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.
Eric A. Haas
Faye Haas Wendel
Kevin A. Haas
Fred E. Haas,III (Trey)
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,
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.
intended to manufacture poultry leg and wing bands. He knew little
poultry farming, but had been informed that breeders were improving
flocks and it was necessary to use some sort of marker to distinguish
fowl from another. Visualizing the possibilities of a new industry,
went to work designing a few patterns of bands, crude at first, but
recommendations from customers and experimental projects, he was able
come up with bands that worked. Ads were placed in Poultry magazines,
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
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
acquired around this site and today National Band & Tag occupies
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
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
animal, chickens are provoked by the sight of blood and will peck at
other, eventually killing off much of the flock. These red lenses
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.
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 Conservation - 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
take some time to download)
National Band and Tag Company
721 York St., P.O. Box 72430
Newport, KY 41072-0430
Phone: (859) 261-2035 Fax: 800-261-TAGS (8247)
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