National Band & Tag Co.
A Family Owned and Operated Business Since 1902
Now in the 5th Generation!
2009 Decade Winner
Tri-State Family Business of the Decade
2005 Winner Tri-State Family Business of the Year
Award by University of Cincinnati Goering Center for Family Business
Fred E. Haas, Sr. 1901-1971
Elmer J. Haas, Sr. 1903-1969
National Band & Tag Company's mission is to provide to our customers the best source for identification tags, to produce a top quality product at the lowest possible price with the best service. We will expand our sales base by continuing to concentrate on our existing markets, as well as developing new markets that are compatible with our current manufacturing capabilities and by pursuing new technology related to the identification field. This will build a strong, profitable business to perpetuate the company for the benefit of the family, future generations of the family, and our dedicated employees.
Faye Haas Wendel
Eric A. Haas
Kevin A. Haas
Fred E. Haas, III
Joe D. Haas, Jr
Brad C. Haas
Sean C. Haas
Christine Haas Schwalbach
Alan J. Haas (Lan)
Alex A. Wendel
National Band & Tag Company was founded in 1902. On August 15,
Joseph Haas of Newport, KY, much like other pioneers of that period,
opened a small shop in an abandoned barn at 71 Hooper Street in
Clifton, KY. Haas intended to manufacture poultry leg and wing bands.
He knew little about poultry farming, but had been informed that
breeders were improving their flocks and it was necessary to use some
sort of marker to distinguish one fowl from another. Visualizing the
possibilities of a new industry, Haas went to work designing a few
patterns of bands, crude at first, but with recommendations from
customers and experimental projects, he was able to come up with bands
that worked. Ads were placed in Poultry magazines, and although he had
no competition, orders were slow. By 1914, the business began to grow.
In order to keep up with the increase in business he moved to 720-722
Orchard Street, Newport, KY. Other animal identification tags were
added to the product line, including livestock tags marketed under the
Hasco name. Over the years more property was acquired around this
site and today National Band & Tag occupies almost the entire block
between Orchard and York and 7th & 8th Streets.
Now in the 5th generation of the family, the business employs around
50 people and sells animal identification products all over the world.
Perhaps the most unusual product is National's Chicken
Sunglasses. These small glasses with red lenses were designed to
be held on the chicken's beak with a cotter pin through the nostrils of
the bird. As a cannibalistic animal, chickens are provoked by the sight
of blood and will peck at each other, eventually killing off much of
the flock. These red lenses prevented chickens from seeing the red
blood and calmed their behavior. These have not been
manufactured for many years and we do not have any available for
sale. These glasses are now considered a collector's item.
This is from a page from our catalog from 1940. We no longer
make these and they are not available for sale.
Click here for a 1947 Paramount Newsreal
about the chicken glasses!
Products today include a complete assortment of Poultry leg and wing bands, Bands used for
Wildlife - Duck
Bands, Raccoon, Ostrich; Zoo animals, Research animals, Livestock Identification, as well as a
line of Industrial Tags and even Plant Labels. Many of our tags, while
designed for a particular animal use, can be used for other purposes as
well. One example is using our dog tags as
City Vehicle tags attached to the license plates. Our latest endeavor
is Laser Engraving Bar Codes on our tags in
order for our customers to take advantage of the efficiencies that
computerization brings to their projects.
Click here to watch the Hometown Series Video
produced by WCPO about our company - (Large file - about 8MB
- may take some time to download)