1980’s

| Bead changes its name to Bead Industries in 1987. As Bead pushed further into the electronics industry, the change was seen as a way to modernize its image.
1990’s

Bead purchases 50% of the stock of the Intricate Metal Forming Company (IMF) of Roanoke, VA in 1994. Both IMF and Bead were producing electronic pins on carrier strips called bandoleers. Bead sold its interest in 1997.

Bead winds up operations at Bridgeport Silverware, and sells Bead Tackle.