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Jan13 Mainhead


By Harrell Kerkhoff, Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine Editor

 

After 113 years of producing various types of cleaning tools, Harper Brush Works has new life. With the purchase of Harper’s assets in late 2012 by Cequent Consumer Products, manufacturing continues at Harper’s Fairfield, IA, facility and plans for the future include additional capacity. Harper had been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since May 2012 prior to the purchase by Cequent.

Jeff Malish

“Our medium-term goal is to consolidate the two current Harper Brush Works’ plants in Fairfield into one main facility. The objective is to improve efficiency. This change hasn’t begun yet, but our plan is obviously to maintain Harper’s production in Fairfield. (Cequent) will be investing approximately $750,000 in this facility,” Cequent Senior Product Manager Mark Horton said. “The people at Harper have a lot of expertise when it comes to making cleaning products such as various types of brushes and brooms. In many respects, it will be business as usual.”

 

Harper was the second cleaning tool brand Cequent purchased in 2012. Laitner Brush, an American broom and brush manufacturer since 1855, was acquired by Cequent in February 2012. With the combination of Harper and Laitner, Cequent now has over 270 years of history and expertise in the broom and brush category to advance its market penetration strategies.

Cequent officials showcased the Harper and Laitner brands for the first time together during last May’s National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV.

 

Horton is in charge of looking after both the Harper and Laitner transition.

 

“There are different plans in place when it comes to Harper and Laitner, some of which are in different phases of implementation,” Horton said. “For example, a lot of the product assembly for Laitner Brush is moving to Harper’s Fairfield facility. Laitner sources a few more components from overseas than Harper, but our overall objective for 2013 is have as much production take place as we can in Fairfield.”

 

Cequent Consumer Products, Inc., is a division of Trimas Corporation (NASDAQ: TRS), located in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Cequent itself is headquartered in Solon, OH, and is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer goods and automotive aftermarket products.

 

For more than 85 years, Cequent Consumer Products has produced such items as towing and hitch systems, trailer components and accessories, wiring, lighting and brake systems, cargo securing and carrying products, rack systems, as well as household and industrial brooms and brushes. Many established brands are sold through automotive retailers nationwide. These brands include: Reese Towpower, Reese Carry Power, Reese PowerSports, Highland, Aqua-Clear, Rola, Fulton and Bulldog.

 

“Acquiring Harper and Laitner, companies with strong brand names, give us an opportunity to add to our cleaning tool product offering,” Cequent Consumer Products President John Aleva said. “We have been leaders in the automotive market for years, and now we are strategically paving the way to become a leading manufacturer and distributor of cleaning tool products for both residential and industrial markets.”

 

 

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Since 1900, Harper Brush Works has been manufacturing high quality cleaning tools for the retail and commercial markets. The company was founded by entrepreneur Alphonso K. “A.K.” Harper in Fairfield over a century ago. At 20 years of age, he was inspired to improve the cleaning tools that his mother was using. Harper’s brushes blossomed with the aid of local college students who were hired as part-time workers. A.K. Harper then sold his products in the early 1900s from wagons. Harper Brush Works continued to expand over the years, focusing on producing high-end and innovative products.

 

In May 2012, however, the company began operating under Chapter 11 protection, citing debt brought on from expansion efforts and the loss of a significant retail customer.

 

Cequent officials are now working to make sure that the focus on quality and innovation at Harper remains.

 

“We have a team of people helping build the Harper brand going forward. This includes engineering, marketing, graphics and others, in the Solon office, in addition to the production team in Iowa. The goal is to add innovation and new product development,” Horton said. “We have also streamlined our product offering to focus on our core markets, and we printed a new combined product catalog for our two cleaning brands.

 

“There is a focus at Harper to get back to the core of what the company does best, what has built its strong reputation. Push brooms are obviously a mainstay at Harper, but the company is also well known for offering a full line of commercial mops, angled and corn brooms, wash brushes, dust pans, buckets, etc.”

 

A major market segment for Harper will remain heavy-duty commercial end-users, with its products being sold through janitorial/sanitary and industrial supply distributors. Certain parts of the retail market will also remain open for the company, according to Horton.

 

“Harper’s tagline is, ‘Durability Pros Rely On.’ This highlights the brand’s target market which is the professional user,” he added. “Harper’s products have an incredibly loyal group of followers in the independent distributor world, especially in the Midwest. These customers really know the difference between quality and just a plain broom. They will continue to find that quality within Harper’s product mix. This is a development that has taken place over the course of 100-plus years.”

 

Horton said Laitner has also greatly focused on quality over the brand’s long history and is geared today more toward what he calls, “the weekend warrior.” Laitner’s products are commonly used to clean around the home, etc.

 

“At Cequent, we have ultimately gathered together over 270-years of manufacturing knowledge and expertise between Harper and Laitner,” he said. “Officials at Cequent were only looking to acquire companies that had a reputation for producing higher-end products. Cequent’s brands in the automotive world are very quality-focused — bringing innovation to the market and providing reliable, durable items. The Harper and Laitner brands fit very well into Cequent’s collection.”

 

Changes have recently been made to update Harper’s Website and logo.

 

Harper Logo

Harper Brush's new logo.


 

“We maintained (the logo’s) shape and red heritage, but strengthened the letters within the logo to really stamp home the seriousness and professional nature of the brand. The date (1900) that Harper was established was also added to the logo to maintain the brand’s heritage. This is very important,” Horton said.

 

Visit www.harperbrush.com and www.cequentconsumerproducts.com for more information.


 

 

Import/Export Totals Mostly Down For First Quarter Of 2013

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Including complete list of March

Import/Export Statistics

 

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

 

U.S. government trade figures for the first quarter of 2013 indicate raw material imports were up in two categories outlined: hog bristle and metal handles, compared to the first quarter of 2012. For March 2013, raw material imports were also up in two categories outlined: hog bristle and metal handles, compared to March 2012.

 

Import totals for the first quarter of 2013 were down in four finished goods categories outlined: brooms of broom corn valued at less than 96 cents, toothbrushes, hairbrushes and shaving brushes, compared to the same time period in 2012. In March 2013, six categories outlined recorded decreases: brooms of broom corn valued at less than 96 cents, brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, paint rollers and paintbrushes, compared to March 2012.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 11,251 kilograms of hog bristle in March 2013, up 25 percent from 8,980 kilograms imported in March 2012. During the first quarter of 2013, 100,092 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, a 34 percent increase from 74,837 kilograms imported during the first quarter of 2012.

 

China was the only country that sent hog bristle to the United States during the first quarter of 2013.

 

The average price per kilogram for March 2013 was $20.24, up 58 percent from the average price per kilogram for March 2012 of $12.77. The average price per kilogram for the first quarter of 2013 was $13.46, up 38 percent from the average price per kilogram of $9.77 for the first quarter of 2012.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during March 2013 was 894,771, down 25 percent from 1.2 million for March 2012. During the first quarter of 2013, 3 million broom and mop handles were imported, down 12 percent from 3.4 million for the first quarter of 2012.

 

During the first quarter of 2013, the United States received 1 million broom and mop handles from Brazil, 654,133 from Indonesia, 649,537 from Honduras and 600,284 from China.

 

The average price per handle for March 2013 was 86 cents, up 28 percent from the average price for March 2012 of 67 cents. The average price for the first quarter of 2013 was 78 cents, down 1 cent from the first quarter of 2012.

Brush Backs

March 2013 imports of brush backs totaled 395,856, down 51 percent from 805,805 for March 2012. During the first quarter of 2013, 1.1 million brush backs were imported, down 42 percent from 1.9 million for the first quarter of 2012.

 

Canada shipped 728,770 brush backs to the United States during the first quarter of 2013, while Sri Lanka shipped 340,397.

 

The average price per brush back was 53 cents during March 2013, up 4 percent from the average price for March 2012 of 51 cents. For the first quarter of 2013, the average price per brush back was 50 cents, up 4 percent from 48 cents for the first quarter of 2012.


Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during March 2013 was 2.2 million, up 29 percent from 1.7 million for March 2012. During the first quarter of 2013, 6.3 million metal handles were imported, up 47 percent from 4.3 million for the first quarter of 2012.

 

During the first quarter of 2013, Italy sent 4.8 million metal handles to the United States, while China sent 841,375.

 

The average price per handle for March 2013 was 58 cents, down 18 percent from 71 cents for March 2012. The average price for the first quarter of 2013 was 61 cents, down 30 percent from 87 cents for the first quarter of 2012.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn
Valued At Less Than 96 Cents

The import total of brooms of broom corn valued at less than 96 cents per broom for March 2013 was 4,860, down 90 percent from 47,388 for March 2012. During the first quarter of 2013, 8,196 brooms of broom corn were imported, down 91 percent from 88,200 imported during the first quarter of 2012.

 

All the brooms were imported from Mexico.

 

The average price per broom for March 2013 was 88 cents, down 8 percent from 96 cents for March 2012. The average price per broom for the first quarter of 2013 was 86 cents, down 5 percent from 91 cents from first quarter of 2012.

Brooms Of Broom Corn
Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 551,598 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during March 2013, down 10 percent from 611,473 for March 2012. During the first quarter of 2013, 1.9 million brooms of broom corn were imported, the same as during the first quarter of 2012.

 

Mexico shipped 1.8 million brooms to the United States during the first quarter of 2013, while Honduras sent 29,712.

 

The average price per broom for March 2013 was $2.46, down 1 cent from the average price for March 2012. The average price per broom for the first quarter of 2013 was $2.40, down 2 percent from $2.45 for the first quarter of 2012.

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during March 2013 was 211,311, up 138 percent from 88,914 brooms and brushes imported during March 2012. During the first quarter of 2013, 580,814 brooms and brushes were imported, up 38 percent from 420,405 imported during the first quarter of 2012.

 

Sri Lanka exported 369,918 brooms and brushes to the United States during the first quarter of 2013.

 

The average price per unit for March 2013 was $1.22, down 12 percent from $1.39 for March 2012. The average price for the first quarter of 2013 was $1.25, up 4 percent from the average price recorded for the first quarter of 2012 of $1.20.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 64.7 million toothbrushes in March 2013, down 29 percent from 91.4 million imported in March 2012. During the first quarter of 2013, 255.1 million toothbrushes were imported, down 9 percent from 281.7 million imported during the first quarter of 2012.

 

China sent 190.2 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first quarter of 2013. Also shipping toothbrushes to the United States were Vietnam, 19 million and Switzerland, 14.5 million.

 

The average price per toothbrush for March 2013 was 26 cents, up 30 percent from the average price for March 2012 of 20 cents. The average price for the first quarter of 2013 was 22 cents, up 22 percent from 18 cents for the first quarter of 2012.

 

Hairbrushes

March 2013 imports of hairbrushes totaled 1.5 million, down 52 percent from the March 2012 total of 3.1 million hairbrushes. During the first quarter of 2013, 9.6 million hairbrushes were imported, down 28 percent from 13.4 million for the first quarter of 2012.

 

China shipped 9.1 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first quarter of 2013.

 

The average price per hairbrush was 31 cents during March 2013, up 19 percent from 26 cents for March 2012. For the first quarter of 2013, the average price per hairbrush was 28 cents, up 12 percent from 25 cents for the first quarter of 2012.

 

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Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 3.6 million shaving brushes in March 2013, up 3 percent from 3.5 million imported in March 2012. During the first quarter of 2013, 15 million shaving brushes were imported, down 10 percent from 16.7 million imported during the first quarter of 2012.

 

China sent 6.2 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first quarter of 2013, while South Korea shipped 5.1 million and Germany sent 1.7 million.

 

The average price per shaving brush for March 2013 was 15 cents, the same as the average price for March 2012 . The average price for the first quarter of 2013 was 13 cents, the same as for the first quarter of 2012.

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during March 2013 was 2.4 million, down 45 percent from 4.4 million recorded for March 2012. During the first quarter of 2013, 11.3 million paint rollers were imported, up 1 percent from 11.2 million during the first quarter of 2012.

 

China sent 9.1 million paint rollers to the United States during the first quarter of 2013, while Mexico exported 1.6 million.

 

The average price per paint roller for March 2013 was 67 cents, up 72 percent from 39 cents for March 2012. The average price for the first quarter of 2013 was 51 cents, up 6 percent from the average price recorded for the first quarter of 2012 of 48 cents.

Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 17.5 million paintbrushes during March 2013, down 6 percent from 18.6 million paintbrushes imported during March 2012. Paintbrush imports for the first quarter of 2013 were 56.2 million, up 17 percent from 47.9 million recorded for the first quarter of 2012.

 

China shipped 42.9 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first quarter of 2013, while Costa Rica exported 6.7 million and Indonesia shipped 4.6 million.

 

The average price per paintbrush for March 2013 was 25 cents, down 7 percent from the average price for March 2012 of 27 cents. The average price for the first quarter of 2013 was 29 cents, the same as the average price for the first quarter of 2012.


– EXPORTS –

 

Export totals for the first quarter of 2013 were down in three categories outlined: broom and brushes of vegetable materials, shaving brushes and paintbrushes, compared to the first quarter of 2012. In March 2013, three categories outlined reported decreases: broom and brushes of vegetable materials, shaving brushes and paintbrushes, compared to March 2012.

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 6,636 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during March 2013, down 25 percent from the March 2012 total of 8,838 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during the first quarter of 2013 were 18,514 dozen, down 63 percent from 50,601 dozen for the first quarter of 2012.

 

The United States sent 5,558 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first quarter of 2013 and 5,068 dozen to Brazil.

 

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $43.67 in March 2013, up 1 percent from $43.40 for March 2012. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for the first quarter of 2013 was $45.59, an increase of 27 percent from the average price per dozen for the first quarter of 2012 of $35.01.

Toothbrushes

During March 2013, the United States exported 16 million toothbrushes, up 8 percent from the total recorded in March 2012 of 14.8 million. During the first quarter of 2013, 49 million toothbrushes were exported, up 43 percent from 34.3 million exported during the first quarter of 2012.

 

The United States exported 22.5 million toothbrushes to Canada during the first quarter of 2013, while sending 5.8 million toothbrushes to Mexico, 4.4 million to Switzerland and 4.3 million to Germany.

 

The average price per toothbrush for March 2013 was 46 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for March 2012. The average price per toothbrush for the first quarter of 2013 was 44 cents, down 15 percent from 52 cents for the first quarter of 2012.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.4 million shaving brushes during March 2013, down 44 percent from 2.5 million shaving brushes exported for March 2012. During the first quarter of 2013, 3.8 million shaving brushes were exported, down 55 percent from 8.5 million during the first quarter of 2012.

 

Mexico imported 1.1 million shaving brushes from the United States during the first quarter of 2013, while Canada imported 913,507, and Brazil received 899,640.

 

The average price per shaving brush for March 2013 was $1.03, up 84 percent from the average price for March 2012 of 56 cents. The average price for the first quarter of 2013 was 90 cents, up 80 percent from 50 cents recorded for the first quarter of 2012.

Artist Brushes

March 2013 exports of artist brushes totaled 978,451, up 18 percent from the March 2012 total of 826,004 artist brushes. During the first quarter of 2013, 2.4 million artist brushes were exported, up 14 percent from 2.1 million for the first quarter of 2012.

 

Canada received 1.5 million artist brushes from the United States during the first quarter of 2013, while Mexico imported 233,768.

 

The average price per artist brush was $2.23 during March 2013, down 27 percent from the average price for March 2012 of $3.04. For the first quarter of 2013, the average price per artist brush was $2.52, down 14 percent from the average price for the first quarter of 2012 of $2.94.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during March 2013 was 130,549, down 39 percent from 212,294 for March 2012. During the first quarter of 2013, 322,187 paintbrushes were exported, down 37 percent from 513,749 during the first quarter of 2012.

 

Canada imported 136,447 paintbrushes from the United States during the first quarter of 2013, while The United Kingdom received 47,648 and The Netherlands imported 47,100.

 

The average price per paintbrush for March 2013 was $15.35, up 42 percent from $10.82 for March 2012. The average price for the first quarter of 2013 was $17, up 51 percent from $11.27 recorded for the first quarter of 2012.

 

 

January 2013 IE Data

 

Click here for entire March Export/Import Statistics

 

 



Nexstep Commercial Products Introduces
MaxiPlus® High Gloss Rotary Brush

 

Nexstep Commercial Products has introduced the MaxiPlus® High Gloss Rotary Brush. This new product is available in 10”-21” diameter designed specifically for daily cleaning of all high gloss floors while still maintaining floor shine.

 

The MaxiPlus® High Gloss Rotary can be used on ceramic tile, concrete, marble, quarry tile, slate, terrazzo and VCT. It is equipped with irregular bristle to assure cleaning on uneven surfaces or grout lines less than .5” in width. The main component of the brush is .016 level natural white nylon. The stripes are .022 crimped red polyester material designed for floor shine.

 

Nexstep Commercial Products provides rotary brushes, pad drivers and hardware. Nexstep Commercial Products is the exclusive licensee of O-Cedar.

 

Contact customer service for more information at 217-379-2377 or customerservice@ocedarcommercial.com.

 

 

MaxiPlus

Nexstep's new MaxiPlus® High Gloss Rotary Brush.


 

 

 

 



West Coast Brush Manufacturers
Association Meeting Set For September

 

Grand Del Mar

 

Each year West Coast brush manufacturers and suppliers attend a four-day meeting at a different locale, all part of an annual commitment to the West Coast Brush Manufacturers Association. As this year’s co-chairs, Ken and Maureen Rakusin, of Gordon Brush, Commerce, CA, have chosen The Grand Del Mar, located near the coast in northern San Diego, CA.

 

Surrounded by the coastal communities of La Jolla, Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe, the 2013 West Coast Brush Manufacturers Association meeting is scheduled from Sunday, September 22 through Thursday, September 26.

 

Tucked away on acres of protected land, complete with canyon vistas, waterfalls and ocean breezes, this luxury Southern California resort is just a short drive from top attractions such as renowned beaches and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

 

“But once here at The Grand Del Mar, when the opulence and luxury begin to sink in, you just don’t want to leave. It has a feel of an old European castle during its prime; absolute pampering and every detail is refined,” Maureen Rakusin said.

 

Ken Rakusin added: “I actually thought it was a long shot that we could make such a venue possible; but we worked hard to make it happen because we fell in love with the place…now I just wish I owned a helicopter to touch down on the landing pad near the main entrance.”

 

The West Coast Brush Manufacturers Association event will feature an opening reception overlooking rolling hills near an outdoor fire pit, a networking dinner Monday night (September 23) and a final banquet on Wednesday evening (September 25).

 

On Monday and Wednesday there will be morning meetings with topics including how to best implement the Obama Administration’s health care plan, with time set aside for one-on-one discussions between suppliers and brush manufacturers on a multitude of topics.

 

Afternoons will be set aside for golf or other networking opportunities. Monday’s golf will be at The Aviara Golf Resort, named by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as one of the best resort golf courses in America. The Aviara course overlooks the Batiquitos Lagoon nature preserve in Carlsbad, CA. The only coastal California course designed by Arnold Palmer, it features a memorable layout uniquely sculpted around rolling hillsides, native wildflowers, and plenty of bunker and water challenges.

 

A scramble golf tournament will be held Wednesday at The Grand Del Mar course. With Los Peñasquitos Canyon nearby, Tom Fazio created this course with dramatic elevations, diverse bunkering and lush fairways. Graced by Pacific breezes from the nearby coast, The Grand Golf Club is one of San Diego's premier golf resorts and is reserved exclusively for resort guests, members and villa owners.

 

Tuesday (September 24) is a free day with optional extra golf at the Torrey Pines Golf Course or the Del Mar Country Club. The hotel also features a gym, spa, pools, yoga and fitness classes, shops, bars, restaurants including the award-winning Addison restaurant, and a nightclub. Nature hikes through local trails, bicycle and horseback riding are also available, as well as shopping or beach excursions nearby.

 

The Rakusins

Maureen and Ken Rakusin

 

“Not only has the West Coast Brush Manufacturers Association Annual Meeting been good for business, but we have made lifelong friends,” Ken Rakusin said. “The networking event is something we look forward to every year. It makes us all appreciate our industry and how fun and fruitful it can be.”

 

Those interested in attending are urged to call the resort at 855-314-2030, option 2, and request the West Coast Brush Manufacturers Association’s reduced rate of $295 per night. Reservations at this special rate are not available online. There is no resort fee with this rate and self-parking is free. The Grand Del Mar Resort and Spa is located at 5299 Meadows Del Mar, San Diego, CA 92130.

 

Contact Gordon Brush President and CEO Ken Rakusin for more information. He can be reached by email at ken@gordonbrush.com or by phone at 323-724-7777.

 


 

 



Zephyr SorbUp™ Wet Mop


Company spokespeople say Zephyr’s SorbUp™ Wet Mop is the mop with super absorbency. It can absorb over
700 percent, is made of 100 percent post-industrial recycled material, and does not require a break-in period.

 

Officials added that because it is less expensive than a comparable cotton mop, the SorbUp™ is a great low-cost
wet mop.

 

Visit www.zephyrmfg.com for more information.

 

Color Coded Brush Solution


 

 



William Ecker Named Chief Executive Officer
Of Unger Global Companies

 

 

Ecker

William Ecker

 


Unger Global has named William D. Ecker its new chief executive officer. Before joining Unger, Ecker was president and chief executive officer of Hartz Mountain Corporation, a manufacturer and marketer of pet care products in the United States and Canada.

 

Prior to joining Hartz Mountain, Ecker was chairman of Diam International, a designer and manufacturer of retail displays.

 

An experienced consumer products executive, Ecker held senior positions at General Foods, Unilever, and Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he was the president of Clairol's U.S. retail operations prior to joining Diam.

 

Ecker is a graduate of Penn State University and received an MBA in marketing from Northwestern University. He and his family reside in Stamford, CT.

 

Visit www.ungerglobal.com for more information.

 

 

 

 



Wooster Now Offers Jumbo-Koter® Frame
For Easier Pipe Painting

 

Pipe Painter

Wooster's Jumbo-Koter® Pipe Painter makes painting curved surfaces almost effortless.

 

Most painting tools are used for applying coatings to flat surfaces like walls and ceilings. However, the new Jumbo-Koter® Pipe Painter from Wooster can help people who need to paint round areas such as pipes, railings and posts.

 

The Pipe Painter features twin cages that coat two sides of a pipe simultaneously. These dual, smooth-spinning cage frames adjust separately in 30-degree increments to paint pipes of all sizes (the smallest being 1-inch diameter). Made of strong copolymer polypropylene, the Pipe Painter has a thumb rest for comfort. It also attaches to threaded or Sherlock GT® extension poles for added reach.

 

Like all frames in this miniroller line, the Pipe Painter works with all 4.5- and 6.5-inch Wooster Jumbo-Koter covers. Painters may choose the right Jumbo-Koter miniroller for every type of coating, including all paints, stains, waterproofing, enamels, primers, urethanes, epoxies and even floor toppings. Also, nearly all Jumbo-Koter minirollers have matching fabric choices in Wooster 9-, 14- and 18-inch roller covers.

 

The full Wooster Jumbo-Koter line is available at traditional paint and decorating centers, hardware stores and paint sundry distributors and retailers.

 

Click here to see a short demonstration video.

 

 

 

 



Sanderson MacLeod Receives
2013 Business Of The Year Honor

From Local Chamber Of Commerce

 

Sanderson MacLeod Logo

 

Sanderson MacLeod has announced that the company received the 2013 Business of the Year Award from the Quaboag Hills (MA) Chamber of Commerce. Presented on April 27, 2013, at the Eagle Hill School in Hardwick, MA, Senator Stephen Brewer, State Representative Todd Smola and Chamber President Lenny Weake were in attendance.

 

Each year, the award recognizes a business in the Quaboag region that demonstrates a commitment to community involvement, business innovation and dedication to maintaining ongoing operations within the valley.

 

“Receiving Business of the Year just reinforces Sanderson MacLeod’s commitment to the local community,” Sanderson MacLeod President Mark N. Borsari said. “Even though we face one of the most challenging political, social and economic periods in our nation’s history, we remain dedicated to our domestic manufacturing model. We know that through extraordinary teamwork, break through innovations, structured process development and hard work we can compete with any other country in the world.”

 

During the presentation, Borsari dedicated the award to Sanderson MacLeod’s employees.

 

“Those individuals working overtime right now, those who make it into work during snowstorms to make sure we deliver on time, those who help us get better every day,” he said, “are really the people who make an honor such as this possible.”

 

Sanderson MacLeod participated in nearly 40 community charities in 2012 and was also the recipient of the 2012 Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce’s “Employer of Choice” Award and Business West Magazine’s 2012 “Super Sixty” Award for growth in Western Massachusetts.

 

Sanderson MacLeod is a contract manufacturer specializing in twisted in wire products, including twisted in wire medical brushes, cosmetic brushes and general purpose cleaning brushes. Established in 1958, the company employs approximately 100 people and operates a modern 137,000-square-foot facility in Palmer, MA.


 

 

 

 



Malish Provides Reference Guides
And Recommendations On Website


The Malish Corporation now provides reference guides and recommendations on its website. This is done to assist in making the selection of the proper brush for different cleaning applications.

 

Whether the question is about the best brush or pad driver to use or how to select the appropriate brush diameter size or which brushes work best on specific cleaning surfaces, Malish has tried to make it easy to choose the best brush for the application.

 

The Rotary Brush Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page of the website (http://malish.com/rmb/rmb_faqs.html) identifies basic information and questions to ask when determining what is the best brush for the best end results in cleaning. Using a question and answer format, basics of proper brush selection for specific cleaning tasks are identified with links provided to charts or other areas on the site that detail information.

 

Other discussions include how to determine the correct diameter of a brush and what type of brush fiber is the proper selection for specific applications. The Cleaning Applications chart provides a ready reference for brush type selection.

 


Color Coded Brush Solution

The Malish Corpration's Color Coded Grit Rotary Brush Solution makes it easy to match the right floor pad to the right brush.

 

 

 

The Malish Corporation also offers its Color Coded Grit Rotary Brush Solution (http://malish.com/rmb/pdf/ColorCodedSolution.pdf) to visitors of its website. This tool helps match floor pads to the right brush. Different colors are used to link the correct brush type to use for specific cleaning tasks. The precise brush information including brush diameter and grit size provides a quick reference for selecting the right brush to meet specific cleaning challenges.

 

The Malish Corporation manufactures rotary/disc brushes, accessories and hand maintenance brushes. The company also markets the Diamabrush By Malish line of floor preparation equipment and is a custom extruder of thermoplastic tubes and profiles through its Malish Plastics division. Founded in 1948, the company operates a manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Willoughby, OH, as well as in Dongguan City, Guangdong, China. There is also a sales and distribution center located in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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