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

 

ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2013, held November 18-21, in Las Vegas, NV, had a record 690 exhibitors. This year’s three-day trade show featured expanded hours and 45 seminars and workshops that were developed based upon ISSA member input. In addition, keynote speakers were former U.S. Navy Blue Angel pilot John Foley, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and magician and endurance artist David Blane.

 

Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine recently spoke with executives from three companies in the brush, broom, squeegee and mop industry who shared their goals for attending the show and some of the products their respective companies highlighted.

 

The mop, brush and broom industry was well represented as the ISSA show directory indicated 62 companies displayed mops, 62 showed brushes and 49 offered brooms. Some companies offered products in more than one category.

 

At Haviland Corporation’s booth, the company’s Easy Clean squeegee as a dry eraser for white boards was received “very enthusiastically,” according to Haviland President/CEO Jan Haviland.

 

Jan Haviland

Jan Haviland

 

“Our Easy Clean squeegee will remove dry-eraser ink from a white board without the use of chemicals,” she said.

 

Haviland said many teachers told the company that the odor of the chemical product they were using to clean white boards was unpleasant and was not removing the ink completely.

 

“We were looking for a way to alleviate the problems with the old system by creating a product that would clean the white board without leaving a residue, be eco-friendly, and create a safer environment for the classroom. The Easy Clean squeegee is also made to last,” Haviland said.

 

Located in Linn, MO, Haviland Corporation specializes in the manufacture of high quality squeegees. The company’s product lineup includes floor, window and grill squeegees; waterbrooms; stainless steel squeegees and scrapers; hand-held paving tools; splashguards; gaskets; and blades for floor machines and wet-dry vacuums.

 

Another of the company’s more recent innovations is its Microbe Spiker™ squeegee, which is comprised of a blue double foam rubber blade infused with an antimicrobial agent. This product meets the ISSA Clean Standard: K-12 by reducing bacterial count by 50 percent or more.

 

Haviland reported business at the company has been “steady.” Haviland is looking for growth with customers seeking products made in the United States.

 

“We continue to manufacture our floor squeegees with American-made components,” Haviland said. “We see manufacturing coming back to the United States, which is a plus for Haviland Corporation; we have been manufacturing in the United States since 1946. In our 67 years of manufacturing, Haviland has always had a strong dedication to family, community and country. Quality products have always proven to be cost effective over the long term.

 

“By investing in the original product, we estimated consumers can realize savings of 30 to 40 percent. This is also an environmentally sound practice.”

 

In addition to highlighting products, another of the company’s goals in attending ISSA/INTERCLEAN was to interact with current and potential customers.

 

“We were seeking new customers, of course,” she said. “But the show also affords us the opportunity to visit with our current customers in one location and thank them for their trust in our products and company. In addition, we attended the show to see what is new in the industry as a whole.”

 

The company has attended the ISSA trade show for nearly seven decades. At this year’s show, Haviland was impressed by the number of women taking leadership roles.

 

“Having attended the show for many years and being the president of a woman owned business myself, it’s wonderful to see such diversity of new ideas in the industry.”

 

Contact: Haviland Corporation,
P.O. Box 769, 200 S. Highway U, Linn, MO 65051.
Phone: 800-325-3915.
Website: www.havilandcorp.com

 

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Milwaukee Dustless Brush, of Delavan, WI, highlighted two of its newer product offerings for visitors to its booth during this year’s ISSA/INTERCLEAN trade show.

 

“The newer products were the Speedy Sweep as well as our eMop (Bucketless Floor Cleaning System), which were both introduced in prior years,” said Milwaukee Dustless Brush owner Ken Rakusin. “Even though they were both introduced in prior years, there are still people who don’t know about them. They are both very successful products for us in addition to the conventional lineup of Milwaukee Dustless products.”

 

Jan Haviland

Ken Rakusin


 

According to the company, the cordless Speedy Sweep is lightweight and powerful, employing a nickel metal hydride battery that runs up to 90 minutes on a single charge. The battery powered roller brush sweeps dirt and bulkier items into its dustpan, which is easily removed for emptying.

 

The eMop™ Bucketless Floor Cleaning System, according to the company, is a fully self-contained dispensing mop system, as well as a fully integrated dust and sweep tool. The patented eMop is a pressurized spray mop that dispenses uncontaminated cleaning solution directly to the floor. The product is designed to support modern green cleaning programs.

 

 

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In addition to highlighting products, the company took advantage of the trade show to visit with existing and potential customers.

 

“We were looking to expand our customer base and visit with our existing customers, showing them new things,” Rakusin said. “The show looked like it was well attended. It appeared exhibitors were in full force. The traffic flow was fairly steady, and it was a great show for the company. There were very good opportunities presented.”

 

Other Milwaukee Dustless Brush offerings include the Speed Sweep® line of brooms designed for smooth, average and rough surfaces. In addition, the company has a line of natural corn brooms, upright brooms, push brooms and ceiling and wall dusters. The company’s product lineup also includes brushes designed for many applications, including truck washing, grout cleaning, food processing and builder and contractor tools.

 

Milwaukee Dustless Brush and its sister companies under the Gordon Brush umbrella — JEK, Redtree Industries, Marx Brush and Brush Supply Company — are all growing, Rakusin reported.

 

Gordon Brush offers more than 15,000 industrial and specialty brushes. JEK manufactures brushes and abrasives for the printed circuit board industry, while Redtree Industries offers a line of tools compatible with all types of coatings from marine paints to industrial finishes. Marx Brush makes brushes for decorative painting, ceramics, fine art and crafts and forensic use. Meanwhile, Brush Supply Company offers a full line of brushes. As a result of acquiring the assets of The FootWork Corporation of Sarasota, FL, Gordon Brush now offers the FootMate™ System.

 

The FootMate™ System is a complete foot care product for cleaning, soothing, stimulating, and massaging feet in the shower, according to the company. All the Gordon Brush companies, with the exception of Milwaukee Dustless Brush, are located in Commerce, CA.

 

“We are very fortunate. Business at each of our companies has been very robust,” Rakusin said. “We have had excellent growth on a year-over-year basis and we keep growing. Over the past three years or so, we have increased our head count about 50 percent. We have a great business.

 

“We are concluding a $2 million spending spree for new machinery. Everything has arrived except for the last machine that will come in March. We have been purchasing new machinery for both our machine shop and brush manufacturing operations. I am optimistic that our companies will continue to grow next year.”

 

Contact: Milwaukee Dustless Brush,
6247 Randolph St., Commerce, CA 90040.
Phone: 800-632-3220.
Email: sales@milwaukeedustless.com
Websites: www.milwaukeedustless.com
www.gordonbrush.com

 

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Zephyr Manufacturing Company, of Sedalia, MO, has been an exhibitor at the annual ISSA trade show for more than 30 years. The company’s goals this year were to interact with current and potential customers, as well as highlight products.

 

“Our main goal was to stay in front of our current customers and generate leads with potential customers who attend the show,” said Zephyr President R.J. Lindstrom. “At the same time, we wanted to see what is new in the industry, and to learn about new product trends that our customers may be interested in purchasing. My impression of the show was floor traffic was dramatically better than last year.”

 

Jan Haviland

R.J. Lindstrom

 

 

Zephyr’s product offerings include wet and dust mops, brooms, brushes, handles, mopsticks, sponges, frames and squeegees. The company’s products are sold worldwide to distributors and redistribution wholesalers.

 

Zephyr was founded in 1927 by Harry E. Lindstrom in Kansas City, MO, as the Acme Broom Company. In 1932, the growing company relocated to Sedalia.

 

During this year’s ISSA/INTERCLEAN show, the product highlighted by Zephyr was its SorbUp™ Wet Mop.

 

“The SorbUp™ Wet Mop is made with nonwoven baby wipe material, which is a post-industrial material that is highly absorbent,” Lindstrom said. “We have been focusing on this product for the past year or so.”

 

According to the company, the SorbUp™ Wet Mop has more than 700 percent absorbency with 40 percent release, which translates into 4.3 times more absorbency and 2.3 times more release than a comparable cotton mop at 20 percent less cost.

 

“We also highlighted our microfiber offerings, which we have recently expanded, as well as our normal, everyday cotton mops,” Lindstrom said.

 

Zephyr’s microfiber offerings include its Flat Damp Mop System. According to the company, the flat damp mop pads grab and hold dirt and grime. The spaces in the pad allow for large amounts of moisture to be collected, making the pad very absorbent. The company’s microfiber scrubbing pads are designed to pick up tough dirt and clean grout lines.

 

Zephyr touts its Easy Flo™ Bucketless Mop as the perfect companion to its microfiber damp mop heads. This product allows end-users to spray chemicals directly on a floor with an ergonomic palm trigger. The mop can cover up to 3,000 square feet, using a 28-oz. capacity bottle of chemical.

 

In describing business at Zephyr, Lindstrom said, “This year has been better than the past couple of years. We feel that we are finally starting to see the upside out of the recent recession. It has been a pretty good year.

 

“I am very optimistic about the future. Raw material prices have stabilized and the economy is recovering. In addition, cleaning budgets are getting healthier in our distribution channel.”

 

Lindstrom said he is also seeing signs that some manufacturing is coming back onshore.

 

“Commodity products like ours, especially the low-cost cotton products, are going to be a little slower to move back, but I do see the trend,” he said. “However, our company hasn’t benefitted greatly from this trend thus far, but we are ready for it to improve.”

 

Contact: Zephyr Manufacturing Company Inc.,
200 Mitchell Road, Sedalia, MO 65301-2114.
Phone: 800-821-7197.
Website: www.zephyrmfg.com

 

 


 


 

ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America

Includes 690 Exhibitors Representing 29 Countries

 

A record 690 exhibitors showcased their products and services during ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2013, according to ISSA officials. The event, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, November 18-21, featured a three-day trade show with expanded hours, over 45 seminars and workshops that were developed based on ISSA member input, and keynote addresses from former Blue Angel pilot John Foley, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, and magician and endurance artist David Blaine.

 

ISSA Executive Director John Garfinkel stated during the ISSA General Meeting, held on November 21, that of the 690 exhibitors, 143 were first-time attendee companies.

 

“This means that of the exhibitors, approximately 20 percent were new to (ISSA/INTERCLEAN®),” Garfinkel said.

 

He added the association continues to grow in membership just as ISSA representatives stress to a growing number of people the positive impact that quality cleaning practices have on human health and on the environment.

 

Garfinkel noted that 2013 marks the 90th anniversary of ISSA. It was founded in 1923 as the National Sanitary Supply Association. As its membership grew internationally, the name was changed in 1966 to the International Sanitary Supply Association. In 2005, the association’s name was changed again to simply “ISSA.”

 


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“I would like to say ‘happy birthday’ to everybody here,” Garfinkel said during the General Meeting, which was held coincidentally 90 years to the day that the original National Sanitary Supply Association charter began. “I’m sure everyone here shares the pride that I feel about ISSA. A ‘thank you’ should go toward our founders, who had the foresight to create the association.”

 

He added that 90 years ago, the National Sanitary Supply Association began with 8 members. By 1993, membership had grown to 3,000 for the first time. Today, ISSA’s membership is approximately 6,400.

 

According to ISSA, other show highlights in 2013 included:

• Of those who attended ISSA/INTERCLEAN, 21 percent

came from 78 countries other than the United States;

• The exhibition featured suppliers from 29 countries;

• Many of the Monday seminars were packed to room

limits, while show-floor sessions attracted double the

audience of previous years; and,

• This year’s show directory was sold out, and the digital

edition received more than 100,000 page views before

the show opened.

 

“We believe that the shared drive to prove cleaning is a long-term investment in human health, the environment and the bottom lines of different facilities is what continues to bring together so many leaders in our industry to meet face-to-face and find the right solutions,” Garfinkel said.

 

The next ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America is scheduled for Nov. 4-7, 2014, in Orlando, FL.

 

 

 


 

Longtime Industry Professional
Sarah Burnett Parrish Dies

 

 

Sarah Burnett Parish

Sarah Burnett Parrish


 



 

Longtime industry professional Sarah Burnett Parrish, age 82, of Duluth, GA, died on July 27, 2013. She was the owner of Manufacturers Resource, Inc., a provider of materials and machinery used to produce textile-based mops.

 

Parrish entered the industry when she joined W. Linton Howard, Inc. in 1950 as secretary-bookkeeper, and eventually became president of the yarn sales company. She was elected the first woman director of the Georgia Freight Bureau in 1978.

 

Parrish was preceded in death by her husband John L. Parrish Jr. She is survived by her stepchildren, Scott Parrish, Mark Parrish, Brian Parrish and Andrea Bryant, and several nieces and nephews.

 

A graveside service was held at Rogers-Bell Cemetery in Duluth. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6500 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Suite 260, Duluth, GA 30097.

 

 

 


 

Imports/Exports For First Nine Months Mixed

 

Imports Exports Graphic

Including complete list of September

Import/Export Statistics

 

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

 

U.S. government trade figures for the first nine months of 2013 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 nine months of 2012. For September 2013, raw material imports were down in three categories outlined: hog bristle, broom and mop handles and brush backs, compared to September 2012.

 

Import totals for the first nine months of 2013 were down in five finished goods categories outlined: brooms of broom corn valued at less than 96 cents, brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, hairbrushes, shaving brushes and paint rollers, compared to the same time period in 2012. In September 2013, four categories outlined recorded increases: brooms of broom corn valued at less than 96 cents, brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, hairbrushes and paintbrushes, compared to September 2012.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 23,100 kilograms of hog bristle in September 2013, down 48 percent from 44,621 kilograms imported in September 2012. During the first nine months of 2013, 205,257 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down 27 percent from 281,507 kilograms imported during the first nine months of 2012.

 

China sent 204,796 kilograms of hog bristle to the United States during the first nine months of 2013.

 

The average price per kilogram for September 2013 was $20.05, up 6 percent from the average price per kilogram for September 2012 of $18.83. The average price per kilogram for the first nine months of 2013 was $15.44, up 22 percent from the average price per kilogram of $12.67 for the first nine months of 2012.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during September 2013 was 1.2 million, down 45 percent from 2.2 million for September 2012. During the first nine months of 2013, 11.1 million broom and mop handles were imported, down 12 percent from 12.6 million for the first nine months of 2012.

 

During the first nine months of 2013, the United States received 4.4 million broom and mop handles from Brazil, 3 million from Honduras, 1.8 million from China and 1.7 million from Indonesia.

 

The average price per handle for September 2013 was 88 cents, up 42 percent from the average price for September 2012 of 62 cents. The average price for the first nine months of 2013 was 87 cents, up 7 percent from 81 cents the first nine months of 2012.

Brush Backs

September 2013 imports of brush backs totaled 530,962, down 18 percent from 644,797 for September 2012. During the first nine months of 2013, 4.3 million brush backs were imported, down 31 percent from 6.2 million for the first nine months of 2012.

 

Canada shipped 2.4 million brush backs to the United States during the first nine months of 2013, while Sri Lanka shipped 1.8 million.

 

The average price per brush back was 51 cents during September 2013, up 6 percent from the average price for September 2012 of 48 cents. For the first nine months of 2013, the average price per brush back was 46 cents, down 1 cent from the first nine months of 2012.


Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during September 2013 was 3.4 million, up 113 percent from 1.6 million for September 2012. During the first nine months of 2013, 17.8 million metal handles were imported, down 14 percent from 20.6 million for the first nine months of 2012.

 

During the first nine months of 2013, Italy sent 10.8 million metal handles to the United States, while China shipped
3.9 million.

 

The average price per handle for September 2013 was
60 cents, the same as for September 2012. The average price for the first nine months of 2013 was 72 cents, up 7 percent from the average price for the first nine months of 2012 of 67 cents.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn
Valued At Less Than 96 Cents

The total import of brooms of broom corn valued at less than 96 cents per broom for September 2013 was 12,168, compared to 3,804 for September 2012. During the first nine months of 2013, 109,956 brooms of broom corn were imported, down 37 percent from 173,552 imported during the first nine months of 2012.

 

All the brooms were imported from Mexico.

 

The average price per broom for September 2013 was 58 cents, down 15 percent from 68 cents for September 2012. The average price per broom for the first nine months of 2013 was 56 cents, down 35 percent from 86 cents from the first nine months of 2012.


Brooms Of Broom Corn
Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 695,340 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during September 2013, up slightly from 691,407 for September 2012. During the first nine months of 2013, 6 million brooms of broom corn were imported, down 2 percent from 6.1 million for the first nine months of 2012.

 

Mexico shipped 5.9 million brooms to the United States during the first nine months of 2013.

 

The average price per broom for September 2013 was $2.32, down 4 percent from the average price for September 2012 of $2.41. The average price per broom for the first nine months of 2013 was $2.37, down 3 percent from $2.44 for the first nine months of 2012.

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during September 2013 was 114,799, down 37 percent from 183,505 brooms and brushes imported during September 2012. During the first nine months of 2013, 1.5 million brooms and brushes were imported, the same as the first nine months of 2012.

 

Sri Lanka exported 886,436 brooms and brushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2013.

 

The average price per unit for September 2013 was $1.60, up 29 percent from $1.24 for September 2012. The average price for the first nine months of 2013 was $1.30, up 11 percent from the average price recorded for the first nine months of 2012 of $1.17.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 76.1 million toothbrushes in September 2013, down 13 percent from 87.8 million imported in September 2012. During the first nine months of 2013, 810.8 million toothbrushes were imported, up 1 percent from 803.8 million imported during the first nine months of 2012.

 

China sent 610.1 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2013.

 

The average price per toothbrush for September 2013 was 27 cents, up 8 percent from 25 cents for September 2012. The average price for the first nine months of 2013 was 23 cents, up 15 percent from 20 cents for the first nine months of 2012.

 

Hairbrushes

September 2013 imports of hairbrushes totaled 4.2 million, up 20 percent from the September 2012 total of 3.5 million hairbrushes. During the first nine months of 2013, 34.7 million hairbrushes were imported, down 15 percent from 40.9 million for the first nine months of 2012.

 

China shipped 34.1 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2013.

 

The average price per hairbrush was 22 cents during September 2013, down 27 percent from the average price for September 2012 of 30 cents. For the first nine months of 2013, the average price per hairbrush was 26 cents, the same as the average price for the first nine months of 2012.

 

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Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 4.5 million shaving brushes in September 2013, down 42 percent from 7.8 million imported in September 2012. During the first nine months of 2013, 43.7 million shaving brushes were imported, down 25 percent from 58.5 million imported during the first nine months of 2012.

 

China sent 26.7 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2013, while South Korea shipped 6.9 million, and Germany sent 5.1 million.

 

The average price per shaving brush for September 2013 was 18 cents, up 64 percent from the average price for September 2012 of 11 cents. The average price for the first nine months of 2013 was 15 cents, up 25 percent from 12 cents for the first nine months of 2012.

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during September 2013 was 4.1 million, down 2 percent from 4.2 million recorded for September 2012. During the first nine months of 2013, 40 million paint rollers were imported, down 15 percent from 47.3 million during the first nine months of 2012.

 

China sent 32.3 million paint rollers to the United States during the first nine months of 2013, while Mexico exported 5.8 million.

 

The average price per paint roller for September 2013 was 53 cents, up 10 percent from 48 cents for September 2012. The average price for the first nine months of 2013 was 54 cents, up 17 percent from the average price recorded for the first nine months of 2012 of 46 cents.

Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 23.7 million paintbrushes during September 2013, up 35 percent from 17.6 million paintbrushes imported during September 2012. Paintbrush imports for the first nine months of 2013 were 188.2 million, up 3 percent from 182.7 million recorded for the first nine months of 2012.

 

China shipped 131.5 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2013, while Costa Rica exported 32.3 million and Indonesia sent 20.3 million.

 

The average price per paintbrush for September 2013 was 22 cents, down 33 percent from the average price for September 2012 of 33 cents. The average price for the first nine months of 2013 was 26 cents, down 19 percent from 32 cents for the first nine months of 2012.


– EXPORTS –

 

Export totals for the first nine months of 2013 were down in four categories outlined: broom and brushes of vegetable materials, shaving brushes, artist brushes and paintbrushes compared to the first nine months of 2012. In September 2013, three categories outlined reported increases: toothbrushes, shaving brushes and artist brushes, compared to September 2012.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 4,490 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during September 2013, down 40 percent from the September 2012 total of 7,470 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during the first nine months of 2013 were 69,206 dozen, down 27 percent from 94,260 dozen for the first nine months of 2012.

 

The United States sent 26,857 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first nine months of 2013 and 11,359 dozen to Brazil.

 

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $53.98 in September 2013, up 10 percent from $49.13 for September 2012. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for the first nine months of 2013 was $42.42, up 12 percent from the average price per dozen for the first nine months of 2012 of $37.88.


Toothbrushes

During September 2013, the United States exported 18.5 million toothbrushes, up 34 percent from the total recorded in September 2012 of 13.8 million. During the first nine months of 2013, 140.1 million toothbrushes were exported, up 30 percent from 107.9 million exported during the first nine months of 2012.

 

The United States exported 54.6 million toothbrushes to Canada during the first nine months of 2013, while sending 21.4 million toothbrushes to Mexico and 18.5 million to Germany.

 

The average price per toothbrush for September 2013 was 29 cents, down 34 percent from the average price for September 2012 of 44 cents. The average price per toothbrush for the first nine months of 2013 was 43 cents, down 12 percent from 49 cents for the first nine months of 2012.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.2 million shaving brushes during September 2013, up 73 percent from 695,164 shaving brushes exported for September 2012. During the first nine months of 2013, 12.2 million shaving brushes were exported, down 34 percent from 18.5 million during the first nine months of 2012.

 

Brazil and Canada both imported 4.1 million shaving brushes from the United States during the first nine months of 2013, while Mexico received 1.6 million.

 

The average price per shaving brush for September 2013 was $1.38, down 26 percent from the average price for September 2012 of $1.87. The average price for the first nine months of 2013 was 92 cents, up 44 percent from 64 cents recorded for the first nine months of 2012.

Artist Brushes

September 2013 exports of artist brushes totaled 595,472, up 3 percent from the September 2012 total of 577,352 artist brushes. During the first nine months of 2013, 7 million artist brushes were exported, down 5 percent from 7.4 million for the first nine months of 2012.

 

Canada received 4.7 million artist brushes from the United States during the first nine months of 2013, while Mexico imported 461,491.

 

The average price per artist brush was $2.94 during September 2013, down 18 percent from the average price for September 2012 of $3.59. For the first nine months of 2013, the average price per artist brush was $2.55, down 11 percent from the average price for the first nine months of 2012 of $2.87.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during September 2013 was 93,862, down 33 percent from 140,228 for September 2012. During the first nine months of 2013, 946,168 paintbrushes were exported, down 32 percent from 1.4 million during the first nine months of 2012.

 

Canada imported 425,598 paintbrushes from the United States during the first nine months of 2013.

 

The average price per paintbrush for September 2013 was $17.16, up 27 percent from $13.55 for September 2012. The average price for the first nine months of 2013 was $17.66, up 35 percent from $13.12 recorded for the first nine months of 2012.

 

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Zahoransky India Receives
IGBC Green Factory Platinum Award

 

NY Times Brush With Disaster

NY Times Brush With Disaster

 

The Zahoransky Moulds & Machines factory in Coimbatore, India.

 

Zahoransky Moulds & Machines, Coimbatore, India, has received the IGBC Green Factory Platinum Award. Together with Tat Motors, the new Zahoransky factory has been certificated as the “greenest factory in India,” according to spokespeople. It’s also the first factory building receiving the platinum energy saving rating in south India, and the seventh in the country.

 

NY Times Brush With Disaster

 

Solar panels have helped make Zahoransky's factory one of the greenest in India.

 

According to Zahoransky, a green building is one which uses less water, optimizes energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building.
IGBC has developed the IGBC Green Factory rating system, addressing sustainability in industrial structures, which according to spokespeople, is the first of its kind. The program is fundamentally designed to focus on national priorities and quality of life issues for factory workers.

 

Visit www.zahoransky.com.

 

 


 

 


 


Congresswoman Roybal-Allard
Tours Gordon Brush Plant

 

Grand Del Mar Photos

Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard, 40th Congressional District, California,
with Ken Rakusin, president of Gordon Brush.

 


Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, representing the 40th California Congressional District, toured the Gordon Brush Mfg., Co., Inc. manufacturing facility in Commerce, CA, in November. During the tour, Gordon Brush President and CEO Ken Rakusin explained the art of brush making to the congresswoman.

 

“I did not know brush making was this complicated and intricate,” said Roybal-Allard.

 

As she walked through the plant, the congresswoman met with the artisans who make 15,000 different kinds of brushes produced by the company. More than 90 percent of the company's employees are hispanic, and many of them are second-generation employees. Some of its employees have been with Gordon Brush for more than 35 years.

 

“Having this loyal and trusted workforce is a testament to the employment opportunities that (Gordon Brush) has provided for its employees and to the community,” Roybal-Allard said .

 

The congresswoman was also appreciative of the company's “American Made” initiative and commitment.

 

Grand Del Mar Photos

Congresswomen Roybal-Allard was able to get a first hand look at the intricate workings of the Gordon Brush factory.

 

“Businesses that manufacture in America create great employment opportunities in our communities. We need to, ‘Make it in America,’” the congresswoman said.

 

“It was a great honor to have Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard visit Gordon Brush and tour the plant,” Rakusin said. “Not every company is visited by a member of the United States Congress. Moreover, we are proud to be an American manufacturer and maintain our plant in the Los Angeles area, resisting the temptation to relocate to another state or off-shore.”

 

At the conclusion of her visit, the congresswoman was given the FootMate® System as a gift. The FootMate® System goes in the bath or shower to clean and massage feet without having to bend over. The brush and specially formulated Rejuvenating Gel™ keeps feet odor free, clean, soft and supple, according to the company.

 

Gordon Brush is recognized by California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) as being part of its Made in California program. CMTC is a non-profit consulting company whose mission is to create solutions for the improvement of customers’ performance by fostering innovation and sharing knowledge.

 

Visit www.gordonbrush.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Wooster Expands Cirrus™ Roller Line

 

Wooster Lockjaw

The Wooster Cirrus™ roller line.

 

The Wooster Brush Company has expanded Cirrus™, its polyamide roller brand, to include four different nap heights that add value beyond uneven surfaces. All of these new pile choices are available in 9-, 14-, and 18-inch sizes.

 

Wooster says the Cirrus rollers are soft, resilient and easy to load. High-capacity European fabric delivers fast, complete coverage with all flat, eggshell and satin paints, stains and sizings. The rollers are recognizable by a bold green stripe, and are designed for back rolling, base coats and finish coats. They feature low spatter and are durable for rough surface applications, and now can handle smoother surfaces as well.

 

The full Wooster Cirrus line includes 3/8-, 1/2-, 3/4-, and 1-inch nap heights. Cirrus roller covers 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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