As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day on Thursday, July 4, I thought it was appropriate to highlight one of our terrific local businesses, Eder Flag, located on Rawson Avenue in Oak Creek. Recently I stopped by to visit their facility, which has been in our city since 1979, when they moved from downtown Milwaukee. One of the leading flag companies in the country, and the largest that manufactures both flags and flagpoles, Eder Flag is proud to call Oak Creek its home, and to serve over five-thousand U.S. and International customers, carrying over twenty-thousand different items, everything from small flag pins to very large flagpoles.
Jodi Goglio, Director of Operations at Eder Flag, gave me a tour of the plant, showing me the hand-sewing operations, the cutting rooms where large flag panels are prepared for assembly, and the shipping department, which delivers same day shipping across the country. Known for the high-quality flags they produce, the company is now over 100 years old, and was led by Eugene Eder, the son of one of the original seven sons of the company founder. Eugene Eder directed the company for than fifty years, emphasizing tradition and a commitment to employees, which is demonstrated by the large number of Eder employees with more than 20 or 30 years service with the company.
Touring the building it’s easy to see why the company has thrived for so long, the attention to detail and workmanship evident in the products they produce, matched by the enthusiasm of the employees, eager to show me their work as I walked through their two buildings located on opposite sides of Rawson Avenue. Eder Flag has also offered to produce the sponsor flags for Oak Creek Cares, a new donor-advised fund, partnering with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, which will fund programs aimed at reducing violence, improving the safety and security of our residents and our community. Eder Flag has committed to helping me in that effort, building a strong bond between a great local business and our community.
Fourth of July festivities kick off with the annual parade at 9am Thursday, beginning at Edgewood School, and ending at the Legion grounds on Shepard Avenue. Free ice cream will be distributed immediately after the parade, and the day’s activities will include day-long events at the Legion grounds, with a fireworks show at East Middle School at dusk. Join us for a celebration of our country, and all that makes America great!
Have a safe and happy 4th!