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Imports, Exports Mixed For The
First Eight Months Of 2019


U.S. government trade figures for August 2019 indicated raw material
imports were down in three categories outlined: hog bristle, broom and
mop handles and brush backs, compared to August 2018. For the first eight months of 2019, raw material imports were also down in three categories outlined: hog bristle, brush backs and metal handles, compared to the first eight months of 2018.

Import totals for August 2019 were up in four of the finished goods categories outlined: toothbrushes, hairbrushes, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared to August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, import totals were also up in four categories outlined, compared to the first eight months of 2018: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, hairbrushes and upright brooms.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 17,099 kilograms of hog bristle in August 2019, down 11 percent from 19,294 kilograms imported in August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, 130,945 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down 2 percent from 134,179 for the first eight months of 2018.

China sent 130,846 kilograms of hog bristle to the United States during the first eight months of 2019.

The average price per kilogram for August 2019 was $40.40, down 2 percent from the average price per kilogram for August 2018 of $41.10. During the first eight months of 2019, the average price per kilogram was $37, up 7 percent from $34.64 for the first eight months of 2018.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during August 2019 was 1.5 million, down 17 percent from 1.8 million for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, 12.6 million broom and mop handles were imported, up 5 percent from 12 million for the first eight months of 2018.

During the first eight months of 2019, the United States received 6 million broom and mop handles from Honduras, 3.6 million from Brazil and 1.9 million from China.

The average price per handle for August 2019 was 77 cents, up 7 percent from 72 cents for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, the average price per handle was 74 cents, up 3 cent from 72 cents for the first eight months of 2018.

 

Brush Backs

August 2019 imports of brush backs totaled 285,666, down 30 percent from 407,570 for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, 2.9 million brush backs were imported, down 19 percent from 3.6 million for 2018.

Sri Lanka shipped 1.1 million brush backs to the United States during the first eight months 2019, while Canada sent 913,347 and Indonesia exported 871,795.

The average price per brush back was 51 cents during August 2019, down 7 percent from 55 cents for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, the average price was 52 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first eight months of 2018.

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during August 2019 was 1.7 million, up
13 percent from 1.5 million for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, 11.4 million metal handles were imported, down 23 percent from 14.8 million for
the first eight months of 2018.

During the first eight months of 2019, Italy sent 5.4 million metal handles to the United States, while China exported 2.8 million and Spain shipped 1.5 million.

The average price per handle for August 2019 was 83 cents, down 19 percent from $1.02 for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, the average price per handle was $1.04, up 9 percent from 95 cents for the first eight months of 2018.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 468,331 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during August 2019, down 28 percent from 650,263 for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, 4.1 million brooms were imported, down 7 percent from 4.4 million for the first eight months of 2018.

Mexico sent nearly all the brooms to the United States during the first eight
months of 2019.

The average price per broom for August 2019 was $2.35, down 2 percent from $2.40 for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, the average price per broom was $2.34, down 3 percent from $2.41 for the first eight months of 2018.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during August 2019 was 67,953, down 66 percent from 197,040 brooms and brushes imported during August 2018. For the first eight months of 2019, 2.6 million brooms and brushes were imported, up 44 percent from 1.8 million for the first eight months of 2018.

During the first eight months of 2019, Sri Lanka exported 1.3 million brooms and brushes to the United States.

The average price per unit for August 2019 was $1.20, up 32 percent from the average price for August 2018 of 91 cents. During the first eight months of 2019, the average price per unit was 77 cents, down 32 percent from $1.14 for the first eight months of 2018.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 93.6 million toothbrushes in August 2019, up 4 percent from 89.7 million imported in August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, 774.6 million toothbrushes were imported, up 4 percent from 744.7 million for the first eight months of 2018.

China sent 616.9 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first eight months of 2019.

The average price per toothbrush for August 2019 was 27 cents, up 8 percent from 25 cents for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, the average price per toothbrush was 25 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first eight months of 2018.

Hairbrushes

August 2019 imports of hairbrushes totaled 5 million, up 2 percent from 4.9 million for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, 36.9 million hairbrushes were imported, up 12 percent from 32.9 million for the first eight months of 2018.

China sent 36.3 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first eight months of 2019.

The average price per hairbrush was 26 cents during August 2019, up 8 percent from 24 cents for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, the average price per hairbrush was 24 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first eight months of 2018.

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 4 million shaving brushes in August 2019, down 44 percent from 7.2 million imported in August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, 34.3 million shaving brushes were imported, down 7 percent from 37 million for first eight months of 2018.

China sent 23.4 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first eight months of 2019.

The average price per shaving brush for August 2019 was 14 cents, up 17 percent from 12 cents for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, the average price per brush was 14 cents, the same as the average price for the first eight months of 2018.

 

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during August 2019 was 7.7 million, down 10 percent from 8.6 million for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, 52.4 million paint rollers were imported, down 16 percent from 62.5 million for the first eight months of 2018.

China sent 41.4 million paint rollers to the United States during the first eight months of 2019.

The average price per paint roller for August 2019 was 54 cents, up 46 percent from 37 cents for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, the average price per paint roller was 50 cents, up 20 percent from 40 cents for the first eight months of 2018.

Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 26 million paintbrushes during August 2019, up 8 percent from 24.1 million for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, 192.6 million paintbrushes were imported, down 9 percent from 212.7 million for the first eight months of 2018.

China shipped 176.7 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first eight months of 2019.

The average price per paintbrush for August 2019 was 27 cents, down 16 percent from 32 cents for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, the average price per paintbrush was 28 cents the same as the average price for the first eight months of 2018.

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for August 2019 was 2.1 million, up 40 percent from 1.5 million for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, 15.1 million upright brooms were imported, up 29 percent from 11.7 million for the first eight months of 2018.

China sent 13.7 million upright brooms to the United States during the first eight months of 2019.

The average price per broom for August 2019 was $1.36, up 8 percent from $1.26 for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, the average price per broom was $1.48, up 9 percent from $1.36 for the first eight months of 2018.



– EXPORTS –

Export totals for August 2019 were up in three categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, shaving brushes and paintbrushes, compared to August 2018. For the first eight months of 2019, export totals were down in four categories outlined, compared to the first eight months of 2018: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, shaving brushes and artist brushes.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 9,015 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during August 2019, up 32 percent from the August 2018 total of 6,842 dozen. For the first eight months of 2019, 53,701 dozen brooms and brushes were exported, down 9 percent from 59,306 dozen for the first eight months of 2018.

The United States sent 23,349 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first eight months of 2019.

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $50.85 in August 2019, up 50 percent from $33.85 for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, the average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $43.54, up 24 percent from $35.20 per dozen for the first eight months of 2018.

 

Toothbrushes

During August 2019, the United States exported 13.9 million toothbrushes, the same as for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, 109 million toothbrushes were exported, down 1 percent from 110 million for the first eight months of 2018.

The United States exported 25.5 million toothbrushes to Canada and 17.4 million to Germany during the first eight months of 2019.

The average price per toothbrush for August 2019 was 53 cents, down 13 percent from 61 cents for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, the average price per brush was 51 cents, down 6 percent from 54 cents for the first eight months of 2018.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 3 million shaving brushes during August 2019, up 317 percent from 720,095 for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, 11.4 million shaving brushes were exported, down 12 percent from 13 million for the first eight months of 2018.

During the first eight months of 2019, the United States exported 3.4 million shaving brushes to Brazil, 2.9 million to Canada and 2.4 million to Mexico.

The average price per shaving brush for August 2019 was 53 cents, down 79 percent from $2.49 for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, the average price per shaving brush was $1.08, down 8 percent from $1.17 for the first eight months of 2018.

Artist Brushes

August 2019 exports of artist brushes totaled 631,756, down 26 percent from 848,751 for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, 5.5 million artist brushes were exported, down 25 percent from 7.3 million for the first eight months of 2018.

Canada received 3.5 million artist brushes from the United States during the first eight months of 2019.

The average price per artist brush was $3.74 during August 2019, down 1 cent from the average price for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, the average price per artist brush was $3.82, up 5 percent from $3.65 for the first eight months of 2018.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during August 2019 was 305,887, up 32 percent from 231,446 for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, 1.7 million paintbrushes were exported, up 6 percent from 1.6 million for the first eight
months of 2018.

Canada imported 801,093 paintbrushes from the United States during the first eight months of 2019, while the United Kingdom imported 365,652.

The average price per paintbrush for August 2019 was $5.64, down 11 percent from $6.34 for August 2018. During the first eight months of 2019, the average price per paintbrush was $5.79, down 15 percent from $6.81 for the first eight months of 2018.

 

August 2019

July 2019 Export Chart

 

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Industry News


Erin Busch New National Director
Of Sales And Marketing For Nexstep


Nexstep Commercial Products has promoted Erin E. Busch to the position of national
director of sales and marketing. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Wright State University. She joined Nexstep in 2010 as the sales and marketing administrator, and she advanced to the director of sales position in 2012.

“Erin has progressed in the company due to her high energy and commitment, and the passion she brings to her job,” said Nexstep.

Erin E. Busch
Erin E. Busch

She will be moving back to Springfield, OH, with her husband, Brad, and will be working in Nexstep’s Springfield corporate office.

Nexstep President Todd Leventhal said, “We’re extremely happy to have Erin moving back to fill this position and lead our company for many years to come. We have complete confidence in Erin’s ability to continue to grow our sales and marketing efforts at Nexstep. Erin’s comprehensive understanding of the company’s products, customer base, and sales organization will be a great asset for Nexstep Commercial Products.”

Nexstep is the exclusive licensee of O-Cedar.

To contact her, call (937) 322-6826, or email: Erin@ocedarcommercial.com.

 




Ken Rakusin And Gordon Brush Honored
At 2019 Made In America Convention

 

Gordon Brush
Shown, left to right, are Brad Winnings, COO of Made In America; Kenneth Rakusin,
president and CEO of Gordon Brush, receiving the Made In America 2019 American
Patriot Award; and Don Buckner, CEO and founder of Made In America.

Ken Rakusin, president/CEO of Gordon Brush Mfg. Co. Inc., was the recipient of the Patriot Award at the 2019 Made In America convention, recently held at the Indianapolis, IN, Convention Center.

"This award was presented to Rakusin for his Proud To Be An American™ attitude and his unwavering commitment to manufacturing in the United States,” said Don Buckner, founder of Made In America.com.

In addition, Buckner presented Gordon Brush® with the Armed Forces Award and said,
"On behalf of Made In America.com, we commend you for your patriotism and extraordinary efforts in developing the ‘Chamber’ brush, for the Abrams tank, that saved the United States Army $1.5 billion."

Rakusin said, "I am overwhelmed, honored, and deeply humbled to receive these two prestigious awards. My goal was to make a difference for our employees, our customers and our country. I guess we achieved that,” said Rakusin.

"I want to thank Don and his team for recognizing our accomplishments. Gordon Brush is a Proud To Be An American Manufacturer™ and a gold sponsor of the 2019 Made In America convention,” added Rakusin.

Made In America.com is a non-partisan, private company whose mission is to raise awareness for the economic, environmental and community impact of American-made manufacturers and brands.

Founded in 1951, Gordon Brush® includes two brands whose origins date to 1855 and 1897. The company is ISO 9001:2015 certified and a manufacturer of specialty, custom and standard brushes for a multitude of industries.

For more information, visit www.gordonbrush.com.




 


The Wooster Brush Company Launches New Look

 

Wooster Brush

The Wooster Brush Company has a newly redesigned logo and product packaging that will hit shelves early next year.

“Wooster has been developing tools designed to meet or even exceed the needs of painters for nearly 170 years. This new look refreshes the Wooster brand, offering a cohesive strategy at retail across all channels. The campaign launching to announce these elements is, ‘Same Great Product, Bold New Look,’” according to a press release.

"From its beginning, Wooster has made great quality products and that remains the same today," said Ben Maibach, vice president of sales at The Wooster Brush Company. "But, we were seeking ways to better tell our story. We want people to instantly recognize Wooster products and to also understand why to choose Wooster over everyone else—for quality, performance and results. We believe this new look achieves just that.

“The new design embraces red—the company's primary color. Newly established icons better communicate the key features and benefits of each product. The new Wooster logo incorporates a paintbrush into the mark, evoking heritage of the world's first angle-sash brush which was introduced by Wooster in 1937.”

Wooster products will begin shipping in the new packaging style starting January 1, 2020.
For more information, visit woosterbrush.com/where-to-buy/.

 



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