Annin Flag Company has been in business for over 150 years. America’s oldest and largest flag company, Annin has locations in New Jersey, Virginia, and Coshocton, Ohio.
Last summer, I had the pleasure of touring the Coshocton plant and if you think watching the construction of flags is not fascinating, I can assure you, you’re wrong. It may be that I was particularly emotional with a son in basic military training, or because I do consider myself fairly patriotic, but I found the tour to be very interesting.
Annin Flag Company was founded in 1847 by Alexander Annin in New York City and remains a company owned business, ran by the help of a professional management team that includes two sixth-generation family members. Annin is dedicated to using domestic materials, so all flags are 100% made in America.
Stepping inside the offices of the Coshocton location, you’ll find the walls decorated with honors and awards. Specialty Flags are proudly displayed, and a beautiful antique sewing machine is on view that serves as a desk containing company brochures and stick flags for those who tour the factory.
The free tour begins with some history of the factory before stepping inside the production plant where workers skillfully turn Colorfast American nylon into the flag that serves as a symbol of our freedom. Custom slitting machines cut the nylon into the required lengths.
Trained personnel quickly and expertly joins the stripes with the star field, creating over three million full-sized flags every year. The flags are all hand-sewn to ensure the highest quality. Annin can produce flags as small as four by six inches or as large as 30 by 60 feet.
In addition to American flags, Annin also produces custom flags and banners for groups, hotels, schools and individuals.
The familiar POW/MIA flag was produced by Annin as are the Flag of Honor and Flag of Heroes, tributes to those who perished on 9/11/01.
The Annin Flag Company in Coshocton manufactures sewn stripe US flags, stick flags and patriotic decorations and flags. Visitors to Coshocton can purchase Annin flags and decorations at the Visitor Center located in the Roscoe Village.
Annin Flag Company
Address: 700 South 3rd Street Coshocton, Ohio
Phone: 800-338-4724 (group reservations)
Cost: Free but a donation of $2-3 is encouraged to support local charities
Tours are available Monday- Friday from 9 am to 1 pm and take approximately one hour with prior reservations.