The 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.
NOTE: The Annin Flag Company no longer offers public tours, but the flags may be purchased in Historic Roscoe Village at Coshocton Supply Co., home of the Coshocton Visitors Center. This blog post is based on my personal experience touring the factory in 2015. This article was accurate at the time it was written.
Several years ago, 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.
A Brief Annin Flag Company History
Annin Flag Company was founded in 1847 by Alexander Annin in New York City and remains a company-owned business, run with the help of a professional management team that includes two sixth-generation family members.
Touring the Annin Flag Company
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.
The Annin Flag Company phone number is 800-338-4724 if you have questions. The company is located at 700 South 3rd Street Coshocton, Ohio.