Edwin Fastnacht was a passionate entrepreneur who became affectionately known as “Mr. Ed”. His keen sense of business started as a teenager opening a music store that he turned in a short time into a small chain. Mr. Ed had a gift of converting interests and ideas into successful businesses.
After returning from military service in the Korean War, Mr. Ed and his wife raised their family of eight children while he made a very prosperous career in the insurance industry. But in 1985 Mr. Ed chose to go into his own business again. Establishing his home as a shipping base, he sold flags, tapestries and pottery on street corners and flea markets. Four years later he added a line of telescoping flag poles. The business grew—and outgrew his home! So Mr. Ed moved the venture into a warehouse on Valley View Drive in Council Bluffs. He also began installing commercial flag poles and expanded his inventory of many different flags. By the close of the 1990’s, Mr. Ed’s Flagpole Co. moved into a larger, newly built showroom and warehouse where the business remains today. Even with a fully stocked store in Council Bluffs, Mr. Ed still believed in the power of outside sales. He set up exhibit teams to sell flags and flagpoles in state fairs, county fairs and home shows across eight states.
The three loves of Mr. Ed’s life were God, family and country. He saw his flagpole and flag business as an opportunity to help people express their patriotism. Mr. Ed also became a regional producer of hundreds of southern gospel concerts all over the country with another company called Midlands Promotions. In April of 2008 Mr. Ed passed away. His family continues to run Mr. Ed’s Flagpole Co. The products and lines may vary over time, but the values of honesty, quality and genuine customer service instilled by Mr. Ed are always intact. Come in! We look forward to meeting and serving you at Mr. Ed’s Flagpole Co.