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Broom, Mop & Brush Meeting


By Harrell Kerkhoff, Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine Editor


The annual National Broom, Mop & Brush Meeting is scheduled for November 19-20, 2015, in St. Louis, MO.

 

The event will again take place at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel.

 

 

Co-chairmen Kevin Monahan, of Monahan Partners, and Don Leventhal, of Newton Broom & Brush Company, invite all manufacturers, suppliers and trade press representing different broom, mop, brush and related industries.

 

“Don and I are very excited about this year’s guest speaker lineup as well as the industry reports. We’ve received a healthy number of registrations that include some new faces,” Monahan said. “What makes this meeting so great is the efficiency. There’s an opportunity to see and meet with many current and potential customers/suppliers in one location, and have a meeting that is both rich in content and brief.”

 

The event will begin on Thursday, November 19, with registration from 4 to 6 p.m. A reception/social hour will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. and the dinner starts at 6 p.m.

 

George Herrera

George Herrera

 

The main program will take place on Friday, November 20, starting with a breakfast buffet at 7:30 a.m. The meeting portion of the event begins around 8:30 a.m. with opening remarks, to be followed by guest speaker George Herrera, of The Mission Continues, which is an organization that serves returning military veterans. His topic will be, “Re-deploying Veterans In The Community.”


 

 

 

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Kevin Monahan & Don Leventhal

Co-Chair Kevin Monahan and Co-Chair Don Leventhal

 

 

Other guest speakers during the meeting will be Bill Donohue, of RR Donnelly, and Dawn Smith, of UPS Logistics. They will speak on the topic, “Identifying Freight Savings.”

 

Also giving a presentation during the meeting will be Don Leventhal, who will discuss “Changes In The Broom Industry: How The Industry Evolved.”

 

In addition to the guest speakers, there will be industry reports from various professionals on broom corn, tampico and palmyra fiber; plastic 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.

 

"When making the reservation, those planning to spend the night at the hotel should state that they are with the National Broom, Mop & Brush Meeting to receive a special room rate of $109. Hotel reservations can be made by phone at 314-429-1100 or online," according to the chairmen.

 

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

 

 

On-site registration is $175 (cash or check only).
For more information, contact co-chairs:
Kevin Monahan at kevin@monahanpartners.com
or Don Leventhal at don@newtonbroom.com.


 

 

Finished Goods Imports And Exports Up,
Raw Material Imports Mixed

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Including complete list of July 2015

Import/Export Statistics

 

By Rick Mullen, Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine Associate Editor

 

U.S. government trade figures for the first seven months of 2015 indicate raw material imports were down in two categories outlined: hog bristle and metal handles, compared to the first seven months of 2014. For July 2015, hog bristle and broom and mop handles were up, compared to July 2014.


Import totals for the first seven months of 2015 were up in six finished goods categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable materials, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, paint rollers, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared to the first seven months of 2014.

In July 2015, six categories outlined recorded increases: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, paint rollers, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared to July 2014.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 27,212 kilograms of hog bristle in July 2015, up 45 percent from 18,735 kilograms imported in July 2014. During the first seven months of 2015, 148,160 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down 13 percent from 170,722 kilograms imported during the first seven months of 2014.

 

China sent 144,623 kilograms of hog bristle to the United States during the first seven months of 2015.

 

The average price per kilogram for July 2015 was $24.96, up significantly from the average price per kilogram for July 2014 of $6.20. The average price per kilogram for the first seven months of 2015 was $18.33, up 37 percent from the average price per kilogram of $13.76 for the first seven months of 2014.

 


Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during July 2015 was 1.8 million, up 38 percent from 1.3 million for July 2014. During the first seven months of 2015, 10.9 million broom and mop handles were imported, up 10 percent from 9.9 million for the first seven months of 2014.

 

During the first seven months of 2015, the United States received 6.5 million broom and mop handles from Brazil, 2.2 million from Honduras and 1.6 million from China.

 

The average price per handle for July 2015 was 94 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for July 2014. The average price for the first seven months of 2015 was 95 cents, up 4 percent from 91 cents for the first seven months of 2014.


Brush Backs

July 2015 imports of brush backs totaled 703,979, down 10 percent from 779,638 for July 2014. During the first seven months of 2015, 4 million brush backs were imported, the same as for the first seven months of 2014.


Canada sent 2 million brush backs to the United States during the first seven months of 2015, while Sri Lanka shipped 1.4 million.

 

The average price per brush back was 47 cents during July 2015, up 27 percent from the average price for July 2014 of 37 cents. For the first seven months of 2015, the average price per brush back was also 47 cents, up 4 percent from the average price for the first seven months of 2014 of 45 cents.

 


Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during July 2015 was 2.4 million, down 8 percent from 2.6 million for July 2014. During the first seven months of 2015, 15.9 million metal handles were imported, down 15 percent from 18.8 million for the first seven months of 2014.

 

During the first seven months of 2015, Spain exported 7 million metal handles to the United States, while China sent 6.7 million and Italy shipped 1.6 million.

 

The average price per handle for July 2015 was $1.12, up 22 percent from 92 cents for July 2014. The average price for the first seven months of 2015 was 99 cents, up 22 percent from the average price for the first seven months of 2014 of 81 cents.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn
Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 682,871 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during July 2015, down 14 percent from 790,743 for July 2014. During the first seven months of 2015, 4.4 million brooms of broom corn were imported, down 6 percent from 4.7 million for the first seven months of 2014.


Mexico shipped nearly all of the brooms to the United States during the first seven months of 2015.

 

The average price per broom for July 2015 was $2.56, up 4 percent from $2.46 for July 2014. The average price per broom for the first seven months of 2015 was also $2.56, up 2 percent from the average price for the first seven months of 2014 of $2.50.

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during July 2015 was 661,960, up 164 percent from 250,355 brooms and brushes imported during July 2014. During the first seven months of 2015, 3.7 million brooms and brushes were imported, up 185 percent from 1.3 million for the first seven months of 2014.

 

Sri Lanka exported 1.4 million brooms and brushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2015, while Canada sent 1 million.

 

The average price per unit for July 2015 was 98 cents, down 29 percent from the average price for July 2014 of $1.38. The average price for the first seven months of 2015 was also 98 cents, down 38 percent from the average price for the first seven months of 2014 of $1.58.



Toothbrushes

The United States imported 91.1 million toothbrushes in July 2015, up 1 percent from 90.3 million imported in July 2014. During the first seven months of 2015, 596.1 million toothbrushes were imported, up 5 percent from 567.7 million imported during the first seven months of 2014.

 

China sent 446.4 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2015.

 

The average price per toothbrush for July 2015 was 24 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for July 2014. The average price for the first seven months of 2015 was 25 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first seven months of 2014.

 

 

Hairbrushes

July 2015 imports of hairbrushes totaled 3.7 million, up 42 percent from 2.6 million for July 2014. During the first seven months of 2015, 25.2 million hairbrushes were imported, up 25 percent from 20.1 million for the first seven months of 2014.

 

China shipped 25.1 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2015.

 

The average price per hairbrush was 21 cents during July 2015, down 28 percent from 29 cents for July 2014. For the first seven months of 2015, the average price per hairbrush was 25 cents, down 7 percent from the average price for the first seven months of 2014 of 27 cents.

 

 

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 3.5 million shaving brushes in July 2015, down 70 percent from 11.7 million imported in July 2014. During the first seven months of 2015, 49.2 million shaving brushes were imported, down 13 percent from 56.6 million imported during the first seven months of 2014.

 

China sent 21.7 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2015, while Germany shipped 21.4 million.

 

The average price per shaving brush for July 2015 was 12 cents, up 33 percent from the average price for July 2014 of 9 cents. The average price for the first seven months of 2015 was 11 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first seven months of 2014.



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Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during July 2015 was 6.5 million, up 20 percent from 5.4 million recorded for July 2014. During the first seven months of 2015, 41.4 million paint rollers were imported, up 35 percent from 30.7 million during the first seven months of 2014.

 

China sent 33.8 million paint rollers to the United States during the first seven months of 2015, while Mexico exported 4.3 million.

 

The average price per paint roller for July 2015 was 60 cents, up 36 percent from the average price for July 2014 of 44 cents. The average price for the first seven months of 2015 was 50 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first seven months of 2014.

 


Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 25.9 million paintbrushes during July 2015, up 37 percent from 18.9 million paintbrushes imported during July 2014. Paintbrush imports for the first seven months of 2015 were 145.6 million, up 13 percent from 128.3 million recorded for the first seven months of 2014.

 

China shipped 137 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2015.

 

The average price per paintbrush for July 2015 was 34 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for July 2014. The average price for the first seven months of 2015 was 34 cents, up 13 percent from 30 cents for the first seven months of 2014.

 


Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for July 2015 was 1.4 million, up 27 percent from 1.1 million for July 2014. During the first seven months of 2015, 9 million upright brooms were imported, up 6 percent from 8.5 million imported during the first seven months of 2014.

 

China sent 7.6 million upright brooms to the United States during the first seven months of 2015.

 

The average price per broom for July 2015 was $1.37, down 12 percent from the average price for July 2014 of $1.55. The average price per broom for the first seven months of 2015 was $1.42, down 11 percent from $1.59 for the first seven months of 2014.



– EXPORTS –

 

Export totals for the first seven months of 2015 were up in all five categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable materials, toothbrushes, shaving brushes, artist brushes and paintbrushes, compared to the first seven months of 2014.

 

In July 2015, three categories outlined also reported increases: brooms and brushes of vegetable materials, shaving brushes and artist brushes, compared to July 2014.



Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 7,249 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during July 2015, up 62 percent from the July 2014 total of 4,462 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during the first seven months of 2015 were 49,697 dozen, up 25 percent from 39,820 dozen for the first seven months of 2014.

 

The United States sent 16,867 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first seven months of 2015.

 

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $50.97 in July 2015, up 2 percent from $49.89 for July 2014. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for the first seven months of 2015 was $47.60, up 22 percent from $39.02 for the average price per dozen for the first seven months of 2014.



Toothbrushes

During July 2015, the United States exported 12.4 million toothbrushes, down 4 percent from the total recorded in July 2014 of 12.9 million. During the first seven months of 2015, 98 million toothbrushes were exported, up 13 percent from 86.9 million exported during the first seven months of 2014.

 

The United States exported 22.8 million toothbrushes to Canada, 20.9 million to Germany and 18.4 million to Mexico, during the first seven months of 2015.

 

The average price per toothbrush for July 2015 was 45 cents, down 10 percent from 50 cents for July 2014. The average price per toothbrush for the first seven months of 2015 was 48 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first seven months of 2014.



Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.9 million shaving brushes during July 2015, up 19 percent from 1.6 million shaving brushes exported for July 2014. During the first seven months of 2015, 9.2 million shaving brushes were exported, up 14 percent from 8.1 million for the first seven months of 2014.

 

Brazil imported 3.8 million shaving brushes from the United States during the first seven months of 2015, while Canada received 2.3 million and Mexico imported 1.2 million.

 

The average price per shaving brush for July 2015 was 88 cents, down 10 percent from the average price for July 2014 of 98 cents. The average price for the first seven months of 2015 was $1.13, down 16 percent from $1.34 for the first seven months of 2014.



Artist Brushes

July 2015 exports of artist brushes totaled 1.1 million, up 11 percent from the July 2014 total of 986,637 artist brushes. During the first seven months of 2015, 6.9 million artist brushes were exported, up 17 percent from 5.9 million for the first seven months of 2014.

 

Canada received 4.5 million artist brushes from the United States during the first seven months of 2015, while the United Kingdom imported 453,789.

 

The average price per artist brush was $2.08 during July 2015, down 14 percent from the average price for July 2014 of $2.43. For the first seven months of 2015, the average price per artist brush was $2.48, down 10 percent from the average price for the first seven months of 2014 of $2.75.



Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during July 2015 was 109,817, down 22 percent from 140,251 for July 2014. During the first seven months of 2015, 1 million paintbrushes were exported, up 11 percent from 897,966 during the first seven months of 2014.

 

Canada imported 450,686 paintbrushes from the United States during the first seven months of 2015, while the United Kingdom received 230,856.

 

The average price per paintbrush for July 2015 was $14.01, down 17 percent from $16.91 for July 2014. The average price for the first seven months of 2015 was $12.37, down 25 percent from $16.55 recorded for the first seven months of 2014.

 

 

 

July 2015 Export Chart

 

 

Click here for entire July 2015

Import/Export Statistics

 

 

 



 

From Mill-Rose:
Clean-Fit Products Has New Responsive Website


 

Mill-Rose Website

 

 

 

Clean-Fit Products, a supplier of brushes, abrasives, thread sealants and specialty tools to the plumbing/heating/cooling industry, has a new website using responsive technologies.

 

CleanFit.com provides fast access to a complete selection of tools used by plumbing, heating and cooling contractors, and do-it-yourselfers. The website includes product photographs, illustrations and reference information on over 2,000 Clean-Fit products. This includes the new Blue Monster products, a high-performance line of abrasives, thread sealants and brushes,” according to the company.

 

“Instructions and videos for more effective use of Clean-Fit products are also included on the website. The website has been crafted for a better use experience,” said Greg Miller, general manager of Clean-Fit Products.

 

Clean-Fit Products is a division of The Mill-Rose Company, a supplier of PTFE thread sealants, and a manufacturer of twisted-in-wire brushes in the United States.

 

 

Visit www.millrose.com for more information.

 


 

 

 

 



 

Abtex Corp. Hires Controller And Purchasing Agent

 

Lyell Adler & Shirley Bendura

Lyell Adler and Shirley Bendura

 


Abtex Corp., of Dresden, NY, has hired a new controller and a new purchasing agent.

 

The controller, overseeing all financial operations and controls, is Lyell Adler, of Waterloo, NY. He comes to Abtex from Mettler-Toledo High-Speed of Ithaca, NY, where he held a similar position.

 

Adler has more than two decades of financial experience in manufacturing. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and is a certified management accountant and a member of the Institute of Management Accountants.

 

Shirley Bendura has been hired as purchasing agent, managing the procurement of all materials used in the manufacturing of Abtex’s deburring brushes. She is a former Abtex employee who spent the previous four years in a similar role with Z-Axis, in Phelps, NY. She holds a degree from Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA.

 

Abtex Corporation supplies filament brushes and custom-designed deburring machines for a variety of machined-part, aluminum-extrusion, fine-blanked, and powder-metal applications.

 

 

Visit www.abtex.com for more information.

 


 

 

 

 



 

 

United Rotary Brush Acquires
Road And Gutter Broom Assets

 

United Rotary Brush Corp. Logo


 

Asaf Salama, president of United Rotary Brush, has announced the acquisition of the assets of Road and Gutter Broom from Hurley Brush Company, Inc., d/b/a Three B Brush Corp., a family-owned business headquartered in Lubbock, TX. Three B Brush is a manufacturer of after-market street sweeping brooms in the Southwest.

 

In 2010, United Rotary Brush purchased American Rotary Broom. URB also expanded in 2014 by purchasing the operating assets of Glendale, AZ-based West Coast Equipment.


United Rotary Brush Corporation is headquartered in Lenexa, KS, with seven locations throughout the United States and Canada. It is a manufacturer of rotary brooms used for street sweeping, road maintenance, facilities management and airport runway maintenance. The company also provides custom-engineered brushes used in the metals processing, automotive, food, plastic, cement and solid waste management industries.

 

 

Visit www.united-rotary.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Alice Marks Celebrates 50 Years With Wooster Brush

 

Alice Marks

Alice Marks

 


Alice Marks recently celebrated her 50th year of employment at The Wooster Brush Company. She began work after graduating from Smithville High School in 1965. She has worked in several departments, including brush setup for 10 years. Marks currently works in the brush finishing department, helping to package and box brushes.

 

Over the years, she has seen the three-time expansion of her department, as well as a shift in employees as people retired. She credits Wooster Brush’s great benefits and great people for making work a memorable experience.

 

“I’ve made a lot of friends. I’ll miss them,” she said. “We’ve never had any layoffs. That’s good. Soon, we’re going to have our annual profit sharing. That’s good. My time here has gone really fast, really, really fast.”

 

She hasn’t yet set a date for retirement. Marks and her husband have one daughter, who teaches art.

 

She is the 15th person in Wooster Brush’s 164-year history to have reached this milestone. The average length of service for employees of Wooster Brush is 16 years.

 

 

Visit www.woosterbrush.com for more information.

 

 

 

 



 

 

PFERD Appoints Maria Cartier To Head U.S. Marketing

 

Maria Cartier

Maria Cartier

 

 

Gene Huegin, president of PFERD INC., has announced that Maria Cartier has been named marketing manager of the company’s U.S. operations, headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. She will report to Huegin until a new vice president of sales is named for PFERD early next year.

 

Cartier has over 20 years marketing experience. She most recently served as marketing manager at Walter USA. She has held several other marketing positions, including director of marketing for an international medical device manufacturer.

 

Cartier earned a B.A. degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and she speaks fluent German.

 

PFERD is the wholly owned subsidiary of August Rüggeberg GmbH and Co., a 216-year-old family-owned business in Marienheide, Germany. It has been operating in the United States for over 30 years. The company designs and manufactures abrasive and industrial brush products.

 

 

Visit www.pferdusa.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Osborn Hires Joseph Langlois As Director Of Sales

 

Joseph Langlois

Joseph Langlois

 

 

Osborn, a supplier of industrial brushes, polishing compounds and buffs, has hired Joseph Langlois as director of sales for its Primary Metals division.

 

Langlois’ responsibilities include overseeing the sales of primary metal products in the North American market. Langlois has more than 18 years of experience in the steel industry, seven of which were spent at Heraeus Electro-Nite, where he worked as a sales engineer and a regional sales manager.

 

In 2007, Langlois was selected and completed the Heraeus Leadership Advancement Program. He received the Vusuvius USA Sales Award in 2001.

 

Langlois lives in Valparaiso, IN. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Southeastern Louisiana University.

 

Osborn is a supplier of surface treatment solutions and high-quality finishing tools for industrial and commercial applications. This includes metal finishing, honing and surface polishing.

 

 

Visit www.osborn.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Malish Corporation Has New Janitorial/Foodservice Catalog

 

Malish Corporation Catalog

 

 

The Malish Corporation has a new 40-page catalog focusing on its foodservice and janitorial products.

 

The catalog is divided into four sections: Color-Coded Foodservice Brushes; Grill and Pizza Oven Brushes; Mops, Buckets & Accessories; and Janitorial Brushes.

 

Malish also offers products ranging from iron handle scrubs (in 5 colors), twisted-wire brushes, pastry and basting brushes, Broiler King jumbo grill brushes, cut-end blend mops, heavy-duty floor sweeps, angle brooms, floor and window squeegees, handles and handle accessories and more.

 

“Our recent acquisition of Brooms & Brushes International inspired us to create an all-new catalog to include the new line of quality grill brushes. At the same time, we broadened our selection of HACCP-compliant color-coded brushes, added a line of mops and buckets and tweaked our already extensive line of janitorial products. The end result is our largest offering ever,” Malish Vice President of Sales & Marketing Fred Lombardi said.

 

The catalog can be viewed and downloaded now at www.malish.com.

 

Founded in 1948, The Malish Corporation specializes in the manufacturing of cylinder/rotary/disc brushes and accessories, foodservice and janitorial maintenance brushes, and the Diamabrush™ by Malish Floor Preparation System.
Headquartered in Willoughby, OH, Malish operates manufacturing and distribution facilities in North America, Asia and Europe.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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