Utah flag makers overwhelmed by demand for Ukrainian flags

Since the start of the war, the blue and yellow flag of Ukraine has become a familiar symbol of freedom, and Utah flag makers are scrambling to fill orders. (sirichai chin, Alamy Stock Photo)

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SANDY — Since the start of the war, Ukraine’s blue-and-yellow flag has become a familiar symbol of freedom, and Utah’s flag makers are scrambling to fill orders.

At Colonial Flag in Sandy, workers cut and sewed blue and yellow fabrics as fast as they could.

Much of its production is now devoted to Ukrainian flags and it has outsourced just to keep up.

Last year, the company sold less than 10. In the past two weeks alone, it has sold more than 400, and the orders keep pouring in.

“We have county governments, city governments, businesses and individuals asking for flags,” said Devaughn Simper of Colonial Flag. or another to show their solidarity with the people there. .”

Colonial Flag says it hasn’t seen a request for a single flag like this since 9/11.

Governor Spencer Cox ordered the flag flown above the State Capitol on February 28.

Cox called it “a symbol of Utah’s solidarity with Ukraine.”

Utah Jazz lit up Vivint Arena on the same day. The organization used a series of high-powered lights that projected blue and yellow over the arena.

During President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on March 1, people in the House chamber carried and waved Ukrainian flags.

The New York Times reported that other states like Arizona, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and Florida are also working hard to meet demand.

On Thursday morning, a 3-by-5-foot polyester Ukrainian flag was the best seller in the Patio, Lawn & Garden section on Amazon for a while, The Times reported.

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