Nelson-Miller, Inc. started on its path to success with Miller Dial, which was founded by Dawson Miller in 1937 as a small metal shop located on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The small manufacturer provided metal luminescent dials for the aerospace industry. Over the years the company expanded its capabilities to graphic overlays and later to engineering and manufacturing membrane switches.
Fred Nelson worked for Dawson Miller and branched out in 1946 to form his own company - Nelson Nameplate. Nelson started his company with a dream and enough equipment to fill a modest 1,000 square foot warehouse in Los Angeles. In 2003 Nelson Nameplate became a proud recipient of the Environment Protection Agency’s Environment Award of Outstanding Achievement and had Governor Schwarzenegger sign a legislation at Nelson Nameplate implementing First-in-the-Nation Green Chemistry Program.
The two longtime local competitors, Miller Dial, Inc. and Nelson Nameplate, came back together in April of 2011 to form Nelson-Miller, Inc. Today, with approximately 270 domestic employees, a national sales team serving the entire United States, and off-shore capabilities, Nelson-Miller, Inc. has become the most capable global supplier of membrane switches, silicone rubber keypads, graphic overlays, metal nameplates, light guides, modules, assemblies as well as the leading innovative solutions provider for custom applications.
Miller Dial is founded
In 1937, Miller Dial was founded in Los Angeles, CA. During the height of World War II, most aerospace companies were based in near-by Long Beach, and Miller Dial began supplying dials for gauges.
Fred Nelson, an employee of Miller Dial, leaves the company and strikes out on his own, founding Nelson Nameplate Company.
Miller Dial Helps Make History with Apollo 11 Space Mission
On July 24th, 2969, Miller Dial helped make history as astronaut Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon. As Mr. Armstrong descended down the steps of the lunar lander, he did so on a ladder proudly displaying a plaque made by Miller Dial.
Miller Dial Goes to Space Again
May 14th, 1973, NASA begins work on the Skylab Space Project, an early prototype of today's International Space Station. The Skylab proudly carried nameplates manufactured by Miller Dial.
Miller Dial and Nelson Nameplate Merge
After more than 60 years as local, friendly competitors, Miller Dial and Nelson Nameplate merged to become Nelson-Miller.
Nelson-Miller Acquires Delta Technologies
In 2012, Nelson-Miller acquired Chicago-based, Delta Technologies.
Nelson-Miller Acquires Wilson Hurd
On March 1st, 2017, Nelson-Miller acquired Wilson Hurd, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of human machine interface components and graphic product identification solutions.
This acquisition expands Nelson-Miller's capabilities by adding two additional factories with a combined square footage of over 100,000 sf.