The Origins Of Tape

SCOTCH TAPE.jpgDid you know that the discovery of adhesive tape originated from tree sap? While the first use of tape didn’t appear until 1845, the adhesive substance that is commonly found in many tapes today dates back all the way to 4000 B.C where pots were made with the substance derived from tree sap.

However, it wasn’t until 1925 when the first official tape was invented by a man named Richard Drew. After overhearing several mechanics complaining about the tape they used, Richard experimented for over two years with adhesives and finally created the tape that we know today as “Scotch” tape. As for the reason it was called “Scotch” tape was because back in those days, “scotch” was slang for cheap. Many of the mechanics that Richard had contacted thought that he was very scotch with his tape and so Richard made a bold statement by naming it “Scotch” Tape.

This Month’s Featured Industry- Construction

There is one inevitable activity that occurs every summer. No it’s not the annual vacation or family reunion but rather it is construction. Construction is one of the pioneer industries in the world, constantly improving upon infrastructure to make the world a better place.

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As much as construction can hinder our daily commutes & activities, the roads wouldn’t be as safe as they are without the technological advances in the construction industry. The world we live in today is influenced by construction. Many of the materials that we provide at NADCO ® can be seen throughout the world at various construction sites; from small to large-scale construction whether it’s simple construction on the street or a skyscraper.

Let’s Talk Prototyping!

The word prototype derives from the Greek – protos, “first” and typos, “impression”. A prototype is an early sample, model, or release of a product built to test a concept or process or to act as a thing to be replicated or learned from. A prototype is generally used to evaluate a new design or idea. Prototyping serves to provide specifications for a real, working piece rather than a theoretical one. In some design workflow models, creating a prototype (a process sometimes called materialization) is the step between the formalization and the evaluation of an idea.

Many people have contacted Nadco to prototype their idea. During the initial contact, questions are asked such as – Will it be used outdoors, in high heat, extreme cold, or wet environments? What material should be used? What size? The size question usually will dictate how your prototype will be created. Many prototypes were cut to size and shape with a laser, other pieces were created with dies we already have in stock. Using the laser, we can create any unusual shape like an octopus for instance.


After the material is selected and art provided, or we create it, the prototype is made and sent out. The customer inspects and evaluates the piece. Is the size too big, too small? Is the material too thick, too thin? Quite often the initial questions make the prototyping process much quicker as the piece is usually right on the mark with only minor tweaks needed. The prototype is now refined and ready for actual production. It’s time to put the piece out there and see what kind of “first impression” it makes.

Just keep at it!


Thomas Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he succeeded. R. H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York City caught on. There is a professor at MIT who offers a course on failure. He does that, he says, “because failure is a far more common experience than success.” An interviewer once asked him if anybody ever failed the course on failure. He thought a moment and replied, “No, but there were two incompletes.”

These are a few reasons to just keep at it. Here at Nadco, we keep working with you until your idea/invention/product is realized. Currently we are working on several pieces that started out as an idea with a rough sketch. Very soon these products will hit the market, although we can’t divulge any information about them, Nadco is busy making prototypes to send to the customers for testing. If you think your idea has value, give us a call and talk it over with our sales team.

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.

Trade Show Power

NADCOMany companies go to trade shows to find potential new customers or to introduce themselves  to a market. Drawing in potential customers to your booth is critical to success. Early in February the NADCO team went to the MD&M West show in California. Our President, Rená, made fresh cookies during the event. Needless to say the smell of  fresh cookies drew in many, some coming back a second time for the warm ones. The whole set up was designed to attract attention, the smell of fresh cookies was done to make people stop.

NADCO had a plan for this trade show. We spent months compiling pieces from business cards to backdrops and all of the pieces were branded with our logo, info and fit the theme. All of the design work was done in-house. Other than the backdrop, shelving units and a few pieces, NADCO produced all of the marketing products at our facility. We left nothing to chance, we even produced labels for the cookie and sample bags.

All of the hard work paid off, our phone hasn’t stopped ringing. The next time you decide to go to a trade show, do what you are good at. Nadco just happens to be great at making tapes and labels and apparently, cookies.

Niche Products Are The New Thing

Produce-content-with-a-proper-target-in-mindThere are so many hip new products now that nobody had heard of before until they were marketed in an ecommerce environment. Physical locations rely on foot traffic and location which definitely shrinks reach. Forward-thinking merchants want to reach a bigger audience to compensate for a smaller target group, ecommerce offers endless opportunities to educate about a new product. Ecommerce is proving to be the best channel for selling niche products. Actually, it might be even easier to cater to a more specific target customer group online – you have better targeting tools and traffic efforts can be really well-focused.

Your brand image plays a key role in determining your success as a niche marketer. The more credible and trustworthy you are, the more chances you have of making sales and commissions. Your brand image is not just what people are saying about it, it’s your labeling too. Which product would you buy? One with a label that is well designed, clean, and professional or one that looks like i t was created by a 4 year old with a box of crayons. That is a bit of a stretch, but in a crowed field of products you want yours to stand out. Nadco designs and creates professional labels for many niche products everyday. Give your product the chance it needs to survive.

So, what are you going to do to strengthen your brand image?

Let It Snow?

As we enter into the last month of 2017, a dreaded date for some is December 21, the beginning of winter. Nadco is located in the Sunshine State of Florida, south of Tampa, and we very rarely get snow (flurries). Due to Florida’s low latitude and subtropical climate, temperatures cold enough to support significant snowfall are infrequent and their duration is fleeting. However, for those who think it never snows in Florida would be mistaken. The earliest recorded instance of snow in Florida occurred in 1774; being unaccustomed to snow, some Jacksonville residents called it “extraordinary white rain.”

With the exception of the far northern areas of the state and the Jacksonville area, most of the major cities of Florida have never recorded measurable snowfall, have only recorded trace amounts, or have only reported flurries in the air, usually just a few times each century. In the Florida Keys and Key West there is no known occurrence of snow flurries since the settlement of the region. While light snowfall occurs a few times each decade across the northern panhandle, most of the state is too far south of the cold continental air masses responsible for generating snowfall in the rest of the country. The mean maximum monthly snowfall in most parts of Florida is zero. The only other areas in the continental United States with this distinction are extreme southern Texas and parts of coastal southern California.

Still, we’re hoping for a little of the “white rain”.


Why Turkey For Thanksgiving?

In 1621 the Pilgrims of Plymouth had a celebration that is considered the First Thanksgiving. Colonist William Bradford noted in his journal that there were definitely wild turkeys in the Plymouth area. Since Bradford wrote of how the colonists had hunted wild turkeys during the autumn of 1621 and since turkey is a uniquely American (and scrumptious) bird, it gained traction as the Thanksgiving meal of choice for Americans after Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. The birds are large enough that they can feed a table full of hungry family members, and unlike chickens or cows, they didn’t serve much utilitarian purpose like laying eggs or making milk.

Thanksgiving is also the time to give thanks and reflect on all the blessings we have. All of us at Nadco are thankful for our family, friends, and of course our customers. Happy Thanksgiving to all!AFG-151124-012

Halloween Safety Tip – Use Reflective and Glow Tapes.

With Halloween just around the corner, parents should be thinking safety for their little ones. The number one hazard is kids being hit by cars because drivers simply didn’t see them. To keep them safe, supply children with flashlights and accent costumes and candy bags with reflective or glow in the dark tape. With a little imagination you can create an entire homemade costume with reflective or glow tape. The reflective tape will glow in the beams of a car’s headlights making your child easy to spot.

Reflective tapes reflect light in one of two ways – glass beads or micro prisms. Glass bead tapes are the oldest and most common reflective tape. These tapes reflect light via thousands upon thousands of small glass beads embedded into the tape. Each glass bead reflects light back to the source. Microprism tapes are called “Prismatic Tapes”. They are the brightest of all the tapes. These films utilize small prisms that reflect light back to the source in higher concentrations than glass beads. Because the micro prisms are man-made, the angle of reflectivity can be adjusted depending on the tapes intended use.

Don’t settle for only what you can find in the store. Nadco offers reflective tape in many colors and sizes. We can also print any color on reflective or glow tape. Now is the time to start creating the ultimate costume with reflective and glow tape.

Let’s (Pet) Rock

September 3rd was Pet Rock Day.

Conceived in 1975 by advertising executive Gary Dahl, Pet Rocks are smooth stones gathered from Mexico’s Rosarito Beach. They were marketed like live pets, in custom cardboard boxes, complete with straw and breathing holes. Dahl’s biggest expense was the die-cutting and manufacture of the boxes. The rocks only cost a penny each, and the straw was nearly free. The fad lasted about six months. Although discontinued by February 1976, Dahl sold 1.5 million Pet Rocks for $4 each, and became a millionaire.


Pet Rocks came with a 32-page official training manual titled “The Care and Training of Your Pet Rock”. The manual was full of gags, puns and jokes, and contained several commands that could be taught to the new pet. While “sit” and “stay” were effortless to accomplish, “roll over” usually required a little extra help from the owner. “Come,” “stand” and “shake hands” were found to be near-impossible to teach; however, “attack” was fairly simple (with additional help from the owner). The owners also found that potty-training their pet rocks was fairly simple, given that they were, in fact, rocks.

The Pet Rock became available again on September 3, 2012.

You don’t have to be a millionaire to get your idea into reality. Nadco routinely creates 1-off labels, prototypes and tapes for small, budget conscience runs.