addition of the Vinyl range to their existing products in 1997 meant continued growth.
By the end of 1997 it was clear that their premises were again too small. The workforce had grown to 33 and the sales and demand were still rising. It was decided that they needed to have new premises and in the spring of 1998 they purchased a 3.5 acre site on the outskirts of Cookstown. In July 1998 work began on clearing the site for their new 35,000 sq. ft. factory plus offices.
They have built up a good reputation for performance and service and they know through hard earned experience that the key to success in today's market is good quality products delivered on time. With this in mind they are also investing in new machinery. Currently £ 1.8 million has been earmarked for the most recent expansion programme.
BA have never been afraid to invest in the best, this applies to personnel as well as machinery. In 1997 a new bespoke computer system was installed. This system links the office to the factory. The computer system makes it easier for them to trace orders and as they can have up to 1000 orders in their system at any one time, the installation of the new system was vital. In addition to this they have extended things further by introducing bar coding into the factory to provide more information, this allows all orders to be traced throughout the factory showing their current production status.