Company overview

At GMN, we value a culture of collaboration and service. We’re passionate about serving our clients to the fullest, while continuously growing, learning, and innovating. With competencies across multiple industries, we offer our customers a more reliable supply chain and confidence in the long life of their program.

History timeline

  • 1954
  • 1962
  • 1964
  • 1976
  • 1977
  • 1979
  • 1981
  • 1984
  • 1988
  • 1993
  • 1995
  • 1996
  • 1997
  • 1997
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 1999
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2007
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2012
  • 2012
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2013
  • 2014
1954 GM Nameplate was founded
The company was founded as a nameplate manufacturer in Seattle, WA by Lester Greene and Beal McCullough, whose last names contributed the G and M in GM Nameplate.
1962, shareholder and chairman of the board of GM Nameplate
Don Root, the company’s 13th employee, was hired as an account manager. Today he is the company’s majority shareholder and Chairman of the Board.
GMN ships its first aerospace part
GMN shipped its first aerospace part.
1976
GMN was the first company to produce instrument panels using both polycarbonate and aluminum.
1977 purchase of GM Nameplate
Don Root, Ed Maddox, Ed Westfall and Rod Williams purchased GM Nameplate. Don Root is still actively involved in the company.
1979 hard coats added to GMN capabilities
Hard coat and selective texture printing capabilities were added to the company’s offerings.
1981 GMN opens a facility in San Jose
GMN opened a 27,000 sq. ft. facility in San Jose, CA to expand flexographic roll printing and screen printing capabilities.
1984 GMN manufactures its first membrane switch
GMN produced its first membrane switch.
1988 electronics group was created within GMN
An electronics group was created within GMN to focus on membrane switches and other new user interface technologies.
1993 GM Nameplate aquires Acme Nameplate
GMN acquired Acme Nameplate in Monroe, NC, a leader in metal decorating.
1995 GM Nameplate aquires Danegon Plastics
GMN acquired Danegon Plastics in Beaverton, OR, a compression and injection molder and decorator. Danegon was renamed GMN’s Elite Plastics division and moved to a larger facility.
1996 GMN aquires McGraw Images
GMN acquired McGraw Images in Preston WA, a large format digital printing and die cutting company. It was renamed XL Images and moved to Seattle, WA.
1997 GM Nameplate aquires Memtronic in Singapore
GMN made its first move to international production by acquiring Memtronic in Singapore.
1997
GMN purchased superGraphics in Sunnyvale, CA, a large format graphics company. It was merged with XL Images, moved to Seattle, WA and renamed GMN’s superGraphics division.
1998 GMN produces its first optical encoder
GMN manufactured its first optical encoder.
1999
GMN achieved its first ISO 9001 quality system certification.
1999 GM Nameplate Singapore facility
GMN moved its Singapore operations to a new larger facility.
2006 GM Nameplate facility in Dongguan
GMN opened its first facility in China in Dongguan City, Guangdong Province. The division focuses on high volume consumer products.
2007 Elite Label
The Elite Label brand was launched to serve the wine, spirits and gourmet food industries.
GMN’s China division is moved to a newly remodeled state-of-the-art facility.
GMN’s China division moved to a newly remodeled state-of-the-art facility.
2010 GM Nameplate introduces liquid optical bonding
GMN introduced liquid optical bonding and became one of only a few companies in the US to offer front panel integration utilizing DuPont Vertak.
2011 GMN aquires Park Nameplate
GMN acquired Park Nameplate, which focused on highly decorative nameplates and components for the automotive, appliance, and cosmetic markets. Park Nameplate staff and assets were later relocated to North Carolina.
2012 Boeing Supplier Awards
GM Nameplate was the first company to receive three consecutive Supplier of the Year Awards from The Boeing Company.
2012 GM Nameplate aquires the Sign Factory
GMN acquired The Sign Factory in Seattle, WA, which broadened superGraphics’ capabilities to better serve restaurants and retail customers.
GMN Aerospace
GMN launched GMN Aerospace, a dedicated aerospace brand.
Aerospace Manuafacturing
GMN’s Seattle, WA division and Beaverton, OR division achieved AS9100C quality system certification – the standard for the aerospace industry.
2013 launch of GMN Automotive
GMN Automotive was introduced to focus on the automotive market.
GMN’s Seattle, WA division achieved ISO 13485 quality system certification – the standard for manufacturing medical devices.
GMN Turns 60
GM Nameplate celebrated its 60 year anniversary.

The GMN story

Founded in 1954, GMN has grown from a few employees in a small facility in Seattle, WA to more than 1,000 employees spanning seven plants: San Jose, CA, Monroe, NC, Beaverton, OR, Singapore, China and two in Seattle.

In an effort to better serve our clients, we’ve evolved from creating nameplates to providing a wide variety of custom solutions from small components to completely assembled devices. The company continues to grow its capabilities to meet evolving customer and industry needs.

Today, all of GMN’s facilities are ISO-9001 certified and operate under Continuous Improvement, Lean and Six Sigma manufacturing principles. GMN’s focus on quality assurance and workplace efficiency has guided our success in highly regulated industries, like medical and aerospace. In addition, many GMN constructions are listed with Underwriters Laboratories and approved by the Canadian Standards Association.

We are proud of the company we keep. GMN has been awarded preferred vendor status by the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, Varian Medical Systems, and Rockwell Automation, among others. We have also been recognized with supplier awards from some of the world’s top companies including John Deere, Mitsubishi and The Boeing Company.

Although GMN has experienced impressive growth, the company’s goals remain the same. Each day, premier quality parts are produced for customers who are industry leaders in their own right—customers who demand a high level of quality and innovative service. We are proud to be one of the finest “one-call, one-stop” design and manufacturing corporations of our type in the world.

Giving back to the community

GMN believes in giving back and investing in the community that we live in. Our culture of service and teamwork is very important to us, and we support a variety of causes that our employees care about. Ultimately, our goal is to make a lasting, positive impact on the people around us including our clients, employees and communities. Nonprofits we support include: 

  • The American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • ArtsFund
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • The Seattle Milk Fund
  • Swedish Medical Center Foundation
  • United Way
  • The University of Washington
  • World Vision