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By Harrell Kerkhoff, Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine Editor


To see and be seen — this remains a major objective for participants, including exhibitors, during ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America, which takes place October 20-23, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, in Las Vegas, NV.

 

Over 700 exhibiting companies, from more than 30 countries, will take part in this annual event. These exhibitors — including many manufacturers/suppliers of brushes, brooms, mops, squeegees and similar cleaning items — will showcase their latest products and/or services for distributors and other professionals involved in the jan/san and related industries. ISSA said the event averages 16,000 attendees annually, with over 20 hours of tradeshow time.

 

This year’s tradeshow
floor will be open three days:


• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

on Wednesday, October 21;


• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

on Thursday, October 22; and,


• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

on Friday, October 23.

 

A new feature this year will be an exhibitor area located outdoors. It will be connected to the convention center.

 

ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America sites are alternated each year. According to ISSA, each time the event moves to a different city, one third of the show’s attendees are new, offering exhibitors fresh opportunities to reach prospective customers, while still having time for face-to-face meetings with key contacts who return annually.

 

“The show consistently draws a majority of high-level decision-makers among its commercial and institutional attendees. For example, 90 percent of distributors at the event are upper-level executives,” ISSA stated.

 

Multiple industry organizations also host events during the week, and all have access to the exhibit hall. This provides a variety of distributors and end-customers in one place. In addition, the following associations co-locate their own conventions with ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America: the Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI); the International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA); the Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI); and the Cleaning Equipment Trade Association (CETA).

 

ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2015 will follow a Tuesday through Friday format. The theme for this year’s event is, “The One Show for Facility Solutions.” Educational seminars begin Tuesday, October 20, and will take place through Friday, October 23.

 

Among the seminar topics are: Infection Control; Society 3.0-The Future of Work; Helping Facilities Save Money and Reduce Environmental Impact; Growing Your Business While Others Shrink; and, Creating an Insanely Positive Workplace Culture.

 

ISSA workshops, meanwhile, begin Monday, October 19 and run through Friday, October 23. These workshops require an additional registration and prepare participants to become an ISSA Certification Expert, an Accredited Certification Trainer, or a supervisor with sharpened soft and technical skills.

 

 

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The tradeshow floor will also be home for this year’s four ISSA Keynote Speakers. Dates and speakers are the following:

 

• 8 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21 —

Afterburner Inc., is a global team of fighter pilots that will discuss how to be in “full fighting form” to meet the challenges of today’s business climate. The presentation is titled Secrets of Flawless Execution;

 

• 8 a.m. on Thursday, October 22 —

Comedian and talk show host Jay Leno will give a presentation titled Funny Business. He will share his observations and a lifetime of lessons and business insights; and,

 

• 1 p.m. on Friday, October 23 (ISSA Excellence Awards Luncheon) —

Kevin O’Leary, who is a businessman, investor and a host of the TV show Shark Tank, will give his opinion on what it takes to be successful in today’s economy. O’Leary will also announce who he has chosen to be the winner of the ISSA Excellent Idea Contest.

 

Visit www.issa.com to learn more about registration
information, events, exhibitors, keynote speakers
and other activities taking place during the week.

 

 

ISSA/INTERCLEAN

2015 SCHEDULE

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. — Exhibitor Registration
12:30 p.m. — ISSA Golf Tournament, benefiting the ISSA Foundation (at Arroyo Golf Club, Las Vegas)
1-5 p.m. — CIMS: ISSA Certification Expert (I.C.E.) Workshop - Part 1

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. — Exhibitor & Attendee Registration
8 a.m.-5 p.m. — ISSA Convention Seminars
8:30-11:30 a.m. — CIMS: ISSA Certification Expert (I.C.E.) Workshop - Part 2
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. — ISSA Lunch & Learn
1-5 p.m. — CITS: Accredited Certification Trainer (A.C.T.) Workshop - Part 1

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. — Exhibitor & Attendee Registration
8 a.m — Keynote Speaker: Afterburner Inc. — Secrets of Flawless Execution
9 a.m.-5 p.m. — ISSA/INTERCLEAN Exhibit Hours
10 a.m.-5 p.m. — ISSA Convention Seminars on the Tradeshow Floor
10 a.m.-Noon — CITS: Accredited Certification Trainer (A.C.T.) Workshop - Part 2

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. — Exhibitor & Attendee Registration
8 a.m. — Keynote Speaker: Jay Leno — Funny Business
9 a.m.-5 p.m. — ISSA/INTERCLEAN Exhibit Hours
9 a.m.-5 p.m. — ISSA Convention Seminars on the Tradeshow Floor
1-5 p.m. — CMI Supervisor Session - Part 1
4-5 p.m. — ISSA/INTERCLEAN Show Floor Happy Hour

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23
8 a.m.-1 p.m. — Exhibitor & Attendee Registration
9 a.m.-1 p.m. — ISSA/INTERCLEAN Exhibit Hours
1 p.m. — ISSA Excellence Awards Luncheon & Closing Keynote Speaker: Kevin O’Leary — How You Can Be a Successful Entrepreneur at Everything You Do
2-5 p.m. — CMI Supervisor Session - Part 2
2:15-4 p.m. — ISSA Convention Seminars


 

 

Imports Mixed, Exports Up For First Five Months Of 2015

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Including complete list of May 2015

Import/Export Statistics

 

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

 

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


Import totals for the first five months of 2015 were up in six finished goods categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable materials, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, shaving brushes, paint rollers and paintbrushes, compared to the first five months of 2014. In May 2015, five categories outlined recorded increases: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, paint rollers and paintbrushes, compared to May 2014.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 40,693 kilograms of hog bristle in May 2015, up 57 percent from 25,922 kilograms imported in May 2014. During the first five months of 2015, 106,289 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down 18 percent from 128,886 kilograms imported during the first five months of 2014.


China sent 102,933 kilograms of hog bristle to the United States during the first five months of 2015.

 

The average price per kilogram for May 2015 was $15.72, down 18 percent from the average price per kilogram for May 2014 of $19.15. The average price per kilogram for the first five months of 2015 was $16.50, up 18 percent from the average price per kilogram of $13.99 for the first five months of 2014.

 


Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during May 2015 was 1.4 million, down 36 percent from 2.2 million for May 2014. During the first five months of 2015, 7.1 million broom and mop handles were imported, down slightly from 7.2 million for the first five months of 2014.


During the first five months of 2015, the United States received 4.1 million broom and mop handles from Brazil, 1.4 million from Honduras and 1.2 million from China.

 

The average price per handle for May 2015 was $1.05, up 8 percent from 97 cents for May 2014. The average price for the first five months of 2015 was 96 cents, up 5 percent from 91 cents for the first five months of 2014.


Brush Backs

May 2015 imports of brush backs totaled 648,847, up 4 percent from 625,546 for May 2014. During the first five months of 2015, 2.5 million brush backs were imported, down 7 percent from 2.7 million for the first five months of 2014.

 

Canada sent 1.3 million brush backs to the United States during the first five months of 2015, while Sri Lanka shipped 810,240.

 

The average price per brush back was 43 cents during May 2015, up 2 cents from the average price for May 2014. For the first five months of 2015, the average price per brush back was 46 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first five months of 2014.

 


Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during May 2015 was 2.2 million, down 35 percent from 3.4 million for May 2014. During the first five months of 2015, 11 million metal handles were imported, down 15 percent from 13 million for the first five months of 2014.


During the first five months of 2015, Spain exported 4.9 million metal handles to the United States, while China sent 4.7 million.

 

The average price per handle for May 2015 was 96 cents, up 22 percent from 79 cents for May 2014. The average price for the first five months of 2015 was 96 cents, up 19 percent from the average price for the first five months of 2014 of 81 cents.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn
Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 656,638 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during May 2015, down 4 percent from 686,246 for May 2014. During the first five months of 2015, 3 million brooms of broom corn were imported, down 9 percent from 3.3 million for the first five months of 2014.


Mexico shipped 2.9 million brooms to the United States during the first five months of 2015.

 

The average price per broom for May 2015 was $2.62, up 4 percent from $2.52 for May 2014. The average price per broom for the first five months of 2015 was $2.57, up 2 percent from the average price for the first five months of 2014 of $2.52.



Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during May 2015 was 317,099, up 45 percent from 218,701 brooms and brushes imported during May 2014. During the first five months of 2015, 2 million brooms and brushes were imported, up 135 percent from 852,271 for the first five months of 2014.


Sri Lanka exported 895,481 brooms and brushes to the United States during the first five months of 2015, while Canada sent 565,302.

 

The average price per unit for May 2015 was $1.04, down 2 cents from the average price for May 2014. The average price for the first five months of 2015 was $1.07, down 34 percent from the average price recorded for the first five months of 2014 of $1.62.



Toothbrushes

The United States imported 99.8 million toothbrushes in May 2015, up 23 percent from 81.2 million imported in May 2014. During the first five months of 2015, 415.9 million toothbrushes were imported, up 5 percent from 396.2 million imported during the first five months of 2014.


China sent 309.7 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first five months of 2015.

 

The average price per toothbrush for May 2015 was 24 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for May 2014. The average price for the first five months of 2015 was also 24 cents, the same as for the first five months of 2014.

 

 

Hairbrushes

May 2015 imports of hairbrushes totaled 3.9 million, up 26 percent from 3.1 million for May 2014. During the first five months of 2015, 17.1 million hairbrushes were imported, up 19 percent from 14.4 million for the first five months of 2014.

 

China shipped 17 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first five months of 2015.


The average price per hairbrush was 25 cents during May 2015, down 2 cents from the average price for May 2014. For the first five months of 2015, the average price per hairbrush was 27 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first five months of 2014.

 

 

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 4.7 million shaving brushes in May 2015, down 55 percent from 10.4 million imported in May 2014. During the first five months of 2015, 40.8 million shaving brushes were imported, up 30 percent from 31.4 million imported during the first five months of 2014.


Germany sent 20.9 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first five months of 2015, while China shipped 15 million.

 

The average price per shaving brush for May 2015 was 16 cents, up 78 percent from the average price for May 2014 of 9 cents. The average price for the first five months of 2015 was 11 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first five months of 2014.



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Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during May 2015 was 7.4 million, up 51 percent from 4.9 million recorded for May 2014. During the first five months of 2015, 27.9 million paint rollers were imported, up 33 percent from 21 million during the first five months of 2014.


China sent 22.3 million paint rollers to the United States during the first five months of 2015, while Mexico exported 3.1 million.

 

The average price per paint roller for May 2015 was 42 cents, down 16 percent from the average price for May 2014 of 50 cents. The average price for the first five months of 2015 was 47 cents, down 11 percent from the average price of 52 cents for the first five months of 2014.

 


Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 23.2 million paintbrushes during May 2015, up 15 percent from 20.1 million paintbrushes imported during May 2014. Paintbrush imports for the first five months of 2015 were 93.1 million, up 7 percent from 87.4 million recorded for the first five months of 2014.

 

China shipped 86.5 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first five months of 2015, while Indonesia sent 5.7 million.

 

The average price per paintbrush for May 2015 was 34 cents, up 26 percent from 27 cents for May 2014. The average price for the first five months of 2015 was 34 cents, up 17 percent from 29 cents for the first five months of 2014.

 


Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for May 2015 was 1.2 million, down 20 percent from 1.5 million for May 2014. During the first five months of 2015, 6 million upright brooms were imported, down 5 percent from 6.3 million imported during the first five months of 2014.

 

China sent 5.1 million upright brooms to the United States during the first five months of 2015.

 

The average price per broom for May 2015 was $1.28, down 12 percent from the average price for May 2014 of $1.46. The average price per broom for the first five months of 2015 was $1.42, down 9 percent from $1.56 for the first five months of 2014.



– EXPORTS –

 

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


In May 2015, all five categories outlined also reported increases, compared to May 2014.



Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 9,776 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during May 2015, up 38 percent from the May 2014 total of 7,089 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during the first five months of 2015 were 35,865 dozen, up 18 percent from 30,322 dozen for the first five months of 2014.

 

The United States sent 11,428 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first five months of 2015.


The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $65.49 in May 2015, up 51 percent from $43.39 for May 2014. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for the first five months of 2015 was $47.19, up 22 percent from $38.71 for the average price per dozen for the first five months of 2014.



Toothbrushes

During May 2015, the United States exported 18.8 million toothbrushes, up 68 percent from the total recorded in May 2014 of 11.2 million. During the first five months of 2015, 69.2 million toothbrushes were exported, up 11 percent from 62.4 million exported during the first five months of 2014.

 

The United States exported 16.1 million toothbrushes to Germany during the first five months of 2015, while sending 14.6 million toothbrushes to Canada and 13.1 million to Mexico.

 

The average price per toothbrush for May 2015 was 43 cents, down 16 percent from 51 cents for May 2014. The average price per toothbrush for the first five months of 2015 was 50 cents, up 2 cents from the average price for the first five months of 2014.



Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.4 million shaving brushes during May 2015, up 40 percent from 1 million shaving brushes exported for May 2014. During the first five months of 2015, 5.4 million shaving brushes were exported, up 4 percent from 5.2 million for the first five months of 2014.

 

Brazil imported 2.5 million shaving brushes from the United States during the first five months of 2015, while Canada received 1.2 million.

 

The average price per shaving brush for May 2015 was $1, down 39 percent from the average price for May 2014 of $1.64. The average price for the first five months of 2015 was $1.28, down 13 percent from $1.47 recorded for the first five months of 2014.



Artist Brushes

May 2015 exports of artist brushes totaled 935,881, up 23 percent from the May 2014 total of 763,528 artist brushes. During the first five months of 2015, 4.8 million artist brushes were exported, up 20 percent from 4 million for the first five months of 2014.

 

Canada received 3 million artist brushes from the United States during the first five months of 2015.

 

The average price per artist brush was $2.40 during May 2015, down 23 percent from the average price for May 2014 of $3.13. For the first five months of 2015, the average price per artist brush was $2.59, down 7 percent from the average price for the first five months of 2014 of $2.78.



Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during May 2015 was 166,438, up 25 percent from 133,380 for May 2014. During the first five months of 2015, 730,868 paintbrushes were exported, up 17 percent from 623,955 during the first five months of 2014.

 

Canada imported 329,909 paintbrushes from the United States during the first five months of 2015, while the United Kingdom received 155,072.

 

The average price per paintbrush for May 2015 was $11.80, down 31 percent from $16.99 for May 2014. The average price for the first five months of 2015 was $12.31, down 24 percent from $16.18 recorded for the first five months of 2014.

 

 

May 2015 Import/Export

 

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Import/Export Statistics

 

 

 



 

Brush Industry Mourns Death Of Two Leaders


Harold Schaefer, Fourth Generation Owner Of Schaefer Brush, Dies

 

Harold Schaefer

 

Harold G. Schaefer, 72, of Hubertus, WI, died Aug. 12, 2015, at his home.

 

Mr. Schaefer was born Jan. 24, 1943, in Milwaukee, WI, to Harold A. and Erdine M. (Tetschlag) Schaefer. He worked for Schaefer Brush Mfg. Co, Inc., in Waukesha, WI, for 50 years. He owned and operated the company for 24 years and retired, just two months ago. He was the fourth generation owner.

 

Schaefer is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda Marie Schaefer; his daughter, Charisse Marie Schaefer; his granddaughter, Samantha Marie Gdaniec; his mother, Erdine Schaefer; and siblings, Dennis (Candy) Schaefer, Deborah (Howard) Lawson, and Karen (Rick) Weege. He is also survived by his friend and longtime co-worker, Sheri Reichart; many other relatives and friends.

 

Mr. Schaefer’s hobbies included spending time with family and friends, his love of nature and boating, and his pets, particularly his dog, Trooper.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold A. Schaefer, and his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Pugh.

 

Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hartford, WI.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC, 20090-6929, the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at 1061 E. Commerce Blvd. Slinger, WI, 53086, or the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL, 60674.

 

 

 

 

Retired President Of Pacific Coast Brush, Theodore William Alm Dies

 

Theodore William Alm

 

Past president of Pacific Coach Brush Company, Theodore William Alm, 75, of Las Vegas, NV, died Aug. 5, 2015, in Las Vegas. He was born May 12, 1940, in Morris, MN, one of two children of Margaret Mary (Treinen) Alm and Carl John Alm. He grew up in Morris, MN, attended the University of Minnesota, and served in the U.S. Army.

 

He married Shirley Elaine Peterson Aug. 5, 1967. Together, they moved to Monticello, MN, in 1968, where they raised their children. In 1981, the family relocated to Glendora, CA.

 

Mr. Alm’s hobbies included reading, sports and spending time with family. He enjoyed investing and finances, and checked stocks daily. He also was an avid golfer. Prior to moving to Nevada, where he and is wife retired, Alm was president of Pacific Coast Brush, He was also a past president of the Chamber of Commerce. Through his community service, he was able to travel the world and meet many dignitaries.

 

He is survived by his family, including his wife; children: Scott, Natalie, Mary, Lance and Sheri; 17 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and his brother, Gary.

 

Memorial services were held September 12 at Mille Lacs Lake, in Isle, MN.


 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Jones Operations Centralized Under Scott Butler

 

Scott Butler


The Jones Family of Companies has combined all operations under the direction of Scott Butler, a third generation Jones associate, after naming him vice president of operations. The operations of the companies include yarn spinning for floor cleaning at Jones Companies, Ltd., and nonwovens manufacturing for bedding and other applications at Jones Fiber Products, Inc.

 

A graduate of Union University, with a degree in organizational leadership, Butler learned the floor-cleaning and yarn spinning industries starting on the production floor. His positions since that time have included spare hand, technician, technician supervisor, quality manager, and yarn mill plant manager. In addition, Butler has served as plant manager at two Jones nonwovens facilities and as the management representative for the company’s ISO quality system.

 

“For three generations, Scott and members of his family have made significant contributions to the success of our companies, and his leadership as vice president of operations will contribute to the future success of The Jones Family of Companies,” said Richard Ayers, CEO/CFO.

 

“The business plan for The Jones Family of Companies includes strategies to direct the company in maintaining a strong customer focus as one of its core values. Each of the strategies in the plan supports the vision of The Jones Family of Companies being the preferred supplier in both new and existing markets to ensure the continued growth and relevancy of the company,” according to a press release.

 

 

Visit www.jonesyarn.com for more information.

 


 

 

 

 



 


Abtex Corp. Hires New Production Manager

 

James Ameigh

James Ameigh

 


Abtex Corp., of Dresden, NY, has hired James Ameigh as production manager. Ameigh oversees the production and manufacturing of Abtex deburring brushes from initial concept through final delivery.

 

Ameigh’s work experience includes process engineering for manufacturers such as Corning and Sikorsky Aircraft. He has degrees in mechanical technology and manufacturing technology from Corning Community College.

 

Abtex Corporation supplies filament brushes and custom-designed deburring machines for a variety of machined-part, aluminum-extrusion, fine-blanked, and powder-metal applications. Customers include manufacturers such as automotive Tier 2 and Tier 3 parts producers.


 

Visit www.abtex.com for more information.

 

 

 

 



 

Shurhold Industries' Water Blade
Helps Eliminate Water Spots

 

 

 


Shurhold Industries says its SHUR-Dry Flexible Water Blade can eliminate window spots and the need for towels and chamois.

 

“The 12-inch blade easily molds to curved surfaces, drying any area in one-third the time. It’s made of silicone so it's safe to use on every part of the vehicle. This tool can be used by hand, or inserted into an adapter for use with any Shurhold handle. The adapter is sold separately,” according to the company.

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 



 

Osborn Moves North American
Headquarters To Richmond, IN

 

 

 

 

Osborn, a supplier of industrial brushes, polishing compounds and buffs, recently moved its North American headquarters to Richmond, IN.

 

“In 2004, the company first opened operations in Richmond, a location which expanded several times and grew to employ more than 200 people. At its new headquarters, Osborn expects to create more than 30 new jobs. Along with its current 180,000-square-foot Richmond facility, Osborn plans to construct a 7,400-square-foot addition in late 2015,” according to a press release.

“By having all departments in one place, we at Osborn can achieve greater collaboration,” said Mark C. Johnson, vice president of sales and marketing at Osborn. “For our customers, this move allows our sales, marketing and customer service teams to be located in the same facility as our engineers and other team members, which will lead to faster customer solutions and new innovations.”

 

The unification of all departments at the new headquarters will also allow Osborn to increase the frequency of distributor and end-user training at the Richmond facility.

 

“Founded in 1887, Osborn now includes operations in 15 countries and serves customers in more than 100 countries. A unit of Jason Inc., Osborn carries more than 10,000 standard products and more than 100,000 customized solutions to serve a diverse group of customers and industries,” said the release.

 

 

Visit www.osborn.com for more information.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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