COMMUNITY

"I'm just a person who has received many benefits from

my community and who owes a great debt of gratitude back..."

- James E. Brown -

 

It is with this same feeling of gratitude that Brown Industries inserts itself into things that help families

and the community of Dalton. You will find our employees participating on boards for charity groups and family service organizations, as well as donating time and money to programs that better our neighbor's lives.

We've supported our community and the surrounding area for more than 50 years.

Meet our leadership team. Each is 100% committed to results and the quality of your experience.

They strive to make Brown the best place to do business and work.

1957

Southern Binder was founded after James and partner Carl Griggs developed the first carpet sample binder, which revolutionized the sale of carpet. A few years later, Mr. Brown continued his legacy of innovation with the creation of iron-on label material, which is now an industry standard.

1959

Roy Oliver working on the first typesetting machine at
Brown Printing, a Hot Metal Linotype.

1963

Acme Display was founded as the first display manufacturing division.

1976

Foremost Business Forms - specialty forms and label printer

1987

Started Southern Ring Binders adding vinyl sealed ring binder manufacturing capabilities.

 

Added 1st 6 color press (40”)

 

Opened National Insta Print - servicing short-run, quick printing

1992

Brown Industries became a Beta site for computer to plate technology.

2000

Brown Display and Fixture Division constructed a new 125,000 sq ft state-of-the-art display manufacturing facility. The new building and the addition of the first CNC Routing table ramped BDF up as an automated, robotic manufacturing facility.

 

Purchased Artistic Sample

2003

Installed an Amada Vipros Turret, which propelled Brown into self sufficiency
 in sheet metal fabrication. Also added this year were an Inline vacuum form machine
and the first web digital press.

2005

Expanded our digital work flow with a second Indigo press and
implementation of web portals for print and sampling on demand.

 

Added an addition onto artistic sample

2007

Initiated Project RENEW which considered all activities required to produce and distribute our work. RENEW ensured responsible use of material, disposal, sourcing and recycling and is an end to end environmental stewardship program.

2009

Brown Display and Fixture installed the BLM E-Turn robotic tube bender. An amazing piece of equipment that gave us incredible creative options with the most efficient and tightest control tolerances in the industry.

 

First roll-out consolidating product and fixture. Produced for The Home Depot

2011

Brown Printing division installs the Inca S40 Digital UV press,
 the 2nd install in the country.

2015

Display Division installs company's first automated wire mesh welder

2017

Brown Display expands its 209 Industrial Blvd facility by constructing a 52,000+ sq ft addition.

1954

James Brown invested $200 to create Tufted Sample Company. He bought supplies, built tables and designed the first carpet sample device, inventing the flooring sample business. With the help of his wife “Sis” and partner Wendell Ashworth and his wife, the new company flourished.

1958

As the two companies grew, James saw an opportunity to expand into the printing industry. He bought a combination printing and office supply business from Nashville, sold the items he didn’t need, and moved the rest to Dalton. Brown Printing was founded in August 1958 located at 207 East Morris Street. Here stand the original 11 employees, left to right: Mr. L.B. Lawton, Gerald Burrell, Roy Oliver, Sam Jordan, Edwin Norton, James Smith, Reuben Brown (James father), “Sis” Brown, James Brown, Don Martin and Homer Cline.

1960

Brown’s footprint expanded to three buildings including 3rd Avenue, Morris Street, and the Tufted Sample Company. They added several new employees and totaled over 5,000 sq ft of manufacturing space.

1970

Brown Industries had hit 400 employees and 350,000 sq ft of manufacturing and warehousing when all divisions were acquired by  National Service Industries.

1986

Brown purchases Gregory printing expanding the capacity and service to the
flooring industry. Also, a new swatch cutting machine that was twice as
 fast as previous models was developed.

 

(Dallas Wallace - bindery supervisor)

1989

Stainmaster project for Sears. Largest to date at $7+ million

1200 employees and 1,100,000 sq ft

 

Purchased Graphic Fine Color - Expanded selling commercial/retail printing
 in Atlanta market

 

First wide format offset press

1993

James Brown returned to run the marketing services division of NSI and only a year later, Mr. Brown and family acquired the company back from National Service Industries.

2002

Introduced the first automated display laser cutting technology in the area.

2004

Brown Printing invests $5M in new offset presses

Acquires new building for the wire division

 

Stuart Nelson becomes president of Brown Industries

Acquire artistic sample building

 

2006

Brown Industries was ranked 95th in the Nation’s Top 400 Printers based on corporate sales. The same year, the Atlanta sales office was opened and the printing division installed their first digital sheet-fed press.

2008

Installed a Wemhoner Membrane Press which gave us the ability to produce a high-end finished look to displays and cabinetry.

Added 2000 Watt Pulsar Laser – Enhanced our ability to design and “quick fabricate” intricate sheet metal components.

Introduced “Stuck For Good” an extremely aggressive sampling adhesive to meet the need of hard-surface flooring manufacturers

2009

Labelwyse material developed for digital production of satin faced heat-activated labels and a new textured printing process, “Trutouch”, was introduced.

2012

Brown Industries joined with two other companies to develop an employee clinic. Employees and dependents could now get medical care, preventive, prescriptions and lab work for a fraction of the cost and without lengthy waits.

2016

Brown Industries launches Lean Manufacturing

HISTORY

A Half-Century of Innovation

 

James Brown was a printing salesman in Dalton Georgia. One of his customers in the

then budding carpet industry complained that the only way to show samples was to

carry a trunk load of carpet to cities like Atlanta, New York and Chicago.

 

So, in 1954, he invested $200, bought wood, glue and scissors. He built tables and designed

the first carpet sample device. He invented the flooring sample business.

James didn’t stop there. In 1958 he went to Nashville and bought a combination printing and office supply

business. He sold the items he didn’t need, moved the rest to Dalton and founded Brown Printing.

 

A few years later Brown purchased the first display plant, then another. Along the way sample companies were added. Today, Brown Industries is a global POP company with seven operating divisions and more than 1,000,000 square feet of manufacturing. He invented an industry with $200 and a lot of hard work.