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By Harrell Kerkhoff, Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine Editor

 

With expanded trade show hours, a full slate of educational and networking opportunities and three keynote speakers, ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2013 is expected to meet the needs of a variety of attendees and exhibitors.

 

The event is scheduled for November 18-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, where there will be additional hours built into the week’s three-day trade show schedule.

 

 

Las Vegas Convention Center

This year's ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America will take place

in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

 


ISSA says this expansion is the result of attendee convention surveys from last year reporting there was not enough time on the show floor to conduct meetings and visit the more than 650 participating exhibitors. An ISSA/INTERCLEAN committee also made the recommendation.

 

This year’s event will follow a Monday through Thursday schedule, based on the convention center’s availability.

 

 


 

 

ISSA/INTERCLEAN 2013 Schedule

Sunday, November 17, 11:30 a.m.

• ISSA Golf Tournament benefiting the ISSA Foundation
at Arroyo Golf Club
• Pre-event ISSA Convention Seminars
• Manufacturer Rep Forum & Reception

 

Monday, November 18
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ISSA Convention Seminars


Tuesday, November 19

8:15 to 9:30 a.m

John Foley Keynote Address

Exhibit Hours

9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
(including trade show floor education)


Wednesday, November 20
8:15 to 9:30 a.m.
Tony Hsieh Keynote Address

Exhibit Hours
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

(including trade show floor education)

 

Thursday, November 21
9 to 10 a.m.
David Blaine Keynote Address

Exhibit Hours
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
(including trade show floor education)

 

 


 


“We are pleased to better meet attendee needs and to provide additional return on their investment,” ISSA Executive Director John Garfinkel said. “In a year when the theme of ISSA/INTERCLEAN is ‘My Show. My Value,’ it is fitting that buyers and exhibitors can take advantage of more show and more value.”

 

Another feature that will help attendees conduct more business is a new area where they can secure private meeting space or connect with peers in a central lounge located on the trade show floor.

 

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

Attendees will hear from inspirational speaker and former Blue Angel pilot John Foley, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, and magician and endurance artist David Blaine. The keynote addresses will be hosted on the trade show floor, allowing attendees faster access to the exhibits and further centralizing the event.

 

ISSA 2013 Speakers

This year's keynote speakers are (from left to right):
John Foley, Tony Hsieh
and David Blaine.


 

 

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The keynote speaker for Tuesday, November 18, will be Foley, who became one of the top pilots in the world when he transitioned from a Navy carrier pilot to Lead Solo of the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team. Using Blue Angel methodology as a model, he developed his Diamond Performance® Framework for excellence. Foley has used that message to advise Fortune 500 corporations, professional athletic teams, venture capital companies, professional associations and educational institutions.

Foley will share with attendees his path to achieving goals and how he turned setbacks and disappointments into opportunities for learning and improvement. Attendees will learn how to equip organizations, teams, and themselves to pursue their highest goals, achieve breakthrough performance and sustain results.

 

Foley has earned three masters degrees: one in Business and one in International Policy Studies from Stanford University, and the third in Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. During his years of service as a Navy carrier pilot, Foley won six "Top Ten Carrier Pilot" awards.

 

On Wednesday, November 20, the keynote address will be presented by Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay). In 1996, at the age of 21, Hsieh started developing the idea for an advertising network called LinkExchange, which allowed members to advertise their sites via its network. LinkExchange would grow to more than 400,000 members with 5 million ads rotating daily, and three years later, Hsieh sold the company to Microsoft for $265 million.

 

 

Hsieh then joined Zappos, an online shoe and apparel shop, as an adviser and investor. He eventually became CEO, where he helped Zappos grow from almost no sales to more than $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually, while simultaneously making Fortune magazine’s annual “Best Companies to Work For” list. Zappos was acquired by Amazon in November 2009 in a deal valued at $1.2 billion on the day of closing.

 

Hsieh will share the different ingredients used by Zappos.com to build a long-lasting enduring brand, including the importance of customer service and company culture. He also will talk about how focusing on delivering happiness to customers and employees has enabled the company to expand beyond selling shoes to clothing, bags and other product categories.

 

The final keynote speaker is David Blaine, who will give his presentation on Thursday, November 21. As a boy trying to get an edge in swimming competitions, Blaine taught himself a valuable lesson: If you have the will and the drive, you can do almost anything. For him, it started with holding his breath under water long enough to beat the competition. Later, as a world renowned magician and endurance artist, his focus and dedication helped him achieve the challenge of holding his breath past the point when people would clinically be considered dead. He broke the world record at 17 minutes and 4 seconds, live on the The Oprah Winfrey Show.

 

ISSA 2012 Crowd Shot

Exhibit times have been expanded for the 2013 event.

 

For more than a decade, Blaine has been attracting the world’s attention with his high-profile endurance stunts. Starting his career as a magician who appeared to do the impossible with a deck of cards, he was soon following in the footsteps of Harry Houdini — seeking out that which seems physically impossible. To that end, he’s been buried alive in New York City for a week, barely survived being encased inside a six-ton block of ice for three days and three nights, stood atop a 100-foot-tall pillar for 36 hours without a safety net, survived inside a transparent box in London on nothing but water for 44 days and spent one week submerged in a sphere-shaped aquarium at Lincoln Center.

 

At the age of 23, Blaine also created, directed and produced an original television program titled Street Magic. The New York Times noted that Blaine has, "Taken a craft that's been around for hundreds of years and done something unique and fresh."

 

Blaine will share his stories of passion, determination and what it takes to challenge the realm of what others would find “impossible.”

 

Also during ISSA/INTERCLEAN, co-location partner, Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI), will host Contractor Day at the show, on Thursday, November 21. There will be a number of contractor-specific opportunities available for attendees.

IEHA (Uniting Facility Managers Worldwide) and the Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI) 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.

 

Visit www.issa.com/show to learn more about the new event schedule, exhibitors, keynote speakers and other events during the week.

 

 

 


 


 

Import And Export Totals Mostly Down

 

Imports Exports Graphic

Including complete list of May

Import/Export Statistics

 

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

 

U.S. government trade figures for the first five months of 2013 indicate raw material imports were down in three categories outlined: broom and mop handles, brush backs and metal handles compared to the first five months of 2012. For May 2013, raw material imports were also down in three categories outlined: hog bristle, brush backs and metal handles, compared to May 2012.

 

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


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 11,085 kilograms of hog bristle in May 2013, down 71 percent from 37,763 kilograms imported in May 2012. During the first five months of 2013, 134,690 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, an 8 percent increase from 124,990 kilograms imported during the first five months of 2012.

 

China sent 134,635 kilograms of hog bristle to the United States during the first five months of 2013.

 

The average price per kilogram for May 2013 was $11.52, down 3 percent from the average price per kilogram for May 2012 of $11.93. The average price per kilogram for the first five months of 2013 was $12.68, up 12 percent from the average price per kilogram of $11.29 for the first five months of 2012.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during May 2013 was 1.6 million, up 7 percent from 1.5 million for May 2012. During the first five months of 2013, 6.3 million broom and mop handles were imported, down 2 percent from 6.4 million for the first five months of 2012.

 

During the first five months of 2013, the United States received 2.5 million broom and mop handles from Brazil and 1.6 million from Honduras.

 

The average price per handle for May 2013 was 83 cents, down 8 percent from the average price for May 2012 of 90 cents. The average price for the first five months of 2013 was 81 cents, the same as for the first five months of 2012.

Brush Backs

May 2013 imports of brush backs totaled 631,997, down 3 percent from 650,439 for May 2012. During the first five months of 2013, 2.3 million brush backs were imported, down 28 percent from 3.2 million for the first five months of 2012.

 

Canada shipped 1.4 million brush backs to the United States during the first five months of 2013, while Sri Lanka shipped 944,879.

 

The average price per brush back was 41 cents during May 2013, down 7 percent from the average price for May 2012 of 44 cents. For the first five months of 2013, the average price per brush back was 46 cents, the same as for the first five months of 2012.


Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during May 2013 was 1.5 million, down 46 percent from 2.8 million for May 2012. During the first five months of 2013, 9.7 million metal handles were imported, down 2 percent from 9.9 million for the first five months of 2012.

 

During the first five months of 2013, Italy sent 7.3 million metal handles to the United States, while China sent 1.6 million.

 

The average price per handle for May 2013 was 95 cents, up 67 percent from 57 cents for May 2012. The average price for the first five months of 2013 was 68 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first five months of 2012.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn
Valued At Less Than 96 Cents

U.S. government trade figures indicated there were no brooms of broom corn valued at less than 96 cents per broom imported for May 2013, compared to 21,408 for May 2012. During the first five months of 2013, 8,196 brooms of broom corn were imported, down 94 percent from 137,456 imported during the first five months of 2012.

 

All the brooms were imported from Mexico.

 

The average price per broom for the first five months of 2013 was 86 cents, down 2 percent from 88 cents from the first five months of 2012.


Brooms Of Broom Corn
Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 654,135 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during May 2013, down 8 percent from 707,374 for May 2012. During the first five months of 2013, 3.1 million brooms of broom corn were imported, down 3 percent from 3.2 million during the first five months of 2012.

 

Mexico shipped 3 million brooms to the United States during the first five months of 2013.

 

The average price per broom for May 2013 was $2.35, down 4 percent from the average price for May 2012 of $2.44. The average price per broom for the first five months of 2013 was $2.38, down 3 percent from $2.45 for the first five months of 2012.

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during May 2013 was 181,805, up 11 percent from 163,445 brooms and brushes imported during May 2012. During the first five months of 2013, 930,477 brooms and brushes were imported, up 40 percent from 664,093 imported during the first five months of 2012.

 

Sri Lanka exported 590,106 brooms and brushes to the United States during the first five months of 2013, while China sent 106,142.

 

The average price per unit for May 2013 was 99 cents, down 23 percent from $1.28 for May 2012. The average price for the first five months of 2013 was $1.20, down 4 percent from the average price recorded for the first five months of 2012 of $1.25.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 94 million toothbrushes in May 2013, up 13 percent from 83.1 million imported in May 2012. During the first five months of 2013, 471.9 million toothbrushes were imported, up 2 percent from 464.9 million imported during the first five months of 2012.

 

China sent 353.9 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first five months of 2013. Also shipping toothbrushes to the United States were Vietnam, 42.1 million; India, 23.4 million; and Switzerland, 23 million.

 

The average price per toothbrush for May 2013 was 22 cents, the same as for May 2012. The average price for the first five months of 2013 was 21 cents, up 11 percent from 19 cents for the first five months of 2012.

 

Hairbrushes

May 2013 imports of hairbrushes totaled 3.6 million, down 3 percent from the May 2012 total of 3.7 million hairbrushes. During the first five months of 2013, 17.2 million hairbrushes were imported, down 26 percent from 23.2 million for the first five months of 2012.

 

China shipped 16.7 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first five months of 2013.

 

The average price per hairbrush was 27 cents during May 2013, up 1 cent from the average price for May 2012. For the first five months of 2013, the average price per hairbrush was 26 cents, up 1 cent from the average price during the first five months of 2012.

 

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Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 6.3 million shaving brushes in May 2013, down 29 percent from 8.9 million imported in May 2012. During the first five months of 2013, 25.6 million shaving brushes were imported, down 15 percent from 30.2 million imported during the first five months of 2012.

 

China sent 13.8 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first five months of 2013, while South Korea shipped 5.3 million, and Germany sent 3.2 million.

 

The average price per shaving brush for May 2013 was 16 cents, up 78 percent from the average price for May 2012 of 9 cents. The average price for the first five months of 2013 was 14 cents, up 17 percent from 12 cents for the first five months of 2012.

Paint Rollers
The import total of paint rollers during May 2013 was 5.3 million, down 20 percent from 6.6 million recorded for May 2012. During the first five months of 2013, 20.2 million paint rollers were imported, down 15 percent from 23.8 million during the first five months of 2012.

 

China sent 16.3 million paint rollers to the United States during the first five months of 2013, while Mexico exported 3.1 million.

 

The average price per paint roller for May 2013 was 60 cents, up 40 percent from 43 cents for May 2012. The average price for the first five months of 2013 was 55 cents, up 22 percent from the average price recorded for the first five months of 2012 of 45 cents.

Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 21.2 million paintbrushes during May 2013, down 11 percent from 23.7 million paintbrushes imported during May 2012. Paintbrush imports for the first five months of 2013 were 100.5 million, up 10 percent from 91.3 million recorded for the first five months of 2012.

 

China shipped 74 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first five months of 2013, while Costa Rica exported 13 million and Indonesia sent 10.9 million.

 

The average price per paintbrush for May 2013 was 24 cents, down 14 percent from the average price for May 2012 of 28 cents. The average price for the first five months of 2013 was 27 cents, down 10 percent from 30 cents for the first five months of 2012.


– EXPORTS –

 

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


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 13,933 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during May 2013, up 82 percent from the May 2012 total of 7,661 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during the first five months of 2013 were 39,090 dozen, down 41 percent from 66,037 dozen for the first five months of 2012.

 

The United States sent 11,918 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first five months of 2013, 7,689 to the United Kingdom and 5,470 dozen to Brazil.

 

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $27.58 in May 2013, down 27 percent from $37.79 for May 2012. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for the first five months of 2013 was $38.20, an increase of 7 percent from the average price per dozen for the first five months of 2012 of $35.76.


Toothbrushes

During May 2013, the United States exported 14 million toothbrushes, up 12 percent from the total recorded in May 2012 of 12.5 million. During the first five months of 2013, 80.4 million toothbrushes were exported, up 41 percent from 56.9 million exported during the first five months of 2012.

 

The United States exported 31.2 million toothbrushes to Canada during the first five months of 2013, while sending 13.2 million toothbrushes to Mexico, 8.9 million to Germany, 6.5 million to India and 4.4 million to Switzerland.

 

The average price per toothbrush for May 2013 was 48 cents, down 17 percent from the average price for May 2012 of 58 cents. The average price per toothbrush for the first five months of 2013 was 44 cents, down 19 percent from 54 cents for the first five months of 2012.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 2.2 million shaving brushes during May 2013, down 24 percent from 2.9 million shaving brushes exported for May 2012. During the first five months of 2013, 7.3 million shaving brushes were exported, down 50 percent from 14.6 million during the first five months of 2012.

 

Brazil imported 3.1 million shaving brushes from the United States during the first five months of 2013, while Canada imported 1.6 million, and Mexico received 1.1 million.

 

The average price per shaving brush for May 2013 was 62 cents, up 32 percent from the average price for May 2012 of 47 cents. The average price for the first five months of 2013 was 82 cents, up 71 percent from 48 cents recorded for the first five months of 2012.

Artist Brushes

May 2013 exports of artist brushes totaled 829,276, down 8 percent from the May 2012 total of 898,764 artist brushes. During the first five months of 2013, 4 million artist brushes were exported, the same as for the first five months of 2012.

 

Canada received 2.5 million artist brushes from the United States during the first five months of 2013, while Mexico imported 345,676.

 

The average price per artist brush was $2.76 during May 2013, up 17 percent from the average price for May 2012 of $2.35. For the first five months of 2013, the average price per artist brush was $2.56, down 10 percent from the average price for the first five months of 2012 of $2.85.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during May 2013 was 109,058, down 31 percent from 157,135 for May 2012. During the first five months of 2013, 526,003 paintbrushes were exported, down 38 percent from 848,643 during the first five months of 2012.

 

Canada imported 227,790 paintbrushes from the United States during the first five months of 2013, while the United Kingdom imported 59,137.

 

The average price per paintbrush for May 2013 was $16.75, up 26 percent from $13.26 for May 2012. The average price for the first five months of 2013 was $17.13, up 42 percent from $12.10 recorded for the first five months of 2012.

 

 

May IE Data

 

Click here for entire May Export/Import Statistics

 

 



Wooster Lock Jaw™ Makes

Countless Tools Extension-Pole Ready

 

Wooster Lockjaw

The Wooster Lock Jaw™ tool holder.

 

Wooster Brush Co. spokespeople say its new Lock Jaw™ tool holder gives users a chance to approach a job from the best possible angle. The Lock Jaw has a patent-pending design that allows even non-threaded tools to be extension pole compatible, according to the company.

 

Made from engineering-grade plastics, the “jaws” of this tool open and close to securely hold any item up to 1 3/8 inches in diameter including brushes, trim rollers, flashlights and scrapers. Its nine different positions give the Lock Jaw an adjustment range of up to 160 degrees, and it’s designed to work with standard threaded as well as no-twist Wooster Sherlock GT® extension poles. It comes in blister-card packaging. The product is available at traditional paint and decorating centers, hardware stores, and paint sundry distributors and retailers.

 

Visit www.woosterbrush.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

 



New York Times Magazine Recent
Article Focuses On Brush Industry

 

NY Times Brush With Disaster

©2013 The New York Times Magazine. Illustration by Jasper Rietman.

 

An article highlighting the resiliency of the U.S. brush industry appeared in the June 23, 2013, issue of The New York Times Magazine and quoted several American industry professionals.

 

The article was titled, “Brush With Disaster: A Blueprint For Competing Against China May Come From One Of The Simplest Manufactured Products Still Made In The USA.” It was written by Adam Davidson.

 

Those industry professionals mentioned in the article were Israel Kirschner, who operates Kirschner Brush Manufacturing Company, located in the Bronx, NY; American Brush Manufacturers Association Executive Director David Parr; Michael Wolf, who runs Greco Brush Company, of Ossining NY; and Lance Cheney, president of Braun Brush, of Albertson, NY.

 

The article noted that there are over 200 brush, mop and broom producers remaining in the United States. It also stated that these manufacturers often use two different business models to compete against imports from China — either these companies change everything they offer all of the time or they don’t ever change a thing when it comes to their products.

 

To read the complete article visit this link.

 

 


 

 



West Coast Brush Manufacturers Meeting
Attracting Good Number Of Attendees

 

Grand Del Mar Photos

The Grand Del Mar Resort and Spa in San Diego, CA.

 


The 2013 West Coast Brush Manufacturers Association meeting, scheduled for Sunday, September 22 through Thursday, September 26 at the Grand Del Mar Resort and Spa, in San Diego, CA, is continuing to grow in numbers, according to co-chairs, Ken and Maureen Rakusin, of Gordon Brush, Commerce, CA.

 

As of late August, there were 41 confirmed attendees for the event, representing 20 organizations. In alphabetical order, the organizations (and attendees) scheduled to attend are:


A&B Brush (D.J. and Rhonda Anawalt); American Brush Manufacturers Association (Dave Parr); Borghi USA (Matt and Christina Tompkins); Brush Fibers (Chris and Ryann Monahan); Brush Research (Ryan and Heather Jones, along with Bob and Wendy Fowlie); Carolina Filaments (Keith Correia, Brian and Louise Crawford);
Gordon Brush (Bill and Patti Loitz, along with Ken and Maureen Rakusin); Hahl-Pedex (Terry and Danielle Hogan); Haviland Corp. (Jan Haviland); Industrial Brush (Greg Tripp and Carrie Craddick); Jewel Wire/Loos (Mike and Sandy Fredrickson); Justman Brush (John and Karen Matthews);
Keystone Plastics (Michael and Susie Naftal); Lanoco Specialty Wire Products (Kevin Lannon); Magnolia Brush (Gary Townes and Greta Moore); Malish Corp. (ABMA President Jeff and Laura Malish); Monahan Filaments (Jon and Peggy Monahan); Parker Brush (Roman and Melody Orenchuck); Static Faction (Ian Moss); and Zahoransky USA (Kevin and Dawn Kigyos).

 

“We’re going to have an outstanding meeting with the people attending at a wonderful location,” Ken Rakusin said. “The resort has allowed me to continue to expand our room block, but we’re running out of time.”

 

West Coast brush manufacturers and suppliers attend a four-day meeting each year at a different locale, all part of an annual commitment to the West Coast Brush Manufacturers Association. The Grand Del Mar is located near the coast in northern San Diego and is surrounded by the coastal communities of La Jolla, Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe.

 

Located on acres of protected land, with canyon vistas, waterfalls and ocean breezes, the Southern California resort is
a short drive from top attractions such as 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.

 

Grand Del Mar Logo

 

 

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 networking reception and dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 22, also a networking dinner Monday night (September 23) and a banquet on Wednesday evening (September 25).

 

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

 

Afternoons will include golf or other networking opportunities. Monday’s golf will be at The Aviara Golf Club, 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 San Diego course designed by Arnold Palmer, it features a layout sculpted around rolling hillsides, native wildflowers, with bunker and water challenges.

 

A scramble golf tournament will be held Wednesday at The Grand Golf Course. With Los Peñasquitos Canyon nearby, Tom Fazio created this course with elevations, diverse bunkers and lush fairways.The course is one of San Diego's premier golf resorts and is reserved exclusively for resort guests, members and villa owners.

 

Ken Rakusin

Ken Rakusin

 

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.

 

“Not only has the West Coast Brush Manufacturers Association Annual Meeting been good for business, but we have made life-long friends,” Ken Rakusin said. “The networking events are 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 can 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 rate are not available online, according to Rakusin. 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.

 

 


 

 



Winning Teams Look For Flawless Complexion
With DuPont™ Natrafil® Filament


Specifically for “Make Up In Paris” (MUiP), which took place recently at the Carrousel du Louvre, DuPont Filaments, Strand Cosmetics Europe and Louise Wittlich (makeup artist) presented the fruit of their collaboration that began at the 2012 MUiP. The collaboration was formed with the goal of matching the ideal brush with a makeup product, to achieve a natural makeup effect.

 

To find a better balance between the applicator and the makeup product, DuPont Filaments, inventor and manufacturer of DuPont™ Natrafil®; Strand Cosmetics Europe, and Louise Wittlich decided to join forces. 

 

This project, where the capability of each partner converged to adapt the composition of the fibers in function of the formulation, was designed in order to achieve the desired powder pick-up or a particular makeup effect.  

 

DuPont Natrafil Brush

 


 

Thirty different textures were tested: primers and bases, foundations, concealers, blushes and powders. These tests resulted in 56 different makeup/brush combinations. These combinations were evaluated based on criteria, such as coverage, luminosity, wear, brush design, rigidity of the fibers, ease of pick-up and application of the makeup product.  

 

Four top-performing combinations of brush/makeup products were selected.

 

Anisa International, a designer and brush producer, joined the project team and added its expertise in working fibers to create brushes that respond to the requirements of the makeup artist.

 

Spokespeople say the character of the four matches between brushes and makeup products has been achieved from the synergies between makeup experts. These experts shared their competencies in order to create a unique database and optimize makeup results by creating a distinctive cosmetic tool.

 

DuPont Cosmetic Solutions officials say it brings, “The miracle of Science™” of DuPont to the world of beauty, fostering collaboration focused on technology and consumer insight.” Its primary aim is to develop new and differentiated cosmetic solutions that meet brand owners' and designers' needs for innovation while enhancing the consumer experience.

 

Visit www.cosmetics.dupont.com or www.natrafil.dupont.com for more information.

 

 

 

 



Malish Awards First Diamabrush
Training Certificate To Danish Distributor

 

 

The Malish Corporation recently conducted its first Diamabrush Training Seminar at its corporate headquarters in Willoughby, OH.

 

The seminar was an intense 2-day session that included classroom training at the new Diamabrush By Malish Training Center, as well as hands-on training and experience in the demonstration area, including surfaces from concrete to wood.

 

Diamabrush Specialist Tom Van De Motter conducted the session with help from Vice President of Sales and Marketing Fred Lombardi.

 

Malish Diamabrush

The Malish Corporation recently conducted its first Diamabrush Training Seminar. From left, Danish distributor Carsten Frost
was the first to receive a Diamabrush training certificate. It was presented by Tom Van De Motter, Diamabrush specialist.


 

Lombardi said, “This training center is something we envisioned shortly after we launched the Diamabrush line. It’s important for our distributors — both domestically and around the world — to have an in-depth understanding of how to use and therefore how to sell the unique Diamabrush line. Once a distributor completes our training session and is certified, we know that he/she is completely prepared to present the entire product line to their customers.”

 

Van De Motter added, “We were thrilled with our first training session. We had distributors from Germany, The Netherlands, France and Denmark who made the commitment to come to our training center to be certified in selling Diamabrush products. Our first class was completely engaged throughout and gave us positive feedback as to the value of the training. We look forward to training hundreds of distributors in the coming months.”

 

Diamabrush By Malish is a diamond abrasive floor preparation system for concrete floor polishing, mastic removal and hardwood prep.

 

Visit www.diamabrushbymalish.com for more information.

 

 

 

 



ABMA Is Updating ANSI Standard
For Power-Driven Brushing Tools

 

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The American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) is in the process of revising and updating ANSI Standard B165.1, 1979 (R2010), Power-Driven Brushing Tools — Safety Requirements for Design Care and Use. A work committee has reviewed the standard and made recommendations for revisions.

 

ABMA says the standard was originally developed in 1979 (and last updated in 2010) to establish the rules and specifications for safety that apply in the design, use and care of power-driven brushing tools. It includes all brushing tools whose brushing elements are made of ferrous wire, non-ferrous wire, plastic, abrasive filaments, vegetable fibers, animal hair, or other materials, and brushes fabricated with any combination of such elements and whose functional performance is accomplished by power driven operation.

 

The standard does not cover brushes constructed of wood or synthetic hub or cores, and brushing tools whose primary function is vehicle or train washing, carpet sweeping, dental hygiene, floor maintenance, sewer cleaning, street sweeping and brushing tools manufactured in accordance with other American National Standards.

 

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) coordinates the development of U.S. voluntary national standards and provides an open, equitable and accessible consensus process that ensures due process and benefits the public interest.

 

ABMA is seeking interested parties willing to review the proposed standard. Those parties may be:

Producers: Manufacturer of power brushing tools or a trade association or society that
represents the interest of such manufacturers;


Users:
Organization (company, association, government agency, individual) using these tools; and

General Interest:
Organization that has an interest in power brushing tools, but neither produces nor uses them directly.

 

Anyone willing to participate in this activity should fax, send a letter or e-mail ABMA with the contact information of the person (within the organization) who should receive the materials. Please send to the attention of David Parr, ABMA Executive Director.

 

ABMA can be contacted at: 736 Main Avenue, Suite 7, Durango, CO, 81301-5479; Phone: 720-392-2262;
Email: dparr@abma.org; Website: www.abma.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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