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Blackburn Manufacturing has put Neligh on the map as the “Flag Capital of Nebraska” with their huge production of marking flags, and now the business is celebrating 65 years of being open in Neligh.
Blackburn, which established in 1953, has made an estimated 5.5 billion marking flags and counting during their operation. However, flags are not the only thing that Blackburn can do.
In 2015, Blackburn received a new state-of-the-art printer, which has opened up new realms of possibilities for clients to have products made. Krista Blackburn said that some of the most recent popularity has come from the production of ag signs.
“We can do plot signs, dealer signs, service stickers, service tags...those are newest products.”
Blackburn also said that the community signs have also been popular within the past year.
“Sports and local signs have been a big hit again this year.”
Popularity of the signs made at Blackburn started to grew after a few projects were seen by the community, such as the cutouts of the school athletes.
The new printer at Blackburn is able to print on a huge variety of surfaces. Besides the normal materials, the printer can also print on more unique surfaces, such as wood, leather and ceramic.
Although they aren’t advertised, Blackburn said that they are always willing to experiment with different printing techniques.
“We are always willing to try anything. We have printed on several different substrates that we don’t advertise but we can do.”
The printer has been used for many customer’s personal needs, like birthdays, graduations, open houses, parties, as well as political signs or signs for local businesses.