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National Independent Flag Dealers Association Convention Recap

Last month Custom Flag Company attended the annual National Independent Flag Dealers Association (NIFDA) convention in San Antonio, Texas. NIFDA’s mission is to promote American made US flags. This is an opportunity for flag dealers, like ourselves, to take a few days to rejuvenate and focus on our industry.

 

The three-day convention provided a platform for us to network with our peers and suppliers. We learned about new products, techniques, and issues in our industry. The education was outstanding and this year’s focus was leadership. We heard from excellent speakers that gave us insight on leadership and provided us with hands on tools to bring home and use in our business.

 

Other highlights included a forum of Flag Manufactures of America Association (FMAA) members. They made us aware of an issue with counterfeit US flags listed on Amazon and let us know how we can help bring awareness of falsely advertised flags. Other speakers included best practices for hiring new employees and how to protect our business with a sound succession plan.

 

Our final session was truly inspirational. Retired Major General Angela Salinas, the current CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, spoke of her journey in the Marine Corp. She expressed how much she respects the American flag and what it means to her and those who serve our country. We were reminded that that our work does matter.

 

Each year I am in awe of the flag industry. The caliber and ethics of the membership, the willingness to open up and share with each other, and the respect we share of the American flag truly makes our time together meaningful. 

Posted on October 22, 2018 and filed under US Flag, NIFDA, Misc-, Flag Facts, Events, Custom Flag Company News, CFC Staff.

When Should A US Flag be Retired?

I am sure we have all seen it before: A torn up, tattered, and faded US flag flying “proudly” in a highly visible location. What was your reaction?

Personally, when I come across such a situation I have to hold myself back from removing the flag. When a United States flag gets to the point of being tattered, faded, and torn it does not represent a proud, American attitude.

When your flag is tattered, you have choices:

  • Properly dispose the flag and purchase a new one

  • Clean and Repair the flag

  • Ignore the flag

Here a few guidelines Custom Flag Company uses to determine if an American flag should be retired:

Color

  • Is the RED dull, light red, or pink?

  • Does the WHITE look grey or have pollution streaks?

  • Is the BLUE starfield dull, almost grey?

  • Are the STARS fading into the blue field?

Length

  • When folded at the end of the BLUE field is stripe length shorter than the blue field?

  • Is the flag a square?

Fabric

  • Is the fabric thin?

  • Does the flag look transparent?

  • Do the fibers of the fabric look open?

  • Does the flag feel very soft?

Answering YES to any of the questions above would indicate the flag may need to be destroyed. This is not an exact protocol but a guideline. Ask yourself, would you want THIS flag hung outside your place of business? Does the tattered represent your business? Does it portray the American spirit you wish to display?

Flags that can be cleaned & repaired:

  • The color is vivid.

  • The blue has a dark blue appearance, the red is vibrant.

  • Stars look clean & bright. There is plenty of length on the fly end of the flag after the repair.

  • The fabric is thick, strong and not transparent.

Each flags life will end at some point so make sure you provide it a proper retirement. Drop if off at a local organization that retires flags or contact Custom Flag Company for more details.

Banners, Banners, and Banners

Banners are a great way to advertise your company, your event or your team.  We have had banners used for car shows, baseball and softball teams (hung banner on dugout), family reunions, and fundraisers. For each event the banner is a great avenue for a durable product that can help promote your spirit, image, and visibility.  Our banners are made out of 13 ounce vinyl so hold up great against weather. They can be hung vertical or horizontal, and come custom sizes that fits your needs. Find your creativity, and send your ideas our way to make it come alive. 

Posted on July 25, 2017 and filed under Events, Misc-, Custom Banners.