The Company was founded in 1926, and was originally known as American Brattice Cloth Corp. At the time, ABC offered one product - - jute brattice cloth. The jute fabric was flameproofed, cut to order and sold to coal mines located throughout the Midwestern United States. This material was hung in the mines to direct fresh air to the working areas.
Over the years, the mining industry became more mechanized and this resulted in more attention being directed to the health and safety concerns of its workforce. ABC kept pace with these developments by introducing many new products. This resulted in the Company introducing several products that enabled ABC to expand its product offering to tunneling contractors and shaft sinkers.