National Band & Tag is constantly looking for new pictures of our tags in use. It’s the pictures from our customers that we use on our social media, website, catalog, and promotional items! As the manufacturer, once the bands and tags leave our factory, we don’t get to see them put on their final destination, such as an animal, piece of art, tree, or asset. We are asking all our customers for new pictures to use! By submitting your pictures here, your picture could be featured as our next #TagTuesday with a shoutout and link to your company. You can also email pictures, or any questions to [email protected].
While we are enjoying summer vacation, schools will be starting up again soon. Order your school spirit keychains now so that you can greet your students on the first day with a school keychain! Keychains are also great to keep on hand as prizes for spirit rallies, perfect attendance, fundraiser winners, and other school functions. With over 160+ tag shapes, and 11 aluminum colors, we have a lot of different options to choose from. Batch Anodizing is also available to match your school’s color exactly. Sports teams, after-school clubs, specialty programs, etc. can order more personalized tags with the student’s name on it. Ball chains and O-rings are available to complete your custom school spirit keychain!
View more examples from our customers here.
National Band & Tag manufactures asset identification tags for many purposes, but one of the more unique uses is for beehives! Our customer Robert Couchman with BEE KIND Honeybee Rescue goes in and safely removes honeybees from places they shouldn’t be in and re-locates them to his apiaries. He uses our tags on his beehives as part of his apiary management system. Numbered tags allow Robert to track which hives have been tested and treated for parasites, the queen of the hive, and many other important factors for keeping healthy honeybees.
Scout honeybees will go off in search of a new home, and sometimes the home they decide on, is not the most honeybee friendly place. You don’t want to suddenly stumble across a hive of fifteen to twenty thousand honeybees in your house, shed, roof, garage, etc. BEE KIND Honeybee Rescue in Wisconsin helps rescue and relocate honeybees as much as possible. Timing is key, with the best chance for successful relocation being in late March to early September. Early relocation allows the colony to establish a new hive, expand colony population, and store enough honey and pollen to survive a Wisconsin winter.
If you are interested in learning more about BEE KIND Honeybee Rescue and Robert’s work, check out his website: https://sewihoneybeeremoval.org/
If you are a beekeeper interested in starting your own asset tag management system, check out our large variety of customizable tags!
Tag Style 243 (1” x 2-1/8”) Plain Aluminum with numbering.
National Gardening Day – April 14th
What it is: Time to get out there and start gardening! Today is meant to be an encouragement for new gardeners to get their green thumb going and start their gardening adventure. Use this day to visit your local garden center to pick up some new plants, or to go outside and start planting.
How it relates to NB&T: We manufacture a variety of garden markers and plant labels used in both small and large gardens, garden centers, and botanical gardens.
National Get To Know Your Customers Day – April 15th
What it is: A day for businesses to get even closer with their customers!
How it relates to NB&T: Our large product line has grown due to customers bringing us new ideas and tag requests. We are always eager to know how our customers are using our tags. Customers can submit pictures of their tags in use for the chance to have their pictures featured on our social media and website.
International Bat Appreciation Day – April 17th
What it is: This day is used to help spread the word about the important role bats play in our ecosystem, and what we can do to help protect them.
How it relates to NB&T: One of the most unique bands we manufacture is the wing band for bats! Researchers use these bands to track bats and learn more about them. Bat conservation fits right in with the theme of National Bat Appreciation Day.
National Pet ID Week – April 17 – 23rd
What it is: This week gives pet owners a great opportunity to review the steps they can take to make sure their pet has the best chance of being recovered should the animal become lost.
How it relates to NB&T: Rabies Tags, License Tags, Shelter ID Tags, Microchipped Tags, Blank Tags for Personalization Kiosks, Kennel Tags, USDA/ODA Tags. We produce all kinds of tags for dogs and cats! Proper identification for your dog or cat is so important in case they get lost. We are a huge supporter of National Pet ID Week because it is a great reminder to check your pet’s tags and make sure they are all up-to-date with the correct information and year date.
National Lineman Appreciation Day – 18th
What it is: A day to honor the men and women who work hard to keep the power going and the lights on.
How it relates to NB&T: To assist in proper power pole management, which helps keeps linemen safe, we manufacture power pole tags!
Hug a Plumber Day – April 25th
What it is: A day to recognize those who come to the rescue when we have pipe, leaks, and drain issues.
How it relates to NB&T: We make plumber’s lives easier with our plumber tags! With the correct valves labeled, it makes their job easier and faster.
Arbor Day – April 30th
What it is: A day to encourage the planting of trees.
How it relates to NB&T: Arboretum Tags are one of our newest and most quickly growing product lines. We are very excited for arboretums to use our tags to help educate the public on different species of trees.
A unique option that National Band & Tag offers is radial text or text that goes along the curve of our round tags. Radial text is helpful for fitting lots of text on a small tag, and for fitting text along the tag when there is a hole in the middle of the tag. Curved text is popular for survey tags, tree tags, power pole tags, dog tags, promotional keychains, and more. Contact us today for a free quote on your radial text tags!
Stamped Radial Text – Text is in all caps.
Laser Etched Radial Text – Logos are available. Different fonts, lowercase, bold fonts can be used.
If you are looking for a completely custom tag with a professional look, then laser-etched tags are for you! Tags can be sold in small or large quantities. Whether you need 1 tag or 100,000 tags, we can help! National Band & Tag has 25+ years of experience laser etching tags.
You can customize your tags to have text, logos/graphics, barcodes, borders, etc. The laser creates a clean, detailed, image on the tag’s surface. Tags come in all shapes, sizes, materials, and there is virtually no limit to what we can do. Laster etched tags are more durable and will last for years compared to printed tags. National Band & Tag offers quantity discounts, so the more tags you order, the larger the discount! Check out our instructions on how to send us the data for your tags.
- UV Stable (Black), Plain (silver), or Colored Aluminum is available.
- Different Finishes are available for stainless steel. This will affect how your tag looks.
- Light or Dark etching is available.
- Frosted Backgrounds are available to remove the shine from the tag.
- Frosted Backgrounds are available to remove the shine from the tag.
- Barcodes are not available on brass.
- Plastic tags are available in multiple colors depending on the style of tag.
- Style #3602 – Label material is made from military-grade 3M™ 7847 polyacrylic matte black stock for a heavy-duty label.
- Identification Tags
- Asset Tags
- Serialized Tags
- Inventory Tags
- Equipment Tags
- Brand / Property Identity Tags
- and more!
Share your pictures of your laser-etched tags being used for the chance to be featured on our social media!
World Rabies Day is September 28th! This holiday was created by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) with the goal to end the spread of rabies to humans from dogs. World Rabies Day focuses on increasing community awareness of rabies and its prevention.
2020’s theme is “End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate“
End rabies: a reminder that we have 10 years to end human deaths from dog rabies and that we can raise awareness at the global level through the End Rabies Now campaign.
Collaborate: The United Against Rabies coalition was formed and subsequently launched the Global Strategic Plan. We need to continue collaboration at the international, national and local levels to eliminate rabies. Especially keeping in mind that it’s a disease that knows no borders.
Vaccinate: A massive breakthrough was recently made in the rabies world. GAVI, the vaccine alliance, has included rabies into its portfolio of vaccines. This means that with their support, 181,000 more human deaths from rabies can be prevented. We also need to remember to vaccinate dogs to prevent rabies at its source so that we can reach elimination.
Learn more at www.rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day
To celebrate this year, National Band & Tag is excited to launch our newest product, Paw Finders! Paw Finders is a rabies tag and lost pet recovery system, all in one tag. The vet’s information is on the front, like a regular rabies tag. On the back is a QR Code that holds the pet owner’s contact information. These tags are available for purchase in bulk by veterinarians. Our easy to use Vet Portal makes registering the tags easy. Or you can send the tag home with your client for them to register themselves. Bring your vet office into the modern pet tag era and reduce the number of lost pet calls to your office with Paw Finders rabies tags!
April 17th – 23rd is National Pet ID Week!
National Pet ID Week is for seven days starting April 17th. This national week gives pet owners a great opportunity to make sure their pet’s identification is up-to-date. ID tags and microchips give lost pets the best chance possible to be reunited with their owners.
It is estimated that one in three pets will go missing at some point in their life. According to the ASPCA, “Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. About 710,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners.”
How to Observe National Pet ID Week
Vets recommend every pet owner prepare for a lost pet. They say pet identification is a crucial step to keep pets safe. Even the most well-behaved cats and dogs can get lost, runoff unexpectedly or get separated from their owners. Two popular ways to ID your pet, are to use a collar with a tag, and a microchip. Other identification methods include tattooing, QR Code Tags, GPS Collars, etc.
Collar tags are historically the most common, and the most recommended. Microchips are meant to be another level of protection, not a substitute. Pet owners can get personalized tags at local pet stores or online. This week, make sure your pet’s tags are correct and have the most up-to-date information on them. Also, check to make sure the information is readable and hasn’t been scratched or worn away. If you have “chipped” your pet with a microchip, this week is a good time to see that it is working and you are prepared to use it. Did you register your microchip? Do you have the microchip brand, the 1-800 number of the company, and the microchip number of your pet in an easily accessible place? These are all great questions to ask yourself, and ways to celebrate National Pet ID Week!
Use #NationalPetIDWeek and #PetIdWeek on social media to participate in the discussion
Here at National Band & Tag Company, we like to think that Every Day is Tag Day™! This day was created by the American Humane Society and is celebrated on the first Saturday in April. Every Day is Tag Day™ unites thousands of animal control agencies, veterinarians, and humane organizations with the goal of urging pet owners to equip their pets with ID tags and/or microchips. Tags and microchips help maximize the chance of a lost pet returning home safely.
How to participate in Every Day is Tag Day™:
- Make sure your pet always wears a collar with a current ID tag, rabies tag, and city/county license.
- Include a phone number on their ID tag.
- Keep your pet’s licenses, ID tag, and microchip current. Make sure to update the tag if you change your address or phone number.
- Remember that even indoor pets need tags. Many indoor pets can escape and end up in the shelter.
You can order a personal ID tag at a local pet store kiosk, or online. You will receive a Rabies Tag from your veterinarian when your pet receives a rabies vaccination. City/County license tags are usually obtained through the county clerk’s office, animal control, or can be ordered online. Check for your local pet licensing requirements online. National Band & Tag mass produces blank tags for kiosks, and for individuals to personalize and re-sell. We also produce rabies tags for veterinarians and license tags for cities and counties
Share with us in the comments, how do you plan to celebrate Every Day is Tag Day™?
A great way to memorialize bird hunters who are no longer with us is with Memorial Bird Bands.
Customers use our Memorial Bird Bands as a memento to hand out to friends and family at the funeral. Some people will then put the bird band on their lanyard or keychain so that they can carry it around with them every day as a remembrance of their loved one. Hunting buddies or hunt clubs may want to pass out the bands amongst its members in honor of the deceased. Some will raffle off the memorial bands to help raise money for the family. We even had one customer put the memorial bands in honor of her son on ducks, so duck hunters would call for years saying they got one of the banded birds in tribute of her son.
Here are some of the ways our customers have customized their Memorial Bird Bands:
Bird bands come in multiple sizes and colors and can be customized with your text.
Narcotics Anonymous Recovery Key Tags represent increments of clean time and allow you to celebrate every milestone. Our NA Key Tags celebrate different lengths of clean time on the front of the tag. The back of the tag is customized with your homegroup name. We offer 3 different options, a Full Set of 1,000 tags, a set of 100 or 200 Key Tags (one color only). These Key Tags are an authentic military-style dog tag with the notch in the tag.
Set of 1,000 Key Tags:
White “Just For Today” – 200 Tags
Orange “30 Days” – 100 Tags
Green “60 Days” – 100 Tags
Red “90 Days” – 100 Tags
Blue “6 Months” – 100 Tags
Yellow “9 Months” – 100 Tags
Gold “1 Year” – 100 Tags
Silver “18 Months” – 100 Tags
Black “Multiple Years” – 100 Tags
Key Tags are available for purchase through our website or through Amazon. If you have any questions about our NA Recovery Key Tags, call us at 859-261-2035 and a customer service representative will assist you.
Are you ready to get your holiday shopping started?
Let National Band & Tag help check off all the holiday hosts and hostesses off your list with Holiday Napkin Rings. Create your own custom pack to decorate any holiday dinner party table this year. Available in red, green, gold and blue, Holiday Napkin Rings come in multiple colors for Christmas, Hanukkah, or just winter seasonal designs. Napkin Rings come in a pack of 8. The 8 napkin rings can have the same design or up to 4 different designs. Holiday Napkin Rings are sold through Amazon for easy and quick checkout. Just click the “Customize Now” button to choose your designs from the drop-down options, and then click the “Add to Cart” button.
Looking for personalized Napkin Rings with names, dates, or logos? Click Here to learn more.
Did you know that 53% of Americans were cremated in 2018 instead of buried? Or that pet cremation is the largest it has even been among Millenials and Gen Z pet owners according to Forbes? As more humans and pets use cremation, proper identification will become even more important. Tags with unique identification numbers ensure that loved ones receive the correct remains. According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), Washington, Nevada, and Oregon are the top 3 states with the highest cremation rates.
As stated by the International Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association (ICCFA) Identification Guidelines, “Funeral homes should implement a reliable system for the identification of human remains to give consumers assurance that safeguards are in place to minimize the incidence of misidentification. Further, in the case of a disinterment, or if a flood, earthquake, or other natural disaster disturb the place of interment, the identification and reinterment of the human remains would be facilitated by this system.”
National Band & Tag offers custom stamped stainless steel cremation tags that can have your crematory name, a unique ID number, and any other information you need on them. Cremation ovens get up to 1400 – 1800°F degrees in order to break down the bone. But 304 stainless steel has a melting point of 2000+°F. This allows the tag to go into the oven with the remains and stay with them through the whole process. Thus, meeting the ICCFA’s guidelines as listed above. NB&T cremation tags (ID Discs), work for both human or pet cremations.
Contact us for a free quote on your custom tags today.
This Friday, October 4th is MFG Day (Manufacturing Day)! This day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers and connect the future workforce with manufacturing jobs.
National Band & Tag supports MFG Day as a manufacturer and family-owned business. One of our values is planning success for generations to come. This means encouraging future generations to want to work in manufacturing so that NB&T can continue forever. Some people may not fully understand the benefits of manufacturing companies, or still, consider them to be boring assembly lines, but that isn’t necessarily true anymore. In Thomas Net’s blog, “7 Reasons It’s Great to Work in Manufacturing“, they list the top 3 reasons as contributing to the economy, being on the cutting edge of technology, and exciting sectors of work.
Manufacturing stats in Kentucky
Did you know, there are 2,400+ manufacturing facilities in Kentucky? Kentucky, where National Band & Tag is located, has 4,500+ manufacturing-related facilities, over 250,000 Kentuckians work in a manufacturing facility, and $29.2 billion of Kentucky made products were exported last year (Think Kentucky Cabinet for Economic development June 2019 Report). NB&T is proud to be a Kentucky manufacturer for over 117 years. NB&T is currently hiring for positions in the factory, stop by our location to apply.
Join the MFG Day conversation on social media with #MFGDay19
National Band & Tag has a new laser machine that now allows us to successfully laser etch on brass tags. When placing your laser etched brass tag order, you now have the choice of a “frosted” surface. “Frosting” means removing the shine that brass has, to make it easier to read. The examples below on the left with a more yellow look are frosted, and the darker brown samples are regular brass. Brass is hard to take a picture of because of how shiny the material is. The shine will not work in certain environments, so for an additional charge, we can remove it for you. This allows you to have all the benefits of brass material, without the shine.
Not sure if brass tags will work in your environment? Contact us for tag samples to test before you buy. If you have any questions, comment below and our in-house laser etching expert will respond. Learn more about “frosting” on stainless steel and aluminum material here.
The 2020 style of the year rabies tag is the Red Heart.
As we get ready to enter our Rabies Tag season (September – December), our busiest time of the year, we urge all our veterinarian customers to order as early as possible for a quicker turnaround time. The NASPHV recommended tag style of the year is #198 Red Heart.
Why purchase from National Band & Tag?
- Quick turnaround times
- Low-cost leader
- Manufactured in America
- Multiple shapes and sizes available to fit both cats and dogs
- Your information, custom stamped to meet your rabies vaccination needs
- Both 1-year and 3-year rabies tags are available
Here are a few tips to help with your 2020 Red Heart order:
- Order enough tags. If you are on the fence about how many tags to order, we always recommend over-ordering. To re-order more tags, it will cost more time and money than if you order 100 more tags than normal the first time. If there are extra tags at the end of the year, you can recycle aluminum tags.
- Special orders take more time. If you are ordering something other than stamped tags with standard packing, additional time will be added on to produce your order. This can really affect customers who want to order paint-filled tags that are flat packed in November and December.
- Don’t forget to pay for your order. All orders must be paid for before the tags will be produced. (Unless you have an open account). Just call in with your quote number and credit card to pay, mail a check, or pay online.
- Review your acknowledgment. After your sales representative has entered your order they will send you an acknowledgment (receipt), please review it to make sure the stamping, quantity, style, color, etc. is correct. Your estimated shipping date will also be on your acknowledgment.
If you have any questions or want to check the status of your order, give us a call at 859-261-2035.
In 2013, National Band & Tag was approached by the radiology industry to come up with a permanent solution for identifying lead aprons. We came up with Lead Apron ID Tags, shown below, and have had positive feedback from our customers and the industry ever since the beginning.
See what some of our current customers are saying about our plastic Apron Tags (Style 2351AT)
Upcoming Trade Shows:
AHRA in Denver, CO from July 21-24, 2019 Booth #424
The Association for Medical Imaging Management is the professional organization representing management at all levels of hospital imaging departments, freestanding imaging centers, and group practices.
RSNA in Chicago, IL from December 1-6, 2019 Booth #1454
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is a non-profit organization with over 54,000 members from 136 countries around the world. RSNA promotes excellence in patient care and health care delivery through education, research and technologic innovation.
Stainless steel tags are recommended wherever corrosion is a serious problem, such as salt-water environments, marinas, boat docks, etc. 316 stainless steel, also known as marine grade, is probably the most common grade of stainless steel used in marine applications. It has more molybdenum than other austenitic stainless steels which helps it to resist pitting and other corrosive effects of salt water.
National Band & Tag can laser etch 316 stainless steel tags which will stand up in this environment. The engraving will hold up just as long as the tags will.
Contact us today for a free quote or samples to test out.
Tomorrow is 4th of July, Independence Day for the United States! Did you know, most all our products are Made in America, including most of the products that we resell. National Band & Tag has been a manufacturer in Kentucky since 1902, and our Mission and Values show how proud we are to be a family owned manufacturer in the USA.
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
National Band & Tag will be closed for the 4th of July weekend on Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th, 2019 . Business will resume Monday, July 8th, 2019.
National Band & Tag offers a variety of solutions for creating a custom tag that meets your identification needs and environment. Different engraving and marking options on different materials can make the difference in how long a tag will last in specific environments.
Laser Etching: Available on metal tags only. Material is physically etched with the laser beam into the surface of the material, deep enough that you can feel it with your finger nail. On anodized and colored aluminum, the metal with change color from the base color to white, thus providing a high contrast character. Laser etching on heavy duty materials such as stainless steel and UV stable aluminum is great for harsh environments such as extreme heat or cold, chemicals, frequently cleaned and outdoors. Laser etching is an additional charge, call for quote.
Laser Marking: Available on plastic tags only. The characters are marked onto the surface of the material using an oxidation process which results is a bold contrasting character. The characters are dark gray, almost black in color. Laser marking is also referred to as laser coloration or laser dark marking. Plastic tags are great for indoor use or outdoor use in less harsh environments. Laser marking is an additional charge, call for quote.
Stamping: Available on metal tags only. Stamping (also known as pressing) is the process the letters/numberings being pressed into the material. Stamped tags can be paint filled with black or white paint (shown below) to create a contrasting look. Stamped tags are very durable on all materials and can be used in many different environments. Stamping price varies by product, but are the most cost efficient. See website for details.
Embossing: Available on limited styles of metal tags only. Embossing is when the letters and numbering is raised above the metal tag or band. Embossed tags are durable yet flexible. Since the letters are raised up, there is no chance of the print getting worn off. Embossing is available on some light gauge tags and some styles of leg bands for poultry. Embossing prices vary by product, see website for details.
Fusion Marked: Available on wing bands. This process creates a highly contrasting mark with dark bold characters on the surface of the tag. See website for pricing.
721 York Street
Newport, KY 41071, USA
PO Box 72430
Newport, KY 41072-0430, USA
Phone: (859) 261-2035
International Phone: +18592612035
Fax: 859-261-TAGS (8247)
E-Mail: [email protected]
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