Flags of Valor Owner and President Brian Steorts gives Stanley Black and Decker Divisional Manager William Munkres a tour of the facility.
When Air Force veteran Brian Steorts first started Flags of Valor, he wanted everything to be made in America — from the finished products all the way to the tools and materials used to make the signature flags. He reached out to power tool company DeWalt for help finding American-made tools.
The Vice President of Marketing of Stanley Black & Decker, DeWalt’s parent company, responded and helped point Steorts in the right direction to get the American-made tools he wanted. The exchange would start a partnership lasting years.
That partnership continued Aug. 30 when an area DeWalt branch donated $7,500 in tools to Flags of Valor after the company experienced a fire earlier in August.
“We lost days of production and we lost tools but luckily, no one was hurt,” Steorts said. “We’re very fortunate to have them helping such a small, veteran-owned business like us.”
Flags of Valor specializes in creating handcrafted American flags on wood plank canvases. The idea came about after Steorts began woodcarving as a form of therapy. After making a couple flags for friends, he decided to launch a business and hire other veterans to join in honoring the flag and members of the armed forces who have served in combat.
In addition to selling flags, Flags of Valor also gives back to the community by donating flags to nonprofits to use as raffle items or to auction off as a way to raise funds. In the past 22 months, Flags of Valor has helped raise $700,000 for non-profits.
“It’s pretty cool to give back as a small company and we’re always looking to do that,” Steorts said.
Now it’s Flags of Valor’s partners giving back to them that has helped the company continue its work and make up for some of the lost time from the fire.
“It’s a great cause and we’re humbled to have the opportunity to support you guys,” Stanley Black & Decker Divisional Manager William Munkres said. “We want to give back to those who served us.”