COSHOCTON — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced Monday he would introduce legislation mandating all flags bought by the federal government are entirely made in the United States.

In a press release, the Ohio Democrat said taxpayer funds should not be used to buy foreign-made flags. He said the nation’s economic strength is tied to a strong manufacturing sector and the government should do all it can to support American manufacturing.

Annin & Co. is the largest and oldest producer of American flags in the world, starting in 1847. The workshop in Coshocton employs around 250 workers. Local Director of Operations Rick Merrell said Annin is neutral on the legislation.

The proposed bill ties into a larger issue: whether all U.S. flags should be made in America because of what the flag represents as a major symbol of the country.

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