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Imports Mixed, Exports Down For The First Nine Months
Of 2020, Compared To The First Nine Months Of 2019


U.S. government trade figures for September 2020 indicated raw material imports were down in three categories outlined: hog bristle, broom and mop handles and brush backs, compared to September 2019. For the first nine months of 2020, raw material imports were also down in the same three categories outlined, compared to the first nine months of 2019.

Import totals for September 2020 were up in seven of the finished goods categories outlined: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable material, hairbrushes, shaving brushes, paint rollers, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared to September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, import totals were down in five categories outlined: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, hairbrushes and upright brooms, compared to the first nine months of 2019.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 1,650 kilograms of hog bristle in September 2020, down 91 percent from 19,258 kilograms imported in September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, 105,208 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down 30 percent from 150,203 kilograms for the first nine months of 2019.

China sent all of the hog bristle to the United States during the first nine
months of 2020.

The average price per kilogram for September 2020 was $50.47, up 11 percent from the average price per kilogram for September 2019 of $45.52. During the first nine months of 2020, the average price per kilogram was $28.58, down 24 percent from $37.71 for the first nine months of 2019.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during September 2020 was 1.7 million, down 6 percent from 1.8 million for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, 9.4 million broom and mop handles were imported, down 35 percent from 14.4 million for the first nine months of 2019.

During the first nine months of 2020, the United States received 3.9 million broom and mop handles from Honduras, 3 million from Brazil and 1.8 million from China.

The average price per handle for September 2020 was 62 cents, down 10 percent from 69 cents for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, the average price per handle was 75 cents, up 3 percent from 73 cents for the first nine months of 2019.


Brush Backs

September 2020 imports of brush backs totaled 126,708, down 44 percent from 227,333 for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, 1.8 million brush backs were imported, also down 44 percent from 3.2 million for the first nine months of 2019.

Canada exported 630,200 brush backs during the first nine months of 2020, while Indonesia shipped 623,298 and Sri Lanka sent 593,147.

The average price per brush back was 67 cents during September 2020, up 14 percent from 59 cents for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, the average price was 51 cents, down 4 percent from 53 cents for the first nine months of 2019.

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during September 2020 was 2.7 million, up 145 percent from 1.1 million for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, 16.1 million metal handles were imported, up 29 percent from 12.5 million for the first nine months of 2019.

During the first nine months of 2020, China sent 7.4 million metal handles to the United States, while Italy exported 4.8 million and Spain sent 2.5 million.

The average price per handle for September 2020 was 89 cents, down 17 percent from $1.07 for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, the average price per handle was also 89 cents, down 14 percent from $1.04 for the first nine months of 2019.



– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 549,104 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during September 2020, up 16 percent from 471,385 for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, 4.3 million brooms were imported, down 7 percent from 4.6 million for the first nine months of 2019.

Mexico sent nearly all the brooms to the United States during the first nine
months of 2020.

The average price per broom for September 2020 was $2.34, up 4 percent from $2.24 for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, the average price per broom was $2.38, up 2 percent from $2.33 for the first nine months of 2019.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during September 2020 was 142,212, up 17 percent from 121,542 brooms and brushes imported during September 2019. For the first nine months of 2020, 1.7 million brooms and brushes were imported, down 39 percent from 2.8 million for the first nine months of 2019.

During the first nine months of 2020, Sri Lanka exported 685,093 brooms and brushes to the United States, while China sent 523,357.

The average price per unit for September 2020 was $1.20, down 21 percent from $1.51 for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, the average price per unit was $1, up 25 percent from 80 cents for the first nine months of 2019.


Toothbrushes

The United States imported 63 million toothbrushes in September 2020, down 22 percent from 80.4 million imported in September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, 723.4 million toothbrushes were imported, down 15 percent from 855 million for the first nine months of 2019.

China sent 532.2 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2020.

The average price per toothbrush for September 2020 was 34 cents, up 36 percent from 25 cents for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, the average price per toothbrush was 26 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first nine months of 2019.

Hairbrushes

September 2020 imports of hairbrushes totaled 3.7 million, up 19 percent from
3.1 million for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, 32.7 million hairbrushes were imported, down 18 percent from 39.9 million for the first nine months of 2019.

China sent 32.1 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2020.

The average price per hairbrush was 28 cents during September 2020,
the same as for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, the
average price per hairbrush was 25 cents, up 1 cent from the average price
for the first nine months of 2019.


Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 8.4 million shaving brushes in September 2020, up 5 percent from 8 million imported in September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, 58.3 million shaving brushes were imported, up 38 percent from 42.3 million for the first nine months of 2019.

China sent 46 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2020.

The average price per shaving brush for September 2020 was 10 cents, up 25 percent from 8 cents for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, the average price per brush was 9 cents, down 31 percent from 13 cents for the first nine months of 2019.


Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during September 2020 was 8 million, up 19 percent from 6.7 million for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, 62.7 million paint rollers were imported, up 6 percent from 59.1 million for the first nine months of 2019.

China sent 47.6 million paint rollers to the United States during the first nine months of 2020.

The average price per paint roller for September 2020 was 53 cents, up 6 percent from 50 cents for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, the average price per paint roller was 46 cents, down 8 percent from 50 cents for the first nine months of 2019.


Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 27.7 million paintbrushes during September 2020, up 31 percent from 21.1 million for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, 221 million paintbrushes were imported, up 3 percent from 213.7 million for the first nine months of 2019.

China shipped 207.7 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2020.

The average price per paintbrush for September 2020 was 36 cents, up 24 percent from 29 cents for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, the average price per paintbrush was 34 cents, up 17 percent from 29 cents for the first nine months of 2019.

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for September 2020 was 2.2 million, up
69 percent from 1.3 million for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, 15 million upright brooms were imported, down 9 percent from 16.4 million for the first nine months of 2019.

China sent 13.8 million upright brooms to the United States during the first nine months of 2020.

The average price per broom for September 2020 was $1.42, down
16 percent from $1.70 for September 2019. During the first nine months of
2020, the average price per broom was $1.34, down 11 percent from $1.50 for the first nine months of 2019.


– EXPORTS –

Export totals for September 2020 were down in three categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes and shaving brushes, compared to September 2019. For the first nine months of 2020, export totals were down in all five categories outlined, compared to the first nine months of 2019.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 4,574 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during September 2020, down 17 percent from 5,542 dozen for September 2019. For the first nine months of 2020, 47,163 dozen brooms and brushes were exported, down 20 percent from 59,243 dozen for the first nine months of 2019.

The United States sent 26,875 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first nine months of 2020.

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $38.26 in September 2020, down 7 percent from $41.23 for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, the average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $37.76, down 13 percent from $43.33 per dozen for the first nine months of 2019.

Toothbrushes

During September 2020, the United States exported 9.1 million toothbrushes, down 13 percent from 10.5 million for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, 81.7 million toothbrushes were exported, down 32 percent from 119.4 million for the first nine months of 2019.

The United States exported 25 million toothbrushes to Canada, during the first nine months of 2020.

The average price per toothbrush for September 2020 was 74 cents, up 25 percent from 59 cents for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, the average price per brush was 80 cents, up 57 percent from 51 cents for the first nine months of 2019.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.1 million shaving brushes during September 2020, down 35 percent from 1.7 million for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, 12.5 million shaving brushes were exported, down 7 percent from 13.4 million for the first nine months of 2019.

During the first nine months of 2020, the United States exported 6.2 million shaving brushes to Mexico, 2.5 million to Canada and 1.5 million to Brazil.

The average price per shaving brush for September 2020 was $1.41, up 107 percent from 68 cents for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, the average price per shaving brush was 92 cents, down 10 percent from $1.02 for the first nine months of 2019.

Artist Brushes

September 2020 exports of artist brushes totaled 696,987, up 12 percent from 619,990 for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, 5.7 million
artist brushes were exported, down 7 percent from 6.1 million for the first nine months of 2019.

Canada received 4.4 million artist brushes from the United States during the
first nine months of 2020.

The average price per artist brush was $2.49 during September 2020, down 48 percent from $4.77 for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, the average price per artist brush was $2.99, down 24 percent from $3.92 for the first nine months of 2019.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during September 2020 was 156,274, up 19 percent from 131,444 for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, 1.2 million paintbrushes were exported, down 37 percent from 1.9 million for the first nine months of 2019.

Canada imported 571,561 paintbrushes from the United States during the first nine months of 2020.

The average price per paintbrush for September 2020 was $8.42, down 11 percent from $9.43 for September 2019. During the first nine months of 2020, the average price per paintbrush was $8.02, up 33 percent from $6.05 for the first nine months of 2019.

 

September 2020

September 2020 Export Chart

 

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Industry News



Jones Family Of Companies Strengthens Operations
And Human Resources Teams With 3 New Hires


“In a year that has been challenging for all businesses, Jones Family of Companies
has continued to thrive and progress. Along with the recent acquisition of Rontex America and the opening of a new office in Richmond, VA, Jones is improving its operations and human resources teams across all facilities by bringing on even more highly skilled employees,” said the company.

The most recent additions to the Jones family are Pranil Vora as manager of quality engineering and performance improvement in Morristown, TN; Alex Webster as plant operations manager in Humboldt, TN; and Kassey Cruz as HR generalist and operations recruiter in Charlotte, NC.

 

ABMA


“Pranil Vora joins Jones at the height of an admirable, decorated academic and
professional career. While earning a bachelor's degree at the D.K.T.E Textile and Engineering Institute in India, Vora participated in three separate internships and received
a number of achievements and certifications from institutions around the world, as well as having articles published in several notable textile publications. In May of 2020, Vora earned an M.S. in Textile Engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Professionally, he has worked in the research and development departments at Mann+Hummel's filters division and most recently at The Nonwovens Institute, becoming proficient in several aspects of the nonwovens industry. Vora's knowledge and skill in textile research will allow him to innovate products and methods of production, to ensure that Jones maintains the standards that its customers expect.

"We are thankful for the opportunity for Pranil to join our team," said William Moore, director of sales operations and innovation. "We were very impressed by his strong technical textile background and the experience he has gathered thus far, and we anticipate continued greatness from him during his career here."

Since earning a bachelor's degree from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in 2016, Alex Webster has built a strong and diverse career in the textile industry. Immediately after graduation, he began working in management for Parkdale Mills, overseeing the carding department and assisting in upgrades to the Thomasville, NC, production plant. In 2019, he began working for Frontier Yarns, moving between supervisor and management roles at three separate facilities across the southeast U.S. Webster's extensive leadership experience will provide even greater structure and efficiency to Jones' Humboldt plant.

"Alex has exemplified leadership throughout his whole career. He is a great fit to take the lead in a management role at our Humboldt fiber plant, and we are glad to have him,"
Monica Cadaret, vice president of operations said. "The talent present in both Pranil and
Alex will be great assets to us going forward, and I hope to see them elevate operations
in all of our nonwovens plants to a whole new level."

Kassey Cruz joins the Jones business office located in Charlotte, NC. Cruz earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Montclair State University in New Jersey, achieving
a certification in human resources management in 2020. During her undergraduate years, Cruz participated in an HR internship at Urban CoalHouse, gaining valuable experience in managing the infrastructure of a workplace. After graduation, she joined Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank in New York City as an HR generalist, further developing skills in HR management and recruitment. With Jones, she leads direct recruitment efforts for manufacturing associates across all five nonwovens plants.

"Kassey brings to Jones a much needed skill set to attract, recruit, train, and develop associates for long-term careers at Jones," said Doug Mcillvaine, CFO at Jones.

With business offices in Charlotte, NC, Richmond, VA, and Humboldt, TN, and
production facilities in Morristown, TN, Humboldt, TN, and North Las Vegas, NV, Jones
was founded in 1936 as a provider of sustainable yarn solutions primarily for the floor
care industry. Today, Jones Nonwovens' business includes engineered non-woven
products spanning multiple markets such as sleep, furniture, cold chain and protective packaging, acoustics, and floor care. Additionally, Jones provides value-added services to clients such as warehousing, packaging, and distribution. For more than 80 years, Jones continues to be dedicated to its original mission of introducing new product innovations, responsible manufacturing, and building strong customer and supplier relationships that leave a lasting impression.


For more information, visit jonesyarn.com.

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ABMA Convention Goes Virtual
ABMA

The American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) has announced its 104th
Annual Convention in 2021 is going virtual, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual convention is scheduled for March 17-18, 2021.

“The board of directors made this decision based on protecting the health and welfare
of our members,” ABMA President Scott Enchelmaier, of Industrial Brush Co.,
Fairfield, NJ, said. “Add to that the guidelines that exist for California and the various
states and countries our members would be traveling from, and there was no possible
way we could hold an in-person convention.

“Our membership gave us (the board) clear marching orders at the 2020 convention to
look for ways to involve more people within our organizations in ABMA, outside of the convention. The ABMA educational seminars and the Emerging Leaders efforts have
already begun to move our organization in that direction. Hosting a virtual convention
in March should give more people access to much of what makes ABMA great, without
the need for travel.”

It’s the hope, however, that in-person conventions will return in the near future. In 2022,
the ABMA Annual Convention is scheduled for March 2-5, at the Hyatt Coconut Point, in Bonita Springs, FL. The 2023 convention will take place March 22-25, at the Hotel Del Coronado, just south of San Diego, CA.

“We acted out of an abundance of caution, as COVID-19 cases are spiking around the
world, with no immediate end in sight,” ABMA Executive Director David Parr said.
“Our 2021 virtual convention will contain most of the elements of an in-person event.
We will hold committee meetings in the weeks leading up to our virtual event. On Wednesday, March 17, we will conduct our traditional General Session, and, on Thursday, March 18, we will have our popular Face 2 Face suppliers meetings in a virtual setting.”

The latter event provides a showcase for ABMA members to learn about the latest products, ideas and components offered by participating suppliers. In addition, the event is another opportunity for members to network.

“The virtual format will allow many more members of a company’s team to participate
in the Face 2 Face meetings,” Parr added. “While we all hope for a return to in-person contact and meetings in the future, we can still accomplish meaningful and important
work with the technology at hand.

“The virtual General Session, meanwhile, will contain industry updates, committee reports and ABMA director and officer elections, as well as recognition of retiring directors and officers. We will also announce the winners of the ABMA Foundation awards and the ABMA William A. Cordes Innovation Excellence Award.”

The latter award recognizes outstanding innovation of manufactured products, components or services in the broom, brush, mop and roller industries. Named after William A. Cordes, who served as the association’s first president from 1917-1928, the award serves as a constant reminder that all new and exciting endeavors have beginnings that connect with
real people. All nominations must be readily available in the marketplace during the year in which they are to be considered.

Enchelmaier encouraged companies to enter the competition, adding: “The ABMA
William A. Cordes Innovation Excellence Award competition is a great opportunity
for companies to showcase their innovative products, components and services to
the industry, and to the larger audience served by customers, users and consumers.
It gives the greater industry a wonderful opportunity to see just how innovative, creative
and vibrant we are, as brush makers.”

Entries for the 2021 award were accepted until November 30.
Visit: www.abma.org/innovationexcellenceaward for more information, rules and
nomination forms.

As far as the 2021 virtual ABMA Annual Convention is concerned, work continues,
according to Parr.

“We hope to have additional information announced in early January 2021. To keep
abreast of future announcements, visit abma.org/abma-annual-convention,” Parr said.
“By making this decision, we are giving our members a safe alternative to an in-person meeting, while allowing association work to continue.”

Parr added that ABMA has many new features and benefits to improve
association outreach, including: the ABMA Emerging Leaders Program
(abma.org/abmaemergingleaders);
Industry COVID surveys and information (abma.org/COVID-19);
ABMA Educational Institute webinars
(abma.org/abmaeducationalinstitute); and Economic Indicator monthly
reports (abma.org/news/abma112520).

 




Clarification On PPP Loan Forgiveness Procedures


The Department of the Treasury and the IRS have released guidance clarifying
the deductibility of PPP related expenses. ABMA strongly suggests consulting with a
CPA or business financial advisor to determine the best course of action for individual companies. For those companies that have not yet applied for forgiveness,
it is suggested to get in touch with the lender to understand specific forgiveness
processes and documentation requirements.

That will allow for determination of which PPP forgiveness loan form is appropriate.
It will be one of the three following SBA forms:

•Form 3508S was recently released for borrowers with loans that are $50,000 or less;

•Form 3508EZ is for employers who did not reduce employee salary or hours by more
than 25 percent or did reduce business activity due to COVID health guideline
restrictions and did not reduce employee salaries by more than 25 percent;

•Form 3508 is for loans greater than $50,000 and that are unable to meet safe harbor exemptions for reductions to FTE employee or salary/wage levels.

Most banks have individual web portals for filling in supporting fields versus filling out
the actual SBA form.



 

ABMA Announces Emerging Leaders Group For Industry Professionals Up To Age 45


ABMA has created ABMA Emerging Leaders, a peer networking and leadership group with the goal of connecting young industry professionals to further develop their interests, expertise and leadership within the industry.

The group is open to anyone up to age 45, who is actively engaged in the broom, brush, roller, mop or paint brush industry, and whose organizaton is an ABMA member.

The group will offer professional development workshops, seminars, webinars and complementary networking events and opportunities.

The program will also offer opportunities for industry professionals (mentors) over the age
of 45 to engage and develop young talent.

The group will also partner with local charities and the ABMA Foundation to provide to
prodice communitiy services as identified by the ABMA Emerging Leaders board.

There is no separate membership fee required to participate.

For more information, contact ABMA.org.

 



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