Betsy Ross finished the manufacturing and sewing of the first official stars-and -stripes American flag in late May or early June 1776. Ross, who owned her own upholstery business, was commissioned personally to do the flag by Gen. George Washington. Flag sales in the U.S. this year are booming.
The Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA) is a non-profit trade association, established in 2003, representing the leading United States flag manufacturers and suppliers dedicated to educating and promoting the quality, variety and proper use of flags manufactured in the United States.
FMAA is currently comprised of manufacturer and related industry members who believe in keeping American flags made in the U.S.A. The FMAA mission is to:
- Educate members of the general public about the United States manufactured flag industry and its significance to community, economic and social development.
- Provide a proper, practical and efficient means of maintaining contacts among members of the United States manufactured flag industry and local, state and federal government.
- Facilitate the exchange of information within the industry by sponsoring educational seminars, conferences and programs, and assist members in maintaining compliance to existing standards/laws on matters relating to the development and enhancement of the United States manufactured flag industry.