Nasco was started in 1941 by a vocational agriculture teacher. He developed several teaching aids to use in his vocational agriculture classes…teaching aids that were not readily available from any other source. This simple act of filling a classroom need with an appropriate product was to become a way of life for Nasco in years to come.
Located in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, Nasco is comprised of a central office, warehouse facilities, production facility (biologicals and educational kits), and plastics manufacturing plant.
Nasco’s 20 different catalogs offer over 80,000 unique products to meet the needs of teachers in 14 different educational subject areas, farmers and ranchers, and industry. In addition to serving customers in all 50 states, Nasco’s unique blend of products for education, health care, agriculture, and industry appeals to customers in over 100 countries. Our mission is to provide customers with the best in quality, personal service, and affordably priced products. Nasco’s mail-order catalogs offer a convenient, inexpensive way for individuals in education, health care, agriculture, and industry to shop for the items they need.
Nasco’s “sales force” is comprised of 20 mail-order catalogs. Each year, we mail over 5 million Nasco catalogs to our valued customers worldwide.
Market expansion led to the establishment of a mail-order division in Modesto, California.
With our two divisions, we have a combined staff of over 540 people working year-round to serve you. Our phone center operators and customer service representatives are proud to provide you with friendly service. The goal of our warehouse and shipping departments is prompt, accurate shipping worldwide. Customer satisfaction is guaranteed, or your money back!
Research & Development
Nasco has been a pioneer in creating hands-on teaching materials for the classroom. Our Research & Development Department works continually to discover and develop new products. These Nasco proprietary items include games, reproducible activity books, videos, charts, lab books, and teaching kits.
Nasco’s Plastics Manufacturing operation is devoted to the production of Life/form® products. Life/form® training manikins and medical procedure simulators aid in the training of health care professionals. Our line of Life/form® simulators has been a tremendous advancement in the training of nurses and doctors. Simulators are not only anatomically correct, but each one is functional in the specific technique it teaches. Some examples of these Nasco simulators include: CRiSis™ Manikins (infant, child, and adult complete resuscitation simulators), GERi™ (a geriatric nursing skills manikin), Ready-or-Not Tot® (an interactive parenting manikin), airway management trainers, injectable training arm, blood pressure simulator, spinal injection simulator, and dozens more.
Nasco’s Plastics facility also produces realistic Life/form® food replicas. These are used extensively by family and consumer science teachers, nutritionists, and dietitians to explain and demonstrate correct food portions, calorie counts, fat and cholesterol content, and balanced meals.
Biologicals & Educational Kits
Nasco’s Production Facility consists of Biologicals and Educational Kits. It is one of the few facilities in this country capable of shipping living organisms for education and research 52 weeks of the year. The Biologicals section supplies nearly two million living and preserved specimens annually to schools for use in science classrooms. We have the largest single production colony of laboratory-bred Xenopus laevis (African clawed frogs) in the world. These frogs are completely aquatic and are used in education and research worldwide. Nasco produces a vigorous strain of this important animal that has become vital in research for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis; recombinant DNA and RNA marking; and the study of how genes work. Preserved animals are supplied in Nasco-Guard® nontoxic preservative. This unique Nasco process eliminates the objectionable formaldehyde smell of traditional specimens. Nasco’s Educational Kits department develops and produces a wide variety of educational kits. Tens of thousands of individual components are used to assemble hundreds of different kits for science, math, and family & consumer science, healthcare and arts and crafts classrooms. Many of our educational kits are developed by Nasco, while others are custom kits made to meet the specific needs of individual school systems or an independent publisher’s curriculum.
Whirl-Pak® Sampling Bags
Whirl-Pak® sampling bags make up a very important line of Nasco products. These sterilized sampling bags have many uses in dairy and food plants, hospitals and laboratories, waste and water treatment plants, biological field work, and a variety of other areas.