Our Statement of Purpose

As we start into the New Year, we would like to share our company’s Mission and Statement of Purpose. These statements reflect who we are at National Band & Tag and what we believe in. It always has been, and always will be, our mission to provide unique and innovative identification solutions to our valued customers.



We live for the day when…
The spirit of our unbreakable family blesses everyone we reach.
Trust is built into every solution we produce from concept to delivery.
National Band & Tag is the #1 choice for identification bands and tags.


We are a U.S. manufacturer providing unique and innovative identification solutions for many purposes. Since 1902, we’ve been building our business to SOAR™:
•Sequential numbering and custom design for accurate identification
•On-time and upfront delivery expectations
•Agile and solution-centered customer service
•Reinvention in-house, to save you time and money


We are a responsive and resourceful family manufacturer, earning trust as we faithfully continue our legacy of:
•Planning success for generations to come
•Delivering accuracy with every order
•Operating with honesty and integrity
•Adapting our products across multiple categories to provide the best solution

Technology Upgrade Notification

As part of our commitment to uphold our company values; planning success for generations to come, delivering accuracy with every order, and operating with honesty and integrity, National Band & Tag is excited to announce that we will be launching a new computer order entry system in early 2018. This new computer system will allow us to serve our customers faster, more efficiently and effectively. Customer Service Representatives will be able to email and fax customer’s acknowledgements, receipts, invoices and more with the click of a button.

We ask for your patience in the upcoming months as we train our staff on how to use the new computer system and work to transfer customer accounts and information over. We thank you for your business, and look forward to being able to better serve our customers in 2018.

Our Year in Review – 2017

This year has been exciting for National Band & Tag! We have added more team members to our staff, launched new products, celebrated our 115th anniversary, printed a new catalog and more. Check out some of the highlights from 2017 that you may have missed.

New Products

  • Meter Seal / Padlock Seal – Style R1710 – Made from colored plastic. These can be blank or laser marked with two lines of text.
  • Cable Seal / Barrel Seal – Style R1711 – Made from colored plastic and 15” wire. These can be blank or laser marked with two lines of text.
  • Inspection tags with a durable label – Style 14INP – Create a notch on the heavy-duty label when the item has been inspected.
  • Stainless steel wing bands – Style 890-4SS – wing bands can be spot welded together for a permeant seal.
  • Fusion Wing Bands – Style 892 is now available with fusion marking (a dark black inking process). We can mark letters, numbers, and barcodes. Aluminum colors available for this process are fusion colors (lighter pastels): gray, brown, purple, pink, orange, yellow, green, light blue, red, and white.
  • Food Processing Grade Tags – Made from 316 or 304 stainless steel depending on what type your facility needs. Can be customized with logos, barcodes etc. to meet your needs or work with your existing software.


Company News


Happy Holidays from National Band & Tag!
We look forward to serving your identification needs in 2018.
National Band & Tag will closed December 25th – 26th for Christmas
and January 1st for New Year’s.

What to expect when doing business with NB&T

As a U.S. manufacturer, we custom make all our products to order. Only limited amounts of tags are stocked on the shelves through our quick ship programs.

After you call, email or send a quote request through the website, a sales representative will send you a quote in 2-4 business days. Once you approve the quote, it becomes an order, the credit card is run (unless you have established an open account with us) and the order is placed. A second sales rep then checks the order for accuracy. You will receive an acknowledgment (receipt) from your sales rep. The amount of time your order spends in the office can vary depending on the time it takes to receive quote approval or payment. After that, your order is sent to the factory.

Once in the factory, orders are scheduled to a press and are put in line to be produced. Standard orders that have no extra options added to them are usually in the factory between 2-4 weeks. Less popular tag shapes and special tag options can add additional weeks onto to the production time, these options include:

  • Paint Fill
  • Strip Packing
  • Links Attaching
  • Flat (Skin) Packing
  • Wet Tumbling
  • Wires Attached

After the tags are produced they are then sent to the shipping department. If you look at your acknowledgement, there will be an anticipated ship date that will always be a Friday date. Your order will be shipped out any time that week, with the Friday date being the absolute latest.

The amount of time your order spends in the office or factory may change during our busy season (October – December). During these months, we always recommend placing your order as soon as possible to make sure you get your tags on time.

If you have any questions, our sales representatives are happy to answer any questions you may have about doing business with National Band & Tag Company.

Call us at 859-261-2035.

Or email us at [email protected].

115th Anniversary

August 15, 2017 is National Band & Tag’s 115th anniversary since its founding in 1902!

For 115 years, we have been a family owned business, manufacturing our products in Newport, Kentucky. National Band & Tag has continued to grow and broaden our product lines over the years, and even to this day, we strive to bring our customers unique, and innovative identification solutions.

Check out the growth of National Band & Tag over the years with this timeline video:


  • 1902 – National Band & Tag is founded by Joseph Haas – Poultry leg bands start being produced so neighbors can tell birds a part.


  • 1914 – 2nd Generation Elmer Haas joined NB&T
  • 1918 – Style 681 Ear Tag is created


  • 1926 – 2nd generation Fred Haas joined NB&T


  • 1930 – National Band & Tag moved to Orchard Street in Newport, KY
  • 1936 – NB&T starts selling Rabies Tags
  • 1939 – Founder Joe Haas invents rose-colored Chicken Glasses to prevent cannibalism


  • 1949 – The style 49 cattle ear tag was invented


  • 1952 – National Band & Tag moved to York Street in Newport, KY
  • 1952 – Celebrated 50th Anniversary
  • 1953 -3rd generation Don Haas joins NB&T
  • 1956 – the style 56 cattle eat tag was invented


  • 1960 – 1600 series of Tongue & Slot Tags are created
  • 1961 – 3rd generation Fred Haas II joins NB&T
  • 1962 – International Identification Inc. becomes Incorporated
  • 1965 – 3rd generation Joe Haas Sr. joins NB&T


  • 1972 – The T-Lok Tags are created


  • 1981 – 4th generation Eric Haas joins NB&T
  • 1981 – 4th generation Faye Haas Wendel joins NB&T
  • 1983 – The Hasco brand splits from NB&T and becomes Hasco Tag Company
  • 1988 – Bought 1st laser machine to create barcoded wing bands
  • 1989 – 4th generation Kevin Haas joins NB&T


  • 1994 – 4th generation Fred Haas III joins NB&T
  • 1995 – 3rd generation Donald Haas retires
  • 1996 – 4th generation Joe Haas Jr. joins NB&T
  • 1997 – 4th generation Brad Haas joins NB&T
  • 1999 – 1st full line all color catalog is mailed out


  • 2000 – USGS Bird Band Contract is established
  • 2002 – 100th Anniversary
  • 2003 – 4th generation Sean Haas joins NB&T
  • 2004 – 3rd generation Fred Haas II retires
  • 2005 – 4th generation Chris Schwalbach joins NB&T
  • 2005 – Winner of the Tri-State Family Business of the Year Award
  • 2008 – 3rd generation Joe Haas Sr. retires
  • 2009 – Winner of the Tri-State Family Business of the Decade Award


  • 2011 – 5th generation Lan Haas joins NB&T
  • 2011 – 5th generation Alex Wendel joins NB&T
  • 2014 – New logo and Statement of Purpose
  • 2015 – 5th generation Andi Wendel Tabor joins NB&T
  • 2015 – 4th generation Eric Haas retires
  • 2015 – Perfect 10 Certified Culture Award
  • 2016 – NB&T acquires Hasco Tag Company
  • 2016 – 5th generation Ryan Haas joins NB&T
  • 2017 – 115th Anniversary

Kentucky Proud

ky proudDid you know that National Band & Tag is a member of the Kentucky Proud program? As a family owned manufacturer that has been in Northern Kentucky for almost 115 years, we are proud to be a Kentucky business.

“Kentucky Proud stands for foods, nursery items, crafts, agri-tourism sites, farmers’ markets, state parks, and many other products and destinations with roots in Kentucky soil. Kentucky Proud foods are raised, grown, or processed in Kentucky by Kentuckians. You can serve Kentucky Proud foods to your family with the confidence that they came from your friends and neighbors just down the road — not from thousands of miles away.”

Are you identifying your Kentucky livestock and products with Kentucky made tags?


ky proud certificate

Learn more about the Kentucky Proud program at: http://www.kyproud.com

166 Years of Tags

National Band & Tag is a family owned business and has been for almost 115 years. We currently have 11 family members from the 4th and 5th generation working at our facility. Combined, our family management team has been working here over 166 years! Our years of innovation, testing, and improving products proves that NB&T is your #1 choice for all your identification needs. Call today for a free quote or to talk with one of our tag specialists about the best identification solution for you.

Meet National Band & Tag’s family management team:

family warehouse 2016 bright web


4th Generation

Faye Haas Wendel: President, (Seated 6th) – 36 years
Kevin A. Haas: Vice-President, Laser, R&D (Standing 7th)– 28 years
Fred E. Haas, III: Vice-President, Operations (Standing 1st)– 23 years
Joe D. Haas, Jr.: Vice-President, Purchasing, Treasurer (Standing 11th)– 21 years
Brad C. Haas: Vice-President, Production (Standing 3rd)– 20 years
Sean C. Haas: Vice-President, Logistics, Secretary (Standing 10th)– 14 years
Christine Haas Schwalbach: Sales (Standing 8th)– 12 years

5th Generation

Alan J. Haas (Lan): Vice-President, Safety & Quality Assurance (Standing 2nd) – 5 years
Alex A. Wendel: Vice-President, Information Technology (Standing 5th)– 5 years
Andrea Wendel Tabor (Andi): Graphics & Web Manager (Standing 4th) – 2 years
Ryan P. Haas: Account Manager (Standing 9th) – 9 months


Happy New Year from National Band!

happy new year 2017To give our employees a much needed break after a very busy year, we are not working this week in celebration of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. We hope you are having a fantastic holiday season as well, and we’ll see you in the New Year!

In case you missed our blog two weeks ago, we reviewed our year and highlighted some exciting achievements from 2016. Let us know what you’d like to see in 2017 — blog ideas, tag ideas, identification ideas, etc.

Happy New Year!

A Look Back at 2016

It has been an exciting and busy time here at National Band & Tag this year! Besides growing our product lines, we also grew our business with the acquisition of Hasco Tag Company back in May. We are very excited to welcome all our new Hasco customers to the National Band & Tag family, and look forward to providing everyone with identification solutions in 2017!

employees 2016 web

While everyone is excited for New Year’s, first, let’s look back at some of the highlights of 2016:

New Products

  • 505 Ear Tags – This new metal, self-piercing ear tag is the perfect size for sheep, goats, deer, and swine. This ear tag is also used as a Scrapie ear tag for sheep, and is approved by the USDA.
  • Asset Labels – Made of a Military grade 3M™ 7847 polyacrylic matte black stock, labels can be laser cut into any shape or size up to 6” inches. They are completely customizable with logos, text, barcodes and more.
  • Flex-Lok – Hasco’s plastic ear tag line is still available through NB&T.
  • Napkin Rings – Custom napkin rings are perfect for weddings, holiday gifts, and more.
  • New Dog & Cat Tags – We have converted some of Hasco’s dies over and they now have new NB&T style numbers.
  • HIN Tags – Replacement tags should you lose the original or get a new HIN (Hull Identification Number)
  • 1242-22S – A new shorter version of the 1242-22 aluminum Butt-End Band

New Colors

  • Pink Vinyl – Vinyl plant and tree labels are now available in pink!
  • Turquoise Aluminum – Rabies tags, some industrial tags, and butt-end bands are all now available in turquoise!

New Family Member

Back in August we welcomed our 11th family member to the team, Ryan Haas has taken on a sales and account manager role here at NB&T and we look forward to seeing his work next year.

tag makers

Please note our holiday hours: We will be closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s (December 26th – 30th). Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Dear Hasco Customers

hasco logoWe are pleased to announce that National Band and Tag Co. has acquired Hasco Tag Co. as of May 9, 2016. All future correspondence will be handled by NB&T.

The combination of Hasco’s product line with ours will give you a wide variety of band and tag choices. Our 4th and 5th generation family members and staff are eager to serve you as we have our own customers for 114 years. Please browse our website to learn more about our products.

Moving forward, we will strive to make our transition as seamless as possible. You are important to us and we hope to gain your business and have a lasting relationship into the future.

Our Product Expertise: Poultry, Cattle, Lab Animal Research, Dog & Cat Licenses and Rabies Vaccination Tags, Wildlife Conservation, Plants & Trees, and Industrial Applications.

Our Specialties: Custom Stamping, Sequential Numbering, Custom Numbering, Logos, Laser Etching, and Bar Coding.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 859-261-2035 or email us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.

For a PDF Comparison Chart of Hasco’s parts versus NB&T’s parts, please click here.


The National Band and Tag Company Family

From the President

At National Band, we have always sought to serve our customers to the best of our ability, by making the highest quality identification products. And in recent years, we have started to focus on not only producing good products, but also building more trust, accuracy, and integrity into our daily operations. I feel so honored to be the current President of such a wonderful company–a company that has been in my family for 5 generations now. I cherish the history and legacy of this place, and have such high hopes for where we can continue to grow.

faye wendel

Faye Haas Wendel, President

When I started at National Band in 1981, I never dreamed to be sitting in the position I hold right now. As the first woman in the family to work here, I had a lot to prove. I haven’t always done everything right in my tenure, but I’ve learned and grown more through being a small business owner than I ever anticipated. It has taught me to be strong, to trust myself, and to not shy away from a challenge. Family business is tough, but one of the most rewarding things I can imagine being a part of.

As we close out our first month of 2016, I want to offer my thanks to the incredible customers who have faithfully come back to us year after year. I want to thank our amazingly hard working employees who have come and gone over the last 113 years–you’ve made this legacy possible. I want to thank my family for constantly seeking improvement and growth for us as individuals and as a company.

Our Vision statement says that “we live for the day when the spirit of our unbreakable family blesses everyone we reach; when trust is built into every solution we produce from concept to delivery; and when National Band and Tag is the #1 choice for identification bands and tags.”

We continue to focus on this vision. And as President, that is my commitment to our customers, vendors, employees, and family this year and always.

Faye Haas Wendel

Champions of Problem Solving

NBT employees“Agile and solution-centered customer service.”  At National Band & Tag Co, we feel so strongly about the importance of customer service we included this statement in our Mission.  Each day, our solution centered customer service team reaches people all over the world, assisting with orders, helping customers choose the appropriate items for a specific purpose, and answering numerous questions regarding the type and use of our products.  They are champions at problem solving and delivering information in a professional and courteous manner.

About a year ago when our company updated its logo, we added a Thank You card to many of our orders.  This was our way of letting the customers know they were receiving the best products from the best team of people, from order entry to manufacturing through shipping.  It is a team approach for each order!  We are always thankful the customer chose our company to meet their tagging needs.

Looking ahead to 2016, we are grateful for each and every customer and look forward to hearing from you again in the new year.  We will continue to provide excellent customer service, making the decision making and order process simple and solution-centered.  If you have not ordered from us yet, look over our website.  We hope to have the product you are looking for and if not, give us a call or e-mail us.  We will work with you hoping to accomplish your tagging needs.

History of NB&T

joseph haas sr.National Band & Tag was founded in 1902 by Joseph Haas, my great-great-grandfather. That’s right, I am one of the 5th generation now working for this incredible company. It has seen many changes in the last 113 years but has been able to remain innovative enough to stay relevant in a constantly changing market.

The company began when Joseph started making poultry leg bands and wing bands for his backyard flock. He and his neighbors all had birds — and they needed a way of identifying who’s was who’s. Since he saw a need, he started up shop in an abandoned barn and placed ads in local magazines. Business grew and thrived. He quickly had to expand, and eventually, his two sons began working with him. From there, other products were developed, including chicken sunglasses, livestock tags, and so much more.

Today, one of our biggest product lines is still poultry bands, but we have continued to stretch our wings. We have hundreds of different products from a tiny shrimp eye band, to sea turtle tags, to heavy-duty wire rope tags, and laser-etched barcoded tags.

Through the years, our customers have been essential to our growth and innovation. When someone calls with a need, we strive to find a solution to their need. This collaboration and synergy with customers is something we deeply value.

As a member of the 5th generation looking forward, I hope we can continue the legacy of what’s been handed down and entrusted. We strive to make high-quality products, at affordable prices, all with outstanding customer service. We hope to continue this reputation and dream up new and innovative solutions that would make great-great-grandpa proud!

Do you have an identification need? Have an idea for a band or tag? Leave your comment below!

Check out this old Paramount video of our Chicken Sunglasses.

Manufacturing Day – Oct. 2nd

mfg dayOctober 2nd is Manufacturing Day! This day is for manufacturers to address common misperceptions about manufacturing, take charge of the public image of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry. National Band & Tag Company has been a U.S. manufacturer for 113 years and almost all of our products are produced here in our factory, located in Newport, Kentucky.

What does it mean to be a manufacturer?

A manufacturer is typically known as “a person or company that makes goods for sale.” Here at NB&T we produce most of our products in-house to order. We don’t have tags sitting on the shelf, we make them to order from coils of materials using punch press machines to cut out the shape of the tag. This process allows us to create custom tags for a low competitive price. This method also means that we run on a production schedule and during the busy season (August – December) orders can take 2-4 weeks to produce and ship out. As our business continues to grow, NB&T has worked with customers to get tags that are not customized shipped out faster (Industrial Quick Ship, Mouse Ear Tag Quick Ship) as well as tags that are laser etched (Stock-N-Lase). We love working with our customers to create new and innovative solutions for all identification purposes. We are proud to be a U.S. manufacturer!

Our Mission Statement:

We are a U.S. manufacturer providing unique and innovative identification solutions for many purpose. Since 1902, we’ve been building our business to SOAR™:

  • Sequential numbering and custom design for accurate identification
  • On-Time and upfront delivery expectations
  • Agile and solution-centered customer service
  • Reinvention in-house, to save you time and money

Are you a manufacturer? What goods do you make? How are you celebrating Manufacturing Day?

Security Alert

It has come to our attention that fraudulent checks have been issued under our corporate name. They are not from us, and do not correspond with our account. These checks should not be cashed as you may be liable for any funds received. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion, and are attempting to resolve the issue through legal action. Please contact us if you have further questions or concerns.

Thank you for your understanding as we strive to rectify this situation and prevent fraudulent instances from happening in the future.

National Band & Tag Management