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Imports Up, Exports Down
For The First Five Months Of 2019


U.S. government trade figures for May 2019 indicated raw material imports were down in three categories outlined: hog bristle, brush backs and metal handles, compared to May 2018. For the first five months of 2019, raw material imports were up in two categories outlined: hog bristle and broom and mop handles, compared to the first five months of 2018.

Import totals for May 2019 were up in five finished goods categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, paint rollers, and upright brooms, compared to May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, import totals were also up in five categories outlined, compared to the first five months of 2018: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, shaving brushes and upright brooms.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 6,630 kilograms of hog bristle in May 2019, down 65 percent from 18,758 kilograms imported in May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, 79,260 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, up 4 percent from 76,547 for the first five months of 2018.

China sent all the hog bristle to the United States during the first five
months of 2019.

The average price per kilogram for May 2019 was $42.25, down 1 percent from the average price per kilogram for May 2018 of $42.89. During the first five months of 2019, the average price per kilogram was $38.80, up 18 percent from $32.97 for the first five months of 2018.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during May 2019 was 1.9 million,
up 36 percent from 1.4 million for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, 7.7 million broom and mop handles were imported, up 1 percent from 7.6 million
for the first five months of 2018.

During the first five months of 2019, the United States received 3.8 million broom and mop handles from Honduras and 2.2 million from Brazil.

The average price per handle for May 2019 was 75 cents, up 9 percent from 69 cents for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, the average price per handle was 73 cents, the same as for 2018.

 

Brush Backs

May 2019 imports of brush backs totaled 128,695, down 73 percent from 468,463 for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, 2 million brush backs were imported, down 9 percent from 2.2 million for 2018.

Sri Lanka shipped 698,525 brush backs to the United States during the first five months 2019, while Indonesia sent 634,778 brush backs and Canada exported 562,580.

The average price per brush back was 72 cents during May 2019, up 41 percent from 51 cents for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, the average price was 51 cents, the same as the average price for the first five months of 2018.

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during May 2019 was 1.4 million, down 13 percent from 1.6 million for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, 6.2 million metal handles were imported, down 32 percent from 9.1 million for the first five months of 2018.

During the first five months of 2019, Italy sent 2.5 million metal handles to the United States, while China exported 1.9 million.

The average price per handle for May 2019 was $1.15, up 34 percent from 86 cents for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, the average price per handle was $1.22, up 28 percent from 95 cents for the first five months of 2018.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 565,928 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during May 2019, down 4 percent from 592,346 for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, 2.5 million brooms were imported, down 4 percent from 2.6 million for the first five months of 2018.

Mexico sent nearly all the brooms to the United States during the first five
months of 2019.

The average price per broom for May 2019 was $2.34, the same as for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, the average price per broom was $2.35, down 3 percent from $2.43 for the first five months of 2018.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during May 2019 was 422,668, up 73 percent from 244,367 brooms and brushes imported during May 2018. For the first five months of 2019, 2.2 million brooms and brushes were imported, up 100 percent from 1.1 million for the first five months of 2018.

During the first five months of 2019, Sri Lanka exported 1 million brooms and brushes to the United States.

The average price per unit for May 2019 was 52 cents, down 55 percent from
the average price for May 2018 of $1.15. During the first five months of 2019,
the average price per unit was 67 cents, down 40 percent from $1.12 for the
first five months of 2018.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 106.7 million toothbrushes in May 2019, up 11 percent from 96.3 million imported in May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, 492.7 million toothbrushes were imported, up 6 percent from 462.9 million for the first five months of 2018.

China sent 390.4 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first five months of 2019.

The average price per toothbrush for May 2019 was 24 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, the average price per toothbrush was 25 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first
five months of 2018.

Hairbrushes

May 2019 imports of hairbrushes totaled 6.1 million, up 69 percent from 3.6 million for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, 22.5 million hairbrushes were imported, up 14 percent from 19.8 million for the first five months of 2018.

China sent 22.1 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first five months of 2019.

The average price per hairbrush was 21 cents during May 2019, down 13 percent from 24 cents for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, the average price per hairbrush was 23 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first five months of 2018.

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 3.1 million shaving brushes in May 2019, down 3 percent from 3.2 million imported in May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, 23.4 million shaving brushes were imported, up 21 percent from 19.4 million for the first five months of 2018.

China sent 15.3 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first five months of 2019.

The average price per shaving brush for May 2019 was 19 cents, up 12 percent from 17 cents for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, the average
price per brush was 13 cents, down 13 percent from 15 cents for the first five months of 2018.

 

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during May 2019 was 7.3 million, up 14 percent from 6.4 million for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, 30.2 million paint rollers were imported, down 11 percent from 33.9 million for the first five months of 2018.

China sent 23.5 million paint rollers to the United States during the first five
months of 2019.

The average price per paint roller for May 2019 was 45 cents, up 7 percent from
42 cents for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, the average price
per paint roller was 48 cents, up 9 percent from 44 cents for the first five months
of 2018.

Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 27.3 million paintbrushes during May 2019, down 1 percent from 27.7 million for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, 117.4 million paintbrushes were imported, down 10 percent from 130.5 million for the first five months of 2018.

China shipped 105.8 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first five months of 2019.

The average price per paintbrush for May 2019 was 29 cents, up 7 percent from
27 cents for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, the average price
per paintbrush was 28 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first five months of 2018.

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for May 2019 was 2.2 million, up 29 percent from 1.7 million for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, 9.5 million upright brooms were imported, up 30 percent from 7.3 million for the first five months of 2018.

China sent 8.6 million upright brooms to the United States during the first five months of 2019.

The average price per broom for May 2019 was $1.29, up 5 percent from $1.23 for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, the average price per broom was $1.54, up 12 percent from $1.37 for the first five months of 2018.



– EXPORTS –

Export totals for May 2019 were down in all five categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, shaving brushes, artist brushes and paintbrushes, compared to May 2018. For the first five months of 2019, export totals were down in three categories outlined, compared to the first five months of 2018: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, shaving brushes and artist brushes.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 4,515 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during May 2019, down 32 percent from the May 2018 total of 6,645 dozen. For the first five months of 2019, 32,798 dozen brooms and brushes were exported, down 10 percent from 36,276 dozen for the first five months of 2018.

The United States sent 14,820 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first five months of 2019.

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $37.35 in May 2019, down 5 percent from $39.47 for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, the average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $36.93, down 1 percent from $37.29 per dozen for the first five months of 2018.

 

Toothbrushes

During May 2019, the United States exported 13.5 million toothbrushes, down 1 percent from 13.7 million for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, 76.6 million toothbrushes were exported, up 10 percent from 65.2 million for the first five months of 2018.

The United States exported 16.6 million toothbrushes to Canada and 16 million to Germany during the first five months of 2019.

The average price per toothbrush for May 2019 was 54 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, the average price per brush was 50 cents, down 7 percent from 54 cents for the first five months of 2018.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.4 million shaving brushes during May 2019, down 50 percent from 2.8 million for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, 6.1 million shaving brushes were exported, down 33 percent from 9.1 million for the first five months of 2018.

During the first five months of 2019, the United States exported 1.7 million shaving brushes to Canada and 1.5 million to Brazil.

The average price per shaving brush for May 2019 was $1.24, up 107 percent
from 60 cents for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, the average price per shaving brush was $1.25, up 17 percent from $1.07 for the first five months
of 2018.

Artist Brushes

May 2019 exports of artist brushes totaled 555,750, down 54 percent from 1.2 million for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, 3.4 million artist brushes were exported, down 29 percent from 4.8 million for the first five months of 2018.

Canada received 2.2 million artist brushes from the United States during the first five months of 2019.

The average price per artist brush was $4.68 during May 2019, up 74 percent from the average price for May 2018 of $2.69. During the first five months of 2019, the average price per artist brush was $3.78, down 1 percent from $3.80 for the first five months of 2018.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during May 2019 was 155,140, down 18 percent from 190,203 for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, 1 million paintbrushes were exported, up 8 percent from 929,147 for the first five months
of 2018.

Canada imported 410,843 paintbrushes from the United States during the first five months of 2019, while China received 241,380 and the United Kingdom imported 180,867.

The average price per paintbrush for May 2019 was $8.13, down 1 percent from $8.23 for May 2018. During the first five months of 2019, the average price per paintbrush was $5.76, down 20 percent from $7.16 for the first five months of 2018.

 

May 2019

February 2019 Export Chart

 

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Import/Export Statistics.

 



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ISSA Show


By Rick Mullen | Broom, Brush & Mop Associate Editor

ISSA Show North America 2019, to take place November 18-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, is expected to attract more that 16,000 cleaning professionals, representing 67 countries.

In addition, there will be more than 700 exhibitors and 100-plus education sessions.
The theme for this year’s show is “Get To Know ISSA.”

Manufacturers, distributors, facility managers, building contractors, and residential cleaners will come together for information sharing, relationship building, and product innovation.

Attendees can expect to discover new solutions for improving efficiencies, skills, and profitability, according to ISSA.

Additional special attractions and event features in 2019 include:

Specialty cleaning area and theater on the show floor, which will feature education sessions and exhibitors from health care, residential, and restoration segments;

• Solve for X booth, where “X” represents specific industry challenges on which attendees will collaborate through unique peer-to-peer idea exchanges;


• The ISSA Sports Bar, sponsored by Spartan Chemical Co., a welcoming venue for attendees to network and relax on the trade show floor;

• International Pavilion and Italian Pavilion, which together will feature exhibitors from more than 26 countries;

• First-Time Exhibitor Pavilion and Startup Village, featuring new companies to ISSA Show North America, such as technology-solution providers, safety equipment suppliers, and others from commercial cleaning and adjacent markets; and,

• Discounts to attractions across the Las Vegas Strip with a valid ISSA Show North America 2019 trade show badge.

SPOTLIGHT SPEAKERS


Mark Kamp, Marvelless Mark®: Opportunity Rocks:
Rock Star Performance Equals Rock Star
.

9:30-10:30 a.m., Monday, November 18.
Learn to perform like a rock star in business, and in life, by learning the success principles of rock stars, along with some serious business content. Learn the four
key principles that fuel rock-star success. This topic is multigenerational, motivational,
and is delivered in a high-energy presentation with rock-solid content and hilarious
audience interaction.

Kristen Hadeed: ISSA Lunch and Learn: Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast.
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday, November 18.
It’s all about the culture. Whether people spend their days flipping burgers, folding shirts, making sales calls, or cleaning toilets, trust, accountability, and empowerment are key. Create a culture where these values are lacking, and people will feel disengaged, and dissatisfied. Create a culture where these values are strong, and people will come to work excited and go home feeling appreciated and fulfilled.

Mark Herbick and Tim Shea: Mergers and Acquisitions in the Jan/San Sector.
9-10 a.m., Wednesday, November 20.
Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the jan/san sector is robust. During this session, two M&A experts specializing in cleaning and janitorial firms will discuss current market conditions, how to best capitalize on them as a buyer or seller, and what the future holds for M&A in the near-term.

Phil Duffy, Jon Hill, Nick Powley and Greg Scott: Technology for Tomorrow.
9-10 a.m., Thursday, November 21.
Technological advancements in the cleaning industry seem to change daily. Discover the hurdles, both expected and unexpected, that rapidly changing technological advancements create. Learn from cleaning industry experts as this panel discusses how technology is changing for tomorrow — from floor robotics, product efficiency, diverse robotic platforms, drone cleaning, to industry technology.

EDUCATION SESSIONS
This year’s schedule includes more than 100 education sessions, hands-on training,
and networking events covering industry changes and trends, new innovations, proven strategies to boost profitability, and much more.

TRADE SHOW
The ISSA Show’s trade show floor is where attendees will find the latest in cleaning technology, shop exhibitor products and services and learn from interactive sessions in
three theater areas. More than 700 exhibitors will be on hand this year to demonstrate
new equipment and showcase new solutions.

The trade show floor will be located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center and will be open Tuesday, November 19-Thursday, November 21.
The trade show floor is closed for setup on Monday, November 18.

SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Noon-5 p.m.: Exhibitor & Attendee Registration, South Hall.
7-10 p.m.: IEHA, Division of ISSA, Members' Reception, Bally’s Skyview 5 & 6.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18
6:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.: Exhibitor & Attendee Registration, South Hall.
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.: ISSA Education Sessions’ South Hall.
9:30-10:30 a.m.: ISSA Spotlight Speaker: Marvelless Mark®’ South Hall, S221.
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.: ISSA Lunch and Learn Panel,’ South Hall.
7-9 p.m.: ISSA Welcome Reception, Bally’s-Skyview 5 & 6.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Exhibitor & Attendee Registration, South Hall.
8 a.m.-5 p.m: Certification Workshops. South Hall.
8:30-10 a.m.: Attendee Orientation & Trade Show Floor Tours, South Hall. S221.
8:30-10:30 a.m.: ISSA Education Sessions, South Hall.
8:45-9:45 a.m.: ISSA General Business Meeting, Central Hall, N246/N250.
10 a.m.-5 p.m.: ISSA TRADE SHOW FLOOR HOURS.
10:15 a.m.-5 p.m.: ISSA Education Sessions on the Trade Show Floor, Central Hall.
5:30-7:30 p.m.: ISSA Canada Night, Bally’s-Jubilee Ballroom.
5:30-7 p.m.: ISSA Hygieia Awards Reception, Bellagio’s Monet Ballroom.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Exhibitor & Attendee Registration, South Hall.
7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.: Certification Workshops, South Hall.
9-10 a.m.: Mergers and Acquisitions in the Jan/San Sector, South Hall.
10 a.m.-5 p.m.: ISSA TRADE SHOW FLOOR HOURS.
10:15 a.m.-5 p.m.: ISSA Education Sessions on the Trade Show Floor, Central Hall.
7-10 p.m.: Evening Roundtable Discussions, Bally’s - Jubilee 1.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
8 a.m.-2 p.m.: Exhibitor and Attendee Registration, South Hall.
8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Certification Workshops, South Hall.
9-10 a.m.: Technology for Tomorrow Panel, South Hall.
10 a.m.-2 p.m.: ISSA TRADE SHOW FLOOR HOURS.
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: ISSA Education Sessions on the Trade Show Floor, Central Hall.
1-1:30 p.m.: ISSA Innovation Award Program Ceremony and Reception,
Central Hall, Booth 101.

 


 


National Craft Broom Making Competition
Scheduled For 2019 Broom Corn Festival

Broom Contest “In the mid-1940s, The Thomas Monahan Company sponsored a National Big Broom Contest for the hundreds of U.S. manufacturers of broom corn brooms in existence at the time. The Monahan Company awarded cash prizes and publicity to the manufacturer who could make the largest broom. The contest was a big success and a lot of fun,” according to a press release.

“Now, Monahan Partners, a spin-off of The Thomas Monahan Company, is sponsoring its eighth annual craft broom contest for the nation’s broom artisans. There are more than 100 craft broom makers in the USA, and Monahan Partners hopes that all will submit a broom.”

A total of $1,000 in prize money will be awarded to the top three finishers — $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place. Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine, published in Arcola, IL, will provide additional publicity to the winners.


Brooms will be judged for craftsmanship and aesthetics — for wall hanging, fireplaces, etc. — and must be made with 100 percent broom corn. The entries must also be of parlor broom size or smaller (cobweb, hearth, whisk, etc.) and be functional.

Two local artists and a broom maker will make the selections. The choice of handle is completely up to the craft broom maker. All entries must be clearly identified with the
maker’s name and contact information.

Submissions are due at Monahan Partners’ office (located at 202 N. Oak, Arcola, IL 61910) by Aug. 30, 2019. All brooms will be displayed in the broom tent at the 2019 Arcola Broom Corn Festival, scheduled for September 6-8. Many will be on sale and the winners will be announced at the festival.

“It will be an interesting display of the nearly lost art of broom making,” the news release said. “Monahan Partners invites all broom crafters to participate in the contest and show off their artistic abilities. The Broom Corn Festival is hoping to put a little ‘broom’ back in the festival with many entries. There is always ‘broom for more.’”

For more information, contact Pat Monahan at pat@monahanpartners.com
or call 217-268-5754.


 



 

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