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Imports Mixed, Exports Up
For The First Four Months Of 2018


U.S. government trade figures for the first four months of 2018 indicated raw material imports were up in two categories outlined: broom and mop handles and brush backs, compared to the first four months of 2017. For April 2018, the same two categories reported increases: broom and mop handles and brush backs, compared to April 2017.

Import totals for the first four months of 2018 were up in four finished
goods categories outlined: toothbrushes, hairbrushes, paint rollers and paintbrushes, compared to the first four months of 2017. In April 2018,
seven categories outlined recorded decreases: brooms of broom corn
valued at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, paint rollers, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared to April 2017.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 3,660 kilograms of hog bristle in April 2018, down 86 percent from 25,640 kilograms imported in April 2017. During the first four months of 2018, 57,789 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down 42 percent from 100,385 kilograms imported during the first four months of 2017.

China sent 57,685 kilograms of hog bristle to the United States during the
first four months of 2018.

The average price per kilogram for April 2018 was $32.44, up 185 percent from the average price per kilogram for April 2017 of $11.37. The average price per kilogram for the first four months of 2018 was $29.74, up 30 percent from the average price per kilogram of $22.79 for the first four months of 2017.

 

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during April 2018 was 1.6 million, up
23 percent from 1.3 million for April 2017. During the first four months of 2018, 6.2 million broom and mop handles were imported, up 7 percent from 5.8 million for
the first four months of 2017.

During the first four months of 2018, the United States received 2.6 million broom and mop handles from Honduras, 2 million from Brazil and 1.2 million from China.

The average price per handle for April 2018 was 76 cents, down 20 percent from 95 cents for April 2017. The average price for the first four months of 2018 was 74 cents, down 6 percent from 79 cents for the first four months of 2017.

 

Brush Backs

April 2018 imports of brush backs totaled 491,727, up 56 percent from 314,425
for April 2017. During the first four months of 2018, 1.8 million brush backs were imported, up 13 percent from 1.6 million for the first four months of 2017.

Sri Lanka shipped 832,108 brush backs to the United States during the
first four months of 2018, while Canada sent 736,318.

The average price per brush back was 44 cents during April 2018, down 24 percent from 58 cents for April 2017. For the first four months of 2018, the average price per brush back was 51 cents, down 4 percent from 53 cents for the first four months of 2017.

 

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during April 2018 was 2.3 million, the same as
for April 2017. During the first four months of 2018, 7.5 million metal handles were imported, down 11 percent from 8.4 million for the first four months of 2017.

During the first four months of 2018, China and Italy each exported 2.9 million metal handles to the United States, while Spain sent 1.5 million.

The average price per handle for April 2018 was 76 cents, down 5 percent from
80 cents for April 2017. The average price for the first four months of 2018 was
97 cents, up 8 percent from 90 cents for the first four months of 2017.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 561,715 brooms of broom corn valued at more than
96 cents per broom during April 2018, down 6 percent from 597,834 for
April 2017. During the first four months of 2018, 2 million brooms of broom corn were imported, down 13 percent from 2.3 million for the first four months of 2017.

Mexico sent nearly all of the brooms to the United States during the
first four months of 2018.

The average price per broom for April 2018 was $2.39, up 1 percent from
$2.36 for April 2017. The average price per broom for the first four months
of 2018 was $2.45, up 4 percent from the average price for the first four months
of 2017 of $2.36.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during April 2018 was 152,167, down 50 percent from 301,487 brooms and brushes imported during April 2017. During the first four months of 2018, 888,229 brooms and brushes were imported, down less than 1 percent from 888,442 for the first four months of 2017.

Sri Lanka exported 408,008 brooms and brushes to the United States during the first four months of 2018, while China sent 251,364.

The average price per unit for April 2018 was 95 cents, down 19 percent from the average price for April 2017 of $1.17. The average price for the first four months of 2018 was $1.11, down 14 percent from $1.29 for the first four months of 2017.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 85.4 million toothbrushes in April 2018, down 5
percent from 89.7 million imported in April 2017. During the first four months
of 2018, 366.6 million toothbrushes were imported, up 7 percent from 341.5
million for the first four months of 2017.

China sent 290 million toothbrushes to the United States during the
first four months of 2018.

The average price per toothbrush for April 2018 was 24 cents, up 9 percent from 22 cents for April 2017. The average price for the first four months of 2018 was also 24 cents, up 14 percent from 21 cents for the first four months of 2017.

 

Hairbrushes

April 2018 imports of hairbrushes totaled 3.4 million, down 33 percent from 5.1 million for April 2017. During the first four months of 2018, 16.2 million hairbrushes were imported, up 5 percent from 15.4 million for the first four months of 2017.

China sent nearly all the hairbrushes to the United States during the first four months of 2018.

The average price per hairbrush was 23 cents during April 2018, up 28 percent from the average price for April 2017 of 18 cents. For the first four months of 2018, the average price per hairbrush was 24 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first four months of 2017.

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 4.2 million shaving brushes in April 2018, up 17 percent from 3.6 million imported in April 2017. During the first four months of 2018, 16.2 million shaving brushes were imported, down 19 percent from 19.9 million imported during the first four months of 2017.

China sent 11.1 million shaving brushes to the United States during the
first four months of 2018, while South Korea shipped 3 million and Germany exported 1.3 million.

The average price per shaving brush for April 2018 was 11 cents, down 21
percent from 14 cents for April 2017. The average price for the first four
months of 2018 was 15 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first
four months of 2017.

 

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during April 2018 was 5.1 million, down 12 percent from 5.8 million for April 2017. During the first four months of 2018, 27.6 million paint rollers were imported, up 19 percent from 23.2 million during the first four months of 2017.

China sent 22.6 million paint rollers to the United States during the first four
months of 2018.

The average price per paint roller for April 2018 was 55 cents, up 25 percent
from 44 cents for April 2017. The average price for the first four months of
2018 was 44 cents, up 7 percent from the average price for the first four
months of 2017 of 41 cents.

Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 19.9 million paintbrushes during April 2018, down

14 percent from 23.2 million for April 2017. Paintbrush imports for the first four months of 2018 were 102.8 million, up 21 percent from 84.9 million for the first
four months of 2017.

China shipped 92.9 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first four months of 2018.

The average price per paintbrush for April 2018 was 31 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for April 2017. The average price for the first four months of 2018 was 27 cents, down 7 percent from 29 cents for the first four months of 2017.

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for April 2018 was 1.2 million, down 33 percent from 1.8 million for April 2017. During the first four months of 2018, 5.6 million upright brooms were imported, down 2 percent from 5.7 million imported during
the first four months of 2017.

China sent 4.8 million upright brooms to the United States during the first four months of 2018.

The average price per broom for April 2018 was $1.43, up 28 percent from $1.12 for April 2017. The average price per broom for the first four months of 2018 was $1.41, up 19 percent from $1.18 for the first four months of 2017.


– EXPORTS –


Export totals for the first four months of 2018 were up in three categories outlined: toothbrushes, shaving brushes and artist brushes, compared to
the first four months of 2017.

In April 2018, four categories reported increases, compared to April 2017: toothbrushes, shaving brushes, artist brushes and paintbrushes.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 8,462 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during April 2018, down 8 percent from the April 2017 total of 9,175 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during the first four months of 2018 were 29,631 dozen, down 3 percent from 30,691 dozen for the first four months of 2017.

The United States sent 13,946 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada, during the first four months of 2018.

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $41.63 in April 2018, up
7 percent from $38.82 for April 2017. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for the first four months of 2018 was $36.81, up 17 percent from $31.39
for the first four months of 2017.

 

Toothbrushes

During April 2018, the United States exported 13.7 million toothbrushes, up 34 percent from 10.2 million for April 2017. During the first four months of 2018, 51.6 million toothbrushes were exported, up 11 percent from 46.4 million exported during the first four months of 2017.

The United States exported 14.8 million toothbrushes to Canada and 11.1 million

to Germany.

The average price per toothbrush for April 2018 was 54 cents, down 8 percent from 59 cents for April 2017. The average price per toothbrush for the first four months of 2018 was also 54 cents, down 4 percent from 56 cents for the first four months of 2017.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.8 million shaving brushes during April 2018, up 6 percent from 1.7 million for April 2017. During the first four months of 2018, 6.3 million shaving brushes were exported, up 21 percent from 5.2 million for the first four months of 2017.


During the first four months of 2018, the United States exported 1.7 million shaving brushes to Mexico, 1.6 million to Brazil and 1.2 million to Canada.


The average price per shaving brush for April 2018 was $1.08, up 14 percent from 95 cents for April 2017. The average price for the first four months of 2018 was $1.28, up 8 percent from $1.19 for the first four months of 2017.

Artist Brushes

April 2018 exports of artist brushes totaled 790,415, up 23 percent from 644,834 for April 2017. During the first four months of 2018, 3.6 million artist brushes were exported, up 38 percent from 2.6 million for the first four months of 2017.


Canada received 2.5 million artist brushes from the United States during the first four months of 2018.


The average price per artist brush was $3.63 during April 2018, down 1 percent from the average price for April 2017 of $3.67. For the first four months of 2018, the average price per artist brush was $4.16, up 1 percent from $4.10 for the first four months of 2017.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during April 2018 was 241,128, up 9 percent from 221,813 for April 2017. During the first four months of 2018, 738,944 paintbrushes were exported, down 9 percent from 815,028 for the first four months of 2017.


Canada imported 409,327 paintbrushes from the United States during the first four months of 2018.


The average price per paintbrush for April 2018 was $5.51, down 13 percent from $6.35 for April 2017. The average price for the first four months of 2018 was $6.89, up 8 percent from $6.39 for the first four months of 2017.

 

 

April 2018

April 2018 Export Chart

 

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Import/Export Statistics.

 


 

 

 


Industry News

 

Wisconsin Brush Manufacturers 44th Annual

Golf Outing And Dinner July 26


The Wisconsin Brush Manufacturers 44th Annual Golf Outing And Dinner is set for Thursday, July 26, 2018, at the Western Lakes Golf Club in Pewaukee, WI.

Registration opens at 11 a.m., with lunch set for 11:30 a.m. A shotgun start is
scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

A cash bar with dinner following at 6:30 p.m. is also planned.
For more information, call 262-345-1981 or email nschendl@pferdusa.com.


 



 

The Libman Company’s Third Annual
Embrace Life’s Messes Tour To Visit 255
Retail Locations In The U.S. And Canada

Libman

“The Libman Company, a North American manufacturer of household and high-power cleaning products, is taking to the highway for a third straight year with its ‘Embrace Life’s Messes’ Tour that will travel to 255 retail locations in the U.S. and Canada. This is the first year the tour will extend into Canada, primarily in the Ontario region. Over the course of 13 weeks, the company will give away products and special prizes during the retail store visits to encourage consumers to embrace life’s messes by letting Libman help do the work,” said the company.

The Libman “Embrace Life’s Messes” tour began in South Louisville, KY, on June 6 and will end in Columbus, OH, on September 1. Heading the tour is a team of two, Yen and Derek, serving as Libman brand ambassadors, who will drive the Libman-branded Ford Transit van to store openings, and retail locations. At the retail stops, shoppers will have the opportunity to see in-store product demos and as well as participate in games to win Libman prizes.

“The tour will be documented throughout the 13 weeks with blog posts, photos
and videos of the two and their experiences on social media sites and on www.embracelifesmesses.com. In addition, Libman will concurrently run the ‘Embrace Life’s Messes Sweepstakes’ where over the course of those 13 weeks, consumers can spin the online animated wheel every 24 hours for the daily chance to win a Libman Wonder® Mop, or the grand prize, a Libman Move-In Cleaning Kit, which contains essential cleaning products for those moving in (or out) of a house or apartment. The sweepstakes run from June 6 to August 31, 2018.”

According to the company, the 13-week “Embrace Life’s Messes” tour is an extension of Libman’s television and print ad campaign that reminds consumers to “Remember the Moment and Forget the Mess.” The message Libman wants to send is that Libman has consumers covered so they can enjoy the moment, rather than fret about the mess.


“The Libman Company was founded in 1896 with one mission: to make the finest,

most durable wire-wound corn brooms. The family left Lithuania for the United States in

the 1890s, landed in Chicago, and started life in the new world by peddling sundries from

a pushcart, selling everything from brooms to clothes-pins. The old-fashioned corn broom

was a top seller.”

Today, Libman is housed in a 1.4 million-square-foot facility in Arcola, IL,

with the fourth generation of Libmans now working at the company.



 

From Nexstep


The New MaxiPlus® Microfiber Scrub Pads

Nexstep

18-inch pad

Nexstep

11-inch pad


Nexstep Commercial Products now offers its new MaxiPlus® Microfiber Scrub Pads.
The features of the scrub pads include:

• Scrubbing strips that clean tough dried-on stains on all floor surfaces;
• Five-inch wide pad absorbs seven times its weight in liquid;
• Can be laundered up to 500 times; and,
• Continuous reinforced sewn edge eliminates fraying for extended use.


Nexstep is the exclusive licensee of O’Cedar.
For more information, visit www.ocedarcommercial.com.

 



Nexstep Hires Logistics Supervisor

 

Robbins

Dawn Robbins

 

Nexstep Commercial Products has named Dawn Robbins as logistics supervisor. She attended college at Mott Community College in Flint, MI. Before her employment at Nexstep, she worked at Original Smith Print located in Bloomington, IL,
as a warehouse supervisor. She has 20 years of logistics experience.

Robbins was born in Flint, but now resides in Fisher, IL. She is married and has three children.


She works in Nexstep’s plant in Paxton, IL, and can be reached at dawn@ocedarcommercial.com.

 



 

New Hires At Abtex Corporation


“Abtex Corporation recently added four professionals with varied skills in manufacturing and business. The hiring was spurred by significant recent growth in the company’s manufacturing deburring business,” according to a press release.

 

Colon

Rafael Colon

Rafael Colon has been hired as a mechanical design engineer with special responsibility for the company’s deburring systems product line. Colon recently received a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology, graduating summa cum laude from SUNY College of Technology at Alfred, NY. He participated in Abtex’s Summer Internship program in 2016-2017. Colon lives in Penn Yan, NY.

 

Hurley

Janette Hurley

Janette Hurley has been named an accounting support associate on Abtex’s finance team. She was most recently a collections analyst for Xylem Inc., in Seneca Falls, NY. She is a graduate of Monroe Community College, and also lives in Penn Yan.

 

Kinsey

Joshua Kinsey

Joshua Kinsey has been hired as a manufacturing engineer with special responsibility for the company’s manufacturing product line. He recently received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, graduating cum laude from Alfred University. Kinsey was also an intern with Abtex last summer and lives in Penn Yan.

 

Moracco

Thomas Moracco

Thomas Moracco has joined Abtex as a mechanical design engineer with special responsibility for the company’s deburring systems product line. He is a recent recipient of a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology, graduating summa cum laude from SUNY College of Technology. He lives in Waterloo, NY.

 

In business since 1980, and headquartered in Dresden, NY, the company supplies engineered brushes and custom-designed deburring machines for a wide variety of machined-part, aluminum-extrusion, fine-blanked, and powdered-metal applications. Customers include manufacturers such as automotive Tier 2 and Tier 3 parts producers.

For more information, visit www.abtex.com.






From Wooster

 

Jerry Barnes Celebrates 50 Years At
The Wooster Brush Company

 

Jerry Barnes

Jerry Barnes


Jerry Barnes reached a milestone (June 10, 2018) of 50 years of service with The Wooster Brush Company. A celebratory luncheon in his honor was hosted by the
company for all Wooster employees.

Barnes applied for work at The Wooster Brush Company in 1968, based on a recommendation from one of his Northwestern High School guidance counselors. After an interview with Ed Heckendorn, Wooster offered Jerry a job. He said his original plan was to only work for Wooster Brush for eight to 10 years, until he could start his own auto repair business.

He started at Wooster as part of stock service in the assembly department. Barnes took a brief military leave the following February as a member of the Air National Guard. He's been with Wooster Brush ever since his return from military service. Now, 50 years later, he's a journeyman mechanic, specializing in industrial machine repair.

Barnes also served as a board member for The Wooster Brush Employee Relief Association from 1979 to 1981.


"There have been a lot of change over the years," he said. "But the biggest change really has to be our facility. I've seen our buildings grow and expand so many times from the late 1960s to today."

When he's not working, he likes to spend time with his wife Sandy, his daughter Stacy, three stepchildren: Jessica, Brett, Michelle, and his four grandchildren. He also enjoys riding his 2013 Harley-Davidson Road King. "I have 50,000 miles on it already, and I'm looking forward to more," he said.

"I've enjoyed my time here and the people," Barnes said. "I've made a lot of friends. Over the years, I have seen many changes. I've enjoyed the challenge of troubleshooting and repairing the equipment as our machinery has evolved. It's been a good experience."

He is the 17th employee in The Wooster Brush Company's 167-year history to reach 50 years of service. He will begin retirement June 30, 2018.

For more information, visit woosterbrush.com.

 


 

Wooster American Contractor® & Silver Tip®
Kit Now Available

 

Wooster

 

The Wooster Brush Company has combined two of its best-selling, value brands to form the new American Contractor® 3/8” & Silver Tip® kit.


According to a company representative, “Wooster's American Contractor roller line was designed to be a cost-effective option for painters everywhere. These Wooster-exclusive rollers are made with a creamy yellow fabric that is designed for high production with all flat, eggshell, and satin paints. They also have double-thick polypropylene cores that resist water, solvents, and cracking.

“Painters of all skill levels often choose Silver Tip brushes because of price and performance. The blend of white and silver CT™ (chemically tipped) polyester virtually eliminates brush marks; they also have thin, flexible ends that provide exceptional leveling and smoothing. Silver Tip brushes are formulated for use in all paints, enamels, varnishes, and polyurethanes.”

The new kit contains two 9-inch x 3/8-inch nap American Contractor roller covers, one Silver Tip 2-inch thin angle sash paintbrush, one 5-wire cage roller frame, one Wooster Deluxe Metal Tray, and one Deluxe Metal Tray Liner. The red, white, and blue packaging highlights the fact that these items are made in the USA using global materials.

Based in Wooster, OH, the privately held company with 600 employees, produces more than 2,000 products for both professional and DIY painters. Learn more at woosterbrush.com.

 

 

 




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