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Tony Lafuente, our founder, came with his family from Portugal in 1967. He paid his way through Boston College, working three jobs and graduating in 1980. One of those jobs was in the flag-and-banner industry. Shortly after graduation, Tony Lafuente founded Flagraphics, working out of his one-bedroom apartment. His first client was James Rouse, who at that time was inventing festival marketplaces.
Flagraphics designed, produced and installed banners and signage for Boston’s celebrated Faneuil Hall, the first of its kind. As the Rouse Company and Ben Thompson & Associates built award-winning developments across the country, Flagraphics maximized their visual impact. Working closely with pioneering designers and architects, Tony Lafuente developed a fascination with aesthetically rich visual communications and technologies that enabled them. Accordingly, our product line has expanded to include grand format printing, dye-sublimation, digital graphics, awnings and canopies, signs, flagpoles, and flatbed printing. From our 22,000-square-foot facility, we serve national sports venues, colleges and universities, museums, shopping centers, lifestyle centers, medical institutions and everything in-between.
We continually invest in technology and personnel to maintain industry leadership. Yet we remain a family business, and Tony Lafuente cherishes the deep roots that we have put down in our community – Somerville, Massachusetts – where George Washington raised America’s first flag.