"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.
The James E. Brown Center at Dalton State College
Brown Conference Center at Hamilton Medical Center
Brown Industries Family Scholarship Program
Dalton Parks and Recreation
James and Sis Brown Athletic Complex at Reinhardt University
Community Sponsor and Volunteer
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.
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.
Roy Oliver working on the first typesetting machine at
Brown Printing, a Hot Metal Linotype.
Acme Display was founded as the first display manufacturing division.
Foremost Business Forms - specialty forms and label printer
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
Brown Industries became a Beta site for computer to plate technology.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Brown Printing division installs the Inca S40 Digital UV press,
the 2nd install in the country.
Display Division installs company's first automated wire mesh welder
Brown Display expands its 209 Industrial Blvd facility by constructing a 52,000+ sq ft addition.
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.
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.
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.
Brown Industries had hit 400 employees and 350,000 sq ft of manufacturing and warehousing when all divisions were acquired by National Service Industries.
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)
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
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.
Introduced the first automated display laser cutting technology in the area.
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
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.
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
Labelwyse material developed for digital production of satin faced heat-activated labels and a new textured printing process, “Trutouch”, was introduced.
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.
Brown Industries launches Lean Manufacturing
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.