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Imports Mixed, Exports Up For 7 Months Of 2018

U.S. government trade figures for the first seven months of 2018 indicated 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 seven months of 2017. For July 2018, two categories reported increases: broom and mop handles and metal handles, compared to July 2017.


Import totals for the first seven months of 2018 were down in four finished goods categories outlined: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable material, hairbrushes and shaving brushes, compared to the first seven months of 2017. In July 2018, six categories outlined recorded increases: brooms of broom corn valued

at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, paint rollers and paintbrushes, compared

to July 2017.



– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 27,992 kilograms of hog bristle in July 2018, down 1 percent from 28,234 kilograms imported in July 2017. During the first seven months of 2018, 114,885 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down 42 percent from 197,879 kilograms imported during the first seven months of 2017.


China sent 113,301 kilograms of hog bristle to the United States during the first seven months of 2018.


The average price per kilogram for July 2018 was $31.71, up 70 percent from the average price per kilogram for July 2017 of $18.70. The average price per kilogram for the first seven months of 2018 was $33.55, up 42 percent from the average price per kilogram of $23.56 for the first seven months of 2017.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during July 2018 was 1.5 million, up 7 percent from 1.4 million for July 2017. During the first seven months of 2018, 10.2 million broom and mop handles were imported, down 2 percent from 10.4 million for the first seven months of 2017.

During the first seven months of 2018, the United States received 4.4 million broom and mop handles from Honduras, 3 million from Brazil and 2 million from China
.
The average price per handle for July 2018 was 70 cents, down 10 percent from 78 cents for July 2017. The average price for the first seven months of 2018 was 72 cents, down 11 percent from 81 cents for the first seven months of 2017.

 

Brush Backs

July 2018 imports of brush backs totaled 502,933, down 6 percent from 534,730 for July 2017. During the first seven months of 2018, 3.2 million brush backs were imported, down 3 percent from 3.3 million for the first seven months of 2017.


Sri Lanka shipped 1.4 million brush backs to the United States during the first seven months of 2018, while Canada sent 1.3 million.


The average price per brush back was 47 cents during July 2018, down 1 cent from the average price for July 2017. For the first seven months of 2018, the average price per brush back was 50 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first seven months of 2017.

 

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during July 2018 was 2.1 million, up 75 percent from 1.2 million for July 2017. During the first seven months of 2018, 13.3 million metal handles were imported, down 5 percent from 14 million for the first seven months of 2017.

During the first seven months of 2018, Italy exported 5.7 million metal handles to the United States, while China sent 4.4 million and Spain shipped 2.5 million.

The average price per handle for July 2018 was 96 cents, down 21 percent from $1.21 for July 2017. The average price for the first seven months of 2018 was 94 cents, up 6 percent from 89 cents for the first seven months of 2017.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 547,505 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during July 2018, up 8 percent from 509,157 for July 2017. During the first seven months of 2018, 3.8 million brooms of broom corn were imported, down 10 percent from 4.2 million for the first seven months of 2017.

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

The average price per broom for July 2018 was $2.45, down 4 percent from
$2.55 for July 2017. The average price per broom for the first seven months
of 2018 was $2.42, up 1 percent from the average price for the first seven
months of 2017 of $2.40.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during July 2018 was 239,374, up 7 percent from 224,615 brooms and brushes imported during July 2017. During the first seven months of 2018, 1.6 million brooms and brushes were imported, down 6 percent from 1.7 million for the first seven months of 2017.

Sri Lanka exported 909,609 brooms and brushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2018, while China sent 350,412.

The average price per unit for July 2018 was $1.34, down 28 percent from $1.85 for July 2017. The average price for the first seven months of 2018 was $1.17, down 23 percent from $1.51 for the first seven months of 2017.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 91.4 million toothbrushes in July 2018, up 3 percent from 88.7 million imported in July 2017. During the first seven months of 2018, 655.1 million toothbrushes were imported, up 4 percent from 631.4 million for the first seven months of 2017.

China sent 527 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2018.

The average price per toothbrush for July 2018 was 23 cents, the same as the average price for July 2017. The average price for the first seven months of 2018 was 24 cents, up 9 percent from 22 cents for the first seven months of 2017.

 

Hairbrushes

July 2018 imports of hairbrushes totaled 4.4 million, up 5 percent from 4.2 million for July 2017. During the first seven months of 2018, 27.9 million hairbrushes were imported, down 3 percent from 28.7 million for the first seven months of 2017.

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

The average price per hairbrush was 25 cents during July 2018, the same as for July 2017. For the first seven months of 2018, the average price per hairbrush was also 25 cents, the same as for the first seven months of 2017.

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 3.5 million shaving brushes in July 2018, down 34 percent from 5.3 million imported in July 2017. During the first seven months of 2018, 29.8 million shaving brushes were imported, down 11 percent from 33.3 million imported during the first seven months of 2017.

China sent 20 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2018, while South Korea exported 5.9 million.

The average price per shaving brush for July 2018 was 17 cents, up 31 percent from 13 cents for July 2017. The average price for the first seven months of 2018 was 14 cents, the same as for the first seven months of 2017.

 

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during July 2018 was 11.2 million, up 100 percent from 5.6 million for July 2017. During the first seven months of 2018, 54 million paint rollers were imported, up 33 percent from 40.5 million during the first seven months of 2017.

China sent 44.8 million paint rollers to the United States during the first seven months of 2018.

The average price per paint roller for July 2018 was 34 cents, down 35 percent from 52 cents for July 2017. The average price for the first seven months of 2018 was 41 cents, down 9 percent from 45 cents for the first seven months of 2017.

Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 29.8 million paintbrushes during July 2018, up 41 percent from 21.1 million for July 2017. Paintbrush imports for the first seven months of 2018 were 188.6 million, up 23 percent from 153.8 million for the first seven months of 2017.

China shipped 170.6 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2018.

The average price per paintbrush for July 2018 was 30 cents, down 9 percent from 33 cents for July 2017. The average price for the first seven months of 2018 was 28 cents, down 7 percent from 30 cents for the first seven months of 2017.

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for July 2018 was 1.3 million, down 38 percent from 2.1 million for July 2017. During the first seven months of 2018, 10.3 million upright brooms were imported, the same as for the first seven months of 2017.

China sent 9.1 million upright brooms to the United States during the first seven months of 2018.

The average price per broom for July 2018 was $1.54, up 33 percent from $1.16 for July 2017. The average price per broom for the first seven months of 2018 was $1.38, up 14 percent from $1.21 for the first seven months of 2017.


– EXPORTS –


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

In July 2018, three categories reported increases, compared to July 2017: toothbrushes, artist brushes and paintbrushes.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 6,516 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during July 2018, down 34 percent from the July 2017 total of 9,899 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during the first seven months of 2018 were 52,464 dozen, down 12 percent from 59,427 dozen for the first seven months of 2017.


The United States sent 29,423 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada, during the first seven months of 2018.


The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $29.64 in July 2018, down 35 percent from $45.73 for July 2017. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for the first seven months of 2018 was $35.38, up 4 percent from $33.89 for the first seven months of 2017.

 

Toothbrushes

During July 2018, the United States exported 14.9 million toothbrushes, up 67 percent from 8.9 million for July 2017. During the first seven months of 2018, 96.1 million toothbrushes were exported, up 20 percent from 79.9 million exported during the first seven months of 2017.


The United States exported 26.4 million toothbrushes to Canada and 17.3 million to Germany, during the first seven months of 2018.


The average price per toothbrush for July 2018 was 51 cents, down 22 percent from 65 cents for July 2017. The average price per toothbrush for the first seven months of 2018 was 53 cents, down 7 percent from the average price for the first seven months of 2017 of 57 cents.


Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.2 million shaving brushes during July 2018, down 33 percent from 1.8 million for July 2017. During the first seven months of 2018, 12.3 million shaving brushes were exported, up 22 percent from 10.1 million for the first seven months of 2017.

During the first seven months of 2018, the United States exported 5.4
million shaving brushes to Brazil, 2 million each to Mexico and Canada,
and 1 million to Italy.

The average price per shaving brush for July 2018 was $1.62, up 105 percent
from 79 cents for July 2017. The average price for the first seven months of
2018 was $1.09, up 3 percent from the average price for the first seven months
of 2017 of $1.06.

Artist Brushes

July 2018 exports of artist brushes totaled 765,207, up 8 percent from 708,788 for July 2017. During the first seven months of 2018, 6.4 million artist brushes were exported, up 14 percent from 5.6 million for the first seven months of 2017.

Canada received 4.4 million artist brushes from the United States during the first seven months of 2018.

The average price per artist brush was $3.30 during July 2018, down 1 percent from the average price for July 2017 of $3.34. For the first seven months of 2018, the average price per artist brush was $3.64, down 4 percent from $3.79 for the first seven months of 2017.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during July 2018 was 255,947, up 67 percent
from 153,634 for July 2017. During the first seven months of 2018, 1.4 million paintbrushes were exported, up 8 percent from 1.3 million for the first seven months of 2017.

Canada imported 764,242 paintbrushes from the United States during the first seven months of 2018, while the United Kingdom received 252,118.

The average price per paintbrush for July 2018 was $6.44, down 16 percent from $7.70 for July 2017. The average price for the first seven months of 2018 was $6.89, up 3 percent from $6.67 for the first seven months of 2017.

 

July 2018

June 2018 Export Chart

 

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Import/Export Statistics.

 


 


Industry News


Abtex Corp. Promotes Damian Clemons
To Engineering VP


Abtex Corp. has promoted Damian Clemons to vice president of engineering.
“Clemons now oversees all of Abtex’s engineering operations as the company continues to lead the industry as the only deburring manufacturer that designs both abrasive brushes and highly engineered systems to provide efficient deburring solutions for automotive, aerospace, and medical-device industries,” according to a press release.

 

Clemons

Damian Clemons

Clemons has been with Abtex since 2015, when Abtex acquired his company, Nihmble Technologies. Most recently, he served as systems group manager, overseeing the design and development of all systems group technologies, which include traditional brush/machine deburring solutions as well as robotic systems. In that position, he helped accelerate Abtex’s growth in the design and production of robotic systems for manufacturing, systems integration and process control. Prior to Nihmble Technologies, Clemons held positions of steadily increasing responsibility in control technology and automation for smaller companies.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the

Rochester Institute of Technology.

Abtex Corporation supplies filament brushes and custom-designed deburring machines for a wide variety of machined-part, aluminum-extrusion, fine-blanked and powdered-metal applications. For further information, visit www.abtex.com.




 

For Gordon Brush’s Commitment To Manufacturing In The U.S.

Certificate Of Congressional Recognition

 

Gordon Brush


Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (CA-32) presented a Certificate of Congressional Recognition to Gordon Brush President/CEO Ken Rakusin at a ceremony at the company’s 183,000-square-foot manufacturing complex on August 30.

“I am honored and humbled to accept this award from Congresswoman Napolitano,”
said Rakusin. “We truly appreciate that the congresswoman shares our commitment
to manufacturing in the United States and our commitment to remain in the greater
Los Angeles area. Gordon Brush is a Proud To Be An American manufacturer and
has been steadfast in its commitment to manufacturing in the United States, even
under competitive threats.

“All of this would not have been possible without my valued, long-tenured, skilled employees. I have over 150 employees, plus their families, for whom I am responsible.”


Napolitano said, “Congratulations to Gordon Brush for receiving congressional recognition, and to Ken Rakusin for his leadership at Gordon Brush, a proud American business. We salute his ongoing commitment to manufacturing products in the San Gabriel Valley, which supports local jobs and benefits other businesses in our region and beyond. This well-deserved honor recognizes his extraordinary efforts to promote American-made goods, and preserve the economic health of our nation.”

According to a press release, Rakusin presented the congresswoman with a book,
“MADE in USA,” a tribute to 12 companies that are proud to build and buy American.
The congresswoman and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer are included in the history of
the company with a picture in the Gordon Brush chapter.

Gordon Brush has made brushes for the United States Army to clean the main gun
on Abrams tanks, saving the Department of Defense over $1.5 billion, according
to the company. The company also has made brushes that were used on the space shuttle, the lunar module, and brushes to clean the guidance system and guns on Apache helicopters.

For more information, visit www.gordonbrush.com.

 

 



Broom Town USA

Public Art ‘Sweeps’ Through Arcola, IL

 

The Arcola, IL, Beautification Committee recently completed a project to increase
Arcola’s collection of public art, which includes 15 outdoor murals highlighting area history, Raggedy Ann and Andy sculptures, the Veteran’s Memorial,
and the Hippie Memorial.


The town’s public art has been “swept” to new heights with a project spearheaded
by Monahan Partners' Pat Monahan. Twelve brightly illustrated, oversized brooms
have been placed on lampposts in historic downtown Arcola. Reminiscent of Chicago’s
painted cows of a few years ago, Arcola has adopted the slogan “Come See
Our Sweeping Beauties,” to entice the public to view the brooms designed and
executed by talented artists.

 

Sweeping Beauties

Pat Monahan unveils the first "Sweeping Beauty" entitled "Well Broomed."

 

These Sweeping Beauties recently added to the festivities of Arcola’s Broom Corn Festival, which takes place every September. An official unveiling in downtown Arcola was held on August 31.

 

The Arcola Beautification Committee has recognized and thanked Monahan for bringing the project’s idea to the committee and for guiding the process to completion, as well as Combs Auto Body and Restoration for applying a protective coating to the brooms, JBH Inc., for designing the way the brooms are attached to downtown lampposts allowing the brooms to rotate and display messages and art on both sides,
and to Monahan Partners and the Libman Company, both of Arcola,
for their financial support.

 

The 12 artists who created Arcola’s new Sweeping Beauties are:
• “Broom at the Top” by DL and Bernie Gietl;
• “America’s Broom Town” by Michael Clark;
• “Broom Service” by De Ingles;
• “That’s What Happens When You Sweep Around” by Gayla Schuett;
• “Broom With a View” by Carol Kauffman;
• “Home Sweep Home” by Scott Lindley;
• “Broom Where You’re Planted” by Jane Diaz;
• “Lincoln Swept Here” by Bob Sear;
• “Broomsday Scenario” by John Ingles;
• “Sweep Dreams” by Anne McDonald;
• “Well Broomed” by Nancy Bennett; and,
• “Let Sweeping Dogs Lie” by Tom and Kat Durham.

 

Broom at the Top

“Broom at the Top”

by DL and Bernie Gietl

 

 

Broom Town

"America’s Broom Town” by Michael Clark

 

 

Broom Service

“Broom Service”
by De Ingles

 

 

Sweep Together

"That’s What Happens When You Sweep Around”

by Gayla Schuett

Broom View

"Broom With a View”

by Carol Kauffman

 

Sweep Home

"Home Sweep Home”

by Scott Lindley

 

Broom Planted

"Broom Where You’re Planted”

by Jane Diaz

Swept Here

“Lincoln Swept Here”

by Bob Sear

 

Brooms Day

“Broomsday Scenario”

by John Ingles

 

 

Sweep Dreams

"Sweep Dreams”

by Anne McDonald

 

 

Well Broomed

“Well Broomed”

by Nancy Bennett

 

 

Sweeping Dogs

"Let Sweeping Dogs Lie” by Tom and Kat Durham

 




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Lois Tanis

 

Lois J. Tanis, 92, of Waukesha, WI, died August 29, 2018. She was born June 24, 1926 in Indianapolis, IN, the daughter of Clyde and Mary Ellen (Mossman) Scott. On October 5, 1946 she married Charles “Chuck” Tanis, Jr. in Homewood, IL. He preceded her in death on September 16, 2010. Tanis, Inc., brush manufacturing was founded in 1987 by her son, Scott Tanis, and her late husband, Chuck Tanis.

Mrs. Tanis was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church for over 45 years. She enjoyed playing in three bridge clubs, and was a member of the LOBS Club.

She is survived by Barbara Tanis of Menomonee Falls, WI, and her children, Annie and the late Justin; Susan L. (Bill Holdorf, Jr.) Tanis of Waukesha, and her daughter, Angela; C. Scott (Jane) Tanis of East Troy, WI, and their daughters, Haley and Rachel; and Beth (Bill) Tanis-Durkin of Genesee, WI, and their daughter, Liza.

She was the great-grandmother of Addie, Gus, Zave, Redd and Koen, and great-great-grandmother of Auggie, Remy and Calvin. She is also survived by four siblings, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband, Charles, and her parents, she was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters.

Suggested memorials include: St. Mark’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 424 Hyde Park Avenue, Waukesha, WI, 53188; Shriners Hospital For Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL, 33607; or, the Salvation Army, 445 Madison Street, Waukesha, WI 53188.




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