After the conclusion of the Civil War in 1865, Andrew Marshall and J.H. Bruce opened a small book bindery in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. Through a fire, flood and both World Wars, Marshall & Bruce has stood the test of time, growing to become one of the nation’s leading printing and fulfillment companies.
A humble founding in 1865
With a company history dating as far back as ours, we’ve seen and pioneered tremendous change within the printing industry. Opening our doors with equipment valuing at less than $300, Marshall & Bruce grew steadily over the next several decades. After a fire destroyed the plant in 1895, the company was forced to rebuild from the ground-up, returning stronger than ever. Before they knew it, Marshall & Bruce had evolved from a simple book-bindery into a commercial printing powerhouse, adopting the slogan “We Print Anything.”
Trailblazers, Marshall and Bruce
An article written in Printing Trade News in 1911 stated that founders Andrew Marshall and J. H. Bruce kept their employees on board as long as they did their jobs faithfully and showed interest in the welfare of their fellow employees. The author also stated that they had possibly the most honest and loyal employees in the United States, so much so that one employee named his two sons Bruce and Marshall.
Torch passed to the Smith family
Nearly 120 years after Marshall and Bruce’s founding, Robert L. Smith acquired the company. Between Nashville’s central location and rising popularity, Smith saw tremendous potential for Marshall & Bruce to expand from a community name into a nationwide enterprise. Forty years later, the company’s legacy is being carried out and taken to new heights by the second and third generations of Smiths.
155 years of printing in Nashville
As Nashville continues to flourish, we are committed as ever to being there for our customers with the modern technology and unrivaled customer service that has been our cornerstone of success for over 155 years. At the end of the day, whether you are our largest client or smallest customer, the people of M&B are proud of the work we do, and it shows in every piece we produce.
At Marshall & Bruce, our mission is to deliver the highest-quality products and services to help our clients achieve their business goals. We serve our customers with integrity, honesty and to the best of our abilities, providing top-tier products, in the quickest, most economical way possible without ever sacrificing quality. In turn, we build trust and establish lasting relationships.
Meet Our Team
We are truly proud of the employees that have made Marshall & Bruce what it is today.
With an average employee tenure of 20+ years, including several 40-year team members, experience and expertise are what set us apart. From the front of the office to the back of the production plant, each and every employee plays a vital part in the printing process. On your visit to our facility, you will witness firsthand the true heart and dedication that each person puts into their craft on a daily basis.
In order to guarantee our customers unprecedented accuracy, consistency, and affordability, we have established collaborative partnerships with market leaders in printing technology; Koenig & Bauer (KBA), Kodak, Fuji, Gerber and BOBST. Thanks to these partnerships, we can assure our customers that we are using the most cutting-edge, innovative technology available today.
We are honored to be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, Idealliance G7 and GMI Prime for our commitment to excellence in all sectors of the printing process. Click below to read more about each organization’s requirements for certification.
Diversity & Inclusion
Marshall & Bruce is an Equal Opportunity Employer and pledges to conduct all employment activities within the letter and spirit of federal, state, and local laws and statutes that provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other protected classifications, activities, or conditions as required by each jurisdiction in which Marshall & Bruce operates.