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By Harrell Kerkhoff, Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine Editor


As the American Brush Manufacturers Association nears its 100th anniversary in 2017, newly-elected ABMA President Jeff Malish remains proud of the association’s history as well as optimistic about its future.

 

Malish, who is also president/CEO of The Malish Corporation, located in Willoughby, OH, was elected to a two-year term as ABMA president during the association’s 2013 annual convention in Miami Beach, FL.

 

Malish was recently interviewed by Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine and spoke of his goals as ABMA president, and what the association means to not only the brush and related industries, but his family and company as well.

 

“As a child, my parents took me to my first ABMA Annual Convention around 1975, and I have attended on a regular basis since 1994,” Malish said. “I have remained extremely fond of ABMA and all of its members. It’s such a wonderful association, and holds a near and dear place in my heart.

 

Jeff Malish

ABMA's new president, Jeff Malish.

 

 

“It was an honor, when asked, to go through the process that ultimately led to my becoming president. I also felt it was my duty and responsibility as an American manufacturer. ABMA has always shown great support for manufacturing in the United States.”

 

Among the many different products produced by The Malish Corporation are rotary brushes and accessories used within the sanitary maintenance industry.

 

Malish is following in his father’s footsteps as ABMA president. Terry Malish, who remains chairman of the board at The Malish Corporation, served as the association’s president from 1981 to 1983.

 

“It’s both an honor and privilege to follow in the path of many great ABMA presidents, including my father. I will do my best to fill all of those very big shoes,” Malish said.

 

As president, Malish sees the main role of ABMA to be that of supporting member companies — whether they are manufacturers or suppliers — and to help them with pertinent issues.

 

“Today’s business world is much different from 10, 20 and 30 years ago. Therefore, it’s important that ABMA continues to help its members adapt and focus on the needs ahead,” Malish said. “Providing value is essential for ABMA. This is done several ways, such as through the association’s annual convention, various educational opportunities, access to freight and transportation consultants, credit card programs that provide members with large savings, access to industry safety standards, access to key industry statistics, and providing many networking opportunities.

 

“The latter benefit is cited the most when members are asked what they truly gain by attending the ABMA Annual Convention. The networking opportunities provided at this venue have been critical in building many strong relationships.”

 

He added it’s important people realize that ABMA is not just for brush makers and suppliers. Many current members come from the mop, broom and related industries.

 

There are three key objectives Malish has set for his ABMA presidency.

No. 1 is to help maintain and grow the association’s membership base.

 

“To accomplish this objective, it remains vital that we continue to promote both the value and the many benefits of ABMA membership. I have found that once people know and understand what ABMA is all about, they join,” Malish said. “It’s important that ABMA remains a healthy organization. Our association has been able to buck the trend found with many other associations that have experienced membership declines.

 


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“ABMA is maintaining its membership base, growing and becoming stronger. Current marketing efforts, such as telephone calls to non-members discussing the benefits of ABMA, are really paying off.”

 

Maintaining and improving the ABMA Annual Convention’s already high level of quality is the No. 2 objective for Malish.

 

“The last few ABMA Annual Conventions have been fantastic. They have always been good, but I feel we, as an association, have been progressively getting better in this area. (ABMA Executive Director) Dave Parr and his team have done a wonderful job. It’s important to maintain a high level of quality programs for the convention as this is our one signature event.”

 

The No. 3 objective for Malish as president is helping the association make a strong push toward its 100th anniversary celebration. Although Malish’s term as ABMA president will expire prior to 2017, he looks forward to helping build the momentum for this milestone event.

 

“It’s important that the table is set for those individuals who will be in charge during the centennial year. We are all expecting big things for this celebration,” he said.

 

Learning From The Past,

Planning For The Future

 

Jeff Malish learned early on the value of attending committee meetings that regularly take place during the ABMA Annual Convention. Being at such meetings on a yearly basis as a young adult gave him a strong awareness of the association’s value, and provided him with a greater insight into the different industries that ABMA covers. Attendance at these meetings also helped Malish become more involved with the association.

 

“I have found that the more you are involved with something, the more you get out of it, which is incredibly important,” he said.

 

This involvement eventually led to leadership positions within the association, starting with a term as secretary/treasurer of the ABMA Industrial & Maintenance Division in 1999. In 2001, Malish became the division’s Vice Chair, and later Chair, which meant he also served on the ABMA Board of Directors.

 

Several years after Malish’s first term on the Board expired he was asked by an ABMA nominating committee if he would be interested in serving on the board again, which eventually led to his current term as president.

 

Now in this role, Malish sees a continued need for ABMA to offer programs that help educate members about key issues of today.

 

“Every year it becomes more difficult to conduct business and manufacture products in the United States. This is true not only for brush manufacturers, but many other industries as well. Yet, the U.S. brush industry has continued to survive for generations,” Malish said. “I feel there are many positives about our association, our businesses and the relationships that are built which help us all bond together and remain successful.”

 

Despite slow economic times for many areas in the United States over the past five or so years, Malish does see positive signs taking place among certain U.S. manufacturing segments. This includes northeast Ohio where The Malish Corporation is located.

 

“Manufacturing businesses, in general, in our part of the country are experiencing some very solid growth numbers. This is taking place over different segments of business. It includes machine shops, printers, brush makers, etc. It’s been a huge benefit to our local economy as well as the U.S. economy in general,” he said. “There are factors in place making the United States more competitive. The currency exchange rate between China and the United States has moved into the favor of U.S. manufacturing. Also, higher freight rates have increased the cost of products imported from China. These factors are helping bring some manufacturing back to the United States, and I see this as being a very good trend.”

 

Malish shared some basic principles that he has found to hold true in both life and business that he hopes to utilize during his term as ABMA president. This includes the “Golden Rule” of treating people fairly; following the philosophy that states, “Anything worth doing is worth doing right;” and helping in the association’s efforts to provide great value for its membership.

 

“These are some key aspects that I will work on as ABMA moves forward,” Malish said.


 

 

Imports Mostly Up, While Exports Trend Down For First Month Of 2013

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

 

Trade data released by the U.S. government indicated that in January 2013 raw material imports were up in two of the four categories outlined, while one remained the same, compared to January 2012.


Import totals for January 2013 were up in five of the eight finished goods categories outlined from January 2012.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

U.S. companies imported 61,547 kilograms of hog bristle during January 2013, up 67 percent from 36,748 kilograms imported in January 2012.

 

China exported all of the hog bristle to the United States in January 2013.

 

The average price per kilogram for January 2013 was $8.75 cents, down 13 percent from $10.07 for January 2012.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during January 2013 was 1.3 million, the same as imported in January 2012.

 

Indonesia exported 456,532 broom and mop handles to the United States in January 2013. Meanwhile Brazil sent 439,481, China shipped 254,032, and Honduras exported 131,011.

 

The average price per handle for January 2013 was 79 cents, down 17 percent from 95 cents for January 2012.

Brush Backs
January 2013 imports of brush backs totaled 224,629, down 69 percent from the January 2012 total of 714,135 brush backs.

 

The Unites States imported 135,769 brush backs from Canada during January 2013, while Sri Lanka sent the remainder.

 

The average price per brush back was 53 cents during January 2013, up 10 percent from the average price for January 2012 of 48 cents.

Metal Handles
The import total of metal handles during January 2013 was 2 million, up 33 percent from the January 2012 total of 1.5 million.

 

The United States imported 1.2 million metal handles from Italy and 361,890 from China during January 2013.

 

The average price per handle for January 2013 was 59 cents, down 40 percent from 99 cents for January 2012.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn
Valued At Less Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 3,336 brooms of broom corn valued at less than 96 cents per broom during January 2013, down 90 percent from 32,016 for January 2012.

 

Mexico shipped all the brooms of broom corn valued at less than 96 cents per broom imported to the United States in January 2013.

 

The average price per broom for January 2013 was 85 cents, up 1 cent from January 2012.

Brooms Of Broom Corn
Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 705,863 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during January 2013, up 17 percent from 601,043 for January 2012.

 

Mexico shipped 692,671 brooms to the United States in January 2013.

 

The average price per broom for January 2013 was $2.36, down 2 percent from $2.40 for January 2012.

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

U.S. companies imported 168,063 brooms and brushes of vegetable material in January 2013, up 22 percent from 137,612 imported in January 2012.

 

In January 2013, Sri Lanka sent 53,709 to the United States, while Estonia shipped 46,516.

 

The average price per unit for January 2013 was $1.25, up 9 percent from the average price for January 2012 of $1.15.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 109.5 million toothbrushes in January 2013, up 10 percent from 99.2 million imported in January 2012.

 

In January 2013, China shipped 82.5 million toothbrushes to the United States, while Vietnam sent 11.1 million.

 

The average price per toothbrush for January 2013 was 19 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for January 2012.

 

Hairbrushes
January 2013 imports of hairbrushes totaled 4.3 million, down 2 percent from the January 2012 total of 4.4 million hairbrushes.

 

China shipped 4.1 million hairbrushes to the United States during January 2013.

 

The average price per hairbrush was 30 cents during January 2013, up 1 cent from the average price for January 2012.

 

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Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 7.6 million shaving brushes in January 2013, down 18 percent from 9.3 million imported in January 2012.

 

South Korea sent 5 million shaving brushes to the United States during January 2013, while China sent 1.5 million.

 

The average price per shaving brush for January 2013 was 9 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for January 2012.

Paint Rollers

January 2013 imports of paint rollers totaled 4.9 million, up 40 percent from the January 2012 total of 3.5 million paint rollers.

 

China shipped 4.3 million paint rollers to the United States during January 2013, while Mexico sent 420,246.

 

The average price per paint roller was 44 cents during January 2013, down 17 percent from the average price for January 2012 of 53 cents.

Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 19.4 million paintbrushes during January 2013, up 7 percent from 18.2 million brushes imported during January 2012.

 

In January 2013, China shipped 16.1 million paintbrushes to the United States.

 

The average price per paintbrush for January 2013 was 33 cents, up 22 percent from the January 2012 average price of 27 cents.


– EXPORTS –

 

U.S. export totals for January 2013 were down in three of the five categories outlined, compared to January 2012, according to government trade data.

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 5,542 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during January 2013, down 83 percent from the January 2012 total of 32,283 dozen.

 

Canada received 2,571 dozen brooms and brushes from the United States in January 2013, while Brazil imported 1,330 dozen.

 

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $39.55 in January 2013, compared to $34.03 for January 2012, up 16 percent.

Toothbrushes

During January 2013, the United States exported 18.6 million toothbrushes, up 82 percent from the total recorded in January 2012 of 10.2 million.

 

In January 2013, Canada imported 10.5 million toothbrushes from the United States, while Switzerland imported 2.1 million and Mexico received 1.8 million.

 

The average price per toothbrush for January 2013 was 46 cents, down 21 percent from the January 2012 average price of 58 cents.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.3 million shaving brushes during January 2013, down 54 percent from 2.8 million shaving brushes exported for January 2012.

 

Mexico imported 490,418 shaving brushes from the United States during January 2013, while Canada received 277,560.

 

The average price per shaving brush for January 2013 was 71 cents, up 42 percent from the average price for January 2012 of 50 cents.

Artist Brushes

January 2013 exports of artist brushes totaled 833,515, up 78 percent from the January 2012 total of 467,915 artist brushes.

 

Canada received 495,264 artist brushes from the United States during January 2013, while Mexico imported 122,466.

 

The average price per artist brush was $2.46 during January 2013, down 28 percent from the average price for January 2012 of $3.42.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during January 2013 was 94,820, down 35 percent from 145,065 paintbrush exports recorded for January 2012.

 

During January 2013, Canada imported 32,011 paintbrushes from the United States, while The Netherlands received 18,519 and The United Kingdom imported 12,044.

 

The average price per paintbrush for January 2013 was $17.29, up 40 percent from $12.38 for January 2012.

 

 

January 2013 IE Data

 

Click here for entire January Export/Import Statistics

 

 



Loos & Jewel Wire Announce Two Promotions

 

The Jewel Wire Division of Loos & Company has announced the promotion of Mike Fredrickson as the Wire Division sales manager. Fredrickson is nearing his 30th year in the wire, wire rope, and cable assembly industry.

 

With tutelage from Jewel Wire’s Sam Dixon and Dave Fournier, Fredrickson has been transitioning into his new role. He began his career in the early 1980s as a wire drawing operator in the Loos & Company Wire Mill, and has risen through the ranks of production and sales.

 

Fredrickson has spent time as a product manager focusing on cable assembly sales, and as an account manager of the Eastern Region for the Wire Rope and Cableware® Divisions of Loos & Company.

 

The Jewel Wire Division of Loos & Company also announced the promotion of Joe Stagon as the Wire Division general manager. Stagon has spent a majority of his career in the wire and wire forming industry.

 

Prior to joining Loos & Company as the assistant manager of the wire mill just over two years ago, Stagon was in charge of the coiled pin, cold heading and CNC machining division of Spirol International, in Danielson, CT. Previous to Spirol International, Stagon was a manager at Hoover Precision Products, where his focus was in cold heading, wire drawing, and shaped wire products.

 

 

Mike

Shown, left to right, are Mike Fredrickson and Joe Stagon of Jewel Wire Division of Loos & Company.


 

 

 

 



Brush Research Appoints New
National Accounts Manager

 

Brush Research Manufacturing Co., Inc,. has announced the appointment of Jonathan Borden to the position of national accounts manager. Borden is transitioning into this sales and support post from the operations and IT side of BRM's business.

 

In addition to working with key distributors and OEM accounts, Borden will assume responsibility for directing Brush Research's network of independent industrial and automotive sales rep organizations.

 

Borden holds a BS from Pepperdine University School of Business and is a current master's candidate. He will report to Michael Miller, vice president of global sales in his new position.

 

Visit www.brushresearch.com for more company information.

 


 

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Jonathan Borden has been named national accounts manager of Brush Research Manufacturing Co., Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



ISSA/INTERCLEAN Announces Changes For 2013

 

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ISSA has announced that it has expanded its ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America trade show hours in response to attendee and exhibitor demand for more time to network and share new innovation. The event is produced by ISSA and its trade show partner, Amsterdam RAI.

 

Starting at the 2013 event, November 18-21 in Las Vegas, NV, there will be additional hours built into the week’s three-day trade show schedule. The expansion is the result of attendee convention surveys reporting there was not enough time on the show floor to conduct meetings and visit exhibitors. The ISSA/INTERCLEAN Committee, made up of a mix of senior, large and small, nonboard-member attendees and exhibitors, also made the recommendation.

 

This year will follow a Monday through Thursday schedule, based on the convention center’s availability. New interactive tools will be available after registration opens in May to make planning easier for attendees.

 

Another new feature is a new area where attendees can secure private meeting space or connect with peers in a central lounge located on the trade show floor.

 

This year, ISSA is offering three days of keynote addresses. They will feature a mix of motivational executive advice and entertainment speakers.

 

Attendees will hear from former Blue Angel pilot John Foley, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, and magician and endurance artist David Blaine. This year’s keynotes will be hosted on the trade show floor, allowing attendees faster access to the exhibits and further centralizing the event.

 

Co-location partner, Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI), also will host Contractor Day at the show on Thursday, November 21. There will be a number of contractor-specific opportunities available for attendees (more details will be available from BSCAI in June). The association also will co-sponsor David Blaine’s keynote address, taking place that morning.

 

IEHA and the Association of Residential Cleaning Services International also will return in 2013 to co-locate their annual events with ISSA/INTERCLEAN, while additional distributor marketing groups will hold events throughout the week.

 

The 2013 ISSA/INTERCLEAN schedule of events include:

 

Monday, November 18

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

ISSA Convention Education

 

Tuesday, November 19

8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

John Foley Keynote

 

9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hours (including trade show floor education)

 

Wednesday, November 20

8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Tony Hsieh Keynote

 

9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hours (including trade show floor education)

 

Thursday, November 21

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

David Blaine Keynote

 

9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hours (including trade show floor education)

 

 

Visit www.issa.com/show for more information.

 

 

 



PFERD Launches TOOL MOBILE Program In North America

 

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Kevin Kolb, PFERD applications specialist, is shown with the new PFERD TOOL MOBILE
vehicle, which is now visiting customers' sites in the Midwest.

 

 

PFERD, a provider of metal finishing applications solutions, has announced a new TOOL MOBILE program in North America.

 

Spokespeople say that with the addition of the TOOL MOBILE, applications specialists now have the resources to instantly address and troubleshoot challenges on-site.

 

The TOOL MOBILE also supports product demonstrations and end-user product and safety training.

 

The TOOL MOBILE is manned by Kevin Kolb, who has nearly a decade of experience as a PFERD applications specialist and sales representative. The TOOL MOBILE is initially concentrating on a 250-mile radius around Chicago, IL. PFERD plans to expand the program to include additional vehicles nationwide.

 

PFERD INC. is the U.S. subsidiary of August Rüggeberg GmbH & Co. of Marienheide, Germany, a 214-year-old company that specializes in the design and manufacture of quality abrasive products, cutting tools, industrial and maintenance brushes and power tools. ADVANCE BRUSH is a subsidiary of PFERD INC.

 

Visit www.pferdusa.com/toolmobile.

 

 



Malish Wins “Most Innovative” Award From Chudy Paper

 

Chudy Paper, a 100-year-old distributor of food service disposables, janitorial supplies and maintenance equipment, recently awarded The Malish Corporation their "Most Innovative" award at a recent vendor day.

 

The award recognized the Diamabrush By Malish™ Floor Restoration System.

 

Chudy CEO Frank Michalski said, "The Diamabrush By Malish line opens up new markets for us in concrete floor restoration. We have not found anything like it in the market. The icing on the cake is that the margins are great as well.”

 

Malish Northeast Regional Director of Sales Chris Shaw accepted the award on behalf of Malish.

 

The Diamabrush By Malish line consists of a system of concrete prep and polishing tools that are used on standard floor maintenance equipment to keep concrete floors smooth and shining with routine maintenance. In addition, the line also includes wood and mastic removal tools.

 

Visit www.malish.com for more company information.

 


 

Gordon Brush Footmate

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2013 Calendar