Terry Braithwaite, founder of Braithwaite Rebuild, started a craft apparenticeship with Adcock and Shipley in 1968 . Adcock and Shipley , who later became Bridgeport machines, manufactured the Bridgeport under licence at the purpose built Bridlington site. A total of 50,000 Bridgeports where manufactured . Bridgeport produced over 300,000 machines in America. The Bridgeport is still the preferred manual machine for machinists and toolmakers. Ballscrews on the X and Y are now fitted as standard.