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Imports Up, Exports Mixed For The First Four Months Of 2022, Compared To The First Four Months Of 2021

U.S. government trade figures for April 2022 indicated raw material imports were up in two categories outlined: broom and mop handles and brush backs, compared to April 2021. For the first four months of 2022, raw
material imports were up in all four categories outlined: hog bristle,
broom and mop handles, brush backs and metal handles, compared to the first four months of 2021.

Import totals for April 2022 were up in five of the finished goods categories outlined: toothbrushes, hairbrushes, shaving brushes, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared to April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, import totals were also up in five categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, shaving brushes and upright brooms, compared to the first four months of 2021.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 5,175 kilograms of hog bristle in April 2022, down
35 percent from 8,000 kilograms imported in April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 58,575 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, up 31 percent
from 44,834 kilograms for the first four months of 2021.

China sent all the hog bristle to the United States during the first four months
of 2022.

The average price per kilogram for April 2022 was $49.33, down 6 percent
from $52.33 per kilogram for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, the average price per kilogram was $31.50, down 37 percent from $50.24 for the
first four months of 2021.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during April 2022 was 1.1 million, up 29 percent from 851,737 for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 6 million broom and mop handles were imported, up 25 percent from 4.8 million for the first four months of 2021.

During the first four months of 2022, the United States received 2.9 million broom and mop handles from Honduras, 1.4 million from Brazil and 1.1 million from China.

The average price per handle for April 2022 was 68 cents, down 24 percent from 89 cents for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, the average price per handle was 69 cents, up 3 percent from 67 cents for the first four months of 2021.


Brush Backs

April 2022 imports of brush backs totaled 599,493, up 35 percent from 444,533
for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 2.1 million brush backs were imported, up 40 percent from 1.5 million for the first four months of 2021.

During the first four months of 2022, the United States imported 659,400 brush backs from Indonesia, 593,825 from Sri Lanka, 494,671 from Canada and 314,967 from China.

The average price per brush back was 64 cents during April 2022, up 21 percent from 53 cents for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, the average price was 56 cents, up 12 percent from 50 cents for the first four months of 2021.

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during April 2022 was 2.3 million, the same as for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 7.8 million metal handles were imported, up 1 percent from 7.7 million for the first four months of 2021.

During the first four months of 2022, China sent 4.7 million metal handles to the United States, while Spain exported 1.6 million and Italy sent 1.3 million handles.

The average price per handle for April 2022 was $1.02, up 24 percent from 82 cents for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, the average price per handle was $1.07, up 23 percent from 87 cents for the first four months of 2021.

– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 343,902 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during April 2022, down 23 percent from 444,689 for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 1.3 million brooms were imported,
down 13 percent from 1.5 million for the first four months of 2021.

Mexico sent all the brooms to the United States during the first four months
of 2022.

The average price per broom for April 2022 was $2.43, up 14 percent from $2.14 for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, the average price per broom was $2.50, up 15 percent from $2.17 for the first four months of 2021.

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during April 2022 was 148,615, down 31 percent from 215,154 brooms and brushes imported during April 2021. For the first four months of 2022, 823,836 brooms and brushes were imported, up 2 percent from 811,332 for the first four months of 2021.

During the first four months of 2022, Sri Lanka exported 278,259 brooms and brushes to the United States, while China sent 193,987.

The average price per unit for April 2022 was $1.57, up 48 percent from $1.06 for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, the average price per unit was $1.34, up 30 percent from $1.03 for the first four months of 2021.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 100 million toothbrushes in April 2022, up 26 percent from 79.6 million imported in April 2021. During the first four months of 2022,
401.7 million toothbrushes were imported, up 43 percent from 281.5 million
for the first four months of 2021.

China sent 311 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first four months of 2022.

The average price per toothbrush for April 2022 was 28 cents, up 1 cent from April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, the average price per toothbrush was 26 cents, down 7 percent from 28 cents for the first four months of 2021.

Hairbrushes

April 2022 imports of hairbrushes totaled 4.9 million, up 9 percent from 4.5 million for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 25 million hairbrushes were imported, up 30 percent from 19.2 million for the first four months of 2021.

China sent 19.5 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first four months of 2022.

The average price per hairbrush was 22 cents during April 2022, down 8 percent from 24 cents for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, the average price per hairbrush was 20 cents, down 9 percent from 22 cents for the first four months of 2021.

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 4.5 million shaving brushes in April 2022,
up 125 percent from 2 million imported in April 2021. During the first four months
of 2022, 32.3 million shaving brushes were imported, up 95 percent from
16.6 million for the first four months of 2021.

China sent 29.3 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first four months of 2022.

The average price per shaving brush for April 2022 was 12 cents, down
37 percent from 19 cents for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022,
the average price per brush was 9 cents, down 31 percent from 13 cents for the first four months of 2021.

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during April 2022 was 6.4 million, down 36 percent from 10 million for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 30.6 million paint rollers were imported, down 16 percent from 36.4 million for the first four months of 2021.

China sent 21.5 million paint rollers to the United States during the first four
months of 2022.

The average price per paint roller for April 2022 was 47 cents, up 27 percent from 37 cents for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, the average price per paint roller was 44 cents, the same as for the first four months of 2021.

Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 28 million paintbrushes during April 2022, up less that
1 percent from 27.9 million for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 109.7 million paintbrushes were imported, down 7 percent from 117.8 million for
the first four months of 2021.

China shipped 102.8 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first four months of 2022.

The average price per paintbrush for April 2022 was 34 cents, up 10 percent from 31 cents for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, the average price per paintbrush was 33 cents, up 1 cent from the first four months of 2021.

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for April 2022 was 2 million, up 5 percent from 1.9 million for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 7.6 million upright brooms were imported, up 4 percent from 7.3 million for the first four months of 2021.

China sent 6.2 million upright brooms to the United States during the first four months of 2022.

The average price per broom for April 2022 was $1.42, up 11 percent from $1.28 for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, the average price per broom was $1.46, up 16 percent from $1.26 for the first four months of 2021.



– EXPORTS –

Export totals for April 2022 were down in three categories outlined: toothbrushes, artist brushes and paintbrushes, compared to April 2021.
For the first four months of 2022, export totals were up in three categories outlined: shaving brushes, artist brushes and paintbrushes, compared to
the first four months of 2021.

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 11,939 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during April 2022, up 51 percent from 7,887 dozen for April 2021. For the first four months of 2022, 30,623 dozen brooms and brushes were exported, down 11 percent from 34,469 dozen for the first four months of 2021.

The United States sent 11,294 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first four months of 2022.

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $31.29 in April 2022, up
9 percent from $28.62 for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, the average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $38.38, up 6 percent from $36.11 per dozen for the first four months of 2021.

Toothbrushes

During April 2022, the United States exported 6.8 million toothbrushes, down
16 percent from 8.1 million for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022,
27.3 million toothbrushes were exported, down 10 percent from 30.5 million for
the first four months of 2021.

The United States exported 8.1 million toothbrushes to Canada, 6.7 million to Poland and 4.2 million to Germany.

The average price per toothbrush for April 2022 was $1.02, up 17 percent from
87 cents for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, the average price per brush was 92 cents, up 18 percent from 78 cents for the first four months of 2021.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 2 million shaving brushes during April 2022, up
43 percent from 1.4 million for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022,
6.1 million shaving brushes were exported, up 9 percent from 5.6 million for the
first four months of 2021.

During the first four months of 2022, the United States exported 3.6 million shaving brushes to Mexico.

The average price per shaving brush for April 2022 was 70 cents, down 33 percent from $1.05 for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, the average price per shaving brush was 88 cents, down 1 cent from the first four months of 2021.

Artist Brushes

April 2022 exports of artist brushes totaled 484,778, down 9 percent from 532,033 for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 2 million artist brushes were exported, up 5 percent from 1.9 million for the first four months of 2021.

Canada received 1.3 million artist brushes from the United States during the first four months of 2022.

The average price per artist brush was $3.86 during April 2022, up 5 percent from $3.68 for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, the average price per artist brush was $3.63, up 4 percent from $3.50 for the first four months of 2021.


Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during April 2022 was 219,308, down
18 percent from 267,238 for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 939,810 paintbrushes were exported, up 32 percent from 712,507 for the first
four months of 2021.

Canada imported 458,944 paintbrushes from the United States during the first
four months of 2022.

The average price per paintbrush for April 2022 was $8.17, up 4 percent
from $7.86 for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, the average
price per paintbrush was $6.53, down 23 percent from $8.52 for the first four months of 2021.

 

April 2022

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Industry News

 

Brush Manufacturers And Suppliers Attend
Mill-Rose 62nd Annual Golf Outing

 

Monahan
Pictured left to right are Gregory Miller, Mill-Rose; Jeffrey Malish, Malish Corp;
Gary Townes, Magnolia Brush, and Chris Monahan, Brush Fibers.


 

Monahan

Front to back are Jim Benjamin, Precision Brush;
David Parr, Silvacor; Jeffrey Malish, Malish Corp.;
and Terry Hogan, Hahl Inc.

Brush manufacturers and suppliers recently gathered for the 62nd annual Victor F. Miller Golf Tournament held at Mayfield Country Club in Cleveland, OH.

Representatives from around the country attended the event, hosted by Mentor,
OH-based The Mill-Rose Company in honor of the company’s past president,
Victor F. Miller.

“Skills of the golfers ranged from near professional to novice, however, a good time was had by all who attended the event.

"Prizes were awarded to golfers for outstanding performance in the areas of Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and Low Gross Scores, and, Kevin Lannon, of Lanoco Specialty Wire Products, retained his title as Wolf Champion," according to Mill-Rose.

 


“The 2022 Victor F. Miller Golf Tournament

was a great success,” said Gregory Miller, president of the company. “The weather was perfect throughout the week, the golfing was really fun, plus I’m always moved by the camaraderie fostered by this event, and shared by members of our industry. It’s a blessing to work with these individuals,” said Miller.


Manufacturers and suppliers gathered during the week before the golf outing to discuss business trends and opportunities for the brush manufacturing industry. Brushes manufactured by these companies are used in virtually every type of industry around the world. Applications include makeup/mascara brushes, hair brushes, floor sweeping and polishing brushes, gun cleaning brushes, car wash brushes, copier toner brushes, brooms, paint brushes, and special brushes used in the medical field.

Monahan

Greg Miller, left, and Kevin Lannon, Lanoco


Mill-Rose is a family-owned organization, now in its fourth generation. Mill-Rose has experienced significant growth from its humble beginnings in 1919, and today operates manufacturing and warehouse facilities throughout the United States and Mexico. Production facilities in Mentor, OH, and Mexico feature advanced manufacturing techniques and quality-control programs that ensure unvarying quality. Production is complemented by a U.S. distribution center featuring state-of-the-art inventory management to better serve customers around the world.



The Thomas Monahan Company Honors
Employees During 100th Anniversary Celebration

 

Monahan
Members of the Arcola, IL, community, as well as current and former employees of
The Thomas Monahan Company, gather on July 1 at a reception to celebrate
the company’s 100th anniversary.


The Thomas Monahan Company officially celebrated its 100th anniversary during a
July 1 reception at its Arcola, IL, headquarters. The company has successfully risen
above a century of challenges, while making the most of opportunities, to remain a viable
entity within the various industries of which it serves.

Today, The Thomas Monahan Company is the parent organization of several

divisions — Brush Fibers, Inc., a provider of natural fibers, animal hairs and blocks

to the brush and other industries; Monahan Filaments, which produces and sells synthetic filaments to many of the same industries and others; and PelRay International Co.,
a supplier of various broom and mop components along with additional product lines.

Brush Fibers and Monahan Filaments are based in Arcola, while PelRay is located
in San Antonio, TX.

Another business, Whitley Monahan Handle Co., is located in Midland, NC, and
produces wood handles.

Meanwhile, formerly a division of the family business, Monahan Partners, of Arcola,
is now a separate company that was formed in 2010. It’s an OEM supplier of cleaning tools
and parts to the janitorial supply industry.

A 100th anniversary feature article was published in the January/February 2022
issue of Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine, and can be viewed by visiting www.broombrushandmop.com.

 




Nexstep Commercial Products Offers 2 Unique Environmentally-Friendly Mop Packaging Options

 

Nexstep Commercial Products (exclusive licensee of O-Cedar®) offers two environmentally-friendly, mop packaging options — the exclusive Flat-Pak™ Cartons and Overwrapped Bundles.

 

“Flat-Pak™ Mop Cartons reduce the size of a standard mop carton by 45 percent, saving valuable space for customers. Individual mops are inserted in poly bags and the air is removed to compress,” according to Nexstep.


In addition:
• With state-of-the-art engineering, cartons use the least amount of corrugated material while providing superior product protection; and,

• All cartons are made from 100 percent recycled pulp reducing the waste going into landfills and conserving natural resources.

 

FEIBP

 

 


FEIBP

Overwrap Mop Packaging eliminates the cardboard entirely, which can significantly
lower the price per mop.

 

In addition:
• Compact packaging creates less waste;

• Eliminates all corrugated materials;

• Comprehensively tested to ensure outstanding product protection in transit and, unlike a brick-pack, does not damage fibers; and,

• Wet mops retain their appearance, stack easily and are more convenient to receive, store and inventory.


O-Cedar Commercial mops perform directly out of the packaging with both options.
Private labeling is available with either packaging option, and a private labeled mop tag is
always sewn into the mop head.


For more information, call 800-252-7666 or
email customerservice@ocedarcommercial.com.





ABCO Cleaning Products Earns UL Environmental Claims Validations On Two Product Lines And Shares Best Practices For A Plastic Free July

ABCO


 “It's estimated that the United States has generated 44 million metric tons of plastic waste to date. To put it into perspective, that’s equivalent to the weight of 220,000 blue whales.

To celebrate Plastic Free July, ABCO Cleaning Products, a leader in sustainable cleaning tools, announced that two of its product lines earned UL Environmental Claims Validation,” according to a press release.

The company also shares its suggestions for reducing plastic waste at facilities.

“We’re thrilled to share our Natura Lobby Dustpan and Large Natura Broom Head have undergone the extensive UL Environmental Claims Validation process and have proven to be highly sustainable,” said Carlos Albir, president, ABCO. “In fact, we’re the first in the industry to earn UL Environmental Claims Validation for both of these products.”

The Natura Broom is made from 100 percent recycled content while the dustpan is made from a minimum 48 percent recycled content.

This Plastic Free July, ABCO said to consider the following tips to reduce plastic waste at facilities:

• Limit plastic bottles. Take inventory of your facility’s cleaning supply closet. Often, there could be an abundance of the same type of cleaning product. Start by tallying up how many cleaning chemicals your facility has on hand and work on using what you have before ordering more. Moving forward, try to reduce the number of plastic bottles your cleaning team uses;

• Consider packaging that’s proven to be recyclable. Some plastic used for packaging isn’t as easily recyclable as one may think. Packaging companies sometimes incorporate nonrecyclable chemicals into the plastic packaging making it nonreusable, thus adding to our planet’s plastic waste crisis. To help combat this, consider having your facility work with companies that make trustworthy claims that their packaging is recyclable; and,

• Encourage recycling. A recent study found eight in 10 employees want to see more sustainability at their workplace. A great option to do this is by incorporating strategically placed recycling sorting bins throughout your facility.

“ABCO Products highly values sustainable business practices. The company offers several Green Seal approved cleaning products that are made by recycling waste from garment manufacturers.”

For more information, contact ABCO Products at 1-888-694-2226
or visit www.abcoproducts.com.







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