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Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine SERVING THE INDUSTRY SINCE 1912

Company Interviews: The Mop Industry Zephyr Mfg. Carolina Mop Co. Hamburg Industries Lafitte Mop Co. Hagco Industries ETC of Henderson

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By Rick Mullen Broom, Brush & Mop Associate Editor

Acme Manufacturing Co. The company then incorporated in 1946 and changed its name again to Zephyr Manufacturing. The name, “Zephyr,” was chosen because of the name recognition associated with the company’s well known Zephyr Streamline broom. ffering innovative quality products, adding value and perFollowing Harry E. Lindstrom’s death in 1957, his son, Robert sonalized customer service are some of the ways in which J. “Bob” Lindstrom, became the company’s president. Robert the six mop company executives who spoke recently with Lindstrom retired in 1982 after 35 years of service, and passed the Broom, Brush & Mop are steering their respective companies presidential mantle to his son, John Lindstrom. through rough economic seas. Today, Zephyr makes a variety of industrial, institutional and These mop company executives are keeping a keen eye on the sanitary cleaning tools, including wet and dust mops, brooms, economic issues of the day; to not only ensure their own success, brushes, handles, mopsticks, sponges, frames, squeegees and but also to help their customers chart a profitable course. more. The company’s customer base is almost exclusively distributors and redistributors that service the sanitary supply and foodn its eighth decade of business, Zephyr Manufacturing, service industries. Inc., of Sedalia, MO, continues to supply professional cleanZephyr’s product offerings include a full line of microfiber ing tools for the sanitary supply industry, offering more than products. The company is also committed to manufacturing green 1,300 products. products and offers a comprehensive green program. The Zephyr Green+Pro™ Program offers “Zephyr’s registered motto is, “Your One Stop Source for products made from recycled “There are challenges brought to bear by plastic bottles and the company’s Quality Cleaning Products®,” President John said laminated bamboo handles are increased competitiveness and increased Lindstrom. “Our motto pretty offshore pressure. These challenges just constructed from bamboo that much tells the story of what this renews itself faster than wood. come with the territory given the state company is about.” “We have continued to expand of the economy. Our thrust during Founded in 1927 by Harry E. our Green+Pro product line,” Lindstrom in Kansas City, MO, Lindstrom said. “Green hard this time is to work smart.” the company was first known as floor cleaning products are startJohn Lindstrom, Zephyr Manufacturing Acme Broom Company, which ing to show some traction.” only offered brooms at first. Lindstrom reported that busiHaving outgrown its original ness was “strong” in 2008. facility in Kansas City, the company moved to Sedalia, located in Although the current economic downturn has affected business west central Missouri. In 1937 and 1938 the Zephyr Streamline somewhat, Zephyr’s years of experience, quality products and repbroom was developed, patented, and placed on the market. It utation of providing the best in personalized customer service has enjoyed immediate success and was the company’s flagship prod- it well positioned to continue to grow. uct for many years. “Having been in this business for more than 30 years myself, I By the early 1940s, the company’s growth made it necessary to am not seeing things that I have not seen in other downturns,” relocate to a larger, two-story facility in Sedalia, which was home Lindstrom said. “There are challenges brought to bear by to the company’s office and main manufacturing operation for 50 increased competitiveness and increased offshore pressure. These years. It was about this time that Acme entered the mop business challenges just come with the territory given the state of the econas it acquired the Kansas City Broom Company that made mop omy. Our thrust during this time is to work smart. Things are tight products. At that time, the name of the company was changed to and they are going to be tight for awhile.

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“Despite the current economy, the future is bright. Our familyowned company is embarking on its fourth generation of management,(R.J. Lindstrom, son of John and Pam Lindstrom recently joined the company) and we are going to be around for a long time.” Contact: Zephyr Manufacturing Company, Inc., 200 Mitchell Road, Sedalia, MO 65301-2114. Phone: 660-827-0352; Fax: 660-827-0713. Web site: www.zephyrmfg.com. E-mail: info@zephyrmfg.com.

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ents some challenges when people are carrying less inventory, thereby potentially not ordering as much. “Nonetheless, business has been good. We have been able to offset a little weakening of demand with new products. We are continuing to target new avenues of growth, including new customers.” Carolina Mop is poised to release its new catalog in about two months, in which it will unveil a new full line of microfiber cleaning tools and products. “We are also introducing a full line of certified green products,” Ritter said. “There is definitely an emphasis on green cleaning in the jan/san industry. Many distributors are stressing green and they want to make sure their manufacturers are on board with that

arolina Mop Company, of Anderson, SC, was founded in 1945 by Mr. and Mrs. Teasley A. Moorhead and has maintained its commitment to producing the highest quality floor care tools possible at competitive “There is definitely an emphasis on green cleaning prices with fast, efficient service. in the jan/san industry. Many distributors are For more than six decades, Carolina Mop has been a stressing green and they want to make sure leader in the use of technological and manufacturing their manufacturers are on board with advances as well as a leader in innovative buying. The company remains dedicated to quality, fair pricing and that concept as well.” excellent service. “We are a mop and broom manufacturer. Carolina Jay Ritter, Carolina Mop Company Mop services institutional, foodservice and jan/san distributors,” said Vice President Jay Ritter. “Overall, sales were up concept as well.” in 2008 and we are not predicting any decrease in our annual sales Establishing and maintaining close, personal relationships with revenue for 2009. its customers is a high priority at Carolina Mop. Customer service “In today’s economy, there are some challenges. People are at the company means person-to-person contact. The company’s being cautious about how they are spending their money. It pres- motto is: “We ensure you get exactly what you want.” “A lot of business is done through relationships and we believe maintaining our relationships with customers is as important as letting them know about new products and services that are available,” Ritter said. “We take care of our customers. We are not interested in just short-term relationships — it is all about longterm relationships.” In dealing with the state of the current worldwide economy, many customers are cutting down on inventory and are making an effort to make their products last longer as part of a cost savings measure. In offering optimum service in this economy, Carolina Mop’s commitment to rapid turnaround times is especially important to its customers, especially those that are hesitant to maintain inventory. “Turnaround times are an important part of customer service,” Ritter said. “One of our strengths is being cost-efficient for our distributors, as well as offering 70 years of expertise in manufacturing. We also offer cleaning programs to our distributors at very competitive prices.” Another way Carolina Mop makes sure its customers get exactly what they want is by using top-notch machinery in its manufacturing operation. “We are competing in a global economy. We are competing with every country in the world,” Ritter said. “To differentiate ourselves from the competition, we are technologically on top of things. There is a higher up-front cost to purchase the appropriate machinery, but in the long-term, automation is going to cut costs and ensure efficiency.” When asked about the future of the mop industry as whole, Ritter said he expects the mop segment to continue to evolve with


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new and innovative ways to clean floors. As for Carolina Mop’s future, Ritter said: “We are well positioned to continue to grow in this industry. We do things very efficiently here. The reputation and dependability we have established with our current and prospective customers goes a long way. We are well positioned for growth.” Contact: Carolina Mop Company, P.O. Box 5072, Anderson, SC 29623. Phone: 864-225-8351; Fax: 864-225-1917. Web site: www.carolinamop.com. E-mail: info@carolinamop.com.

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usiness at Lafitte Mop Company, Inc., of Villa Rica, GA, began the year on the slow side, but has been picking up steam since then, said Cathy Lafitte, who co-owns the company with her husband, John. Lafitte Mop experienced “banner” years in 2006 and 2007, and, while sales in 2008 weren’t as spectacular as in the previous two years, the year ended on the growth side. While the flagging economy had some impact on sales, Cathy Lafitte attributed a large part of the slow down in sales at the end of 2008 to the presidential election cycle. “We have been in business for so long that we are able to go back and track trends and, during an election year, sales are always a little bit slower than normal during the fourth quarter,” Lafitte said. She attributed this phenomenon to the uncertainty many people may feel about the outcome of a presidential election and how it

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“We have an edge in that we are able to turnaround special orders of products that a customer cannot get from anyone else or to make a special product that a customer needs quickly.” Cathy Lafitte, Lafitte Mop Company may affect their businesses. “There are all kinds of questions that come up during an election. People are uncertain about what is coming. They are more cautious in their decision-making,” Lafitte said. She added the company’s history shows that typically, especially following a hotly contested election, sales during the first quarter of the ensuing year start slow and then pick up as the first quarter progresses. “This is the way it has been. January started off very slow, February picked up and March just took off,” she said. “It is a good thing. It looks like everybody has sort of decided that we are going to be OK.” Since 1974, Lafitte Mop Company has been a leader in the manufacturing and distribution of mops for industrial and commercial use. The company features an array of styles of both wet and dust mops that have been developed for practicality, longevity and usefulness. Some of the company’s strengths, because of its smaller size,


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are the ability to accomplish rapid turnarounds and to manufacture specialty products. “It is very difficult for a small company like ours to compete with imports from Asia and Mexico,” Lafitte said. “At Lafitte Mop, we have an edge in that we are able to turnaround special orders of products that a customer cannot get from anyone else or to make a special product that a customer needs quickly.” Lafitte Mop’s philosophy is that quality products and customer service are its most important commodities. “In the area of customer service, we give our customers the best value for the dollar, which is especially important during a slow economy,” Lafitte said. Lafitte explained that typically during a down economic cycle, customers tend to adjust in one of two ways. “Some people tend to purchase a higher quality product when the economy is down because they want something that lasts a little longer,” she said “They might want to buy something that costs a little more, but it will last three of four times longer. It might be a little more of an expense up front, but, in the long run, customers receive much more value; much more return on their dollars.” On the other hand, some customers look only at pricing while riding out a slow economy. “The best thing to do is find a good fit for the customer, because all customers are different,” Lafitte said. “It depends on their needs. We make sure we are meeting the needs of every individual customer.” In these uncertain economic times, and with a new administration in Washington, D.C., Lafitte said it is important for business people to stay abreast on the latest political and economic devel-

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opments. “We should communicate with our representatives at the federal, state and local levels and remind them that small businesses are the strength of this country,” she said. Lafitte Mop is also a company that has embraced environmentally friendly products and practices. “We started a new program last year in which we recycle our poly waste,” Lafitte said. “We try to do anything we can to help the environment. We do not just make green products, but we are also about becoming more environmentally conscience as well.” Current challenges notwithstanding, Lafitte is confident the company will continue to prosper. “I expect Lafitte Mop to continue to thrive. We are a strong company and we have been in business a long time,” she said. “We enjoy what we do. We have a lot of good partners who work with us and we are positioned well. We will be here.” Contact: Lafitte Mop Company, Inc. 445 Industrial Court W., Villa Rica GA 30180. Phone: 770-459-5966; Fax: 770-459-1116. Web site: www.lafittemop.com.

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amburg, PA, home of Hamburg Industries, Inc., is in Pennsylvania Dutch country, a region known for the work ethic of its people. It is this traditional work ethic that has been the bedrock of Hamburg Industries’ success for more than a century. “The company has been located in the same town for all of its 115-year history,” said Hamburg Industries President Richard


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Stiller. “We have been in the wet mop business for about 9 years business. We want to be as diversified as possible, especially in and it continues to grow each year. It is the driving force behind today’s economy. We are always looking for new products and this company.” opportunities to purchase other companies.” In addition to wet mops, Hamburg manufactures upright Another of Hamburg Industries’ strengths in differentiating brooms and staple-set brushes. The company’s wet mop lineup itself from the competition is a commitment to personalized cusincludes antimicrobial, cut end, deck, fantail, looped end, tomer service. For example, telephones at the company are microfiber, sponge and more. answered with a live person, a Hamburg Industries was estabservice Stiller said customers “The mop industry needs innovative lished in 1894. During the 1950s appreciate. Hamburg also uses products on both the industrial and and 1960s, as a result of purchasthe most modern machinery retail sides ... We must be innovative in ing several companies, Hamburg available in manufacturing product development and distribution became one of the largest broom mops, brushes and brooms. It is corn companies in the region. the company’s state-of-the-art patterns and do those things that In the 1990s, Hamburg purautomated machinery that makes will help the mop industry.” chased two brush manufacturing it able to increase productivity companies and a wet mop manuwhile cutting labor costs — a Richard Stiller, Hamburg Industries facturer. Another wet mop comgood combination in today’s pany and another broom company were bought in 2006. All of marketplace. Hamburg Industries’ acquisitions are housed at its headquarters in In speaking of challenges related to the current economic cliPennsylvania. mate worldwide, Stiller said the company has made adjustments While Hamburg imports some commodity products, the large to remain competitive in the marketplace. In the near term, Stiller majority of its manufacturing is done in the United States. The is worried about the possible onset of higher inflation. company also offers private label mops and brooms, made to the “I think as the economy straightens itself out, we are going to customer’s specifications. start seeing some inflation,” Stiller said. “That is going to be a batHamburg’s varied product offering suits Stiller just fine. tle. I believe this recession is going to last longer than a year and “We don’t want to be stuck in a niche. We try to diversify as the battle will be to maintain profitability with inflation and recesmuch as we can,” Stiller said. “Our main business is in the janitor sion in place. This will not be easy to accomplish.” supply and industrial distribution market. We also distribute to the Stiller is confident, however, the mop industry will continue to retail market and there are some specialty markets in which we do be a viable segment. To take the industry into a successful future, Stiller said developing innovative products is key. “The mop industry needs innovative products on both the industrial and retail sides,” Stiller said. “On the retail side, there have been innovative products introduced that have really hurt the sales of traditional mops. “We must be innovative in product development and distribution patterns and do those things that will help the mop industry. The turnover of mops is much greater than brooms and brushes, because they don’t last as long. Also, in the long-term, environmentally friendly products are going to become stronger and stronger.” Contact: Hamburg Industries, Inc., 218 Pine St., Hamburg, PA 19526. Phone: 610-562-3031; Fax: 610-562-0209. Web site: www.hamburgindustries.com. E-mail: sales@hamburgindustries.com.

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nnovation and quality are not just buzzwords at ETC of Henderson, Inc., of Henderson, NC, they are truly the foundational driving force behind the company’s success. ETC, known for its GORILLA® floor pads, also manufactures a complete line of mops and related janitorial products. The company was founded in 1978 and became a mop manufacturer in 1985, according to Vice President Gus Demetriades. “Our mops and pads are 100 percent made in the United States,” Demetriades said. “Many of our products are patented and we are an innovator in all aspects of the janitorial industry.” Among ETC’s patented products is the Great White® Lint Free Finish Mop. Because of its design and yarn structure, this mop is able to facilitate a more even and efficient application of floor fin-


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ish, for example. The high tech filament yarn is also free of lint. The absence of lint means a finish will be smoother and stand up to traffic longer, since there are fewer contaminates and surface blemishes. As for ETC’s sales during the past several months while the economy was doing a nose dive, Demetriades said, “We weren’t burning any sales numbers down, but it wasn’t bad. “We are focusing on broadening our product lines and looking at other opportunities out there that currently aren’t being filled. This is what we typically do, regardless of the economic situation. We are always looking for ways to please our customers so they will want to work only with us.” Offering quality products and services is another of ETC’s foundational principles. The company caters to professional janitors and cleaning staffs by offering quality products that make it possible to do the job quickly and efficiently. “We are always focused on ways to take the load off the janitorial staff, because they typically have a lot of work to do, especially during a tough economy,” Demetriades said.

“We are always focused on ways to take the load off the janitorial staff, because they typically have a lot of work to do, especially during a tough economy.” Gus Demetriades, ETC of Henderson

He added that during an economic slow period, many companies employ cost savings measures, which oftentimes means cleaning staffs are called upon to do more with less. “One of the ways to do this is to spend a few more pennies on a higher quality product in the first place, so you don’t have to constantly go back and order more,” Demetriades said. “We have seen in our studies that our high quality products save money because they are more durable and efficient. “If someone is looking at only short-term dollars, our price per case may be slightly higher, but, in the long term, the consumer will save money by using a better product.” Automation has been an important factor in ETC’s ability to manufacture high quality products. Not only does automation make it easier on workers, but it also ensures a consistent product, Demetriades explained. “You can make a quality mop by hand just the same as you can with an automated sewing machine,” he said. “But, with an automated machine, the operator is able to do the job quicker while maintaining a high level of quality and consistency.” As the economy situation shakes out, Demetriades is optimistic about ETC’s future, but is worried that imports are eroding the demand for domestic products. Demetriades is also keeping an eye on the current administration’s economic policies in hopes that small businesses will not experience tax increases that will facilitate price hikes down the road. “Peopleareholdingtheirbreathwaitingtoseewhatisgoingtohappenwith the economy,” Demetriades said. “I think people will do what they have to do on a daily basis. Companies that can hold inventory in stock and ship quickly — which we do — are going to get a majority of the business, because many manufacturers and distributors are afraid of holding inventory. “A likely scenario is a customer will need a product and he or she will not be able to get it from a particular source, or it will be a couple of weeks before that product can be delivered. In such a case, there could be a cost for not holding inventory as the customer may go somewhere


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else. On the other hand, there are costs associated with holding inventory; therefore, the challenge is to strike the right balance.” Contact: ETC of Henderson, Inc., 601 Wakefield Ave., Henderson, NC 27536. Phone: 800-334-6651; Fax: 800-382-7237 (800-ETC-PADS). Web site: www.etcpads.com. E-mail: gorilla@etcpads.com.

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“Despite the bad economy, customers such as hospitals and schools still have to have cleaning products.” Tracy Hagberg, Hagco Industries confident that Hagco will continue to prosper. “With our pricing and our customer service, we are going to just keep growing,” she said. Contact: Hagco Industries, Inc., 1052 N. Main St., River Falls, WI 54022. Phone: 715-425-7994; Fax: 715-425-7992. Web site: www.hagcoultramicrofiber.com. E-mail: hagcoinc@comcast.net.

agco Industries, of River Falls, WI, considers itself a small company, but it has a large offering of about 30 types of microfiber mops, as well as mop accessories and hardware. According to the company’s CEO Tracy Hagberg, Hagco was established in 1967 and entered the microfiber mop segment about 15 years ago. The company’s business philosophy is “to understand and exceed our clients’ expectations, build long-term relationships and continuously review and improve our products and service offerings.” Since entering the microfiber mop marketplace, Hagco has concentrated on becoming a world-class supplier of microfiber products with its expertise, innovative products and excellent customer service. “We only offer microfiber products. We import from Korea, China and Italy,” Hagberg said. “We have hardware and accessories that go along with our mops. We have many types of mops from wire frame mops to velcrobacked mops. With our wide range of products, we consider ourselves a one-stop shop. We have an economy line and a premium line. “We also have a fantastic customer service staff, employing people to answer any m~Š{f„{w„zjw‹wˆ^w„z‚{‰ questions a customer may have. We don’t Xˆ‹‰~X‚…y‰Cf‚w„ŠwŠ…„[‹yw‚†Š‹‰Cjw‹wˆ care if a customer calls 10 times a day.” mwˆ{~…‹‰{‰„d{eˆ‚{w„‰BbWCY…„ˆ…{BjnCY…ˆ„Š~Bci Microfiber products are designed to clean efficiently with less effort and with the use of fewer chemicals. Microfiber products can also be laundered hundreds of times. i_p[iWlW_bWXb[_dekhmWh[^eki[ Therefore, hospitals, schools, commercial cleaners and other entities and individuals IEJ¬ŽHJ¬Š…JN¬ MEN¬ŽGH¬Š…JN¬ concerned about the spread of bacteria and other environmental issues often favor GKEGL¬ŽJH¬Š…MH¬ GCGEN¬ŽIL¬Š…GJJ¬ them. As a result, microfiber products are seen by many as important green cleaning tools. Indeed, Hagco’s motto is: “Go green fDeDX…ŽIIFFLK clean with Hagco Industries.” \…ˆŠm…ˆŠ~Bj{Žw‰MLGIIkiW “Business has been excellent,” Hagberg said. “Despite the bad economy, customers such as hospitals and schools still have to have cleaning products. Microfiber is such a big part of green cleaning. It is the wave of >NFFCJC^WdZb[? the future as far as mopping is concerned. “We pride ourselves on our lower pricing, same day shipping, and we have a large, inhouse inventory. We are constantly seeking f~…„{PNGMCILGCNGNF \wŽPNGMCILGCNLKN new and improved products to add to our line.” [Cƒw‚Pwƒ{ˆ……zV‰xy}‚…xw‚D„{Š As the current economic crisis continues to play out on the world stage, Hagberg is

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ven with today’s downturn in the U.S. and world economies, there were no shortages of products to showcase during the 2009 International Home & Housewares Show, which is held annually at Chicago’s McCormick Place. While walking around the vast Housewares Show every year, it’s always amazing to see the wide array of innovative products for the home — and this year was no exception. Among these items were various types of brushes, brooms, mops, squeegees and related cleaning wares. Many of these products featured microfiber and proclaimed to be environmentally friendly, thus meeting today’s demands by retail partners and end-user consumers. Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine talked with representatives of six well known companies that annually take part in the Housewares Show, held this year on March 22-24. These representatives not only highlighted new products that were being introduced, but discussed why attending such an event is so important for their respective companies. A photo gallery featuring several Housewares Show exhibitors from this year’s event begins on page 42.

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ain objectives for Harper Brush Works representatives while exhibiting at the Housewares Show this year included that of meeting with current customers to discuss various programs, trying to land new business and showcasing the company’s wide variety of products. Harper Brush is a 108-year-old family-owned company headquartered in Fairfield, IA. In addition to two plants in Fairfield, Harper also has manufacturing/distribution facilities in Stockton, CA, and Greenville, NC. These strategically located facilities put Harper within a 600 mile radius of all contiguous U.S. customers, allowing the company to provide quick and convenient service, according to Harper Brush Works President Barry Harper, a grandson of the company’s founder Alphonso K. "A.K." Harper. Among the cleaning products manufactured and marketed by Harper Brush are pushbrooms, upright/angle brooms, corn brooms, lobby brooms, deck brushes, scrub brushes, wash brush-

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features ostrich and lambswool dusters, as well as new plastic injection buckets. “We feel there are some gaps in the market that we are trying to to fill and these products help us in this process,” Barry Harper said. While at the Chicago show, Harper Brush also highlighted its

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eco-friendly line of cleaning tools as more of today’s houseware consumers seek “green” cleaning solutions. Harper Brush officials are very interested in improving the company’s carbon footprint and providing customers with sustainable products. “I think we can all agree that sustainability has established itself as more than just a fad. People are not only looking for green products, but companies themselves that are green in their operations,” Barry Harper said. He added that Harper Brush has developed a Corporate Social

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Responsibility initiative that not only pushes the company to provide more green products to customers, but to also be more environmentally friendly in its manufacturing processes and to become more socially responsible within the community. “We realize that ‘green’ does not happen overnight. It’s an ongoing process of becoming environmentally friendly and socially responsible,” Barry Harper said. Actions that Harper Brush have taken recently on the ecofriendly front include: n In 2007, the company’s Fairfield production facility was retro-fitted with fluorescent lighting, saving nearly 91,000 kilowatt hours and reducing its energy bill by approximately $8,000 per year. The environmental impact of this kilowatt savings is a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 179,449 lbs/year; or the equivalent of 24 acres of trees, 224,311 vehicle miles saved, or 18 cars off the road. In 2008, Harper Brush undertook a similar retrofitting in its Greenville, NC, facility; n Harper Brush is in the process of eliminating all solventbased paints in its production processes and converting them to water-based paints; n Company officials have encourage all employees to print double-sided, eliminating the amount of paper being used; n Paper is recycled, along with magazines and cardboard; n Wood scraps are converted into mulch; n Recycled plastic fibers are being used in some of the company’s broom and brush products; n Harper Brush is manufacturing a line of environmentally friendly wet mops made with highly absorbent fiber created from green plastic soda bottles; n Bamboo is being used to make handles. Bamboo is actually a grass, but is as sturdy as many hardwood products used today. Bamboo can be harvested every three to five years, and is capable of complete regeneration without having to replant; and, n Harper Brush supplies microfiber products that include dust mops, wet mops, cleaning cloths and dusters that require no chemicals to clean thoroughly and efficiently. In addition, Harper Brush supports its community by donating to the development of local bike trails, eco ponds, playgrounds, community clean-ups and natural disaster relief efforts. The company has also contributed toward a recycling program within the Fairfield school district. “Harper Brush is truly committed to making our environment a priority. Our plan is to make sound business decisions

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that positively impact our world, our environment, our community and our work place,” Barry Harper said. “An improved carbon footprint, and better sustainability through alternative materials and processes will continue to be part of Harper’s future.” He added that Harper Brush is currently preparing a “next generation” of environmentally friendly products that focus on renewable resources in order to minimize the depletion of world finite natural resources. “We are seeing more requests come through for environmentally friendly products. More retail outlets are responding to requests from their customers and devoting more shelf space to these environmentally friendly items,” Barry Harper said. “One of the issues in the past has been that the cost to produce an environmentally friendly product was higher, and many consumers were not willing to pay the additional price. It’s Harper’s desire to develop environmentally friendly products that will not carry an increased cost to the consumer, while also providing the consumer with equal or improved performance.” Harper Brush officials realize that the company is still in the beginning of its sustainable initiative, and are working with suppliers to develop products that will convert post-consumer and postindustrial waste into products that provide improved value to the consumer. The company plans to launch these products in 2009. According to Barry Harper, providing durable, quality products that last longer and have a perceived “value proposition” are main strengths for the company. Creating a work environ-

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he Housewares Show is often a perfect setting to help launch new product lines, which is exactly what officials representing Unger Industrial did this year. One such launch was with the company’s new Neat Home by Unger line of items. According to Unger Industrial Vice President of Retail Marketing Jeremy Jones, this line is particularly targeted toward high-end grocery retailers, with each item finished in a wineberry color that fits in with many of today’s home furnishings. The Neat Home by Unger range currently consists of 17 products that include those used for window care, floor care and dusting. “This line incorporates a ‘Connect & Clean system,’ which includes telepole attachments. There is a choice of four telepole lengths to fit various cleaning heads,” Jones said. Another new product highlighted by Unger Industrial in Chicago was the company’s microfiber Cover & Clean. This is essentially a microfiber sock that fits over an existing sponge mop head, instantly converting the sponge mop into a microfiber mop. “With this product, end-users have all the benefits of reusability, washability and improved performance. It can be used on all kinds of hard floors by simply pulling the draw string to tighten (the sock) around the mop head, making for a perfect microfiber tool,” Jones said. “When the job is finished, the end-user can take the sock off the mop head to be washed and used again.” Those visiting the Unger Industrial booth at this year’s

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Housewares Show also were able to see the company’s new microfiber ceiling fan duster. The microfiber cover on this product can be removed and washed for multiple uses. The duster features a c-shape design to cover both sides of a ceiling fan at once. “Instead of brushing dust off the fan and into the room, this product grabs the dust. It’s much more hygienic and also lasts a lot

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our Nifty Nabber that is well estab“It’s important to be able to answer such questions lished in hardware distribution, but is as: ‘Why do I need a new mop? Why do I need a new directed toward the housewares market,” Jones said. “It features a softer broom? What is so special about this brush that I design, rotating head and a magnet must add it to my household cleaning tools?’” built into the tip so a person can pick up such things as car keys on the Jason Gold, Quickie Manufacturing ground. And yet, the Nifty Nabber Plus “It’s important to be able to answer such questions as: ‘Why do still features the same grabbing performance of the Nifty Nabber.” I need a new mop? Why do I need a new broom? What is so spePart of Unger Industrial’s focus at this year’s Housewares cial about this brush that I must add it to my household cleaning Show was to extend distribution with certain retailers that the tools?’” company identified as being appropriate for certain brands that Among the items the company showcased in Chicago was a Unger supplies. For example, by launching the Neat Home by new Lysol ®-branded cleaning tool line. This collection Unger brand, the company is targeting a different segment of the marketplace, that of fashion-forward, trend-forward females, includes various types of brushes, sponges and other multi-purpose tools. Gold added that there is a natural understanding by Jones explained. “Unger’s heritage stems from professional cleaning tools. most consumers for the Lysol® brand, and that even though Therefore, many of our products naturally gravitate toward hard- this brand has been around for quite awhile, Quickie has ware distribution and home centers. With Neat Home by Unger, helped make it fresh and new in the household cleaning tool however, the company now offers a complementary brand,” Jones category. According to Gold, product innovation is very important to said. Quickie. In fact, the company was founded nearly 60 years ago Looking ahead for the remainder of 2009 and beyond, Jones with the creation of the Automatic® Sponge Mop. said the major categories in which Unger Industrial competes are “Since then, there has been one innovation after the next for not as effected by the current economic recession as other types of our company. Innovation is the centerpiece of our growth by businesses. always striving for something fresh and new,” Gold said. “This “Obviously, we are not talking about luxury items. Also, people is embodied in the new Lysol® line. Every piece of this line, still need to clean. Arguably, people clean more during these times because they are not spending as much on more expensive prod- from the moment you touch it, feels special. It functions in a ucts. They become more conservative and cautious about the unique way. It may be a small thing, but there is always that assets they already own,” Jones said. “The categories that Unger works in are quite resilient, although they are impacted somewhat by the recession.” He added that all companies must work harder these days to provide justification for people to spend their hard earned money. This is were innovation comes into play. “A lot of the products that we (at Unger Industrial) are focusing on now are microfiber-based. This means they are considered green, are high performers and feature durability. Therefore, there is an economic benefit involved,” Jones said. “For example, with our new Cover & Clean, instead of constantly replacing sponges, Drills For Plastics a person can now use this new product that will last much longer.” Contact: Unger Industrial, LLC, Special Half-Round and 425 Asylum St., Bridgeport, CT 06610. Spoon Drills Phone: 203-336-3344; Fax: 203-336-2644. Web site: www.ungerglobal.com.

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Leading designers, trendspotters and marketers discussed new products and ideas at the International Home and Housewares Show’s Design Theater at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

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“When meeting with a retailer at their office, we are often very limited to what products we can bring and how we can show them,” Silverman explained. “At this show, however, we are able to better provide the vision as to what we think a particular category can do and how we feel it can best be presented.” Butler Home Products offers a variety of cleaning-related products to the housewares industry. This includes different types of brushes, brooms, mops, scrub brushes and scrubber sponges. The company has greatly benefited from its relationship with Proctor & Gamble and its license to sell Mr. Clean® and Dawn® branded

difference.” products. Another popular product category for Quickie that Gold spoke Among Butler Home Products’ new introductions at the about was cleaning items that include anti-microbial features. He Housewares Show this year was the Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser® said that even in a down market, Quickie is experiencing “spectac- Extra Power Mop, which is the fourth in Butler’s Magic Eraser® ular growth” within this category. series. “There is that assurance that a mom knows, when she goes to “This product uses a patented extra power material which is a use a cleaning tool again, that it’s not going to be covered in mold compressed sponge. It’s 50 percent stronger in its cleaning propor have bacteria growing. There is a comfort level that is driving erties and it will last 50 percent longer than an existing sponge this business,” Gold explained. during the same type of use. Therefore, it’s a stronger cleaning Providing proper customer service is also important at Quickie. This includes a 1-800 number for better service options and a detailed “It’s important that we cover all of the bases and Web site that is a central focus for both consumers and retailers alike. While on are a one-stop shop. It’s all about providing the Web site, visitors can view the full a ‘value’ relationship in a tough economy.” breadth of the company’s product lineup, see how to properly use products and Michael Silverman, Butler Home Products receive helpful tips and suggestions. “We are very customer service oriented. From a supplier standpoint, our fill rate is around 99.5 percent on product that also will last longer,” Silverman said. “The Magic a continuous basis. We are a supplier that retailers can count on — Eraser® Extra Power Mop is a nice addition to the Magic Eraser® day in and day out,” Gold said. “The future is always bright for family.” household cleaning. It’s something that people need, and it makes Silverman added that Butler has launched the Mr. Clean® them feel good about their homes.” Cham-it Twist Mop as well, made of synthetic chamois material. Contact: Quickie Manufacturing Corporation, This product will hold 12 times its weight in water as it enjoys 1150 Taylors Lane, P.O. Box 156, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077. high absorbency features. Phone: 856-829-7900; Fax: 856-829-1369. “It will move from one spill to another very easily and has a Web site: www.quickie.com. new self-ratcheting mechanism, making it easier to use than a tra-

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he ability to showcase its entire cleaning product lineup is a major draw of the Housewares Show for Butler Home Products, an annual exhibitor at the event. “We use this show to feature our products and put our best foot forward with existing as well as prospective customers,” Butler Home Products Vice President of Marketing Michael Silverman said. The Housewares Show also provides Butler Home Products and other suppliers the luxury that can’t always be found during the normal business day — time and space.

ditional twist mop,” Silverman said. Butler Home Products is also introducing a 15-inch x 15-inch square cloth to help clean spills. The cloth is reusable as it can be washed. Another cleaning item that was introduced at the show by Butler Home Products was the Mr. Clean® Magic Reach®, a product that was originally launched by Proctor & Gamble. “It’s a bathroom cleaning product that features two different disposable pads, one for mopping and one for scrubbing. It has a soft, football-shaped head that allows the user to get around the bathroom better,” Silverman said. “(Proctor & Gamble) currently


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offers this product for retail in the cleaning chemicals aisle. However, (Butler Home Products) is bringing it into the mop and broom sect, where the real estate (in a retail store) has a different measurement for success. “This is another product that we (Butler) are acquiring from the P & G library of products. The first was the Dawn® Power Dish Brush, which Butler has been very successful in repositioning into the mop and broom sect.” Butler Home Products also featured another product launch at the Housewares Show, which was an extension of its microfiber program. “We are launching two new microfiber flat mops that can be used wet or dry. They feature two different materials. One is a chenille material that offers a little more surface area, and the other is a traditional European-style flat mop,” Silverman said. “We have also upgraded the microfiber head on our existing hard-surface floor cleaner. The acceptance of microfiber by consumers has definitely expanded over time.” He added that Butler Home Products is also offering a pivoting hand duster that features chenille microfiber material. By introducing so many new products and solutions to the cleaning field, Silverman said the focus of Butler Home Products is to expand the company’s reach within its existing category. “We have also created a number of new display opportunities for people who don’t carry our products everyday,” Silverman explained. Butler Home Products is continuing its partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation as well. For this program, Butler offers pink cleaning products that are co-branded between the company and the Foundation. Butler then donates a percentage of these product sales to help fund research. “This has been a nice seasonal promotion for our customers and a good way to give back to a cause that has touched so many lives,” Silverman said. Looking ahead, officials at Butler Home Products know that despite a down economy in many areas of the country, people still need to clean their homes and use quality products in the process. Silverman noted that during a tough economy, there is a tendency by many people to spend more time at home, and thus the need for a cleaner home is often greater. “It’s therefore important that we offer a broad range of products that help in the cleaning task. (Butler Home Products) features many products for the value consumer,” Silverman said. He added the company strives to offer different products for the existing supermarket, drugstore and mass merchant class of trade. “There is a ‘good, better, best’ offering that we provide. (Butler) can hit every price point and solve any cleaning chore that needs to be done. It’s important that we cover all of the bases and are a one-stop shop,” he said. “It’s all about providing a ‘value’ relationship in a tough economy and what we are able to offer within our partnership with Proctor & Gamble — both through quality products and through joint promotions featuring Mr. Clean® and Dawn® brands.” Contact: Butler Home Products, LLC, 237 Cedar Hill Rd., Marlborough, MA 01752. Phone: 508-597-8000; Fax: 508-597-8010. Web site: www.TheButler.com.

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eing able to meet customers one-on-one while also showcasing its entire breadth of cleaning products are two main reasons Freudenberg Household Products (FHP O-Cedar®) attends the Housewares Show every year. The company also focuses on its strong association with the O-Cedar® retail brand during the three-day Chicago event. “The Housewares Show presents a chance for customers to see our entire line of products and for us to share promotional items,” FHP O-Cedar® U.S. Marketing Director Art Wilde said. “It’s important to really drive home key points that we have been making to customers throughout the year — showing how O-Cedar® has come together and brings value that they are looking for to better help their own customers.” While exhibiting at the Housewares Show, FHP O-Cedar® highlighted the company’s new Scrub Fresh® toilet bowel brush and caddie system. This product allows the end-user to spray the toilet bowl brush with cleaner while still enclosed in the system. “What is unique about this product is that it’s all hygienic —everything from the bristles on the brush to the spray,” Wilde said. “The brush features hygienic silver ion bristles which are anti-microbial. There are also two types of bristles involved — short firm bristles and longer soft bristles. This brush includes a rim cleaner, which allows the product to better clean the whole toilet.”

“We are doing things that suggest to consumers that (FHP O-Cedar ®) is in touch with who they are, what they are looking for and making their lives easier as it relates to cleaning.” Art Wilde, FHP O-Cedar®

The O-Cedar® Scrub Fresh® product includes child protection twist and lock features to help protect children from the cleaning spray. Scrub Fresh® is also uniquely packaged and is part of a 2-foot hygienic sect that includes not only refills but small ware items. All are hygienic for a variety of reasons, Wilde said. He added that microfiber is the fastest growing segment when it comes to mopping equipment. Therefore, FHP O-Cedar® has taken some of its existing items and upgraded them with microfiber. This includes the O-Cedar® Every-Which-Way dust mop. “This product has been available for a long time. It swivels and includes a flexible head to clean next to base boards. Now it’s also made with microfiber, which helps trap and grab dirt better,” Wilde explained. “The O-Cedar® Hardwood Floor ‘N More® Mop has also been around a long time but we have added a plusher microfiber material that includes cleaning zones to reach tougher dirt.” Wilde also mentioned the O-Cedar® Microfiber Flip Mop®, which, as its name suggests, is a two-sided microfiber mop. A person can use one side, flip it over, and then use the other side while cleaning. This product is designed to work in both dry


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and wet cleaning settings and includes a velcro removable fea- Wilde said. “It’s important that we are always upgrading, ture to allow for the head material to be washed and reused which is why consumers stick with us. This all helps us build brand loyalty. many times. “The O-Cedar® Big Easy® Butterfly Sponge Mop is a good According to Wilde, microfiber continues to expand as a popular feature in cleaning, noting that there are different grades of example of our innovation. We took the basic butterfly mop and microfiber to consider. The use of microfiber also helps companies restaged it to a product that is more contemporary, while adding a such as FHP O-Cedar® provide more eco-friendly items for retail scrubber brush. It’s also very easy to wring.” partners and ultimate end-users. During today’s economic struggles, Wilde added that consumers “There are a lot of companies introducing environmentally tend to stick with tried-and-true brand names. friendly products. What we have learned is that consumers Contact: Freudenberg Household Products, love these eco-friendly benefits, but are not willing to give up 505 N. Railroad Ave., Northlake, IL 60164. performance or pay a higher price. Therefore, we are putting Phone: 708-452-4100; Fax: 708-452-9968. (eco-friendly features) into our base products. This gives cusWeb site: www.ocedar.com. tomers another reason to purchase these products on top of the romoting brand awareness was a major objective of Kleen quality performances they are already getting and expect,” Maid representatives during the 2009 Housewares Show. Wilde said. The company is a cleaning products importer and manufacThese “green” features include fibers on FHP O-Cedar® products that are made from recycled plastic bottles, blocks made from turing agent, supplying various types of brushes and related items recycled plastic, the use of natural broom corn for brooms, and the to different levels of retail including: mass, grocery, hardware, catuse of cotton strands for mops that come from almost 100 percent alog, drug and department stores. post-industrial material. Additionally, the company provides unique merchandising and According to Wilde, the company will continue to expand its promotional solutions that help drive key seasonal and impulse eco-friendly focus in the future. It’s important that company offi- sales at the retail level. cials look at different ways to use Earth-friendly materials when Kleen Maid is also involved in the licensing of well known not only making products, but when choosing packaging options brands Goodyear®, Goodyear® Racing and Spic and Span®. These brands are for the autoas well. motive care and cleaning cateTwo specific promotions are gories, respectively. also very important to the com“We have just developed new product “We have just developed pany. It’s partnering with the lines and are new to the market new product lines and are Breast Cancer Network of under (different) brand names. new to the market under Strength, donating part of its these brand names. We hope proceeds from sales on a numWe hope to gain greater to gain greater awareness for ber of specific cleaning items to awareness for these brands.” these brands,” Kleen Maid this organization. Wilde said representative Sean Solouki consumers responded very well Sean Solouki, Kleen Maid said during the Housewares to this partnership in 2008 and Show. “Kleen Maid supplies expects the same to hold true products that we feel offer great value and pricing for such for 2009. “Just like O-Cedar® helps to make people’s lives easier, the places as supermarkets, drugstores, mass merchants and dollar Breast Cancer Network of Strength helps people who have breast stores.” cancer today and who can’t wait for a cure tomorrow. It’s been a Among the products the company highlighted at this great partnership,” he said. year’s Housewares Show was its new Spic and Span® In an effort to further stress the positive side of cleaning, the multi-purpose dusters, which Solouki said are everyday-use company is also partnering with the online music store eMusic to items that are priced well and offer great quality. They can offer consumers 50 free downloadable songs with a purchase of a be used for such tasks as cleaning computer keyboards and broom or mop. furniture. “We are doing things that suggest to consumers that (FHP Along with providing well known products and brands, O-Cedar®) is in touch with who they are, what they are look- Solouki said Kleen Main officials also focus on providing toping for and making their lives easier as it relates to cleaning,” of-the-line customer service. He added that business for the Wilde said. “The goal is to help take away the drudgery of company has been good as of late despite the current U.S. cleaning.” recession. Keeping current with new product innovations also remains a “We have actually been increasing business due to our brands vital part of business for the company. Wilde said innovation ulti- and our pricing. People still need to clean, and many are attracted mately helps make consumers’ lives better. to our lower-end price points,” Solouki said. “That is what consumers are looking for, whether it’s bringContact; Kleen Maid, 6015 Randolph St., ing out something completely new like Scrub Fresh® which Commerce, CA 90040. takes a simple item and adds value-added features in an intuPhone: 323-581-3000; Fax: 323-581-3991. itive way; or continuing to make current products relevant,” Web site: www.kleenmaidinc.com.

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Malish Introduces New Recyclable, Three-In-One Versa-Scrub Green® The Malish Corporation, a global designer and manufacturer of floor machine and surface cleaning brushes and accessories, is going “green” with the introduction of its newest product — the 100 percent recyclable, three-in-one VersaScrub Green. This product includes two components: a green plastic block and an attachable scrub brush (sold separately). Both components are 100 percent recyclable. The brush has fusion-welded, chemical-resistant polypropylene bristles and neither the brush nor the block contain metal parts.

The three-in-one feature of the VersaScrub Green accepts a standard threaded handle that allows for scrubbing, scouring and other types of cleaning through the use of different cleaning tools. The brush attachment features an easy snap-in, snap-out function. The Versa-Scrub Green block features molded-in "hooks" which allow the block to "grab" a standard scrub pad and/or microfiber pad attachments. The block of this cleaning tool includes a swivel action for easier accessibility to difficult cleaning areas such as curvatures in shower stalls, behind toilets, equipment and machines.

The improved swivel design resists breakage to ensure optimal use and durability of the Versa-Scrub Green. For more information on this product, contact Stacey Pfeifer, customer service/marketing manager, at 440-5107142, or send an e-mail to staceyp@malish.com.

On-Time Delivery Reaches 99-Plus Percent Rate At Malish Handi-Brush™ Designed For Upholstery Grooming Upholstery fabrics have undergone dramatic changes in fiber, texture and weave in the past few years. Microfiber has become one of the main fabrics of choice. Meanwhile, it’s difficult to find Haitian cotton anymore. Velvets are rare, too. The Handi-Brush™ from Groom Industries is designed as an upholstery grooming and agitation brush for almost every application. It safely agitates prespray into natural and synthetic fabrics, and it’s a good pile setting or finishing tool for microfiber and other modern fabrics. The flip side of the brush makes for a good spotting agitation tool. Best of all, it is a solid pet hair removing tool for upholstery. The Handi-Brush is available from many industry distributors. For more information, visit www.groomindustries.com or call 800397-3759. Groom Industries was founded in 1973 by Bernie Erickson, who recognized that professional carpet cleaners lacked the proper tools for preparing carpet before cleaning and then grooming after cleaning. In 1972 he designed the Grandi-Groom®. This tool helped set the standard for carpet grooming within the professional carpet cleaning industry.

The Malish Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of floor machine and surface cleaning brushes, has adopted a new motto,"99 percent on time in 2009," for its prompt shipping and delivery policy. Malish achieved on-time delivery 98.89 percent of the time in 2008, and has surpassed this figure (99.36 percent) thus far in 2009. The Malish Corporation now guarantees shipping on all catalog orders within 24 hours and in many cases, the same day. Orders are reaching their destination "on-time" 99 percent of the time. "This is a team effort," Malish Vice

President of Sales and Marketing Fred Lombardi said. "We could not have attained this kind of delivery record without the complete dedication of everyone in manufacturing, shipping and customer service." The Malish Corporation brings over 60 years of experience and expertise in the brush industry. The "Malish Means More" initiative, which began in 2008, focuses on bringing more customer service and more on-time deliveries to customers. Visit www.malish.com for more information.

Wooster Re-engineers Paintbrush With New Alpha Line New Alpha™ professional paintbrushes from The Wooster Brush Company create a fine finish due to the Wooster-exclusive filament blend featuring Micro Tip™ technology. The new brush delivers better painting results with less effort — making it a leader in production efficiency. Designed to carry more paint in the end of the brush, Alpha allows coatings to flow evenly to the working surface and avoids the inconvenience of dripping. Alpha releases paint easily without needing to push as hard on the brush. While Wooster is known for precisely tapered brush design, Alpha has a fuller end that still makes the sharpest lines for supe-

rior cut-in control. Alpha also cleans quickly and easily when painting is done. Wooster Alpha brushes are made for use with all paints and are available in angle sash, thin angle sash, flat sash, varnish, semioval and wall styles. Each brush has a stainless steel ferrule and a sealed maple wood handle. Look for the maroon and gold packaging with the “A” seal. Alpha professional brushes are available at traditional paint and decorating centers, hardware stores, and paint sundry distributors or retailers.


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EXPORTS December Exports By Country

Foreign Merchandise 1404902000 Broomcorn (Sorghum Vulgare Var. Technicum) Used Primarily In Brooms Or In Brushes, Whether or Not In Hanks or Bundles Year To Date December Country Net Q/Ton Value Net Q/Ton Value Canada 44 108,131 U King 1 2,575 Switzld 1 3,409 TOTAL 46 114,115 9603100000 Brooms & Brushes, Consisting of Twigs or Other Vegetable Materials Bound Together, With or Without Handles December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 317 9,470 7,590 291,930 Mexico 360 11,867 U King 352 11,609 50 6,276 France Italy 1,365 44,994 India 256 61,301 China 2,184 72,000 Hg Kong 601 19,823 Taiwan 32 22,261 76 52,852 TOTAL 349 31,731 12,834 572,652 9603210000 Toothbrushes, Incl. Dental-Plate Brushes December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 1,447,231 1,197,261 13,857,271 12,475,542 Mexico 134,496 24,100 539,700 190,685 Salvadr 3,456 2,848 Jamaica 582 7,559 8,010 44,316 Dom Rep 8,472 17,345 Barbado 5,184 4,272 Colomb 1,368 4,993 3,358 240 Paragua U King 786 3,849 Nethlds 296,316 64,189 8,545 13,870 France Fr Germ 69,108 36,037 44,103 518,724 Spain Portugl 521 2,553 Italy 1,329 6,511 28,786 23,988 Israel Singapr 77,016 30,615 582,263 194,210 China 151,937 23,670 Kor Rep 113,040 41,428 20,380 18,856 Hg Kong Taiwan 13,248 5,463 92,808 32,443 2,784 5,800 Japan Austral 210,414 90,865 TOTAL 1,672,573 1,264,998 16,519,660 13,347,513 9603290000 Shaving Brushes, Hairbrushes, Nail Brushes, Eyelash Brushes & Other Toilet Brushes For Use On The Person December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Country 2,410,193 2,733,984 190,245 294,744 Canada Mexico 12,303 14,711 1,338,993 846,803 Colomb 358 3,273 Ecuador 128 5,379 88,356 30,768 Brazil U King 6,476 49,858 Ireland 5,232 4,844 5,232 4,844

Nethlds France Fr Germ Poland Spain Malta Arab Em Singapr Indnsia Kor Rep Japan Austral TOTAL

April 2009

3,738 5,403 51 2,820

34,191 62,930 9,487 2,577

3,954

5,676

413

4,027

328,658

328,688

1,400 42,250 27,388 1,443 2,820 2,748 31,457 389 347 1,800 32,405 2,966 3,939,561

21,700 433,850 352,652 22,215 2,577 3,514 35,997 3,553 3,171 3,627 297,608 4,044 4,917,005

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 294,803 960,931 3,939,686 12,621,183 Mexico 37,540 89,591 928,017 3,089,136 Guatmal 701 2,586 Venez 2,162 7,976 Ecuador 1,032 3,492 4,884 18,019 Chile Brazil 98,823 191,961 Argent 757 2,794 56,347 94,150 18,990 62,687 140,451 546,844 Sweden Norway 15,129 66,892 Denmark 7,425 34,068 U King 20,647 76,488 409,095 1,549,950 Ireland 360 2,810 Nethlds 1,590 3,151 38,279 303,380 Belgium 16,395 60,493 322,160 1,194,966 France 251,886 961,794 Fr Germ 58,976 133,612 Czech 8,776 14,576 Switzld 11,650 42,987 93,605 345,362 Poland 714 2,634 Russia 30,145 66,721 585,954 1,569,948 Ukraine 7,272 18,658 100,711 358,289 157,377 Kazakhs 84,207 Moldova 30,121 37,758 Spain 10,869 10,759 Italy 2,700 7,656 37,510 174,470 Greece 2,040 4,465 2,040 4,465 Turkey 2,790 14,567 25,475 127,217 Israel 1,296 2,880 Arab Em 10,858 40,063 India 2,301 8,490 Thailnd 5,600 7,655 16,654 67,134 Malaysa 10,286 20,793 Singapr 4,310 15,905 35,027 129,235 Indnsia 2,106 7,769 Phil R 1,696 6,257 China 5,244 19,350 42,432 193,202 Kor Rep 3,580 13,207 75,654 292,310 Hg Kong 3,096 15,278 40,257 157,579 Taiwan 23,460 81,608 Japan 19,639 72,187 342,599 1,150,400 Austral 440 3,341 193,442 527,612 Rep Saf 14,859 65,916 TOTAL 489,228 1,558,112 8,068,322 26,376,922

Country Canada Mexico U King Belgium Fr Germ China Hg Kong

9603402000 Paint Rollers December Year To Date Value Net Q/No. Net Q/No. 184,834 9,608 4,165 16,254 32,092 262,899 1,023 1,542 336 4,048 827

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Country Mexico Fr Germ China Hg Kong Japan TOTAL

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4,494

20,675

46,194

528 34,769 384 491,190

9603404020 Paint Pads December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 25,291 47,646 197,442 2,100 13,636 13,836 27 25,291 47,646 227,041

9,273 66,540 3,136 1,312,996

Value 387,848 5,991 96,797 40,906 3,785 535,327

9603404050 Paint, Distemper, Varnish or Similar Brushes (Except Brushes of 9603.30) December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Country Canada 1,288 26,731 49,187 769,905 Mexico 928 19,249 10,389 199,097 Guatmal 590 12,248 Hondura 4,642 96,290 Chile 164 3,401 Uruguay 276 3,450 U King 1,003 44,177 Nethlds 288 5,979 France 1,399 36,664 2,088 50,964 Fr Germ 1,020 21,134 Italy 483 10,015 Singapr 20 3,398 645 20,347 China 221 8,821 Hg Kong 546 9,258 Taiwan 290 6,000 Japan 295 6,117 TOTAL 3,635 86,042 72,127 1,267,203 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 374,381 635,374 7,038,674 33,004 Canada Mexico 12,299 171,153 97,450 1,094,426 Salvadr 218 3,539 C Rica 1,002 16,250 Jamaica 667 12,212 Dom Rep 1,263 20,487 Colomb 592 9,603 Chile 3,009 42,417 24,262 1,310 Brazil 2,815 68 Iceland Sweden 1,764 14,867 Norway 1,146 10,276 Finland 1,064 9,305 Denmark 142 7,623 1,302 18,949 145,469 11,207 25,439 1,256 U King Ireland 402 3,767 Nethlds 2,618 38,590 1,058 19,505 11,366 715 Belgium France 377 17,046 17,122 169,585 Fr Germ 1,258 68,071 26,522 339,235 Austria 281 4,565 5,953 637 5,953 637 Czech 9,161 709 Hungary Russia 541 5,816 Spain 544 4,196 2,929 120 Italy Greece 254 4,115 Turkey 403 8,751 4,500 100 Israel S Arab 500 8,088 5,004 100 2,502 50 Qatar

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290

4,705

50,028

688,239

1,142 400 602 508 3,950 2,296 15,503 3,096 702 837,546

7,101 2,636 5,180 2,540 64,094 18,442 206,006 19,141 11,389 9,433,840

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 Country Net Q/Ton Value Net Q/Ton Value Canada 2 4,872 2 8,000 Mexico Hondura 16 32,418 Fr Germ 8 31,500 Japan 1 6,022 TOTAL 29 82,812 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 Canada 1,308 49,046 27,123 1,187,266 Mexico 205 12,173 4,485 188,049 Guatmal 370 11,139 Salvadr 106 2,829 C Rica 670 12,297 Panama 455 8,927 Bermuda 103 7,698 Bahamas 1,170 38,576 5,462 280,314 Jamaica 239 5,516 Cayman 122 12,168 Dom Rep 848 49,848 Barbado 102 3,366 26 2,625 Trinid N Antil 150 3,510 150 3,510 150 4,958 511 17,747 Colomb Venez 1,275 54,471 22,500 682 Ecuador Peru 200 12,300 Chile 130 8,692 30,879 1,917 Brazil Argent 1,228 40,486 Sweden 23 6,611 32,229 599 55,582 400 Finland Denmark 2 4,823 598 24,491 U King 9,415 514,820 Ireland 3,219 141,210 Nethlds 436 14,372 1,728 221,643 Belgium 5 3,092 24,684 199 Fr Germ Poland 252 10,435 418 17,355 Russia 2,942 97,003 14,629 182 Spain Portugl 15 5,548 227,311 6,895 23,457 712 Italy Israel 796 26,268 3,896 215,267 S Arab 16,658 221 Arab Em India 104 5,376 104 5,376 Singapr 440 15,193 Phil R 497 17,050 3,160 333 China Kor Rep 906 69,333 214,595 9,946 32,200 1,667 Hg Kong Japan 2,907 68,068


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Country Canada Mexico Guatmal Belize Salvadr Hondura C Rica Panama Bermuda Bahamas Jamaica Cayman Haiti Dom Rep B Virgn Antigua S Lucia Grenada Barbado Trinid N Antil Aruba Colomb Venez Guyana Surinam Ecuador Peru Chile Brazil Paragua Uruguay Argent Finland Denmark U King Ireland Nethlds Belgium France Fr Germ Switzld Lithuan Poland Spain Italy Greece Romania Israel Kuwait S Arab Arab Em India Thailnd Vietnam Malaysa Singapr Phil R China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral N Zeal

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 516

779 2 93,269

37,036 2,624 4,007,234

9603210000 Toothbrushes December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 2,886,055 2,500,725 41,530,460 1,500,264 555,532 38,887,668 28,367 726,680 467,373 15,592 25,964 640 6,628 923,284 20,309 27,522 160,549 7,980 53,039 307,279 2,631 12,890 2,631 6,480 6,162 65,848 33,948 4,320 17,802 61,765 99,878 567 6,252 595,275 11,976 7,145 42,934 6,072 2,554 21,851 49,440 25,249 351,349 41,587 32,238 435,895 25,020 30,167 12,528 4,960 142,056 37,584 14,434 241,357 9,352 6,078 325,431 164,520 71,875 3,297,450 5,048 97,956 79,656 66,356 1,852,342 859 21,481 10,800 2,705 312,988 314,976 573,118 6,235,592 1,091,916 211,372 5,883,395 20,060 302,152 99,852 17,542,344 343,600 132,603 18,693,569 41,586 21,296 2,758 560,396 42,871 6,851,259 945,448 1,884 10,000 6,539 1,440 27,500 21,899 1,252,848 52,560 15,561 449,013 2,102,500 357 5,008 14,849 153,288 57,512 2,182,558 67,542 471,454 1,003,656 366,843 13,170,999 84,864 36,156 1,169,800 125,760 51,429 659,677 2,594,675 43,058 223,486 487,192 251,365 2,818,279 10,224

Value 23,797,318 11,653,599 37,464 312,922 333,689 20,175 36,043 390,026 12,459 38,845 60,748 11,462 33,355 140,014 12,890 58,945 30,298 3,516 374,746 292,468 28,658 39,940 376,163 191,388 22,329 19,558 58,630 103,947 188,959 1,316,703 24,733 40,361 702,327 4,211 64,000 123,488 5,886,110 1,150,237 41,513 1,907,679 2,238,305 28,925 2,824 10,893 497,886 351,268 9,230 3,127 32,037 5,472 93,932 87,141 2,095,108 182,581 166,532 21,017 830,014 55,464 149,160 5,341,155 455,206 342,927 991,252 1,423,977 3,684

7,072

17,008 248,163

Rep Saf TOTAL

April 2009

9,582,157

5,270,296

104,889 174,564,026

72,432 65,433,465

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 127,152 279,802 1,860,541 3,262,536 Mexico 359,648 321,928 3,103,350 4,163,805 Guatmal 578 14,404 Salvadr 1,065 31,559 C Rica 2,160 4,657 9,585 34,587 Panama 22,747 59,508 Bermuda 192 3,587 360 6,609 Bahamas 644 5,270 Cayman 82 7,160 Dom Rep 2,155 15,031 S Lucia 2,244 4,037 Barbado 30,722 32,742 Trinid 28,794 189,930 N Antil 2,997 27,408 2,997 27,408 320 2,922 Martinq Colomb 95,569 111,940 Venez 6,864 7,165 53,532 127,829 548 7,539 Ecuador Peru 2,878 25,414 Chile 12,451 90,816 Brazil 1,568 18,557 14,879 72,884 Paragua 837 23,246 Sweden 1,497 13,691 Finland 5,040 14,363 Denmark 20,852 25,724 U King 1,958 10,562 53,400 366,341 Ireland 5,232 4,844 14,164 58,322 Nethlds 1,400 5,385 8,179 87,613 Belgium 39,469 333,347 France 14,241 73,079 112,746 663,905 Fr Germ 1,072 9,800 33,486 318,233 Austria 929 8,500 929 8,500 Czech 633 10,630 Hungary 872 4,980 31,883 3,487 Switzld Latvia 1,784 34,149 Poland 154,000 430,624 Russia 5,110 44,115 Azerbjn 130 2,898 Spain 44 2,577 7,814 25,746 Italy 20,560 100,093 Turkey 16,745 153,123 4,960 542 Lebanon Israel 14,454 109,300 Jordan 2,000 4,098 9,745 14,388 65,273 8,198 3,356 1,464 S Arab Arab Em 1,712 15,660 24,766 501,377 India 993 10,300 Thailnd 29,731 292,670 Vietnam 5,084 46,500 Malaysa 14,939 22,865 95,858 31,707 Singapr Indnsia 50 4,100 100 9,100 Phil R 502 4,587 9,631 117,005 1,093,250 113,242 126,414 13,823 China Kor Rep 403 3,686 6,366 53,472 Hg Kong 5,535 43,441 31,998 329,009 Taiwan 28,128 59,111 Japan 658,518 522,814 28,668 166,871 32,670 7,335 Austral 70 7,538 N Zeal Nigeria 1,880 6,828 11,400 60 Rep Saf 1,015,863 6,766,595 14,585,345 558,281 TOTAL


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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 347,456 1,007,685 4,877,169 14,994,178 Mexico 18,728 76,504 350,777 1,196,159 1,281 9,748 Guatmal Salvadr 985 3,633 9,447 34,854 Hondura 13,653 34,428 C Rica 49,746 147,176 Panama 6,003 22,149 17,863 44,475 Jamaica 16,632 22,220 16,632 22,220 Dom Rep 80,084 346,933 Trinid 478 4,259 20,824 79,241 N Antil 240 4,800 Aruba 4,407 13,827 Guadlpe 1,581 5,264 Martinq 1,592 5,875 Colomb 3,586 13,231 31,874 119,914 Venez 51,725 109,899 Ecuador 1,121 5,340 3,770 17,777 Peru 2,273 8,385 3,666 34,282 Bolivia 12,182 44,950 Chile 11,224 31,575 Brazil 3,154 11,636 24,149 109,757 Paragua 36,410 134,342 Iceland 725 2,676 Sweden 46,679 195,176 Norway 11,682 32,056 Finland 778 2,872 2,812 9,748 U King 14,021 63,768 663,176 3,336,915 Ireland 873 6,304 115,036 410,147 Nethlds 5,532 17,305 61,592 436,362 Belgium 6,894 25,438 195,337 794,347 France 53,397 156,766 687,409 2,623,846 Fr Germ 10,571 47,525 66,297 265,883 Austria 6,137 22,645 Czech 8,131 30,000 13,552 50,000 Switzld 25,347 102,059 Estonia 1,432 3,180 Lithuan 9,449 34,862 9,449 34,862 Poland 34,951 135,339 Russia 19,521 115,450 Ukraine 26,014 21,178 Kazakhs 10,800 13,109 55,600 14,977 33,295 7,108 Spain 7,871 29,042 Malta Italy 2,784 3,513 73,061 241,336 Slvenia 455 3,163 Greece 805 2,970 Romania 54 2,587 Turkey 14,814 54,657 Israel 101,310 373,800 111,241 406,169 34,413 9,327 Kuwait Qatar 720 2,840 Arab Em 3,450 12,728 29,562 133,117 India 8,195 30,237 24,970 89,841 44,506 5,229 10,096 867 Thailnd Malaysa 134 7,554 Singapr 21,179 101,713 29,378 2,324 Indnsia Phil R 551 8,400 China 34,652 92,170 203,705 524,106 273 3,047 63,954 251,909 Kor Rep Hg Kong 188,552 362,615 Taiwan 28,308 122,748 Japan 38,722 181,898 99,292 399,714 Austral 4,636 17,104 117,172 475,099 N Zeal 997 3,680 19,001 104,043 15,547 4,695 Moroc Ghana 700 3,752 Gambia 2,000 9,000 3,348 907 Liberia

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10,981 29,676,800

Country Canada Mexico Salvadr Hondura C Rica Panama Bermuda Bahamas Jamaica Cayman Dom Rep Anglla Antigua Barbado Trinid N Antil Colomb Guyana Ecuador Peru Argent Sweden Finland Denmark U King Ireland Nethlds France Fr Germ Hungary Poland Russia Spain Portugl Italy Croatia Slvenia Lebanon Israel S Arab Qatar Arab Em India Singapr Indnsia China Hg Kong Japan Austral N Zeal Fiji Egypt Rep Saf TOTAL

9603402000 Paint Rollers December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 201,438 495,350 2,127,533 255,754 362,595 2,005,363 3,138 6,437 34,008 3,030 6,176 7,362 19,917 760 3,363 9,185 2,016 1,774 27,000 29,970 54,502 326 864 267 2,260 4,744 701 329 2,102 766 10,000 200 18,435 546 4,507 6,685 514 167 17,389 13 160 558 10,043 20 524 9,014 1,857 2,621 3,988 69,988 14,480 1,367 190 877 60,867 176 1,440 9,108 1,440 2,757 7,033 39,134 54,020 42,488 198,279 10,676 2,486 103,495 130,291 69,228 47,049 157,513 8,367 3,600 58,798 39,395 176,394 683,845 1,217,196 5,166,166

Value 5,293,631 3,917,426 6,863 42,546 93,585 7,808 43,636 29,570 3,600 7,556 161,776 4,939 15,161 4,683 11,306 6,237 15,980 6,048 36,890 13,440 8,700 12,596 74,723 9,578 12,287 39,994 6,850 2,926 98,930 2,519 6,652 14,031 176,256 6,010 10,799 152,015 103,932 50,366 98,827 19,310 3,241 9,093 109,966 3,087 9,108 77,368 274,094 52,717 902,590 246,878 21,255 7,347 118,185 12,464,911

Country Mexico Salvadr C Rica Bahamas Dom Rep B Virgn Dominca S Lucia Colomb

9603404020 Paint Pads December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 42,011 420 2,460 428 860 72 240 130 21,267

Value 117,901 4,956 6,214 19,650 6,163 7,117 2,964 8,597 136,478

713,056

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PAGE 34 Venez Peru Bolivia Brazil Uruguay Argent U King Fr Germ Austria Switzld Spain Greece Turkey Israel Arab Em Thailnd Vietnam Malaysa China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan N Zeal Ethiop Rep Saf TOTAL

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP

2,205

8,500

353

2,509

595

4,221

34,896

45,365

3,116

22,116

41,165

82,711

1,879 3,437 2,295 43,709 13,332 6,999 5,068 7,390 336 2,385 202 817 10,854 4,396 5,328 1,747 373 2,995 1,510 836 34,038 132,961 2,780 1,215 3,116 16,409 374,295

13,341 12,230 16,284 333,735 10,841 48,282 28,819 26,137 3,024 31,542 5,791 21,651 77,043 80,405 23,087 12,403 2,646 25,737 70,946 5,934 241,606 167,761 9,853 8,625 22,116 116,480 1,726,359

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 27,220 337,171 637,282 6,829,699 Mexico 2,871 42,519 22,957 405,859 Guatmal 4,449 71,455 Salvadr 253 8,688 Hondura 802 16,635 17,491 181,645 Nicarag 445 9,755 C Rica 494 10,247 Panama 6,367 120,149 Bermuda 165 3,419 4,226 64,922 Bahamas 26,525 333,167 Cuba 180 4,502 52,588 2,359 Jamaica 33,739 2,126 Turk Is Cayman 1,885 7,171 16,214 108,693 Haiti 233 6,008 Dom Rep 638 13,229 6,366 69,384 Anglla 1,119 28,458 3,395 70,399 13,091 631 B Virgn St K N 669 17,746 Antigua 32 3,606 487 10,639 25,201 541 S Lucia S Vn Gr 810 24,401 Grenada 2,422 38,830 Barbado 814 16,146 5,140 86,503 8,951 146,508 Trinid 40,900 1,650 N Antil Aruba 2,066 30,177 Colomb 1,400 8,454 4,448 74,364 Venez 227 4,706 13,234 153,073 2,521 97 Surinam Ecuador 453 9,397 4,395 91,189 50,945 2,277 9,514 55 Peru Chile 16,671 113,628 Brazil 47,206 425,991 1,908 48,907 10,570 220 Argent Sweden 8,998 150,826 107,866 5,280 Norway Finland 772 16,013 9,214 186,564 6,307 11,272 87,752 998 Denmark 478,107 3,052,570 237,117 9,475 U King Ireland 6,999 44,131

Nethlds Belgium France Fr Germ Austria Switzld Estonia Poland Russia Ukraine Kazakhs Spain Malta Italy Greece Bulgar Turkey Lebanon Iraq Israel Jordan S Arab Arab Em Bahrain Afghan India Pakistn Thailnd Vietnam Malaysa Singapr Phil R China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral N Zeal Fr Poly Marshal Egypt Guinea Ghana Kenya Rep Saf Namibia TOTAL

April 2009 14,451

304,573

776

9,626

232

3,938

872

24,412

159

3,296

1,879 2,316 5,110

22,671 48,036 105,983

78,779

1,347,957

230,539 26,494 2,194 10,378 1,961 711 1,171 23,339 169 1,584 200 4,585 248 4,205 278 36 665 1,847 173 18,692 334 1,640 2,158 18 625 158 31 4,102 379 7,089 11,213 285 22,898 11,475 35,888 1,368 25,101 6,607 5,290 1,881 606 7,472 217 2,404 661 770 336 1,861,472

4,767,861 553,464 40,074 191,766 18,353 14,764 5,569 281,042 6,709 37,620 3,728 80,328 7,628 121,005 9,435 7,126 13,792 24,931 3,583 401,596 6,396 34,015 48,428 2,562 5,873 3,287 100,000 73,697 7,866 162,317 193,244 11,586 471,411 223,975 688,470 28,362 425,441 42,815 76,081 42,506 6,959 154,977 4,500 72,128 13,711 19,166 14,864 22,875,243

9603900000 Hand-Operated Mechanical Floor Sweepers, Not Motorized, Mops & Feather Dusters; Prepared Knots & Tufts for Broom or Brush Making, NESOI Year To Date December Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 174,702 1,731,144 2,979,586 28,911,415 Mexico 54,064 663,493 819,243 10,635,194 2,957 35,731 Guatmal 7,525 359 Salvadr Hondura 16,342 400,688 C Rica 210 3,401 8,928 105,137 Panama 191 3,096 23,091 370,898 16,512 608 Bermuda Jamaica 1,084 10,802 6,453 398 Turk Is Cayman 1,807 29,298 Dom Rep 330 4,115 2,246 29,123 8,497 1,764 Barbado Trinid 724 12,287 4,579 57,286 14,819 1,524 7,968 103 N Antil Aruba 214 5,247 7,890 8,382 90,981 1,000 Colomb 7,319 121,760 36,736 2,264 Venez Guyana 8,580 139,160


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April 2009 Ecuador Peru Chile Brazil Uruguay Argent Iceland Sweden Norway Finland Denmark U King Ireland Nethlds Belgium Luxmbrg France Fr Germ Czech Hungary Switzld Lithuan Poland Russia Belar Spain Italy Slvenia Turkey Lebanon Iraq Israel Kuwait S Arab Qatar Arab Em Oman Bahrain Afghan India Thailnd Vietnam Malaysa Singapr Indnsia Phil R Maldive China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral N Zeal Tunisia Egypt Nigeria Angola Liberia Rep Saf TOTAL

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 313

6,492

2,141 450

11,814 4,500

266

4,316

7,521 600 1,116 3,352

100,753 4,574 18,092 53,918

252 2,320

5,418 10,835

185

2,999

504

4,102

897 167

14,552 2,705

164

2,668

270

2,694

358

2,799

1,419

17,245

493 30 2,121

7,991 3,150 28,212

11,821 863 740

79,029 14,000 6,307

2,155

34,957

274,106

2,914,252

4,057 3,139 35,063 13,095 450 270 84 1,882 960 1,118 8,064 108,111 5,954 34,529 7,563 20 13,371 28,255 1,464 285 5,163 573 3,930 7,317 20 2,342 11,777 23 4,241 250 7,301 8,129 1,000 16,362 1,748 15,508 3,156 936 740 2,006 2,780 1,278 1,476 5,156 2,744 2,280 3,645 12,416 21,262 23,151 9,417 74,411 71,031 8,076 500 3,609 5,762 1,048 250 4,697 4,504,256

34,099 50,812 291,869 161,273 4,500 9,537 4,438 39,677 17,429 21,355 417,960 1,596,839 91,424 375,862 177,671 2,574 269,637 559,204 7,118 6,926 79,665 10,435 63,729 114,615 2,740 37,983 150,660 4,264 72,855 4,050 118,414 107,446 16,215 122,266 10,567 134,787 51,190 11,855 12,000 35,239 76,946 13,600 43,008 88,197 25,481 25,948 59,118 167,841 209,082 365,508 154,879 678,120 1,065,178 91,983 3,180 58,547 27,259 16,822 2,910 59,313 49,530,625

Broom and Brush

IMPORTS December Imports By Country

Country

0502100000 Pigs’, Hogs’ or Boars’ Bristles and Hair and Waste Thereof Year To Date December Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG

Value

U King China TOTAL

Country Mexico U King Fr Germ Thailnd China Japan TOTAL

PAGE 35 2,300 388,224 390,524

69,591 5,932,548 6,002,139

0502900000 Badger Hair and Other Brushmaking Hair and Waste Thereof December Year To Date Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG 1,165 2,035 11,187 99,067 37,226 162 9,838 724 243 27,575 137,301 7 11,592 136,480 178,458

Value 16,167 191,270 836,243 30,595 1,158,786 14,817 2,247,878

11,834 11,834

373,346 373,346

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 Paragua 1,507 19,905 28,310 268,808 Argent 51 5,895 Fr Germ 10,957 84,361 China 5,239 87,414 121,823 1,955,022 Austral 72 3,478 TOTAL 6,746 107,319 161,213 2,317,564 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 44,297 219,631 471,776 2,257,612 TOTAL 44,297 219,631 471,776 2,257,612 4417002000 Broom and Mop Handles, 1.9 CM or More In Diameter and 97 CM or More In Length, Of Wood December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 29,631 42,562 145,397 71,490 Mexico 7,200 5,737 254,510 54,147 Hondura 567,942 261,757 7,082,989 2,860,901 Dom Rep 19,440 19,469 Colomb 5,364 4,421 162,540 131,276 748,258 600,690 13,837,723 11,327,673 Brazil Argent 44,600 24,807 86,900 49,397 Fr Germ 104,350 80,854 1,476 2,526 Lithuan 253,153 229,555 20,846 19,200 Sri Lka Thailnd 47,680 28,006 47,680 28,006 Vietnam 28,266 23,636 192,128 150,181 Malaysa 23,300 16,775 171,639 116,835 Singapr 61,280 41,682 3,822,881 5,011,915 231,747 219,122 Indnsia China 407,388 81,229 2,713,865 1,787,748 Taiwan 1,944 3,766 34,889 32,463 144,600 46,033 Egypt TOTAL 2,149,895 1,345,979 30,326,474 20,853,117 4417004000 Paint Brush and Paint Roller Handles, Of Wood December Year To Date Value Net Q/Variable Value Country Net Q/Variable Canada 2,406 Fr Germ 57,981 Czech 20,811 213,669 244,729 Poland Italy 383,348 7,478,154 36,955 Thailnd Indnsia 272,547 2,098,124 China 426,125 2,265,145 3,112 Hg Kong Taiwan 49,863 119,988 2,995 Japan TOTAL 1,152,694 12,523,258


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Country Canada Colomb Brazil Italy Sri Lka Vietnam Indnsia China Taiwan TOTAL

Country Canada Mexico C Rica Colomb Brazil Paragua Sweden Nethlds France Poland Spain Italy India Indnsia China Taiwan Japan TOTAL

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 4417006000 Brush Backs, Of Wood December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 210,920 49,867 1,350,684 5,760 513,200 35,809 7,000 11,087 303,037 174,016 36,700 15,075 5,728 58,190 1,200 232,995 66,682 2,478,596 4417008010 Tool Handles of Wood December Year To Date Net Q/Variable Value Net Q/Variable 2,348 4,753 7,934 20,398 361,822

87,587 142,839 627,681

Value 580,107 2,854 565,355 26,264 220,476 86,189 29,825 43,672 3,076 1,557,818

Value 194,697 102,134 53,212 28,131 3,687,204 61,848 4,955 2,310 2,679 6,707 10,064 3,805 2,319 18,009 1,001,322 248,164 3,114 5,430,674

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 33,482 1,798,501 Mexico 2,223 142,259 Hondura 33,981 C Rica 3,148 Colomb 17,879 5,355,860 176,351 Chile Brazil 4,880 159,406 7,170 U King France 4,082 50,984 87,468 Fr Germ Russia 8,014 Spain 11,653 82,023 Portugl 2,322 Italy 14,892 190,354 109,947 Slvenia Israel 21,725 575,657 77,790 India Sri Lka 140,692 1,148,053 157,463 Vietnam 526,167 Indnsia Bhutan 2,435 China 169,613 4,846,115 Hg Kong 13,206 13,206 Taiwan 25,332 270,752 Japan 158,452 3,468,942 Austral 4,700 2,363 Zmbabwe 834,938 19,084,604 TOTAL

April 2009

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 Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 4,212 2,768 20,988 17,191 Hondura 3,456 3,110 China 47,232 28,177 TOTAL 4,212 2,768 71,676 48,478 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 19,104 14,302 China 15,666 14,596 TOTAL 34,770 28,898 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 Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 12,456 7,215 176,640 122,076 China 71,718 55,794 TOTAL 12,456 7,215 248,358 177,870 9603106000 Other Brooms, Of Broomcorn, Valued Over December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Canada 9 2,188 9 Mexico 485,134 1,126,210 7,714,054 Hondura 43,104 75,797 737,466 China 17,202 28,036 144,216 TOTAL 545,449 1,232,231 8,595,745

.96 Each Value 2,188 17,768,807 1,586,090 280,005 19,637,090

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 10,960 20,109 Mexico 15,474 40,794 134,806 230,517 Dom Rep 5,613 8,134 Colomb 71,940 112,149 62,388 50,180 17,217 20,640 Brazil U King 8,000 9,518 Fr Germ 3,064 14,486 Russia 3,961 3,170 Belar 7,620 5,861 20,256 24,287 Spain Slvenia 4,200 6,603 Israel 1,296 2,305 India 90,400 20,057 212,325 1,181,059 1,989,848 122,470 Sri Lka 320,815 171,838 49,673 21,062 Thailnd Vietnam 14,400 15,663 184,250 132,390 Phil R 5,000 6,413 17,000 24,189 208,440 349,109 46,197 18,516 China Kor Rep 1 3,743 8,387 3,673 Taiwan 3,348,065 2,178,557 388,282 217,562 TOTAL 9603210000 Toothbrushes, Incl. Dental-Plate Brushes December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Country Canada 12,151 6,160 161,862 124,343 2,468,643 5,077,467 255,789 235,699 Mexico Brazil 1,163,016 331,747 16,954,722 5,045,215 Sweden 89,368 102,381 299,712 633,217 U King Ireland 630,312 309,672 14,144,682 4,333,484 60,321 487,928 13,993 112,124 Nethlds


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April 2009 Belgium France Fr Germ Switzld Spain Italy Arab Em India Thailnd Vietnam Malaysa Indnsia Macao China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral Moroc Rep Saf TOTAL

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP

3,874,394 11,072,040

1,963,472 3,646,867

5,497,941 1,226,664 774,900 390,864 10,400

533,264 112,694 161,994 63,148 7,131

44,376,305 298,120 63,088 1,144,760 1,792

7,513,686 121,790 34,655 188,022 5,143

70,884,570

15,269,227

238,608 72,504 77,668,487 70,998,292 4,824 3,713 1,532,736 35,781,249 10,206,616 10,870,016 12,429,972 1,019,870 36,240 536,398,999 1,741,664 773,630 6,768,927 3,345,696 351,000 8,000 368,064 808,168,353

116,360 94,871 38,084,530 34,758,559 5,023 12,381 354,940 4,796,286 1,296,739 2,157,760 1,386,346 77,675 56,166 96,874,641 400,994 286,520 2,276,141 310,431 22,087 7,733 101,218 195,911,500

9603294010 Hairbrushes, Valued Not Over .40 Each December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value India 5,040 2,281 90,800 13,529 Thailnd Vietnam 99,648 28,550 China 3,885,137 1,086,780 57,820,180 15,024,208 Kor Rep 79,498 18,836 Hg Kong 846,912 76,177 2,254,464 254,263 Taiwan 728,553 285,976 TOTAL 4,732,049 1,162,957 61,078,183 15,627,643 9603294090 Shaving Brushes, Nail Brushes, Eyelash Brushes & Other Toilet Brushes For Use On The Person, Valued Not Over .40 Each December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 2,926,541 248,995 56,140,489 5,342,829 Brazil 192,000 13,933 Nethlds 2,890,399 193,655 France 2,302,950 495,815 Fr Germ 1,254,900 216,491 39,360,490 6,370,202 Italy 846,002 128,846 4,379,696 858,224 Turkey 50,000 8,150 Arab Em 19,680 4,796 8,196,484 267,127 India 8,829 183,600 Bngldsh 6,155 16,200 Sri Lka Indnsia 135 2,388 China 2,544,156 506,184 42,185,577 8,103,494 Kor Rep 6,542,700 297,546 Hg Kong 384,000 30,394 4,793,496 385,889 1,388,539 327,423 Taiwan Japan 80,882 25,257 TOTAL 7,955,599 1,130,910 168,723,317 22,711,712 9603302000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes & Similar Brushes For Application Of Cosmetics, Valued Not Over .05 Each December Year To Date Value Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Country Canada 385,000 12,149 4,430,280 74,419 19,429 399,600 Mexico France 300,000 8,735 9,160,000 320,143 1,018,260 30,557 7,568,970 210,533 Fr Germ Italy 4,977,600 56,429 35,871,400 464,839 India 900,000 8,490 8,165,000 77,437 China 7,070,012 221,081 103,375,028 3,049,895

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Kor Rep 415,000 13,336 21,579,200 614,729 Hg Kong 1,948,400 43,743 Taiwan 1,574,000 47,175 TOTAL 15,080,472 358,057 194,057,278 4,915,062 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 3,918,325 306,595 71,390,184 5,604,485 Brazil 96,000 6,783 576,000 41,035 U King 503,730 44,469 Fr Germ 756,150 52,635 Malta 296,650 27,746 Italy 99,830 10,212 India 644,460 53,521 China 10,166,814 765,564 93,338,175 7,056,192 Kor Rep 150,000 9,850 5,920,480 379,248 Hg Kong 1,921,130 144,833 Taiwan 159,904 11,981 1,828,828 162,933 TOTAL 14,491,043 1,100,773 177,275,617 13,577,309 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 18,906 11,130 28,041 265,093 Mexico 8,776,834 1,375,153 150,977,191 24,890,006 Dom Rep 148,956 227,421 1,696,686 1,756,562 Colomb 4,542 2,299 Brazil 120 6,079 Denmark 1,464 4,999 U King 170,541 164,623 1,640,816 2,808,924 Belgium 5,316 2,228 Monaco 2,347 11,576 France 56,456 217,019 929,412 3,175,110 Fr Germ 163,321 191,062 2,269,946 2,467,672 Czech 288 5,942 Switzld 3,948 83,212 Spain 14,876 57,399 108,682 479,875 Italy 30,815 17,790 1,498,220 420,407 Greece 27,635 210,829 Turkey 35,532 10,955 75,741 33,628 4,649 1,475 Israel Arab Em 17,934 12,662 5,503,436 2,464,066 121,870 189,561 India Sri Lka 269,760 148,181 3,173,007 1,858,556 Thailnd 299,793 261,652 4,075,422 3,351,817 Vietnam 30,000 65,701 Malaysa 4,000 4,438 15,477 36,309 28,661 197,664 Singapr Indnsia 27,168 5,636 232,967,887 160,359,037 12,697,834 17,749,860 China Kor Rep 272,079 161,651 5,035,732 5,763,379 5,186,825 3,301,703 179,933 217,057 Hg Kong Taiwan 196,638 35,022 2,900,220 758,300 Japan 224,758 624,566 4,140,142 10,483,284 68,153 10,842 Austral Maurit 2,192 8,558 31,394 105,698 422,576,964 225,340,471 16,509,951 28,807,878 TOTAL

Country Canada Mexico Brazil Sweden Norway U King

9603402000 Paint Rollers December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 10,000 3,744 674,779 668,302 390,285 11,505,270 30,000 3,601 60,094 292 5,000 15,000

Value 638,382 6,713,681 13,595 13,533 9,667 15,312


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BROOM, BRUSH & MOP

205,200

2,272,560

3,186,062

50,805

1,017,775

1,466,210

7,678 3,169,619 20,860 3,846 138,084 43,424,347 1,190 112,796 81,025 374,559 59,594,439

17,389 925,704 24,693 54,857 71,080 15,636,641 5,830 46,160 59,247 60,119 24,305,890

9603404020 Paint Pads (Other Than Of Subheading 9603.30) December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 295 10,624 Mexico 801,844 119,804 U King 67,240 23,820 Fr Germ 41,967 62,876 Israel 1,200 2,520 Pakistn 56,000 5,543 China 868,416 451,755 9,525,205 4,372,840 Taiwan 14,376 125,642 592,516 928,844 Japan 21 2,125 TOTAL 882,792 577,397 11,086,288 5,528,996 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 1,720 14,528 7,270 26,171 Sweden 100 4,542 U King 4,440 5,131 76,138 99,675 Nethlds 324 2,958 Belgium 560 8,160 France 5,660 17,990 Fr Germ 29,620 87,264 Italy 30,634 133,911 Turkey 4,176 14,267 46,756 151,612 India 35,112 36,898 Indnsia 4,257,134 762,974 54,674,803 8,855,288 China 32,400 6,581 2,315,665 753,961 Hg Kong 462 2,577 Taiwan 144,240 30,155 3,057,504 656,736 Japan 1,680 13,410 TOTAL 4,444,110 833,636 60,282,288 10,851,153 9603404060 Paint, Distemper, Varnish/Similr Brushes Exc Brushes of Subheading 9603.30 NESOI Year To Date December Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 852 3,036 924,249 602,699 Guatmal 83,536 70,359 19,457 13,099 Dom Rep 15,348 49,296 5,840 16,848 Brazil 184,404 102,407 Sweden 214,304 345,604 47,525 168,305 U King Nethlds 9,537 10,010 3,989 192 Belgium 201,986 93,056 32,468 28,116 Fr Germ Czech 4,800 2,957 28,800 18,170 17,284 8,822 Spain 111,841 23,915 Italy 593,576 71,420 India 821,873 922,368 Thailnd Vietnam 1,100 2,512 101,153 79,137 45,836,043 7,936,205 877,505 5,059,122 Indnsia 51,399,855 148,514,902 4,387,945 11,544,931 China Kor Rep 300,000 15,080 1,580,000 89,994 41,785 18,416 Hg Kong

April 2009

Taiwan Japan Cocos I TOTAL

292,569 12,700

87,647 19,598

17,429,343

5,482,113

3,934,517 26,824 572 203,292,881

1,085,024 44,398 2,665 62,960,210

Country Mexico Brazil Italy Israel China Taiwan TOTAL

9603908010 Wiskbrooms December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 17,476 5,318 6,759 7,460 11,496 21,833 323,544 10,191 11,496 21,833 370,748

Value 50,370 100,017 41,446 8,391 461,620 10,308 672,152

Country Canada Mexico Guatmal Salvadr Colomb Brazil Nethlds Spain Italy Vietnam Phil R China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Egypt TOTAL

9603908020 Upright Brooms December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 864 52,082 56,276 594,225 30,960 38,516 91,626 104,628 6,060 4,676 75,056 306,988 4,296 47,770 92,860 115,221 664,872 1,100 3,250 360,042 392,638 4,989,000 10 58,984 1,284 12,660 19,480 71,844 543,288 619,987 7,033,993

Value 19,870 684,352 141,878 87,149 59,743 701,740 14,114 50,971 1,188,633 3,233 3,106 6,668,267 2,521 107,536 112,385 65,592 9,911,090

9603908030 Push Brooms, 41 CM or Less in Width December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 2,280 2,429 12,828 14,641 Argent 1,440 5,059 5,886 25,140 Sri Lka Thailnd 6,853 27,379 194,523 112,420 4,882 2,166 China Taiwan 96,216 138,550 TOTAL 3,606 9,941 236,483 402,662

Country Canada Mexico Guatmal Salvadr Colomb Venez Brazil Argent Sweden U King Fr Germ Czech Russia Spain Italy Israel India

9603908040 Other Brooms, NESOI December Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 248,864 206,804 2,212,378 3,850,526 563,803 295,622 105,400 38,940 23,800 9,053 27,901 80,505 471,866 83,994 47,296 19,395 32,268 2,275 17,126 27,073 356,795 7,260 750 763 540 30,850 473,624 36,000 2,545 154,248 25,603 515,731 23,832 960 20,975

Value 3,143,051 7,892,465 111,999 133,396 494,684 263,270 998,778 8,306 4,827 10,160 2,743 429,490 5,849 147,555 631,874 2,226 18,471


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BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 31,542

102,676

2,500

2,296

38,150 575,362

38,974 704,827

8,925

14,536

1,360,347

1,887,672

415,190 29,000 21,810 1,903,964 279,050 10,391,271 6,754 19,917 16,584 21,370,674

1,110,849 46,926 16,590 1,109,347 282,292 12,091,992 21,250 54,867 13,493 29,046,750

9603908050 Brooms, Brushes, Sqeegees, Etc., NESOI December Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 2,121,630 23,023,898 Mexico 3,795,427 44,541,273 Salvadr 20,438 160,487 1,942,437 17,678,909 Hondura Panama 69,501 Dom Rep 100,893 349,186 B Virgn 14,638 Colomb 131,006 1,387,277 Venez 10,029 Chile 6,793 Brazil 20,668 494,902 Argent 87,783 Sweden 66,290 964,404 Finland 7,083 74,249 Denmark 182,041 1,643,245 U King 51,024 1,413,120 Ireland 35,234 Nethlds 4,353 195,584 Belgium 264,354 2,606,438 France 16,890 341,149 Fr Germ 195,524 2,898,335 Austria 2,695 44,618 Czech 114,402 479,236 Hungary 7,230 Lichten 41,806 Switzld 37,720 331,615 2,396 Estonia Poland 6,747 48,620 Russia 9,133 9,133 Spain 115,284 872,174 10,026,314 773,867 Italy Serbia 123,587 Romania 3,133 16,605 Israel 61,049 1,227,529 858,990 112,373 India Pakistn 961,559 7,117,790 Sri Lka 275,398 3,520,952 Thailnd 1,590,467 7,173,258 425,824 58,599 Vietnam Malaysa 28,652 232,635 Singapr 112,538 Indnsia 58,302 672,849 Phil R 112,699 China 27,679,701 295,929,331 Kor Rep 170,925 4,554,662 Hg Kong 228,469 3,076,569 Taiwan 1,158,072 15,257,522 Japan 31,068 844,277 Austral 284,860 2,121,093 N Caldn 59,849 Tunisia 62,136 Egypt 27,880 108,254 42,710,413 453,468,525 TOTAL

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U.S. Imports 14 Short Tons Of Broom Corn In January By Harrell Kerkhoff Broom, Brush & Mop Editor

at the Mexican/U.S. border. “It’s an aggravation as some of the merchandise was shuffled around while they were looking for any live pests. We had one According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, 14 short tons bale of broom corn that was broken but not damaged. The person of broom corn were imported into the United States during who did the inspection was careful enough to keep everything January 2009. Total value of this import was $47,077, with a cost together,” Caddy said. per ton of $3,363 ($1.68 per pound). All 14 tons came from The fumigation issue began in October when the USDA Mexico. required that all incoming broom corn from Mexico be fumigated January’s broom corn import total was the lowest in recent at the border in an effort to protect against corn bores, although memory and quite a bit smaller compared to the first month of the corn bores have been in the United States for decades. The fumiprevious year. During January 2008, 89 short tons of broom corn gation requirement caused concerns from U.S. broom corn dealwere imported into the United States, with a total value of ers and users over what influence the requirement would have on $227,793. The cost per ton of this import was $2,559 ($1.28 per supply and costs. pound). “The interpretation (of the fumigation issue) that we (R.E. Caddy) have been getting (as of March) is that it’s currently an Richard Caddy of R.E. Caddy & Co., Inc., in Greensboro, inspect and release type of situation, which is what it should be in NC, said it’s sad to see Mexican broom corn imports at such low the first place. In my case, the broom corn was inspected and levels, even during a traditionally slow time of the calendar year. released, although (inspectors) did not release it until somebody He added that January’s cost per pound average of $1.68 does went through and pulled a bale and popped it open to see if there seem quite high, although with only 14 short tons being imported were insects,” Caddy said. it’s hard to say what type of broom corn was brought into the He noted that much of the broom corn brought into the United country. States from Mexico, including imports from R.E. Caddy, is “If it was all hurl, then it could be right on target, especially if already fumigated in Cadereyta, Mexico. it had to be fumigated (at the border),” Caddy said. “At the point in time that it’s fumigated, there will not be any There is good news, however, for those who sell and use broom live bugs. In all the years that I have been importing broom corn, corn in the United States. The recent fumigation requirement from I don’t recall very many times, if ever, that we had bugs,” Caddy the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) appears to said. “It’s also not very likely that in a closed container during have subsided as of mid-March, although strict inspections have transport that bugs are going to get into the load unless they were been reported. Caddy said his company brought in a load of originally in the container.” broom corn in February that did receive a fairly intense inspection Looking ahead toward Mexican broom corn production for 2009, Caddy feels Broom Corn Imports there may be a fairly 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Total Cost decent size planting Tons Tons Tons Value Per Ton Tons Tons Tons taking place in the Torreon region of January 174 125 61 116 89 14 $47,077 $3,363 ($1.68) Mexico this spring. February 113 44 215 90 91 “It will still be 77 65 83 41 168 March months until we see April 122 120 56 48 150 anything substantial May 167 36 135 172 98 being harvested in June 147 65 81 63 65 Torreon. I supposed July 162 124 160 80 66 there will be broom 183 177 216 80 76 August corn coming out of September 215 124 152 131 133 the Sinaloa region of October 202 133 184 92 123 Mexico as well, November 194 200 96 160 29 although this area is December 127 164 76 101 17 very dangerous right 1,974 1,389 1,497 1,216 978 14 $47,077 $3,363 ($1.68) now with the current


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crime taking place (concerning drug cartels). The Torreon area is not very safe either,” Caddy said. “It does seem like there is interest, however, in planting broom corn in Torreon this year. “There is not a great deal of broom corn in Cadereyta right now, but apparently enough to satisfy everybody’s needs. This is sad, because imports are very low. Only 31 tons were imported into the United States for the months of December and January.” As of March 18, Caddy said he has been able to receive enough quantity of Mexican broom corn to meet current demands, and that the quality of these imports remains good. He added that despite low demand, pricing has remained fairly high. “The nice thing is we (broom corn dealers) have been able to save some money by not having to fumigate anymore at the border. Any savings we can pass on to customers is very good, even if it’s just a few cents a pound,” he said. “If we are lucky, there will be a fairly decent planting in Torreon and then hopefully, by July and August, there will be a good supply of broom corn available. Maybe by then, (the broom corn business) will pick up.” As far as overall business is concerned, Caddy reported that unpredictability is the norm right now. “It’s been hard to figure business out. Some days and weeks I feel it’s really clicking along nicely, and then there are other times when it’s very hard to get orders,” he noted. “The big box companies are probably keeping a tight rein on the level of their inventories. As a consequence, my customers are more reluctant to load up on inventory themselves because they don’t know if they can sell a lot of products any time soon. “I’m kind of afraid that when business does pick up in general, that everybody will want the same products at the same time, whether it’s broom corn, handles, wire, poly bags, etc. This would subject us to bottlenecks.” Regarding yucca fiber, Caddy reported that this imported item

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from Mexico is a bit cheaper in price as demand continues to be low. “People who would normally purchase yucca fiber, if for nothing else than to take advantage of a good pricing situation, are not interested right now,” Caddy said. “Yucca fiber is available, however, and the quality has been maintained at a good level.” Tim Monahan of The Thomas Monahan Co., in Arcola, IL, said January’s high price for Mexican broom corn was a contributing factor to the extremely low import figure during the month. General slow business conditions were also causing the low tonnage to occur. “And I don’t think conditions in February and March were any better. I look for imports to stay pretty small when reported for those months as well,” Monahan said. “This is all a symbol of the industry and the slippage of production in the United States.” When interviewed in late March, Monahan said farmers were currently in the process of planting broom corn in the Torreon region of Mexico. Information was still sketchy, however, regarding the actual size of this planting. He added that future Mexican broom corn prices will depend, in part, to the true size of this summer’s first crop out of Torreon. There is also not much new information to report as of late March regarding the yucca fiber market. According to Monahan, prices have come down some as production is currently at a higher level than actual sales. This production, therefore, is expected to be curtailed. Bart Pelton of PelRay International, LLC, in San Antonio, TX, was unavailable for comment regarding this month’s broom corn dealer survey.

BSCAI Convention To Be Part Of ISSA/INTERCLEAN In 2010 ISSA, a worldwide cleaning industry association, and its alliance partner Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI) announced in early March that the two organizations have entered into an agreement in which the BSCAI convention will co-locate with ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America, starting in 2010. The announcement was made during BSCAI’s 2009 tradeshow, held in Chicago, IL, and attended by some 900 building service and security contract professionals. The co-location agreement is another step in the ongoing alliance between the two associations, which was initiated in 2008. “This day has been a long time coming for both our associations, and we welcome this opportunity to work with BSCAI as we strive to bring together all channel partners of the global cleaning community,” said ISSA President Bob Stahurski. “The co-location of

both our events will facilitate better supplychain relationships for all who attend.” Also addressed in the announcement was BSCAI’s intention of hosting its 2009 Executive Workshop in conjunction with this year’s ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America, which will be held October 6-9, at McCormick Place in Chicago. In 2010, ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America will be held Tuesday-Friday, November 9-12, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, while BSCAI will co-locate its annual convention, Thursday-Sunday, November 11-14. BSCAI members will be eligible to attend the ISSA/INTERCLEAN event at member rates. BSCAI will no longer host an independent exhibition; however, it will continue to offer sponsorship and other vendorpartner programs. “BSCAI and ISSA formed this alliance in order to capitalize on the strengths of our respective organizations,” said BSCAI

President Stan Doobin. “Our leadership and staff have met in recent weeks and months to formalize an agreement and develop a working model that will enhance the networking, educational, and professional services provided to our respective membership and business partners.” Leaders of both organizations have made it clear that the co-location agreement impacts only the events in question and that ISSA and BSCAI will remain independent associations, serving the needs of their respective members in ways that are unique to each. BSCAI will continue to host its CEO seminar, executive seminar, and webinars; provide educational materials; and offer certifications for members and nonmembers. “BSCAI is well aware of its strengths, and we will continue to service the industry with quality educational products and services,” said BSCAI Executive Vice President Moe Desmarais.


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any 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 2009 edition was held March 22-24. For the past 70 years, the International Housewares Association has been sponsoring this event. This year’s show included many exhibitors of broom, brush, mop, squeegee and related products, including those companies featured on the following pages.

Harper Brush Works

Harper Brush Works, Inc., of Fairfield, IA, manufactures a variety of cleaning products. The company’s items include brooms, mops, scrub brushes and squeegees. Shown are, left to right, Julie Greeson, assistant national sales manager; Patricia Adam, marketing director; and Noreen O’Reilly, director of sales.

EMSCO Group

Cleaning items available from the EMSCO Group, of Girard, PA, include various styles of brooms, mops and brushes. Shown is Kimberly Cook, national sales manager — cleaning division.


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Unger Industrial

Unger Industrial, LLC, of Bridgeport, CT, supplies the cleaning industry with such items as car washing brushes, dusters, scrubbers, squeegees and extension handles. Shown at the Unger booth is Jennifer Carter, channel marketing manager.

L C Industries

Various cleaning products and supplies are among the items manufactured by L C Industries, of Durham, NC. Shown are, left to right, Justin Stalek, commercial sales national account manager; and Jeffrey Hawting, executive vice president of sales

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The Libman Company

The Libman Company, of Arcola, IL, manufactures such items as dust mops, indoor and outdoor brooms, scrub brushes, sponge mops, toilet bowl brushes and wet mops. Shown, left to right, are company representatives David McKnight and Andrew Libman.

Hayco Manufacturing

Offering a variety of products for the cleaning industry is Hayco Manufacturing Ltd., of Hong Kong. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s items include brooms, brushes, mops, squeegees, carpet and floor sweepers. Shown, left to right, are company representatives Christopher Hay, Suanne Wong, Marichi Harvey, Greg Spooner and Charston Yip.


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Brushtech

Brushtech, of Plattsburgh, NY, provides a wide variety of items including barbecue brushes, bath brushes, car washing brushes, wire brushes, kitchen tools and various types of accessories. Shown is Nora Gunjian, vice president of marketing.

Ettore Products

Offering a variety of cleaning products including squeegees, scrubbers, dusters and car washing brushes is Ettore Products Company, located in Alameda, CA. Shown, left to right, are company representatives Dina Becerra, Wayne Schultz and Nicole Smahlik.

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Butler Home Products

Among the various cleaning aids from Butler Home Products, LLC, are brooms; kitchen, vegetable and scrub brushes; buckets; and mops. The company is located in Marlborough, MA.

Quickie Manufacturing

Quickie Manufacturing Corporation, of Cinnaminson, NJ, supplies the cleaning industry with various products such as brooms, brushes (kitchen/vegetable), car washing items, mops, scrubbers and squeegees. Shown is Jason Gold, vice president of new product development.


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Howard Berger Co.

Howard Berger Co., Inc., of Monroe Township, NJ, features such houseware items as brooms, mops, gloves and painting accessories. Shown, left to right, are company representatives Robert Lebovitz, David Berger and Robert Winterstein.

Kleen Maid

Offering a variety of brushes and other cleaning housewares is Kleen Maid, of Commerce, CA. Shown next to the company’s Spic and Span® branded items is Kleen Maid representative Sean Solouki.

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Freudenberg Household Products

Freudenberg Household Products, of Northlake, IL, features well known brands such as O-Cedar®. Houseware items include brooms, mops and scrubber sponges. Shown is Art Wilde, U.S. marketing director.

Eagle Home Products

Eagle Home Products Inc./Eagle Hygienic Rubber Co., of Huntington, NY, supplies such items as toothbrushes; bath and scrub brushes; scrubbers; brooms; mops; and sponges. Shown, left to right, are company representatives Robert Chemtob and Andre Chemtob.


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Boehm Named CEO Of Felton Brush Lola Products

Daniel J. Boehm, president of Felton Brush Inc., has acquired a minority ownership position in the company and has added the title of CEO, according to the board of directors. Boehm joined Felton as COO in early 2006 and was named president in January of 2007. Prior to his move to Felton, Boehm held executive management positions for eight years with Specialty Filaments, including two years as president and CEO. “Dan brings an inspiring leadership style,” says Mark Godfrey, who will remain as Felton’s chairman of the board. “He’s earned the trust of both the management team and the employees.”

Classified Advertising For Sale: Small brush wire manufacturing facility, materials stainless, brass, bronze, nickel, silver, low and high carbon steel, straight and crimped. Dimensions .0025 to .010. Call 203-313-8379 or 203-364-1908.

INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Lola Products, of Hackensack, NJ, provides such cleaning items as brooms, dust mops, scouring pads, scrub brushes, scrubber sponges, sponge mops, toilet bowl brushes and wet mops. Shown, left to right, are company representatives Charles Spitaletta, Dawn Flint and Dennis Neubauer.

ABMA ......................................................................47 Amerwood ................................................................15 Boucherie USA ...........................................................9 Brush Expert .............................................................47 Caddy & Co., Inc., R.E.............................................20

AquaStar

Carlson Tool..........................................................2, 23 Chung Thai Brushes Co............................................10 Creative Poly, Inc. ......................................................3 Crystal Lake..............................................................21 Deco Products Co. ....................................................17 Distribuidora Perfect, S.A.........................................11 Gordon Brush Mfg. Co. Inc......................................19 H. Arnold Wood Turning ..........................................20 Jewel Wire Co.............................................................8 Jones Companies ........................................................1 Lanoco Specialty Wire Products, Inc. ......................12 Line Manufacturing, Inc. ..........................................18 Manufacturers Resource .............................................5 Monahan Co., The Thomas .......................................7 PelRay.......................................................................13

AquaStar, Inc., of Paramount, CA, provides many cleaning items to the housewares industry including its Starfiber® brand of microfiber products. Shown are company representatives Linda Karlsson and Adam Byrne.

PMM .........................................................................14 Royal Paint Roller ....................................................22 St. Nick Brush Co.....................................................18 Zahoransky ...............................................................48


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