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Imports Mixed, Exports Down For
The First Six Months Of 2019


U.S. government trade figures for June 2019 indicated raw material imports were up in two categories outlined: hog bristle and broom and mop handles, compared to June 2018. For the first six months of 2019, raw material imports were also up in two categories outlined: hog bristle and broom and mop handles, compared to the first six months of 2018.

Import totals for June 2019 were down in seven of the finished goods categories outlined: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, shaving brushes, paint rollers, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared to June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, import totals were up in four categories outlined, compared to the first six months of 2018: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, and upright brooms.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 24,353 kilograms of hog bristle in June 2019, up 135 percent from 10,346 kilograms imported in June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, 103,613 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, up 19 percent from 86,893 for the first six months of 2018.

China sent 103,514 kilograms of hog bristle to the United States during the first six months of 2019.

The average price per kilogram for June 2019 was $26.68, down 37 percent from the average price per kilogram for June 2018 of $42.89. During the first six months of 2019, the average price per kilogram was $35.94, up 5 percent from $34.15 for the first six months of 2018.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during June 2019 was 1.8 million, up 63 percent from 1.1 million for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, 9.4 million broom and mop handles were imported, up 8 percent from 8.7 million for the first six months of 2018.

During the first six months of 2019, the United States received 4.7 million broom and mop handles from Honduras and 2.5 million from Brazil.

The average price per handle for June 2019 was 69 cents, down 2 percent
from 71 cents for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, the average
price per handle was 72 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first
six months of 2018.

 

Brush Backs

June 2019 imports of brush backs totaled 307,255, down 37 percent from 490,545 for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, 2.2 million brush backs were imported, down 18 percent from 2.7 million for 2018.

Indonesia shipped 758,599 brush backs to the United States during the first
six months 2019, while Sri Lanka sent 755,650 brush backs and Canada
exported 642,000.

The average price per brush back was 58 cents during June 2019, up 20 percent from 48 cents for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, the average price was 52 cents, up 4 percent

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during June 2019 was 1.7 million, down
19 percent from 2.1 million for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019,
7.9 million metal handles were imported, down 29 percent from 11.2 million for
the first six months of 2018.

During the first six months of 2019, Italy sent 3.7 million metal handles to the United States, while China exported 2.2 million.

The average price per handle for June 2019 was 78 cents, down 15 percent from 92 cents for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, the average price per handle was $1.12, up 19 percent from 94 cents for the first six months of 2018.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 565,928 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during May 2019, down 4 percent from 592,346 for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, 2.5 million brooms were imported,
down 4 percent from 2.6 million for the first five months of 2018.

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

The average price per broom for May 2019 was $2.34, the same as for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, the average price per broom was $2.35, down 3 percent from $2.43 for the first five months of 2018.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The United States imported 491,201 brooms of broom corn valued at more than
96 cents per broom during June 2019, down 26 percent from 666,961 for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, 3 million brooms were imported,
down 6 percent from 3.2 million for the first six months of 2018.

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

The average price per broom for June 2019 was $2.24, down 4 percent from $2.34 for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, the average price per broom was $2.33, down 3 percent from $2.41 for the first six months of 2018.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 91.1 million toothbrushes in June 2019, down
9 percent from 100.8 million imported in June 2018. During the first six months
of 2019, 583.8 million toothbrushes were imported, up 3 percent from 563.7 million for the first six months of 2018.

China sent 465.6 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first six months of 2019.

The average price per toothbrush for June 2019 was 23 cents, the same as for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, the average price per toothbrush was 25 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first six months of 2018.

Hairbrushes

June 2019 imports of hairbrushes totaled 4.6 million, up 21 percent from 3.8 million for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, 27 million hairbrushes were imported, up 14 percent from 23.6 million for the first six months of 2018.

China sent 26.6 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first six
months of 2019.

The average price per hairbrush was 21 cents during June 2019, down 27 percent from 29 cents for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, the average price per hairbrush was 23 cents, down 8 percent from 25 cents for the first six months of 2018.

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 3 million shaving brushes in June 2019, down
56 percent from 6.9 million imported in June 2018. During the first six months
of 2019, 26.3 million shaving brushes were imported, the same as for the first
six months of 2018.

China sent 17.5 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first six months of 2019.

The average price per shaving brush for June 2019 was 16 cents, up 45 percent from 11 cents for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, the average
price per brush was 13 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first
six months of 2018.

 

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during June 2019 was 6.9 million, down 21 percent from 8.8 million for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, 37.2 million paint rollers were imported, down 13 percent from 42.8 million for the first six months of 2018.

China sent 29.3 million paint rollers to the United States during the first six months of 2019.

The average price per paint roller for June 2019 was 50 cents, up 35 percent
from 37 cents for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, the average
price per paint roller was 48 cents, up 14 percent from 42 cents for the first
six months of 2018.

Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 24.7 million paintbrushes during June 2019, down
12 percent from 28.3 million for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, 142.1 million paintbrushes were imported, down 10 percent from 158.8 million
for the first six months of 2018.

China shipped 129.4 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first
six months of 2019.

The average price per paintbrush for June 2019 was 27 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, the average price per paintbrush was 28 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first
six months of 2018.

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for June 2019 was 1.6 million, down 5 percent from 1.7 million for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, 11.1 million upright brooms were imported, up 23 percent from 9 million for the first six months of 2018.

China sent 10 million upright brooms to the United States during the first six months of 2019.

The average price per broom for June 2019 was $1.47, up 13 percent from $1.30 for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, the average price per broom was $1.52, up 11 percent from $1.36 for the first six months of 2018.



– EXPORTS –

Export totals for June 2019 were down in all five categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, shaving brushes, artist brushes and paintbrushes, compared to June 2018. For the first six months of 2019, export totals were down in three categories outlined, compared to the first six months of 2018: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, shaving brushes and artist brushes.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 6,752 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during June 2019, down 30 percent from the June 2018 total of 9,672 dozen. For the first six months of 2019, 39,550 dozen brooms and brushes were exported, down 13 percent from 45,948 dozen for the first six months of 2018.

The United States sent 18,064 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first six months of 2019.

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $42.90 in June 2019, up
33 percent from $32.05 for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, the average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $37.95, up 4 percent from $36.19 per dozen for the first six months of 2018.

 

Toothbrushes

During June 2019, the United States exported 13.6 million toothbrushes, down
14 percent from 15.9 million for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, 85.2 million toothbrushes were exported, up 5 percent from 81.1 million for the
first six months of 2018.

The United States exported 19.4 million toothbrushes to Canada and 17 million to Germany during the first six months of 2019.

The average price per toothbrush for June 2019 was 39 cents, down 20 percent from 49 cents for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, the average
price per brush was 48 cents, down 9 percent from 53 cents for the first six
months of 2018.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.4 million shaving brushes during May 2019, down
50 percent from 2.8 million for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019,
6.1 million shaving brushes were exported, down 33 percent from 9.1 million for
the first five months of 2018.

During the first five months of 2019, the United States exported 1.7 million shaving brushes to Canada and 1.5 million to Brazil.

The average price per shaving brush for May 2019 was $1.24, up 107 percent
from 60 cents for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, the average price per shaving brush was $1.25, up 17 percent from $1.07 for the first five months
of 2018.

Artist Brushes

June 2019 exports of artist brushes totaled 881,976, down 1 percent from 891,631 for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, 4.3 million artist brushes were exported, down 24 percent from 5.7 million for the first six months of 2018.

Canada received 2.7 million artist brushes from the United States during the first six months of 2019.

The average price per artist brush was $3.84 during June 2019, up 26 percent
from the average price for June 2018 of $3.04. During the first six months of 2019, the average price per artist brush was $3.79, up 2 percent from $3.68 for the first six months of 2018.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during June 2019 was 168,543, down 25 percent from 226,043 for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, 1.2 million paintbrushes were exported, the same as for the first six months of 2018.

Canada imported 491,440 paintbrushes from the United States during the first six months of 2019, while China received 243,025 and the United Kingdom imported 220,986.

The average price per paintbrush for June 2019 was $8.14, up 30 percent from $6.26 for June 2018. During the first six months of 2019, the average price per paintbrush was $6.09, down 12 percent from $6.99 for the first six months of 2018.

 

June 2019

February 2019 Export Chart

 

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Import/Export Statistics.

 



Industry News

 

Greg Tripp


Jones Family Of Companies’ Executive
Office Expands In North Carolina


Jones Family of Companies has expanded its executive offices in Charlotte, NC.
The company is headquartered in Humboldt, TN, and will maintain its west Tennessee corporate office housing finance, human resources and family office administration staff.
The new executive office functions for key executive departments such as sales,
marketing and innovation management.

The new office is located in the historic district, just south of uptown Charlotte, which is
ideally situated between the two major textile schools of North Carolina State and Clemson University. The decision to locate a new executive office in the North Carolina Piedmont
area was strategic.

“This area is ground zero for the current textile resurgence movement,” Senior Vice
President Andrew Dailey said.

He added that Jones will be centered around growing opportunities as the manufacturing
of textiles begins to return to the U.S.

“The Charlotte Executive Office allows an accelerated response to market opportunities,” CEO CP Davis said. “Today’s business atmosphere requires a model that is flexible and mobile. Charlotte is a vital financial and business center. It is also the primary hub for the major airlines facilitating economic and efficient time management to go where the business opportunities require.”

According to a press release, Jones Family of Companies looks forward to partnering with the local community of Charlotte as the company strives to create environmentally friendly products for consumers.

Founded in 1936, Jones Family of Companies is a leader in the textile industry. The
company was formed through a partnership between two brothers, and today is led by
a third generation family member and a Senior Leadership Team committed to the
same high standards as the founders. The company has two divisions: Jones Yarn
and Jones Nonwovens.

Jones Family of Companies provides products for the sleep, furniture, packaging,
acoustics, automotive and floor care industries. It actively participates in the Southern
Cotton Ginners Association, the Southeastern Ginners Association, International Sleep Products Association (ISPA), Southern Textile Association, National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA), and the Specialty Sleep Association.

"The company is committed to introducing new product innovations and responsible manufacturing," according to the company.

For more information on Jones Nonwovens, visit jonesnonwovens.com.

 


 

St. Louis Meeting


The annual National Broom, Mop & Brush Meeting is scheduled for October 10-11, 2019,
in St. Louis, MO. The event will again take place at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel.

Co-chairpersons of the event are Joel Hastings, of Nexstep Commercial Products, Paxton, IL, and Andrew Dailey, of Jones Family of Companies, Humboldt, TN. They have been working to ensure all manufacturers, suppliers and trade press, representing broom, mop, brush and related industries, are invited.

Traditionally a November event, this year’s National Broom, Mop & Brush Meeting has been moved to October due to the scheduling of the 2019 ISSA Show for November.

The 2019 National Broom, Mop & Brush Meeting begins the evening of Thursday, October 10, with a networking dinner. The conference meeting is scheduled for the following morning, on Friday, October 11.

“This event traditionally provides attendees with a unique opportunity to network with industry leaders. The annual gathering also brings together manufacturers and suppliers who provide updates on industry-impacting issues,” Dailey said. “This year’s meeting will be very timely as tariffs are creating burdens for some and opportunities for others.

“Attendance is a must for both industry newcomers and veterans to initiate, renew and strengthen key relationships.”

Dr. Sean Siebert will be the meeting’s guest speaker. He is the founder and CEO of the strategic management firm Invent Yourself, LLC. Dr. Siebert is also the creator of the
“Adopt An Innovator” business model for rural community re-development, and is involved with the Ideas & Innovation Summit, focusing on education, innovation and economic development in rural America.

Dr. Siebert, who has a doctorate degree in management, concentrates on decision-making theories. He has worked with a variety of business leaders and companies over the years through the implementation of specific business programs.

In addition to the guest speaker, there will be several industry-related reports presented by various professionals, focusing on such topics as: broom corn, tampico and palmyra fibers; synthetic filaments; wood, metal and fiberglass handles; mop yarn; wire; packaging; and a foreign exchange update. The meeting is expected to be completed by noon on Friday.

The cost of the meeting itself is $200 per person for a registration received by October 4.
A hotel reservation, meanwhile, can be made by calling 1-800-468-3571. The room rate at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel is $119 per night, plus local and state taxes, for a reservation made by September 19. Attendees making a hotel reservation at the Renaissance by that date should mention that they will be attending the “Broom, Mop & Brush Meeting” to receive the special rate.

The Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel is located at 9804 Natural Bridge Road, in St. Louis, MO 63134. The hotel is adjacent to St. Louis Lambert International Airport. A complimentary shuttle service is available between the airport and the hotel.

For more information, contact co-chairs:
Joel Hastings, at joel@ocedarcommercial.com, phone 1-217-379-2377;
or Andrew Dailey, at adailey@jonesnonwovens.com, phone 1-731-784-2832.

 


 

Obituary


Greg Tripp
INDUSTRIAL BRUSH CORPORATION

Greg Tripp

Greg Tripp, age 64, died July 2, 2019, with his children and family by his side. He is survived by his wife, Carrie Tripp; son, Grant Tripp (wife Ashley); daughter, Lauren Tripp; and his mother, Gayle Trapasso. Other survivors include his sister, Shauna Lee (husband James); step-children: Clifton Craddick (wife Amanda); Jared Craddick (wife Chrissy); and Claire Craddick; as well as his grandchildren, Jasper and Coralyn.

He was born in Salt Lake City, UT, to Boyd (Grant) and Gayle Tripp. During his childhood, his family moved to Brea, CA. He graduated from Brea Olinda High School in 1973, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton.

 

He raised his children in Upland, CA, with his first wife, Stacy. He later married his wife, Carrie. They moved to St. George, UT, in 2014, when Industrial Brush Corporation relocated from Pomona, CA.

Greg loved being with his family. He enjoyed the outdoors, boating on the river, playing golf, Harley-Davidson rides, and jeeping. Greg especially enjoyed listening to music and cooking with his wife, Carrie.

A memorial service was held August 2, at The Ledges Golf Club in St. George, UT.
A celebration of life was held August 4, in Upland, CA.

 



West Coast Brush Manufacturers Assoc.
Meeting To Be In Santa Fe, NM


Following the death of Greg Tripp, vice president of Industrial Brush, who passed away
July 2, Ken Rakusin (Gordon Brush) has taken on the duty of leading the 2019 West Coast Brush Manufacturers Association Meeting. The event will be held in Santa Fe, NM, October 6-9. He has asked that those considering attending make reservations as soon as possible.

Event information includes:
• Hotel: The Inn and Spa at Loretto, an iconic Santa Fe, NM, hotel reflecting the culture and sophistication of its historic setting. It features a full-service award-winning spa, casual fine dining, onsite art galleries and boutiques, as well as a heated year-round pool and a sculpture garden. The inn is located at 211 Old Santa Fe Trail in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, near the Palace of the Governors, and just one block from the Santa Fe Plaza and Canyon Road art district. Museums, restaurants and boutiques are within easy walking distance including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

• To book over the phone: Contact hotel reservations at 1-866-582-1646.
• Travel: Fly to Albuquerque, NM, plus about a one-hour drive, or fly directly to Santa Fe,
plus an estimated 25-minute ride to the Inn at Loretto.

• Golf: Monday, October 7 at the Towa Golf Club, a Hilton Hotel property which has
three, nine-hole courses. Wednesday, October 9 is a scramble at the Cochiti Golf Club,
a Robert Trent Jones-designed course in the canyons, and rated as one of the best
courses in New Mexico.
• Free Day: Tuesday October 8. Explore Santa Fe or see a once in a lifetime event at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, which is about an hour’s drive away.

For more information on the fiesta, visit www.balloonfiesta.com.
Contact Ken Rakusin at krakusin@gordonbrush.com.


 



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