About us.

We began National Specialties in 1979 from the trunk of our car. By the fall of 1980 we owned our own 1500 square foot office building in South Tacoma and had grown to become a major competitor in the Northwest Promotional Products Industry. Prior to establishing National Specialties, the owner, Larry Michelson, spent 15 years in the printing industry. Larry can operate printing presses up to 36", is qualified to work in Litho Prep, the bindery and departments. In 1985 a small commercial photo studio was opened to support one of National Specialties larger clients. For the next five years all print layout, design and photo work was done from this facility for the Kirk Company. The Kirk Company  was at that time the nation's largest grower of Christmas trees.  For the next 15 years we were the primary source of Promotional Products and marketing aids for Russell Investment Group.  Often rated as one of Fortune 500's top companies to work for Russell investment managed more than 4 trillion in investment funds world wide from its offices in London, Toranto, Sidney, Paris, New York and San Francisco.  It's home office was located here in Tacoma.  We are now proud to be a major supplier of RPI's for the the Soldiers and Officers at JBLM and around the world. We have done work for Ft Hood, Ft Knox, Ft Leonard Wood, 7th Army  and 8th Army.  National Specialties has its own embroidery department, shirt printing department, laser engraver, pad printer, large format printer, 65" laminator and thermal transfer equipment.  We also have a complete  small job wood shop to  serve our clients.