The History of NMC

William Blount founded NMC in 1934 as a response to changing times. 1934 was the middle of the Great Depression. That might seem like the wrong time to start a company, but our founding was a result of the times. As buildings rose higher into the sky, a number of devastating fires occurred that raised fire safety awareness. Building codes were updated and called for fire signage requirements. William Blount answered that call and began NMC as a screen printer of fire warning signs and extinguisher labels in Pawtucket, RI.

In the years to come, NMC continued to innovate, grow and adapt. When our nation transformed itself through the industrial buildup supportingWWII, our product line began to expand.

Up until the 1980s, NMC specialized in printing for retail stores. Then times changed again. The 1980 Recession curbed retail spending at a time when workplace safety awareness was heightening. Once again, NMC innovated, adapted and grew. We shifted our focus and expanded our line of safety identification.

From the years between 1989 and 1998, NMC was integrated into Cranston Print Works, the nation’s oldest textile printing company. Then in 1998, NMC was spun off. Since that time, NMC has invested, evolved and grown. Today our state-of-the-art digital printing capability sets NMC apart. We have emerged as a national leader of safety identification.