On Day Before Flag Day, Brown Introduces "All-American Made Flag Act"

Annin and Company Flagmakers, in Coshocton, is the Nation’s Oldest and Largest Producer of American Flags

WASHINGTON, D.C. —On the day before Flag Day, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that he will introduce legislation that would ensure that flags purchased by the Federal government are entirely made in America.

“American flags should be American-made,” Brown said. “With Ohio companies proudly producing the American flag, taxpayer funds should not be used to purchase foreign-made flags. Our nation’s economic strength is tied to a strong manufacturing sector – and we should be doing everything we can to support American manufacturing.” 

The Federal government is currently required to purchase flags made from 50 percent American-made materials; the All-American Flag Act would require the government to buy flags that are entirely produced with American-made materials. Companion legislation, introduced by U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), passed the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 but died at the end of the last congress and currently awaits a committee vote.

The manufacturing and distribution facility for the nation’s oldest and largest producer of American flags is located in Coshocton. Annin and Company, founded in 1847, currently employs 500 workers nationwide.

According to Annin’s web site, below is a list of some Ohio stores that sell 100 percent American-made flags.

Store City

Ameriflag

Cleveland

Creative Banners Flags & Kite

Dayton

Falls Flag & Banner Co.

Akron

Flag Lady’s Flag Store

Columbus

Flaggs USA

Cincinnati

Flaggs USA Jungle Jim’s

Fairfield

Lawson Flag Supply

Columbus

Western Reserve

Boardman

Recently described as Congress’ leading proponent of American manufacturing, Brown has introduced a package of key legislative proposals aimed at bolstering the competiveness of U.S. manufacturers and boosting domestic manufacturing. During the State Work Period in August and September, Brown traveled around Ohio meeting with small business owners and workers as part of his “Made in Ohio Tour.” Brown is working with the Obama Administration on the creation of a national manufacturing policy and has outlined five key areas of focus to invest in the manufacturing industry:  

  • Creating a business climate, through tax and health care policies, favorable to investment in manufacturing;
  • Investing in the manufacturing capacity for national priorities such as clean energy and critical military equipment;
  • Strengthening our component supply chains through the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP);

 

  • Matching dislocated workers with emerging industries through sector-based workforce training strategies;

 

  • Making the research and development tax credit permanent to lend predictability to this crucial incentive for manufacturing innovation;

 

  • Promoting exports and defending against unfair trade.

 

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