Annin To End Flag Making In Verona

By on April 13, 2013

Annin Verona 2002-09-11Annin Flagmakers, which has been Verona’s flagship industry since 1919, will end flag production here on June 28.

While Verona’s mornings were once filled with lines of workers marching into the factory from both sides of Bloomfield Avenue, the Verona plant has not been the center of the company’s manufacturing for some time. Annin has sprawling, modern plants in Virginia and Ohio. Since 1998, the company’s headquarters has been in Roseland.

Annin confirmed the closure in an email to this reporter. “Annin Flagmakers will be closing its Verona, New Jersey facility on June 28, 2013,” said spokeswoman Mary Repke.  “The plant has been in operation for over 90 years, but due to advances in digital printing and changes in the market place, we no longer have enough work to support the plant’s operation.”

Annin's Verona workers now devote themselves to specialty flags and their repair.

Annin’s Verona workers now devote themselves to specialty flags and their repair.

“In addition to our U.S. flag products we are the leader in digital printing on nylon,” Repke added. “The advances in digital printing have caused a shift in demand to printed flags with a very small percentage requiring the appliqué and embroidery work that was the specialty at our Verona facility.”

The Verona plant, which made the iconic American flag that was raised over Iwo Jima in 1945 and the flag planted on the moon by Apollo 11 astronauts in 1969, has been relegated to making specialty flags, and making repairs to significant flags made elsewhere. In 2011, its aging seamstresses repaired the National 9/11 flag created to memorialize the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

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Repke said that Annin has not yet decided what to do with its Verona building. The company has been rumored to be considering moving its executives from Roseland, where it rents space, to Verona. Annin currently pays almost $92,000 a year in property taxes on its Verona building, making it a key component of our tax base.

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