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97th ABMA Convention Coverage ABMA Division Reports Technical Presentations Recent Changes In Logistics And The Effects On Your Business How Has The ACA (Obamacare) Affected Your Business? Staple Strip Brushes And The European Market Strip Brush 101

2014 ABMA Suppliers Display Photo Gallery 2014 Housewares Show Photo Gallery 2013 Year-End Import/Export Totals Raw Material Report

ABMA Holds 97th Annual Convention

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2014 ABMA Convention Coverage Growing Number Of First Timers, New Members Attend ABMA 97th Annual Convention In Rancho Mirage, CA _______6 Division Meetings Kickoff ABMA Convention _____________16 ABMA Suppliers Display Photo Gallery __28 Industry News _______________________26

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American Select Tubing......................................12

Jewel Wire .........................................................20

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Jones Companies ...............................................11

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Monahan Filaments .............................................7

Boucherie USA ....................................................9

Monahan Partners .............................................24

Caddy & Co., Inc., R.E. ......................................38

PelRay .................................................................2

Deco Products Co. .............................................27

PMM .................................................................18

Distribuidora Perfect, S.A. ..................................17

Royal Paint Roller ..............................................35

DKSH ................................................................13

St. Nick Brush ...................................................43

Dupont ....................................................Cover, 15

Tai Hing Filaments .............................................22

Garelick .............................................................23

Wolf Filaments .....................................................5

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Growing Number Of First Timers, New Members Attend ABMA 97th Annual Convention In Rancho Mirage, CA By Harrell Kerkhoff | Broom, Brush & Mop Editor

Looking toward the future, with plans in full swing to celebrate the past, the 97th American Brush Manufacturers Association Annual Convention took place March 26-29 at the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA.

The theme of this year’s event was “Corporate Branding” and featured a twopart presentation on the subject by guest speaker Ira Blumenthal, president of Co-Opportunities Inc., an Atlanta, GA-based consulting company. ABMA President Jeff Malish, of The Malish Corporation, Willoughby, OH, announced during the Opening Business Session on March 27 that 234 attendees were present at the Ira Blumenthal gave a presentation 2014 ABMA Annual Conon Corporate Branding at the Opening vention. Of this number, 21 Session of the ABMA Convention. were first-time attendees. It was also noted that ABMA has gained 26 new members within the past 15 months. “This is one of the best years (for new members) that we have had in a long time at ABMA,” Malish said. “We are very proud of the work our ABMA Membership Committee has done to recruit new members for the association. These new members represent quality companies.” This year’s convention included the annual ABMA Suppliers Display and annual Suppliers Reception, both taking place on March PG 6

28. It was reported there were 44 supplier booths at this year’s display. In addition to networking opp ortunities at various receptions and the annual golf outing, the 2014 ABMA Annual Convention also featured division and committee meetings as well as several technical presentations. Also during the Opening Business Session, Malish reported on the creation of the ABMA Foundation. According to its mission statement, Jeff Malish the role of the foundation is to serve ABMA President as a “catalyst for uniting people and organizations to make a difference through better education and opportunity. (The ABMA Foundation will) secure contributions and provide grants for sustainable programs in research, education and assistance for industry associates and their families in need. Strategic ties with the American Brush Manufacturers Association, coupled with a strong volunteer leadership and generous donors, give (the ABMA Foundation) a powerful yet flexible infrastructure to anticipate and quickly respond to the needs affecting the industry and the welfare of its associates.” “In addition to providing grants and scholarships, the ABMA Foundation will also allow for special purpose funding so individual and member companies can raise specially directed funds,” Malish said. Malish also spoke of the creation of the Kathy K. Parr Memorial Endowment Fund, named after the late Kathy Parr, wife of ABMA Executive Director David Parr, who died suddenly in 2013. According to the ABMA website (www.abma.org), this fund was designed to provide two $2,500 annual scholarships to industry employees and their families for the purpose of continuing education. Applications for the award shall be submitted to the ABMA Foundation Board, and the monies shall be paid out upon satisfactory completion of said coursework with a passing grade of “C” or better, or the Continued On Page 8 BBM MAGAZINE | MARCH/APRIL 2014

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equivalent certification. “More information (about the ABMA Foundation) is available on the ABMA website,” Malish said during the Opening Business Session. “It’s very gratifying to know that as we approach our 100th anniversary (in 2017) as an association, we are in a strong position to give back to the industry, member associates and their families. We think it’s a fantastic thing to do and it’s an additional (ABMA) member benefit.” ABMA Convention: Continued From Page 6


100th ABMA Anniversary Is Just 3 Years Away!

ctivities continue in preparation for the ABMA 100th Anniversary Annual Convention in 2017. As part of the celebration, efforts are underway to produce a documentary chronicling ABMA and the brush industry over the past 100 years. The title of the documentary is: “The Brush Industry: A Manufacturing Love Story.” It’s being produced by Robin Peters, of Dreamscape Design. Malish told those in attendance at the Opening Business Session that it’s not too late for representatives of ABMA companies to be interviewed for the documentary. “We are producing a documentary that will chronicle our industry over the past 100 years with an aim of getting the documentary (aired) on such (media outlets) as Discovery, PBS, History Channel, etc.,” Malish said. “The documentary will show how resilient, vibrant and important our industry has been and how we are well positioned to carry on for the next Ian Moss reported 100 years.” on FEIBP Congress. Malish urged people to contact David Parr or members of the ABMA 100th Anniversary Task Force if they would like to participate in the anniversary effort in any way, including the documentary. Task force members include: Chair Greg Miller, The Mill Rose Company, Mentor, OH; Carlos Petzold, Bodam International/Borghi USA, Aberdeen, MD; Ian Moss, Static Faction, Salem, MA; Kristin Draper, Draper Knitting, Canton, MA; Jeff Malish; Andrew Marsden, The Sherwin Williams Co., Cleveland, OH; Chris Monahan, Brush Fibers, Inc., Arcola, IL; Andrew Dailey, Jones Companies LTD, Humboldt, TN; and Daniel Sinykin, Monterey Mills/Roller Fabrics, Janesville, WI. Malish also stated at the Opening Business Session that ABMA members should expect a huge celebration in 2017. “It will be a party not to forget, and definitely one not to miss. Committees have been formed and started working on the ABMA 100th anniversary celebration in 2009,” he said. “The entire (anniversary) project is being funded through donations. You can make a donation in any amount. We are very grateful for all contributions to date and appreciate the outpouring of support. However, we still have a long way to go.” There are different ways to send donations for the anniversary celebration, Malish said, including online at www.abma.org and then clicking on the 100th anniversary link. Donations to the 100th anniversary effort at four levels include the following benefits: n Platinum — Donations or pledges of $50,000 and above. Benefits include recognition in Brush Up Monthly, special recognition at every annual convention through 2017, banner advertising on www.abma.org 100th anniversary pages, special banner advertising on www.abma.org home page, and named as “official sponsor” on all media, material and web information; n Gold — Donations or pledges of $25,000 and above. Benefits

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include recognition in Brush Up Monthly, special recognition at every annual convention through 2017, banner advertising on www.abma.org 100th anniversary pages, and special banner advertising on www.abma.org home page. Contributors may combine entities to achieve Gold Sponsorship level and will be entitled to have up to three links and three full-sized logos to the entities of the contributors’ choice; n Silver — Donations or pledges of $10,000 and above. Benefits include recognition in Brush Up Monthly, special recognition at every annual convention through 2017, and special banner advertising on www.abma.org 100th anniversary pages. Contributors may combine entities to achieve the Silver Sponsorship level, but will be entitled only one link to an entity of choice, and all logos will be reformatted by the sponsor to fit in the space allowed other Silver Sponsors; and n Bronze — Donations or pledges of $5,000 and above. Benefits include recognition in Brush Up Monthly and special recognition at every annual convention through 2017. Companies that have donated or pledged thus far include: n Gold: Osborn International; the Zahoransky Group; The MillRose Company; Gordon Brush; Malish Corporation; Bodam International/Borghi USA; and, Brush Fibers/Monahan Filaments/Static Faction; n Silver: Purdy Corp; Felton Inc.; SilvaCor Inc.; Monterey Mills; Precision Brush; DuPont Filaments; Abtex Corp.; Wooster Brush Company; Industrial Brush Corp.; Weiler Corp.; Beatty Machine and Tool Works; MFC Ltd.; PMM; InterBrush Freiburg; Wohler Brush Tech; Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine and other trade magazines; ABMA Paint Applicator Division; Tanis Inc.; Boucherie USA; Jewel Wire, A Div. of Loos & Co.; Sanderson MacLeod; Lanoco Specialty Wire Products; Corona Brushes; Epic Resins; and Hahl Pedex; and, n Bronze — Draper Knitting Co.; Pferd Milwaukee Brush; Spiral Brushes Inc.; E. Gornell & Sons, Inc.; and Pioneer Packaging Inc. It was noted that Michigan Brush, YY Wire, Hans Schuhmann Holzwarenfabrik, and Power Brushes, Inc., have also made donations. Also recognized by Malish during the Opening Business Session were companies that contributed to the convention’s ABMA golf scramble tournament this year. They were: Beatty Machine and Tool Works; Hahl Pedex; iD Additives; Inter-Wire Products; La France Industries, Div. of Mount Vernon Mills; Monahan Filaments/Brush Fibers; PelRay International; PMM; and Zahoransky USA. Reports were also given during the Opening Business Session about upcoming international events involving the brush and related industries. Ian Moss reported on the upcoming 56th FEIBP/European Brushware Federation Congress scheduled for September 25-27 in Brussels, Belgium. “(FEIBP) is expected to announce two keynote speakers very soon for the event,” Moss said. “The setup for the FEIBP event is very similar to the (ABMA Annual Convention), but one day shorter. The event covers the entire European market and is very interesting. Visit www.eurobrush.com for more information.” Malish agreed, stating, “It’s an incredible venue and provides a good way to network with more people in our industry. You just never know Daniel Stowitzki of when one of those relationships will Messe Freiburg/InterBrush turn into a good business opportunity. I would encourage everybody to attend the FEIBP Congress.” Malish also introduced Daniel Stowitzki, representing Messe Continued On Page 10 BBM MAGAZINE | MARCH/APRIL 2014



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ABMA Convention: Continued From Page 8 Freiburg/InterBrush, who reported that the dates for the next InterBrush trade fair in Freiburg, Germany, are April 27-29, 2016. This global specialized trade fair – held once every four years – features machinery, materials and accessory equipment for the broom, brush, paint roller and mop industries. “We will be sending out more information about InterBrush 2016 by the end of May,” Stowitzki said. Malish added: “Once again, I encourage everyone to attend InterBrush. It’s the main tradeshow for our industry. You miss a lot by not attending. Freiburg is also a wonderful city to visit.”


ABMA Welcomes New Members And First-Time Convention Attendees

everal new ABMA active (manu facturer) and affiliate (supplier) member companies were recognized during the Opening Business Session. Representatives of these companies who were in attendance at the session spoke about their individual businesses. They included: n Debbie Wilson, of Carlisle Sanitary Maintenance Products, Oklahoma City,

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NEW ABMA MEMBERS OK, who stated she looked forward to speaking with as many ABMA convention attendees as possible and learn more about the industry. The company is a manufacturer of professional cleaning products for sanitary maintenance, food processing and food service professionals; n Matthew DeSantis, of Hamilton Brush Company Ltd., Hamilton, ON, who introduced his father, fellow Hamilton Brush representative Osvaldo (Ozzie) DeSantis. The company specializes in providing twisting wire and tufted plastic brushes; n Bob Shaw, of Nour Trading House Inc., Waterloo, ON, who noted the company is a former member of ABMA and glad to be back with the association. “I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones,” Shaw said; n Bob Goralski, of Cesyl Mills, Inc., Millbury, MA, who noted the company is a manufacturer of fabric used in paint roller production. The company is also involved in other industries. “We look forward to a new relationship with ABMA,” Goralski said; n Gary Wiest, of Deco Products Company, Decorah, IA, who said the

company produces zinc die castings for the brush, broom and mop industries. “We have received an overwhelming welcome from everyone after joining ABMA. We are very happy to be here,” Wiest said; n Marisol Castillo, of Grupo Interoceanica Cala LLC, Saltillo, Mexico, who explained the company supplies natural fiber to the brush and related industries; n Nick Sotos, of iD Additives, LaGrange, IL, who reported the company supplies a line of chemical foaming agents and purging compounds. “We help processors find ways to save money and put out quality products,” he said; and, n Mike VanGilder, of Inter-Wire Products, Lombard, IL, who reported that the company is a former member of ABMA. Inter-Wire Products provides wire for the brush and related industries. “I see a lot of familiar faces and look forward to meeting some new people,” he said. Other new ABMA member companies include: Newton Broom & Brush Company, Newton, IL; Cardinal Brush, Olathe, KS; Societa Italiana Tecnospazzole SpA, Continued On Page 12 BBM MAGAZINE | MARCH/APRIL 2014

Casalechio Di Reno, Italy; JieDa (Shanghai) New Materials Technology, Shanghai, China; and Torrington Brush Works, Sarasota, FL. Meanwhile, first-time ABMA Annual Convention attendees for 2014 not already mentioned included: Mark Maninfior, of American Select Tubing, Mattoon, IL; Kris Geldof, of Boucherie USA, Knoxville, TN; Matt Schulz, of Deco Products Company; Chris Mills, of Felton Brushes Limited, Hamilton, ON; Michael Hooper, of Fiberbuilt Manufacturing Inc., Calgary, AB; Barbara Castillo, of Grupo Interoceanica Cala LLC; Shaoche Gong, of JieDa (Shanghai) New Materials Technology Co., Ltd.; Melanie Hansen, of Liberty Brush Manufacturing, Shakopee, MN; Kevin Monahan, of Monahan Partners, Arcola, IL; Chris Orenchuk, of Parker Brush Co., Inc., Rocklin, CA; and Paulina Licona, of PMM, Mexico City, Mexico. Also recognized during the Opening Business Session were past ABMA presidents in attendance: John Cottam, Industrial Brush Corporation, 2001-2003; Bruce Gale, Michigan Brush, 2003-2005; Ken Rakusin, Gordon Brush, 2005-2007; Mark Godfrey, Felton, Inc., 2009-2011; and Ian Moss, Static Faction, 2011-2013. ABMA Convention: Continued From Page 10


Committee Reports, Innovation Award Presented During Closing Business Session

arious ABMA committee reports were presented during the Closing Business Session on March 29, the final day of the convention. The ABMA Finance Committee report was given by Chair Carlos Petzold, who is also the ABMA treasurer. Petzold gave a positive report on the association’s finances. The majority of ABMA’s revenue comes from membership dues. ABMA Convention Committee Chair Mark Fultz, of Abtex

Corporation, Dresden, NY, reported that the next three ABMA Annual Conventions will take place in Florida, beginning with the 2015 event on March 18-21 at the Renaissance Vinoy, in St. Petersburg, FL. ABMA Membership Committee Chair Carlos Petzold reported that the association now has 165 members. ABMA Public Relations Committee Chair Greg Miller encouraged members to visit the association’s website to make sure their company information is correct. He added that members will soon receive an email or mailing reminder on this matter. Miller also reported that ABMA will man a booth during the InterBrush 2016 event, as it has done in the past. While at InterBrush, association members will heavily promote ABMA’s upcoming 100th anniversary in 2017. Miller is also chair of the ABMA 100th Anniversary Task Force. “I’m happy to report that ex citement is building and things are coming along nicely for the

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Technical Presentations Highlight ABMA Division Meetings By Rick Mullen | Broom, Brush & Mop Associate Editor

One of the highlights of Wednesday, March 26, the first day of the ABMA Annual Convention, was the division meetings. Incorporated into three divisional meetings were technical presentations. The four divisions are the Paint Applicator, Broom & Mop, Industrial & Maintenance and Suppliers. Below are reports from the meetings.


Paint Applicator Division

ivision Chair Steve Workman, of The Wooster Brush Co., Wooster, OH, began the meeting by introducing Vice Chair Brent Swenson, of Linzer Products, West Babylon, NY, who reported the division currently has $22,039.68 in savings. Workman then presented the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) Subcommittee D01.61 report. He said the subcommittee met on June 25, 2013, and again on Jan. 28 of this year. The next meeting is scheduled for June 2014. ABMA Executive Director Dave Parr reported on the progress of a documentary being prepared for the ABMA’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2017. “I’m pleased to report that the pledge collection rate for 2014 is at 100 percent. Thank you all for your pledges,” Parr said. “We are totally on track for the documentary (“The Brush Industry: A Manufacturing Love Story”). We are now looking for footage of brushes and interesting uses. So as you go back to your companies, think about how your customers use your product. “If you know of interesting uses, or if a customer has an interesting video that they would give us permission to use, we would love to have that information. We have subcommittees now working on behalf of the 100th anniversary and we are going strong. Thank you again for your donations and thanks for your support.”

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Pictured during the Paint Applicator Division Meeting are, from left, Brent Swenson, Linzer Products, Vice Chair; Steve Workman, The Wooster Brush Co., Chair; and Andrew Marsden, The Sherwin Williams Co., Secretary.

Technical Presentation Recent Changes In Logistics And The Effects On Your Business — Barbara Adamson, Susan Sinfield and Albert Yi, UPS

Compliance Manager Barbara Adamson, UPS Customs Brokerage, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Inc., Coppell, TX, and West Division Manager Susan Sinfield, North American Ocean Operations, UPS, Torrance, CA, both spoke about several aspects of dealing in the import marketplace including regulations and best practices. Among other topics, Adamson focused on import compliance issues. “Import shipments are not only reviewed by U.S. Customs, but may also be subject to reporting and release by up to 40 other government agencies,” she said. “It’s critical that importers understand which agencies regulate their imported product and ensure all reporting is in place at time of entry into the United States.” Adamson also spoke concerning compliance programs and self-audits. “There are increasing expectations by Customs that local traders and importers are going to engage in comprehensive self-audits internally and also implement compliance programs,” Adamson said. “So, if you don’t have a compliance program in place, it is a good time to think about establishing one. While there are benefits to importers having a strong compliance program in place, increasingly there are penalties for importers who don’t. “It is important to understand proposed legislation, and changes in rules and regulations

regarding the product you import — for example, new trade agreements that are coming into place that might affect your imports. You want to understand what is required of you as an importer. Another good idea is to closely monitor trade regulations. Regulations might change around a particular product, or one of the agencies might change their requirements. It’s a best practice to stay ahead of the changes.” Adamson warned of companies becoming too complacent in the way they have always done things. “I think it is really important to be able to think outside the box and say, ‘Where do we need to go moving forward? Would changing the aspect of an imported product result in a lower duty rate? Could we benefit by sourcing from a different country or market?’” Sinfield spoke about the ocean freight market. “Before the new year, we had a surge of imports,” she said. “Imports were stronger in January, but were a little weaker in February because of the Chinese New Year.” Sinfield showed a slide that indicated industry sources forecast import growths for the coming year. Sources are bullish and forecast at 6.7 percent growth compared to 3.3 percent in 2013. This can be attributed to a favorable gross domestic product (GDP) and consumer confidence. Weak U.S. exports are forecast based on a strong U.S. dollar and slowing China growth, the slide said. Sinfield outlined several carrier alliances in place that will have an impact on the import/export market. “(Something) a little bit different in the ocean freight market are several carrier alliances,” Sinfield said. “Some of the big carriers that recently have been marketing their offerings based BBM MAGAZINE | MARCH/APRIL 2014

on their own sailing schedules and assets are now starting to work together in what they are calling ‘alliances.’ “The ‘P3: Maersk, CMA-CGM, MSC’ alliance is going to account for a sizeable portion of the total global capacity. This is something that is going to be different, and this alliance, in and of itself, may be driving other carriers to make some alliances. “Another alliance, called the G6, is comprised of member carriers Hapag-Lloyd, NYK Lines, Orient Overseas Container Line, Hyundai Merchant Marine, APL and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines. In response to P3 moves, sources indicate the G6 carriers plan to deploy up to 240 container ships serving 66 ports in Asia, America and Europe.” Still another alliance includes the CKYHE, comprised of Cosco, Kline, Yang Ming, Hanjin and Evergreen. In addition, Cosco and China Shipping have signed a cooperation agreement, Sinfield said. “The carriers themselves are saying that their focus is on cost reduction and the alliances are supposedly going to give stability to the market,” Sinfield said. “Within the ocean freight segment there are industry concerns the alliances will ‘commoditize’ the industry. As the alliances are implemented we will monitor to determine the impact on the ocean market. “Another change to the industry is the deployment of mega-ships. These big ships that are coming out will be carrying 10,000-15,000 TEUs. As they put these new bigger vessels into play steamship lines may pull or reroute the


Barbara Adamson UPS

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smaller vessels. Not all the mega-ships can service ports here in the United States. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, for example, are going through a process of modernizing some of the terminals to be able to accommodate the megaships.” Sinfield outlined some port, drayage and chassis issues. “In relation to Long Beach and Los Angeles, the current chassis system has been disruptive for draymen picking up or dropping off import or export loads,” she said. “As the steamship lines transition from the chassis business terminal, operations may change from wheeled operations to grounded operations. “When truckers come in to pick up a load, they may have to first go someplace off-site to get a chassis, then they have to go to the appropriate

Albert Yi UPS

terminal to locate the container. Afterwards, truckers must return the chassis to the chassis pool. This doesn’t make for a seamless process. As such, additional charges may be passed to the importer to recoup the additional draymen’s expense. “Furthermore, when the larger mega-ships come into play, that may change how the terminals operate as well. Can they operate efficiently? When will containers be made available? Will the truckers be stuck in line waiting to drop off or pick up loads? Some terminals have increased their automation, but some may not due to operational limitation or underlying union contracts and the provisions within. “When it comes to changing the chassis system, part of the difficulty is determining who owns the solution. The bottom line, unfortunately, is we do

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expect more delays and cost increases.” Because of the possibility of delays, Sinfield cautioned manufacturers to be aware and plan lead times accordingly. Sinfield showed a slide outlining service delays. The slide highlighted cargo delays in different areas of the United States. Weather conditions on the East Coast have created backlogs in New York/New Jersey terminal operations. Inland ramp points within the Midwest are also affected by severe weather conditions. Detroit and Ohio, in particular, have experienced delays. Canadian ports have also been impacted for a variety of reasons. Supply Chain Ocean Trade Supervisor Albert Yi, UPS, Los Angeles, CA, gave a West Port Labor update. He reported the port labor contract for U.S. West Coast ports expires June 30, 2014. He displayed a slide that showed the “Journal of Commerce” reported on February 21 that negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) regarding a contract that expires July 1 are not expected to begin until mid-May. “Customers should determine risk tolerance for supply chain disruption and plan in advance,” he said.


Broom & Mop Division

Gary Townes, Magnolia Brush, vice chair, chaired the Broom & Mop Division Meeting. Chair Tina Burnet, Freudenberg Household Products, was unable to attend the division meeting due to flight delays.

his year’s meeting was presided over by Vice Chair Gary Townes, of Magnolia Brush Mfgrs., Ltd, Clarksville, TX. Townes reported the division has a balance of $12,321.43. Bart Pelton, of PelRay International, San Antonio, TX, reported on the 2013 National Broom & Mop Meeting conducted last October in St. Louis, MO. “We had a good turnout,” Pelton said. “There were 12 manufacturers represented and a similar number of suppliers. We try to pick companies from suppliers to the mop, brush and broom segments to present information on the commodity markets that affect the industry, such as broom corn, mop yarn, tampico fiber, metal handles, wood handles, etc.” Pelton reported St. Louis will again be the site of the 2014 meeting scheduled for October 2-3. “St. Louis is a central location. We have very good turnout from the folks in Missouri, Illinois and around the area. This year, we have had a few more brush companies from around the country attend. Most people felt like it was a worthwhile endeavor. Hope to see many of you again this October.”


Technical Presentation How Has The ACA (Obamacare) Affected Your Business?

Bart Pelton, PelRay International, gave a report on the National Broom & Mop Meeting held annually each October in St. Louis.

his year’s technical presentation was originally to be presented by Broom & Mop Division Chair Tina Burnet, of Freudenberg Household Products, Aurora, IL. However, she was not at the meeting as she had been held up in Chicago due to inclement weather. ABMA Executive Director David Parr explained Burnet’s intent was to present slides outlining information concerning the ACA (Affordable Care Act), void of opinion, Continued On Page 20

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followed by a discussion among attendees about how their respective companies have dealt with the issue. One of the slides was a pie chart indicating where Americans get health coverage. According to the chart, 48 percent of Americans get insurance from their employers or the government. Medicare and Medicaid account for 15 percent each with 15 percent in the uninsured category. Of the remaining 7 percent of the insured population, 5 percent are in the non-group category and 2 percent receive insurance from other government sources. At the bottom of the slide was a statement that said, “Here’s the biggest thing to know about Obamacare: Most people will never notice it.” Other slides titled, “What about the remaining 20 percent?” made the following points: n 20 percent of Americans are either uninsured or get insurance on the individual (or ‘non-group’) market. Anyone in these groups can get insurance through Obamacare; n Those who make more than the federal poverty line ($23,550 for a family of four), but less than four times the poverty line ($94,200 for a family of four), can buy subsidized insurance on the marketplaces; n Those making less than 133 percent of the poverty line ($31,332 for a family of four), and living in a state that has accepted the Medicaid expansion, can get Medicaid; and, n Medicaid is optional by the U.S. Supreme Court. It is available in 26 states. Still another slide, titled “Will everyone be insured?” said, “The Congressional Budget Office expects that the Affordable Care Act will cover about 14 million of the uninsured in 2014 and 25 million by the end of the decade. That still leaves about 30 million people uninsured.” Following the slide presentation, three attendees spoke concerning their respective company’s reactions to the ACA. The first to speak was Parr, who said, “As some of you may know, I ABMA Convention: Continued From Page 18

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still have a small manufacturing company (SilvaCor, Inc.) that manufactures hardwood lumber in the state of Kentucky with two plants and 38 employees. We have been selfinsured for 25 years.” Parr explained for many years the company had an 80/20 PPO (treatment, payment or health care operations) plan that cost about $1,000 a month per family for group medical. “It was a pretty good plan,” he said. “One of our Kentucky employees got Tina Burnet cancer and had to have a double Broom & Mop mastectomy. When we renewed our Division Chair insurance August 1 (2013), this was before Obamacare, our regular carrier said our premium was going up 30 percent. They said our $25,000 deductible per employee and our $50,000 cap would apply to everybody but her (the employee who had cancer). Her deductible for the next year was going to be $150,000. “So, we are a little lumber company with 38 employees and we were looking at a group medical premium that was going to go up to the tune of about $225,000 for the next year, which was an extraordinary amount for us.” Parr explained the company’s situation was that, since it had fewer than 50 employees, it was not required to provide health insurance under the ACA, but it was too small to be able to afford to purchase a good plan for its employees. “Because we have fewer than 50 employees, we had to make the horrible decision to stop giving our employees group medical,” Parr said. “What we did, in exchange, is we provided all our employees with a $250 a month stipend that they could use to go into the marketplace and buy their group insurance.” Parr explained the $250 a month stipend is not taxable income, since the law views it as a reimbursable expense for the company. He also said that with the $250 a month stipend, employees are generally breaking even on their insurance costs compared to when the group plan was in place. He added that most employees signed up on the Obamacare website on January 1. Parr said his biggest fear leading up to the implementation of the ACA was that he would lose all his employees. “Change terrifies everybody,” he said. “We’ve lost one employee. I saved more than $100,000 this year, and that is $100,000 I saved on group medical goes right to the bottom line. So, for my company, it was an amazing transition.” As for the employee who had the cancer treatments, Parr said she is currently covered on a guaranteed disaster insurance plan offered by the state of Kentucky. “Her premium is $1,600 a month, and for the first year, I am paying it, because I am already $100,000 ahead,” he said. “I am covering her for the first year and on Jan. 1 next year, hopefully we will have sorted out some of this law (ACA) and there will be some better options for her. Next year, our intent is to get her back to $250 a month, like everybody else on the plan, and, if we can’t, we will figure something out. “She was one of those people who was absolutely stuck by our insurance company before any of this went into place. We had a group medical plan, but even our group medical plan wouldn’t cover her, because they started dropping people who were bad risks.” One audience member asked Parr about how the employees have fared with the ACA. “We like the exchanges and we are completely OK with it (the ACA), Parr said. “Our employees are going to the same doctors and getting Continued On Page 22 BBM MAGAZINE | MARCH/APRIL 2014

effectively the same coverage at equal or less cost, after you consider their prior company co-pay responsibilities. It is an 80/20 PPO-based plan through the state exchange in Kentucky. I buy separate personal insurance through an exchange plan in the state of Colorado for me and my savings are about $20 monthly over my previous co-pay requirements.” The second attendee who told about how his company has reacted to the ACA was Carlos Petzold, of Bodam International/Borghi USA, Aberdeen, MD. As was the case with Parr’s company, Petzold’s company, with four employees, fell into the area where it was not required to offer health insurance to employees. Furthermore, as group health care costs skyrocketed prior to the ACA, Petzold’s company found itself unable to continue to afford offering the type of group insurance plan it had offered in the past. After researching the issue, the company came up with the idea of implementing health saving accounts (HSA). “We had an 80/20 plan with a pretty decent deductible and co-pay for prescriptions,” Petzold said. “Unfortunately, we could not continue to have what we thought was a very good plan.” To be able to continue to offer employees health insurance, Petzold explained the company purchased a group plan with what he called a “super-high deductible” of $6,000, making the plan affordable for both the company and employees. Furthermore, to help employees deal with such a high deductible, the company “front-funded” the $6,000 into HSAs. “With the HSAs, we were able to frontload the individual deductibles through health savings accounts, which is nontaxable money,” he said. “Here is where the savings comes in for the company. If an employee doesn’t use the money in his or her HSA account in a year, the following year, all the company has to do is top ABMA Convention: Continued From Page 20

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off the account, which may only cost $1,500 or $2,000.” The third speaker was Ken Rakusin, Gordon Brush, Commerce, CA and Milwaukee Dustless Brush, Delavan, WI, whose situation was somewhat different than the previous speakers. “We have more than 100 people,” Rakusin said. “With Obamacare, if you have multiple companies under the same ownership, you have to add them together. So if you have 40 people here, and 40 people there, and 40 people in the third place, as far as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is concerned you have 120 employees. “What we do with our self-insurance program is we buy from Blue Cross a very high deductible 70/30 plan with a high deductible of $1,500 and we pay the deductible and the 30 percent that would normally be paid by the employee. So, if one of my employees goes to the doctor and the bill is $175, they will pay a $20 co-pay, and whatever the insurance company doesn’t pay, we pay the difference. The employee’s out of pocket cost is a $20 co-pay. “If the employee goes into the hospital, the employee will pay $250 whether he or she is in the hospital for an out-patient procedure or for two weeks, his or her out of pocket expense is $250, we pay everything else. “In October 2013, we had a 25 percent increase on the Blue Cross portion. The prior year we had a 34 percent increase. The plan that we have for our employees is so value rich, that if I went to a comparable plan, it was going to cost me $60,000 more per month to do it as opposed to the way we do it with self-insurance. “Our self-insurance plan has allowed us to give our people, literally, probably the best insurance you could ever get … and lets us save a tremendous amount of money. We’ve been doing this since 1996. “The worst part about Obamacare to me is all the taxes and the penalties and all the rest of the bureaucracy that goes into it. So, on June 30 this past year, we fired all our employees. On July 1, we hired them through an employee leasing company, because the legal aspects of the ACA are so great, that we can’t figure out what we have to do. “Whatever the rules are, we want to adhere to them, but we don’t know what they are. I felt it was better for me risk-wise to go with a company that would specialize in making sure everything was legal. That is how we approached the ACA. Every single day I worry about this because I don’t know what is going to happen.” An audience member asked Rakusin, “How much did leasing increase your payroll costs?” Rakusin replied, “I think I saved money because in California I’m not allowed to self-insure workman’s compensation. I self-insure our health insurance and save a fortune, but I’m not allowed to self-insure workman’s comp. The employee leasing company has a master policy with a deductible of $25,000, so the small accidents don’t get reported. Most of the claims that we have had have been small. “Because (the employee leasing company) has this master policy that covers everything over $25,000, there are no claims. (The employee leasing company) can save us a lot of money. My offset to paying its administrative fees is the reduction in my workman’s compensation insurance. “I don’t have any employees. I don’t have any risks. (The employee leasing company) has to know what the rules are. Another of the nice things about the employee leasing company is it has a master policy that covers things like discrimination and sexual harassment.” BBM MAGAZINE | MARCH/APRIL 2014


SKY Officers of the Industrial & Maintenance Division are pictured at the beginning of the Division meeting. The officers are, from left, Jim Benjamin, Precision Brush Co., Secretary; Scott Enchelmaier, The Industrial Brush Co., Chair; and Greg Miller, The Mill-Rose Company, Vice Chair.


Industrial & Maintenance Division

ivision chair D. Scott Enchelmaier, of The Industrial Brush Co., Fairfield, NJ, introduced Secretary James Benjamin of Precision Brush Co., Solon, OH, who reported the division had $11,203.71 in the bank. In his statistical report, Enchelmaier told attendees, “In 2014, we will be publishing or sending out this year’s Business Ratio Survey. “This is the survey that basically requests financial data that follows your tax return. It is generally the least participated survey that we publish of the three surveys we conduct biannually. We are going to be encouraging folks to participate, as it gives some really useful data that allows you to benchmark your companies against your peers.” In presenting the safety and standards report, Enchelmaier said, “Our safety slip has been revised this year. It is a reduced sheet in four languages.” Enchelmaier said the safety slips have been switched to a smaller format with a white background, as opposed to the previous yellow and black slips, which reduces costs. As a result, the committee has approved the reduction of the cost to purchase the safety slips. “We encourage those who are industrial and power brush manufacturers to take a look at the slips and participate. It affords you the ability to use the slips and mark your products with a manufacturer’s mark, while being protected by an expert witness program provided by the association or by the group. The entire process is funded by the sale of safety slips. “Also, concerning ANSI B165.1, we have been reaccredited for 2014.” In addition, Enchelmaier recognized long-standing member Sam Birel, of PFERD, who has announced his retirement. “He has been an integral part of this committee and has done a lot of hard work in maintenance standards and support of the committee,” Enchelmaier said. “He has notified us he will be retiring in the middle of April. On behalf of the committee, we want to formally thank Sam for all his great work and efforts throughout the years.” Birel was not present at the division meeting. C









Technical Presentations Staple Strip And The European Market — Robert Dous

n his presentation, Robert Dous, of Zahoransky AG, Todtnau, Germany, spoke on the benefits and applications of staple strip brushes. Using a series of charts, Dous explained some of the basics concerning the manufacture and application of staple strip brushes. “The manufacturing process of staple strip, in general, is the same as for



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other brushes such as broom brushes or technical brushes,” Dous said. “Zahoransky specializes in manufacturing machines for the production of strip brushes.” Dous explained the production process of staple strip brushes begins with placing pre-cuts or endless strips by hand or automatically into a brush making machine. “Then it will be handed to automation, meaning the drilling unit, tufting unit and, ultimately, to trimming,” Dous said. “Between (the drilling unit and the tufting unit) there is an option, which is the milling unit, a place to adjust the gap between the brush and the tuft.” In the final leg of the process, finished brushes are ejected by the machine. Dous also showed slides showing a staple strip brush produced with milled notches, compared to one without milled notches. He also showed photos of a staple strip brush compared to a metal back strip and fused strip brushes. Working from a chart, Dous explained some of the properties of three types of strip brushes — staple strip, metal back strip and fused strip. “They each have some benefits and some restrictions,” he said. “For example, metal back strip brushes are excellent when it comes to production speed. Staple strip brushes have excellent bending behavior — they are flexible. You can run multiple rows and wide strip brushes up to 150 mm, as well as three colors. You can run up to three different materials at the same time.” Dous concluded his presentation discussing the various applications of strip brushes, including dental, street and runway sweepers, splashguards, sealing, polishing and more.


Strip Brush 101 — Matthias Peveling

n his presentation, Matthias Peveling, of Woehler Brush Tech GmbH, Bad Wuennenberg, Germany, a leading manufacturer of brushmaking machines, divided strip brushes into two basic categories — traditional metal back and flexible, which is a plastic product. “At Woehler we make machinery for wire brushes, power brushes, dental brushes, paintbrushes, etc.,” Peveling said. “We also make production machinery for airport cassette brushes, thickwalled tubes and discs, street sweeper brushes, gutter broom brushes and runway wafers. “We make machines to produce brush bodies, especially focusing on low-cost recycled materials. In most technical applications, the users don’t care if there is high-cost virgin raw material in the brush or recycled material.” Peveling showed diagrams of traditional strip brush designs, such as the “U” form and the “double band.” “As for the new generation of brushes, there are plastic brushes, which are flexible depending on the kind of application,” Peveling said. “They can be very solid and stable or they can be very flexible. Plastic brushes can also be rolled in brush rollers. “Flexible strip brushes are used in a wide variety of fields. One popular field is escalator brushes used for floor sealing, high pressure cleaning and vacuum cleaners. All vacuum cleaners have brushes.” Peveling showed a slide presenting an overview of several Woehler production machines and their capabilities. “Robert (Dous), in his presentation, showed the difference between the staple set and the traditional metal back brush,” Peveling said. “I think the main difference is the speed of the processes. The staple set process is 25 feet a minute and the metal back production works at 120 feet a minute. “Metal back strip brush production is the widest developed field because it has a long history.” Peveling explained that as machines were able to produce brushes more quickly, the problem arose that by the time an operator set up the machine, began the production process and then walked to the end of the machine, the box where the completed brushes emptied into was already full. This did not allow the operator to inspect the quality of brushes as they came out of the machine. “As a result, machines had to be equipped with a system to give immediate information about the quality of the brushes being produced,” Peveling said. Peveling also spoke of a new item. “Just recently, we developed a new custom product for the Asian market,” he said. “It is a broom made out of flexible strip brush material, and it seems to be a big success.”

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ivision Chair Carlos Petzold, of Bodam International/Borghi USA, introduced 2nd Vice Chair — Secretary/TreasurerSuppliers Reception Jill Shinners, of Pioneer Packaging, Inc., Chicopee, MA, who reported there was $28,469.15 in the division’s account. Also, a decrease in the suppliers additional assessment from $84 to $80 was approved. Continued On Page 26 BBM MAGAZINE | MARCH/APRIL 2014

Smart Uses Of Color And Design Emphasized At 2014 International Home & Housewares Show

The officers of the Suppliers Division are, from left, Kirk Beatty, Beatty Machine and Tool Works, At Large; Kevin Lannon, Lanoco Specialty Wire, At Large; Chris Monahan, Brush Fibers, 3rd Vice Chair, Exhibit Chair; Jill Shinners, Pioneer Packaging, 2nd Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer-Suppliers Reception; David Kalisz, MFC Ltd., Vice Chair; and Carlos Petzold, Bodam International, Ltd./Borghi USA, Chair.

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While everyone wants to know the perfect color for their product, not one solution exists. In the world of color, housewares manufacturers and retailers need to be smart, savvy, educated and investigate each usage of color within its own context in order to reach the consumer. “There are generalizations and trends with color, but the magic bullet doesn’t exist. You need to know the audience, the consumer, lighting, competition and more,” Lee Eiseman told an audience during the 2014 International Home & Housewares Show held last March in Chicago. In a presentation, “Engaging the Consumer - Facts vs. Fiction in Lifestyle and Color” Eiseman, a color and design forecaster and executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, along with Tom Mirabile, senior vice president of Global Trend & Design for Lifetime Brands and consumer trend forecaster for IHA, discussed the changing realities of today’s consumer and the essential role of color in both serving and connecting with them. After discussing attributes of the four generations of consumers – Gen Y, Gen X, Baby Boomers and Active Seniors – Mirabile noted that color is important to each generation, although in different ways. For example, he said, baby boomers are very color savvy, as color is a part of their nature. Gen X seeks color as they are exposed to it with their children. And Gen Y are using color in their homes to express independence. The generations respond to colors differently, noted Eiseman. “From my perspective, color is about emotion, and each person has their own attachment,” she said. “Color delivers emotions to consumers. Baby boomers are appreciating it even more with the proliferation of eye surgeries – many can see far more clearly than before. The Y generation as new parents is inclined to be savvy with trends and you as a retailer or manufacturer need to stay on top of those trends and be more educated than they are.” Mirabile agreed, saying “We have never dealt with a consumer that is as educated as the consumers of today. People are so exposed and they are expecting you to be knowledgeable as well.” While color is limitless, it is expected to be prominent in retail. “As retailers you have to do your homework,” Eiseman said. “What colors have historically sold well for you? Blue, for example, is an international favorite and many customers are dedicated to it. I rarely work on a product line where I don’t recommend some shade of blue. But even though it’s been a big seller, you need to ask yourself what shade of blue and what intensity do you use to get newness out there? “Of course white is always a safe bet, but what can we do with it to make it different? Can you work with the form or shape or contrast? Black and white is a given that never goes away but still we need to create something new with those colors,” she added. “Engage consumers’ other senses and ask what makes them want to reach out and touch it? And while red is popular it needs to be skewed. So you need to arm yourself with the necessary information to make informed choices.” Eiseman also noted that there have been notable shifts in color and design that could make a retailer’s knowledge of color trends even more critical; for example, the usage of celebrities to sell products, technology that can transform color hues and use of lighting. She cited the color orange as the example of how the consumer mindset has changed. Inexpensive fast food outlets such as Arby’s and A&W had orange logos so it was a hard sell to sell anything associated with orange at a high price point, she said. That changed when Apple, Inc. introduced laptops with colors, including orange. “That opened up ideas to use orange in a far reaching way. We now see the color orange at every price level, and that will continue. Orange is a color that has amazed me and has gained so much acceptance, so quickly. These are the types of trends in today’s consumer and how color is essential to connect with them,” Eiseman said. BBM MAGAZINE | MARCH/APRIL 2014

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2014 Booth Photos Zahoransky USA / Zahoransky AG

Brush Fibers

SUPPLIERS ON DISPLAY Photo gallery of the Suppliers Tabletop Display Program held during ABMA’s 97th Annual Convention.

Brush Fibers, Inc. of Arcola, IL, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured, from left, are Chris Monahan, Chuck Copp, both of Brush Fibers, and Don Leventhal of Newton Broom & Brush Co.

Boucherie USA/ Machines Boucherie NV

Jones Companies

Machines Boucherie NV and Boucherie USA of Izegem, Belgium, and Knoxville, TN, were exhibitors at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured, from left, are Kris Geldof, Machines Boucherie NV and John Williams, Boucherie USA.

Jones Companies, Ltd. of Humboldt, TN, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured is Andrew Dailey, Jones Companies.

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2014 Booth Photos Zahoransky USA & Zahoransky AG

PelRay International

Zahoransky USA of Sugar Grove, IL, and Zahoransky AG of Germany, were exhibitors at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured from left, are Ulrich Zahoransky, Zahoransky AG; Frank Kigyos, Zahoransky USA; D.J. Anawalt of A & B Brush Mfg. Corp.; and Artur Seger, Zahoransky USA.

PelRay International of San Antonio, TX, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured, from left, are Mike McKenzie, Pel-Ray; Ron Cherryholmes, PelRay; Bart Pelton, PelRay; Ray LeBlanc, PelRay; and R.J. Lindstrom, Zephyr Mfg. Co.

MFC Ltd.

Hahl, Inc. and Hahl-Pedex

MFC Ltd. of Laredo, TX, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured, from left, are David Kalisz, MFC; Fred Spach, Carolina Brush Mfg.; Paty Cavazos, MFC; and Ken Rakusin, Gordon Brush.


Hahl, Inc. of Lexington, SC, and Hahl-Pedex were exhibitors at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured, from left, are Terry Hogan, Hahl, Inc.; Michael Holzmann, Hahl-Pedex; Judy McGuire, Weiler Corp; Andrew McIlroy, Hahl, Inc.; and Florian Kisling, Hahl-Pedex.

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2014 Booth Photos Static Faction, Inc.

Borghi USA & Borghi S.P.A.

Static Faction, Inc. of Salem, MA, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured is Ian Moss.

Borghi USA of Aberdeen, MD, and Borghi S.P.A., of Italy, were among the exhibitors at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured, from left, are Vanes Villani, Unimac s.r.l.; Paolo Roversi, Borghi s.p.a.; Carlos Petzold, Borghi USA; Lynne Petzold; Eric Juarez, Borghi USA; and Matt Tompkins, Borghi USA.

Beatty Machine and Tool Works Limited

Proveedora Mexicana De Monofilamentos

Beatty Machine and Tool Works Limited of Scarborough, ON, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured is Kirk Beatty.

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Proveedora Mexicana De Monofilamentos (PMM) of Mexico City, Mexico, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured from left, are Jim Benjamin, Precision Brush Company; Dennise Silva, PMM; Paulina Licona, PMM; Gary Townes, Magnolia Brush; and Enrique Mejia, PMM.


2014 Booth Photos Monahan Filaments

Monahan Filaments of Arcola, IL, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured, from left, are Matt Monahan and Jon Monahan.

Jewel Wire Co.

Jewel Wire Co, a division of Loos & Co. of Pomfret, CT, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured, from left, are Richard Griswold, Loos & Co., Inc., and Mike Fredrickson, Jewel Wire Co.


American Select Tubing

American Select Tubing of Mattoon, IL, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured are Mark and Susan Maninfior.

Keystone Plastics, Inc.

Keystone Plastics, Inc. of South Plainfield, NJ, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Supplier Display Program. Pictured are Frances and Marvin Naftal.

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2014 Booth Photos DuPont Filaments

DuPont Filaments, of Wilmington, DE, was among the exhibitors at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured, from left, are Bob Shaw, Nour Handcrafted Painting Tools; Tom Vichich, DuPont; and John Hackney, DuPont.

Woehler Brush Tech GmbH

Woehler Brush Tech GmbH of Germany, was among the exhibitors at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured are Frank Kigyos, left, and Matthias Peveling.

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Draper Knitting

Draper Knitting Co. of Canton, MA, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured, from left, are Bill Shaul and Kristin Draper.

Carolina Filaments

Carolina Filaments of Mt. Pleasant, SC, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured, from left, are Brian Crawford, Carolina Filaments; and Jeff Ghilani of United Rotary Brush Corp.


2014 Booth Photos JieDa (Shanghai) New Materials Technology Co. Ltd.

JieDa (Shanghai) New Materials Technology Co. Ltd. of Shanghai, China, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured, from left, are Peter Zhang and Michael Gong.

iD Additives

iD Additives of LaGrange, IL, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured is Nick Sotos.


Northeast LTDA

Northeast LTDA of New York City, NY, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured is Mike Grossmann.

Inter-Wire Products

Inter-Wire Products of Lombard, IL, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured, from left, are Sergio Gallo and Mike VanGilder .

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2014 Booth Photos Deco Products Company


Deco Products Company, of Decorah, IA, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured, from left, are Matt Schulz and Gary Wiest.

FIMM USA, Inc. of Columbus, OH, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured are Sirlei De Almeida, left, and Fabio Meli.

Plasticfibre S.P.A.

Cesyl Mills

Plasticfibre S.P.A. of Italy, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured is Sergio Fiori.

Cesyl Mills, Inc. of Millbury, MA, was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured is Bob Goralski.

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2014 Booth Photos Next Year

Grupo Interoceanica Cala

Grupo Interoceanica Cala LLC of Saltillo, CO, Mexico was an exhibitor at the ABMA Suppliers Display Program. Pictured, from left, are Barbara Laborde, Marisol Castillo, and Barbara Castillo.

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By Rick Mullen | Broom, Brush & Mop Associate Editor

U.S. government trade figures for all of 2013 indicated raw material imports were down in all three categories outlined: broom and mop handles, brush backs and metal handles, compared to all of 2012. For December 2013, raw material imports were down in two categories outlined: broom and mop handles and brush backs, compared to December 2012. Import totals for all of 2013 were down in one of the finished goods categories outlined: paintbrushes, while the other two remained the same, compared to the same time period in 2012. In December 2013, two categories outlined recorded decreases: brooms and brushes of vegetable material and paintbrushes, compared to December 2012. Hog Bristle The United States imported 36,429 kilograms of hog bristle in December 2013, up 79 percent from 20,345 kilograms imported in December 2012. During all of 2013, 295,101 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down 13 percent from 338,669 kilograms imported during all of 2012. China sent 294,478 kilograms of hog bristle to the United States during all of 2013. The average price per kilogram for December 2013 was $10.32, down 36 percent from the average price per kilogram for December 2012 of $16.12. The average price per kilogram for all of 2013 was $14.71, up 3 percent from the average price per kilogram of $13.77 for all of 2012.


Broom And Mop Handles The import total of broom and mop handles during December 2013 was 1.1 million, down 31 percent from 1.6 million for December 2012. During all of 2013, 15.4 million broom and mop handles were imported, down 12 percent from 17.5 million for all of 2012. During all of 2013, the United States received 6.3 million broom and mop handles from Brazil, 3.9 million from Honduras, 2.6 million from China and 2.2 million from Indonesia. The average price per handle for December 2013 was 99 cents, up 10 percent from the average price for December 2012 of 90 cents. The average price for all of 2013 was 88 cents, up 13 percent from 78 cents for all of 2012.

Brush Backs December 2013 imports of brush backs totaled 482,521, down 41 percent from 821,526 for December 2012. During all of 2013, 5.8 million brush backs were imported, down 32 percent from 8.5 million for all of 2012. Canada shipped 3 million brush backs to the United States during all of 2013, while Sri Lanka shipped 2.5 million. The average price per brush back was 39 cents during December 2013, up 5 percent from the average price for December 2012 of 37 PG 36

cents. For all of 2013, the average price per brush back was 47 cents, up 4 percent from 45 cents for all of 2012.

Metal Handles The import total of metal handles during December 2013 was 3.2 million, up 3 percent from 3.1 million for December 2012. During all of 2013, 26.2 million metal handles were imported, down 9 percent from 28.8 million for all of 2012. During all of 2013, Italy sent 13.8 million metal handles to the United States, while Spain shipped 6.2 million and China exported 5.3 million. The average price per handle for December 2013 was 66 cents, up 18 percent from 56 cents for December 2012. The average price for all of 2013 was 71 cents, up 9 percent from the average price for all of 2012 of 65 cents.


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 December 2013 was 3,636, down 88 percent from 29,556 for December 2012. During all of 2013, 130,908 brooms of broom corn were imported, down 42 percent from 225,992 imported during all of 2012. All the brooms were imported from Mexico. The average price per broom for December 2013 was 89 cents, up 25 percent from the average price for December 2012 of 71 cents. The average price per broom for all of 2013 was 58 cents, down 29 percent from 82 cents from all of 2012.

Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents The United States imported 638,740 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during December 2013, up 16 percent from 589,735 for December 2012. During all of 2013, 7.9 million brooms of broom corn were imported, down 1 percent from 8 million for all of 2012. Mexico shipped 7.8 million brooms to the United States during all of 2013. The average price per broom for December 2013 was $2.47, up 7 percent from the average price for December 2012 of $2.31. The average price per broom for all of 2013 was $2.38, down 2 percent from $2.43 for all of 2012.

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during December 2013 was 95,645, down 34 percent from 144,090 brooms and brushes imported during December 2012. During all of 2013, 1.9 million brooms and brushes were imported, the same as for all of 2012. Sri Lanka exported 1.1 million brooms and brushes to the United States during all of 2013, while Vietnam sent 213,539. The average price per unit for December 2013 was $2.19, up 67 percent from $1.31 for December 2012. The average price for all of 2013 was $1.39, up 14 percent from the average price recorded for all of 2012 of $1.22.

Toothbrushes The United States imported 93.4 million toothbrushes in December 2013, up 2 percent from 91.3 million imported in December 2012. During all of 2013, 1.1 billion toothbrushes were imported, the same as during all of 2012. China sent 786 million toothbrushes to the United States during all of 2013, while Vietnam shipped 94.5 million and India sent 59 million. The average price per toothbrush for December 2013 was 21 cents, BBM MAGAZINE | MARCH/APRIL 2014

down 1 cent from December 2012. The average price for all of 2013 was 23 cents, up 1 cent for all of 2012.

Hairbrushes December 2013 imports of hairbrushes totaled 4.2 million, up 56 percent from the December 2012 total of 2.7 million hairbrushes. During all of 2013, 48.3 million hairbrushes were imported, down 12 percent from 54.6 million for all of 2012. China shipped 47.5 million hairbrushes to the United States during all of 2013. The average price per hairbrush was 22 cents during December 2013, down 27 percent from the average price for December 2012 of 30 cents. For all of 2013, the average price per hairbrush was 26 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for all of 2012.

Shaving Brushes The United States imported 5.8 million shaving brushes in December 2013, up 26 percent from 4.6 million imported in December 2012. During all of 2013, 57.6 million shaving brushes were imported, down 24 percent from 76.1 million imported during all of 2012. China sent 34.6 million shaving brushes to the United States during all of 2013, while South Korea sent 8.5 million and Germany shipped 7.5 million. The average price per shaving brush for December 2013 was 14 cents, down 13 percent from the average price for December 2012 of 16 cents. The average price for all of 2013 was 16 cents, up 33 percent from 12 cents for all of 2012.

Paint Rollers The import total of paint rollers during December 2013 was 3.5 million, down 3 percent from 3.6 million recorded for December 2012. During all of 2013, 51.6 million paint rollers were imported, down 14 percent from 60.1 million during all of 2012. China sent 42 million paint rollers to the United States during all of 2013, while Mexico exported 7.2 million. The average price per paint roller for December 2013 was 49 cents, up 1 cent from December 2012. The average price for all of 2013 was 53 cents, up 18 percent from the average price recorded for all of 2012 of 45 cents.

Paintbrushes U.S. companies imported 13.1 million paintbrushes during December 2013, down 33 percent from 19.5 million paintbrushes imported during December 2012. Paintbrush imports for all of 2013 were 235.2 million, down 3 percent from 241.3 million recorded for all of 2012. China shipped 170.9 million paintbrushes to the United States during all of 2013. The average price per paintbrush for December 2013 was 30 cents, down 14 percent from the average price for December 2012 of 35 cents. The average price for all of 2013 was 27 cents, down 16 percent from 32 cents for all of 2012.


Export totals for all of 2013 were down in three categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable materials, shaving brushes and paintbrushes compared to all of 2012. In December 2013, three categories outlined reported decreases: broom and brushes of vegetable materials, toothbrushes and paintbrushes, compared to December 2012.

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials The United States exported 4,899 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during December 2013, down 53 percent from the BBM MAGAZINE | MARCH/APRIL 2014

December 2012 total of 10,481 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during all of 2013 were 85,794 dozen, down 25 percent from 114,393 dozen for all of 2012. The United States sent 34,468 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during all of 2013, 11,554 dozen to Brazil and 10,047 dozen to the United Kingdom. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $60.21 in December 2013, down 2 percent from $61.31 for December 2012. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for all of 2013 was $43.62, up 7 percent from the average price per dozen for all of 2012 of $40.79.

Toothbrushes During December 2013, the United States exported 7.1 million toothbrushes, down 41 percent from the total recorded in December 2012 of 12.1 million. During all of 2013, 170.6 million toothbrushes were exported, up 14 percent from 149.9 million exported during all of 2012. The United States exported 67.1 million toothbrushes to Canada during all of 2013, while sending 26.7 million toothbrushes to Mexico and 24.2 million to Germany. The average price per toothbrush for December 2013 was 57 cents, down 10 percent from the average price for December 2012 of 63 cents. The average price per toothbrush for all of 2013 was 45 cents, down 8 percent from 49 cents for all of 2012.

Shaving Brushes The United States exported 1.1 million shaving brushes during December 2013, up 17 percent from 829,512 shaving brushes exported for December 2012. During all of 2013, 16.1 million shaving brushes were exported, down 28 percent from 22.4 million during all of 2012. Canada imported 6.1 million shaving brushes from the United States during all of 2013, while Brazil received 4.9 million and Mexico imported 1.8 million. The average price per shaving brush for December 2013 was $1.34, up 28 percent from the average price for December 2012 of $1.05. The average price for all of 2013 was $1.01, up 34 percent from 67 cents recorded for all of 2012.

Artist Brushes December 2013 exports of artist brushes totaled 799,946, up 31 percent from the December 2012 total of 549,946 artist brushes. During all of 2013, 9.6 million artist brushes were exported, up 4 percent from 9.2 million for all of 2012. Canada received 6.5 million artist brushes from the United States during all of 2013, while Mexico imported 515,776. The average price per artist brush was $2.08 during December 2013, down 26 percent from the average price for December 2012 of $2.80. For all of 2013, the average price per artist brush was $2.50, down 13 percent from the average price for all of 2012 of $2.86.

Paintbrushes The export total of paintbrushes during December 2013 was 85,988, down 15 percent from 101,603 for December 2012. During all of 2013, 1.3 million paintbrushes were exported, down 24 percent from 1.7 million during all of 2012. Canada imported 538,150 paintbrushes from the United States during all of 2013, while The Netherlands received 156,011. The average price per paintbrush for December 2013 was $15.28, down 8 percent from $16.68 for December 2012. The average price for all of 2013 was $17.26, up 26 percent from $13.69 recorded for all of 2012. PG 37


Domestic Merchandise

1404902000 Broomcorn (Sorghum Vulgare Var. Technicum) Used Primarily In Brooms Or In Brushes, Whether or Not In Hanks or Bundles December Year To Date Net Q/Ton Value Net Q/Ton Value Country Colomb 18 34,000 Brazil 1 3,583 Paragua 2 9,000 U King 1 4,844 6 23,328 54 209,952 France TOTAL 6 23,328 76 261,379

9603100000 Brooms & Brushes, Consisting of Twigs or Other Vegetable Materials Bound Together, With or Without Handles December Year To Date Country Net Q/Dozen Value Net Q/Dozen Value 2,946 119,157 34,468 1,587,675 Canada Mexico 32 2,665 1,065 34,551 Guatmal 22 4,087 C Rica 184 3,917 1,974 55,125 Panama 42 2,640 2,911 103,106 Bermuda 344 16,288 Bahamas 70 5,037 1,113 199,754 Jamaica 257 7,085 Cayman 88 2,892 Haiti 290 4,516

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Dom Rep St K N S Vn Gr Barbado Guadlpe Colomb Venez Peru Chile Brazil Sweden Norway Finland U King Ireland Nethlds Belgium France Germany Poland Kazakhs Turkmen Spain Malta Italy Turkey S Arab Qatar Arab Em India Singapr Phil R China Hg Kong Japan Austral Libya Guinea Nigeria Angola Rep Saf TOTAL Country Canada Mexico Guatmal Belize Salvadr Hondura C Rica Panama Bermuda Bahamas Jamaica Haiti Dom Rep B Virgn St K N Antigua S Lucia S Vn Gr Grenada Barbado Trinid S Maarte Curaco Aruba Colomb Venez Guyana Surinam Ecuador Peru Chile Brazil













90 4,899

9,975 294,982

77 100 76 218 72 1,577 530 306 345 11,554 481 110 121 10,047 318 237 183 106 2,861 84 49 10 166 39 579 110 3,163 16 160 40 538 120 1,654 2,419 3,141 539 331 35 452 23 275 85,794

9603210000 Toothbrushes December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 2,598,672 1,964,749 67,073,810 781,004 261,708 26,669,523 9,344 10,080 3,719 11,448 1,955 5,704 47,684 471,917 250,907 5,031,971 864 2,465 145,836 51,571 60,696 26,873 533,551 490 96 14,164 1,404 247 210 61,708 34,728 18,436 656,488 294 3,006 1,136 53,568 18,920 368,664 37,944 2,390 24,453 391,533 49,035 3,759 38,464 36,161 64,117 71,404 84,673 11,648 8,326 178,425 15,131

7,148 2,580 5,251 7,854 3,183 47,044 17,470 10,088 16,322 400,225 21,628 3,613 4,000 298,649 10,500 15,233 6,037 33,638 95,366 3,460 27,924 7,841 3,283 2,817 25,930 3,626 159,668 9,250 21,219 2,614 32,141 13,293 59,056 52,490 127,796 88,309 6,437 11,567 14,906 8,263 39,685 3,742,483 Value 30,797,473 8,221,653 48,147 11,100 20,000 41,663 72,174 2,681,822 9,100 27,823 68,514 23,202 287,046 2,782 3,877 16,024 14,368 2,522 7,728 40,265 658,669 8,905 123,138 14,980 574,310 22,053 68,167 44,492 41,996 107,835 123,138 54,717


Paragua Uruguay Argent Sweden Finland Denmark U King Ireland Nethlds Belgium France Germany Czech Switzld Poland Russia Ukraine Spain Italy Bosnia Turkey Iran Israel Jordan Kuwait S Arab Arab Em Oman India Thailnd Vietnam Singapr Indnsia Phil R China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral N Zeal Algeria Nigeria Rep Saf TOTAL



5,940 388,800 1,800 2,304

32,488 122,239 4,414 5,009

1,625,730 200,880

381,092 166,120



6,956 117,144

71,172 16,786

41,750 15,510 219,083 102,130 32,783 21,038 10,368

228,916 46,960 103,981 55,287 17,378 31,082 3,327

1,456 7,119,080

8,998 4,028,424

9,700 17,599 4,393,188 7,884 15,276 626 150,071 1,378,140 100,200 9,648 8,603 24,200,491 6,616,075 5,294,280 19,781 500 5,440 31,685 45,730 3,688 335 1,437,465 283 2,274 16,589 5,480 65,762 4,524 7,849,629 917,284 17,402 26,930 312,368 2,712 2,647,770 1,068,338 9,931,477 431,676 1,525,717 251,746 10,368 52,776 1,080 53,408 170,560,754

24,546 133,331 1,292,132 12,757 19,557 6,403 238,767 1,689,290 236,101 15,649 23,094 4,374,769 3,373,276 777,490 8,719 7,153 14,997 4,276 84,715 7,754 9,465 274,395 2,894 23,267 26,632 5,999 25,880 4,125 5,241,100 138,549 28,739 75,959 107,347 15,689 3,719,290 3,953,094 3,993,336 471,496 959,735 755,319 3,327 31,513 2,952 149,436 76,603,997

9603290000 Shaving Brushes, Hairbrushes, Nail Brushes, Eyelash Brushes & Other Toilet Brushes For Use on the Person December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q./No. Value Canada 724,452 349,575 6,101,267 4,084,526 Mexico 14,235 115,791 1,758,920 1,381,041 Guatmal 5,328 13,462 12,027 51,557 Belize 5,712 2,578 Salvadr 75,404 185,719 Hondura 1,008 3,074 Nicarag 101 5,195 C Rica 14,763 38,681 Panama 10,000 21,383 Bahamas 16 3,652 Dom Rep 837 7,165 8,491 28,886 Antigua 540 3,186 Trinid 1,200 3,429 45,750 356,414 S Maarte 3,285 12,499 Curaco 3,436 7,563 Colomb 313 7,892 131,685 334,266 Venez 277,150 209,450 Ecuador 118,544 111,377 Peru 180 3,735 360 13,338 Bolivia 9,489 16,870 Chile 7,008 11,488 68,561 126,838 Brazil 153,306 116,113 4,893,516 2,142,688 Paragua 66,412 122,151 Uruguay 3,147 18,986 Argent 662,818 159,188 Sweden 4,920 50,301 Finland 4,057 24,002 U King 13,168 38,573 246,154 789,901


Ireland Nethlds Belgium France Germany Austria Czech Switzld Latvia Poland Russia Georgia Spain Italy Turkey Israel Jordan Kuwait S Arab Arab Em India Pakistn Burma Thailnd Malaysa Singapr Indnsia Phil R China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral N Zeal Kenya Rep Saf TOTAL





1,088 1,406 408

9,954 12,860 11,958





40,443 912 4,446 1,631 6,153 6,285

138,380 8,112 15,466 7,494 19,802 28,314

34,541 1,940



3,648 2,972 1,087,089

101,084 4,650



3,605 8,372 1,460,420

2,016 98,777 13,533 200,897 135,536 1,012 414 7,799 3,576 1,000 5,030 4,120 41,924 17,620 4,311 217 5,012 24,077 11,828 25,107 21,419 16 1,094 18,278 22,396 51,349 3,476 161,054 377,455 40,977 40,490 25,099 62,445 108,968 3,772 3,648 15,838 16,089,113

6,730 586,329 128,825 834,468 524,536 9,253 3,790 55,140 9,838 6,210 42,753 37,680 107,509 128,668 46,315 3,566 44,047 225,035 61,576 158,677 23,898 3,440 10,000 59,326 98,936 183,854 37,811 109,657 808,456 152,666 200,526 87,387 318,332 785,773 6,581 3,605 58,639 16,275,142

9603300000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes and Similar Brushes for the Application of Cosmetics December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 591,038 1,015,601 6,489,955 12,477,711 Mexico 30,186 111,380 515,776 1,688,310 Guatmal 1,663 14,798 Salvadr 3,658 5,529 C Rica 1,162 6,270 23,549 91,038 Panama 89,914 236,086 Bahamas 4,701 15,736 Jamaica 1,059 3,909 Haiti 984 17,693 Dom Rep 34,782 137,298 Antigua 1,228 3,815 S Lucia 3,786 9,713 Barbado 13,108 23,141 Trinid 11,156 24,388 S Maarte 3,633 8,611 Curaco 1,499 6,561 Colomb 4,752 17,535 45,552 143,054 Venez 28,230 95,664 Ecuador 14,238 44,260 Peru 11,800 18,909 31,077 66,656 Chile 35,342 119,835 Brazil 250 7,418 129,837 439,323 Paragua 37,960 141,108 Uruguay 1,075 3,967 10,509 38,777 Argent 5,121 18,895 9,730 35,900 Sweden 400 2,538 19,198 119,948 Norway 7,394 27,280 55,437 236,365 Finland 11,272 41,589 Denmark 5,554 25,420 U King 20,706 74,568 328,182 1,191,800 Ireland 23,859 88,541 Nethlds 21,949 66,918 Belgium 18,133 66,904 84,604 319,611 France 89,517 307,348 Germany 809 2,985 12,945 68,745

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Austria Slovak Hungary Switzld Latvia Lithuan Poland Russia Spain Italy Slvenia Serbia Romania Turkey Israel Kuwait S Arab Arab Em India Sri Lka Thailnd Malaysa Singapr Indnsia Phil R China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral New Gui N Zeal Fiji Libya Egypt Eq Guin Nigeria Rep Saf TOTAL Country Canada Mexico Guatmal Belize Salvadr Hondura Nicarag C Rica Panama Bermuda Bahamas Jamaica Dom Rep B Virgn St K N S Vn Gr Barbado Trinid S Maarte Curaco Aruba Colomb Venez Guyana Peru Chile Sweden U King Ireland Nethlds Belgium France Germany Switzld Poland

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8,255 1,086

11,010 9,429 3,021



23,890 45,991 2,800 825 3,896 5,640

88,148 64,832 15,700 3,831 18,168 23,704



720 4,496 799,946 1,666,689 9603402000 Paint December Net Q/No. Value 48,384 121,002 7,680 16,188 1,836 172

3,286 3,016













388 1,163 1,596 145,758 2,425 2,171 3,029 33,010 2,887 62,673 3,384 5,544 3,726 34,953 19,933 18,607 11,817 24,718 1,086 124 109,076 19,569 21,114 1,373 747 287,153 64,820 94,112 74,706 37,733 230,461 2,448 4,908 1,968 5,421 2,333 734 150 96,601 9,629,862 Rollers Year To Date Net Q/No. 754,589 131,647 3,525 3,533 968 8,412 172 3,368 20,911 18,970 2,700 18,657 75,597 242 2,287 3,584 1,552 47,567 430 317 200 8,197 1,822 2,976 41,594 540 1,728 5,507 155 23,608 3,588 818 68,077 13 88

2,977 4,292 5,887 545,361 13,285 8,009 24,166 114,385 16,188 250,831 6,772 9,474 17,303 140,166 62,387 71,826 51,972 97,133 3,021 3,160 464,003 72,200 64,660 20,896 3,352 1,062,924 170,959 674,426 177,620 143,032 1,149,111 6,016 29,757 6,153 20,000 8,608 2,707 8,677 157,109 24,046,004 Value 1,823,644 385,990 13,594 5,409 17,446 12,263 3,016 73,686 52,120 31,449 24,195 25,586 262,512 4,050 10,089 6,497 7,159 81,413 5,242 5,559 2,712 16,805 31,973 7,646 38,152 3,369 2,943 40,246 2,723 132,695 12,658 14,355 143,539 2,600 4,266

Russia Turkey Lebanon Israel S Arab Arab Em Afghan India Thailnd Malaysa Singapr Phil R China Mongola Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral New Gui N Zeal Fiji Libya Angola Rep Saf TOTAL Country Mexico Nicarag C Rica Panama Haiti Dom Rep Trinid Colomb Peru Chile Brazil Argent Finland Denmark U King Ireland Russia Romania Turkey Israel Jordan S Arab India Singapr China Hg Kong Japan Austral N Zeal TOTAL





33,485 5,192 12,050

35,438 91,129 33,982

5,832 141,171

4,432 443,689



17,376 663 183 1,868 82,371 22,154 171 11,330 3,420 5,138 2,510 960 4,069 1,117 27,900 2,007 182 710 269,060 7,426 62,759 24,408 3,024 1,720 9,940 1,820,405

9603404020 Paint Pads December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 2,172 6,150 92,759 3,240 650 900 28,508 1,428 100 7,347 16,680 7,770 5,556 48 27,608 20,562 27,608 454 1,440 1,080 17,772 913 6,348 431 665 26 10,383 15 4,024 6,200 2,112 652 1,277 5,244 1,700 34,680 1,700 6,800 786 763 5,419 31,193 6,542 40,505 116,023 241,177

32,353 11,641 3,212 34,993 81,267 20,464 3,000 85,549 31,277 38,276 6,048 4,336 49,900 2,888 201,906 44,276 3,200 12,462 399,337 96,244 179,774 27,906 25,332 5,827 48,029 4,757,098 Value 293,151 23,000 11,961 32,258 3,200 26,312 6,568 2,640 20,562 17,386 78,847 4,862 36,453 6,323 50,301 3,060 7,749 4,233 19,412 47,931 14,991 4,630 9,065 12,850 34,680 11,560 6,306 31,818 7,641 829,750

9603404050 Paint, Distemper, Varnish or Similar Brushes (Except Brushes of 9603.30) December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 28,431 422,279 538,150 8,169,945 Mexico 3,212 20,195 15,828 235,765 Belize 868 18,001 Salvadr 884 18,648 Hondura 190 4,292 9,487 98,478 Nicarag 190 3,859 1,161 19,773 C Rica 518 33,318 3,362 126,514 Panama 508 18,620 14,459 240,594 Bermuda 618 2,575 1,924 29,642 Bahamas 5,807 93,951 Jamaica 1,742 41,064 Cayman 2,848 44,011 Haiti 201 4,160


Dom Rep B Virgn St K N Antigua Monsrat S Lucia S Vn Gr Grenada Barbado Trinid S Maarte Aruba Colomb Venez Guyana Ecuador Peru Chile Brazil Uruguay Argent Norway Finland Denmark U King Ireland Nethlds Belgium France Germany Austria Czech Lithuan Poland Russia Georgia Spain Italy Slvenia Turkey Israel S Arab Qatar Arab Em Bahrain Afghan India Thailnd Vietnam Malaysa Singapr Indnsia Brunei Phil R China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral N Zeal Samoa Solmn I Libya Eq Guin Niger Angola Djibuti Mozambq Rep Saf TOTAL

858 1,000

17,803 14,008







20,585 949 3,763 435 836 1,461

356,438 6,858 78,834 9,030 12,372 21,968

394 186

8,177 3,848



858 855

4,662 8,340

1,377 3,376 2,940 620

33,080 66,948 60,985 12,502

8,482 773


33,684 16,018


5,537 2,124 1,673 304 140 336 357 1,500 1,097 8,355 702 952 4,778 2,127 2,146 26,962 1,275 1,106 1,035 1,899 4,673 732 1,248 468 98,219 14,024 156,011 2,267 5,888 14,022 1,380 12,500 2,961 2,091 1,691 19 394 18,334 518 931 7,504 15,290 50 3,126 206 159 259 240 2,758 2,510 15,794 4,982 686 15,681 33,725 49,115 27,338 3,443 1,200 21,571 43,767 1,217 424 120 102 123 133 199 150 728 1,252,097

130,625 55,290 34,348 6,302 7,528 6,969 7,396 50,190 22,770 173,851 20,397 23,149 91,148 20,500 59,118 261,860 26,457 27,771 30,839 17,413 96,936 3,785 24,085 9,716 1,895,545 75,999 4,311,452 74,140 80,566 385,350 6,563 259,958 60,766 24,486 35,067 2,770 8,177 171,075 10,743 19,305 136,391 186,076 3,035 50,744 4,273 3,301 7,991 13,173 30,026 20,414 273,808 78,444 7,745 168,076 652,733 1,090,168 625,258 73,960 25,306 112,771 203,827 25,240 8,798 7,020 2,808 2,559 2,750 4,121 10,000 9,283 21,611,050

9603900000 Hand-Operated Mechanical Floor Sweepers, Not Motorized, Mops & Feather Dusters; Prepared Knots & Tufts for Broom or Brush Making, NESOI December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 194,699 2,603,040 2,500,784 30,174,464 Mexico 52,426 588,193 710,517 9,148,806 Guatmal 719 13,313 2,968 51,676


Belize Salvadr Hondura Nicarag C Rica Panama Bermuda Bahamas Jamaica Turk Is Cayman Haiti Dom Rep B Virgn St K N S Lucia Barbado Trinid S Maarte Curaco Aruba Colomb Venez Ecuador Peru Bolivia Chile Brazil Paragua Uruguay Argent Iceland Sweden Norway Finland Denmark U King Ireland Nethlds Belgium Luxmbrg France Germany Austria Czech Slovak Switzld Estonia Latvia Lithuan Poland Russia Kazakhs Turkmen Spain Portugl Malta Italy Greece Bulgar Turkey Lebanon Iraq Israel Jordan Kuwait S Arab Qatar Arab Em Oman Bahrain Afghan India Pakistn Thailnd Vietnam Malaysa Singapr

1,314 5,413 336 500

21,314 51,185 3,262 6,032



690 156

14,507 2,534

946 201 691 1,128 2,220 2,346 1,545

13,193 5,348 6,480 33,645 36,000 44,352 31,899



5,183 13,759 297

13,934 115,635 18,854

302 2,442

8,042 42,910

505 100



8,196 2,600





388 240

5,536 3,887





14,736 100 347

224,340 4,209 5,618





769 2,623



20,466 26,083

125 4,604 3,847 4,952 44,503 12,436 10,272 6,850 599 352 3,932 801 4,229 117 3,504 2,184 3,370 5,322 985 1,085 3,301 20,432 27,371 28,676 16,811 2,220 54,100 82,562 451 1,685 17,108 2,411 5,958 10,909 4,537 29,894 110,240 38,729 21,891 57,557 850 8,508 32,224 886 9,926 200 12,096 8,242 3,298 4,392 1,585 45,123 438 287 6,715 725 4,697 28,003 716 1,317 2,916 895 640 11,650 317 3,850 144,169 2,718 37,220 1,626 2,352 2,493 13,459 514 5,847 9,433 12,027 31,602

4,975 74,696 57,782 49,670 624,777 183,886 46,501 42,701 10,167 6,736 27,394 13,000 63,483 6,428 10,570 5,725 39,339 63,300 15,970 22,171 42,901 264,562 876,993 379,567 252,363 36,000 576,495 978,735 7,323 73,586 154,459 39,106 106,874 78,543 57,890 281,032 1,227,960 618,382 185,736 336,788 43,514 208,324 447,428 8,529 153,863 2,969 155,280 135,669 34,136 16,111 26,650 365,595 7,112 4,654 107,902 11,746 30,065 355,676 23,728 21,360 30,124 24,639 3,834 192,069 7,817 17,911 1,728,894 46,664 342,088 35,290 34,703 44,437 155,071 15,192 110,292 161,691 188,005 337,801

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Indnsia Phil R China Mongola Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral New Gui N Zeal Algeria Libya Egypt Eq Guin Camroon Togo Nigeria Gabon Angola Congo B Djibuti Tnzania Rep Saf Zambia Malawi TOTAL

98 17,985

2,922 241,783

2,222 1,320 744 9,593 9,289

40,466 16,792 10,624 89,236 164,175







40,120 6,483 65,463 216 56,398 42,224 7,111 147,789 132,980 2,619 24,184 362 762 406 647 80 510 1,406 222 1,099 160 801 678 5,309 1,150 1,650 4,859,966

217,228 150,240 857,745 3,497 596,366 653,665 153,715 1,471,855 1,635,735 33,682 305,051 5,875 10,200 6,320 15,091 6,866 4,437 21,356 3,593 20,747 2,593 13,000 11,000 66,496 8,915 14,454 59,246,067


Country Germany Thailnd China TOTAL

Country U King Germany Thailnd China Japan TOTAL

0502100000 Pigs’, Hogs’ or Boars’ Bristles and Hair and Waste Thereof December Year To Date Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG 350 273 36,429 375,826 294,478 36,429 375,826 295,101 0502900000 Badger Hair and Other Brushmaking Hair and Waste Thereof December Year To Date Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG 4 59 2,920 7,765 366,049 43,792 2 7,747 2 7,767 373,796 46,777

Value 15,015 16,870 4,149,853 4,181,738

Value 11,668 134,683 137,683 1,213,724 7,747 1,505,505

0511993300 Horsehair and Horsehair Waste, Whether or Not Put Up As A Layer With or Without Supporting Material December Year To Date Country Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG Value Peru 591 16,941 Paragua 12,150 155,959 32,660 409,241 Belgium 7,299 66,720 Germany 17,457 207,807 Italy 1,769 11,685 China 4,328 71,398 252,851 2,981,359 Austral 2 2,210 N Zeal 43 10,123 TOTAL 16,478 227,357 312,672 3,706,086

1404903000 Istle Used Primarily In Brooms or In Brushes, Whether or Not In Hanks or Bundles December Year To Date Country Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG Value Mexico 19,468 103,128 304,841 1,535,821 TOTAL 19,468 103,128 304,841 1,535,821

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4417002000 Broom and Mop Handles, 1.9 CM or More In Diameter and 97 CM or More In Length, Of Wood Year To Date December Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value 1,130 8,447 Canada Mexico 2,208 3,797 153,334 132,393 Hondura 253,720 139,355 3,938,934 1,898,156 9,360 12,189 Dom Rep Colomb 142,010 66,644 Brazil 627,603 699,491 6,317,431 7,342,656 12,800 12,807 U King Belgium 900 9,919 73,590 87,659 2,164,824 2,105,050 Indnsia China 179,752 197,830 2,638,175 1,873,750 Taiwan 5,688 6,525 1,136,873 1,128,132 15,384,586 13,468,536 TOTAL

4417004000 Paint Brush and Paint Roller Handles, Of Wood December Year To Date Country Net Q/Variable Value Net Q/Variable Value 4,572 Mexico U King 5,622 Germany 34,171 122,491 Czech Poland 17,042 17,042 Italy 527,249 6,855,304 Thailnd 25,116 217,393 Indnsia 95,552 1,423,914 China 149,603 3,044,684 Taiwan 2,595 19,827 TOTAL 817,157 11,745,020 4417006000 Brush Backs, Of Wood December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 172,972 64,275 3,010,379 1,244,500 Germany 48,909 13,525 Sri Lka 153,321 78,069 2,511,189 1,368,480 China 156,228 47,722 245,748 80,141 TOTAL 482,521 190,066 5,816,225 2,706,646 Country Canada Mexico Salvadr Hondura Colomb Brazil U King Nethlds Germany Switzld Spain Italy Sri Lka Thailnd Vietnam Indnsia China Taiwan TOTAL

4417008010 Tool Handles of Wood December Year To Date Net Q/Variable Value Net Q/Variable 17,264 56,168 463,994

79,247 42,478

42,091 34,903 736,145

Value 116,876 762,250 7,003 39,550 7,754 5,511,636 6,182 3,757 2,181 3,073 99,046 185,568 3,475 2,478 521,251 212,188 719,457 453,064 8,656,789

4417008090 Tools, Tool Bodies, Broom or Brush Bodies, Shoe Lasts and Trees, of Wood December Year To Date Country Net Q/Variable Value Net Q/Variable Value Canada 82,061 1,051,178 Mexico 127,826 Colomb 4,530 Chile 444,724 7,372,660 Brazil 167,894 171,147 Sweden 2,161 U King 7,406 200,143 Nethlds 5,562 France 14,891 117,064 Germany 16,513 85,491 Austria 2,357


Lithuan Spain Italy Croatia Romania Turkey India Sri Lka Vietnam Singapr Indnsia China Hg Kong Taiwan Japan TOTAL

21,456 3,535

495,337 40,923 44,079 305,040 749,189 2,393,048

4,211 46,028 121,084 4,241 17,651 2,782 1,360,001 469,668 246,446 10,768 108,521 4,460,584 13,455 221,173 4,733,209 20,959,941

7326908576 Metal Handles For Brooms, Mops, Paint Applicators December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value 3,000 6,608 3,012 10,015 Canada Mexico 491,758 186,537 Colomb 16,140 7,537 110,928 74,513 Brazil Sweden 5 2,811 Finland 400 5,010 Denmark 465 6,261 2,944 44,732 Germany 4,680 24,245 Spain 1,383,552 623,128 6,246,132 2,909,436 Italy 1,271,978 699,298 13,844,346 9,663,750 Israel 2,000 2,187 Sri Lka 76,705 64,564 China 521,605 739,696 5,314,230 5,489,607 Hg Kong 2,500 2,644 19,764 22,347 Taiwan 2,490 10,488 95,224 76,849 TOTAL 3,185,590 2,088,123 26,228,268 18,584,140

9603100500 Wiskbrooms, of Broom Corn, LT=.96 EA. Prior to Entry or Withdrawal for Consumption of 61,655 Dozen In Calendar Year December Year To Date Mexico 5,856 4,309 65,834 59,523 China 7,440 10,472 73,496 69,487 TOTAL 13,296 14,781 139,330 129,010

9603104000 Other Brooms, of Broomcorn, LT=.96 EA, Prior to Entry or Withdrawal For Consumption of GT=121,478 Dozen in Calendar Year December Year To Date Mexico 3,636 3,236 130,908 76,462 TOTAL 3,636 3,236 130,908 76,462

9603105000 Other Brooms, of Broomcorn, LT=.96 EA, at Entry or Withdrawal For Consumption of GT=121,478 Dozen in Calendar Year December Year To Date Mexico 2,880 2,524 33,656 15,967 China 4,800 4,971 TOTAL 2,880 2,524 38,456 20,938

9603106000 Other Brooms, Of Broomcorn, Valued Over .96 Each December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 670,408 1,665,670 7,780,325 18,552,040 Salvadr 8,621 23,468 Hondura 1,980 4,379 56,610 118,609 Italy 7,900 23,390 China 11,352 21,607 23,852 49,495 TOTAL 683,740 1,691,656 7,877,308 18,767,002

U King France Germany Estonia Italy India Sri Lka Thailnd Vietnam Phil R China Japan TOTAL



58,110 3,110 12,547

143,292 10,347 20,243





2,172 529 16,316 117,976 24,196 31,250 1,133,993 53,213 213,539 21,820 188,246 4,870 1,901,742

21,495 3,938 25,317 134,493 29,268 22,979 1,420,383 110,379 241,943 51,494 315,253 19,960 2,638,742

9603210000 Toothbrushes, Incl. Dental-Plate Brushes Year To Date December Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 335,834 30,218 781,403 231,199 Mexico 605,812 173,739 4,156,260 2,019,504 Guatmal 155,200 43,394 122,184 35,350 2,189,448 606,991 Brazil Sweden 156,375 249,950 Denmark 2,280 2,486 1,081,004 652,090 U King Ireland 1,270,368 670,539 9,421,734 5,226,685 Nethlds 699,654 92,468 France 3,600 2,742 Germany 3,071,612 2,428,506 31,002,208 20,987,564 Hungary 19,992 33,490 296,704 304,992 Switzld 5,177,248 2,546,040 58,962,553 32,724,340 Italy 5,083 15,443 278,131 1,264,852 India 3,651,900 579,147 53,739,292 6,772,455 Thailnd 29,160 5,250 1,602,943 433,589 Vietnam 19,004,065 410,036 94,456,597 4,377,254 Malaysa 389,376 37,115 3,912,381 369,268 Singapr 3,120 5,227 Indnsia 213,888 38,925 3,520,080 215,192 China 58,907,969 12,056,897 786,009,574 159,831,622 Kor Rep 196,250 112,942 3,686,346 951,355 Hg Kong 1,084,350 192,591 Taiwan 188,888 125,183 2,857,553 1,095,253 Japan 252,000 21,660 3,032,772 526,840 N Zeal 7,000 3,857 TOTAL 93,441,629 19,320,480 1,063,098,562 239,183,760 9603294010 Hairbrushes, Valued Not Over .40 Each December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Vietnam 25,920 5,661 Malaysa 30,000 2,250 China 4,096,832 901,781 47,465,355 12,617,706 Kor Rep 72,000 12,862 223,320 52,961 Hg Kong 24,912 3,901 581,088 89,140 Taiwan 24,048 7,375 TOTAL 4,193,744 918,544 48,349,731 12,775,093

9603109000 Brooms & Brushes, Consisting of Twigs or Other Vegetable Materials Bound Together, With or Without Handles, NESOI December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 723 17,259 Mexico 81,808 191,457 Colomb 1,920 2,504 Brazil 560 4,741 Sweden 200 2,181 Norway 8,411 23,698


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9603294090 Shaving Brushes, Nail Brushes, Eyelash Brushes & Other Toilet Brushes For Use On The Person, Valued Not Over .40 Each December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Country Mexico 588,725 83,148 3,608,300 501,999 Denmark 12,000 4,208 25,500 5,349 U King Germany 526,000 104,228 7,512,069 1,698,865 Switzld 76,632 17,761 149,080 49,827 Italy India 660,000 14,869 8,208 3,209 8,208 3,209 Vietnam China 2,681,246 570,692 34,584,512 6,118,079 Kor Rep 1,632,000 40,043 8,550,620 280,335 306,250 11,498 387,802 30,050 Hg Kong Taiwan 1,418,086 113,745 Japan 18,216 6,362 645,716 157,916 TOTAL 5,760,645 819,180 57,638,525 8,996,212

9603302000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes & Similar Brushes For Application Of Cosmetics, Valued Not Over .05 Each December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Country Canada 175,000 5,206 Mexico 1,298,150 50,702 14,660,693 408,029 France 600,000 18,202 11,930,000 463,410 Germany 3,585,000 126,227 47,470,500 1,619,416 Italy 4,804,000 85,504 99,329,300 1,272,330 India 616,000 18,115 7,562,680 241,768 Thailnd 109,000 4,770 Vietnam 2,250,000 26,070 13,125,840 160,952 China 8,241,160 306,484 133,437,181 3,761,797 Kor Rep 5,194,000 125,260 29,898,900 686,645 Hg Kong 830,160 17,711 Taiwan 956,500 19,883 7,175,531 146,359 TOTAL 27,544,810 776,447 365,704,785 8,788,393

9603304000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes & Similar Brushes For Application of Cosmetics, Valued Over .05 But not Over .10 Each December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 5,510,618 409,168 69,069,471 5,442,949 France 230,000 16,379 Germany 480,000 39,810 12,500,100 979,846 Italy 175,600 12,926 India 177,408 13,059 1,039,160 78,670 Thailnd 137,264 10,912 Vietnam 36,000 2,700 China 9,180,715 712,745 170,805,172 12,826,700 Kor Rep 100,000 8,455 4,059,410 311,138 Hg Kong 1,622,000 115,673 Taiwan 205,312 17,171 4,354,576 332,612 TOTAL 15,654,053 1,200,408 264,028,753 20,130,505

9603306000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes & Similar Brushes For Application Of Cosmetics, Valued Over .10 Each December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 114 9,199 7,608 119,206 Mexico 10,243,470 1,711,440 131,510,616 22,674,093 Dom Rep 186,724 214,484 1,776,404 1,969,973 B Virgn 91 2,138 Barbado 2,881 12,625 Colomb 9,120 10,372 9,120 10,372 U King 24,374 44,434 688,048 1,627,607 Ireland 3,392 4,475 3,402 9,770 France 95,933 478,619 1,063,097 5,694,009 Germany 29,016 122,352 6,698,209 3,289,291 Switzld 666 18,924 2,846 99,264 Poland 850 4,125 Spain 8,519 42,249 108,206 468,969 Italy 55,006 151,884 304,622 1,174,608 Greece 1,536 2,501 Turkey 1,000 3,075 1,000 3,075 Israel 10,194 37,656 S Arab 300 7,750 300 7,750 India 748,449 284,301 6,977,612 3,219,523

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Sri Lka Thailnd Vietnam China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral Mauritn Maurit TOTAL Country Canada Mexico Brazil Sweden U King Nethlds Germany Greece India Indnsia China Hg Kong Taiwan Japan TOTAL

202,970 141,462 49,000 21,510,139 94,241 244,040 207,526 209,053 76 12,739 7,260 34,084,589

108,054 109,085 22,208 18,448,466 148,017 489,812 94,457 1,049,310 3,521 43,638 56,791 23,676,917

2,419,610 3,162,981 2,141,034 266,128,176 2,208,468 2,141,776 7,021,427 3,079,422 386 77,864 250,665 437,798,451

9603402000 Paint Rollers December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 44,316 369,789 127,561 7,164,579 7,680 20,496 7,680 3,800 2,000 12,585 101,397 2,223 1,877,393 32,360 14,166 3,200 6,388 286,103 3,161,271 1,576,113 42,011,706 24,000 2,000 10,097 3,543,940 1,743,143 51,581,820

1,185,543 2,065,514 593,684 209,349,566 2,031,156 2,308,504 1,977,878 17,040,880 15,581 312,193 1,648,414 278,955,468 Value 42,007 2,560,393 20,496 28,544 43,541 6,782 493,726 103,771 5,781 59,447 23,958,647 4,478 8,800 8,549 27,344,962

9603404020 Paint Pads (Other Than Of Subheading 9603.30) December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 4,038 11,234 Mexico 36 3,445 U King 12,464 4,649 111,836 71,103 Pakistn 323,400 33,993 China 1,144,697 657,797 24,468,661 7,269,711 Taiwan 1,350 3,618 TOTAL 1,157,161 662,446 24,909,321 7,393,104

9603404040 Natural Bristle Brushes, Other Than Brushes Of Subheading 9603.30 December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 12,444 15,093 181,816 224,102 Sweden 1,000 3,872 U King 6,600 14,105 128,004 305,042 Germany 1,223 11,938 123,128 136,856 Italy 454,865 204,573 1,629,279 953,844 Turkey 3,616 18,668 256,640 290,926 India 257,136 40,254 1,069,932 181,310 Pakistn 24,000 2,526 24,000 2,526 Vietnam 792,181 165,194 Indnsia 6,258,708 1,021,953 59,708,454 10,037,719 China 2,629,632 1,272,680 26,737,972 7,370,084 Kor Rep 9,500 4,803 Taiwan 633,334 235,586 Austral 5,159 32,310 5,159 32,310 TOTAL 9,653,383 2,634,100 91,300,399 19,944,174

9603404060 Paint, Distemper, Varnish/Similr Brushes Exc Brushes of Subheading 9603.30 NESOI December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 4,188 6,088 115,453 203,545 Mexico 500 3,169 Guatmal 36,592 36,493 C Rica 34,845,333 641,093 Brazil 10,380 6,808 29,058 20,271 Sweden 200 8,622 136,511 117,135 Denmark 1,100 6,848 U King 99,307 92,986 455,089 474,511 Ireland 5,692 5,674 Nethlds 8,344 51,339 Belgium 288 2,478


France Germany Czech Poland Italy Turkey India Sri Lka Thailnd Vietnam Malaysa Singapr Indnsia Phil R China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan TOTAL Country Mexico Colomb Nethlds Serbia China TOTAL Country Canada Mexico Guatmal Hondura Colomb Brazil Sweden Germany Poland Portugl Italy India Sri Lka Vietnam China Taiwan TOTAL Country Canada Mexico Italy Sri Lka China Taiwan TOTAL Country Canada Mexico Guatmal Salvadr Hondura Dom Rep Colomb Venez Brazil U King



564 9,144

3,193 37,520

1,670,868 46,746 11,224,139

331,486 24,271 3,394,187

33,528 5,300 13,110,547

17,353 7,030 3,971,080

1,000 192,266 240 1,500 5,388 52,240 30,367 74,221 156,240 4,028 4,050 21,575 23,788,140 3,744,246 170,948,849 4,200 41,096 458,617 85,890 235,248,113

9603908010 Wiskbrooms Year To Date December Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 1,080 3,180 3,343 3,180 568 51,300 96,580 89,024 1,178,668 99,760 92,367 1,234,796

4,432 386,131 8,199 5,143 34,567 202,126 8,446 102,158 5,187 14,361 5,029 23,658 4,593,771 99,964 55,643,690 12,062 12,257 245,107 140,277 63,109,121 Value 3,851 3,343 2,266 91,694 1,139,643 1,240,797

9603908020 Upright Brooms December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 300 22,801 37,633 527,297 162,225 25,400 18,732 101,765 104 3,840 25,612 12,036 1,000 2,400 97,240 124,271 842,400 9,672 10,296 37,156 29,088 60,527 585,762 4,500 3,008 10,550 957,058 1,675,177 11,789,320 53,904 1,124,199 1,936,524 14,170,351

Value 2,708 856,305 281,125 37,092 18,790 529,445 3,579 67,835 2,462 3,411 1,143,107 38,291 1,151,373 9,344 17,499,410 320,066 21,964,343

9603908040 Other Brooms, NESOI December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 416,298 637,392 2,286,979 282,044 516,988 5,612,796 56,112 49,074 128,003 36,156 38,775 314,854 39,396 21,192 14,160 14,106 317,900 2,275 18,086 37,019 336,294 2,881

Value 4,436,276 9,545,222 148,281 380,235 80,507 35,812 402,071 19,820 573,779 34,671

9603908030 Push Brooms, 41 CM or Less in Width December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value 2,031 15,787 4,020 17,178 29,292 107,058 7,704 18,422 50,786 185,027 666,932 2,244,906 29,988 98,658 605,616 1,807,560 420 3,683 84,794 300,863 1,311,995 4,197,416


Germany Czech Estonia Spain Portugl Italy Israel India Sri Lka Thailnd Vietnam Phil R China Taiwan Egypt TOTAL





71,882 12,950 13,050

139,252 16,418 21,654


886,202 3,660



1,019,683 8,857


1,123 372,792 320 93,456 96 158,826 13,677 23,964 822,970 61,622 151,955 210 6,450,935 23,536 7,956 17,246,008

14,482 484,825 2,934 191,234 3,521 293,747 36,962 18,050 1,526,734 104,112 226,709 4,620 10,116,990 69,488 3,327 28,754,409

9603908050 Brooms, Brushes, Sqeegees, Etc., NESOI Year To Date December Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value 1,849,979 20,697,788 Canada Mexico 3,943,761 50,999,239 42,099 304,811 Salvadr Hondura 1,302,815 16,178,188 C Rica 4,970 Dom Rep 20,016 402,335 Colomb 111,483 983,877 Venez 5,613 Brazil 546,180 Argent 112,392 448,918 Sweden 2,386 180,716 Finland 40,969 92,788 Denmark 216,219 3,422,252 U King 22,283 384,623 Nethlds 3,915 1,704,162 Belgium 169,931 1,443,090 France 44,716 228,126 Germany 212,670 4,298,167 Austria 23,812 494,133 Czech 103,670 629,905 Hungary 114,455 Lichten 37,242 59,725 Switzld 10,847 184,411 Estonia 20,033 Latvia 12,219 Lithuan 33,124 353,130 Poland 28,590 572,400 Spain 78,845 1,345,372 Portugl 6,524 Italy 312,562 3,377,674 Slvenia 8,492 Romania 7,867 176,243 Turkey 2,847 70,915 Cyprus 5,178 Israel 15,392 401,344 Arab Em 32,063 India 40,479 629,122 Pakistn 432,008 4,931,602 Bngldsh 4,285 120,113 Sri Lka 237,916 2,253,695 Thailnd 195,648 2,765,075 Vietnam 67,872 777,598 Malaysa 23,723 667,929 Singapr 28,690 66,486 Indnsia 92,356 854,105 China 38,861,976 429,228,204 Kor Rep 414,202 3,480,376 Hg Kong 780,975 8,231,578 Taiwan 1,202,156 15,886,436 Japan 16,328 733,118 Austral 112,079 1,202,359 N Zeal 16,048 77,506 Egypt 22,140 260,784 Camroon 2,482 Namibia 14,975 TOTAL 51,299,313 582,373,602

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2014 International Home & Housewares Show Photo Tour Of Industry Suppliers Exhibiting At The International Home & Housewares Show Many leading companies involved in the world’s home and housewares marketplace once again met at Chicago’s McCormick Place for the International Home & Housewares Show. The 2014 edition was held March 15 -18. This year’s show included many exhibitors of broom, brush, mop, squeegee and related cleaning products, including those companies featured in the following gallery.

The Fuller Brush Company

The Fuller Brush Company, of Great Bend, KS, provides such cleaning-related products as brushes, mops, brooms and sponges. Shown is Caitlin Keller, vice president of product development & marketing.


Eagle Home Products

Located in Plattsburgh, NY, Brushtech, Inc., provides such items as barbecue, bath, car washing and wire brushes; kitchen tools and various accessories. Shown are Nora Gunjian, president; and Zaven Gunjian, vice president of sales.

Various cleaning-related items provided by Eagle Home Products, Inc., include bath and scrub brushes; brooms; scouring pads and sponges. The company is located in Huntington, NY. Shown is Setko Seter, vice president of operations.

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2014 International Home & Housewares Show The Libman Company

Wool Shop

The Libman Company, of Arcola, IL, provides a variety of housewares including dust, sponge and wet mops; brooms; brushes; and buckets.

The Wool Shop, of Grant City, MO, offers various types of lambswool cleaning products such as dusters and floor mops. Shown, left to right, are company representatives Mitch Andrews and Allen Andrews.

L C Industries

Providing a wide variety of housewares is L C Industries, of Durham, NC. Products include brooms, dust pans, sponges and wet mops. Shown are Laura Fahner, sales account manager; and Chuck Vinoverski, vice president of sales.


Ettore Products

Offering a variety of cleaning items including squeegees, scrubbers, dusters, car washing brushes, buckets and microfiber products is Ettore Products Company, located in Alameda, CA.

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2014 International Home & Housewares Show Lola Products

Howard Berger Company

Among the housewares provided by Lola Products, of Hackensack, NJ, are brooms, brushes, mops, scrubbers, sponges, scourers and cloths. Shown, left to right, are company representative Di Qiao, Nicole Kulhawy, Charles Spitaletta and Ed Spitaletta.

Howard Berger Co., Inc., of Cranbury, NJ, features such housewares as brooms and mops. Shown is company representative Diane Dunne.

Freudenberg Household Pds.

AquaStar, Inc.

Freudenberg Household Products LP, of Aurora, IL, features the O-Cedar速 brand. Items include brooms, mops, brushes and scrubber sponges.

AquaStar, Inc., of Los Angeles, CA, provides many cleaning items to the housewares industry including its Starfiber速 brand of microfiber products. Shown, left to right, are company representatives Adam Byrne, Fiona Yang and Thomas Yuan.

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2014 International Home & Housewares Show Armaly Brands

Butler Home Products

Offering housewarerelated products such as sponges, steel wool soap pads and car wash items is Armaly Brands, of Walled Lake, MI. Shown is company representative Stacy Riley. Among the various cleaning aids from Butler Home Products, LLC, are brooms; kitchen/vegetable and scrub brushes; scrubber sponges; disposable cleaning supplies; mops; and lint rollers. The company is located in Marlborough, MA.

Quickie Manufacturing Corp.

Hayco Manufacturing

Quickie Manufacturing Corporation, of Cinnaminson, NJ, supplies the cleaning industry with various products such as brooms, brushes (bath, kitchen/vegeta ble), mops, scrubbers and squeegees. Offering a variety of products for the cleaning industry is Hayco Manufacturing Ltd., of Hong Kong. Items include brooms, mops, brushes, squeegees, carpet and floor sweepers.


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Raw R

Material Roundup

By Harrell Kerkhoff | Broom, Brush & Mop Editor

aw materials serve as underlying components when producing mops, brushes, brooms and other cleaning items. A healthy and economical supply of raw materials is necessary for manufacturing growth. Two industry suppliers recently discussed different issues taking place on the raw material front. Jones Companies, Ltd., of Humboldt, TN, supplies a large variety of yarns specifically engineered to meet the performance requirements of the floor care industry. According to Jones Companies President/CEO Ralph Jones, primary raw materials the company uses for yarn production are byproducts that come from the textile industry. “They arrive from a variety of places within the supply stream such as cotton gins, textile mills and processors that deconstruct pieces of woven and knitted fabrics into fibers known as ‘shoddies,’” Jones said. “We also use synthetic raw materials, whether virgin or from recycled pop bottles. “Almost all of the products that we produce domestically come from the recycling process.” Along with different yarn varieties that the company produces domestically, Jones Companies also supplies the mop industry with such items as mop tape, headband mesh and sewing thread. It provides as well such allied products as floor pads, microfiber mops and microfiber towels. “These are items our customers may not need in large enough volumes to buy directly from an overseas manufacturer. They buy the items from us due to the convenience factor,” Jones said. Jones Companies also has a partnership in place with a foreign producer to provide lower-end economy products such as yarn. “By utilizing our imported yarns, in conjunction with the yarns we produce domestically, it helps our company hedge against raw material costs that can fluctuate in (the United States) and other parts of the world,” Jones said. “This also helps us provide multiple products to satisfy the needs of our customers depending on the area of the marketplace they are serving. This includes foodservice, health care, commercial, jan/san and retail.” Jones reported that there are occasional shortages taking place with some raw materials his company works with, while other items are fairly plentiful at the moment. “There are byproducts that go into the production of synthetic mops that are very popular right now, such as rayon. This can cause pressure on supply,” Jones said. “On the plus side, the cotton byproduct material we receive from U.S. textile mills is fairly plentiful. This is because the U.S. textile industry is doing well right now. There are more textile mill byproducts available today than we have probably seen in the past five years.” Jones added that the textile industry in China has been slow as of late. This means competition for raw materials with many Chinese companies is not as great. “There is less pressure right now on domestic U.S. byproducts, helping improve supply,” Jones said. When asked about overall business at his company, Jones was

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Ralph Jones

Ben Zelazoski

pleased with first quarter volume. He attributed some of this growth to the long, harsh winter experienced in many parts of the Midwest, Northeast and even the South. “Messy winters bode well for the sale and use of mops. Big box retailers have strongly been moving such products in these regions. Meanwhile, on the West Coast, where many areas are going through a drought, business seems to be softer,” Jones said. “I’m probably more bullish this year with our business on the broom, brush and mop side than I have been in a while.” Reporting on the supply of wood for U.S. brush and broom block production was Zelazoski Wood Products Secretary Ben Zelazoski. The company, located in Antigo, WI, supplies wooden blocks to the broom and brush industry as well as other items to different business segments. “We work with just about any type of hardwood and softwood. Maple and beech are used a lot for the broom and brush industry,” Zelazoski said. “We try to stay with domestic wood as much as we can, but we also supply imported wood if that is what the customer requests.” He explained that maple and beech are closed-grain hardwoods. This characteristic helps the wood better hold staples in place when producing such products as brushes. It also doesn’t allow the memory of the wire to expand the bristle once it is set in the hole. Antigo is located in northern Wisconsin and the center of the area’s lumbering district. Zelazoski reported that the Great Recession hit the area’s lumber industry hard and it’s still trying to rebound. “Some of the small saw mills in our area closed down several years ago due to the recession. They just didn’t have enough work to keep them going. There were loggers who also stopped and found something else to do. Now that business has picked up and there is more demand for lumber, this is putting extra pressure on the existing saw mills and loggers,” Zelazoski said. “This year’s cold and excessive snowy winter also hurt local logging operations. “It’s good that business is speeding up, but the supply and demand of wood is a key factor. We (as a company) are trying to be as forward thinking as possible pertaining to the current domestic wood situation.” It’s Zelazoski’s hope that more of the area’s loggers will return to the northern Wisconsin forests. “The problem is, some of them have found out that there are easier ways to make a living. In many other jobs they don’t have to battle the freezing cold and snow in the winter, and the bugs and humidity in the summer,” he said. Despite current challenges, Zelazoski sees improving conditions taking place when it comes to overall business at his company. “We have been working some overtime this year. I’m happy with the way the year is going thus far, and we hope lumber prices won’t nix things,” he said. “The price of maple is increasing and other materials are also nudging up. The price of beech is still pretty stable, but our concern is that its price could increase if there is too much pressure placed on other woods.” BBM MAGAZINE | MARCH/APRIL 2014





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