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For All Of 2018, Raw Material Imports Down, Finished Goods Imports Up, Exports Mixed

U.S. government trade figures for the first 11 months of 2018 indicated raw material imports were down in three categories outlined: hog bristles, broom and mop handles and metal handles, compared to the first 11 months of 2017. For November 2018, two categories reported increases: broom and mop handles and brush backs, compared to November 2017.

Import totals for the first 11 months of 2018 were up in four finished goods categories outlined: hairbrushes, paint rollers, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared to the first 11 months of 2017. In November 2018, four categories outlined also recorded increases: toothbrushes, paint rollers, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared to November 2017.

 

– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 10,353 kilograms of hog bristle in December 2018, down 57 percent from 24,088 kilograms imported in December 2017. During all of 2018, 210,184 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down 47 percent from 398,638 kilograms imported during all of 2017.

China sent 208,125 kilograms of hog bristle to the United States during all of 2018.

The average price per kilogram for December 2018 was $41.65, down 6 percent from the average price per kilogram for December 2017 of $44.15. The average price per kilogram for all of 2018 was $36.81, up 60 percent from the average price per kilogram of $23.05 for all of 2017.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during December 2018 was 1 million, down 29 percent from 1.4 million for December 2017. During all of 2018, 18.1 million broom and mop handles were imported, down 3 percent from 18.7 million for all of 2017.

During all of 2018, the United States received 8.5 million broom and mop handles from Honduras, 5.7 million from Brazil and 2.8 million from China.

The average price per handle for December 2018 was 77 cents, down 3 percent from 79 cents for December 2017. The average price for all of 2018 was 72 cents, down 13 percent from 83 cents for all of 2017.

 

Brush Backs

December 2018 imports of brush backs totaled 172,217, down 50 percent from 341,484 for December 2017. During all of 2018, 5.4 million brush backs were imported, up 2 percent from 5.3 million for all of 2017.

Sri Lanka shipped 2.5 million brush backs to the United States during all of 2018, while Canada sent 1.7 million.

The average price per brush back was 61 cents during December 2018, down 1 cent from the average price for December 2017. For all of 2018, the average price per brush back was 49 cents, down 6 percent from 52 cents for all of 2017.

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during December 2018 was 1.1 million, down 39 percent from 1.8 million for December 2017. During all of 2018, 19.4 million metal handles were imported, down 13 percent from 22.3 million for all of 2017.

During all of 2018, Italy exported 7.8 million metal handles to the United States, while China sent 6.4 million and Spain shipped 4 million.

The average price per handle for December 2018 was $1.25, up 6 percent from $1.18 for December 2017. The average price for all of 2018 was $1.03, up 6 percent from 97 cents for all of 2017.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 433,275 brooms of broom corn valued at more than
96 cents per broom during December 2018, up 11 percent from 391,035 for December 2017. During all of 2018, 6.3 million brooms of broom corn were imported, down 7 percent from 6.8 million for all of 2017.

Mexico sent nearly all of the brooms to the United States during all of 2018.

The average price per broom for December 2018 was $2.51, up 4 percent from $2.42 for December 2017. The average price per broom for all of 2018 was $2.41, up 1 percent from $2.38 for all of 2017.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during December 2018 was 130,467, down 28 percent from 180,778 brooms and brushes imported during December 2017. During all of 2018, 2.4 million brooms and brushes were imported, down 14 percent from 2.8 million for all of 2017.

Sri Lanka exported 1.4 million brooms and brushes to the United States during all of 2018.

The average price per unit for December 2018 was $1.33, down 1 percent from $1.35 for December 2017. The average price for all of 2018 was $1.21, down 17 percent from $1.46 for all of 2017.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 88.1 million toothbrushes in December 2018, down 12 percent from 100.4 million imported in December 2017. During all of 2018, 1.1 billion toothbrushes were imported, the same as for all of 2017.

China sent 869.7 million toothbrushes to the United States during all of 2018.

The average price per toothbrush for December 2018 was 28 cents, up 22 percent from 23 cents for December 2017. The average price for all of 2018 was 24 cents, up 9 percent from 22 cents for all of 2017.

 

Hairbrushes

December 2018 imports of hairbrushes totaled 4.8 million, up 4 percent from 4.6 million for December 2017. During all of 2018, 54.5 million hairbrushes were imported, up 3 percent from 52.8 million for all of 2017.

China sent 54.3 million hairbrushes to the United States during all of 2018.

The average price per hairbrush was 21 cents during December 2018, down 9 percent from 23 cents for December 2017. For all of 2018, the average price per hairbrush was 25 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for all of 2017.

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 3.1 million shaving brushes in December 2018, down 33 percent from 4.6 million imported in December 2017. During all of 2018, 56.2 million shaving brushes were imported, down 7 percent from 60.7 million imported during all of 2017.

China sent 38.4 million shaving brushes to the United States during all of 2018, while South Korea shipped 9.9 million.

The average price per shaving brush for December 2018 was 19 cents, up 58 percent from 12 cents for December 2017. The average price for all of 2018 was 14 cents, the same as for all of 2017.

 

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during December 2018 was 6.3 million, down 24 percent from 8.3 million for December 2017. During all of 2018, 89.1 million paint rollers were imported, up 23 percent from 72.6 million during all of 2017.

China sent 71 million paint rollers to the United States during all of 2018.

The average price per paint roller for December 2018 was 51 cents, up 34 percent from 38 cents for December 2017. The average price for all of 2018 was 42 cents, down 9 percent from 46 cents for all of 2017.

Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 23.5 million paintbrushes during December 2018, up 12 percent from 20.9 million for December 2017. Paintbrush imports for all of 2018 were 306.4 million, up 18 percent from 259.9 million for all of 2017.

China shipped 275.1 million paintbrushes to the United States during all of 2018.

The average price per paintbrush for December 2018 was 29 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for December 2017. The average price for all of 2018 was 29 cents, also down 1 cent from the average price for all of 2017.

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for December 2018 was 1.7 million, down 15 percent from 2 million for December 2017. During all of 2018, 18.4 million upright brooms were imported, up 3 percent from 17.9 million for all of 2017.

China sent 16.3 million upright brooms to the United States during all of 2018.

The average price per broom for December 2018 was $1.89, up 15 percent from $1.65 for December 2017. The average price per broom for all of 2018 was $1.46, up 12 percent from $1.30 for all of 2017.


– EXPORTS –


Export totals for all of 2018 were up in three categories outlined: toothbrushes, artist brushes, and paintbrushes, compared to all of 2017.

In December 2018, four categories reported decreases, compared to December 2017: brooms and brushes of vegetable materials, toothbrushes, shaving brushes and artist brushes.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 4,283 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during December 2018, down 37 percent from the December 2017 total of 6,845 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during all of 2018 were 85,905 dozen, down 4 percent from 89,222 dozen for all of 2017.

The United States sent 49,546 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada,
during all of 2018.

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $36.08 in December 2018, up 29 percent $27.91 for December 2017. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for all of 2018 was $35.54, down 2 percent from $36.19 for all of 2017.

 

Toothbrushes

During December 2018, the United States exported 9.7 million toothbrushes,
down 7 percent from 10.4 million for December 2017. During all of 2018, 160.6 million toothbrushes were exported, up 20 percent from 134.2 million exported during all of 2017.

The United States exported 42.6 million toothbrushes to Canada, and 30.4 million to Germany, during all of 2018.

The average price per toothbrush for December 2018 was 66 cents, up 25 percent from 53 cents for December 2017. The average price per toothbrush for all of 2018 was 54 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for all of 2017.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 855,820 shaving brushes during December 2018, down 14 percent from 1 million for December 2017. During all of 2018, 16.3 million shaving brushes were exported, down 4 percent from 17 million for all of 2017.

During all of 2018, the United States exported 6 million shaving brushes to Brazil, 3.4 million to Canada and 2.9 million to Mexico.

The average price per shaving brush for December 2018 was $1.99, up 28 percent from $1.55 for December 2017. The average price for all of 2018 was $1.32, up 21 percent from the average price for all of 2017 of $1.09.

Artist Brushes

December 2018 exports of artist brushes totaled 919,463, down 4 percent from 956,050 for December 2017. During all of 2018, 10.5 million artist brushes were exported, up 5 percent from 10 million for all of 2017.

Canada received 7.4 million artist brushes from the United States
during all of 2018.

The average price per artist brush was $2.50 during December 2018,
down 28 percent from the average price for December 2017 of $3.45.
For all of 2018, the average price per artist brush was $3.55, down 6 percent
from $3.79 for all of 2017.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during December 2018 was 198,231, up 31 percent from 151,556 for December 2017. During all of 2018, 2.5 million paintbrushes were exported, up 14 percent from 2.2 million for all of 2017.

Canada imported 1.3 million paintbrushes from the United States
during all of 2018.

The average price per paintbrush for December 2018 was $5.84, down 28 percent from $8.09 for December 2017. The average price for all of 2018 was $6.62, down 9 percent from $7.29 for all of 2017.

 

December 2018

November 2018 Export Chart

 

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Import/Export Statistics.

 


 


Industry News


Nexstep Acquires Greenwood Mop & Broom

Nexstep

 

Nexstep Commercial Products has announced the purchase of Greenwood
Mop & Broom, Inc., effective March 11, 2019. For 95 years, Greenwood has been
a recognized manufacturer and supplier of mops, brooms and related items to food service, food processing, grocery, janitorial, and industrial distributors.

“The Bond family has owned Greenwood throughout the life of the business,
and Nexstep is very honored to carry on their great tradition,” according to a
Nexstep press release.

The purchase of Greenwood Mop & Broom is Nexstep’s seventh acquisition
since Aug. 1, 2003.

Nexstep Commercial Products President Todd Leventhal said: “Greenwood is another great fit for Nexstep, as it enhances our product offering, opens up new channels of distribution for us and increases our sales opportunities. This acquisition, like the acquisitions before, will allow us to continue our emphasis on producing the vast
majority of our products in the U.S.A.”

Nexstep Commercial Products is the exclusive licensee of O-Cedar Brands.
Visit www.ocedarcommercial.com for more information.

 



Gordon Brush Acquires

Spectrum Paint Applicator Corp.

Gordon Brush

 

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc., recently announced the company has acquired Spectrum Paint Applicator Corp., located in Newark, NJ, and that Spectrum’s manufacturing and operations will be relocated and incorporated into Gordon Brush’s 183,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, located in City of Industry, CA.

Since 1945, Spectrum Brush has manufactured industrial and consumer paintbrushes, paint rollers and artist brushes.

Spectrum CEO Arthur Edelson said, “It’s time for us to step aside so that the company
can continue to grow. We felt that Gordon Brush was the best fit to take Spectrum

Brush to the next level, to continue our family tradition of individualized customer service, and to best manufacture our line of American-made consumer, professional and industrial paint applicators.”

Gordon Brush President and CEO Ken Rakusin added, “The acquisition of Spectrum Brush, our 12th acquisition, consolidates Gordon Brush’s reach in the paintbrush category. Spectrum Brush will add to our stable of other acquired paint and artist brush companies. These include: Redtree Industries and Kirschner Brush in the paintbrush and roller sector, and Marx Brush in the artist brush sector. The Spectrum Brush acquisition dramatically enhances our scale, product offerings and geographic reach — creating new synergies that better position us for future growth and investment in new and existing markets.


“It’s another perfect fit for Gordon Brush that ties into its mantra of being, ‘Proud To Be An American Manufacturer™.’ This acquisition enhances the global product offering of Gordon Brush’s line of paint and artist brushes, and opens new avenues for the manufacture of custom paint and artist brush products. As demand for American-made products increases, we are proud to be at the forefront of that movement.”

 

Visit www.gordonbrush.com for more information.

 

 


 


Schaefer Brush Acquires E. Gornell & Sons

Industrial brush manufacturer Schaefer Brush, Waukesha, WI, has announced the acquisition of E. Gornell & Sons, Chicago.

“The company will operate E. Gornell & Sons independently, continuing the rich tradition
of serving the brush industry and industrial distribution,” according to Kim Erdmann, president and CEO of both companies.

 

Schaefer

“The idea is to take each company’s unique manufacturing process/products and

provide multiple solutions for our customers. Each business will continue to operate autonomously. These companies serve different customers with different needs, yet we will maintain and strive to enhance the quality and service everybody has come to expect.

According to a press release, “The purchase, on March 1, enables the company to provide customers with a more complete product line of industrial and maintenance brushes.
We are committed to strengthen our manufacturing capabilities and innovation for our customers. Design capability, manufacturing technology and customer service will be improved through the synergy of bringing these two companies together.”

Gus Treslo, outgoing president of E. Gornell & Sons, said he was excited to ensure a future for his company and employees. “We are very proud of our reputation for quality and service. It matches up very well with the Schaefer Brush culture. Preserving our legacy and protecting jobs was a very important part of the negotiation for us. I’m glad

we are moving forward with Kim and his team.”

Family-owned and operated E. Gornell & Sons has engineered and manufactured
brushes in Chicago since 1892.

Established in 1905, Schaefer Brush designs, engineers and manufactures twisted-in-wire industrial brushes and related products for custom brushes, complete brush systems, and brush components for machinery at its headquarters in Waukesha.

For more information, visit www.schaeferbrush.com.





 

PERLON® Offers PearlTech®, A Monofilament
With Special Surface


Perlon


 




 

Abtex Corp. Adds Business Development Manager

 

Abtex Corp., manufacturer of customized, integrated machine/brush deburring solutions for the manufacturing industry, announced that John De Leon has joined the company as business development manager.

“This is a new position created to focus on sustainable company growth through continued outstanding service of existing customers along with expansion into new markets,” according to a press release.

 

Perlon

John De Leon

De Leon brings more than 20 years’ experience in highly engineered component and system sales, marketing, and business development. He has served in positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, project management, sales, marketing, business development, and business management for technology, robotics,

and manufacturing companies, serving customers in the industrial, automotive, aerospace, food and beverage and agriculture industries, along with others.

 

He holds an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from

Iowa State University.


For further information, visit www.abtex.com.


 

Shurhold’s One Handle Does It All

 

“With over 40 attachments, Shurhold's One Handle Does It All System is a useful tool
for any automotive enthusiast to own. Shurhold's Fishing Series Handle looks like a custom, handmade fishing rod. It has a gleaming black finish with decorative lacquered gold trim and threadwork. Extra-long foam provides a comfortable gripping surface,”
said the company.

 

Perlon

(From top) Shurhold's 760, 833 and 855 handles, and detail of gold threadwork.

Made in the USA with the same heat-treated anodized aluminum as its original high-strength handles, Shurhold's Fishing Series Handle is available in three sizes: a 5-foot fixed-length, a 6-foot telescoping model that collapses down to 40-inches and a 9-foot version that stows at 60-inches.

According to Shurhold, accessories quickly and easily snap on and off to tackle a wide range of jobs. Car and truck owners can work efficiently, switching from one tool to the next with the press of a button. A video is available at bit.ly/1P0yi2B.

Shurhold manufactures specialty care items and accessories to clean, polish and detail.

For more information, visit www.shurhold.com/auto.

 

 


 

 

10-Packs Added To Wooster Jumbo-Koter
Miniroller Line

 

“Seventeen years after its introduction to the global market, Wooster's Jumbo-Koter® cage-frame minirollers continue to be an in-demand line of painting tools. Wooster now has eight new 10-packs of Jumbo-Koter minirollers available — all in resealable clamshells,” said the company.


Wooster


Wooster's Jumbo-Koter miniroller program utilizes the same fabrics found on Wooster's full-size rollers. Matching fabrics are important because it means that painters can use standard 9-inch rollers and Jumbo-Koter minirollers interchangeably and achieve a seamless finish. Also, all Wooster Jumbo-Koter frames work with both 4½- and 6½-inch Jumbo-Koter minirollers.

These new Jumbo-Koter 10-packs include:


Wooster Chart

Wooster's Jumbo-Koter miniroller 10-packs are available now at traditional paint
and decorating centers, hardware stores, paint sundry distributors or retailers. To view
the full Jumbo-Koter product line, visit the Minirollers & Trimmers section of Wooster's online catalog.

Visit www.woosterbrush.com.




 

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