One of the businesses in Fort Atkinson that anchors manufacturing, retail, and the tourism industry is a company celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Now known as Nasco, The National Agricultural Supply Company was founded in 1941 when a Fort Atkinson vocational agricultural instructor began to notice a growing demand for the teaching aids he’d created for his classroom. Those products were some of the 900 items featured in the very first Nasco catalog, which included a range of teaching aids and farm supplies. Today, the company publishes 34 catalogs and offers over 96,000 products. Its outlet stores are frequent stops for bus tours on their way to The Fireside, and a favorite shopping destination for locals.
A recipient of the Fort Atkinson Chamber’s Economic Contribution Award in 2011, Nasco has always been a strong community steward and a major local employer. They have lent their support for projects at Fort HealthCare, the Hoard Museum, and the Dwight Foster Library, as well as several other non-profit organizations. The company’s commitment to innovation has resulted in cutting edge educational products and solutions, along with the creation of additional jobs. Over the years, Nasco has acquired eight companies and operates facilities in California, New York, Indiana, Colorado, Minnesota and Ontario.
A true friend to educators, Nasco recently welcomed over 300 teachers, some from as far away as New York, to its annual teacher celebration at the Fort Atkinson High School. This event is an opportunity for the company to showcase its diverse offerings with professional development workshops, product demonstrations, and a little fun thrown in. In two weeks, Nasco will welcome all the new teachers in Fort Atkinson with a complimentary breakfast at the Hoard Museum, and all will leave with gift bags of donations from area businesses. We congratulate Nasco on 75 years of business and look forward to their continued success in the Fort Atkinson area!