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By Harrell Kerkhoff, Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine Editor

 

DordenSqueegees

Reporting on rapid business growth over the past year was Bruce M. Gale, president/managing director of DordenSqueegees, a division of Michigan Brush Manufacturing Co., Inc., located in Detroit, MI.

 

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Bruce M. Gale

 

“We are anticipating this growth trend will continue as we introduce some new products. I’m encouraged that the industrial and commercial markets, that we are involved with, are getting stronger each year. We expect this strength to continue,” Gale said.

 

DordenSqueegees has provided floor and window squeegees for over 75 years to the industrial and commercial marketplaces. Gale said the company’s squeegees utilize the finest raw materials available. This includes aluminum, non-rusting frames that make DordenSqueegees the “best-value” on the market, he added.

 

“Our proprietary blades, along with the combination of high speed production equipment and hand craftsmanship, allow our company to provide a ‘best-value’ product offering. Our products are hand inspected by our well trained employees. This helps ensure product quality and durability,” Gale said.

 

Purchasers of products from DordenSqueegees include OEM customers representing industrial and commercial markets as well as distributors and end-users.

 

“The end-users who we supply, are mainly utilizing our specialty tools,” Gale said. “Overall, I feel we are known throughout the industry as the ‘go to’ squeegee company that can best supply larger manufacturers who import squeegees and need our products as ‘fill-ins’ between container loads.

 

“We encourage — and are willing to accommodate — these types of customers. We can offer our services on a ‘fill-in’ basis. When it comes to customer service, it greatly helps that we can offer value and high-quality products.”

 

Looking toward the future with new product offerings is also important to Gale and his team at DordenSqueegees.

 

“We have some new innovations coming along in our pipeline, but due to the proprietary nature of these products, we cannot disclose any information at the current time,” Gale said. “We also continue to focus on current business challenges such as cost containment matters. Raw materials, labor, utilities, insurance and human resource issues all add to the cost of producing products.”

 

Despite these challenges, Gale is optimistic about the future of the domestic squeegee marketplace, as well as the future of his own company.

 

“I see a bright future for the squeegee industry. Certainly, global climate cycles will help our industry. The future of our company is also bright,” he said. “We continue to offer opportunities for current, and potential, customers who are involved in the floor and/or window squeegee category. We are always looking for new opportunities to provide our services.”

 

Contact: DordenSqueegees, 7446 Central Ave.,

Detroit, MI 48210. Phone: 313-834-7910.

Website: www.dordensqueegee.com.

 

 

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Haviland Corporation

From its Linn, MO, facility, Haviland Corporation manufactures over 76 different types of floor squeegees, not counting the company’s varied lines of window, paving, and floor machine replacement blades. Haviland’s floor squeegee sizes range from 6 to 72 inches, which includes straight and curved style frames.

 

“Haviland custom manufactures squeegees to be long-lasting and fit different applications specified by our customers. We make the usual types of squeegees, but many times our customers ask for something that is not just your standard ‘cookie-cutter’ squeegee,” Haviland Corporation President Jan Haviland said.

 

She added that about 90 percent of the raw materials used to make Haviland’s squeegees come from the United States.

 

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Jan Haviland

 

 

“This affords us the opportunity to custom make our squeegees with superior quality assurance,” Jan Haviland said. “Using domestic raw materials also helps keep U.S. businesses in operation.”

 

She added that it’s the job of Haviland officials to work through any challenges that come up regarding the supply of raw materials in order to ultimately provide the best possible products.

 

The history of Haviland Corporation dates to 1946 when Warren and Van Haviland envisioned the need for a high quality floor squeegee and began manufacturing in a small facility in St. Louis, MO. Haviland Corporation joined the National Sanitary Supply Association (now the ISSA) in 1947. As the business grew, the company expanded locations and/or structures four different times. Warren and Van’s son, Randy Haviland, became president of the company in the mid-1980s, and his wife, Jan, is now president and owner of Haviland Corporation.

 

Today the company’s squeegees are manufactured for the janitorial, industrial, paving, machine repair, and consumer industries.

 

“We have found that customers purchasing our products are looking for durable, made in the USA squeegees that provide versatility and a superior wiping blade,” Jan Haviland said. “Not all wiping blades are created equally. A vinyl blade tends to chatter and does not remove liquid as well as a blended rubber blade. Different blades will also offer different chemical, ozone, abrasion, and temperature resistances. Tensile strength plays a part in the life of the blade as well.

 

“When a customer orders a Haviland squeegee, we want to be sure he/she gets the proper size product and the right type of blade. This is very important so that the product performs well within the application it is used, and the blade does not deteriorate prematurely due to using a blade that is not appropriate for the substance on the surface,” Haviland said. “It’s very essential that we work with customers to find out what is best for them…what will be the premier squeegee for their situation.

 

“Customers who have never used a high quality blade may not realize the advantages of having a product made specifically to meet their squeegeeing needs. A quality squeegee saves money and time in the long run. Meanwhile, replacement blades are good for adding to the life of the overall squeegee.”

 

She estimated that Haviland customers can save anywhere from 20 to 40 percent on a yearly basis by just replacing a squeegee’s blade when worn, rather than the entire product. Replacement blades also help keep squeegees out of the recycling bin or dumpster longer.

 

According to Jan Haviland, “Squeegees are often a much needed ‘add-on’ product for customers. There are not a lot of stores that specialize in selling just squeegees. They are often items that people think of when looking for other cleaning tools. Customers will see a squeegee and often say, ‘Oh yeah, I need some of those as well.’ This is why squeegees are often referred to as, ‘add-ons.’”

 

Despite this, the squeegee business has been good at Haviland Corporation.

 

Officials at Haviland Corporation also expect the company’s customers to benefit from Haviland’s new website at: www.havilandcorp.com which should be up and running by the end of the year.

 

“We also place a strong emphasis on customer service, starting with a friendly human voice answering the telephone. If the customer’s question needs further resolve, the call is directed to the right Haviland representative who can quickly answer more questions and take care of needs,” Jan Haviland said.

 

“We continue to grow as a company, and look to exceed last year’s totals by a considerable amount,” she said. “We help customers avoid increased shipping costs and lead times by selling to them quality domestic products.”

 

Jan Haviland, who describes herself as “an eternal optimist,” remains confident about her company’s future as it nears 70 years in the squeegee manufacturing business.

 

“Our staff has proven its willingness to change to meet current trends, and is working hard to anticipate future challenges,” she said. “We, at Haviland Corporation, look forward to helping our current and future customers as our company moves forward to another successful 70-plus years.”

 

Contact: Haviland Corporation,

P.O. Box 769, 200 S. Hwy U, Linn MO 65051.

Phone 573-897-3672 or 800-325-3915.

Website: www.havilandcorp.com.

 

 

 

 

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Nexstep Commercial Products

Selling a wide variety of squeegees and cleaning-related products to distributors in both the janitorial/sanitary and foodservice industries is Nexstep Commercial Products, the exclusive licensee of O-Cedar Commercial Products. In turn, many of the company’s products are used by such end-user groups as restaurants, hospitals, schools and factories.

 

“Business overall has been very strong. As a company, we are currently seeing 8 percent growth from last year,” Nexstep Commercial Products Sales Support Specialist Jamie Daugherty-Weaver said.

 

When it comes to squeegees, Nexstep Commercial Products offers both window and floor varieties. This includes multiple sizes of window squeegees, for professional use, made from high quality stainless steel.

 

“The rubber in our squeegees is specially designed for streak-free cleaning, and our spring-tooth locking system allows secure fastening of the handle to any position on the channel,” Daugherty-Weaver said. “Handles are covered with a comfortable rubber grip, which is great when using the squeegee in low temperatures.

 

“We offer tapered and aluminum extension handles to go with our squeegees. We also carry a combo squeegee, featuring a 14-inch washer made from a woven synthetic fabric and a 12-inch squeegee, as well as window washers without squeegees. A line of plastic squeegees is also available for customers seeking a more economical price point.”

 

The company’s floor line includes 18-, 24- and 36-inch straight and curved squeegees. They are made with a heavy-duty aluminum frame construction and a steel handle socket for extra strength.

 

“These squeegees are great for removing water and wet debris from all types of floor surfaces. We also offer a line of moss rubber floor squeegees with metal or plastic frames for use when hygiene is important,” she added. “The unique natural moss rubber leaves floors dry to the touch, and is very effective on uneven floor surfaces. All of our moss rubber floor squeegees come with an acme threaded handle socket. This ensures a secure fit when used with a threaded handle.”

 

Nexstep Commercial Products also provides a neoprene floor squeegee that is resistant to heat, chemicals, fats and oils. The frame is made from an acid-resistant polypropylene, which is strong yet flexible, according to Daugherty-Weaver.

 

The history of the company dates to 1906 with a birth of O-Cedar, a U.S. manufacturer of various types of cleaning tools. The original founders started the company by making waxes and cleaning polishes, and later expanded to traditional brooms and mops. In 1962, the company was sold to the Drackett Corporation.

 

“In the 30 years Drackett owned the company, they invested in new product development and advertising that helped grow the O-Cedar brand name in the marketplace. ‘O-Cedar Makes Your Life Easier®’ became a well-known slogan still used today,” Daugherty-Weaver said.“ Todd Leventhal and Stan Koschnick — with more than 60 years of combined experience in the cleaning industry — bought the Commercial Division of O-Cedar Brands in 2003, with the company going by the name Nexstep Commercial Products.”

 

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Jamie Daugherty-Weaver

 

The product line at Nexstep Commercial Products has expanded by 500 percent over the past 11 years. It has also acquired three, third-generation mop and broom companies (Clore Mop, of Danville, IN; Bouras Mop, of St. Louis, MO; and Cornelia Broom, of Cornelia, GA) and now operates two facilities, located in Paxton, IL, and Springfield, OH. In August 2011, Nexstep Commercial Products also acquired Hamburg Industries, Inc., of Hamburg, PA, to provide customers with a wider range of products.

 

“Nexstep Commercial Products is dedicated to providing customers with innovative, top quality cleaning products at competitive prices, as well as solid customer service and flexibility,” Daugherty-Weaver said. “It’s the commitment of Nexstep Commercial Products’ associates to help make cleaning quicker and easier for today’s operators and end-users. Our product line includes wet mops, mop sticks, mop buckets and wringers, dust mops, dust pans, angle brooms, corn brooms, waste containers, squeegees, floor sweeps, sponges and pads, scrapers, cleaning equipment, bathroom accessories and microfiber products.

 

“We will be introducing a line of 10 new waste containers in the fall. This will include 28-quart, 41-quart, 23-gallon, 32-gallon, and 44-gallon containers. The 23-gallon containers feature a swing lid, and we will also offer lids for the 32- and 44-gallon containers. The products will be available in black and sand colors.”

 

She added that Nexstep Commercial Products’ expanded product line has helped the company’s sales force penetrate more accounts.

 

“We have been very active with Internet companies to get our products to more end-users. We have also been working closely with our sales reps and updating sales materials to make their jobs easier,” Daugherty-Weaver said. “We have worked hard as well to attain shipping fill rates of 99 percent. We ship the vast majority of our orders within a 2- to 3-day period. The combination of high fill rates and quick turn-around times helps bolster our customer service.”

 

In looking ahead, Daugherty-Weaver stressed the importance of remaining competitive in price while also upgrading the company’s in-house manufacturing capabilities. These efforts help officials at Nexstep Commercial Products keep a close eye on producing products as efficiently as possible.

 

As for the future of squeegees, Daugherty-Weaver and other representatives at Nexstep Commercial Products see positive trends ahead when it comes to cleaning.

 

“There is a lot more glass being used in construction today compared to 30 years ago. Window squeegees, in particular, play a very important part when it comes to cleaning glass. We feel very strongly that this trend will continue,” she said. “We think the future is bright. Our company is 4 times the size it was 10 years ago. We’ve had an incredible amount of growth take place. We think a lot of this growth is due to the popularity of our O-Cedar brand name. It’s recognized by the vast majority of the population, and stands for quality and innovation.”

 

Contact: Nexstep Commercial Products,

1450 W. Ottawa Rd., Paxton, IL 60957-0071.

Phone: 217-379-2377.

Website: www.ocedarcommercial.com.

 

 

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Cardinal Brush Corporation

A new player in the squeegee blade business is Cardinal Brush Corporation, an established manufacturer of cylindrical and rotary replacement brushes to the commercial and industrial floor cleaning industries.

 

The Cardinal Brush ProCut™ line is designed to provide customers with OEM-quality squeegees, while maintaining a high level of customer service, according to Cardinal Brush President Jim Hartsock.

 

“We recently started manufacturing our ProCut™ squeegee blades for scrubbing machines after years of customer requests. Like our brushes, all of our squeegee blades replace an OEM part number, and we match the material and durometer based on those specifications in tan gum, red gum, neoprene and urethane,” Hartsock said. “We are also working on a new material that we’ll introduce in 2015. Our squeegees are completely knife cut, which we feel gives a better edge. Since we don’t have to wait for a die to be made, we are able to produce custom and sample blades with just a one- to two-day turnaround.”

 

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Cardinal Brush's facility in Olathe, Kansas.

 

 

He added: “For years we have been asked by our customers if we offer squeegees and had to refer them to others. Therefore, we saw adding them as a natural extension to our product line. The nice part about squeegees is that we sell them to the same customers, so it’s just a matter of getting the word out that we now manufacture these items. We’ve already been working with some OEMs on squeegees for new machines they are designing. This will be a new market for us.”

 

Cardinal Brush, located in Olathe, KS, was started in 2002 by Hartsock and his wife. The company manufactures staple set brushes for industrial and commercial scrubbers and sweepers and sells only through distributors.

 

“Our business has been good. I expect this success to continue with the addition of our squeegee line. I think any industry will embrace a newcomer when, right out of the gate, you offer a high level of quality and customer service that we strive to do,” Hartsock said. “It also seems that many of our distributors are wanting to reduce their inventory, but still be able to service their customers quickly. We ship most orders same, or next day, so this helps our distributors accomplish both.

 

“In this warp speed age of technology, we have always been a little ‘old school’ in that we believe in a handshake, prefer to develop relationships and work to deliver what we promise.”

 

Cardinal Brush officials moved the company into a new facility last November. This change provided additional space to start manufacturing squeegees.

 

“We have a couple of other new projects in the works that should be ready to go in 2015,” Hartsock said. “I’m blessed to work with what I feel is the best team in our industry, so I’m confident that we have a lot of good years ahead of us. The challenge going forward is to continue to hire good people, and keep them long term in the wake of an improving economy.

 

“Our goal from day one has been to make it as easy as possible for customers to do business with us. It’s important to continue on this path. We are constantly talking with customers about ways to make our relationships with them even better.”

 

Contact: Cardinal Brush Corporation,

15790 S. Keeler Terrace, Olathe, KS 66062.

Phone: 913-780-2071.

Website: www.cardinalbrush.com.

 

 


 

 

Imports Mixed For First Half Of 2014, Exports Down

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Including complete list of March 2014

Import/Export Statistics

 

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

 

U.S. government trade figures for the first half of 2014 indicate raw material imports were up in three categories outlined: broom and mop handles, brush backs and metal handles, compared to the first half of 2013. For June 2014, raw material imports were up in two categories outlined: hog bristle and metal handles, compared to June 2013.

 

Import totals for the first half of 2014 were up in four finished goods categories outlined: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable material, shaving brushes and upright brooms, compared to the first half of 2013. In June 2014, four categories outlined recorded increases: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable material, shaving brushes and paintbrushes.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 23,101 kilograms of hog bristle in June 2014, up 20 percent from 19,213 kilograms imported in June 2013. During the first half of 2014, 151,987 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down 1 percent from 153,903 kilograms imported during the first ha­­ of 2013.

 

China sent 151,306 kilograms of hog bristle to the United States during the first half of 2014.

 

The average price per kilogram for June 2014 was $18.58, down 7 percent from the average price per kilogram for June 2013 of $19.94. The average price per kilogram for the first half of 2014 was $14.69, up 8 percent from the average price per kilogram of $13.58 for the first half of 2013.

 


Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during June 2014 was 1.4 million, the same as for June 2013. During the first half of 2014, 8.6 million broom and mop handles were imported, up 12 percent from 7.7 million for the first half of 2013.

 

During the first half of 2014, the United States received 4.8 million broom and mop handles from Brazil, 1.7 million from Honduras and 1.4 million from China.

 

The average price per handle for June 2014 was 88 cents, down 6 percent from 94 cents for June 2013. The average price for the first half of 2014 was 91 cents, up 8 percent from 84 cents for the first half of 2013.

 


Brush Backs

June 2014 imports of brush backs totaled 490,857, down 26 percent from 661,985 for June 2013. During the first half of 2014, 3.2 million brush backs were imported, up 7 percent from 3 million for the first half of 2013.

 

Canada sent 1.6 million brush backs to the United States during the first half of 2014, while Sri Lanka shipped 1.4 million.

 

The average price per brush back was 44 cents during June 2014, down 1 cent from the average price for June 2013. For the first half of 2014, the average price per brush back was 47 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first half of 2013.

 


Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during June 2014 was 3.3 million, up 313 percent from 799,679 for June 2013. During the first half of 2014, 16.2 million metal handles were imported, up 54 percent from 10.5 million for the first half of 2013.

 

During the first half of 2014, Spain exported 5.9 million metal handles to the United States, while Italy shipped 5.6 million and China sent 4.1 million. The average price per handle for June 2014 was 72 cents, down 52 percent from $1.51 for June 2013.

 

The average price for the first half of 2014 was 79 cents, up 7 percent from the average price for the first half of 2013 of 74 cents.

 


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn
Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 651,474 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during June 2014, up 9 percent from 595,654 for June 2013. During the first half of 2014, 3.9 million brooms of broom corn were imported, up 5 percent from 3.7 million for the first half of 2013.

 

Mexico shipped nearly all the brooms to the United States during the first half of 2014, while Honduras sent 14,520.

 

The average price per broom for June 2014 was $2.50, up 7 percent from the average price for June 2013 of $2.34. The average price per broom for the first half of 2014 was $2.51, up 6 percent from $2.37 for the first half of 2013.



Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during June 2014 was 211,710, up 220 percent from 66,096 brooms and brushes imported during June 2013. During the first half of 2014, 1.1 million brooms and brushes were imported, up 10 percent from 996,573 for the first half of 2013.

 

Sri Lanka exported 703,911 brooms and brushes to the United States during the first half of 2014, while Vietnam sent 120,250, and China shipped 84,606.

 

The average price per unit for June 2014 was $1.65, up 9 percent from $1.51 for June 2013. The average price for the first half of 2014 was $1.63, up 34 percent from the average price recorded for the first half of 2013 of $1.22.



Toothbrushes

The United States imported 81.1 million toothbrushes in June 2014, down 11 percent from 90.8 million imported in June 2013. During the first half of 2014, 477.3 million toothbrushes were imported, down 15 percent from 562.7 million imported during the first half of 2013.

 

China sent 366.8 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first half of 2014.

 

The average price per toothbrush for June 2014 was 24 cents, down 1 cent from June 2013. The average price for the first half of 2014 was also 24 cents, up 14 percent from 21 cents for the first half of 2013.

 

 

Hairbrushes

June 2014 imports of hairbrushes totaled 3.1 million, down 24 percent from 4.1 million for June 2013. During the first half of 2014, 17.5 million hairbrushes were imported, down 18 percent from 21.4 million for the first half of 2013.

 

China shipped 17.4 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first half of 2014.


The average price per hairbrush was 29 cents during June 2014, up 1 cent from the average price for June 2013. For the first half of 2014, the average price per hairbrush was 27 cents, the same as the average price for the first half of 2013.

 

 

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 13.6 million shaving brushes in June 2014, up 258 percent from 3.8 million imported in June 2013. During the first half of 2014, 44.9 million shaving brushes were imported, up 53 percent from 29.3 million imported during the first half of 2013.

 

China sent 24.3 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first half of 2014, while Germany shipped 11.6 million and South Korea sent 4.8 million.

 

The average price per shaving brush for June 2014 was 7 cents, down 50 percent from the average price for June 2013 of 14 cents. The average price for the first half of 2014 was 11 cents, down 21 percent from the average price for the first half of 2013 of 14 cents.



 

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Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during June 2014 was 4.4 million, down 23 percent from 5.7 million recorded for June 2013. During the first half of 2014, 25.3 million paint rollers were imported, down slightly from 25.9 million during the first half of 2013.

 

China sent 18.9 million paint rollers to the United States during the first half of 2014, while Mexico exported 5 million.

 

The average price per paint roller for June 2014 was 56 cents, down 10 percent from 51 cents for June 2013. The average price for the first half of 2014 was 53 cents, down 1 cent from the average price recorded for the first half of 2013.

 


Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 22 million paintbrushes during June 2014, up 11 percent from 19.9 million paintbrushes imported during June 2013. Paintbrush imports for the first half of 2014 were 109.4 million, down 9 percent from 120.4 million recorded for the first half of 2013.

 

China shipped 96.4 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first half of 2014.

 

The average price per paintbrush for June 2014 was 31 cents, up 19 percent from 26 cents for June 2013. The average price for the first half of 2014 was 29 cents, up 7 percent from 27 cents for the first half of 2013.

 


Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for June 2014 was 1.1 million, the same as the total for June 2013. During the first half of 2014, 7.4 million upright brooms were imported, up 12 percent from 6.6 million imported during the first half of 2013.

 

China sent 6.2 million upright brooms to the United States during the first half of 2014.

 

The average price per broom for June 2014 was $1.79, up 22 percent from the average price for June 2013 of $1.47. The average price per broom for the first half of 2014 was $1.59, up 5 percent from $1.52 for the first half of 2013.



– EXPORTS –

 

Export totals for the first half of 2014 were down in four categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable materials, toothbrushes, shaving brushes and artist brushes, compared to the first half of 2013. In June 2014, four categories outlined reported decreases: brooms and brushes of vegetable materials, toothbrushes, shaving brushes and artist brushes, compared to June 2013.

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 5,036 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during June 2014, down 52 percent from the June 2013 total of 10,464 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during the first half of 2014 were 35,358 dozen, down 29 percent from 49,554 dozen for the first half of 2013.

 

The United States sent 15,144 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first half of 2014.

 

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $31.27 in June 2014, down 32 percent from $45.74 for June 2013. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for the first half of 2014 was $37.65, down 5 percent from $39.80 for the average price per dozen for the first half of 2013.



Toothbrushes

During June 2014, the United States exported 11.7 million toothbrushes, down 18 percent from the total recorded in June 2013 of 14.2 million. During the first half of 2014, 74 million toothbrushes were exported, down 21 percent from 94.2 million exported during the first half of 2013.

 

The United States exported 19.5 million toothbrushes to Canada during the first half of 2014, while sending 14.2 million toothbrushes to Mexico and 13.5 million to Germany.

 

The average price per toothbrush for June 2014 was 51 cents, the same as the average price for June 2013. The average price per toothbrush for the first half of 2014 was 48 cents, up 7 percent from 45 cents for the first half of 2013.



Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.3 million shaving brushes during June 2014, down 7 percent from 1.4 million shaving brushes exported for June 2013. During the first half of 2014, 6.5 million shaving brushes were exported, down 24 percent from 8.6 million during the first half of 2013.

 

Mexico and Canada both imported 1.8 million shaving brushes from the United States during the first half of 2014, while Brazil received 1.2 million.

 

The average price per shaving brush for June 2014 was $1.25, up 28 percent from the average price for June 2013 of 98 cents. The average price for the first half of 2014 was $1.43, up 70 percent from 84 cents recorded for the first half of 2013.



Artist Brushes

June 2014 exports of artist brushes totaled 917,747, down 17 percent from the June 2013 total of 1.1 million artist brushes. During the first half of 2014, 5 million artist brushes were exported, down 2 percent from 5.1 million for the first half of 2013.

 

Canada received 2.9 million artist brushes from the United States during the first half of 2014.

 

The average price per artist brush was $2.95 during June 2014, up 51 percent from the average price for June 2013 of $1.96. For the first half of 2014, the average price per artist brush was $2.81, up 16 percent from the average price for the first half of 2013 of $2.43.



Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during June 2014 was 133,760, up 36 percent from 98,421 for June 2013. During the first half of 2014, 757,715 paintbrushes were exported, up 21 percent from 624,424 during the first half of 2013.

 

Canada imported 298,276 paintbrushes from the United States during the first half of 2014.

 

The average price per paintbrush for June 2014 was $17.91, down 6 percent from $19.11 for June 2013. The average price for the first half of 2014 was $16.49, down 5 percent from $17.44 recorded for the first half of 2013.

 

 

2014 IE Data

 

Click here for entire June 2014 Export/Import Statistics

 


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By Harrell Kerkhoff, Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine Editor

 

 

LOOS & COMPANY JEWEL WIRE DIVISION

 

With over 60 years of experience, the Loos & Company Jewel Wire Division (www.loosco.com/index.php?
page=jewel-wire)
, of Pomfret, CT, is a manufacturer of custom wire products. The company provides many wire types to the brush and related industries, such as brass, phosphor bronze, stainless steel, stainless nickel alloy, nickel silver, high carbon and low carbon steel, and custom materials.

 

According to Jewel Wire Division Sales Manager Mike Fredrickson, many of these wire materials are in strong demand right now, especially phosphor bronze and brass. Because of this, Loos & Company keeps a large amount of stock in these alloys.

 

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Mike Fredrickson

 

 

“The types of brushes that use our different wires are pretty diversified. Demand for brass and bronze wire is hot. These materials typically go into the production of higher-end products,” Fredrickson stated.

 

He went on to explain, “There are many markets that are very strong right now, including the oil and gas industry as well as the medical field. On the other end, demand has not been as strong as of late for high carbon and low carbon steel wire.”

 

Loos & Company Jewel Wire Division relies on domestic raw material sources when producing its different wires as well as raw materials coming from the United Kingdom.

 

Fredrickson explained that when it comes to brush production, wire can be used in a variety of ways, including strengthening a product, serving as filament, or to hold the filament in place.

 

“Wire can either make a brush very coarse or very fine—it all depends on what end-users want to grind, brush or scrape off. It also depends on what kind of finish they are looking to achieve,” he said. “This can include wire for straight high-tensile brushes, which are good for scraping barbecue grills or for cleaning golf clubs.

 

“Overall, business has been strong at Jewel Wire. I have been with (Loos & Company) for 30-plus years, and took over as Jewel Wire’s sales manager in March 2013. We are always trying to engineer a better product, while keeping expenses low. We do this as well in our other divisions (at Loos & Company) that supply medical wire and strand, as well as wire rope and aircraft cable. You have to stay ahead of the curve. In this industry, we find that there are always new alloys that people want to try.”

 

Loos & Company, and its Jewel Wire Division, are located in the same facility. This helps a specialty company like Jewel Wire receive support and maintain the resources necessary to produce the highest quality products.

 

“We continue to upgrade machinery and testing equipment, which helps with future production,” Fredrickson said. “Our goal is to always have automated production systems in place, filled with efficient machinery. Loos & Company Jewel Wire Division is considered a specialty mill and always has been. We provide customized items.”

 

 


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Being able to meet increasing requests for quicker turnaround times and lower volume orders are among the current business challenges reported by Fredrickson.

“Prior to 2008, a lot of customers had blanket orders in place. We knew beforehand what most customers were going to require. Today, there is more of a focus on last-minute ordering,” Fredrickson said. “At Loos & Company and Jewel Wire, we work to have a large stock of material on hand. However, this can become expensive. Therefore, we keep a close eye on the nickel and copper markets, for example, because they can be very volatile.”

 

Despite the different challenges of conducting business, Fredrickson remains optimistic about the future of Loos & Company, and its Jewel Wire Division.

 

“We continue to excel as a domestic wire manufacturer, and we are constantly investing in equipment to ensure we are ahead of the game,” he said.

 

 

 

CHARLES E. GREEN & SONS

 

Patience is often required when seeking various types of raw materials, according to Charles E. Green & Sons President John V. Green III. The company has been a supplier of metal forming products for the brush industry since 1876.

 

“We can get the different raw materials needed for the OEM components that we sell to manufacturers as long as we order in advance,” Green said. “We sell only OEM components. We don’t make any completed items ourselves.”

 

Many of the materials used by the Newark, NJ, company come from Europe.

 

“Often we place orders for raw materials 90 to 120 days in advance before expecting delivery. Some items are a little bit more difficult to get than others, such as aluminum needed for making certain components that we sell,” Green said. “Pricing has risen on some materials as well, and there are just not as many vendors around as there used to be. There seemed to be a lot more raw material suppliers years ago compared to today.

 

“Generally, lead times are longer for the raw materials needed to make the components that we sell. This is compared to a few years ago.”

 

Among the products provided by Charles E. Green & Sons (www.charlesegreen.com) are metal paintbrush ferrules sold to paintbrush manufacturers, along with the pins used to nail the ferrules to the brush handles. Charles E. Green & Sons also manufactures Milliken Nail Insertion Machinery, used in the production process of paintbrushes, brooms and mops.

 

“We also import wood and plastic paintbrush handles from Europe for customers, as well as making aluminum inserts that go into paintbrush heads. And, we supply wire frames and other components for customers who make paint rollers,” Green said. “There doesn’t seem to be any trouble with the supply of wood right now in Europe, when it comes to handle production for paintbrushes. I also have not heard our European plastic handle suppliers complain about getting enough resin to produce their items.”

 

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John V. Green III

 

 

Green reported that overall business at his company has been strong as of late. He is seeing many customers who produce products in the United States also experiencing an upturn in business.

 

“I feel there is more demand right now for products made in the United States, compared to a few years ago. I think this trend is helping our own company, which supplies many U.S. manufacturers,” Green said. “Product diversification has also helped our company grow.”


 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Zahoransky’s Z.HORNET 4 Automatic Filament Inserter

 

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The Z.HORNET 4 Automatic Filament Inserter

 


“Brush machines from Zahoransky are designed to fulfill the highest requirements on product performance, efficiency and flexibility, and thereby create competitive advantages for customers. The Z.HORNET 4 is an efficient and cost-effective machine for the production of strip brushes, with a modern 4-axis CNC control system designed for sealing applications and material handling technology. In order to offer customers more performance, Zahoransky has revised the filament feed area on the machine,” said Zahoransky representatives

 

The company says the development of the automatic filament feed has made an effectively unmanned machine operation possible. The nylon filament bundles are placed on a large insertion surface, from where one bundle after the other is drawn by the machine. The material is packed into a clamping device that holds the plastic wrapping. The bundles are pushed upward out of the plastic wrapper by a plate below the bundle. In the next step, tongs encircle the now free filaments, which are then drawn upward, turned 90 degrees and inserted in the available filament box. The plastic wrapper remains behind and is suctioned off into the provided waste area. The automatic filament feed is suitable for the single filament box.

 

An additional innovation is the reduction, in the minimum processing length of filaments, from 33mm to 28mm. This results in savings for both material and costs, according to representatives.

 

Zahoransky’s 3D BRUSHDESIGNER software is used on the Z.HORNET 4. This enables the creation and setting of new hole fields directly on the machine. It allows fast conversion time to a different brush model. Another advantage is the high tufting speed that processes 700 bundles per minute.

 

“The production of multi-row strip brushes, as well as individual upgrading to a fully automated production line, is possible with this model,” according to the company.

 

Z.HORNET 4 benefits also are:

• Filling tool stroke of 70mm or 100mm;

• Up to 7m strip brushes/minute;

• Tufting speed of up to 700 tufts/minute;

• Available with 4 movement axes; filling tool sizes of up to 6.5mm possible; and

• Optionally available with double or triple filament box.

 

Visit www.zahoransky.com for more information.

 

 

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The Z.HORNET 4

 

 

 

 



 

Jackson T. Edwards Promoted To
Mount Joy Wire’s Director Of Technical Services And Sales


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Edwards, Mount Joy's new director of technical service and sales, has worked in production, in the lab performing physical and chemical tests and as the quality manager. He was named manager of process engineering in 2007, and was also responsibile for managing the company’s environmental services and safety programs.

Edwards is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

The company manufactures all wire products in its Mount Joy, PA, facility and ships to customers across the globe.

Visit www.mjwire.com for more information.


 

 

 

 



 

The Libman Company’s American Heritage
Is Celebrated In New AOL Series ‘This Built America’

 

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Andrew Libman

 


“For The Libman Company, being chosen to represent Illinois in 'This Built America,' is proof that Cuppel Libman’s move to America in the late 1800s did indeed give his family the chance they weren’t offered in tsarist Lithuania," said company officials.

 

The Libman Company, of Arcola, IL, joins a national movement in “This Built America” that is devoted to supporting American companies and American-made products. AOL said it is proud to support the effort, along with sponsor Ford Trucks. Through the year, the editorial and video teams will explore 50 states in 50 weeks to bring 50 stories of the people who are bringing back manufacturing to America. The platform is produced in coordination with Man Made Content.

 

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Robert Libman

 

 

“We are honored to have been selected to participate in the ‘This Built America’ series,” said Andrew Libman, one of the further-generation Libman Company leaders. “Hard-working immigrants, like my great-grandfather and countless others, truly shaped our country into what it is today. We are proud to continue Libman’s heritage, and at the same time help to build the American tradition of providing opportunities and quality products.”

 

The Libman episode of “This Built America” features the Libmans – father Robert and son Andrew – who discuss what happens when the third and fourth generations of Libmans continue the business that started in 1896. Others profiled in the episode are members of the Gauna family, immigrants from Cadereyta, Mexico. Like the Libmans, the Gauna’s have seen several generations become integral members of The Libman Company’s family.

 

Visit www.thisbuiltamerica.com/illinois to view the full episode on The Libman Company.

 

The Libman Company manufactures products from brooms and mops, to more specialized tools for kitchen and bathroom cleaning and industrial uses. Libman manufactures most of its products in the United States, including the company’s Wonder® Mop.

 

Visit www.libman.com for more information.

 

 

 



 

Wooster FTP Roller For Proper Paint Coverage


Rollers featuring Wooster-exclusive HydroFlow™ technology result in a better painting experience, according to the company.

 

"Painting is easier and faster because less force is required during application, and there’s no need to go back and rework an area to get proper coverage," said Wooster representatives.


Wooster says it is expanding its Pro/Doo-Z® FTP™ and Super/Fab® FTP™ lines to include more sizes and styles. Super/Fab FTP and Pro/Doo-Z FTP with HydroFlow technology are the first Wooster roller lines to be released in new zip-seal 3-packs; they may be ordered as open-stock items or in bulk side stack displays. The new 3/4-inch nap Non-Beveled Super/Fab FTP makes it possible to paint in corners without the aid of a brush.

 

The Super/Fab FTP rollers deliver more coverage per load with all flat, eggshell, and satin paints. Super/Fab FTP covers are shed-resistant for delivering a better-quality finish. Wooster says thePro/Doo-Z FTP rollers increase production and provide a smoother, more consistent painting experience. The no-shed fabric achieves the finishes faster with all paints (flat to gloss), enamels, primers, urethanes and epoxies.

 

Both Wooster FTP roller brands are available at traditional paint and decorating centers, hardware stores, and paint sundry distributors and retailers.

 

Visit www.woosterbrush.com for more information.

 

 

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From Shurhold Industries:

The Bus Maintenance Kit

 

The heart of the Bus Maintenance Kit from Shurhold Industries is a 9-foot telescoping handle. With Shurhold’s SHUR-LOK quick-release system, one handle can be used for a variety of equipment. This system locks the Shurhold handle quickly with over 40 different attachments.

 

The handle is made of high-grade aluminum, heat-treated and triple anodized. It locks at five different lengths from 60 to 108 inches.

 

Along with the handle, this kit includes three attachments: the Swivel Wool Wash Pad, the Angled Floor Broom and the Super Floor Mop. It also comes with full size bottles of Brite Wash, Serious Shine and Serious Multi-Purpose Cleaner. In addition, a Microfiber Towel 3-pack and Flexible Water Blade and adapter are included.

 

Shurhold manufactures specialty care items and accessories to clean, polish and detail.

 

Visit www.shurhold.com/rv for more information.

 

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