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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS ABMA................................................71

Fibratexsa ...........................................39

MonahanPartners ...............................23


GDF ...................................................17

Paul Marsh Co. ..................................33


Gordon Brush Mfg. Co. Inc. ..............29

PelRay International...........................15

Bizzotto ..............................................11

Himesa ...............................................37

PMM ..................................................13

Borghi USA .......................................76

Jewel Wire..........................................24

Royal Paint Roller..............................32

Boucherie USA ....................................7

Jones Companies..................................1

Shanghai AuBi Metals Co..................73

Briarwood ..........................................12

Keystone Plastics ...............................14

St. Nick Brush Co. .............................40

Bruin Plastics .....................................16

Lemieux Spinning Mill Inc..................3

Thomas Textiles .................................34

Caddy & Co., Inc., R.E. .....................36

Line Manufacturing, Inc. ...................38

Vonco Products, Inc. ..........................19

Crystal Lake .......................................35

Magnolia Brush..................................24

WorldWide Integrated Resources.......75

Culivover & Shapiro, Inc...................36

Manufacturers Resource ......................9

Young & Swartz.................................40

Deco Products Co. .............................41

MBK ..................................................21


Distribuidora Perfect, S.A..................71

Mill Rose............................................31

Zelazoski ............................................22

DuPont .................................................2

Monahan Filaments............................20



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Creative Poly, Inc..........................................42

Hahl Inc.........................................................45

Crystal Lake Manufacturing, Inc. .................42

Hamburg Industries, Inc................................46

Culicover & Shapiro, Inc. .............................42

Harper Brush Works, Inc. .............................46

A&K Supplies Inc.........................................28

Haviland Corporation....................................46

ABCO Products Corp. ..................................28

Hill Brush, Inc...............................................46

Abtex Corporation ........................................28

HIMESA Hilos Y Mechas S.A. de C.V. .......46

ACS Industries, Inc.......................................28

Deco Products Co. ........................................42

Hoge Brush Company...................................46

American Brush Manufacturers Assoc. ........28

Delamo Mfg. .................................................42

Hoge Lumber Co...........................................47

Amerwood ....................................................28

Deligh Industries, Inc....................................42

Howard Berger Co., Inc ................................47

H. Arnold Wood Turning, Inc. ......................28

Distribuidora Perfect S.A. de C.V.................43

Associated Industrial Brush Company Ltd...28

Dorden & Co., Inc.,.......................................43 Draper Knitting Company.............................43 DuPont Filaments..........................................43

Industrial Brush Corporation ........................47 Interamerican Woods, Inc. ............................47

Baoding YongTaiShing Bristle &

Interwire Products .........................................47

Brush Making Co..........................................30 Beira Enviro Solutions (Pvt) Ltd. .................30

EMSCO Group..............................................43

Bel-Maid Company.......................................30

Epic Resins....................................................43

Bizzotto Giovanni Automation srl ................30

Jason Mills, LLC...........................................47

Bo-Buck Mills, Inc........................................30

The Jersey Jerry Broomsquire ......................47

Bodam International Ltd. ..............................30

Jewel Wire Company ....................................48

Borghi s.p.a. ..................................................30

F.M. Brush Co., Inc.......................................43

Jofel USA, LLC ............................................48

Boucherie USA Inc. ......................................32

Fili & Forme SRL .........................................44

Jones Companies, Ltd. ..................................48

Briarwood Products Co.................................36

Filmop USA, LLC ........................................43

Bros India Group...........................................36

FIMM USA Inc. ............................................44

Browns Brushware Ltd. ................................36

Freudenberg Household Products LP ...........44

Bruin Plastics Co., Inc. .................................36

Furgale Industries, Ltd. .................................44

K.R. Plastic Industries Co., Ltd. ...................48

Brush Fibers, Inc...........................................38

Keystone Plastics Inc. ...................................49

Brush Research Manufacturing Co., Inc.......38

Kiefer Brushes, Inc. ......................................49

Brush Technology Ltd...................................38

Kraker Group ................................................49

Brushtech, Inc. ..............................................38


Bruske Products ............................................38

di De Franceschi Gabriella & Co. SAS ........44 Garelick Mfg. Co. .........................................44 Gift Sales Co. ................................................44

LaFitte Mop Co., Inc.....................................49

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc.........................44

Laitner Brush Company................................49

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

Gordon Brush Wisconsin, LLC ....................51

Lakim Industries dba Quali-tech Mfg...........49

Cardinal Brush Corp. ....................................40

E. Gornell & Sons, Inc..................................45

Lambskin Specialties ....................................49

Carolina Mop ................................................40

Greenwood Mop & Broom, Inc....................45

Lanoco Specialty Wire Products, Inc............49

Cepillos El Castor S.A. de C.V. ....................40

GSC Manufacturing, Inc...............................45

Lemieux Spinning Mill, Inc..........................49

Chief Manufacturing .....................................40

Gunn Brush Co., Inc. ....................................45

Libman Company, The..................................50

Chung Thai Brushes Co., Ltd. ......................40

Line Mfg. Inc. ...............................................50

Cleaning Technologies Group.......................40

Lomont Molding, Inc. ...................................50

Cocker-Weber Brush Company ....................40 Connors & Co., Inc. ......................................42

Hagco Industries ...........................................45

Corona Brushes, Inc......................................42

Ha-Ste Manufacturing, Inc............................45

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Perfex Corporation........................................55

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United Rotary Brush Corporation.................59

PFERD INC. .................................................55 Plasticfibre S.P.A. .........................................55 Magnolia Brush Manufacturers Ltd..............50

Pogliani SRL .................................................55

Malish Corporation, The ...............................50 Manufacturers Resource, Inc. .......................50

Proveedora Mexicana De Monofilamentos, S.A. De C.V. (PMM) ........55

Marino – Vileda Professional........................50

Purdy .............................................................56

Vonco Products, Inc. .....................................59

Paul Marsh LLC............................................50 Mary Moppins...............................................50

Weiler Corporation........................................59

MB Companies, Inc. .....................................50

Whitley - Monahan Handle Co.....................59

MBK Maschinenbau GmbH .........................51

Wöhler Brush Tech GmbH ...........................59

MFC, Ltd.......................................................51

Quinn Broom Works, Inc. .............................56

Michigan Brush Mfg. Co., Inc......................51

Wooster Brush Company, The ......................60 Worldwide Integrated Resources ..................60

Mill-Rose Company, The..............................51 Milwaukee Dustless Brush ...........................51 Thomas Monahan Co., The...........................52

Reit-Price Mfg. Co., Inc. .............................56

Monahan Filaments, LLC .............................52

Remco Products ............................................56

Monahan Partners .........................................52

Rol-Brush Mfg. ,

Monterey Mills..............................................52

Division of Michigan Brush Mfg. Co. Inc. ..56 Royal Paint Roller Mfg. Corp.......................56

Mount Joy Wire Corp. ..................................52

Xiamen Power Light Industry Co., Ltd. .......60

Rubbermaid Commercial Products ...............56

Young & Swartz, Inc.....................................60

Newkor, Inc...................................................53

Sanderson MacLeod......................................57

Zahoransky AG .............................................60

Nexstep Commercial Products......................53

Schaefer Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. ......................57

Zelazoski Wood Products, Inc. .....................61

Norshel Industries, Inc. .................................53

Schlesinger Maschinenbau GmbH................57

Zephyr Manufacturing Co.............................61

Northeast Ltda...............................................53

Shanghai Yi Heng Daily-Use Pds. Co., Ltd. ...57

ZhenJiang RuiFeng Brush Co., Ltd. .............61

Northern Wood Products, Inc. ......................53

Shijiazhuang Golden Harvest Industrial & Trading Co., Ltd .......................57


Shurhold Industries, Inc. ...............................58

SEPT. 29 - OCT. 1, 2011

Nation/Ruskin, Inc. .......................................53

Nyco Products Company ..............................53

O’Dell Corporation, The ...............................53

Southern Steel and Wire Inc. ........................58

53rd FEIBP Congress, Vienna, Austria Information: www.eurobrush.com

Spiral Brushes, Inc. .......................................58

OCTOBER 18 - 21, 2011

Stainless Steel Products ................................58

ISSA/INTERCLEAN®, Las Vegas, NV Information: 800-225-4772

St. Nick Brush Co. ........................................58

MARCH 7 - 10, 2012 ABMA Annual Convention, Palm Beach Gardens, FL Information: 720-392-ABMA (2262)

MARCH 11 - 13, 2012

P & A Industrial Fabrications, LLC ..............54 PADCO Inc. ..................................................54

Thomas Textile Company .............................58

Paint Brush Corporation ...............................54

Tucel Industries, Inc......................................58

Paragon Mop Company ................................54

Tuway American Group................................58

International Home & Housewares Show, Chicago, IL, Information: 847-292-4200

MAY 1 - 3, 2012 National Hardware Show, Las Vegas, NV Information: 203-840-5622

MAY 9 - 11, 2012

Patrick Yarn Mills, Inc. .................................54

ISSA/INTERCLEAN® - Amsterdam (NL) Information: 847-982-0800

Paul Brothers & Co.......................................54 PelRay International, LLC ............................54

MAY 9 - 11, 2012

Pennellificio Omega S.p.A. ..........................54

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Unger Enterprises, Inc. .................................58



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U.S. Broom Manufacturers Continue To Compete

Using Quality,Service By Rick Mullen Broom, Brush & Mop Associate Editor


ven before the recent recession, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) of 1994 affected broom manufacturing in the United States, especially broom corn brooms. Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine recently spoke with executives of three U.S. companies that make brooms who talked about how their respective companies have adapted to the radical changes the broom industry has undergone in recent years. Their companies have remained competitive by maintaining the highest standards of quality products and personalized customer service.


he late Edward Holmes Pearson and his wife, Ercille Willett Pearson, founded Crystal Lake Manufacturing, Inc., of Autaugaville, AL, more than 75 years ago, primarily to provide work for unemployed sharecroppers. Since the company’s first broom corn broom rolled off the line in 1935 until today, Crystal Lake has continued the tradition of workmanship and value. “Crystal Lake is located in a small rural town in Alabama. Our company would be nothing without its people,” Crystal Lake President Edward Pearson, grandson of the company’s founders, said. “Since our company’s beginning in 1935, our primary goal has been to provide honest work for the Edward Pearson good people of our community. “Through their efforts and leadership, our company has prospered in the good times and survived the tough periods. Crystal Lake is a company forged during the Great Depression, and we hold the same values today. “Crystal Lake remains one of America’s largest manufacturers of broom corn brooms, making household, janitorial, warehouse, whisk and lobby brooms.”

Although Pearson beliveves nothing sweeps better than broom corn brooms, Crystal Lake also manufactures a variety of synthetic brooms for household and institutional use. In addition, the company offers wet and dry mops, broom and mop handles, push brooms, brushes, buckets, wringers and various cleaning accessories. “We sell only to distributors, including janitorial and paper houses, foodservice distributors, industrial suppliers, hardware wholesalers, wholesale groceries, master distributors and retail chains,” Pearson said. On the green front, Crystal Lake’s commitment to eco-friendly products and practices goes back to its beginnings when the dam on Crystal Lake was converted to produce clean carbon-free hydroelectric power.

“While the down economy is shrinking existing sales, our loyal customers continue to buy from us, but their quantities are fewer. Selling new items to existing customers and finding new distributors are the only avenues to increase sales. Fortunately, we have been able to capitalize on this strategy.” — Edward Pearson, Crystal Lake president The company’s products are made with recycled cotton waste, reclaimed wood waste and renewable broom corn. Crystal Lake uses only recycled textile mill and gin waste in its cotton mop yarns. These ingredients are blended with recycled polyester bottle caps to produce the company’s high-performance Eco-2 line of looped-end mop heads. Handles are manufactured from reclaimed wood or recycled steel. While the U.S. economy struggles to recover from the recent recession,



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Pearson reported that broom corn sales “seem broom corn brooms. “We are an upright corn broom manufacturer, to be creeping up during the past six months.” He added: “While the down economy is and that is all we ever have been,” said Quinn shrinking existing sales, our loyal customers Broom Works President Mark Quinn. “We continue to buy from us, but their quantities manufacture corn brooms — all types of whisk, are fewer. Selling new items to existing cus- toy, lobby, household, tomers and finding new distributors are the janitorial corn brooms only avenues to increase sales. Fortunately, we — for production and have been able to capitalize on this strategy. distribution to the U.S. “The biggest change in our industry was the marketplace.” implementation of NAFTA (the North Quinn Broom Works, American Free Trade Agreement of 1994). Inc., also offers its This moved the mass production of brooms Kitchenette line of from the United States to not just Mexico, but broom corn brooms. to the entire Third World. Very few true The company began American broom manufacturers remain now, manufacturing this and they tend to be ‘much smaller in brooms’ patented broom in Mark Quinn than before. 1948 for the Joseph “The quality of brooms sold in the Lay Company of Portland, IN. On November 29, American market has been degraded as well, 1986, Quinn Broom Works, Inc., acquired all both by Mexican quality standards and that rights for the Kitchenette trademark. country’s control of the broom corn market, “We have nearly 7,000 Kitchenette customers,” forcing broom corn prices to record highs.” Quinn said. “Many are individuals who purchase A large part of Crystal Lake’s ability to them for personal use and gifts. Also, many retain long-term loyal customers is its commit- groups use the Kitchenette brooms for fund raisment to customer service, with an emphasis on ing.” the personal touch. The company also makes a small number of “We try to make sure a human answers the plastic fiber brooms. phone every time it rings,” Pearson said. “We have thousands of customers in all 50 “Only if our entire staff is occupied does it roll states,” Quinn said. “They include jan/san distribover to the automatic attendant.” utors, OEMs, clubs, churches, and brush and mop While the U.S. broom industry has taken a companies. beating in recent years, Pearson said he feels “Jan/san distributors are the bulk of our custhe worst is in the past, at least for now. Coming out of the “Quality is the thing. Every year, recession, Crystal Lake we are seeing accounts that are remains strong and competitive and looknot happy with how they are being ing forward to a bright serviced while doing business future. “I think the attrition overseas. If a customer comes to us is over,” Pearson said. with a deadline, we can meet it.” “Our industry is a fraction of the size it once — Mark Quinn, Quinn Broom Works president was, but the companies remaining employ similar strategies and work ethics to our own. tomers, but we have many ‘mom and pop’ busiWe are survivors who work hard and treat both nesses that buy from us. Sometimes they just our vendors and customers with honesty. order a 4-pack or a dozen brooms. I am ‘GodThose of us remaining have all tightened our sent’ lucky that I have a lot of distributors, includbelts a few notches and found some niches and ing some who have been with us for 50-plus other ways to adapt. As for Crystal Lake, con- years. It is refreshing.” sistency in quality and value pricing has been Prior to NAFTA, the company was enjoying its our best traits.” highest level of sales in its history. Currently, while the company is keeping busy, Quinn said Contact: Crystal Lake Mfg., Inc., P.O. Box production levels mirror those of post World War 159, Autaugaville, AL 36003. Phone: 334II. 365-3342; Fax: 334-365-3332. “We lost 34 percent of that peak business in just Website: www.crystallakemfg.com. 15 months after NAFTA,” Quinn said. “The comnother of the broom corn broom man- pany has slowly rebounded to about one-half of ufacturers remaining in the United the sales recorded before NAFTA.” Before NAFTA, Quinn remembered, there was States, Quinn Broom Works, Inc., of Greenup, IL, deals almost exclusively in so much business that broom companies helped




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May/June 2011 each other with their overflow orders. “It was amazing,” Quinn said. “At that time we would make hundreds of dozens of brooms a week for other companies, or they would do the same for us. We traded off and worked together. “We are still surviving, but we are operating on a much smaller scale. Some other companies are making broom corn brooms on a smaller scale than us, but they are also producing and/or importing stick good items. We are one of a small group of companies still making broom corn brooms, but we are the only company that I know of in the industry that is surviving primarily on broom corn brooms.” Throughout its history, Quinn Broom Works, Inc., has built a reputation for providing quality service and products. It is this commitment to quality that has motivated some companies that have been doing business overseas to seek out Quinn Broom Works, Inc. “Quality is the thing. Every year, we are seeing accounts that are not happy with how they are being serviced while doing business overseas,” Quinn said. “If a customer comes to us with a deadline, we can meet it. We will answer the customers’ questions on a personal basis. We can private label products and work with people and try to give them the best price. We deal straight up and we try to do it right. Sure there are going to be mistakes, but we are going to make it right and stand behind our products. I am a people person. I learned that early on. I like to work honest and I like to be very hands on.” While Quinn Broom Works, Inc., emphasizes quality, Quinn said he is concerned about the lack of quality when it comes to raw materials. “Making broom corn brooms is labor intensive. We don’t ‘make’ brooms, we ‘build’ them,” Quinn said. “The quality of raw materials we receive today has drastically hurt our efforts to build brooms of the quality that we could in the past. Our suppliers know this, too. As hard as they work to supply us with the best in raw materials, they can’t supply us with the quality of materials as before.” Ironically, Quinn pointed out that in these times of negative economic pressures and the lack of quality in raw materials, he is finding that people are willing to pay extra for the best products. “People say, I don’t care if it costs an extra dollar, I want it right,” Quinn said. “Brooms are a durable good like a washer and dryer. If used properly, they will last for years. I have a couple of brooms

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP that are over 20 years old, because I know how to maintain them and they still work.” Quinn Broom Works was founded in 1925 by Dewey and Frona Quinn, who was followed by his son, Kenneth Quinn, Mark Quinn’s father, who worked for the company for 67 years. During his career, Kenneth Quinn participated in lobbying efforts to help maintain government protection concerning broom corn broom imports. He was co-founder with Everette Hatcher Jr. (then of the Chickasaw Broom Company in Memphis, TN) of the annual National Broom & Mop Meeting. This group played a crucial role in the correction of errors in broom duties when the Harmonized Tariff Schedule was adopted in 1998. It was also involved in lobbying efforts when the NAFTA treaty was being negotiated. The National Broom & Mop Meeting now takes place each November. Mark Quinn was co-chairman of the 2010 meeting with Jim Monahan, of The Thomas Monahan Company, located in Arcola, IL. Contact: Quinn Broom Works, Inc., Inc., P.O. Box 575, 1527 IL RT 121, Greenup, IL 62428. Phone: 800-626-7282. Email: qbroom@rr1.net. Website: www.quinnbroomworks.com.


here was a time when broom corn was grown in central Illinois, so much so that the area became known as the “Broom Corn Capital of the World.” Even today, thousands of visitors come to Arcola, IL, each year for its annual Broom Corn Festival. In its broom corn heyday, the area was also home to many broom corn broom manufacturers. Since the mid-1960s, almost all broom corn used by U.S. manufacturers has been imported from Mexico. As a result of NAFTA, tariffs were lifted from imported broom corn brooms. Countries exporting broom corn brooms to the United States, particularly Mexico where broom corn is grown in large quantities, could make and sell the brooms cheaper than U.S. manufacturers. This spelled the end of many American companies that made broom corn brooms, and today just a handful remain. One Illinois manufacturer that still makes broom corn brooms is Newton Broom & Brush Co., of Newton, IL. In addition to regular broom corn brooms, the company also offers railroad switch





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brooms, angle brooms, soft sweep brooms, cob web and fan dusters, and Leventhal said. “It was a dramatic change from making primarily wound a complete line of push brooms and floor brushes, as well as bowl brush- broom corn brooms to staple set brooms. The difference is you make the upright or push broom head on a brush machine and then screw in the es, kitchen and scrub brushes. “Newton Broom Company was founded in handle afterwards. Today, broom corn brooms are more of a niche item.” Like many manufacturers, Newton Broom & Brush was negatively 1914. It was purchased by Sunshine Industries in 1954,” said the company’s owner Don impacted by the recent recession. However, Leventhal reported that busiLeventhal. “I purchased Newton Broom & ness is picking up. Brush Company as it exists today in “My impression is that the economy is in better 2005. While we shape than what I am seeing in the news. We offer broom products, we are primaare getting stronger, but it is a slow process. We rily a brush factory. hit bottom in January and February 2008, but The main thrust of Don Leventhal our business is we have come back and we are producing at with OEMs and contract manufacturing. levels that we were before the recession. Going “Because broom corn was already being grown in Mexico, following NAFTA most of through tough times sometimes results in a the manufacturing of corn brooms went to company being more efficient.” Mexico. A similar scenario has played out in the brush industry as a lot of that business has — Don Leventhal, Newton Broom & Brush Company owner gone to China, especially small household“My impression is that the economy is in better shape than what I am type brushes. U.S. manufacturers are still making push brooms. Push brooms are heavier and larger and freight costs are the equalizer, because seeing in the news,” Leventhal said. “We are getting stronger, but it is a it is very expensive to bring them in from China. Therefore, you have a slow process. We hit bottom in January and February 2008, but we have come back and we are producing at levels that we were before the receslot of companies making these types of brooms in the United States.” Leventhal explained that staple set push brooms and upright brooms sion. Going through tough times sometimes results in a company being like the ones his company manufacturers are essentially brushes with han- more efficient.” While the company is busy now, looking down the road and making dles on them. Staple set push broom bristles are not typically broom corn, predictions about the economy is extremely difficult in these uncertain but are other fibers such as palmyra and polypropylene. “We got involved in making staple set brooms in the late 1980s,” and volatile times.



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“From what I am seeing, I expect that we are going to stay busy, but I don’t have a crystal ball,” Leventhal said. “In this economy, it is very hard to predict the future. In the past, when we had a broom corn business, we knew when our busy season was going to be and we knew when it was going to slack off. Now, with the kind of business we are in, we are pretty much dependent on our customers to determine when we are going to be busy and when it is going to be a slow time.” Another factor out of the company’s immediate control is the price of raw materials, which are on the rise. “We are seeing raw material price increases that we have not seen for the past number of years,” Leventhal said. “There have been pressures to increase prices. Raw material prices of basic plastics, oil, cardboard, and wood (the company uses wood handles) have gone up. People don’t like price increases. It is very hard to increase prices because our main competition, we feel, is overseas and not here in the United States.” In speaking of overseas competition, Leventhal said his company has gained some business from companies that had been buying from overseas operations.

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“Some customers who were buying overseas didn’t want to commit to a full container. Instead of waiting 90 days for a container and having to spend that much money, these companies can order what they need from us and, in addition, get better service. I see some of that business in our industry coming back,” Leventhal said. When it comes to customer service, Newton Broom & Brush maintains a material inventory to be able to respond quickly to customers’ orders. Maintaining quality is also an important aspect of offering the best in customer service. “We work with our people and we are very conscience of the importance of satisfying our customers’ needs with a quality product,” Leventhal said. “We have employees who have been in this business for many years. One of our advantages is the experience and expertise of our staff. “Our company has evolved and we are positioning ourselves to continue to take care of the needs of our customers. We need to be flexible and respond to our customers’ needs. While doing this, we have built up, I believe, a good reputation in the industry, and I see more of the same going forward. “We have a philosophy of continual improvement. The companies that are still around are probably operating in a similar fashion. If you just sit pat and you are not willing to change or improve, your competition is going to leave you behind. Our efforts to continue to improve our product, our efficiency and our service are probably the most necessary ingredient to be successful in our business.” Contact: Newton Broom & Brush Co., P.O. Box 358, Newton, IL 62448. Phone: 618-783-4424; Fax: 618-783-2442. Email: sales@newtonbroom.com. Website: www.newtonbroom.com..

Sanderson MacLeod Announces New Leadership Eric Sanderson, owner and CEO of large volume twisted-wire brush manufacturer Sanderson MacLeod, has announced the appointment of Mark N. Borsari as president and the retirement of his predecessor, Jim Pascale. Borsari joined Sanderson MacLeod in 2007 as vice president of Strategy & Development. A veteran in the manufacturing sector, Borsari has prior senior level leadership experience. His Mark Borsari education includes an MBA from Western New England College and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification from Villanova University. Pascale is retiring after a 46-year career in manufacturing, including 20 years as president of Sanderson MacLeod. During the years that Pascale was president, Sanderson MacLeod experienced significant growth and developed into an international leader in the production of twisted-wire brushes. Sanderson MacLeod specializes solely in twistedwire brushes, and for more than 50 years has been a source of twisted-wire brushes.



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Squeegee Manufacturers Use Customer Service, Innovation And Quality Products To Grow By Rick Mullen Broom, Brush & Mop Associate Editor


xecutives representing three squeegee manufacturers who spoke recently with Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine all reported business has been good, despite the state of the U.S. economy. All three companies have been in business for more than a half century and have adapted to the times by offering stellar customer service in conjunction with innovative, high quality products.


aviland Corporation, of Linn, MO, is celebrating its 65th year in business manufacturing high quality floor squeegees, the company’s primary business. Warren and Van Haviland founded the company in St. Louis, MO, in 1946. The company moved to Linn in 1974, having outgrown its St. Louis facility. Today, in addition to floor squeegees, Haviland’s product lineup has expanded to include window squeegees, woodblock squeegees, waterbrooms, stainless steel squeegees and scrapers, extension handles, splashguards, gaskets, replacement cartridges and replacement blades for floor machines and wet-dry vacuums. Selling mostly through distribution, the company’s products are widely used by professionals, but they are also popular among do-it-yourselfers who seek a quality affordable squeegee to use on projects. When asked about business at the company recently in an interview with Broom, Brush & Mop, Haviland President of Operations Dale Heidbrink said, “Business has been ‘feast or famine’ lately, although we have recently experienced a good run of steady nice-sized orders. A lot of manufacturers I have spoken with report similar situations. “What works best for Haviland is being a small to mid-size manufacturer. We are able to work directly with our distributor customers to fill their customers’ specific needs. We are not a one-size-fits-all type of company. “Since we manufacture our products in the United States, we are able to create products for Haviland President individual needs. With a vast selection of rubber of Operations materials, lengths and packaging options, we can Dale Heidbrink quickly gear up for new types of custom products. We also can drop ship for our customers to reduce costs. Since we are centrally located, we are just days from either coast.” Haviland manufactures several lines of straight and curved floor squeegees designed for many applications. Haviland squeegees are used to clean up grease, solvents, acid, animal and vegetable oils and more. Some lines are color-coded for customers who are concerned about cross-contamination or need a specific color for branding. One of the company’s newest squeegee products is the innovative “attract and attack” Microbe Spiker™, comprised of a blue double foam rubber blade infused with an antimicrobial agent. “Haviland Corporation is very excited about the Microbe Spiker material

we use in our squeegees,” Haviland President Jan Haviland said. “Not only does this material provide an antimicrobial that will attack microbes off surfaces and leave no residue, its tensile strength is increased because of the antimicrobial used, making for a longer lasting and durable squeegee blade.” As the blade of the squeegee moves over surfaces, the bacteria inhibiting spikes remove microbes from surfaces by physical means, in contrast to using poisons or chemicals. The spikes use a strong positive charge to attract the negatively charged bacteria. When microorganisms come in contact with the squeegee, the spikes puncture the cell membrane; therefore, there is no opportunity for cell adaptation or development of microbial resistance. The company also has put the antimicrobial material into floor and handheld squeegees and into a small sheet (that can easily fit in a woman’s purse) called the Swipe, to be used to disinfect a person’s hands rather than using a liquid sanitizer. When it comes to serving customers, Haviland stresses the personal touch and flexibility in customizing products to meet a customer’s specific needs. “We have always strived to be the easiest, most versatile and reliable supplier with real live people to deal with,” Heidbrink said. “If a customer calls upon us for immediate shipping or a product to meet a special application, we can usually fulfill their needs.” Heidbrink spoke of a trend he is seeing in the industry that could bode well for U.S. manufacturers. “I hear of, and see, domestic manufacturers becoming more competitive due to higher shipping and raw material costs abroad,” he said. In today’s business world, to remain competitive many companies are becoming more and more involved in integrating modern communication platforms into their way of doing business, such as the Internet, electronic communications, social networking sites, etc. “Haviland Corporation continues to be forward thinking,” Heidbrink said. “As our customer base expands internationally, we are constantly looking for the next opportunity on a global scale. “Communications are definitely not slowing down. We must continually be aware of every type of communication opportunity and places where customers are looking to find new products. We must provide easy access for customers to interact with Haviland Corporation.” Predicting future business trends in the best of times can be tricky, and this is especially true in today’s uncertain business climate. Nonetheless, Heidbrink feels the squeegee marketplace is on firm footing and his company’s future is bright. “The squeegee is an extremely versatile tool. It seems that everyday a new use is developed for them. So far, we make them for everything from cleaning kitchens to sealing asphalt,” Heidbrink said. “Trying to predict the future is always an elusive endeavor. Realistically, I feel a small to mid-sized company that is nimble and well managed, such as ours, will always have certain advantages adapting to an ever changing marketplace. The marketplace has been evolving quickly for some time now and I don’t see that changing anytime soon — if anything it will only change faster.” Contact: Haviland Corporation, 200 S. Highway U, P.O. Box 769, Linn, MO 65051. Phone: 800-325-3915. Website: www.havilandcorp.com. E-mail: squeegees@havilandcorp.com.



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n business for more than 75 years, Dorden Squeegees, of Detroit, MI, manufactures a full line of high quality floor and window squeegees. The company’s products are primarily sold under private label for distribution in the commercial, industrial, retail and foodservice industries. “Dorden Squeegees is a quiet, but reliable and quality oriented company,� said company Managing Director Bruce Gale, who is also President of Michigan Brush Manufacturing Company, Inc., of Detroit. “Our standard traditional squeegees are made in the United States with American components. We also offer Belgian Moss squeegees from the source.� Gale pointed out that because of the company’s relationship with its customers, Dorden does not compete with the OEMs, but is their source. The company makes extra durable, heavy duty, all-aluminum frame constructed squeegees, which are also spark resistant and will not corrode. These squeegees have the strength and characteristics of old-fashion angle iron squeegee, but are easier to use, according to the company. All of Dorden’s floor squeegees are made from 75 percent recycled post industrial waste aluminum. Dorden also offers high quality gray non-marking specially formulated vinyl blades. Gale said, these blades withstand contact with petroleum products better than neoprene. Squeegees for the foodservice industry are nonmarking and heat resistant. In addition, roofing squeegees are also heat resistant, Gale said. Notched squeegees are available in several sizes and can be used effectively for epoxy floors and roofing applications. According to the company, Dorden squeegees are constructed utilizing more screws and lock nuts per inch to ensure the rubber blades stay straighter longer, extending the life of the squeegees. The company uses a specially formulated oil resistant rubber compound. Dorden’s unique batch method of production helps maintain a high level of quality. Each piece is hand inspected at each stage of the automated assembly process. Dorden also makes custom items. As environmentally friendly products and practices are becoming part of

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the everyday fabric of doing business in the modern marketplace, Dorden claims it is the first company to produce squeegees made from 95 percent recycled materials. “We have our new Eco Green Squeegee now available for OEMs that want to put the newest type of ‘green’ product into their product lines,� Gale said. The blade of the Eco Green Squeegee is made from 99 percent recycled vinyl (post-consumer waste), which makes it unique in the marketplace. According to Dorden, the vinyl blade is more resistant to petroleum products (oil and grease) than rubber squeegees. The vinyl is also nonmarking. Because the blade is resistant to oil and grease, the Eco Green Squeegee is ideal for use in the foodservice industry. The product is made with an all-aluminum frame, which can be recycled. The angle and retaining bar are made with 75 percent recycled post-industrial waste materials. Despite the sluggish U.S. economy, business has been good at Dorden. Dorden Squeegees “The squeegee business in the past year was Managing Director one of our strongest,� Gale said. “We are lookBruce Gale ing forward to continued growth as more companies become aware of our program.� Dorden has been making squeegees since the 1930s, serving a large number of filling stations over the years. By the time Gale purchased the company in the 1990s, Dorden’s customer base was primarily OEMs, a fact that attracted Gale’s interest in the company. Under Gale’s leadership, the company has grown and was able to come through the recent severe recession in good shape. “Word of mouth, our reputation for high quality products and dynamic

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leadership have been key to our growth, Gale said. “We have gained additional business from customers who have been ordering offshore and either find themselves without inventory and need to fill the gaps, or who have made the decision to purchase from the domestic market due to quality and delivery issues. “The biggest challenges, as we see it, are spiraling costs of raw materials, and the already strained modest margins that exist today.” As his company is growing, despite the challenges and the economy’s sluggish rebound from the recession, Gale is optimistic about the future. “The squeegee industry should remain strong into the future,” he said. “There is always going to be a need to move water and other liquids, which is what squeegees are designed to do. “The future of Dorden is bright. As our reputation continues to grow, companies wanting to expand their existing business and seamlessly add a group of products to their line will look to us to supply them without any investment in equipment and employees on their part. We can do it for them.” Contact: Dorden & Co., Inc., aka Dorden Squeegees, 7446 Central St Detroit, MI 48210. Phone: 313-834-7910. Email: mmfgcoinc@aol.com. Website: www.DordenSqueegee.com.


he most popular squeegees and related tools offered by Mr. LongArm®, of Greenwood, MO, located just south of Kansas City, MO, is its Pro-Curve® window cleaning line. Along with squeegees, the Pro-Curve® line includes three-section poles. “It is a unique system that has a squeegee part with a special proprietary adapter that enables the squeegee to pivot 360 degrees,” said Mr. LongArm Vice President, Diversified Markets Maureen Newman. “When using a traditional straight pole, the window washer must remove the squeegee head and finish out the squeegee strokes by hand. In contrast,

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the Pro-Curve system enables a person to wash windows in one ‘fell swoop,’ saving time and money. The Pro-Curve squeegee is designed to be specially fitted to our Pro-Curve extension handle.” In addition to offering squeegees, Mr. LongArm is a leader in the manufacture of extension poles. The company makes 50 styles of extension poles and more than 160 attachments. Mr. LongArm product categories include extension poles, contractor painting tools, painting products for the do-it-yourself (DIY) market, waterfed extension poles and brushes, utility poles, janitorial supplies, professional and DIY window cleaning products, products for the marine and RV industries, light bulb and letter changers, dusting products, supplies for the equine and automotive industries. Also, custom made and private label products are an important part of the business. Mr. LongArm sells directly to distributorships and retail outlets. As people are seeking alternative energy sources, the use of solar panels is becoming more widespread. Like windows, solar panels need cleaning, and it turns out that Mr. LongArm’s Pro-Curve Squeegee system with its curved extension pole works very well in this application. So much so, that sales have “increased dramatically,” according to Newman, as a result. “We were able to apply the same principles of the Pro-Curve Squeegee to solar panel cleaning. Professional window washers have entered this market,” Newman said. “In addition, people who solely focus on solar panel installation also use Pro-Curve Squeegees to clean the panels. “Most solar panel manufacturers recommend cleaning with water, so there are no chemicals involved. The unique design of the pole enables the user to clean across the angles of the solar panels, and it just works perfectly.” Mr. LongArm prides itself in innovation and flexibility. Part of Mr. LongArm’s Mission Overview statement says, “Mr. LongArm will continue to lead the industry by investing in unique designs, time-saving


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product features and safer materials for use by the professional and doit-yourself end-users.” Recently, the company introduced its first complete line of exterior wood

Mr. LongArm received several gold and silver awards during the 2011 NRHA Packaging and Merchandising Awards Program for its Woodmates line. Left to right are Allison DeWitt, NRHA Member Services & Events Coordinator and the Mr. LongArm sales team including Maureen Newman, VP diversified markets; Deré Newman, president; Linda Fore, business coordinator; Janice Nachbar, VP sales Eastern U.S.; and John Kensey, VP sales Western U.S. stain applicators. The company’s Woodmates™ deck stain applicators include the 12-inch Premier, the 9-inch Standard and the 7-inch Basic models. Detail and fence stain applicators include the Contour, Double-end and Flex-Core. “In fact, we were recently honored by receiving three gold and seven silver 2011 NRHA (North American Retail Hardware Association) Packaging and Merchandising Awards for the Woodmates line,” Newman said. Mr. LongArm’s roots go back to 1958 when Newman’s father, R.D. Newman, founded Specialty Products in nearby Lee’s Summit, MO. Before starting Specialty Products, R.D. Newman, the family story goes, was involved in sales for other companies. Once, while on a sales call at a paint store in Wichita, KS, he began watching the owner of the business and a paint contractor struggling to tape together two heavy pieces of electrical conduit to make an impromptu extension pole. The men were also trying to tape a roller frame on top of the improvised pole. The incident gave R.D. Newman an idea, and he began to develop an aluminum telescoping extension handle for painters. When he formed Specialty Products, he began to manufacture what the family says were the first known aluminum extension handles. R.D. Newman and his wife, Mimi, began taking their poles to trade shows where the products became a huge success. Mimi Newman passed away in 2006 and R.D. Newman in 2007. The company expanded into manufacturing different types of applicators and even made parking lot stripers and flagpoles for a time. The company eventually outgrew the Lees Summit facility and moved to Greenwood. Still known as Specialty Products, its first home in Greenwood was a 2,500-square-foot facility. In 1970, Specialty Products moved into a new 18,000-square-foot facility at its current site. Shortly after moving to the new facility, the company became known as Mr. LongArm. During the early to mid-1990s, the plant more than doubled in size. Sales offices were expanded and the building was completely renovated. The company now occupies more than 110,000 square feet. In addition, the company opened a European warehouse in Noordwijk, in The Netherlands.


Also during the mid-1990s, “pultrusion” equipment was added and Mr. LongArm began producing fiberglass tubing. In 1999, brush-making equipment was also added and Mr. LongArm started manufacturing its own flow-through cleaning brushes. Shortly thereafter, the company opened a 40,000-square-foot distribution center in Butler, MO, about 40 miles southeast of Greenwood, where there is also some assembly and where brushes are manufactured. In 2005, Mr. LongArm introduced CFT (continuous fiber thermoplastic) extension poles and utility handles. In addition to innovation and the flexibility to meet customers’ needs, offering the best in customer service is foundational to Mr. LongArm’s efforts. “We still have a person answering the phone,” Newman said. “If a customer has a question, whether it is technical or concerning a problem, he or she is going to get to speak with a person. The customer will get an immediate response. If customers need advice on how to use any of our products, they can ask us via telephone or by email. Our customer service is the backbone of our company.” While business is good, there are challenges to overcome as the company moves into the future. “One of the challenges to remain competitive is trying to find the dollars to free up for research and development,” Newman said. “Obviously, the economy as a whole is a challenge, and everybody in our industry is rooting for the housing market to bounce back. “As for the future of Mr. LongArm, we are very optimistic. The company has come out with new product lines. We are developing additional products in concert with projects that are ongoing. Some of these new product development projects include the industries where we sell squeegees.” Contact: Mr. LongArm, P.O. Box 377, 400 Walnut St., Greenwood, MO 64034-0377. Phone: 800-821-3508; Fax: 816-537-6162. Web site: www.mrlongarm.com. E-mail: info@mrlongarm.com.




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Zephyr Introduces Green+Pro™ Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products And SorbUp™ Wet Mop Zephyr’s line of Green+Pro™ products combines quality manufacturing and the benefit of environmentally friendly materials. Zephyr understands that saving resources helps the environment and aids the overall economy. They offer new products that are made from a combination of recycled and renewable materials. The Zephyr Green+Pro™ Program offers cleaning tools made from recycled plastic bottles that are overflowing our landfills. The Green+Pro™ loop mops contain yarn that is made with certified recycled fibers from PET plastic bottles plus recycled rayon and polyester from the post consumer waste Green+Pro™ products stream. In addition, they absorb 4.5 times their weight, last longer, lint less, and lose less than half the weight of other yarns after laundering. Zephyr says they are particularly proud the yarn is manufactured using renewable energy, minimizing the impact from manufacturing. The company’s Green+Pro™ dust mops are manufactured using certified recycled fiber Greentex yarn from the post consumer waste stream and the backing is also made from 100 percent post consumer waste. The PET polyester construction provides abrasion resistance with durability, It can be laundered repeatedly and is 90 percent dry after only a spin cycle in the washer. Zephyr Manufacturing has also announced the addition of the SorbUp™

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Wet Mop to its line of cleaning products. The SorbUp™ mop has 700 percent absorbency perfect for use in spill cleanup. In addition, it has a 40 percent release rate, allowing easy clean up of large spills. It is made of 100 percent post-industrial recycled material and does not require a break-in period. The non-woven material works well for cleaning up anything from water to oil. Visit www.zephyrmfg.com for information.

Furgale Industries Named Exclusive Canadian Distributor, Licensed Manufacturer For Harper Brush Furgale Industries Ltd., has announced it has been appointed by Harper Brush Works as its exclusive distributor and licensed manufacturer of the Harper Brush brand for Canada. Furgale is a Winnipeg-based Canadian manufacturer and distributor of hardware and household cleaning tools. Harper is a U.S. manufacturer and distributor of commercial and industrial cleaning tools. Furgale’s 45 years of industry and market knowledge is expected to ensure continued success of the Harper Brush brand in Canada. Furgale Industries President Jim Furgale said his company will bring its outstanding service to the Harper Brush Canadian customer base. “The strength and breadth of the Harper commercial line, combined with the successful Furgale consumer line, will create a strong combination for the marketplace in Canada,” Jim Furgale said. Contact Furgale Industries at 1-800-665-0506 for more information.



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Zahoransky USA Holds Open House To Showcase 4 New Machines


ith four new Zahoransky machines demonstrating the latest in brush and broom-making technology as a backdrop, the Zahoransky USA In-House Machine Exhibition took place May 26-27 for the benefit of various brush makers and industry suppliers. The event was held at the Zahoransky USA facility in Sugar Grove, IL, and included machinery demonstrations and a suppliers display.


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“We have two stapling and two twisted-in-wire machines operat- capabilities; loop diameters from 6 to 40 mm (circular/non-circular); ing during the exhibition,” Zahoransky USA CEO Frank Kigyos brush lengths from 60 to 800 mm; brush diameters from 6 to 110 said during the event. “It’s still a year before InterBrush (May 9-11, mm; wire capabilities from 1.0 to 3.4 mm in diameter; filling mate2012 in Freiburg, Germany) and yet we already have significant new rial that can be processed via stock box or spool; and is fully servotechnology for our North American customers to see. Based on the driven with maximum process repeatability. initial feedback, people are excited about these machines. While there is still some level of economic uncertainty out there, it nonetheless seems that many visitors to our exhibition are ready to invest.” The four Zahoransky machines featured during the exhibition were the Z.TIGER High Speed Carousel for standard Broom & Brush Production; the Z.Sailfin Advanced Technology for the Production of Interdental, Mascara & Medical Brushes; the Z.WASP2 All-round Machine for Technical Brushes; and the Z.LYNX3 Machine for industrial Twisted-In-Wire Brushes with either Loop Handle or Closed End core wire configuration. Kigyos discussed the merits of each machine at the exhibition: • Z.TIGER — “With a tufting speed of 1,200 tufts per minute, the Zahoransky USA’s In-House Machine Exhibition took place May 26-27 in Sugar Grove, IL. Z.TIGER offers a 5-axis carousel with quick change carriages. The machine has direct drive motion control providing very quiet operaTwo Zahoransky customers at the exhibition stated to Broom, tion with extremely low vibration,” Kigyos said. “It also has a very Brush & Mop Magazine why keeping up with technological short stop time of 1.5 seconds between indexes which combined advancements is so important — especially during today’s highly with the speed of the machine provides unmatched output.” competitive brush marketplace. Along with the production of brushes, the machine can produce “Whether or not a company is actually in the market right now for push brooms up to 24-inches with a variety of filling material includ- buying equipment, (an exhibition) provides a good idea of what is ing plastic, natural fiber and wire; new and available,” Schaefer Brush Manufacturing (Waukesha, • Z.SAILFIN — “Our new Z.SAILFIN replaces its predecessor, WI) CEO Harold Schaefer said. “It’s important to keep abreast on the Zahoransky DM-series. The Z.SAILFIN produces interdental, new technology or face the possibility of losing pace within the marcosmetic and medical twisted-in-wire brushes,” Kigyos said. “It’s ket. Coming to an event like this also allows me to visit with other now running at a 20 percent increased rate of 60 brushes per minute. manufacturers. It brings the industry closer together.” Seeing new advancements at work was also a key objective for For today’s exhibition, this machine is producing very small micro Felton Incorporated (Londonderry, NH) Machining & Fabrication interdental brush.” The Z.SAILFIN provides clean stem cut-off without burrs or wire Manager Christopher Barker while attending the exhibition. “New technology not only helps a company continue its growth forking, and has a space saving 3 square meter footprint; • Z.WASP2 — “It’s an industrial machine for producing large within the marketplace, but it can hold competitors at bay as well,” discs, plates, domes and cylinders and includes our True Grit abra- Barker said. “Changes in technology also keep a company’s sive picking and tufting system. For today’s exhibition, this machine employees technically challenged, which is good. The goal is to remain innovative, which is what the United States is known for is making 24-inch discs with a heavy grit fill,” Kigyos said. The Z.WASP2 is semi-automated with 4 to 5 axes; features up to when it comes to manufacturing.” Kigyos noted that all of the machines on display during the exhi700 tufts per minute; is suitable for making plate, strip, disc, dome and roller brushes; and provides quick changeovers from one car- bition were developed during the recent sluggish economy that took place in the United States and in other parts of the world. riage to another; and, “A key part to Zahoransky’s success has always been that no matter • Z.LYNX3 — “This is a ‘first time ever machine’ that will automatically produce a loop-handle twisted-in-wire brush and also has what, we keep innovating and improving as a company,” he said. For more information, contact Zahoransky USA at the capability to produce a continuous-end brush. It’s very universal 1-630-466-1901, send e-mail to machine that should help twisting companies compete on a global frank.kigyos@zahoransky-group.com scale” Kigyos said. or visit www.zahoransky-usa.com. The Z.LYNX3 provides fully automatic labor free production



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A&K Supplies Inc. 61-02 79 Street Middle Village, NY 11379 USA Phone: 718-507-6830 Fax: 718-424-2947 E-Mail: hovig@aksupplies.com Web Site: www.aksupplies.com Company Officers: Hovanes Arapshian Products: High speed paint roller finishing machine (6000 pcs an hour); high speed paint roller packaging machine; semi-automatic roller beveling machine; paintbrush filament flagging and tipping machine; brush head flat and contour trimming machines; and blades, parts, (custom machines and parts). 11 ABCO Products Corp. 6800 N.W. 36th Avenue Miami, FL 33147 USA Phone: 305-694-2226 Fax: 305-693-4410 Products: A vertically integrated manufacturing company providing quality physical cleaning products to maintenance markets. Full line provider of brooms, mops, dust mops, brushes, squeegees, and handles, including 100 percent corn brooms, and a variety of push brooms. Mops include cotton, rayon, blended and specialty application products. 05 Abtex Corporation 89 Main Street P.O. Box 188 Dresden, NY 14441 USA Phone: 315-536-7403 Fax: 315-536-0280 E-Mail: sales@abtex.com Web Site: www.abtex.com Company Officers: D. Mark Fultz, President Products: Full line of standard and custom abrasive filament power brushes. Custom nonabrasive brushes available as well. Brief History: Incorporated in 1980, Abtex utilizes a unique and flexible manufacturing process to produce Bradex速 abrasive filament disc brushes. Its line has expanded to include a patented radial wheel brush as well as all common power brush formats. Special Features: Abtex anchors its filaments in a composite backing. This offers less filament

breakage and a more densely filled brush. A flexible manufacturing process allows it to customize a brush for a specific application. 10 ACS Industries, Inc. Scrubble速 Products Division One New England Way Lincoln, RI 02865-4247 USA Phone: 401-769-4700 Fax: 401-333-6088 E-Mail: rbeaudette@acsind.com Web Site: www.scrubble.com Company Officers: Steven Buckler, President; Rory Beaudette, Vice President Products: ACS Industries, Scrubble速 Products Division, manufactures a complete line of professional cleaning products including scouring pads, sponges, scrubbers, all types of wet and dry mops, upright corn and synthetic brooms, push brooms, microfiber mops and a full line of hand held brushes for commercial and foodservice use. The ACS Rotary Floorcare Line includes floor maintenance pads, non-woven floor pads, steel wool and sand screen disks. 11 American Brush Manufacturers Assoc. 2111 Plum Street, Suite 274 Aurora, IL 60506 USA Phone: 630-631-5217 Fax: 866-837-8450 E-Mail: info@abma.org Web Site: www.abma.org Company Officers: David C. Parr, Exec. Dir. Products: The American Brush Manuf-acturers Association (ABMA) was founded in 1917 to assist North American Brush Manufacturers and their suppliers by enhancing industry knowledge, providing a variety of networking opportunities, and promoting profitability for its members. ABMA strives to promote and strengthen value for its members to be the preferred and innovative source for broom, brush and mop products worldwide. ABMA serves its members by providing an industry Freight and Transportation guide and newsletter, industry statistics, ANSI safety standards, ASTM packaging standards, leads generation, the ABMA Annual Convention and Suppliers Display, classifieds on the association Web site (www.abma.org), discounted freight

program, employees screening program and merchant services program. ABMA also serves the industry as its voice in Washington, D.C., and provides member services that individual companies may find difficult or impossible to manage alone. The association is made up of brush manufacturers and suppliers who seek to constantly expand and improve the North American broom, brush, mop and roller industry. Membership is open to brush making manufacturers and component, machinery and service suppliers worldwide. For membership information, visit www.abma.org. 10 Amerwood Division, Whitley-Monahan Handle Company P.O. Box 330065 Ft. Worth, TX 76133 USA Phone: 817-361-8180 Fax: 817-423-5404 Toll-Free: 800-4-HANDLE E-Mail: amerwood@sbcglobal.net Company Officers: Wayne Pringle (Fort Worth, TX); Brooks Giles (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) Products: Honduran and domestic pine handles. Brazilian Tauri and Poplar hardwood. 11 H. Arnold Wood Turning, Inc. 875 Mamaroneck Avenue Mamaroneck, NY 10543 USA Phone: 888-314-0088 Fax: 914-381-0804 E-Mail: staff@arnoldwood.com Web Site: www.arnoldwood.com Company Officers: Bruce Arnold, President; Jonathan Arnold, Vice President Products: Dowels, handles, turnings, moldings, shaped parts, wood strips, most domestic and some imported hardwoods and softwoods. Special Features: Direct import shipments of handles, dowels, blocks and complete assemblies. Est. 1919. 10 Associated Industrial Brush Company Ltd. 577 Secretariat Court Mississauga, ON L5S 2A5 CANADA Phone: 905-565-1722 Fax: 905-565-1721



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PAGE 30 E-Mail: sales@aibrush.com Web Site: www.aibrush.com Products: Associated Industrial Brush provides engineered brush solutions for cylinder, metal back strip, staple set and hand drawn brushes. Each brush is designed, constructed and engineered for a specific manufacturing, industrial, production and maintenance application. 10 Baoding YongTaiShing Bristle & Brush Making Co. No. 28 Fazhan East St., Qingyuan County Baoding City, Hebei 071100 CHINA Phone: 0086-312-8115668 Fax: 0086-312-8119668 E-Mail: yts@ytsbristle.com Web Site: www.ytsbristle.com Company Officers: Wang Dong, General Manager; Li Xin Guang, Sales Manager Products: Bristle, horse tail, horse pony hair, fine hair, chip brushes, synthetic filament brush, paintbrush. The company is one of the biggest manufacturers of bristle and paintbrushes in China. It can produce 20,000 cases of bristle and 2 million dozen brushes annually. It uses a stringent system of quality controlling management which ensures the products are of high quality. It is looking forward to co-operating opportunities. 11 Beira Enviro Solutions (Pvt) Ltd. 48, "Parkway" Building, Level 3, Park Street, Colombo 2 SRI LANKA Phone: +0099411 2130 7168/70 E-MAIL: info@beiragroup.com Web Site: www.beiragroup.com Products: The company is a precision engeineered synthetic filament manufacturer producing monofilament yarn using PET, PP, Nylon and PBT to be used as brush fibers. Special features: The company is a subsidiary of the Beira Group. Filaments are made with recycled water bottles in accordance with international standards in the company’s custom built Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design (LEED) certified factory equipped with advanced machinery. 11 Bel-Maid Company P.O. Box 1101 Brick, NJ 08723 USA Toll Free: 800-527-4947 Phone: 732-905-2600 Fax: 732-905-2620 E-Mail: bmco1962@aol.com Products: Rayon and cotton cut end mops; loop mops - rayon color blends and finish mops; brooms; handles; brushes; squeegees; bucket combos; dust mops, frames, handles; dust pans. 10 Bizzotto Giovanni Automation srl Via Buonarroti, 67 35010 Paviola di S.Giorgio in Bosco (Padova) ITALY Phone: +39 049 9451067 Fax: +39 049 9451068

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP E-Mail: info@bizzottoautomation.com Web Site: www.bizzottoautomation.com Products: Because of technological research and development of sophisticated automation systems, Bizzotto has widened its horizons, presenting itself as a supplier of totally customized machinery for different industrial sectors. It focuses on a complete partnership with the customer, that expresses itself in the capacity to understand the needs of the customer and provide that customer with “made-tomeasure” solutions. The Bizzotto Company supplies automatic and semi-automatic machines (totally controlled by programmable logics on PC or on numerical control centers, with man-machine interactive and supervision systems) for the handle, broom and brush industry, as well as complex automations for the assembly of particular products. Bizzotto is specialized in three main sectors: Handle Machinery Sector: Sanders, chucking machinery (i.e. doming, tapering, tenoning, threading, end boring, cross boring, etc.), painting machinery (lacquering), labeling systems and packing machinery for the production of wooden handles. Complete machinery lines for the production of metal handles, starting from the flat steel or aluminum band coil, including painting lines, machines for assembling the various plastic inserts (hanger tips, thread inserts, mop inserts, tapered inserts, etc.), boring, deforming and cutting, as well as labeling systems and machines for packaging with the use of different systems, even robotized; Woodworking Machinery Sector: Profiling and shaping machines, boring and tapping machines, sanders for the production of broom and brush blocks, paintbrush handles and similar items; and; Industrial Automation Sector: Customized machinery for the preparation, positioning and assembly of particular products and accessories for the cleaning industry (mops, floor scrubbers, detergent dispensers, velvet lint brushes for clothes cleaning, adhesive lint brushes for clothes cleaning, toothbrush/accessories etc.), automotive industry and the kitchen appliance industry. 11 Bo-Buck Mills, Inc. P.O. Box 692 - 921 E. Blvd. Chesterfield, SC 29709 USA Phone: 843-623-2158 Fax: 843-623-6849 Web Site: www.bobuckmills.com Products: Narrow fabrics (polyester and cotton.) Company founded in early 1950s and has been continuously operating as a manufacturer of narrow fabrics. It has supplied trim/binding to the mop industry as well as other specialty industries for many years. Capable of manufacturing a wide variety of colors, finishes, and patterns. Features include in-stock programs for immediate releases. Represented by: Sarah Burnett, Manufacturers Resource, Inc., P.O. Box 667, Duluth, GA 30097 Phone: 770-476-3339 or 800-772-8503

May/June 2011 Fax: 770-491-0101 E-Mail: sbpmri@bellsouth.net. 11 Bodam International Ltd. 903 Cirelli Court Aberdeen, MD 21001 USA Phone: 410-272-9797 Fax: 410-272-0799 E-Mail: bodam@bodam.com Web Site: www.bodam.com Contact: Carlos Petzold, President Products: Borghi broom and brush manufacturing equipment – Staple-set, anchor-set, twisted-in-wire broom and brush manufacturing machinery for all types of brushes. Also, strip brush machinery, mop manufacturing machinery and injection molds are available from Borghi (www.borghi.com); Carnevali Dino trimming units – Motroized clipper heads, monofilament hank cutters, rotary cutters, specialty cutters for abrasive materials (grit brushes); Techno Plastic monofilament extrusion lines – All the equipment and know-how to produce broom and brush monofilaments for PP, PET, PS, PBT, SAN and many other types of polymers. Techno Plastic also produces lines for manufacturing PET strapping (www.technoplastic.it); Unimac power brush manufacturing equipment and metal handle manufacturing equipment – Unimac produces machinery and technology used to manufacture twisted knott power brushes, wheel brushes, cup brushes, wafer brushes as well as quality control equipment for power brushes, machinery to convert wire from spools to cut-to-length bundles as well as equipment for crimping wire to be fed into power brush machinery. Furthermore, Unimac also specializes in complete production lines or specific-use machinery to produce fixed metal handles that are either powder coated or plastic coated, as well as equipment for extension handles (telescopic handles). Unimac’s tube-mill can also be used in other applications to produce tubes for other products (www.unimac.it.) 11 Borghi s.p.a. Via Cristoforo Colombo, 12 Loc. Cavazzona Castelfranco Emilia (Modena) 41013 ITALY Phone: +39-059-953-3911 Fax: +39-059-953-3999 E-Mail: info@borghi.it Web Site: www.borghi.com Company Officers: Paolo Roversi, Sales Manager Products: Staple-set / Anchor-set brush manufacturing machines of all types; trimmers, flaggers and finishing machinery for brooms and brushes; twisted-in-wire brush manufacturing machinery; strip brush manufacturing machinery; mop manufacturing machinery; injection molds; and, specialty machinery for automation, packaging, etc. of brooms,



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brushes and mops. Borghi is known throughout the world as a leader in staple-set and anchor-set brush manufacturing machinery, sometimes referred to in the brush industry as “drilling and filling” machinery. Borgi also has many decades of experience in producing equipment for the production of twisted-in-wire brushes. Other than machinery for broom and brush manufacturing, Borghi offers production solutions for mop manufacturing and various types of injection molds. Borghi not only provides the mold itself, but also helps with product design, prototyping and testing the injection molds for plastic parts. Seeing that customers need a continuous renewal of their line of products, and that this takes time between the various phases of engineering and development, Borghi is able to offer a prompt response to these needs. Borghi is a strong partner with the know-how to allow the customer to develop new ideas for injection molded products, in absolute privacy. Borghi not only provides technology for brooms and brushes, but also for certain kinds of paintbrushes, paint-roller assembly and mops. With Borghi’s engineering capacity and technology manufacturing strength, requests for automation have been met with the realization of machinery for special types of paintbrushes, roller assembly, and many types of mops. Borghi’s latest diversification is with machinery for manufacturing strip brushes. The company’s strip brush manufacturing machine, model BS30,

produces strip brushes at speeds reaching up to 100 feet per minute. Able to work with a variety of raw materials, Borghi’s strip brush machine gives customers the versatility to produce many sizes and types of strip brushes. The key reason Borghi can offer this type of equipment is due to the company’s design, which makes it easy to run strip brushes and change-over from one product to another; and allows even the novice to produce top qulity strip brushes with tight tolerances. Borghi also goes beyond just providing equipment to produce “the product.” It provides specialty machinery to automate packaging and other requirements that a given product may have before it is completely finished and ready to go into the warehouse or out the door. Borghi’s flexibility in offering custom solutions is what keeps its level of technology fresh and cutting-edge. Please contact Borghi s.p.a. or one of its agents. For machinery sales in the USA and Canada, please contact: Bodam International Ltd., 903 Cirelli Court, Aberdeen, MD 21001, USA. Phone: 410-272-9797; Fax: 410-272-0799; E-mail: bodam@bodam.com; Web site: www.bodam.com; Contact: Carlos Petzold, President. For Technical Support and Spare Parts in the USA and Canada, please contact: Borghi USA, Inc., 903 Cirelli Court, Aberdeen, MD 21001, USA. Phone: 410-272-9797, Fax: 410-272-0799, E-mail: info@borghiusa.com; Contact: Matt Tompkins. Newsworthy Happenings: Borghi s.p.a. has com-

May/June 2011 menced construction of an expansion to its building in Castelfranco Emilia, Italy so that its partner companies will join Borghi under one roof. The partners are: Unimac s.r.l. and Techno Plastic s.r.l. Unimac produces machinery and technology used to manufacture twisted knot power brushes, wheel brushes, cup brushes, wafer brushes as well as quality control equipment for power brushes, machinery to convert wire from spools to cut-to-length bundles as well as equipment for crimping wire to be fed into power brush machinery. Furthermore, Unimac also specializes in complete production lines of specific-use machinery to produce fixed metal handles that are, either: powder coated or plastic coated, as well as equipment for extension handles (telescopic handles). Unimac’s tube-mill can also be used in other applications to produce tubes for other products (www.unimac.it). Techno Plastic offers equipment and know-how to produce broom and brush monofilaments for PP, PET, PS, PBT, SAN and many other types of polymers. Techno Plastic also produces lines for manufacturing PET strapping (www.technoplastic.it). 11 Boucherie USA Inc. 8748 Gleason Rd. Knoxville, TN 37923 USA Phone: 865-247-6091 Fax: 865-247-6117 E-Mail: sales@boucherie.com Web Site: www.boucherie.com

Royal Paint Roller Royal Paint Roller — a name known in the industry for over 35 years for top quality products, fine service and competitive prices. Manufacturer of paint rollers in ALL SIZES—from Slim Jim to Jumbo 21⁄4” I.D. in VARIETY OF FABRICS—including lambskin, kodel, lambswool, synthetic blends & “Lint Free” woven line. Also a complete line of frames, trays, paint brushes & painting accessories for the professional and Do-It-Yourself markets. Specializing in private labeling at competitive prices.

ROYAL PAINT ROLLER 248 Wyandanch Avenue West Babylon, N.Y. 11704 Tel: (631) 643-8012 • Fax: (631) 253-9428



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G.B. Boucherie Stuivenbergstraat 106 8870 Izegem, Belgium Phone: ++32 51 31 21 41 Fax: ++32 51 30 54 46 E-Mail: info@boucherie.be Boucherie Latin America Kra. 104 No. 11-25 Apto 102 Puerta de Hierro Cali, Columbia Phone: +57-2-333-6873 Fax: +57-2-333-6873 E-mail: andres@boucherie.com Company Officers: John Williams, President; Andres Becker, Boucherie Latin America Products: Tufting machines for brooms, household, industrial and personal care, and toothbrushes. Boucherie’s Anchor Free Technology has now been re-engineered to allow for the production of household and industrial brushes without the use of anchors or staples. The filament and block can be of different materials. With two filling heads running continuously at 650 RPM (1,300 tufts per minute), brushes with 138 tufts are produced at the rate of 600 pieces per hour. The indoor broom that was demonstrated at the last InterBrush show in Freiburg, Germany requires a mere 50 percent of the weight in polypropylene of a regular brush block. Additionally, there are savings in filament waste since no trimming is needed and, of course, there is no wire. In this world of high energy costs and petroleum based materials, such savings cannot be considered trivial. These combined attributes have the potential to revolutionize the brush manufacturing industry. Boucherie is very proud that the AFT-HH machine was honored with the Innovation Award at both the ABMA and FEIBP annual conventions. The TCU-CNC machines are capable of handling brushes from nailbrushes to 24-inch brooms, at speeds up to 600 RPM or 1,200 tufts per minute. The modular concept, which permits a machine to be reconfigured for vastly different brushes, has now been well demonstrated.

Tel. (704) 342-9200 Fax (704) 342-9233 Email: wgtttc@bellsouth.net

Moreover, these machines are available from being manually loaded all the way to fully automated production cells, equipped with fully automatic handle feeders and industrial robots. The TCU-CNC range of machines has been further extended by the introduction of the TCUSL/CNC and the TCU-T/CNC. The TCUSL/CNC machine, with its unique fiber picking system and 95 mm stroke, is able to run at speeds up to 1,000 tufts per minute, even with filaments as long as 420 mm (16-inches) unfolded. The TCU-T/CC machine, with long stroke filling tools that are lined with a ceramic material and sturdy carousel with heavy-duty support in the drilling and filling stations, is designed for arduous applications with drill sizes to 12 mm, and the use of heavy vegetable fibers. With the single-header SCU-CNC, Boucherie enters the market for machinery for industrial brushes. The SCU will handle disk brushes as well as plate brushes, and can be converted to a household brush machine in a matter of minutes. The SCU-S/CNC is an economically priced, yet extremely sturdy and versatile single header machine for the production of all kinds of brooms and brushes up to 62 cm (24-inches) long in one operation and 1 meter (39-inches) long in 2 operations. Toothbrush Production Lines and Work Centers: Boucherie has developed a variety of toothbrush manufacturing equipment. Production machines range from the very affordable TB3A/CNC, through the TB3-TS and TB3-FS, which are economically priced, full production lines for less demanding applications, to the highly automated and sophisticated TB3-FM and TB3-FM/L. All of these single header machines now run at continuous speeds up to 1,000 tufts per minute. For the highest production, Boucherie offers the double headed TB3-A2/CNC, TB32-FM4/CNC and TB42-FM/CNC numerically controlled machines, which will produce up to 50 finished brushes per minute. Anchorless Toothbrush Production Lines and Work Centers: In the field of machinery for the oral care industry, with the introduction of the AFT/CNC machine, Boucherie clearly established

May/June 2011 a leadership position in anchorless technology. The AFT/CNC is the first machine for tufting toothbrushes without using anchors. Block tufts, strip tufts and various combinations of tufts angles widen the range of design options for the toothbrush heads. The AFT/CNC features automatic handle feeding, Windows-based CNC controls, and either pre-endrounding of bristles or automatic transfer of brushes into an integrated end-rounding machine. No trimming is required. AFT technology may now be used to manufacture toothbrushes with tapered filaments. Available too is a less automated version of this machine: the AFT/SD line, in which the handle and bristle infeed are accomplished manually. The AFT-IMT is the world’s first commercially available in-mould technology for the production of toothbrushes. Pre-endrounded filaments are picked and arranged in their final configuration prior to being transferred into a mould where the brush head and handle are overmoulded to produce the finished product. IDM Machine: The IDM is a compact carousel machine for the high-speed production of inter-dental and mascara brushes. It is now possible to produce up to 50 high quality brushes per minute, even while using the smallest wire sizes, since the brush remains in the same clamp throughout the whole production process. The IDM is available in versions with spool feed of the nylon, or with fiber boxes for pre-cut filaments. An integrated vision system for the automatic inspection of finished brushes is also available. Injection Molds: Boucherie produces single component molds, multi-component molds with manual or automatic transfer, and multi-component, high cavitation, valve gated, hot runner stack molds. Boucherie molds are used to produce a wide range of consumer, medical and engineering products. Packaging Machines: Form, fill and seal blister packaging machines are available in heat seal and high frequency seal versions for toothbrush and personal care brushes. They may be operated as standalone machines or integrated into one or two tufting machines. For the packaging of items like interdental brushes and toothbrushes in double-sided blister packs, the BM-A/DS has been introduced.

Thomas Textile Co.

P.O. Box 35697 Charlotte, NC 28235

We offer a wide variety of yarns to the mop industry: 1.) .60/4, .80/8 cotton blend wet mop yarns on ball warps 2.) 4/plied 100% cotton and cotton blend dustmop and deck swab yarns 3.) Big Cheese single end yarn for loop-end mops 4.) Mopmaster products in cotton and synray blends



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Brief History: Boucherie USA Inc., has been selling Boucherie brush machines, sophisticated multicomponent injection molds and packaging equipment in North, Central and South America for more than 30 years. 10 Briarwood Products Co. 2900 Bradwell Avenue Cleveland, OH 44109 USA Phone: 216-398-1107 Fax: 216-398-1075 Web Site: www.BriarwoodProducts.com Products: In addition to an existing line of OEM plastic cleaning tools, Briarwood Products has introduced CamLock™ Threaded Tips, designed to keep brush and broom handles from loosening or coming unscrewed during use. Handles coming loose from the tool to which they are affixed have been a long time industry problem. Patented CamLock™ Threaded Tips actually make it more difficult to unscrew a handle than to screw it on initially. The CamLock™ Tips can be purchased already assembled onto the handle of choice or sold separately. In either case, the “cam locking” mechanism creates a tight union between the handle and brush, broom or other tool that will not unscrew during normal use. 06 Bros India Group Bros India Office, Post Bag No. 3, Muhamma Alappuzha, Kerala 688 525 INDIA

Phone: 91 478 2862344 / 2863593 Fax: 91 478 2862648 E-Mail: brothers@vsnl.com Web Site: www.brosindia.com Company Officers: K.P. John, Managing Director; John Paul, Chief Executive Director of Export; John Jose, Export Marketing Director of Export; K.P. Paul, Finance Director Products: Natural palmyra fiber, oiled palmyra fiber, bassine (dyed palmyra fiber), msud and psud, palmyra stalks (natural & dyed), rns, mixture of palmyra fiber and stalks, union mixture of poly and palmyra (50/50, 60/40, 70/30), coir and jute door mats, rugs and carpets, cotton rugs, rubber door mats, erosion control products, horticultural and green house products. Brief History: Bros India Group has earned the distinction of being a leading manufacturer and exporter of coir, jute, rubber, cotton and palmyra fiber products, along with agricultural bio-products. Established in 1932, the group is professionally managed and has well-equipped manufacturing units in two states of India. 11 Browns Brushware Ltd. 22 Portage Rd. New Lynn Auckland, NEW ZEALAND Phone: +64/9 8273224 Fax: +64/9 8272547 E-Mail: murray@brownbrush.co.nz Web Site: www.brownbrush.co.nz

Supplier of Raw Materials to Manufacture Brooms, Mops, and Brushes • Galvanized & tinned wire for brush - broom - mop production • Processed Broom Corn & Yucca • Wood Broom - Mop - Brush Handles • Craft Broom Corn And Supplies • Other Materials - Broom Twine, Broom Nails, Mop Hardware We ship by pup or truck load direct from Mexico, or LTL/ UPS from our Greensboro warehouse.

P.O. Box 14634 • Greensboro, NC 27415 336-273-3609 800-213-9224 Fax: 336-378-6047 E-mail: sales@recaddy.com

May/June 2011 Company Officers: Murray Brown, Director; Roger Brown, Director; Chris Brown; Director Products: Brushes, brooms, mops, plastic components, wood components, handles, buckets, janitors hardware, squeegees, twisted-wire bruhes, rotary brushes. Brief History: J.F. Brown, company founder, established brushmaking in New Zealand in 1879 after immigrating from England. Company is owned and operated by his great-grandsons and supplies products to trade and DIY hardware, food industry and industrial markets in New Zealand and Australia. Special Features: Vertical integrated operation for manufacturing with import division on manufactured goods. Newsworthy Happeningss: Celebrated 132 years of operation in New Zealand. 11 Bruin Plastics Co., Inc. 61 Joslin Road P.O. Box 700 Glendale, RI 02826 USA Phone: 401-568-3081 Toll Free: 800-556-7764 Fax: 401-568-0019 E-Mail: sales@bruinplatics.com Web Site: www.bruinplastics.com Company Officers: Dennis E. Angelone, President; Steven M. Angelone, Vice President; Walter L. Conine, VP Sales & Marketing



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Products: Since 1964, Bruin Plastics Company has been a leading producer of industrial textiles. Bruin provides mildew and rot resistant VCM® (vinyl coated mesh) for wet mop head bands in a variety of colors, slit to a customer’s specific width requirements. For samples and information, contact Bruin Plastics Co., Inc., Steve Angelone, VP, E-mail: sangelone@bruinplastics.com. 11 Brush Fibers, Inc. 202 N. Oak Street Arcola, IL 61910 USA Phone: 217-268-3012 Fax: 217-268-3245 E-Mail: chris@brushfibers.com Company Officers: Chris Monahan, President; Alicia Leal, Customer Service Manager; Jaye Roberts, Controller; Chuck Copp, Sales Manager Products: Vegetable Fibers: Tampico fiber (natural white, black, grey, bleached, patent, union), palmyra fiber, palmyra stalks, bassine, sherbro piassava, sherbro/stalk mixes, rice root, coco fiber and arenga fiber. Plastics: Polypropylene, polystyrene, PVC, PET. Wire: Card wire, staple wire–galvanized and copper coated (pay off packs, spools, reels). Horse hair and horse hair mixtures. Foam and solid plastic brush blocks. Brief History: Established in 1979, Brush Fibers, Inc. is a supplier of a full range of brush filling materials to brush manufacturers around the world. Special Features: Brush Fibers offers customers a comprehensive line, serviced from its Arcola warehouse, supported by warehousing facilities in North Carolina and Montreal. 11 Brush Research Manufacturing Co., Inc. 4642 Floral Drive Los Angeles, CA 90022 USA Phone: 323-261-2193 Fax: 323-268-6587 E-Mail: sales@brushresearch.com Web Site: www.brushresearch.com Company Officers: Tara Rands, CFO; Robert Fowlie, COO; Michael Miller, VP of Sales; Heather Jones, Director of Marketing Products: Industrial brushes – available in wire and abrasive nylon in styles including wheel, cup, end, mandrel mounted, encapsulated, twist-


ed-in-wire. Manufacturing miniature deburring brushes (tube/cylinder style) in diameters as small as .024”. Inventor and manufacturer of Flex-Hone tools. Other products include scratch brushes, brooms, etc. Brief History: Brush Research is a privately owned company located in Los Angeles, CA. It has been in the business of solving difficult finishing problems with brushing technology since 1958. BRM is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company committed to manufacturing the highest quality industrial brushes and honing tools in the industry. American manufacturer of standard and custom industrial brushes for all cleaning, finishing, and deburring needs. 11 Brush Technology Ltd. 3 Throckley Industrial Estate Ponteland Road, Throckley, Newcastle NE15 9EW ENGLAND Phone: +44 191 2291666 Fax: +44 191 2291777 E-Mail: info@brushtec.com Web Site: www.brushtec.com Company Officers: Richard Renwick, CEO Products: Brushtec manufactures brushware for industrial and municipal applications, with expertise in all aspects of brush design, tooling and production. The company works with original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s), from the initial confidential design stages right through to the finished article. Bruhtec delivers quality with complete, custom solutions, including all required fittings and accessories. The company takes pride in delivering services and products on time, to specification and in a professional manner. Special Features: Brushtec has recently taken delivery of a new fully robotic side brush manufacturing cell. Since installation, production output for one compact sweeper brush, produced for an OEM client has increased from 12 brushes an hour to 60 an hour, with just one production operator. A second similar version for industrial brushes is under construction and will be installed in the Spring of 2011. The machine can blend flat wire and polypropylene in the same hole,

May/June 2011 thus giving the brush improved performance and exceptional wear characteristics. All brushes manufactured on this machine use weather resistant, high impact, 100 percent post-consumer recycled polymer disks. 11 Brushtech, Inc. 4 Matt Ave. - P.O. Box 1130 Plattsburgh, NY 12901 USA Phone: 518-563-8420 Fax: 518-563-0581 E-Mail: ng@brushtechbrushes.com Web Site: www.brushtechbrushes.com Company Officers: Nora Gunjian, Zaven Gunjian Products: All kinds of twisted in wire brushes. 10 Bruske Products 7447 Duvan Drive Tinley Park, IL 60477 USA Phone: 708-532-3800 Fax: 708-532-3977 (Canada) 800-821-0411 (U.S.) E-Mail: bruskeproducts@ameritech.net Web Site: www.bruskeproducts.com Company Officers: Edward Bruske, President; Priscilla Bruske, Treasurer; Steve Schafer, David Cohea, Peter Airalis, John Briggs, Dave Tomlinson, Vice Presidents Products: Metalbacked Bruske Brushes, power sweeping, power scrubbing brushes, wash brushes, floor squeegees, knob scrubs, counter dusters, street sweeps, power sweeping filters, cleaning chemicals, staple set floor brushes, upright brooms, dust pans, scrapers, Blot It absorbent, Sea Horse sponges, sectional brushes and disc brushes. Brief History: Started over 35 years ago by Edward Bruske who was a Fuller Brush employee for 19 years. Mostly industrial/ commercial products. Special Features: Color-coded bristles and bolt-on handles. Sales force available for product demonstration and warranty. 10 R.E. Caddy & Company, Inc. P.O. Box 14634 Greensboro, NC 27415 USA Phone: 336-273-3609 Fax: 336-378-6047



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Toll-Free: 800-213-9224 E-Mail: rec@recaddy.com or sales@recaddy.com Web Site: www.recaddy.com Company Officers: Richard Caddy, President Products: Redrawn galvanized brush staple wire, strip brush channel wire, and mop winding wire; tinned broom winding wire; box stitching wire; and flat anchor wire. Also offered: Processed Mexican broom corn and yucca fiber; wood broom, brush, and mop handles; wet mop hardware and handles; polyethylene broom sewing twine; and nails, knives, and other supplies. R.E. Caddy has broom and brush wire in a variety of packaging to accommodate the customers’ needs: pay off packs, wood reels from 200 lbs. through 1,000 lbs., and plastic spools from 10 lbs. through 65 lbs. Inventories are maintained for quick turnaround of orders. R.E. Caddy has several reliable sources of processed Mexican broom corn. It also has a full selection of unprocessed broom corn and supplies, such as twines, knives, and nails, for the hand-made craft broom market. Customers visiting www.recaddy.com can complete on-line purchases at the company’s e-commerce store. This service is aimed at craft customers, but can be utilized to buy other materials as well. R.E. Caddy accepts Visa and Mastercard for all purchases. R.E. Caddy & Company’s commitment is to work with customers to match raw material needs and delivery with their production requirements. The company will mark its 52nd year in operation during 2011. 11 Cardinal Brush Corp. 19925-A W. 161st St. Olathe, KS 66062 USA Phone: 913-780-2071 Fax: 913-829-5987 E-Mail: info@cardinalbrush.com Web Site: www.cardinalbrush.com Products: Brooms and brushes for sweeping and scrubbing machines. 11 Carolina Mop 819 Whitehall Road Anderson, SC 29625 USA

Phone: 800-845-9725 Fax: 864-225-1917 E-Mail: info@carolinamop.com Web Site: www.carolinamop.com Products: Mop buckets, wet floor signs, squeegees, dust pans, and carpet bonnets. As always, Carolina Mop carries a full line of wet mops, dust mops, brooms, brushes, and handles. 05 Cepillos El Castor S.A. de C.V. Frias #667 Guadalajara JAL 44200 MEXICO Phone: 52-333-826-3536 Fax: 52-333-826-2805 Web Site: www.cepilloselcastor.com Products: Push brooms, brushes, wet mops, dust mops, squeegees, structural foam brush blocks, fiberglass handles. Brief History: Founded in Mexico City more than 40 years ago, the company became the leading brush manufacturer in Mexico and is becoming an important player in America. In 1994, the company started the export journey and today it ships products to several countries as far and diverse as Japan, Peru, Barbados, Brazil and U.S.A. The company has established strategic alliances with other manufacturers that are world leaders in production of floor pads, rubber gloves, window squeegees and floor squeegees. Special Features: The company is able to produce “private label” programs and can develop special products under customer specifications. In fact, it also manufactures industrial and customized brushes starting with “one piece” orders. 08 Chief Manufacturing P.O. Box 191 301 McIntosh Parkway Thomaston, GA 30286 USA Toll Free: 800-722-2061 Fax: 706-647-2790 Web Site: www.chiefmanufacturing.net; www.chiefclean.net Products: Chief Manufacturing has been making industrial mop hardware and janitorial supplies

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May/June 2011 since the 1950s and, until recently, under the name of Woodbury Box Company. One of the company’s product lines is the Z-Force Hands-free Dust Mop System. 09 Chung Thai Brushes Co., Ltd. (See Xiamen Power Light Ind.) No. 577, Tian Mei St., Nei-Hu Dist., Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C Phone: 886-2-27915661 Fax: 886-2-27911612 Web Site: www.ctbc.com.tw Products: The company supplies brushes for automotive, BBQ, household cleaning, winter solution, paint and sundry. It also offers squeegees, structural foam/solid plastic blocks and rubber wood blocks. 10 Cleaning Technologies Group P.O. Box 1247, One Fuller Way Great Bend, KS 67530 USA Phone: 620-792-1711 Fax: 620-792-3146 Web Site: www.cleaningtechnology.com Products: The Cleaning Technologies Group Franklin, Masury Columbia and Fuller Brush Professional – markets products, programs and services for janitorial, industrial and institutional cleaning. 07 Cocker-Weber Brush Company 104 E. Broad St. Telford, PA 18969 USA Phone: 215-723-3880 Fax: 215-723-0686 E-Mail: sales@cocker-weber.com Web Site: www.cocker-weber.com Products: Tufted brushes - staple set, drawn-inwire, and epoxy set. Also offered are cylinder brushes, wheel brushes, handle brushes, flat brushes, irregular and odd brushes, end brushes, cup brushes, disk brushes, plate brushes, jewelers polishing brushes and dental laboratory brushes, as well as bases, hubs and handles of plastics, metals, woods, rubber, etc., tufts of synthetics, wires, animal and vegetable fibers. Brief History: Cocker-Weber Brush Company



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PAGE 42 started in 1892 as the Weber Brush Company. In 1917 Ludwig Weber joined his company with the Cocker Brush Company. Both companies were located in Philadelphia, PA, serving the large industrial base in the city. During WWII the company supplied the military with dental brushes. Cocker-Weber Brush Company continues to be recognized as the premier manufacturer of polishing brushes for the dental industry as well as the jewelry tool industry. The company continues to produce a wide variety of industrial brushes. It provides design services, prototyping and production of large and small. Brushes are distributed world-wide. Special Features: Cocker-Weber Brush Company provides full service from design to production, stocking and just-in-time delivery. It can team with a customer’s engineers or designers to produce the most functional and economical brush for the purpose. 10 Connors & Co., Inc. 400 D Lake St. Ramsey, NJ 07446 USA Toll Free: 888-324-1971 Phone: 201-818-7228 Fax: 201-934-9592 E-Mail: connorsco@att.net Products: Exclusive representatives in North America for Woehler brush machinery and technology. 08 Corona Brushes, Inc. 5065 Savarese Circle Tampa, FL 33634 USA Phone: 813-885-2525 Fax: 813-882-9810 E-Mail: info@coronabrushes.com Web Site: www.coronabrushes.com Company Officers: Benjamin Waksman and Albert Waksman Products: Quality handmade paintbrushes and rollers. Brief History: Third generation family company. Operating in modern facility in Tampa, FL, USA, and shipping worldwide. Special Features: Corona has a reputation for fine quality, handmade applicators in both natural and synthetic materials. Corona’s paintbrushes are known for full stock construction that taper to a fine chisel tip. Only the finest materials go into Corona’s professional custom blends and all materials are processed in house. Of equal high quality are Corona’s full-stock paint rollers carefully formulated for fast, efficient, lint free application of paints, enamels, varnishes, stains, epoxies, marine coatings, urethanes and more. Newsworthy Happenings: Corona is celebrating its 50th anniversary this fall in 2011. It recently introduced exciting new products, including the UltraFast roller series and Easy Stain brushes. 11 Creative Poly, Inc. 620 W. Lincoln Avenue Rochelle, IL 61068 USA

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP Phone: 815-562-9002 Fax: 815-562-8551 E-Mail: creative@rochelle.net Products: Creative Poly, Inc. is a manufacturer and printer of crown top (rounded corners), straight-edge, and custom shaped broom sleeves. Other items manufactured include mop and brush bags, reclosable zipper bags and wicketed bags. Creative’s printing department has the capabilities to print both line print and process print items to the customers’ specs. Printed rollstock can also be supplied for automatic packaging machines. Call Creative Poly, Inc., with any questions at 815-562-9002 or 866-304-BAGS. The company officials take pride in providing quality dependable service at a competitive price. 08 Crystal Lake Manufacturing, Inc. P.O. Box 159 Autaugaville, AL 36003 USA Toll-Free: 800-633-8720 Phone: 334-365-3342 Fax: 334-365-3332 Web Site: www.crystallakemfg.com Products: Brooms (broom corn, blended and plastic), mop heads, deck mops, dust mops, dust mop frames and handles, broom handles, complete line of handles, industrial and household wedge mops, industrial and household mopsticks, angle brooms, lobby brooms, whisk brooms, sponge mops, push brooms, and utility brushes. Brief History: Crystal Lake Manufacturing, Inc., established in 1935, has become one of the nation’s leading producers of corn brooms, wet and dry mops, and broom and mop handles. It services all market segments in the United States and many export locations with brooms, mops, dust mops and handles. Crystal Lake is able to handle private label requirements and manufacture to specifications. 04 Culicover & Shapiro, Inc. 220 S. Fehr Way Bayshore, NY 11706 USA Phone: 631-918-4560 Fax: 631-918-4561 E-Mail: culicoverbrush@aol.com Web Site: www.culicoverbrush.com Company Officers: Richard Shapiro, President; David Shapiro, Treasurer Products: Floor brushes, garage brushes, counter dusters, radiator and window brushes, truck brushes, street brooms, corn brooms, baseboard brushes, bi-level scrubs, deck scrubs, hand scrubs, pot brushes, wet and dry mops, broom and mop handles, dustpans, squeegees. Brief History: Culicover & Shapiro was established in 1929 and operated out of a tiny loft in a building that now comprises the South Street SeaPort in New York. Over the years it has grown and changed and now occupies a large modern facility in Bayshore, NY. It can manufacture all types of brooms quickly and efficiently with modern CNC machinery, but still can run small

May/June 2011 orders and do hand work. It can also manufacture to specifications and frequently OEM for other brush manufacturers. 11 Deco Products Co. 506 Sanford Street Decorah, IA 52101 USA Phone: 563-382-4264 Fax: 563-382-9845 E-Mail: jraptes@decoprod.com Web Site: www.decoprod.com Products: Zinc die castings. Deco is a large ISO 9001:2000 registered U.S. zinc die caster, with more than 40 years of casting experience for the broom, brush and mop industry. Deco offers standard and custom made threaded tips and angular brackets. 11 Delamo Mfg. 7171 Telegraph Rd. Montebello, CA 90640 USA Phone: 888-711-8011 Fax: 323-936-3567 E-Mail: delamo@delamo-mfg.com Web Site: www.delamo-mfg.com Company Officers: Fred Morad, President/CEO; Lucy You, COO; Todd Carlson, General Manager Products: Innovative cleaning tools, including trash/utility cans, pails, wringer buckets, dust pans, mop sticks and more. 10 Deligh Industries, Inc. 255 Conover Street - P.O. Box 310-154 Brooklyn, NY 11231 USA Phone: 718-875-1511 Fax: 718-237-4257 E-Mail: rdeligdish@aol.com Web site: www.deligh.com Company Officers: Robert Deligdish, President; Rudolph Deligdish, Vice President; Toby Deligdish, Secretary Treasurer Products: Tinned broom wire, galvanized mop and broom bands, galvanized and stainless steel brush stapling wire, galvanized stainless steel and plastic coated twisting wire, oil tempered and stainless steel scratch brush wire, brass and phosphor bronze brush filling wire, oil tempered, hard drawn and stainless steel power brush wire, wood brush blocks and broom handles. Deligh Industries also stocks rubber wood brush and broom blocks in a variety of sizes and profiles. Typicl stock sizes are 18, 24, 30 and 36inches long. Custom sizes can be produced to specification. Special Features: The products listed above are supplied in a variety of different put-ups: 5, 10, 35, 200, 500 and 1,000 pound spools. Filling wire is available in either crimped or straight, cut to length or on coils, spools, or bunched cores. Twisting wire is available in 200-pound coils, 2,000-pound carriers or straightened and cut lengths. Deligh Industries has had a long association with the broom, brush and mop industry. This



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May/June 2011 has given company officials experience to engineer products to best suit the needs of the industry. The wire it supplies is packaged in an extremely wide array of put-ups to meet the needs of each customer. However, it is the Deligh’s goal to custom design products, if necessary, to suit the specific requirements of customers. 11 Distribuidora Perfect S.A. de C.V. Calle Cuatro No. 32 Naucalpan Edo de MEXICO 53370 Phone: 011 52 55 53 87 04 00 Fax: 011 52 55 55 76 24 44 E-Mail: rrk@brochasperfect.com.mx Web Site: www.brochasperfect.com.mx Company Officers: Jorge Ripstein, President and Director; Rodrigo Ripstein, Executive Director Products: The company offers tampico fiber, cup brushes, solvents, paintbrushes, end brushes, artist brushes, clothes brushes, paint rollers, shoe brushes, kits and trays, washing brushes, wire brushes, Loosen Up WE-60, paint pads (square brushes), color sprays, circular wire brushes, and painter complementary items. Brief History: Perfect has been in business for over 60 years in Mexico. The company first started selling paintbrushes and all sorts of brushes for domestic uses and industrial applications. The company later started distributing tooling for the construction industry, as well as tampico fiber all over the world. Newsworthy Happenings: The company now offers lamb’s wool paint rollers, rollers that eliminate bubbles when applying varnish, and abrasive circular wire brushes. 10 Dorden & Co., Inc., aka Dorden Squeegees 7446 Central Avenue - P.O. Box 10247 Detroit, MI 48210-0247 USA Phone: 313-834-7910 Fax: 313-834-1178 E-Mail: mmfgcoinc@aol.com Company Officers: Bruce M. Gale Products: Floor and window squeegees. Commercial, industrial and retail for the OEM and super distributor. The perfect addition to your line. We are your source not your competitor. 10 Draper Knitting Company 28 Draper Lane Canton, MA 02021 USA Phone: 781-828-0029 Fax: 781-828-3034 E-Mail: kdraper@draperknitting.com Web Site: www.draperknitting.com Company Officers: Kristin Draper, President; Scott Draper, Vice President; Bob Vassi, Sales Products: Specializing in custom fabrics for paint rollers. Brief History: In 2008, Draper Knitting Company celebrated another landmark in its business, celebrating the sixth generation of the Draper family to serve as president of the company. Kristin Draper, the sixth generation pres-

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP ident, believes that it is the reputation of the company, built on handshakes and promises and finding a company that is true to its word that has kept it in business so long. Over the past 10 years, Draper has had the ability to work and excel with recycled fibers which have helped bring the company into the “green” movement of today. The company has also ventured into new markets; including Draper Therapies, a line of finished products that use a fiber that has been proven to increase circulation and reduce pain. Regardless of branching out into new markets, Draper has always kept a focus on its traditional markets like paint roller fabrics and outerwear fabrics. Special Features: Draper features custom blends and heavy weight fabrics, all with the ability to be custom colored by a onsite dye house. The company has over 150 years of experience working with wool, and over 35 years working with recycled fibers and countless other fibers to choose from. 11 DuPont Filaments Barley Mill Plaza 22/1154 Wilmington, DE 19880-0022 USA Phone: 302-992-3284 Fax: 302-892-0955 Web Site: www.filaments.dupont.com Products: DuPont Filaments provides high quality filaments for brush applications, plus global delivery to ensure the most cost-efficient production in local markets. With manufacturing facilities that span the globe and technical experts in multiple languages, DuPont Filaments meet filament needs worldwide. From FDA-compliant colorful filaments for oral care applications, to long synthetic tapered bristles for paintbrushes and soft “natural-feel” filaments for cosmetics, DuPont Filaments provides a broad range of product development and manufacturing solutions for individual product requirements. 05 EMSCO Group 617 Church St. - P.O. Box 151 Girard, PA 16417 USA Toll Free: 800-458-0839 Fax: 814-774-3463 E-Mail: chrisc@emscogroup.com Web Site: www.emscogroup.com Company Officers: Steve Oas, President; David Oas, CFO Products: Residential and commercial grade cleaning aids. Emsco manufactures and distributes mops, brooms, brushes, buckets, accessories and others. Its complete line of products can be seen at www.emscogroup.com. Brief History: Emsco Group, originally the Theo J. Ely Company, was founded in 1867. The company originally produced wooden mop buckets, mop handles, carpet beaters, etc. Emsco Group has the manufacturing capability to develop and manufacture products in a wide variety of venues including: metal stamping, injection molding, textile conver-

PAGE 43 sion, staple setting, wood handle conversion and market specific assembly. Special Features: Its main manufacturing and distribution facilities in Girard, PA, is located centrally for shipping products across the country, or across the globe. 11 Epic Resins 600 Industrial Blvd. Palmyra, WI 53156 USA Phone: 262-495-3400 Fax: 262-495-3410 E-Mail: sales@epicresins.com Web Site: www.epicresins.com Company Officers: Dan Veenhuis, President; Brad Veenhuis, Purchaisng and Credit Manager; Randy Veenhuis, Production Manager. Products: Epic Resins offers paintbrush and paint roller adhesives. These adhesives offer excellent adhesion to natural bristles, nylon, polyester and olefin filaments, as well as vinyl substrates. Epic Resins provides both two component epoxy resin adhesives as well as one component polyurethane moisture cure adhesives to serve the paintbrush and paint roller markets. Brief History: Epic Resins is a custom formulator of epoxy resin and polyurethane compounds for original equipment manufacturers (OEM), in business since 1958. Special Features: Epic Resins specializes in custom manufacturing and formulating materials. 11 Filmop USA, LLC 13410 Hwy 105 West Conroe, TX 77304 USA Phone: 936-588-8942 Fax: 936-588-8948 E-Mail: info@filmopusa.com Web Site: www.filmopusa.com Products: Designs, manufactures and distributes: buckets; carts - hospital, janitorial and maid; dusters; dusting cloths; dustpan; floor finish applicators; handles - mop, broom, brush and telescopic; microfiber products; mopping equipment; mops dust and wet; plastic containers; safety products equipment and signs; squeegees - floor and window; wall washing equipment; waste receptacles; window cleaning accessories; wringers. 11 F.M. Brush Co., Inc. 70-02 72nd Place Glendale, NY 11385 USA Phone: 718-821-5939 Fax: 718-821-2385 E-Mail: info@fmbrush.com Web Site: www.fmbrush.com Company Officers: Frederick V. Mink, President; Jeffery A. Mink, Vice President Products: Artist brushes, from professional to student, all levels. Industrial affiliations, marking, stencil, and parts cleaning. Camel hair to red sable plus a full range of synthetics. Painted and unpainted handles. Assembled in the United States and Thailand. Large quantities for bids



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PAGE 44 at all price ranges. Name brand and private label with quick delivery. Brief History: F.M. Brush is the primary manufacturer of artist, cosmetic, surgical, ceramic, craft and custom-made brushes. Founded in 1929, with 80 years experience in creating high-quality brushes that feature the right blend of form and function. It is F.M. Brush’s commitment to quality that sets the company apart. The company will continue to innovate and train its people, and is proud of a dedicated workforce to assure customers of the best quality brush products. Special Features: F.M. Brush is known for its newly created brush styles in both natural hair and synthetics. Its expertise in component materials, broad selection of stock elements and a wide range of specialty options make F.M. Brush a good choice as a brush manufacturer. It is environmentally sensitive and supports the fight against animal testing. In addition, handles come from managed wood reformed station programs. 11 Fili & Forme SRL Via del Lavoro, 10 41018 San Cesareo sul Panaro (MO) ITALY Phone: ++39059921462 Export: ++39031856986 Fax: ++39059921463 Export: ++39031856273 E-Mail: export@filieforme.com Web Site: www.filieforme.com Products: The Fili & Forme’s product line includes: Monofilaments in PVC that can be produced as UV resistant for long lasting under sun exposure, and antibacterial to reduce and avoid growth of bad smells forming; Monofilaments in polypropylene; PS and SAN. Brief History: For more than 15 years, Fili & Forme has produced monofilaments for various markets like home, personal care, industrial, technical and sports. Thanks to a completely automated manufacturing process, with cutting edge technology and machines, quality control, efficiency and competitive prices, Fili & Forme is day-by-day a consolidated point of reference for some of the most important international companies. 10 FIMM USA Inc. 202 N. Oak St. P.O. Box 75 Arcola, IL 61910 USA

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BROOM, BRUSH & MOP Phone: 217-268-5753 Fax: 217-268-5732 Web Site: www.fimmusa.com Company Officers: Fabio Meli Products: Metal broom handles, dust pans, caps and threads, closet rods, and shower rods. Brief History: Purchased Handles USA in April 2010. The company is owned by FIMM ITALIA S.p.A., and known as FIMM USA. The new division is housed in the same Arcola, IL, facility that was the home of Handles USA. The history of FIMM ITALIA S.p.A. dates back to the 1890s, and is part of the Spinelli Group, a machinery manufacturer. 11 Freudenberg Household Products LP 2188 Diehl Road Aurora, IL 60502 USA Phone: 630-270-1400 Fax: 630-270-1600 Web Site: www.ocedar.com Products: Mops, brooms, smallwares, cloths, scourers. Brief History: Freudenberg Household Products is the consumer division of Freudenberg, a 150year-old family-owned business. It manufactures, sells and markets in the United States under the O-Cedar brand – a 100-plus-year-old brand that has category leading consumer awareness and preference. Special Features: Product development for the United States and all of North America is done in the company’s headquarters and manufacturing facility, just outside of Chicago. 10 Furgale Industries, Ltd. 324 Lizzie Street Winnipeg, MB R3A 0Y7 CANADA Phone: 204-949-4200 Fax: 204-943-3191 E-Mail: tgibb@broom.com Web Site: www.broom.com Company Officers: Jim Furgale, President; Terry Gibb, Vice President; D’arcy Clendenan, CFO Products: Manufacturer of cleaning tools for the industrial, consumer and OEM markets. 8Ender curling brushes. Brief History: Furgale Industries has supplied the industrial hardware and grocery markets in Canada with fine cleaning tools since 1966. Special Features: Furgale is a leading manufacturer and distributer of brushes, mops and brooms in Canada. The company also takes pride in the fact that it is the world’s largest producer of curling brushes. Its brushes are sold in every curling country in the world and were used extensively in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. 11 G.D.F. di De Franceschi Gabriella & Co. SAS Via Mazzini, 27 40053 Bazzano BO ITALY Phone: ++39 051830189 Fax: ++39 051830263 E-Mail: gdf@gdfsrl.eu

May/June 2011 Web Site: www.gdfsrl.eu Company Officers: Gabriella De Franceschi, President Products: Steel epoxy painted handles and telescopic poles; plastic blocks for brooms and brushes; mops, buckets, cleaning tools, shopping cart bags. 11 Garelick Mfg. Co. 644 Second Street - P.O. Box 8 St. Paul Park, MN 55071 USA Phone: 651-459-9795 Fax: 651-459-8269 E-Mail: mail@garelick.com Web Site: www.garelick.com Company Officers: Ken Garelick, President; Rick Garelick, Senior Vice President Products: Telescopic extension poles 6’, 8’, 12’, 18’ and 24’ lengths. Brief History: Garelick Mfg. Co. started in 1952. Metal fabrication is performed at two locations: St. Paul Park, MN, and Largo, FL. Special Features: Lightweight anodized aluminum, twist lock cams allow handle to be locked at any length, rolled tube edges, universal size screw adapter, five standard sizes. Quality features, real value. 11 Gift Sales Co. P.O. Box 17082 Wichita, KS 67217 USA Phone: 316-267-0671 Fax: 316-267-2930 E-Mail: gscjansplymfr@juno.com Web Site: www.giftsalescompany.net Company Officers: Bill Myers, President/ Owner; Katie Myers, Office Manager Products: Urinal screens, urinal blocks, plastic dust pans, toilet bowl mops, wall blocks, enzyme blocks, toilet bowl caddies, absorbents, bowl blocks in plastic cage, and the company’s new superior metal dust pan (one-piece construction, 20 gauge metal, 12- inch edge, powder coating, reinforced handle.) 10 Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. 6247 Randolph Street Commerce, CA 90040 USA Phone: 323-724-7777 Fax: 323-724-1111 E-Mail: sales@gordonbrush.com Web Site: www.gordonbrush.com, www.marxbrush.com, www.milwaukeedustless.com Company Officers: Kenneth L. Rakusin, President and CEO Products: Miniature scratch and plater’s brushes, large scratch and plater’s brushes, cylinder/roller brushes (all sizes), single spiral and 4-wire single spiral brushes, double spiral brushes, micro spiral brushes, artist brushes, cosmetic brushes, forensic brushes, wire drawn brushes, custom and specialty brushes of all materials and configurations. Brief History: Gordon Brush was founded in 1951 by Don Gordon, a brush maker and



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May/June 2011 machine builder. The company was purchased in 1973 by the Loitz family and was sold to Ken Rakusin and the Loitz’s son, Bill Loitz, in January, 1998. Gordon Brush has continued rapid growth in the industrial brush industry and invests heavily in the latest CNC controlled machinery. Special Features: Gordon Brush can make virtually any staple set, hand laced, wire drawn or twistedin-wire brush to meet customers’needs. Its in-house tool-making facility, coupled with state-of-the-art CNC equipment, provides Gordon with the ability to produce all brush components necessary for custom products. In addition, Gordon can imprint and private label brushes for the brush industry. 10 E. Gornell & Sons, Inc. 2241 N. Knox Avenue Chicago, IL 60639 USA Phone: 773-489-2330 Fax: 773-489-1102 E-Mail: sales@gornellbrush.com Web Site: www.gornellbrush.com Company Officers: Gus H. Treslo, President; Diane Treslo, Secretary/ Treasurer Products: Gornell built its reputation as a custom designer and manufacturer of quality brushes for industry and maintenance. Gornell is a leading supplier of scratch, platers and welder brushes, staple set on the latest CNC-controlled machinery. Gornell continues to custom-design and manufacture staple set and wire-drawn brushes for industry, using all types of wire, synthetic and natural fill materials. Brief History: E. Gornell & Sons, Inc., was founded in 1892 by Edward Gornell. For over 100 years, Gornell has been supplying quality brushes and excellent service at very competitive prices. E. Gornell & Sons continues to grow, producing quality brushes with the latest state-of-the-art CNC machinery. Special Features: Gornell will imprint and private label brushes for the brush industry. CAD/CAM design available. Special packaging is offered to meet specific requirements. Newsworthy Happenings: Gornell is celebrating its 119th anniversary. 11 Greenwood Mop & Broom, Inc. 119 Grenola Avenue Greenwood, SC 29646 USA Phone: 800-635-6849 Fax: 864-227-3200 Web Site: www.greenwoodmopandbroom.com Products: Greenwood Mop & Broom, Inc. was established in 1924 and is located in Greenwood, SC. Extensive product line includes mop heads, both wet and dry. Also, full complement of brooms, upright as well as push type. The balance of the line includes handles, brushes and related cleaning products. 04 GSC Manufacturing, Inc. 510 Merritt Avenue Nashville, TN 37203 USA Phone: 615-248-6556

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP Fax: 615-248-6558 E-Mail: info@gscmanufacturing.com Web Site: www.gscmanufacturing.com Company Officers: Gina Lofredo and Scott Atkinson, Owners Products: Manufacturer of premium quality wet mops available in cut-end, loop-end, finish mops and T-bar construction. The company offers a full line of launderable and disposable dust mops and frames. It assembles handles for both wet and dust mops. All mops are available in a variety of natural and synthetic yarns to meet every customer’s special needs. Natural and plastic brooms, push brooms and industrial brushes complete a full janitorial and commercial line of cleaning products. Brief History: GSC Manufacturing was incorporated in 2000 to become an industry leader in the production and development of cleaning products. Special Features: OEM programs, private labeling, custom packs, short lead times from receipt of order to delivery. 10 Gunn Brush Co., Inc. 948 Chrch Street Baldwin, NY 11510 USA Toll Free: 800-834-6035 Fax: 516-771-7019 E-Mail: gunnbrush@aol.com Web Site: www.gunnbrush.com Products: All types/styles and sizes of floormachine rotary brushes and pad holder assemblies. Custom work, as well as custom diamond drivers made to specifications. Large inventory allows same day shipping on most orders. Over 50 years of experience in the industry ensures accurate filling of orders. 04 Hagco Industries 1052 N. Main St. River Falls, WI 54022 USA Phone: 715-425-7994 Fax: 715-425-7992 E-Mail: hagcoinc@comcast.net Web Site: www.hagcoultramicrofiber.com Company Officers: Ted Hagberg, President; Traci Hagberg, CEO; Nicole Bee, Vice President Products: Hagco Industries has a wide variety of microfiber products. It carries many types of wet and dry mops including string mops, grout mops, surgical mops, wire frame mops, and anti-bacterial mops that will pick up 99 percent of bacteria using only water. Hagco industries also carries specialty items such as microfiber sponges, high dusting wands, dusting gloves, and a wide variety of window washing pads and accessories. It also carries carpet bonnets, vacuums, buckets, and wringer buckets. Hagco Industries carries all the hardware needed for microfiber products such as handles, bases, and other tools. It also carries a wide variety of microfiber cloths for any cleaning needs. Brief History: Hagco Industries was established in 1967 serving commercial customers. It’s known as the “Ultra Microfiber Company”

PAGE 45 that always has 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. The company imports microfiber from Korea, China, and Italy. Accessories and hardware for the mops are made in the USA. Hagco industries continues to expand its line of products, and focuses on rewarding the customer. Special Features: Ask about Hagco Industries New Rewards Program. 11 Ha-Ste Manufacturing, Inc. P.O. Box 168 Union City, IN 47390 USA Phone: 800-228-6677 (MOPS) or, 937-968-4858 Fax: 937-968-4524 E-Mail: service@hastemops.com Web Site: www.hastemops.com Company Officers: Robin Stewart Products: Manufacturer of quality (Made in the USA) mopping products. Specializing in janitorial and industrial hard floor care. Quality product line of wet mops, dust mops, microfiber products, hardware and no-lint monofilament finish mops. Includes custom factory and private labeling as well as construction modifications to suit customers’ needs. 11 Hahl Inc. 126 Glassmaster Road Lexington, SC 29072 USA Phone: 803-359-0706 Fax: 803-359-0074 E-Mail: customerservice@hahl-pedex.com Web Site: www.hahl-pedex.com Company Officers: Terry Hogan, Sales Manager; Steve Pruitt, Site Manager; Mark Hartig, CFO Products: Synthetic bristle in diameters ranging from .003” - .120” Nylon 6, Nylon 66, Nylon 612, Nylon 610, polyester PBT, polypropylene. Abrasive fibers in diameters ranging from .010” - .070” Nylon 6, Nylon 612, with abrasive grit types silicon carbide, aluminum oxide, ceramic and diamond. Specialty fibers are a big part of Hahl’s product offering: Nylon 6 flaggeable, Nylon 6 UL94VO, Nylon 6 “anti-static”, Nylon 6 “conductive”, Nylon “HT”, polyester “metal detectable,” PEEK, PPS. Brief History: In February 2011, Lenzing AG sold The Hahl Group to Global Equity Partners along with a consortium of private investors. The new company’s name is Hahl Pedex. There are three manufacturing locations related to the new company. Hahl GmbH is located in Munderkingen, Germany, Pedex GmbH is located in Affolterbach, Germany and Hahl Inc. is located in Lexington, SC. Special News: It has already been announced that bristle production capacity at Hahl Inc. will double before the end of 2011. This planned expansion will finalize ongoing plans to manufacture Nylon 66 bristle at the Hahl Inc. facility. The new owners of Hahl Pedex future growth plans include a strategy for product innovation. 11



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PAGE 46 Hamburg Industries, Inc. 218 Pine Street Hamburg, PA 19526 USA Toll Free: 800-321-6256 Phone: 610-562-3031 Toll Free Fax: 800-603-4965 Fax: 610-562-0209 E-Mail: sales@hamburgindustries.com Web Site: www.hamburgindustries.com Products: Corn brooms, plastic brooms, whisk brooms, toy and lobby brooms, street brooms, garage brooms, floor sweeps, scrub brushes, detail brushes, dusters, dust pans, squeegees, wood handles, metal handles, fiberglass handles, wet mops, dust mops, mop handles, rotary brushes, wire wheels. Brief History: Hamburg Industries was established in 1894 as a corn broom manufacturer. During the past several years Hamburg Industries has acquired various companies which gives Hamburg the ability to manufacture mops, brushes and upright brooms. Hamburg Industries now manufactures and imports a full line of commercial and retail quality brooms, brushes and mops. Special Features: OEM, private label programs, quick turn around, and a customer service department that truly cares about its customers. 11 Harper Brush Works, Inc. 400 N. 2nd Street Fairfield, IA 52556 USA Toll-Free: 800-223-7894 Phone: 641-472-5186 Fax: 641-472-3187 E-Mail: info@harperbrush.com Web Site: www.harperbrush.com Products: Harper Brush manufactures and sells over 1,500 products, including industrial quality floor brushes, floor squeegees, counter dusters, car/truck wash brushes, upright brooms, scrub and scratch brushes, dust pans, buckets, mops and mopping equipment, ostrich dusters, microfiber cloths and mops, equine brushes, color-coded foodservice cleaning tools, waste containers, paper/soap dispensers, and a variety of other commercial cleaning tools. 10 Haviland Corporation 200 S. Hwy. U - P.O. Box 769 Linn, MO 65051 USA Toll-Free: 800-325-3915 Phone: 573-897-3672 Fax: 573-897-4497 E-Mail: squeegees@havilandcorp.com Web Site: www.havilandcorp.com Company Officers: Randy Haviland, Chairman of the Board; Jan Haviland, President; Alice Andrews, Director of Strategic Planning; Dale Heidbrink, Vice President of Operations; Randy Wolfe, Senior Manager of Operations; Joyce Dudenhoeffer, Director of Marketing Products: Haviland Corporation manufactures over 700 different floor squeegees with custom variations available. Sizes range from 12” to 72” with most styles and sizes available in curved and

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP straight. Haviland Corporation also manufactures a large selection of window squeegees, hygienic squeegees, grill squeegees; Floor scrapers; Handles - telescopic, wood, aluminum; Water-brooms; Wet/Dry vacuum floor machine replacement parts squeegees, gaskets, splash guards, cartridges and skirts; Paving tools - seal coating squeegees, epoxy applicators, crack filler squeegees, pour pots, lute/rakes, tampers, and roller squeegees. Special Features: OEM programs, private labeling, bar coding, special packaging and custom products. Newsworthy Happenings: New from Haviland Corporation is the Microbe Spiker™ Squeegee. This squeegee is the revolution to stretching cleaning dollars. Microbe Spiker™ provides revolutionary cleaning, with percentage change of bacteria on surfaces, up to 99.9 percent reduction, without use of additional chemicals/water. This is accomplished through the use of Nanotechnology. 11 Hill Brush, Inc. 811 Rolyn Ave. Baltimore, MD 21237 USA Phone: 800-998-1515 Fax: 410-325-6477 E-Mail: info@hillbrushinc.com Web Site: www.hillbrushinc.com Products: Manufacturers of a premier line of quality hygienic cleaning tools. Designed for foodservice, healthcare and janitorial industries. Products include brushes, brooms, mops, squeegees, shovels, buckets, scoops, paddles, waterflow products, pro-window cleaning, floor hygiene and all handle requirements. 09 HIMESA Hilos Y Mechas S.A. de C.V. P.O. Box 118 San Pedro Sula HONDURAS Phone (USA): 954-323-8692 Phone: ++504-2558-8141 Fax: ++504-2558-8142 E-Mail: himesa@himesa.hn Web Site: www.himesa.hn Company Officers: Robert Handal Products: HIMESA spins a wide array of cotton, rayon blends, Acrylex®, synthetics, antimicrobial yarns, 100 percent recycled, etc. The various styles that HIMESA uses for spinning yarns are Roving, Open End/Friction and Corespun. These different methods enable HIMESA to produce an array of titles, colors and form options. HIMESA also produces various types of mops (examples: loop end, cut end, deckmops, dustmops and disposables). It also offers an assortment of custom mops such as lay flat style, double tailbanded mops, wire/connector mops, quik on, etc. All these mops are custom designed to customers specs, be it for retail, industrial, foodservice, healthcare, janitorial, etc. The company also offers complete thread and twine manufacturing and can produce items from ne. 50’s down to coarse counts like ne. 1.0. This allows HIMESA to manufacture sewing threads, industrial threads, agricultural threads/twines and more. Its facilities also include complete

May/June 2011 weaving operations for a variety of products like canvas, sheeting, tarpaulins, towels, cleaning and grill cloths, diapers, mop tape, etc. Brief History: HIMESA is a family owned and operated business with a 58-plus year history. The longevity of this company is due to the quality of its products and the good reputation it has earned throughout time. It exports products to over 41 countries worldwide. Special Features: HIMESA is part of a textile group based in Honduras. This group makes HIMESA 100 percent vertical. Included in the group is FIBRATEX (www.fibratexsa.com), a cotton and rayon recycling and reclaiming company utilizing all kinds of mill waste to produce natural fibers from 100 percent post-industrial waste. Another division of the group is FIBRATEXSA machines, a machine manufacturing division concentrating on mop making machines. The newest company of the group is Terra Polyester S.A. (www.terrapolyester.com), a producer of polyester fiber from 100 percent post-consumer waste (soda bottles) exporting to 24 countries a variety of fibers. In addition to producing all yarns from recycled sources, HIMESA’s environmental footprint is very small because its group recycles and regenerates waste and water (they even harvest rain water). Having its own fiber companies, this position has allowed HIMESA to respond to the volatile market conditions and stand out as a company that can provide product even in crisis situations, supplying customers all their mops and mop yarn needs at present and well into the future. Newsworthy Happenings: Due to the worldwide cotton and other fiber hikes, HIMESA has come up with a variety of new ECO+ yarns that have been a complete success worldwide, due to its prices and implications of continuous supply. This means that HIMESA has two lines of recycled “green” products. This includes its ecological high-end Ecotex® and ECO+ yarns, made from a blend of post-consumer and post-industrial fibers. HIMESA is also offering plastic connectors and complementary accessories like mop tape, mesh, etc., all made from recycled materials (plastic connectors are made from soda bottle tops.) 11 Hoge Brush Company 202 E. South Street - P.O. Box 189 New Knoxville, OH 45871 USA Phone: 419-753-2351 Fax: 419-753-2893 E-Mail: dzwiep@hoge.com Web Site: www.hoge.com Company Officers: David Zwiep, Manager Products: Traditional, classic, time-tested staple set brushes; push brooms; maintenance and utility brushes. Brief History: Serving distributors and supply companies, co-manufacturers, dealers and stores since 1939.



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May/June 2011 Special Features: North American hardwood blocks. Top quality natural and synthetic fibers. Experienced workmanship. Emphasis is placed on performance, durability and value. 11 Hoge Lumber Co. 701 S. Main Street - P.O. Box 159 New Knoxville, OH 45871 USA Phone: 419-753-2263 Fax: 419-753-2611 E-Mail: dzwiep@hoge.com Web Site: www.hoge.com Products: Hardwood brush blocks: floor, garage, street, deck, counter duster, scrub, and a wide variety of other styles of wood blocks. Dimensions, shapes, holes, slots, etc. are manufactured per individual customer’s specifications. Lumber and/or blanks in stock, ready to machine to order. Make and hold programs, blocks shipped per customer schedule. Other Hoge Lumber Co. products are kiln dried hardwoods, moldings and millwork, bowling lane components, dimension blanks, machined wood parts, construction materials and design services for commercial, agricultural, and residential customers. Brief History: Hoge Lumber Company was founded in 1904 and has grown from a local sawmill into a diversified manufacturer of products which are shipped worldwide. Special Features: Hoge brush blocks are made from kiln dried North American hardwoods. Why choose wood? People like the look and feel of wood. Imitators try to make their products look like wood. Wood is a renewable resource. In the USA, there is much more standing timber now than 10, 20, 50 years ago. Young, healthy trees produce oxygen and capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Wood waste is recycled at Hoge, reducing the need for fossil fuels. Wood is biodegradable and environmentally friendly. The natural choice for brush blocks. 11 Howard Berger Co., Inc 324A Half Acre Road Cranbury, NJ 08512 USA Phone: 609-860-9990 Fax: 609-860-9991 E-Mail: robertwinterstein@hberger.com Web Site: www.hberger.com Company Officers: Robert Winterstein, President; Scott Berger, Vice President Products: Kitchen brooms, push brooms, wet floor signs, mop buckets and wringers, janitor carts, trash dollies, window squeegees, floor squeegees, galvanized ware, scrub brushes, dish brushes, counter brush and dustpan sets, dustpans, long handle dust pans, cotton mops, synthetic mops, blended mops, loop end mops, cut end mops, interchangeable handle systems, fiberglass mop sticks, wooden mop sticks, corn brooms, horsehair brooms, palmyra brooms, tampico brooms, blended brooms, counter brushes, radiator brushes,

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP latex gloves, vinyl gloves, neoprene gloves, work gloves, floor scrapers, contractor bags. Brief History: Howard Berger founded the Howard Berger Company (HBC) in 1971. Berger was born and raised in Queens, NY. His grandparents had founded a small hardware store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1917. They worked there throughout their lifetime and eventually handed the store down to their sons, Norman and Simon Berger, who continued on in their tradition. As a young boy, Howard worked alongside them and learned the foundations of a small business, supplying needed products, building relationships, and providing a service to his community. He also learned that long hours and hard work were necessary to build and grow a company. Howard graduated college specializing in teaching and mathematics. Throughout is short career as a teacher, he continued to look for ways to begin his own business while utilizing the work ethic instilled from the family business. Special Features: Products manufactured worldwide in over 35 countries. Distribution centers and freight consolidation in Wuxi, China; Toronto, Canada; Valencia, CA and Cranbury, NJ. Products may be consolidated and shipped worldwide from one location. Complete inventory and quality control staff on location as well as both HBC and factory inspection teams. Vendor managed inventory available. Full EDI capabilities. Worldwide inventory on-line. Newsworthy Happenings: James Brower was recently named CEO of the Howard Berger Co., Inc. (HBC). HBC has just opened a new showroom in Wuxi, China where buyers are welcome to meet with the company’s sales and marketing staff. Buyers may also meet with HBC at its new 9,400,000 cu. ft. offices, distribution center and showroom in Cranbury, NJ. 11 Industrial Brush Corporation P.O. Box 2608 Pomona, CA 91769 USA Phone: 909-591-9341 Fax: 909-627-8916 E-Mail: ibcsales@industrialbrush.com Web Site: www.industrialbrush.com Company Officers: John L. Cottam, President Products: Specials are Industrial Brush Corporation’s specialty. Custom designs and prototypes. Designs and manufactures thousands of different brushes to satisfy a wide variety of industrial and food processing applications. Also offered are standard and custom design staple set, metal channel strip and other brush constructions including straight and formed strip, coil, cylinder, cup, inside and outside disc, twisted-in-wire, wire scratch, wheel, cup and stem brushes, acid, paint and artist brushes. All types of fill materials are provided including synthetic, natural, hair and wire. Common applications include brushes for

PAGE 47 washing, drying, waxing, polishing, peeling and harvesting various fruits and vegetables. Other applications include scrubbing and deburring printed circuit boards; washing silicon chips; finishing and deburring metal; sanding, de-nibbling, staining and dusting wood products; glass and mirror washing; egg washing; static elimination; trommel cleaning; conveyor cleaning; mold cleaning and vehicle washing. Products are marketed throughout North America, Western Europe and Asia. Brief History: Industrial Brush Corporation was founded in Arcadia, CA, in 1947. Over the years it has expanded from a single, small facility manufacturing brushes for washing California citrus to supplying a wide range of strip, staple set and other brush constructions from plants in Pomona, CA, and Lakeland, FL. 09 Interamerican Woods, Inc. P.O. Box 5357 Eugene, OR 97405 USA Phone: 541-485-7338 Fax: 541-683-0647 Web Site: www.interamericanwoods.com Products: Wooden broom and mop handles, tool handles, plunger handles, etc. Brief History: Established in 1978, Interamerican Woods, Inc. imports wood dowels from Latin America (primarily Honduras) and Mexico for use as handles, table legs, and playground equipment. 10 Interwire Products 355 Main St. Armonk, NY 10504 USA Phone: 914-273-6633 Fax: 914-273-6510 Web Site: www.interwiregroup.com Products: Holding wire (galv., carbon, stainless steel) and staple wire (galv., carbon, stainless steel); filler material (fine carbon, oil tempered, stainless steel, brass inconel, phosbronze). Stainless and galvanized strip for metal backing brushes. 06 Jason Mills, LLC 440 South Main Street Milltown, NJ 08850 USA Phone: 732-651-7200 Fax: 732-651-7222 E-Mail: mike@jasonmills.com Web Site: www.jasonmills.com Company Officers: Michael Lavroff, President Products: Five-inch mop mesh or any width variation of rachel knit polyesters or nylons. 10 The Jersey Jerry Broomsquire (Dr. Sam Moyer) 911 Larkspur Place S. Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054 USA Phone: 856-222-0713 E-Mail: moyerbase@aol.com Web Site: www.broomcrafters.com Products: 1). Broomcorn seed: Machine har-



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PAGE 48 vestable hybrids, free samples. 2). Simple Inventions: Photos and instructions for making broomcorn harvesting machine, deseeding/threshing device, drying systems, broomcorn sizing device, portable kicker/wire winder broommaker, cord tensioner device, broom sewing press. 3). Publications: Booklet of instructions for making six designs of craft type brooms. “Book”: Six historic reprints on broomcorn and broommaking, early patents for simple machines and reprint of 1876 book and 1953 article. 4). Available for teaching craft schools, private apprenticeships, consulting at museums. Brief History: Growing broomcorn and making brooms with homemade equipment since 1977. Collaboration with Dr. Henry Hadley in Illinois since 1983 to develop machine harvestable hybrids. Special Features: Able to help entrepreneurs/economic development groups with the complete process of growing broomcorn/broommaking with low investment. Newsworthy Happenings: A reaper attachment to a sickle bar grass mower has been made to make dwarf broom corn fall back on a sheet of plywood to be raked off in piles. Free information is available. 11 Jewel Wire Company Route 101 - P.O. Box 282 Pomfret, CT 06258 Phone: 860-928-6681 Fax: 860-928-6768 E-Mail: sales@jewelwire.com Web Site: www.jewelwire.com Products: Stainless steel, high fatigue power brush wire, scratch brush wire, and draw wire; also available, stainless steel and nickel silver staple wire along with stem wire. Jewel Wire offers a full line of wire products in the following material and alloys: Brass alloy 260, phosphor bronze alloy 510, nickel silver alloy 745, untempered high carbon steel, galvanized low carbon steel. All alloys are available straight (level), pin or gear crimped. Brief History: Jewel Wire Company has a rich history starting in 1948, when an Italian immigrant, named John Mustica started the business in his garage in New Jersey with two customers, Weiler Brush Co. and Osborn Manufacturing Co. Both continue to this day to be customers of Jewel Wire Co. In the early 1960s, Mustica sold his company to John Giannuzzi, with the same quality and integrity he continued to grow and prosper for the next 25 years. Under Giannuzzi, the business expanded to include stainless steel products. In the mid 1980s when Giannuzzi was ready to retire, he sold Jewel Wire Company to National Standard Company. At this time, it was moved to a larger facility in Mount Joy, PA, and continued to grow. The company would be sold one more time to Loos & Sons, Inc., and in 1993 moved to Pomfret, CT, where it is located today. The Loos family has continued to grow the company, and expanded its manufacturing facility in 2000.

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP Jewel Wire Company is still focused on the original owner’s humble beginnings by offering a quality product and excellent customer service. Special Features: Standard packaging available; hanks, coils, precision cut to length, single strand and multi-stranded on spools and cores. Jewel Wire also offers packaging to customer specifications. 11 Jofel USA, LLC 12100 Crownpoint Dr., #110 San Antonio, TX 78233 USA Toll Free: 800-875-6335 (800 US Jofel) Phone: 210-227-3779 Fax: 210-227-3782 E-Mail: info@jofelusa.com Web Site: www.jofelusa.com Products: Manufacturer of dispensers for paper towels, roll towels, tissue, napkins, soap, trash receptacles, caution signs. Brief History: The parent company of Jofel USA is in Alicante, Spain, “Jofel Industrial.” It has been in business for over 40 years. Offices are in Europe, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States. Jofel USA is located in San Antonio, TX, and serves North America and Canadian markets. Jofel USA has been in business since 1994. 10 Jones Companies, Ltd. 312 South 14th Ave. - P.O. Box 367 Humboldt, TN 38343 USA Phone: (Customer Service) 800-238-8334 (Sales) 877-849-2767 (Office) 731-784-2832 Fax: (Order) 800-235-9276 (Sales) 704-332-4494 (Office) 731-784-7131 E-Mail: jonesco@jonesyarn.com Web Site: www.jonesyarn.com Company Officers: Ralph Jones III, President/CEO; Richard Ayers, CFO; Andrew Dailey, VP Sales Products: Jones Companies, Ltd. produces the largest variety of yarns specifically engineered to meet the performance requirements of the floor care industry available from a single source. Jones’ yarns range in size from Ne 0.55 to Ne 6.0 and include 100 percent cotton yarns, cotton/synthetic blend yarns, rayon blend yarns, polyester blend and recycled fiber blend yarns. In addition to the floor care yarns, Jones offers a complete line of tailband tape, headband mesh and sewing thread. Trademarked yarns include RF-Yarns™ Recycled Fiber yarns; Enviro-Color™ Yarns and BIO-100™ yarn. Product line includes cotton mops; microfiber mops; microfiber towels; synthetic carpet bonnets; cotton carpet bonnets and microfiber bonnets. Brief History: Established in 1936 by W.R. Jones, Sr., and W.F. Jones, Sr., Jones Companies, Ltd. is a third generation, closely held business located in west Tennessee. Since its beginnings, Jones has grown from a one room operation to a five plant facility separately housed in a half

May/June 2011 million square feet of production and warehouse space. Jones manufactures a wide range of coarse count yarns predominantly made from recycled mill waste. Jones is one of the largest spinners of coarse count yarns made specifically for the floorcare industry. In 1981, Jones expanded into structured nonwovens, operating as Jones Fiber Products. Today, JFP operates four production facilities. Jones global expansion includes a joint venture operation in Coimbatore, India. Jones & Noolkarar Textiles PVT., LTD., began operation in late 2007. This facility produces cotton yarn and cut-end mop products. Special Features: As a market leader, Jones is the only yarn spinning supplier that supports all of the floor care industry’s associations including the American Brush Manufacturers Association - ABMA; National Broom & Mop Manufacturers Association - NBMMA; and the International Sanitary Supply Association ISSA, with direct representation and active involvement. Jones actively participated in the development of the ASTM certified industry standards for brooms and mops. In addition to supplying quality products, its services include product testing, customer exclusive product development, sales training and market intelligence. The Jones team welcomes the opportunity to become a contributing partner in customer growth strategies. Newsworthy Happenings: The renovation of its website is complete. Improvements were made to enhance the user experience. Customers can use a password protected web portal to place and update orders, review purchase histories and account information as well as review special offers. Jones commitment to the floor-cleaning industry continues with the addition of new alternatives to traditional spun yarns. nWET™ is a new nonwoven fabric strip material for limited-use wet mopping. The material offers superior performance and value. In addition, Jones now offers a complete line of carpet bonnet products and conventional microfiber tube mops and towels. 11 K.R. Plastic Industries Co., Ltd. Marketing Head Office: 1F No. 728 Chung Hwa Rd. Ho Mu Village Chung Pu, Chia Yi, Taiwan Phone: 886-5-2393687 Fax: 886-5-2396968 E-Mail: raihsing@ms17.hinet.net Web Site: www.raihsing.com Factory: 96 M.8 Laonadee Road T. Muangkao, Amphur MuangKhon Kaen, Thailand 40000 Phone: 66-43-324602-3, 325017-9 Fax: 66-43-324604 E-Mail: sales@kr-plastic.com Web Site: www.kr-plastic.com Products: Level Monofilament: hollow/solid; Profiles: round, cross, triangle, hexagon, star...etc. Other profiles as requested.



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May/June 2011 Krex Taper Filament: pinex, trialoy, triex, manmade bristle such as squirrel, boar, badger, goat, Kolinsky, mongoose, weasel...etc. Material: PA6 / 66 / 610 / 612, PBT, PET, PP, TFP, PS, ABS, Victrex peek, copolymers, nodular, indicator, anti-static, anti-bacteria. Applications: toothbrush, hair brush, household & broom, industry brush, paintbrush, cosmetic & artist brush...etc. Other special brushes. Brief History: K: KKF is a fishing net factory with 35 years experience in Thailand. R: RS is a plastic extruding machine maker in Taiwan since 1950 with about 60 years machine fabricating experience. KKF & RS is a joint venture together in Thailand making all kinds of synthetic filaments for over 20 years. 10 Keystone Plastics Inc. 3451 South Clinton Avenue South Plainfield, NJ 07080 USA Phone: 908-561-1300 Fax: 908-561-5189 Web Site: www.keystonesweepersbrushes.com Products: Extruded polypropylene filaments (custom color match) will meet exact specifications. Call Keystone for specific brush application at 1-800-635-1300. Fifty-plus year tradition of quality, innovation and service excellence. 06 Kiefer Brushes, Inc. 19 Park Dr. Franklin, NJ 07416 USA Toll-Free: 800-526-2905 Fax: 888-239-1986 Web Site: www.kieferbrushes.com Products: Kiefer manufactures an extensive line of floor and push brooms and brushes including paintbrushes, oven brushes, wire brushes and bowl brushes. 05 Kraker Group Syria, Damascus, King Faisal Str. Opposite of Al-Muallak Mosque, F1 Damascus, Dimashq 14199 SYRIA Phone: +963-11-2311962, or +963-944-553999 Fax: +00963-11-7812770 E-Mail: info@kraker-sy.com Web Site: www.kraker-sy.com Company Officers: Mounir Kraker and Mohamad Kraker Products: Brooms, brushes, mops, dustpans, squeegees, metal and wood sticks, brush machinery. Brief History: Kraker is a family-owned company, with its origins dating to 1840 by Ibrahim Kraker. The company continued under the leadership of Mohamad Abdul Razak Kraker, along with his wife. In 1986, his son, Mounir Kraker, started manufacturing squeegees and cleaning tools. At first, the main product produced by Kraker was a metal squeegee. In 1988, Kraker started manufacturing plastic squeegees and designing new and distinguished models. Since then, Kraker has been producing more than 300

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP models of squeegees, brooms and brushes. Special Features: Kraker Company and Schlesinger GmbH, a German brush machinery company, have signed an exclusive agency contract. Since then, Kraker has been representing Schlesinger in the Middle East, India, Pakistan and Turkey. 11 LaFitte Mop Co., Inc. P.O. Box 577 Villa Rica, GA 30180 USA Phone: 770-459-5966 Fax: 770-459-1116 Web Site: www.lafittemop.com Products: LaFitte Mop Co., Inc. manufactures (made in the USA) a broad line of wet mops, cottons, blends, rayons, and synthetics offered in narrow band, wide band, fan tail, looped-end, and screw type styles. It specializes in all types of dust mops from economy to high-end launderable diamond twist. Also offered are handles, brushes, brooms, frames, and microfiber products. Special Features: Private label, logos, UPC, bar coding, and OEM programs available. 06 Laitner Brush Company 1561 Laitner Drive Traverse City, MI 49686 USA Phone: 231-929-3300 Fax: 231-929-7219 E-Mail: sales@laitner.com Web Site: www.laitner.com Products: Brooms, brushes and squeegees. 09 Lakim Industries dba Quali-tech Mfg. One World Trade Center, Ste. 800 Long Beach, CA 90831 USA Phone: 310-982-1080 Fax: 760-357-1611 E-Mail: songkimbb@quali-techmfg.com Web Site: www.quali-techmfg.com. Company Officers: Song B. Kim, President; Juhyun Kim, CFO Products: A manufacturer of mini-roller covers; and supplier of a complete line of painting applicators and accessories. Brief History: Lakim Industries began in November 1974 as a single proprietorship by the current owner and president, Song B. Kim. The basic imported goods were industrial work gloves, decorated toothpicks, and novelties for restaurant supply. In 1987, Lakim began the process of starting to manufacture paint roller covers under the Panda Brush Division, and in May 1988, Panda Brush Company was producing and shipping roller covers under the Qualitech trademark. A company name change eventually took place from Panda Brush to Qualitech Manufacturing Company. Today the company is currently increasing capabilities with expansion of its main facilities, and with new warehouses on the East Coast and Mexico. Special Features: The company has recently introduced a new Wooly Bully mini lambskin

PAGE 49 roller, a unique Deco Ease natural sea sponge roller for faux painting and a new Edge Rite painting pad system. 11 Lambskin Specialties 250 Dufferin Avenue Winnipeg, MB R2W 5J1 CANADA Phone: 800-665-0202 Fax: 204-582-5598 Web Site: www.lambskin.com Products: Leading supplier in the duster category; dust wand wool and feather dusters; synthetic and microfiber dusters; high dusting and floor dusting. Also, floor finish applicators, window care accessories, automotive care accessories. Company can also help design and manufacture exclusive products. 08 Lanoco Specialty Wire Products, Inc. 7 John Road Sutton, MA 01590 USA Phone: 508-865-1500 Fax: 508-865-5960 Web Site: www.lanoco.com Products: Manufacturer of high quality stainless steel wire for the power brush industry. Wire includes pin crimped, gear crimped, or straight in multiple strands, hanks, coils, cut to lengths, or bobbin form. Call for a quotation. 09 Lemieux Spinning Mill, Inc. 125 Route 108 Est., C.P. 2039 St. Ephrem, Beauce QC G0M 1R0 CANADA Phone: 418-484-2169 Fax: 418-484-5561 E-Mail: sergel@lemieuxspinning.com Web Site: www.lemieuxspinning.com Company Officers: Serge Lemieux, President; Marc Lemieux, General Manager Products: Rayon blend white and colored mop yarn, Price-Wise economy synthetic white and colored mop yarn, dust control synthetic white and colored dust mop yarn. Rayon blend mop yarn treated with UltraFresh (antibacterial), cotton blend mop yarn, and exclusive and custom mop yarn. New Greentex mop yarn is an environmentaly friendly blend of recycled PET and postconsumer fiber. Brief History: Lemieux Spinning Mill’s history dates back to 1906 when J.A. Lemieux founded his business on first-rate service and top quality products. In 1945, Clément Lemieux took over the business from his father, carrying on a tradition of well-known expertise. Since 1986, Jean-Paul Lemieux and his sons, Marc and Serge, have made the company a worldclass manufacturer. At Lemieux, father and sons have always passed on the same philosophy of personalized service. With well-established experience, Lemieux’s vision is constantly focused on the future. No matter what the specific requirements or needs are, Lemieux Spinning Mills, Inc., has the team and resources to meet them. 11



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PAGE 50 Libman Company, The 220 N. Sheldon Street Arcola, IL 61910 USA Phone: 217-268-4200 Toll-Free: 800-646-6262 Fax: 217-268-4168 E-Mail: info@libmanpro.com Web Site: www.libmanpro.com Products: Complete line of brooms, brushes, wet and dust mops, specialty mops and related equipment such as dust pans and buckets. Virtually all products are manufactured in the USA for all commercial/industrial needs. 10 Line Mfg. Inc. P.O. Box 6505 Walcott, CT 06716 USA Phone: 203-879-1481 Fax: 203-879-1530 Web Site: www.linemfg.com Products: Broom caps for both wooden and tubular handles; ferrules for the kitchen and garden tool industry; threaded shells for the broom and mop industry; and all other deep drawn metal shells, stamping or ferrules for the above-mentioned industries. Special Features: Line Manufacturing, Inc., has the skills, experience and specialized machinery to produce precision custom, high-volume component parts from ferrous and non-ferrous metals to precise specifications. It can provide virtually any contour, shape and finish, adding distinction and individuality to products and designs. The company will produce them accurately, at a fair price, and deliver them where and when needed. 05 Lomont Molding, Inc. 1516 E. Mapleleaf Dr. Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641 USA Phone: 319-385-1528 Fax: 319-385-1533 E-Mail: denny@lomont.com Web Site: www.lomont.com Products: Complete line of structural foam molded and injection molded brush blocks. Also, Lomont builds tools and custom molds, all types of plastic parts. 10 Magnolia Brush Manufacturers Ltd. P.O. Box 932 Clarksville, TX 75426 USA Phone: 903-427-2261 Fax: 903-427-5230 E-Mail: sales@magnoliabrush.com Web Site: www.magnoliabrush.com Company Officers: Kenneth Backus, President; Scott Adams, Director of Operation; Gary Townes, Director of Purchasing; Jim Jeffer, National Sales Manager Products: Floor and garage brushes, street brooms, scrub brushes, masonry brushes, paintbrushes and sundries, squeegees, concrete fin-

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP ishing brooms, hot-dipped pails, fender and utility brushes, wax applicators and corn brooms, 11 Malish Corporation, The 4260 Hamann Parkway Willoughby, OH 44094 USA Phone: 440-951-5356 Fax: 440-951-0293 E-Mail: comments@malish.com Web Site: www.malish.com Company Officers: Terry J. Malish, Chairman; Jeffrey J. Malish, President & CEO Products: The Malish Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial and industrial floor machine brushes. With manufacturing facilities in the United States and China, and a sales office and warehouse in Europe, Malish is well positioned to handle customer requirements virtually anywhere on the globe. In addition to its strength in floor machine brushes, Malish also offers a full line of janitorial and foodservice/color-coded brushes for use in a wide variety of industries. More recently, the Diamabrush™ Floor Preparation System by Malish was introduced, offering a complete line of specialty brushes for prepping concrete and wood as well as mastic removal. Malish Plastics is a division of The Malish Corporation with manufacturing and sales operations at the corporate headquarters in Willoughby, OH. Malish Plastics specializes in custom thermoplastic extrusions to produce a wide range of profiles and tubes. 11 Manufacturers Resource, Inc. P.O. Box 667 Duluth, GA 30097 USA Phone: 770-476-3339 Toll Free: 800-772-8503 Fax: 770-491-0101 E-Mail: sbpmri@bellsouth.net Products: Manufacturers Resource, Inc. provides all of the materials and machinery used to produce textile based mops. Materials include yarn, thread, tapes, fabrics, and machinery from the top manufacturers for wet mops, dust mops, tufted mops and pads. Tapes and threads for mattress production are also available. 11 Marino – Vileda Professional 59 Talman Ct. Concord, Ontario L4K 4L5 CANADA Phone: 905-669-9949 Fax: 905-669-5750 Toll-Free: 800-265-6267 Web Site: www.marinomop.com, www.vileda.com Products: Brooms, brushes, mops, dust mops, mop handles, floor squeegees, Microfiber wiping cloths, buckets & wringers, plastic bottles, health care products, washroom accessories, and more. 10

May/June 2011 Paul Marsh LLC 654 Madison Avenue, Suite #2009 New York, NY 10065 USA Phone: 212-759-9060 Fax: 212-319-6214 E-Mail: paulmarshllc@earthlink.net, or marsh.llc@verizon.net Web Site: www.paulmarshworldwide.com Products: China bristles, horse hair, fine hair, synethetic tapered filaments (all colors), mixtures for paintbrushes (synthetic filaments & natural bristles), machinery new and reconditioned, parts and service, paint roller winding, cutting and finishing machines, roller frames, paint roller fabrics, phenolic paper, adhesive, covers, extension poles, handles, ferrules, brush pins, epoxy resins, etc. Brief History: Founded in 1959 by Paul S. Marsh, the firm has grown steadily. Paul Marsh LLC is presently an international supplier to the brush and broom trade, serving manufacturers in over 40 countries. Diversified departments within the company now supply manufacturing and trading concerns in a wide range of industries. 11 Mary Moppins 1083 Tyson Lane Eugene, OR 97404 USA Phone: 541-607-9498 Fax: 541-688-7195 Web Site: www.goclean.com Company Officers: Mary Findley, Owner; Jason Noland, Sales Manager Products: Mops, handles, wall cleaning pads, microfiber, degreaser, window cleaner, car wax, oxidation remover, leather cleaner, wood polish, hard water remover, terry towels, lint free towels, stain remover for grout. Brief History: After professionally cleaning homes, Mary Findley developed a new floor mop idea for residential cleaning companies, small offices, medical offices, beauty and barber shops. Findley is a nationally recognized cleaning expert and carries a full line of green cleaning tools and cleaners. Special Features: Mary Moppins is dedicated to bringing customers the highest grade product for the best price. If customers can’t find the tools they need, Findley will find it for them. Newsworthy Happenings: Mops are a huge hit with nursing homes. They wash the towels in the morning, then spray the towels with disinfectant. Floors are mopped without buckets of water or rinsing. 11 MB Companies, Inc. 1615 Wisconsin Ave. / P.O. Box 200 New Holstein, WI 53061 USA Phone: 920-898-1560 Fax: 920-898-4588 E-Mail: sales@m-bco.com Web Site: www.m-bco.com Products: Power Broom Brush Replacements – flat wafers available in a variety of diameters, made of poly, wire or combination. Convoluted wafers also available in a variety of diameters



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May/June 2011 and made of poly, wire or combo. Custom orders available. Brush replacements are available for street sweepers – offering gutter and tube brooms. 10 MBK Maschinenbau GmbH Friedrich-List-Str. 19 88353 Kisslegg Bad.-Wuertt. GERMANY Phone: 0049-75 63-91 31-0 Fax: 0049-75 63-25 66 Web Site: www.mbk-kisslegg.de Company Officers: Albert and Mario Pfender, Managing Directors; Carl-Josef Weiland, Annemarie Knolmayer Products: Machines for the production of paint rollers made of foam – Drilling machine MBO, drill grinding machine, gluing machine MKL also availavle with Corona, splitting machine MSP, ejecting machine MAS, round off machine MAR, frame bending automat BBM, automated assembly machine for roller cores KMA, foam gluing machine MKE, roller supply RZ, supply hopper BF, pea-hole burning machine ERB. Machines for the production of paint rollers made of plush and lambskin – Strip cutting machine STM and STM-R, plush cutting device PSE, turn over equipment SUV, tandemturn-over-machine SUM, drawing device SAV, roller winding automat RWA, roller assembly machine RMA, roller treating automat RBA, radiator plush roller winding automat HWA, radiator plush roller assembly automat HMA, production automat for radiator rollers HFA, roller supply RZ and supply hopper BF. Machines for the production of flat and round paintbrushes – Flat paintbrush automat with automated adhesive dispenser FPA, automated cleaning and trimming machine for flat paintbrushes ABM-K and ABM-L also for synthetic fiber, inserting and stapling machine EHM extendible with printing device and packing unit, paintbrush packing automat PEA, tuft dividing machine BAM, bristle vibrator BAG, shearing and trimming machine ZSM, wall brush assembly device FME, round paintbrush automat RPA, production equipment for round paintbrushes RFA, round paintbrush assembling machine RPM, and cleaning and trimming machine for round paintbrushes RSA. Mixing, metering and dispensing machines – Automated adhesive dispenser VGA; mixing, metering and dispensing machine for two and more component resin systems MUD and MUD-R with adjustable mixing ratio. Brief History: MBK is a state-of-the-art, medium-sized engineering company located in Kisslegg in the Allgaeu (approx. 35 km northeast of Lindau on the Lake of Constance, Germany). Special Features: Maintenance and service for all types of machines, conversion and extension of machinery in stock. 11

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP MFC, Ltd. 1904 Freight Street Laredo, TX 78041 USA Phone: 956-724-5191 Fax: 956-725-8080 E-Mail: info@mfc-usa.com Web Site: www.mfc-usa.com Company Officers: David Kalisz Products: Tampico fibers, union mix, semipatent fiber, palmyra, bassine, horsehair, horsehair mixtures with tampico fiber and/or synthetic. Boar bristle mixtures (natural and/or with synthetics), paintbrush mixtures of synthetic and natural bristles. Tipping, flagging, mixing and dyeing of taper synthetic fiber for paintbrush industry. Also rice (broom) root and metal handles. Brief History: MFC, Ltd., with roots as a supplier to brush manufacturers going back over 100 years, is proud to continue to provide customers with quality products and excellent service at competitive prices. 11 Michigan Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. 7446 Central Avenue - P.O. Box 10247 Detroit, MI 48210-0247 USA Phone: 313-834-1070 Fax: 313-834-1070 Toll-Free: 800-642-7874 E-Mail: mmfgcoinc@aol.com Web Site: www.mi-brush.com Company Officers: Bruce M. Gale, President/ Managing Director Products: Specializing in all types of brooms, brushes, mops, squeegees, paint rollers and related products. Special order products for machinery and equipment including oversize paint rollers, brushes, and squeegees are available. Prototypes and long or short runs invited. 10 Mill-Rose Company, The 7995 Tyler Blvd. Mentor, OH 44060 USA Phone: 440-255-9171 Fax: 440-255-5039 E-Mail: info@millrose.com Web Site: www.millrose.com Company Officers: Paul Miller, President Products: The Mill-Rose Company is suited to manufacture brushes as tiny as .018” in diameter to 15” wire wheel brushes, using a diverse range of metals and both natural and synthetic fibers for bristle material. Production runs vary from high-volume standard or custom orders to small-volume specialty orders. Style and types of brushes include, but are not limited to, twisted-in-wire, strip brushes, staple set, end, cup, wheel, drawn and more. Mill-Rose offers a complete range of standard materials (high carbon, stainless steel, brass, bronze, nylon, bristle) etc., a variety of animal hair, and more. Also offered are aluminum silicate, and different grits of diamond-mixed aluminum oxide and silicon carbide, as well as different grits of plain aluminum oxide and silicon carbide. History: The Mill-Rose Company is a U.S.

PAGE 51 manufacturer of twisted-in-wire brushes used in virtually every type of industry throughout the world. Mill-Rose experienced significant growth from its humble beginning in 1919, and today operates manufacturing and warehouse facilities throughout the United States and Mexico. A 64,000- square-foot production facility in Mentor, OH, and 33,000-square-foot production facility in Mexico feature the latest manufacturing techniques and quality-control programs. Production is complemented by a 70,000-square-foot distribution center with state-of-the-art inventory management and distribution. Special Features: The Mill-Rose Company specializes in designing and manufacturing brushes used in new and unique applications. Many of these brushes do not actually brush, and are used in all types of manufacturing where off-the-shelf brushes simply don’t work. Applications include static dissipation, material handling, augers, heat sinks, filters and more. These unBrushes® can be made to any size and shape, and produced in any quantity. unBrushes® can be manufactured to customer drawings, or designed and manufactured by Mill-Rose. 08 Milwaukee Dustless Brush Gordon Brush Wisconsin, LLC 1632 Hobbs Drive, Unit C Delavan, WI 53115 USA Phone: 323-724-7777 Toll-Free: 800-632-3220 Fax: 323-724-1111 E-Mail: sales@milwaukeedustless.com Web Site: www.milwaukeedustless.com Company Officers: Kenneth L. Rakusin, Mgr. Products: A full line of maintenance tools and brushes for the janitorial and industrial supply markets, including: Speed Sweep® floor brushes, Speed Squeegee® floor squeegees, Speedy Corn® upright brooms, Speedy Mop® selfwringing cellulose sponge mops, hand held utility brushes, counter dusters, deck scrubs and vehicle washing brushes. HySWEEP™ hygienic cleaning tools are not only manufactured with a compression lock handle system but also meet the hygienic requirements of the food processing, healthcare, agriculture and safety industries. A full line of replacement brooms are offered for both mechanical and air street sweeping equipment, including: Speed Sweep® tube-type main brooms, Tuft Sweep™ tufted main broom strips, gutter brooms, wafer segments, vacuum sweeper extension brooms. Custom designed brush capabilities include staple-set cylindrical brushes. Brief History: Milwaukee Dustless Brush Co. was founded in 1897 in Milwaukee, WI. The original “Dustless” floor brush included a reservoir in the brush back which fed a sweeping fluid to the floor surface. This design was highly effective in preventing dust and dirt from rising into the air. Over the years, Milwaukee



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PAGE 52 Dustless Brush has improved upon the “original” dustless brush concept and has become a leading innovator in janitorial brush design and production. Satisfying customers’ changing needs with superior product design serves as the driving force behind the company’s growth. Company Statement: In December 2005, Gordon Brush Wisconsin, LLC purchased the assets of Milwaukee Dustless Brush and has since moved the manufacturing from Milwaukee, WI, to an ultramodern facility in Delavan, WI. In its continued pursuit to efficiently manufacture the highest quality products, Gordon Brush Wisconsin, LLC has invested in state-of-the-art brush/broom machinery which, when combined with over 100 years of brush manufacturing knowledge, will keep the company at the forefront of the janitorial brush manufacturing industry. 10 Thomas Monahan Co., The 202 N. Oak Arcola, IL 61910 USA Phone: 217-268-4955 Fax: 217-268-3113 E-Mail: tim@thomasmonahan.com Web Site: www.thomasmonahan.com Company Officers: Jim, Tim, Jon, and Chris Monahan. Pat Monahan owns and runs a sister company, Monahan Partners Products: The Thomas Monahan Company is the parent of the Monahan family of companies – Brush Fibers, Inc. (natural and synthetic filaments); Monahan Filaments (synthetic filaments); and Whitley Monahan Handles Company (wood handles). See separate listings for these companies in this issue. The Thomas Monahan Companies manufacture and sell component parts for the manufacture of brooms and mops. They have proven sources in the USA, China, Mexico and around the world. Through its Whitley Monahan Handles Company, Monahan offers quality handles in pine and hardwoods in clear lacquer, painted or plain sanded, with tapers, tennons or threads, in all standard diameters and lengths. The company is the exclusive distributor of Bamwood – a manufactured wood made from bamboo. Through its Brush Fibers and Monahan Filament companies, Monahan manufactures synthetic filaments and sells them along with imported natural fibers to the brush industry. The Thomas Monahan Company sells broomcorn and natural filler fibers, plastic angle brooms, and broom twine. The company also offers products from foreign sources on a container load basis for direct shipment at nice savings. Brief History: The company has been a family business since 1922, now managed by its fourth generation of Monahans. Company Statement: The Thomas Monahan Co. stands behind everything it sells. The company prides itself on fast, courteous service. 11

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP Monahan Filaments, LLC 215 Egyptian Trail Arcola, IL 61910 USA Phone: 217-268-4957 Customer Service: 888-833-1097 E-Mail: info@monahanfilaments.com Web Site: www.monahanfilaments.com Company Officers: John Monahan, President; Brian Crawford, Vice President Sales & Marketing; Mark Mininfior, Vice President Manufacturing Products: Broad selection of synthetic filaments in a wide range of diameters for the brush and monofilament industries. Nylon, polyester, polyethylene, and polypropylene fibers find application in industrial, construction, automotive, personal care, paint, cosmetic, and janitorial markets. Exclusive representative for Tai Hing Nylon Products in North America. Brief History: Founded in early 2007 with the acquisition of Specialty Filaments, the company has consolidated operations into a new facility in Arcola, IL. Centrally located in the midwest, MFI is well positioned to meet the challenging needs of all customers. Sister company Brush Fibers is also located in Arcola and is managed by Chris Monahan. Special Features: Now offering high performance filaments such as PPS for demanding applications and V0 grade nylon. 11 Monahan Partners 200 N. Oak Arcola, IL 61910 USA Phone: 217-268-5771 Fax: 217-268-3113 E-Mail: pat@monahanpartners.com, or debbie.dunagan@monahanpartners.com Web Site: www.monahanpartners.com (effective after July 1, 2011) Company Officers: Pat Monahan, President, (888-268-5754); Debbie Dunagan, Vice President (888-268-5757) Products: Monahan Partners assembles wood, metal or fiberglass mopsticks. It offers a full range of metal and plastic attachments for both wet and dry mops. It also sells the component parts for self-assembly. Monahan Partners offers popular plastic and metal janitor quick changes/stirrups, gripper (jaws), household and janitor spring and levers. And for dust mops it also offers nylon slide connectors and a patented flexible connectors. Other popular products are dust mop frames and heads (in 3 1/2 and 5inch widths) including cotton, colored cotton, colored synthetics, disposables and microfiber dust mop pads with a velcro backing as well as wedge mop heads and frames. Monahan Partners also sells broom braces, industrial T-bars, plastic/wire connectors for layflat mops, twist mops made with cotton yarn, microfiber yarn, and non-woven, microfiber yarn wet mops, both metal and plastic hinge sponge mops and fiberglass handles with swiv-

May/June 2011 el cap and thread. Brief History: Monahan Partners was spun out of The Thomas Monahan Company in December 2010. Formerly, a division of the family business, the new company hired all The Thomas Monahan Co. employees, bought the buildings, equipment, inventory and retained the customer base. New Developments: Monahan Partners now sells a popular, made in USA, economical, patented lobby dust pan. 11 Monterey Mills P.O. Box 271 Janesville, WI 53547 USA Phone: 608-754-2866 Fax: 608-754-3750 E-Mail: sinykind@montereymills.com Web Site: www.montereymills.com Company Officers: Daniel Sinykin, President Products: Premier supplier of knitted pile fabric to the paint roller industry. Apparel, overthe-counter, toy, saddlepad, casket / boot / slipper / music case liners, wash mitts, pet beds, wool and wool blended buffing pads, premium hospital pads, and pet bed fabrics. Brief History: Monterey Mills is today a combination of multiple companies. Joseph Rosenberg founded Roller Fabrics in 1946 and expanded the use of pile fabric when paint rollers started being used during the 1950s. The company’s emphasis on industrial and applicator fabrics remains strong today. In 1995, Daniel Sinykin and his wife, Jodi Habush, purchased the company from the Rosenberg family. Monterey Mills, founded by Carl Jensen and later run by his son, Jay Jensen, began in Janesville, WI, in 1965 manufacturing faux fur for the women’s apparel and toy industries, as well as home furnishings such as bedspreads, throws and bath rugs. Monterey Mills expanded and improved its products and its physical size. In August 2005, Dan and Jodi purchased the company from Jay Jensen and consolidated operations. His goal was, and is, to continue expanding the business by offering the highest quality knitted pile fabric to industrial and retail markets. Special Features: Monterey Mills strives to be the premium supplier of knitted pile fabric and to be recognized as a leader in the industry. The company’s goal is to provide customers with a product they can be proud of, and to assist them in the growth of their business. In addition, Monterey Mills strives to provide its valued employees with an environment in which they can learn, grow, achieve success, and participate in the success of the company’s common vision. Newsworthy Happenings: Monterey Mills marks its 65th anniversary in 2011. 11 Mount Joy Wire Corp. 1000 E. Main Street Mount Joy, PA 17552 USA Phone: 717-653-1461 Toll Free: 800-321-2305



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May/June 2011 Fax: 717-653-6144 E-Mail: sales@mjwire.com Web Site: www.mjwire.com Company Officers: Tom Duff, President & CEO; Ty Krieger, VP of Operations; George Belforti, Director of Sales & Marketing; Jon Stine, Plant Manager Products: Wide range of brush wire products – carbon steel, stainless steel, brass plated, galvanized, tinned, flats. All sizes of tempered and hard drawn brush wire with full capabilities in crimping, bunching, and cutting in hanks. 11 Nation/Ruskin, Inc. 206 Progress Drive Montgomeryville, PA 18936 USA Phone: 267-654-4000 Fax: 267-654-4010 E-Mail: nationruskin@nationruskin.com Web Site: www.nationruskin.com Company Officers: Ray Adolf, President; Alex Adolf, Executive V.P. Products: Paint sundries: Drop cloths, painters rags, cheesecloth, sponges, staining pads, gloves, tack cloths, dust masks, terry towels, glass towels, shop towels, microfiber cloths, mitts, tarps. 10 Newkor, Inc. 10410 Berea Rd. Cleveland, OH 44102 USA Phone: 216-631-7800 Fax: 216-631-7886 E-Mail: gbarr@newkor.com Web Site: www.newkor.com Products: Newkor manufactures paper or phenolic cores. It offers a wide range of material selections including: kraft paper, aluminum foils, custom colors and printing. Newkor can manufacture any wall thickness, length and inside diameter. Brief History: Newkor, Inc. has been in business since 1972. It manufactures plain and phenolic cores, and will deliver exceptional quality. Special Features: Unique phenolic-impregnated feature offers added strength and resistance to chemicals and solvents as a result of the company’s proprietary technology for resin saturation. 10 Nexstep Commercial Products, (Exclusive Licensee of O-Cedar)

131 N. Railroad Avenue Paxton, IL 60957 USA Phone: 217-379-2377 Fax: 217-379-9901 E-Mail: sales@ocedarcommercial.com Web Site: www.ocedarcommercial.com Company Officers: Todd Leventhal, Pres.; Stan Koschnick, Vice President, Operations; Todd Mauer, Vice President, Sales & Marketing Products: A complete line of commercial cleaning products... brooms (angle and traditional upright), floor sweeps, brushes (utility, counter, scrubs and bowl), wet mops (traditional), mops (self-wringing, sponge and

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP roller), dust mops, microfiber (cloths, wet mops, dust mops, dusters, bonnets, heads/holders, cleaning systems, etc.), squeegees (floor and window), dusters, carpet sweepers, bonnets, dispensers, sponges, floor mats, rotary brushes, pad drivers, hardware for rotary brushes, carts and mop buckets and wringers. Brief History: Long-time industry experts Todd Leventhal and Stan Koschnick - both executives with O-Cedar Brands and Viking Industries with more than 60 years combined experience in the cleaning industry - bought the commercial division in 2003 from O-Cedar Brands. The new company, Nexstep Commercial Products, is the exclusive licensee of O-Cedar for commercial products. Its products are manufactured and distributed out of its two main facilities located in the Midwest. The company is dedicated to providing its customers with innovative, top quality products at very competitive prices and with worldclass customer service and flexibility. The product slogan “O-Cedar Makes Your Life Easier®” exemplifies Nexstep Commercial Products (exclusive licensee of O-Cedar) commitment and know-how to make cleaning quicker and easier for today’s operators/end-users. Special Features: Nexstep Commercial Products, (exclusive licensee of O-Cedar), is committed to protecting the environment and improving the current state of Earth’s ecosystem. Recently, it launched a complete line of “green” solutions, supported by the distinguished “Green Environmentally Designed Products” seal of approval. All “Nexgeneration” solutions are classified into one or more of the following categories: Post industrial waste, recycled resin, renewable resource, new technological materials, materials reduction, recycled pulp. Nexstep Commercial Products (Exclusive Licensee of O-Cedar) will continue to conduct market research to understand today’s operators/end-users needs and do its part to protect the environment and improve the current state of Earth’s ecosystem. Newsworthy Happenings: Nextstep Comm. Products continually develops “Nexgeneration” solutions to make its customers life easier. This includes developing “ecofriendly” solutions as exemplified by its “Green Environmentally Designed Products” seal of approval and recently launching over 50 new “Nexgeneration” solutions. 11 Norshel Industries, Inc. 2933 River Rd. Croydon, PA 19021 USA Toll Free: 800-355-MOPS Fax: 215-788-5225 E-Mail: sales@norshel.com Web Site: www.norshel.com Products: Wet mops, handles, dust mops, brushes, dust pans, poly and corn brooms. 06

PAGE 53 Northeast Ltda. Rua Lisboa, 453 Sao Paulo S.P. 05413-000 BRAZIL Phone (U.S.): 917-842-5062 Phone: 55 11 3085 4955 Fax: 55 11 3081 2176 E-Mail: michaelg@northeast-brazil.com Web Site: www.northeast-brazil.com Company Officers: Michael Grossman, Elaine Kimoto, Isabela Zanini Products: FSC and non-FSC wooden handles; softwood and hardwood, all finishing available: sanded, lacquered or painted; all accessories such as metal threaded tips, thread on wood, tenon, domed, plastic caps, etc. available, as are bar codes and private labels. All packing available including strip pack, box pack, etc. Metal handles and angle brooms are also available. Brief History: Northeast, over the past seven years, has developed into the prime resource for quality and legally logged wooden handles out of Brazil. Reliability, consistent quality and timeliness of shipping have become synonymous with Northeast and the Malinski factory. Multi-annual logging contracts will guarantee its raw material for years to come. Newsworthy Happenings: In spite of the weakening U.S. dollar, Northeast has been able to maintain its position as a quality wooden handle supplier to the United States and Canada. 11 Northern Wood Products, Inc. 1504 Lauderdale Pl. LaCrosse, WI 54603 USA Phone: 608-783-1112 Fax: 608-783-0272 E-Mail: norwoodprod@centurytel.net Products: Wood handles and wood brush blocks manufactured for the broom, brush and mop industries. 10 Nyco Products Company 5332 Dansher Road Countryside, IL 60525 USA Toll-Free: 800-752-4754 Fax: 708-579-9898 Web Site: www.nycoproducts.com Products: Chemical formulas, floor finish, stripper, cleaners, disinfectants/sanitizers, odor counteractants, cleaners, degreasers, pressure washes, kitchen products, dish machine products, Green Seal and DfE certified products, hand soaps, bowl cleaners, carpet cleaners, and foodservice products. 10 O’Dell Corporation, The P.O. Box 540 Ware Shoals, SC 29692 USA Toll-Free: 800-342-2843 Fax: 800-445-1533 E-Mail: info@odellcorp.com Web Site: www.odellcorp.com Products: Wet mops; dust mops; microfiber bucketless systems; microfiber wet and dry pads; microfiber cloths; disposable biodegrad-



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PAGE 54 able dry dusting sheets; deck mops; handles; janitorial accessories; brooms; brushes; dusters - microfiber, polywool, lambswool, and ostrich; squeegees; carpet bonnets; environmentally friendly cleaning tools - EchoMop, wet mops, dust mops, handles, Grip-N-Flip microfiber mitts; Double Green brooms and brushes; MicroWash microfiber cleaner. Brief History: O’Dell Mop and Broom Company was founded in 1945 by returning veteran William O’Dell Sr. The O’Dell Corporation has grown at a steady pace since then, and is now one of the leaders in the cleaning products industry. O’Dell provides custom manufacturing and packaging, as well as a full line of environmentally-friendly cleaning tools, The EchoLine®. 10 P & A Industrial Fabrications, LLC 1841 North Main St. Roxboro, NC 27573 USA Phone: 919-451-6200 Fax: 336-597-7750 Web Site: www.paifllc.com Products: Supplier of woven paint applicator fabrics including: polyester, recycled polyester, acrylic, and microfiber. 10 PADCO Inc. 220 Elm St., SE Minneapolis, MN 55414 USA Phone: 612-378-7270 Toll Free: 800-328-5513 Fax: 612-378-9388 Web Site: www.padco.com Products: One of the fastest, most efficient floor finish applicators available. For hardwood, resilient, vinyl, concrete, tile, and stone finishes and coatings. PADCO t-bar floor coaters’ cushioned squeegee action applies a smooth, flawless finish with water-borne, wax, and mild solvent coatings, in a fraction of the time of traditional applicators. Normal application rate is 10,000 square feet per hour with no streaks or bubbles. PADCO offers a full line of floor finish applicators, trim pads, extension poles, trays and accessories. Visit www.padco.com/floortools. 05 Paint Brush Corporation P.O. Box 371 Vermillion, SD 57069 USA Phone: 605-624-8601 Fax: 605-624-6909 Web Site: www.paintbrushpartsbrush.com Products: Paintbrushes for the professional, as well as automotive parts cleaning brushes. Worldwide distribution available. Paint Brush Corporation is now in its 65th year. 10 Paragon Mop Company 4401 Wilkinson Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28208 USA Phone: 704-391-7525 Fax: 704-391-7437 E-Mail: paragonmop@worldnet.att.net

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP Web Site: www.paragonmop.com Products: A full line mop manufacturer offering standard cut-end wet mops, premium loop mops, a wide variety of dust mops, corn brooms, handles for wet mops and dust mops, dust mop frames and carpet bonnets. The company’s flexible manufacturing capabilities, quality, service, and competitive prices set the standard for proven, reliable performance. 09 Patrick Yarn Mills, Inc. 501 York Road Kings Mountain, NC 28086 USA Phone: 704-739-4119 Fax: 704-739-9276 E-Mail: sales@patrickyarns.com Web Site: www.patrickyarns.com Products: Patrick Yarn Mills offers a complete product line of high quality yarns for wet mops, dust mops and finish mops. The company’s modern manufacturing facilities produce cotton yarns, synthetic blends, and specialty mop yarns, including anti-microbial and microfiber products. 06 Paul Brothers & Co. Bros India Office Post Bag No. 3, Muhamma Alappuzha, Kerala 688 525 INDIA Phone: 91 478 2862344 / 2863593 Fax: 91 478 2862648 E-Mail: brothers@vsnl.com Web Site: www.brosindia.com Company Officers: K.P. John, Managing Dir.; John Paul, Export Director; John Jose, Export Director Products: Natural Palmyra Fiber; oiled palmyra fiber; bassine (dyed palmyra fiber); extra fine plamyra stalks (natural and dyed); regular natural stalks (RNS); mixture of palmyra fiber and stalks; (50/50, 60/40, 70/30) union mixture of poly and palmyra fiber; (50/50, 60/40, 80/20) natural floor furnishing or coir, jute, rubber; cotton (mats, matting rolls, rugs and carpets); erosion control products; and agricultural and horticultural products. Brief History: Paul Brothers & Co., is a manufacturer of palmyra brush fiber products from India since 1978. It has been supplying products directly to the buyer situated across the globe. Its exports cover the USA, Europe, China, Australia, Middle East & Far East. The company holds sufficient stocks of palmyra and stalks to ship container loads within a week’s notice. The company has insourcing facilities for the collection of raw materials. Special Features: Suppliers of dressed fiber to the brush industry. The company removes dust and residue dyes which can cause break-downs and consequent filling machine down-time. Dressed fibers can be fed directly to the machine. Introducers of poly union mixture from India and paper wrapped hanks. Besides regular hanks, the company can supply the palmyra in 10cm dia rope tied hanks and 5 to 12.5 kg large hanks. Suitable paper carton packing is adopted for dressed fiber

May/June 2011 and poly union mixture. Newsworthy Happenings: Holds first position in exports of palmyra fiber from southern India. Innovator of poly union mix from India. 11 PelRay International, LLC 610 Lanark Drive #202 San Antonio, TX 78218 USA Phone: 210-757-4640 Fax: 210-650-8103 E-Mail: info@PelRay.com Web Site: www.PelRay.com Company Officers: Michael McKenzie, CEO; Ray LeBlanc, COO; Bart Pelton, CFO; David McGee, Sales Manager Products: Raw materials – natural fibers: broomcorn, yucca, palmyra, and tampico; mop yarns: cotton, rayon, microfiber, PET; wood handles: hardwood, pine as well as FSC handles; metal handles: plastic coated and powder painted; mop and brush hardware. Finished items – imported plastic angle brooms, mop handles, corn brooms, deck mops, push brooms, and brushes all made to customer specifications. Also offered are mop buckets, wet floor signs, floor and window squeegees, and more. Brief History: PelRay International was started in October 2008 to serve manufacturers of brooms, mops, and brushes worldwide. Although it is a new company, its managers and sales staff each have over 20 years experience in the industry and over 100 years combined. The company’s staff is ready to serve customers easily in Spanish or English. Hablamos expañol. Newsworthy Happenings: From PelRay’s new warehouse in San Antonio, TX, shipments can reach customers anywhere in the continental United States, Mexico or Canada in less than a week. 10 Pennellificio Omega S.p.A. Via Larga, 13 Bologna, BO 40138 ITALY Phone: +39 051 530165 Fax: +39 051 535561 E-Mail: omega@omegabrush.com Web Site: www.omegabrush.com Company Officers: Massimo Rondelli, CEO; Luca Orsoni, Production Manager; Raoul Giovanetti, Export Manager; Davide Gaibari, Domestic Market Sales Manager Products: Paintbrushes, paint rollers, art brushes, decorator brushes, scrapers, abrasives, putty knives, and yachting special paintbrushes. Shaving brushes and shaving sets in: hog bristle, pure badger, synthetic; shaving cream in bowl and tube; make-up brushes; handmade soap; handmade razors and shaving brush stands. Brief History: The Pennellificio Omega S.p.A. has been a leading brush maker since 1946. The famous Omega brand marks a complete range of high professional quality paintbrushes and rollers, and a wide selection of shaving brushes



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May/June 2011 and gift sets, both in bristle, pure badger and synthetic fibers. Omega production’s high quality is due to the great experience in manufacturing and to the careful selection of raw materials. Omega brand is used not only in Italy but all over the world, even in those countries in which a well-established and qualified domestic production still exists. Omega brushes are produced in Italy only. A key feature of the company’s processing is the attention it pays to the mixing of the bristles. This allows it to have very high production standards and consistency over time. Newsworthy Happenings: The Pennellificio Omega S.p.A. has attended all the Cosmoprof Fairs in Bologna from the first edition. 11 Perfex Corporation 32 Case Street Poland, NY 13431 USA Phone: 315-826-3600 Fax: 315-826-7471 E-Mail: perfex@perfexonline.com Web Site: www.perfexonline.com Products: Brooms, brushes and mops. 09 PFERD INC. 30 Jytek Drive Leominster, MA 01453 USA Toll Free: 800-342-9015 Phone: 978-840-6420 Fax: 978-840-6421 E-Mail: sales@pferdusa.com Web Site: www.pferdusa.com Company Officers: Gene Huegin, President; Ralph Whitcomb, VP Finance; Sam Birel, VP Operations (PFERD Milwaukee Brush Co.); Diane Scalley, Director of Business Process Integration Products: The PFERD family of products includes hand files, Tungsten carbide burs, mounted points, coated and non-woven abrasives, cutting and grinding wheels, power and maintenance brushes as well as a selection of high-end pneumatic and electric power tools. Power brushes in North America are marketed under the ADVANCE BRUSH brand name. For decades, ADVANCE BRUSH has been synonymous with world class quality industrial and maintenance brushes. Industrial brush range offers knot and crimped wire brushes in wheel, tube, end, and cup brush configurations. In addition to the industrial wire brushes, a complete line of MBRAD™ abrasive filament brushes is also available. A complete line of maintenance brushes including high quality U.S.-made hand scratch brushes and push brooms are also offered. Brief History: PFERD is a family-owned global manufacturing business headquartered in Marienheide, Germany with manufacturing sites in four countries on three continents. The company started in 1799, manufacturing files for the farrier industry and has since expanded to manufacturing a wide variety of products used for cutting, grinding, and metal finishing. ADVANCE BRUSH is

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP the brand name for all power and maintenance brushes sold in North America by PFERD. The ADVANCE BRUSH manufacturing facility in Milwaukee, WI, became a member of the PFERD group of companies in 1997. Special Features: ADVANCE BRUSH offers a complete line of industrial power and maintenance brushes. ADVANCE BRUSH was the first power brush company to develop and market the COMBITWIST® knot brush design. This alternating knot design dramatically improves brush balance and performance over convention knot style brushes. Some of the other benefits of COMBITWIST® construction include: faster stock removal, reduced operator fatigue and better surface finish. The exclusive J-Bevel brushes are designed to be used in conjunction with automatic orbital welding machines. The narrow face width of the brush allows for deeper penetration and cleaning into narrow bevels. The patent-pending line of TWINNUT stringer bead knot wheels solves the problem of brush interference with angle grinder guard when changing the mounting position of the brush. A complete line of M-BRAD™ flexible abrasive filament brushes featuring silicon carbide, aluminum oxide and ceramic abrasive grain is also offered by ADVANCE BRUSH. Newsworthy Happenings: In January 2011, PFERD ADVANCE BRUSH introduced its latest and most comprehensive product offering in the over 200-year history of the company. Tool Manual 21 is packed with useful application and technical information about more than 7,500 different products. This publication contains seven catalog sections highlighting the various tools PFERD ADVANCE BRUSH offers to the marketplace. To satisfy increasing sales growth, PFERD ADVANCE BRUSH has recently moved into a new 90,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The new manufacturing and warehousing facility is located on the north side of Milwaukee. In addition, there have been significant investments made in the company, including additional technical personnel as well as investment in new manufacturing equipment. This state-of-the-art facility ensures that ADVANCE BRUSH will be able to supply its current and future customers with safe, high-quality and high-performance products. 11 Plasticfibre S.P.A. Via Emilia 309A 40011 Anzola Emilia (BO) ITALY Phone: +39-051-739762 Fax: +39-051-739519 E-Mail: fiori@plasticfibre.com Web Site: www.plasticfibre.com Company Officers: Sergio Fiori, Sales Mgr. (fiori@platicfibre.com); Glenn Guyette, Agent for U.S.A. and Canada (glennguyette@aol.com) Products: Synthetic monofilaments: Plasticrin (PVC), Emilen (PP), Ecoclean (PBT), Ecoster (PET), Politex (PE), Ultrapaintex (hollow PBT), Paintex (hollow PET), Ecostil (PS), Ecosan (PS/SAN), Plastinyl (PA).

PAGE 55 Also offered areΩvegetable fibers (tampico/broomroot/palmyra). Brief History: Manufacturers of quality synthetic fibers for the broom and brush industry since 1959. The company extrudes filaments made of PVC, PP, PET, PBT, PS, SAN, PE and PA. Plasticfibre can offer a complete range of synthetic filaments to manufacturers of all brush products in every sector. Its filaments are appreciated and employed in an unlimited range of applications throughout the industrial and manufacturing sectors in more than 50 countries worldwide. Quality system certified under ISO 9001:2008. 11 Pogliani SRL Via A. Volta 7/A Costamasnaga (LC) 23845 ITALY Phone: ++39031856986 Fax: ++39031856273 E-Mail: info@poglianisrl.com Web Site: www.poglianisrl.com Products: Synthetic filaments: solid and hollow polyester, nylon, PP and polyethylene; tapered filaments for paint, cosmetic and toothbrushes; Wires: stapling wire (flat and round), wire for crimping or for twisted purpose, wire for filling, in many different raw materials such as stainless, brass, phosphorous bronze, nickel silver, copper coated and galvanized steel; Natural fibers: tampico, broom root, coco, palmyra, horsehair, bristles and mixtures. Brief History: Founded at the beginning of the 20th century, Pogliani s.r.l. started out by preparing bristles, hair and vegetable fibers. Subsequently, Pogliani s.r.l. has developed and evolved and the experience gained from production is now combined with its wide commercial knowledge. Its range of products has been gradually increased in order to follow the market’s evolution and to cover all of its customers’ needs. After more than 100 years continuous activity, Pogliani has become a landmark in raw materials supply for the broom, brush and paintbrush industries. The combination of experience and knowledge of global market enables Pogliani s.r.l. to suggest the best solutions combining quality with optimal price and service. 10 Proveedora Mexicana De Monofilamentos, S.A. De C.V. (PMM) Oriente 217 No. 190 Mexico City, D.F., 08500 MEXICO Phone: 001 (52 55) 55 58 6502 Toll-Free: 1-877-202-9320 Fax: 001 (52 55) 55 58 4483 E-Mail: pmm@pmm-mex.com Web Site: www.pmmbrightline.com Company Officers: Enrique Mejia, General Manager; Dennise Silva, Sales Manager; Cynthia Sauza, Sales Executive U.S. & Canada Products: PMM produces synthetic engineered monofilaments for the brush industry. It offers nylon 6.12, nylon 6, nylon 6.6, nylon 6 plus, polyester PBT, polyethylene and polypropylene



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PAGE 56 filaments in a wide range of calipers and colors. It specializes in critical applications, where consistency and quality are a must. 11 Purdy 101 Prospect Ave. Cleveland, OH 44115 USA Toll Free: 800-547-0780 Fax: 800-380-9422 E-Mail: info@purdycorp.com Web Site: www.purdy.com Products: Purdy offers a broad assortment of brushes, roller covers, faux finishing tools and painting accessories. Brief History: The Purdy story began in 1925 when S. Desmond Purdy began building paintbrushes in a converted two-car garage in Portland, OR. His uncompromising dedication to quality and excellence continue today. He believed that handcrafting the finest painting tools is the only way to “build in” the characteristics and properties that assure superior coverage and unsurpassed performance. Special Features: Purdy painting tools offer outstanding finish appearance, which forms a smooth, even layoff of the paint on the surface. Smoother “no drag” brush strokes and better paint flow and release are also qualities found in Purdy brushes. Faster, better production on big jobs is achieved because more brush time is spent on the painting surfaces and less time dipping in the paint. Purdy brushes also provide the best cutting-in capabilities for corners and sash work because of the individual craftsmanship put into the chiseling, shaping and finishing of all Purdy brushes. The brushes are also the lightest weight and are perfectly balanced. Newsworthy Happenings: Purdy recently launched a number of products including its 18inch adjustable roller frame. Purdy’s premium adjustable roller frame fits all standard roller covers from 12 to 18-inches. This patent-pending design works with a cam latch system for quick adjustment. Purdy also launched a jumbo mini-roller system. This cageless jumbo miniroller frame features a patent-pending “dog bone” design which provides the smoothest rolling action for a perfect finish. The 3/4-inch jumbo core cover holds more paint giving professionals the desired look in less time. The new lightweight frame is available in 14 and 26 1/2inch lengths, as well as a complete assortment of 4 1/2 and 6 1/2-inch jumbo mini-roller replacement covers. 11 Quinn Broom Works, Inc. 1527 IL Rt. 121 P.O. Box 575 Greenup, IL 62428 USA Phone: 217-923-3181 Fax: 217-923-5150 E-Mail: qbroom@rrl.net Web Site: www.quinnbroomworks.com Company Officers: Mark D Quinn, President Products: All types of wound, nail, kitchenette,

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP whisk and toy brooms. Corn brooms manufactured to customers’ specifications. 11 Reit-Price Mfg. Co., Inc. 522 W. Chestnut Street Union City, IN 47390 USA Phone: 765-964-3252 Fax: 765-964-5343 E-Mail: customerservice@reitprice.com Web Site: www.reitprice.com Products: Wet mops, dust mops, squeegees, handles, corn brooms, microfiber mopping pads and microfiber cleaning towels. 10 Remco Products 4735 W. 106th Street Zionsville, IN 46077 USA Phone: 317-876-9856 Fax: 800-585-8619 Web Site: www.remcoproducts.com Products: Designers and manufacturers of quality plastic products. Color-coded polypropylene one- and two-piece shovels, mixing paddles, scoops, scrapers, metal detectable tools, HDPE tubs, lids, pallets, and steel undercarriages. Remco also offers the Vikan hygiene system® line of color-coded hand brushes, floor and wall brushes, squeegees, pails, pad holder system, paddle/floor scrapers, tube and valve brushes, handles (regular and specialized), wall brackets and waterfed brushes and handles. Brief History: Remco Products is a family business started in 1985 by Richard L. Garrison in Zionsville, IN. The company offers a large range of products and serves a number of markets, including the food processing, food service, jan/san, material handling, and safety markets. Special Features: Remco offers Vikan hygiene system® color-coded hygienic brooms, brushes and squeegees. The brooms and brushes feature a solid polypropylene block and polyester bristles that are held in place with stainless steel staples. With block and bristle of the same color, they are autoclavable, sterilizable and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and bristle types. In addition to fixed head and swivel neck squeegees, an ultra hygiene squeegee is also available. The single-blade design of this squeegee discourages bacterial growth. These products can be purchased with Remco’s selection of European-thread handles that are of varying length, material and color. Remco also offers a complete line of helically wound stainless steel tube and valve brushes as well as several special application brushes. 11 Rol-Brush Mfg. , Division of Michigan Brush Mfg. Co. Inc. 7446 Central Avenue - P.O. Box 10247 Detroit, MI 48210-0247 USA Phone: 313-834-1070 Fax: 313-834-1178 Toll-Free: 800-642-7874 Web Site: www.mi-brush.com Products: Company offers paint rollers, covers

May/June 2011 and trays. Private label is the company’s specialty. Rol-Brush is a prime manufacturer, a great OEM source and is a member of the American Brush Manufacturers Association. 10 Royal Paint Roller Mfg. Corp. 248 Wyandanch Ave. West Babylon, NY 11704 USA Phone: 631-643-8012 Fax: 631-253-9428 E-Mail: royalpaintroller@aol.com Company Officers: Randy Boritz, President; Gloria Boritz, Secretary Products: Paint roller covers made of lambskin, Kodel, lambs wool, synthetic blends, “Lint Free” woven fabrics. All sizes available. Jumbo 2-1/4” ID to Slim Jim covers, plus roller frames, trays, paintbrushes and a full line of painting accessories for the professional and do-it-yourself markets. Brief History: Royal Paint Roller Mfg. Corp. has been providing top quality paint rollers and painting accessories for the professional and do-it-yourself markets for over 40 years. It takes pride in the reputation it has established over the years of being more than simply a supplier, but rather a “business partner” to customers. Along with the many items offered in its catalog, the company has increased the number of items it manufactures according to customer specifications. Its cost-conscious approach has also enabled it to offer private labeling to many of its volume purchasers at competitive prices. It looks forward to continuing its steady growth, which has been built on high quality products and the personal, attentive service its customers have come to expect. 11 Rubbermaid Commercial Products 3124 Valley Avenue Winchester, VA 22601 USA Phone: 540-667-8700 Fax: 540-542-8770 E-Mail: jennifer.schneider@rubbermaidcommercial.com Web Site: www.rubbermaidcommercial.com Company Officers: Nell Elbeler, President Products: Rubbermaid Commercial Products, a leader in durable facility maintenance solutions, produces an extensive line of solutionbased cleaning and maintenance products including: the Rubbermaid HYGEN™ System, WaveBrake® Mopping Systems, Web Foot® Microfiber Mops, Swinger Loop® Wet Mops, Super Stitch® Mops, floor sweeps, brace brooms, street sweeps, Trapper® Dust Mops, Kut-A-Way® dust mops, disposable dust mops, utility brushes, deck bushes, and floor squeegees. Brief History: Rubbermaid Commercial Products, headquartered in Winchester, VA, is a manufacturer of products for commercial and institutional markets worldwide. Since 1968, RCP has pioneered technologies and system solutions in the categories of food services, san-



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May/June 2011 itary maintenance, waste handling, material transport, away-from-home washroom, and safety products. RCP, an ISO 9001:2000 manufacturer, is part of Newell Rubbermaid’s global portfolio of brands. Special Features: The Rubbermaid HYGEN™ System’s proven performance ensures healthy, safe environments by removing microorganisms, reducing cross-transmission and long-lasting durability. The complete system offers a valuable solution when compared to traditional mopping systems. It maximizes productivity, reduces chemical and water consumption and cleans floors more than three times faster than traditional string mops. Newsworthy Happenings: Rubbermaid Commercial Products has joined the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International’s Partnership Program for 2011. As a BOMA Cornerstone Partner, RCP pledges to support BOMA’s vital programs in advocacy, education, research and membership at the highest level. At the 2010 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) introduced new sustainable solutions expanding on its existing platform of “green” friendly products. 11 Sanderson MacLeod 1199 South Main Street Palmer, MA 01069 USA Phone: 866-522-3481; 413-283-3481 Fax: 413-289-1919 E-Mail: mborsari@sandersonmacleod.com Web Site: www.sandersonmacleod.com; www.ztipbrush.com Company Officers: Eric W. Sanderson, Chair; Mark N. Borsari, President; Linda Mitchell, Vice President of Administration Products: Sanderson MacLeod specializes solely in twisted-wire brushes. It is a large volume contract manufacturer of medical and dental brushes, firearm brushes, cleaning brushes and cosmetic brushes. It is also the inventor of the Z-Tip, a new way to put a protective tip on a twisted-wire brush that is smoother, safer and stronger than traditional tipping methods. The Z-Tip is manufactured using high energy fusion welding technologies to melt a pre-constructed core wire section of a twisted-wire brush into a consistent, smooth and inseparable protective tip. In 2011, the Z-Tip won the American Brush Manufacturers Association’s William A. Cordes Innovation Excellence Award. More specifically, Sanderson MacLeod manufactures the following types of twisted-wire brushes: medicl endoscope cleaning, medical cytology, interdental, shotgun cleaning, rifle cleaning, pistol cleaning, general cleaning, deburring, poishing, and mascara. Brief History: The company was founded by Ken Sanderson and Bruce MacLeod in 1958. In 1959, Sanderson MacLeod invented the twisted-wire mascara brush. During the 1960s, the

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP company purchased better brushes and thus launched decades of growth and expansion into the medical, firearm, and industrial and general cleaning markets. Today, Sanderson MacLeod employs more than 100 employees and operates out of a 137,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility with an FDA compliant quality control lab. Engineering custom brushes is the company’s specialty. Newsworthy Happenings: In March 2011, Eric Sanderson, owner and CEO, announced the appointment of Mark N. Borsari to president and the retirement of his predecessor, Jim Pascale. 11 Schaefer Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. 1101 S. Prairie Avenue Waukesha, WI 53186 USA Phone: 262-547-3500 Toll Free: 800-347-3501 Fax: 262-547-3927 E-Mail: sales@schaeferbrush.com Web Site: www.schaeferbrush.com Company Officers: Harold G. Schaefer, CEO/ Owner; Sheri Reichart, President Products: Brushes made of twisted-in-wire, staple set and hand drawn are the specialty of Schaefer Brush. With the recent addition of automated twisting equipment, Schaefer is capable of manufacturing both small and high volume production runs. Brushes can be filled with a variety of materials, including horsehair, natural fiber, synthetics, abrasive nylon and various sizes and types of wire. From concept to completion, custom manufactured industrial brush products are made daily to perform in very unique applications. The company’s catalog, illustrating an extensive line of standard items for the plumbing and HVAC industries, can be found on the Web site. Brief History: Schaefer Brush incorporated in Milwaukee, WI, in 1905. Harold Schaefer purchased the company from his third generation cousin Jack Schaefer, in 1990. Jack’s son, Jeff Schaefer, purchasing manager has been with the company since 1983. 10 Schlesinger Maschinenbau GmbH ForststraBe 3 Burgwald, Hessen 35099 GERMANY Phone: 0049-6451-719180 Fax: 0049-6451-71918-30 E-Mail: info@schlesinger.de Web Site: www.schlesinger.de Products: Brush production machinery. Automatic cleaning and trimming machinery. Special Features: High performance and special machinery; appliances for brush production; performance, modern and versatile machine constructions; powerful technics and reliable service. 10 Shanghai Yi Heng Daily-Use Products Co., Ltd. No. 27 Si Cheng Rd. Ma Lu Town, Jia Ding District Shanghai, P.R. CHINA 201208 Phone: 86-21-69158000, Ext. 8077

PAGE 57 Fax: 86-21-69158070 and 69158093 E-Mail: ivyf@sh-yiyuan.com Web Site: www.sh-yiyuan.com Products: Cleaning products, daily-use products, brooms, brushes, mops, mop buckets, squeegees, dusters, etc. Also offered are machinery such as broom stitchers, cutting machines, binding machines, as well as furniture. Brief History: Shanghai Yi Heng Daily-Use Products Co., Ltd was founded in 1996, headquartered in Shanghai. Manufactured products come in various kinds and are kept updated with the quick change in technology. Primary items cover cleaning products and daily-use products involving over 400 kinds, and are exported to the United States, Australia, Europe, Japan and Southeast Asia. Since the establishment of the company, both Yi Heng representatives and customers have witnessed a rapid development that comes from an excellent management team. Innovation in management, research and development, especially in sales, enable the company to accommodate further growth. Special Features: The company offers American long fiber corn brooms to the U.S. market with over 40 styles. It offers direct sales for American nationwide supermarkets through U.S. partners. The company’s products, quality, sales network and after-sale service help to increase sales volume. 11 Shijiazhuang Golden Harvest Industrial & Trading Co., Ltd Room 811, Fullboon Building No. 1 North Jianshe St. Shijiazhuang, Hebei 050071 CHINA Phone: 86-311-87761195 Fax: 86-311-87760818 E-Mail: xiufeng.chen@gmail.com Company Officers: Chen Xiufeng, Manager; Li Fan, Sales Manager Products: Boiled bristle, bristle mixture (tapered solid/hollow PET/PBT filaments mixed with boiled bristle), horse tail/mane hair, horse hair mixture (PET/PVC mixed with horse tail/mane hair), PET (tapered solid/hollow), double drawn goat hair, double drawn goat hair mixture (PET mixed with double drawn goat hair), horse body hair, fine goat hair, ox ear hair, dog hair, badger hair, kolinsky tail hair, weasel tail hair, blue squirrel tail hair, pie squirrel tail hair, PBT (imitation blue squirrel tail hair, imitation badger hair, etc.) and fine hair mixture (ox ear mixed with horse body hair, goat hair mixed with horse body hair, etc.) Brief History: A regular supplier to some wellknown brush fiber dealers in Europe and the United States. An experience brush fiber supplier since the 1980s. Starting to expand direct sales to brush manufacturers in the United States and Europe since 2000. Special Features: Good knowledge not only in natural fibers like boiled bristle, etc.,but also synthetic filaments. Newsworthy Happenings: A new joint venture



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PAGE 58 bristle dressing factory began to process boiled bristle/bristle mixture in 2010. Now are able to dress 36 tons of bristle per month. 11 Shurhold Industries, Inc. 3119 SW 42nd Ave. Palm City, FL 34990 USA Phone: 772-287-1313 Fax: 772-286-9620 E-Mail: nicole@shurhold.com Web Site: www.shurhold.com Products: Brushes, mops, brooms, handles, cleaning chemicals, buffer and fishing gaffs. 09 Southern Steel and Wire Inc. 100 Minich Road Madison, NC 27025 USA Phone: 336-548-9611 Fax: 336-548-6030 Products: Broom and brush wire: tinned broom wire, galvanized mop wire, galvanized brush staple wire. Assorted packages: reels, payoff packs and spools. 10 Spiral Brushes, Inc. 1355 Commerce Drive Stow, OH 44224 USA Toll-Free: 800-888-2861 Phone: 330-686-2861 Fax: 330-686-9436 E-Mail: sales@spiralbrushes.com Web Site: www.spiralbrushes.com Products: Standard and custom industrial brushes in all power brush styles, metal channel strip brushes, and wound cylinder brushes. A broad selection of brush fill materials including carbon steel, stainless steel, brass, bronze, nylon, polypropylene, polyester, abrasive nylon, horsehair, and tampico. Engineering consultation available to solve application problems. Custom brush design is a hallmark. Call for “specials” and hard-to-find power brushes. Brief History: Spiral Brushes was founded in 1939 as a manufacturer of custom brushes, including a patented metal channel strip. During the 1960s and 1970s, Spiral expanded its product offering to include more powerdriven brush styles, and added industrial distributors to its established base of end-users, OEMs and brush manufacturers. 10 Stainless Steel Products 561-T Acorn St. Deer Park, NY 11729 USA Phone: 631-243-1500 Fax: 631-243-4064 E-Mail: sales@stainlesswires.com Web Site: www.stainlesswires.com Products: Stainless steel wire - rolled; stainless steel wire - flat; stainless steel strip; wire forms; wire straightened and cut; crimped wire. Brief History: Stainless Steel Products is a division of RMR International Co., Inc. The division was established in 1996 to focus on the sales of stainless steel wire and value added wire prod-

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP ucts to American manufacturers and distributors. In 2003, the company undertook an expansion by adding wire drawing capabilities. This expansion was undertaken to differentiate Stainless Steel Products, Inc. from competitors by providing customized solutions to specific customer requirements. The company’s mission statement is to facilitate American industrial manufacturing by providing customized solutions and quality products at competitive prices. Special Features: Stainless Steel Products is a material supplier selling wire and wire products to manufacturers and distributors in the United States. The company manufactures wire to a customer’s customized specifications, as well as stocks and distributes products for quick shipments and just-in-time requirements. 07 St. Nick Brush Co. P.O. Box 15 Burton, OH 44021 USA Toll Free: 800-798-1269 Fax: 440-834-0243 Web Site: www.hardwood-lumber.com Products: Brushes, brooms, wood brush blocks, street brooms and floor sweeps. All brooms are in the company catalog, which can be downloaded off the Web site. All blocks are made by Hardwood Lumber, which is a part of St. Nick Brush Co. Brief History: Hardwood Lumber Co. began operating in 1958 as a logging saw mill operation. In 1978, the company purchased its first broom machine, which was a street broom machine. Then came a deck scrub machine. This was a wood using operation. Quality lumber was easily sold, but low grade lumber presented a problem. The company had kilns to dry lumber and small dimension wood products could be Special made out of low grade lumber. Features: Manufactures different types of household brushes and brooms, with a specialty of street brooms. The company has a computerized ripping and cutoff system for the manufacture of wooden brush blocks. 11 Thomas Textile Company P.O. Box 35697 Charlotte, NC 28235 USA Phone: 704-342-9200 Fax: 704-342-9233 E-Mail: wgtttc@bellsouth.net Company Officers: Bo Thomas, President Products: .60/4 cotton blend on ball warps and single end wheels; .80/8 cotton blend on ball warps; .80/4 and .80/8 rayon blend on ball warps and single end wheels; 4/plied cotton and cotton blend yarn on ball warps and cones; 2/plied cotton yarn on ball warps and cones; cotton and Synray Mopmaster products. 11 Tucel Industries, Inc. 2014 Forestdale Road - P.O. Box 146 Forestdale, VT 05745 USA Phone: 802-247-6824

May/June 2011 Fax: 802-247-6826 E-Mail: jlewis@tucel.com Web Site: www.tucel.com Company Officers: John C. Lewis, Jr., Pres.; Joanne Raleigh, Vice President Products: Tucel produces brushes currently serving foodservice, janitorial and other industries. Tucel is 100 percent green, recyclable and fused. All products are polypropylene which does not absorb water, causing bacteria. Fused brushes are made using a manufacturing process whereby the bristle and block are “Heat Fused” together; thus no holes and no staple where bacteria can harbor and cross-contaminate. Brief History: Tucel originated in 1970 gaining its first patent for “Fusing” bristle to block. Tucel was located in Middlebury, VT, for 10 years and relocated to Forestdale where the 45,000-square-foot factory still remains. Tucel has held more than 38 patents worldwide. Tucel also develops a wide assortment of specialty brushes for other companies. Special Features: Tucel has its brushes NSF tested for cleanability. All products are HACCP compatible. Newsworthy Happenings: Tucel has had 6 employees retire including 2 employees with 32 years of service and 2 employees with 25 years of service. Tucel has been under the same ownership since it started in 1970. 11 Tuway American Group 2820 West Maple Road, Suite 101 Troy, MI 48084 USA Phone: 248-649-8790 Fax: 248-649-3666 Web Site: www.tuwaymops.com Products: Tuway offers a complete line of textile cleaning products, including dust-mops, wet-mops, floor finishing applicators, cloths, carpet bonnets, and a full range of microfiber cleaning products and accessories. Brief History: Tuway is a women-owned and family operated company, that has been a leader in textile cleaning product innovations since 1923. Special Features: Tuway offers an extensive line of products and programs designed exclusively to meet the most vigorous cleaning challenges. 10 Unger Enterprises, Inc. 425 Asylum St. Bridgeport, CT 06610 USA Toll Free: 800-431-2324 Fax: 800-367-1988 E-Mail: unger@ungerglobal.com Web Site: www.ungerglobal.com Products: Unger manufactures high quality, innovative tools that help professionals clean windows, floors and restrooms, as well as outdoor and high access areas in the janitorial/sanitation, industrial, food and retail industries. Brief History: In 1964, Henry Unger realized his vision to improve the safety and efficiency of cleaning products. Beginning with window cleaning tools, he started designing and



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May/June 2011 selling a new line of products for professional window cleaners. Unger has grown and diversified since then by adhering to two fundamental philosophies: treating customers as the most important asset and producing innovative products. In the mid1990s, Unger expanded its product lines to become a leading provider of cleaning and maintenance solutions for janitorial sanitation, window and industrial sectors. Today, Unger manufactures and sells over 250 product solutions to professional cleaning personnel in over 80 countries worldwide. 09 United Rotary Brush Corporation 15607 W. 100th Terrace Lenexa, KS 66219 USA Toll Free: 800-851-5108 Fax: 913-541-8310 E-Mail: info@united-rotary.com Web Site: www.united-rotary.com Company Officers: Rob Savage, CEO Products: Rotary brooms for street sweeping, road building and runway sweeping. Engineered Products Division manufactures customized specialty brushes for industrial solutions. 11 Vonco Products, Inc. 201 Park Avenue Lake Villa, IL 60046 USA Phone: 847-356-2323 Fax: 847-356-8630 E-Mail: les@vonco.com Web Site: www.vonco.com Company Officers: Les Laske, Vice President Products: Broom sleeves, mop bags, printed roll stock, bags on a roll, header bags, hard header bags, wicketed bags, custom shapes, process printing, trade show bags. Brief History: Vonco has been a family owned manufacturer of all types of polyethylene shapes and flexible packaging since 1955. Special Features: Broom sleeves are available with a straight side tapered shape with optional “fast-load” features. Remember Vonco for mop bags, printed roll stock and header bag needs. See Vonco’s promotional products at www.thunderstix.com. 11 Weiler Corporation One Weiler Drive Cresco, PA 18326 USA Phone: 570-595-7495 Fax: 570-595-2002 E-Mail: info@weilercorp.com Web Site: www.weilercorp.com Products: Maintenance products include floor, garage and street brooms; vehicle care brushes; upright brooms and mops; specialty floor brushes; squeegees; dust pans; window and dusting, scrub, utility, bowl, food service, paint and sundry, and wire scratch brushes. 10

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP Whitley - Monahan Handle Co. 3827 Whitley Road Midland, NC 28107 USA Phone: 704-888-2629 E-Mail: patrick@whitleyhandle.com Company Officers: Patrick Peebles, President; Jim Monahan, Vice President/Sales Manager (located at Arcola Sales Office 217-268-5755); Products: Whitley - Monahan has a complete line of wood handles. Hardwoods (both domestic and imported) and softwoods are available in 3/4 to 1 1/4-inch diameters, in lengths from 10inches to 12-feet. The company has complete lacquering and finishing capabilities in a modern plant located in Midland, NC. Call Jim or Patrick for a quote on wood handle requirements. Brief History: Whitley Monahan Handle Company was formed in 2009 from the merger of two great names in the wood handle business. The Whitley Handle Co. of Midland, NC, and the Thomas Monahan Co. - Wood Handle Division of Arcola, IL. The operating plants of each were consolidated at the modern Whitley Handle plant in Midland. Patrick Peebles and his wife, Lorraine, run the day-to-day operation in Midland. Jim Monahan assists in sales out of the Arcola, IL, office. Special Features: Whitley - Monahan can offer immediate shipments from its plant in Midland. The plant has sanding and painting capabilities and can finish the handle with any custom end treatment. Further, the company can label, strippack, or box handles to customer specifications. Newsworthy Happenings: Don’t continue to purchase containers with long leadtimes and rising ocean freight rates. Why gamble on fluctuating exchange rates? Purchase domestically and better control costs and inventory levels. Call today. 11 Wöhler Brush Tech GmbH Schützenstrasse 38 33181 Bad Wüennenberg GERMANY Phone: +49 2953 73-300 Fax: +49 2953 7396-300 E-Mail: bt@woehler.de Web Site: www.bt.woehler.com Products: In its modern facility of over 10,000 square meters with a state-of-the-art machine outfit, Wöhler offers the required flexibility and engineering possibilities to build specialty machines for a diverse range of applications. These are specialty machines and complete production systems for all types of technical brushes for industrial applications: strip brushes, roll brushes; twist knot brushes; brush segments (wheel and cup); dental brushes, polishing brushes; end brushes; street sweeper brushes, cleaning brushes; twist-inwire brushes, micro brushes; paintbrushes and special technical brushes. Wöhler Brush Tech also supplies: punching, trimming, cutting and crimping equpment; brushing and specialty machines; surface finishing and WPC devices,

PAGE 59 and special filaments. Brief History: Founded in 1948 in Wuppertal, Germany by Hans Wöhler (and based on the company established in 1932 in Berlin by his father, Wilhelm Wöhler) the production facility and main operations center moved to Bad Wüennenberg in 1964, becoming a limited company under his son, Dr. Fritz Wöhler, in 1988 and receiving its current company form as Brush Tech in 2002. The company currently operates with 70 employees and an effective, global dealer network. Special Features: In Wöhler’s corporate research, development and design department new processes and technologies are constantly developed. Worldwide patents endorse the company’s goal of being always a step ahead. It is pleased to present the following machinery innovations for Street Sweeper Production. State-of-the-art modular Brush Body Extrusion Line BBM 700 for the production of brush bodies in pure PP, PE or composite construction. The innovative process allows a recyclable, metal-free brush design and the easy application of low-cost, recycled material reducing production costs. The centrally positioned extruder with an output of up to 20 m/min. or 150 kg/h can serve up to 10 modular stations. The bodies produced are automatically dropped into a cooling channel, from which they can be either manually or automatically taken out. The Airport Cassette Brush Machine GB90 is desiged for the production of single brush bundles as well as ready assembled cassette brushes. Mounted on a shaft, these cassette brushes are specifically used for the cleaning of airport runways. The machine operates with preassembled cassettes, ready cut and picked wire bundles coming directly from the Wire Crimping and Cutting Unit DA 660 and retaining wire automatically fed from a magazine or directly from the spool. T h e GB 90 has a production output of 8 to 12 bundles/min. The highly developed all-in system directly connects flat wire rolling with the automatic drilling and filling of brush blocks with wire, PP or mixed fill. Latest innovations on the GB 20 machine are: programming of a hole pair with groove, composite fill bundles and freely programmable hole patterns; step boring for the fail-safe insertion of bundles; bundle lock on channel outlet to safeguard against bundles being pulled out; reduced cycle time by intermediate block positioning; fill holding jaws without jamming of the bristles; touch screen with icons, large data memory, big storage and simple sequence programming; graphical display of hole pattern, and, large filament channels. The automatic Ring Rolling Machine RWA 250 produces U- or V-shapped metal rings and can be integrated with the Calibration and Rivet Inserting Station NIS 900. The Spot Welder PT 100 is additionally recommended for the fully automatic production of complete rings at a speed of up to 10 pieces/min. 10



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PAGE 60 Wooster Brush Company, The 604 Madison Avenue Wooster, OH 44691 USA Phone: 330-264-4440 Fax: 330-263-0495 E-Mail: customerservice@woosterbrush.com Web Site: www.woosterbrush.com Company Officers: William Fagert, President; Jon Rose, Vice President of Sales; Scott Rutledge, Vice President of Marketing Products: With more than 160 years of industry experience, The Wooster Brush Company is one of the most innovative manufacturers of paintbrushes, rollers, surface prep tools, and painting equipment in the USA. Wooster offers, through distribution, over 2,300 products for professional and doit-yourself painters. Brand names include Ultra/Pro®, Alpha™, Advantage®, Yachtsman®, Shortcut®, and Golden Glo® paintbrushes; Super/Fab®, Pro/Doo-Z®, Avalon™ Super Doo-Z®, and Polar Bear® paint rollers; Sherlock® roller frames and extension poles; the Jumbo-Koter® miniroller system; and Prep Crew® surface prep tools. Brief History: In 1851, The Wooster Brush Company began producing handmade bristle brushes from a two-story building in Wooster, OH. Its headquarters are still located in that city. Far beyond a single building, the company has grown to over 888,000-square-feet of manufacturing, shipping, administrative, and warehousing facilities. Wooster Brush has 500 dedicated employees with an average of 18 years of service each. Special Features: Specially designed for today’s paints, new Wooster Chinex® FTP™ paintbrushes excel in low VOCs and fasterdrying coatings. Chinex FTP brushes combine added stiffness with a fuller, softer tip for better reults. Their firmness allows paint to be pushed farther along a surface. Better distibution and a longer paint stripe are achieved by a fuller end that increases paint release. The softer tips of FTP brushes not only create a smooth finish, they also leave precise edges for improved cutting-in. Chinex is durable and stays wetter to make brush cleaning easier. Go to woosterbrush.com/catalog to view all wooster applicators. Newsworthy Happenings: Effective Aug. 1, 2010, William S. Fagert became president of The Wooster Brush Company. His predecessor, Allan K. Rodd, retired after 42 years of service, the last 12 as president and treasurer. In retirement, Rodd will continue to serve the company as vice chairman of the board of directors. Fagert joined Wooster Brush in 1985. During his 26 years of service, he has held various finance positions including accounting manager, assistant treasurer and controller. He most recently served as vice president of finance. Prior to joining The Wooster Brush Company, Fagert was a certified public accountant with Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young). 11

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP Worldwide Integrated Resources 7171 Telegraph Rd. Montibello, CA 90640 USA Toll Free: 800-441-6448 Fax: 323-838-8939 E-Mail: info@wwir.com Web Site: www.wwir.com Company Officers: Fred Morad, President/ CEO; Todd Carlson, VP Sales/Marketing; Lucy You, COO Products: Metal and plastic hardware, dustpans, self-ringing mops, wet mops, sponge mops, dust mops and frames, buckets, brooms, miscellaneous and specialty items. 10 Xiamen Power Light Industry Co., Ltd. 2F, Factory BLDG. No. 33-35, Huli Rd., Huli Xiamen, Fujian 361006 CHINA Phone: 86-(0)592-5623805 Fax: 86-(0)592-5625208 Web Site: www.ctbc.com.tw Products: Car wash brushes, snow brushes, BBQ grill brushes, household cleaning brushes, brooms, wire brushes, mops, flow-through telescopic handles, structural foam brush blocks, solid plastic brush blocks, wood brush blocks. Brief History: In 1994, Xiamen Power was founded by Chung-Thai Brush. It has been operating a brush business in Taiwan since 1971. With sophisticated brush making know-how and the favorable business environment in China, Xiamen Power has grown into a more integrated brush manufacturer. Not only offering finished products to the DIY market, Xiamen Power also provides brush making supplies in structural foam, solid plastic and different types of wood blocks to the brush industry all over the world. 10 Young & Swartz, Inc. 39 Cherry St. Buffalo, NY 14204 USA Phone: 716-852-2171 Fax: 716-852-5652 E-mail: info@youngandswartz.com Web Site: www.youngandswartz.com Company Officers: Raphael E. Winzig, President; Paul E. Winzig, Sales/Engineering Products: Specialty brush manufacturing. Staple set, wheels, strip, cylinders, hand and machine brushes. All mediums–natural, synthetic, wire. Can work in wood, plastic, leather back. Custom and contract runs invited. Company uses quick change, computerized equipment. Brief History: Celebrating 145 years in business. Established in 1866. Special Features: Specializing in custom made brushes. “Send us your specials” is the company’s motto. 11

May/June 2011 Zahoransky AG Anton-Zahoransky Strasse 1 Todtnau-Geschwend 79674 GERMANY Phone: 49 7671-9970 Fax: 49 7671-997-299 E-Mail: info@zahoransky-group.com Web Site: www.zahoransky-group.com For USA: Zahoransky USA, Inc. 1981 Bucktail Lane Sugar Grove, IL 60554 USA Phone: 630-466-1901 Fax: 630-466-1902 E-Mail: frank.kigyos@zahoransky-group.com kevin.kigyos@zahoransky-group.com Brush Machinery: Semi and fully-automatic staple set drilling and filling machines for brooms and brushes; semi and fully-automatic trimming and flagging machines for brooms and brushes; semi-automatic staple set drilling and filling machines for industrial brushes of all types including cylinders, plates, disks, strips, domes and more; semi-automatic staple set machinery for street sweeping main and side brooms; trimming and flagging machines for all types of industrial brushes; abrasive picking and tufting system adaptable to industrial staple set machines. Semi and fully-automatic anchor-set machines for tufting small pre-cored handles (toothbrushes); fully-automatic in-mold toothbrush production system; automatic twisted-in-wire brush machines for production of cut-end brushes; automatic twistedin-wire brush machines for industrial closedend and looped handle brushes; automatic twisted-in-wire brush machines for interdental and cosmetic closed end brushes; semi-automatic twisting machines for the production of all kinds of twisted wire brushes; semi-automatic machines for laying out filament in the production of twisted wire brushes; Semi-automatic wire straightening, cutting and forming machines for the production of twisted-in-wire brushes; wire filament feed and cut machines for the production of twisted-in-wire brushes; fully and semi-automatic hank cutting machines. Packaging Machinery: Semi and fullyautomatic thermoform, seal and cut blister packaging machines; Semi and fully-automatic horizontal cartoning machines. Injection Molds: Automatic multi-component injection molds; automatic single-component injection molds; automatic turn stack molds for in-mold assembly. Custom Automation: Transfer and handling automation to link systems together; semi and full-automatic assembly and inspection machinery. Brief History: The company was founded in 1902 by Anton Zahoransky, providing machines for the brush industry. Strong dedication and leadership has currently made Zahoransky one of the world’s largest suppliers



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and leading developers of brush making machines. In addition, Zahoransky has become one of the world’s leading suppliers of injection molds and blister packaging machines, both of which have been produced in Germany now for more than 40 years. The company operates from 6 manufacturing facilities and 2 sales/service offices located throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Special Features: All Zahoransky CNC brush machines are fully equipped with the company’s latest machine control and 3D Brush Designer system. In addition to providing a simple and reliable operational platform, 3D Brush Designer provides the brush maker with a powerful tool for creating new brush designs in an efficient manner that has never been previously possible. In addition of 3D Brush Designer, Zahoransky has also introduced CAD converter for the conversion of CAD brush drawings into Zahoransky, CNC machine language. Also, introduced at Interbrush 2008 was the SCADA (Systems Control And Data Acquisition) network software for connecting all Zahoransky machines into one network and providing management with complete manufacturing statistical control. 11 Zelazoski Wood Products, Inc. 835 Ninth Avenue - P.O. Box 506 Antigo, WI 54409-0506 USA Phone: 715-627-4804 Fax: 715-627-2347 Toll-Free: 800-240-0974 E-Mail: ben@zwpi.com Web Site: www.zwpi.com Company Officers: James Zelazoski, Pres.; Michael Zelazoski, Vice President; Joseph Zelazoski, Vice President; Charles Zelazoski,


Treasurer; Benjamin Zelazoski, Secretary Products: Complete line of wooden brush and broom blocks, molded, shaped, and/or turned, finished or plain, manufactured according to customers’ specifications. Can also machine most plastics. Brief History: Zelazoski Wood Products began in 1924 as the Thos. Zelazoski Mfg. Co. The company began making wooden blocks for the brush and broom industry in 1928. Over its existence, ZWPI has continued to update machinery, facilities, and processes to meet the ever-changing needs of its customers. Special Features: Zelazoski Wood Products’ modern facility enables it to manufacture a wide range of parts according to customers’ specifications, especially where close tolerance and high quality are required. Unless imported wood is specifically requested, all brush and broom blocks are made from managed North American forests. ZWPI is always ready to look at new items and anxious to quote customer needs, simple or complex, from 1 to 1,000,000 pieces. Newsworthy Happenings: A laser engraver was added to the company’s line of specialty equipment in 2010. Zelazoski is now able to imprint by engraving as well as branding, hot stamping and pad printing. 11 Zephyr Manufacturing Co. 200 Mitchell Road Sedalia, MO 65301 USA Phone: 660-827-0352 Fax: 660-827-0713 E-Mail: info@zephyrmfg.com Web Site: www.zephyrmfg.com Company Officers: R. J. Lindstrom, Pres.; Doug Leerssen, Vice President; Bob Schneider, Vice President of Sales

Products: Zephyr Manufacturing Co. is “Your One Stop Source For Quality Cleaning Products™” with a reputation for quality, service, and selection. The company offers a complete selection of wet mops and dry dust mops covering the full range of fibers, styles and prices. Also offered are brooms, brushes and specialty products, handles, frames, dusters, mopsticks and many related items that are available from leading distributors throughout the world. Brief History: Since 1927, Zephr has been a family owned and operated manufacturer. It continually takes pride in supplying customers with quality products, competitive prices, prompt service and accurate customer service. Today, Zephyr serves North America with specific products aimed at the institutional, industrial, janitorial and foodservice markets. These products are sold to distributors and redistribution wholesalers. Zephyr offers the most complete selection of mops, brooms, brushes, handles, and associated products available from one source. Zephr continually strives to ensure it is the “One Stop Source for Quality Cleaning Products.” 11 ZhenJiang RuiFeng Brush Co., Ltd. Zhuangquan, Guyang Town, Zhenjiang City, Jiangsu Province, CHINA Phone: +86-511-83323108 Fax: +86-511-83326711 E-Mail: sales@ruifengbrushes.com Web Site: www.ruifengbrushes.com Products: Professional manufacturer of paintbrushes. In business for over 20 years. Other products include artist brushes, paint rollers and scrapers. The company’s factory is located in Zhenjiang City, Jiangsu Province, China. 10

National Restaurant Show ACS Industries, Inc.

Tucel Industries, Inc.

ACS Industries of Lincoln, RI, was among the companies exhibiting at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago May 21-24. Pictured, from left, are Richard Johnson, Rory Beaudette and Robert Bryan.

Tucel Industries, Inc. of Forestdale, VT, was among the companies exhibiting at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago May 21-24. Pictured is John Lewis with the company's fused-filament disposable brush replacement. Users can toss the brush and buy a replacement, using the handle, thus reducing replacement costs.



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2011 National Hardware Show The National Hardware Show Photo Gallery

Harper Brush Works

Photo Tour Of Industry Suppliers Exhibiting At The National Hardware Show


ttracting a worldwide audience of over 27,000 industry professionals, the 2011 National Hardware Show took place May 10-12 in Las Vegas, NV. This year’s show included exhibitors showcasing painting supplies, such as paintbrushes and paint rollers, along with companies displaying broom, brush, mop, squeegee and related cleaning products. Attendees were able to discover the latest products and trends while also networking with retailers, distributors and vendors. With 9 different categories offered, those attending had plenty to see on a show floor that spanned over 12 acres. The National Hardware Show will take place next year on May 1-3 in Las Vegas.

Magnolia Brush

Magnolia Brush Manufacturers, Ltd. was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV May 10-12. The company has been manufacturing all types of high quality household and industrial maintenance brushes since 1907. Pictured, from left, are Gary Townes, Jr. and Greta Moore.

Harper Brush Works, Inc. was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV May 10-12. The company offers brooms, brushes, mops, buckets, dust pans and squeegees. Pictured, from left, are Lance Hayward, Barry Harper, Mary Ann Barnett and Paul McNally.

Emsco Group

Emsco Group was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show held in Las Vegas, NV May 10-12. The company exhibited Rain Collection Systems, tools, edging and fencing, landscape rock, snow tools and brushes, tree stands, sleds, toboggans, discs, snow toys, snowboards and enviromentally responsible household and commercial cleaning aids



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2011 National Hardware Show Delamo Manufacturing, Inc.

Delamo Manufacturing, Inc. was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV May 10-12. The company’s product lines include Delamo Professional, Home Care and Green Clean, each specializing in cleaning tools. Pictured is Todd Carlson.

Mr. LongArm, Inc.

Mr. LongArm, Inc. was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV May 10-12. The company’s Woodmates stain applicators were the recipient of a 2010 Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum. The company offers extension poles and accessories.

Distribuidora Perfect

Distribuidora Perfect was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV May 10-12. The company offers paint brushes, paint rollers, cleaning and scrub brushes, tampico fibers, clothes brushes, brooms, rough brushes, shoe brushes, wire bristle scrub brushes, kitchen brushes, toilet brushes, artist’s brushes, wire brushes and painting accessories. Pictured is Luis Del Rio Ambriz.

Jiangsu Animal By-Products Import/Export Group

Jiangsu Animal By-Products Import/Export Group was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV May 10-12. The company offers paint brushes, artists brushes, bristles, synthetic filaments and mixtures of bristle and synthetic filaments. Pictured, from left, are Wang Haiou, Wang Min and Ian Wei.



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2011 National Hardware Show Ace Oldfields

Ace Oldfields was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV May 10-12. The company offers paint brushes, paint rollers and painting accessories. Pictured, from left, are Pratomo Budi S. and By Mery.

Quali-Tech Manufacturing Co.

Quali-Tech Manufacturing Co. was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV May 10-12. The company offers paint brushes and rollers, pads, trays, extension poles, bucket grids, and drop cloths. Pictured is John Moran.

Super Sweep, Inc.

Super Sweep, Inc. was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV May 10-12. The company offers “The Super Sweeper,� an all aluminum broom handle. Pictured, from left, are Lance Margolin and Noah Lundy.

Howard Berger Co., Inc.

Howard Berger Co., Inc. was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV May 10-12. The company is a manufacturer, importer and distributor of products in these categories: hardware, paint sundries, electrical, plumbing, security hardware, hand tools, lawn and garden, heaters and fans, pet supplies, pest control, automotive, rope and twine and tools. Pictured, from left, are James P. Brower and Elliot Piltzer.



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2011 National Hardware Show Butler Home Products

Nour Handcrafted Painting

Butler Home Products was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV May 10-12. The company offers branded cleaning products including brooms, sponge mops, dust mops, wet mops, dust pans, dusters, sponges and scourers. Pictured is Michael Silverman.

Nour Handcrafted Painting Tools was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV May 10-12. The company is a manufacturer and distributor of professional and DIY paint applicators. Pictured is Robert Shaw.

Dynamic Paint Products, Inc.

Padco, Inc.

Dynamic Paint Products, Inc. was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV May 10-12. The company offers Enviro-Paintware products that are Eco-Friendly. Pictured, from left, are Paul Van Noy of MidAmerica Decorating Stores; Walt Bonder and James Mumby of Dynamic Paint Products.

Padco, Inc. was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV May 10-12. The company is a supplier of painting and home decorating tools, including paint applicators, rollers, and trays. Pictured, from left, are Ed Goldstein and Oscar Fernandez.



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2011 National Hardware Show Wilco Molding, Inc.

Flock Development & Research Co. Ltd

Wilco Molding, Inc. was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV May 10-12. The company introduced its first proprietary item for the paint sundry market in 2011. Pictured, from left, are Kim Williams and Coleen Williams.

Flock Development & Research Co., Ltd. was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV May 10-12. The company makes paint pads, paint rollers, applicators, sponges and wood graining tools. Pictured, from left, are Edmond Hobden and Paul Constantine.

Attamark Products Litmited

La Regional

Attamark Products Limited was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV May 10-12. The company offers paint brushes. Pictured, from left, are Paul Cho and Anthony Fung.

La Regional was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV May 10-12. The company offers corn brooms, plastic brooms, cotton mops, synthetic mops, plastic pails and dust pans. Pictured is Omar Garza Sarmiento.



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EXPORTS February Exports By Country

Domestic Merchandise

1404902000 Broomcorn (Sorghum Vulgare Var. Technicum) Used Primarily In Brooms Or In Brushes, Whether or Not In Hanks or Bundles February Year To Date Country Net Q/Ton Value Net Q/Ton Value France 6 23,328 12 45,792 Germany 1 3,020 1 3,020 TOTAL 7 26,348 13 48,812 9603100000 Brooms & Brushes, Consisting of Twigs or Other Vegetable Materials Bound Together, With or Without Handles February Year To Date Country Net Q/Dozen Value Net Q/Dozen Value Canada 3,639 123,421 5,848 203,764 C Rica 210 4,737 210 4,737 Panama 12 2,632 Bahamas 214 52,577 238 55,152 Jamaica 486 14,255 Dom Rep 21 6,956 21 6,956 Dominca 5 2,859 5 2,859 Brazil 350 13,739 350 13,739 U King 878 28,956 3,419 761,620 France 2 2,888 Germany 333 18,554 333 18,554 Poland 168 6,900 168 6,900 S Arab 870 34,672 870 34,672 China 861 20,858 886 24,614 Kor Rep 84 4,015 294 14,873 Hg Kong 1,749 35,512 Japan 60 2,854 312 15,798 Austral 83 4,920 TOTAL 7,693 321,098 15,286 1,224,445

Country Canada Mexico Guatmal Salvadr C Rica Panama Bahamas Jamaica Cayman Dom Rep Grenada Barbado Trinid Aruba Colomb Venez Ecuador Peru Chile Brazil Uruguay Argent U King Ireland Nethlds France Germany Austria Slovak Hungary

9603210000 Toothbrushes February Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 2,790,746 1,368,722 5,642,417 1,727,541 582,636 5,163,963 1,071 10,475 1,071 9,432 7,297 9,432 440 4,500 440 124,560 57,286 124,560 3,548 3,905 4,041 17,160 7,260 23,784 808 51,964 27,365 95,434 1,183 12,106 1,183 5,400 2,848 20,120 32,184 56,277 33,768 5,780 13,222 12,351 41,209 53,761 60,380 203,329 16,704 8,352 33,408 19,260 41,976 58,464 27,640 125,280 2,119 90,842 112,740 211,517 3,259 31,904 12,259 1,296,000 431,901 2,569,968 16,881 79,766 28,577 9,594 30,799 243,030 79,174 29,568 618 3,508 618 265,174 143,212 438,998

Value 2,940,031 1,744,087 10,475 7,297 4,500 57,286 8,949 10,143 7,147 53,689 12,106 18,907 59,784 6,021 88,344 168,251 6,840 3,650 23,422 51,735 17,194 233,620 34,458 846,514 137,900 14,361 657,210 15,485 3,508 236,627

Switzld Poland Russia Ukraine Italy Kuwait S Arab Arab Em India Thailnd Vietnam Malaysa Singapr Indnsia Phil R China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral N Zeal Rep Saf TOTAL

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138,648 7,680 916

93,121 15,274 9,372

5,040 23,712

9,347 10,173

471,144 656,809 357,069 42,120 27,596

166,683 292,388 235,948 18,626 32,209

600 8,362,608

4,128 4,223,840

400 13,928 2,100 5,760 2,468 72,344 7,200 140,516 48,000 1,209 2,639 5,040 30,552 322 12,400 522,192 913,950 671,640 66,984 55,917 79,612 3,300 600 17,605,116

4,867 10,241 13,902 15,030 25,257 30,162 2,570 103,342 96,316 12,372 27,000 9,347 13,205 3,292 38,141 189,006 418,728 487,758 27,405 68,988 78,564 7,009 4,128 9,166,171

9603290000 Shaving Brushes, Hairbrushes, Nail Brushes, Eyelash Brushes & Other Toilet Brushes For Use on the Person February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q./No. Value Canada 290,278 271,433 647,458 499,247 Mexico 23,939 176,376 1,058,245 369,440 Guatmal 586 5,358 586 5,358 C Rica 1,727 9,304 Trinid 1,200 3,489 5,412 54,500 Colomb 353,600 167,224 Surinam 2,916 7,097 2,916 7,097 Ecuador 1,296 11,318 1,296 11,318 Peru 120 2,760 340 7,820 Brazil 129,630 37,007 129,630 37,007 Argent 56,000 12,712 573,500 111,892 Sweden 672 6,148 2,772 25,348 Norway 3,922 35,866 Finland 375 3,428 375 3,428 U King 16,425 117,848 20,981 124,243 Ireland 712 6,508 Nethlds 901 6,084 901 6,084 Belgium 1,531 14,000 2,671 20,429 France 1,081 9,890 11,081 17,450 Germany 5,519 9,996 10,537 41,200 Switzld 371 3,396 371 3,396 Ukraine 684 6,251 Italy 39,894 35,818 41,046 46,353 Arab Em 682 6,234 1,253 30,010 India 70 6,675 70 6,675 Thailnd 1,785 16,324 3,392 31,017 Singapr 298 4,010 1,378 17,872 Phil R 287 2,625 China 12,650 115,697 18,031 164,898 Kor Rep 1,200 6,065 1,200 6,065 Hg Kong 258 2,760 258 2,760 Taiwan 405 3,700 405 3,700 Japan 3,556 6,257 12,273 12,724 Austral 5,530 31,532 6,773 43,192 TOTAL 599,168 933,412 2,916,083 1,938,301 9603300000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes and Similar Brushes for the Application of Cosmetics February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 341,234 802,971 735,734 1,646,328 Mexico 71,983 252,556 115,398 397,215 Hondura 11,594 17,963 16,386 33,308 C Rica 1,295 4,777 Panama 35,038 89,764 35,038 89,764 Barbado 23,186 85,550 Colomb 698 2,575 698 2,575



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BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 1,099 2,834 13,644 708 621 15,930 420 172,010 996 3,408 16,430 1,691 5,020 4,178 1,966 200 2,641 12,839 8,131 2,680 2,387 1,831 9,000 17,198 8,885 10,702 250 7,932 22,517 2,380 1,278,263

6,863 14,711 50,342 2,612 2,955 58,776 3,902 799,268 3,674 18,558 60,619 6,241 18,520 13,017 10,042 2,984 11,124 47,371 30,000 4,001 12,422 15,144 8,493 63,452 76,714 42,023 2,549 29,269 77,478 8,556 3,761,197

Country Canada Mexico Hondura C Rica Panama Bermuda Jamaica Dom Rep St K N Peru Chile Paragua Sweden Denmark U King Ireland Germany Switzld Israel Qatar India Thailnd Indnsia China Kor Rep Austral N Zeal Rep Saf TOTAL

9603402000 Paint Rollers February Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 134,021 317,323 225,878 23,862 62,640 41,686 850 1,496 2,048 10,644 14,578 12,274 3,000 2,319 249 651 11,431 651 1,286 6,188 17,766 174 3,050 174 39 877 6,813 877 460 8,073 3,077 316 11,636 48,811 21,230 18,597 40,168 18,597 280 610 2,101 36,867 2,101 128 7,840 176 13,356 1,992 1,839 9,335 19,656 25,255 2,121 58,798 213,772 583,438 459,055

Value 639,209 120,854 3,982 26,248 3,689 17,400 2,800 5,256 4,369 11,431 21,433 3,050 3,175 6,813 22,952 5,547 60,048 40,168 4,912 3,972 36,867 11,176 69,333 34,960 32,270 49,594 8,540 40,571 1,290,619

Country Mexico Bermuda Peru Finland Belgium Romania Singapr Kor Rep

9603404020 Paint Pads February Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 10,134 1,010 7,166 1,010 1,173 3,127 1,173 4,000 6,640 4,000 1,120 2,560 1,120 728 5,171 728 584 1,288

Value 11,927 7,166 3,127 6,640 2,560 5,171 4,144 9,138



708 621 4,252 420 97,133 996 1,144 2,277 1,691 2,510 2,600 392 200 1,893 6,209 8,131

2,612 2,955 15,690 3,902 385,562 3,674 9,442 8,400 6,241 9,260 7,196 4,234 2,984 6,984 22,909 30,000

2,175 1,831 3,000 17,198 888 10,297

8,022 15,144 2,831 63,452 3,275 39,506

1,552 17,586

5,728 65,144



Austral TOTAL

May/June 2011



14,061 34,098

38,097 87,970

9603404050 Paint, Distemper, Varnish or Similar Brushes (Except Brushes of 9603.30) February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 102,724 673,756 224,485 1,525,091 Mexico 674 13,972 3,303 63,893 Salvadr 150 3,119 Hondura 657 14,609 657 14,609 Nicarag 1,442 5,271 C Rica 46 2,549 359 9,041 Panama 2,285 59,857 2,950 83,957 Bahamas 40 2,696 Cayman 559 4,658 N Antil 530 11,000 Colomb 477 9,900 477 9,900 Peru 1,215 42,524 1,215 42,524 Chile 1,815 10,452 1,815 10,452 Argent 2,314 48,004 2,314 48,004 Iceland 666 8,591 666 8,591 Sweden 1,040 13,025 1,668 26,050 Finland 1,100 6,745 Denmark 1,993 132,102 4,914 192,688 U King 2,210 22,222 5,435 84,361 Ireland 1,456 5,604 1,477 11,106 Nethlds 10,047 208,388 17,217 367,776 France 910 22,573 1,436 33,493 Germany 3,158 56,416 3,158 56,416 Iraq 1,146 23,760 1,146 23,760 Israel 150 3,110 1,774 36,790 S Arab 133 2,756 Arab Em 368 7,627 368 7,627 India 58 7,421 258 11,579 Sri Lka 184 3,822 Thailnd 288 2,513 Malaysa 2,220 25,393 2,952 45,832 Singapr 1,812 21,682 2,820 42,570 China 22 2,712 22 2,712 Kor Rep 189 3,926 Hg Kong 800 9,200 Japan 1,704 37,634 1,704 37,634 Austral 300 9,088 3,208 49,414 N Zeal 2,380 16,221 Fr Poly 93 7,465 93 7,465 TOTAL 141,560 1,490,436 295,686 2,925,262 9603900000 Hand-Operated Mechanical Floor Sweepers, Not Motorized, Mops & Feather Dusters; Prepared Knots & Tufts for Broom or Brush Making, NESOI February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 253,336 1,963,361 470,257 4,168,605 Mexico 56,168 719,067 122,906 1,573,639 Guatmal 168 2,719 Belize 300 7,850 300 7,850 Salvadr 300 9,360 Hondura 28 7,017 C Rica 1,516 5,692 Panama 4,613 74,820 4,613 74,820 Cayman 536 8,689 Dom Rep 775 2,952 B Virgn 240 5,998 240 5,998 S Lucia 193 3,123 193 3,123 N Antil 895 3,018 Aruba 400 8,765 400 8,765 Colomb 750 5,900 Venez 1,188 19,265 2,974 53,897 Ecuador 1,808 29,325 1,808 29,325 Chile 19,640 141,177 19,640 141,177 Brazil 3,623 30,212 4,206 39,671 Norway 696 11,293 Finland 739 11,985 U King 4,827 140,068 10,156 239,618 Ireland 2,075 33,660 2,506 44,393



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May/June 2011 Nethlds Belgium Luxmbrg France Germany Austria Switzld Russia Portugl Italy Lebanon Israel S Arab Arab Em Afghan India Thailnd Vietnam Singapr China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral N Zeal Moroc Camroon Nigeria Kenya TOTAL

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 4,786 2,417 204 382 10,601

35,602 45,039 12,261 6,194 145,994

1,811 2,236 600 6,352 876 420 426 2,450 1,533 2,370

14,290 29,854 3,482 44,164 5,522 6,813 8,892 39,756 24,855 37,661

37 2,587 229 1,201

5,895 41,958 3,720 19,484

6,660 14,130 3,940 157 269

41,023 68,518 14,048 5,500 3,821

262 415,347

4,249 3,845,286

6,012 3,171 244 382 14,555 608 2,348 2,236 690 8,356 876 420 20,318 3,551 2,008 2,370 499 450 1,214 8,529 3,609 2,060 273 15,094 21,433 9,056 157 269 940 262 778,592

45,644 54,657 14,809 6,194 202,432 9,856 23,006 29,854 7,908 52,239 5,522 6,813 71,285 52,175 32,555 37,661 2,973 4,193 32,441 86,062 41,246 37,104 14,574 110,370 177,587 46,312 5,500 3,821 7,664 4,249 7,686,212

Broom and Brush

IMPORTS February Imports By Country

Country Thailnd China TOTAL

0502100000 Pigs’, Hogs’ or Boars’ Bristles and Hair and Waste Thereof February Year To Date Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG 22 45,337 478,007 74,576 45,337 478,007 74,598

Value 2,640 694,954 697,594

Country U King Germany China TOTAL

0502900000 Badger Hair and Other Brushmaking Hair and Waste Thereof February Year To Date Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG 14 34,561 14 16 5,621 109,271 19,992 5,635 143,832 20,022

Value 34,561 50,623 437,219 522,403

0511993300 Horsehair and Horsehair Waste, Whether or Not Put Up As A Layer With or Without Supporting Material February Year To Date Country Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG Value China 39,965 335,477 48,439 488,274 TOTAL 39,965 335,477 48,439 488,274 1404903000 Istle Used Primarily In Brooms or In Brushes, Whether or Not In Hanks or Bundles February Year To Date Country Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG Value Mexico 33,273 166,485 62,322 309,168 TOTAL 33,273 166,485 62,322 309,168 4417002000 Broom and Mop Handles, 1.9 CM or More In Diameter and 97 CM or More In Length, Of Wood February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 1,099 2,590 1,615 5,085 Mexico 7,200 4,035 82,200 11,828 Hondura 376,914 183,071 727,541 351,629

Brazil India Sri Lka Indnsia China Taiwan TOTAL

PAGE 69 655,682 2,495 10,800 225,105 312,350 1,512 1,593,157

4417004000 Paint Brush February Country Net Q/Variable Czech Poland Italy Indnsia China Taiwan TOTAL

Country Canada Sri Lka TOTAL

Country Canada Mexico Brazil Nethlds India Vietnam China Taiwan TOTAL

744,894 2,158 12,737 163,253 193,568 2,636 1,308,942

1,382,530 2,495 89,900 324,431 916,328 2,012 3,529,052

1,602,792 2,158 113,381 264,539 441,072 5,573 2,798,057

and Paint Roller Handles, Of Wood Year To Date Value Net Q/Variable Value 15,459 6,638 369,758 807,935 21,031 130,290 203,004 366,157 4,061 4,061 597,854 1,330,540

4417006000 Brush Backs, Of Wood February Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 124,767 53,741 333,297 123,120 77,418 338,266 247,887 131,159 671,563 4417008010 Tool Handles of Wood February Year To Date Net Q/Variable Value Net Q/Variable 5,008 227,558 4,282 31,640 55,214 36,701 360,403

Value 151,668 193,810 345,478

Value 20,503 2,148 804,588 6,210 4,282 85,107 115,559 71,807 1,110,204

4417008090 Tools, Tool Bodies, Broom or Brush Bodies, Shoe Lasts and Trees, of Wood February Year To Date Country Net Q/Variable Value Net Q/Variable Value Canada 52,026 110,853 Mexico 13,834 13,834 Chile 257,124 900,676 U King 5,279 5,279 Austria 4,920 Spain 31,090 31,090 Italy 8,916 8,916 India 74,150 165,275 Sri Lka 105,316 Vietnam 55,533 74,432 Indnsia 4,598 4,598 China 429,651 650,624 Taiwan 2,475 Japan 340,465 536,026 Austral 2,145 2,145 TOTAL 1,274,811 2,616,459 7326908576 Metal Handles For Brooms, Mops, Paint Applicators February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 20,400 6,209 20,400 6,209 Brazil 2,050 14,638 35,650 32,994 Denmark 170 2,287 565 6,396 Spain 322,560 142,751 910,080 404,373 Italy 1,077,247 794,317 2,657,753 1,929,615 China 1,007,646 787,243 1,587,120 1,648,577 Taiwan 60,298 59,234 62,298 61,638 TOTAL 2,490,371 1,806,679 5,273,866 4,089,802 9603100500 Wiskbrooms, of Broom Corn, LT=.96 EA. Prior to Entry or Withdrawal for Consumption of 61,655 Dozen In Calendar Year February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 2,472 2,202 2,472 2,202



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BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 7,200 9,672

5,196 7,398

12,240 14,712

9,094 11,296

9603104000 Other Brooms, of Broomcorn, LT=.96 EA, Prior to Entry or Withdrawal For Consumption of GT=121,478 Dozen in Calendar Year February Year To Date Mexico 2,400 2,323 TOTAL 2,400 2,323 9603105000 Other Brooms, of Broomcorn, LT=.96 EA, at Entry or Withdrawal For Consumption of GT=121,478 Dozen in Calendar Year February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 2,580 2,046 2,580 2,046 TOTAL 2,580 2,046 2,580 2,046 9603106000 Other Brooms, Of Broomcorn, Valued Over .96 Each February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 524,476 1,276,139 1,125,308 2,757,615 Hondura 25,608 59,173 61,848 128,112 TOTAL 550,084 1,335,312 1,187,156 2,885,727 9603109000 Brooms & Brushes, Consisting of Twigs or Other Vegetable Materials Bound Together, With or Without Handles, NESOI February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 1,000 8,830 1,000 8,830 Mexico 7,764 16,014 Germany 416 2,976 416 2,976 Turkey 2,000 5,560 2,000 5,560 Sri Lka 87,253 112,652 223,019 267,581 Thailnd 5,000 8,081 Vietnam 18,670 18,756 52,730 44,314 Phil R 2,000 4,269 5,020 12,631 China 9,084 26,349 13,676 37,135 Kor Rep 900 3,127 900 3,127 Japan 1 2,197 1 2,197 TOTAL 121,324 184,716 311,526 408,446 9603210000 Toothbrushes, Incl. Dental-Plate Brushes February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 13,158 8,168 51,530 18,959 Mexico 673,488 168,533 1,648,296 397,269 Brazil 332,352 102,966 1,042,488 295,703 Ireland 275,420 328,717 380,300 518,761 Nethlds 148,969 21,209 Germany 2,510,095 1,958,647 3,785,311 3,422,079 Hungary 3,696 7,947 6,720 14,147 Switzld 6,596,160 2,344,268 14,951,350 4,311,934 Poland 413,952 46,663 Italy 261,100 89,095 261,100 89,095 Turkey 640 6,527 Israel 467,120 65,572 India 1,480,128 209,378 4,481,751 693,418 Thailnd 247,780 58,189 Vietnam 8,241,984 386,620 11,831,112 583,899 Malaysa 1,604,000 44,693 3,523,600 106,989 Indnsia 442,000 25,206 442,000 25,206 China 48,170,780 9,622,783 108,851,396 19,655,146 Kor Rep 1,018,274 177,619 1,285,742 264,574 Hg Kong 216,954 101,821 239,454 106,212 Taiwan 9,608 19,544 1,205,768 170,506 Japan 10,730 37,132 10,780 39,985 Austral 130 2,500 Gabon 1,171,872 164,241 TOTAL 71,859,927 15,633,137 156,449,161 31,078,783 9603294010 Hairbrushes, Valued Not Over .40 Each February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Thailnd 24,000 8,966 24,000 8,966 Vietnam 7,200 3,088 7,200 3,088 China 4,387,116 1,149,474 8,267,803 2,344,246

Hg Kong Taiwan TOTAL

May/June 2011 88,800




153,600 26,604 8,479,207

21,306 10,243 2,387,849

9603294090 Shaving Brushes, Nail Brushes, Eyelash Brushes & Other Toilet Brushes For Use On The Person, Valued Not Over .40 Each February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 1,484,850 152,322 3,249,725 282,982 Germany 1,551,940 295,785 3,415,320 658,579 India 55,000 7,125 China 3,166,596 626,891 8,247,414 1,346,207 Kor Rep 322,500 9,935 5,822,500 107,509 Hg Kong 30,000 11,005 119,040 17,684 Taiwan 72,380 19,670 103,580 25,442 Japan 123 2,717 282 5,534 TOTAL 6,628,389 1,118,325 21,012,861 2,451,062 9603302000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes & Similar Brushes For Application Of Cosmetics, Valued Not Over .05 Each February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 1,069,919 25,289 1,771,919 43,289 Germany 2,302,500 100,093 4,459,500 195,532 Italy 8,615,500 99,527 10,999,500 124,075 India 264,960 7,289 529,920 10,068 China 10,894,196 334,875 30,851,656 827,498 Kor Rep 456,000 9,207 5,563,000 134,287 Taiwan 150,000 2,739 1,120,000 34,045 Japan 200,000 9,066 200,000 9,066 TOTAL 23,953,075 588,085 55,495,495 1,377,860 9603304000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes & Similar Brushes For Application of Cosmetics, Valued Over .05 But not Over .10 Each February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 5,638,916 422,415 10,693,333 804,222 Brazil 96,000 6,891 96,000 6,891 Germany 1,100,000 87,528 2,374,000 195,342 India 82,800 6,050 132,192 10,136 China 14,441,274 1,060,216 22,413,705 1,619,081 Kor Rep 782,440 60,462 1,034,940 80,072 Hg Kong 462,096 37,377 673,164 54,889 Taiwan 1,536,520 109,039 1,741,800 123,291 TOTAL 24,140,046 1,789,978 39,159,134 2,893,924 9603306000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes & Similar Brushes For Application Of Cosmetics, Valued Over .10 Each February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 50 2,450 90 7,204 Mexico 12,581,442 2,100,073 26,321,503 4,190,716 Dom Rep 65,738 99,710 83,959 167,742 U King 76,315 214,338 144,140 391,390 Ireland 440 2,295 440 2,295 France 90,020 320,148 136,977 492,651 Germany 2,272,592 588,388 2,872,157 771,241 Switzld 101 3,208 101 3,208 Spain 12,863 50,731 21,774 95,970 Italy 1,295 17,313 1,295 17,313 Greece 1,133 31,637 Israel 2,352 7,553 India 525,692 244,130 1,111,388 463,737 Sri Lka 148,296 61,383 240,300 101,279 Thailnd 312,215 143,953 548,315 265,430 Phil R 2,592 9,470 2,592 9,470 China 16,592,882 9,435,665 35,844,691 21,922,351 Kor Rep 105,768 82,405 315,506 203,679 Hg Kong 419,499 188,232 671,998 480,813 Taiwan 106,180 84,711 753,264 251,610 Japan 301,846 1,442,863 524,479 2,433,384 Austral 688 5,752 688 5,752 Mauritn 6,784 26,254 9,904 36,670 Maurit 11,000 7,600 11,000 7,600 TOTAL 33,634,298 15,131,072 69,620,046 32,360,695



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Country Canada Mexico Sweden Germany China TOTAL


9603402000 Paint Rollers February Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 14,638 14,938 14,638 1,009,054 406,201 1,913,926 1,000 5,322 1,000 197,160 47,323 388,372 3,704,812 1,587,145 7,540,915 4,926,664 2,060,929 9,858,851

Value 14,938 768,501 5,322 85,652 3,196,232 4,070,645

9603404020 Paint Pads (Other Than Of Subheading 9603.30) February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Indnsia 2,736 4,321 2,736 4,321 China 761,230 606,531 1,564,216 1,288,710 TOTAL 763,966 610,852 1,566,952 1,293,031 9603404040 Natural Bristle Brushes, Other Than Brushes Of Subheading 9603.30 February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 10,674 11,361 20,904 24,628 U King 10,000 22,300 Germany 5,139 16,936 8,203 30,860 Turkey 15,948 58,401 Sri Lka 6,192 18,127 Thailnd 104,064 68,183 Vietnam 148,824 21,593 148,824 21,593 Indnsia 4,832,026 884,092 9,365,368 1,551,876 China 422,921 144,945 1,374,333 321,274 Taiwan 1,000 7,422 1,000 7,422 Japan 10 3,753 10 3,753 TOTAL 5,420,594 1,090,102 11,054,846 2,128,417 9603404060 Paint, Distemper, Varnish/Similr Brushes Exc Subheading 9603.30 NESOI February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Canada 12,362 Mexico 18,264 Sweden 25,000 U King 3 Germany 1,450 16,249 3,720 Italy 4,808 13,680 18,940 India 4,176 Sri Lka 15,672 28,964 17,640 Vietnam 2,900 6,065 4,300 Indnsia 2,668,095 506,201 6,194,835 China 13,803,500 4,695,548 30,042,026 Kor Rep 38,552 14,482 38,552 Hg Kong 240,101 32,961 304,681 Taiwan 190,784 74,955 373,024 Japan 5,100 10,511 8,100 TOTAL 16,970,962 5,399,616 37,065,623

Country Mexico China TOTAL

9603908010 Wiskbrooms February Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 2,772 5,623 8,844 60,178 65,286 131,660 62,950 70,909 140,504

Brushes of

Value 8,820 22,360 11,095 3,632 30,263 72,991 6,361 31,418 9,377 1,078,953 10,175,695 14,482 43,858 202,376 20,779 11,732,460

Value 11,394 103,424 114,818

9603908020 Upright Brooms February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 66,530 61,209 90,146 87,301 Brazil 1,085 23,566 7,085 33,185 Argent 5,104 10,043 8,944 17,766 Italy 6,312 10,806 35,186 37,147 China 885,020 1,059,029 1,732,142 2,066,184 Taiwan 2,004 14,514 Egypt 9,864 7,871 TOTAL 964,051 1,164,653 1,885,371 2,263,968 9603908030 Push Brooms, 41 CM or Less in Width February Year To Date

Country Mexico China Taiwan TOTAL

Country Canada Mexico Guatmal Salvadr Colomb Brazil U King Czech Spain Italy Israel India Sri Lka Thailnd Vietnam China Kor Rep Taiwan TOTAL

May/June 2011 Net Q/No. 448 26,256

Value 2,457 54,092



Net Q/No. 448 36,966 420 37,834

9603908040 Other Brooms, NESOI February Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 77,054 117,837 172,909 262,648 444,173 540,471 19,824 22,057 59,544 42,672 40,926 44,316 13,608 6,432 12,336 56,804 647 25,032 20,768 51,168 1,620 4,845 3,348 39,816 62,837 111,572 1,320 2,865 1,320 3,228 9,387 5,728 47,244 108,554 119,196 2,500 4,614 18,000 7,400 9,565 13,390 515,860 1,742,781 993,855 2,600 920 1,052,650 2,603,545 2,209,396 `

Value 2,457 79,863 3,453 85,773

Value 282,935 957,249 43,428 63,540 38,407 45,683 9,556 82,220 9,976 199,168 2,865 11,690 257,155 30,401 17,917 2,984,084 4,811 13,925 5,055,010

9603908050 Brooms, Brushes, Sqeegees, Etc., NESOI February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 1,954,964 3,881,153 Mexico 2,020,254 4,686,309 Hondura 1,294,968 2,403,499 Dom Rep 25,525 43,712 Colomb 68,260 136,770 Brazil 14,210 46,129 Sweden 7,263 9,723 Norway 11,209 16,691 Finland 19,509 48,371 Denmark 168,733 268,476 U King 26,494 133,486 Nethlds 206,974 581,506 Belgium 156,756 156,756 France 4,892 13,743 Germany 204,176 368,048 Austria 2,252 2,252 Czech 2,703 35,850 Switzld 8,268 14,689 Lithuan 13,399 78,781 Poland 21,481 71,304 Spain 49,892 113,221 Italy 170,714 565,551 Romania 52,962 52,962 Turkey 5,024 7,629 Israel 13,083 13,083 India 20,858 114,682 Pakistn 465,094 882,543 Sri Lka 213,111 500,785 Thailnd 395,469 760,000 Vietnam 2,912 66,298 Malaysa 22,964 33,595 Indnsia 30,646 87,884 China 27,115,325 58,688,683 Kor Rep 205,185 366,726 Hg Kong 634,415 1,809,001 Taiwan 1,172,771 2,387,444 Japan 110,485 193,874 Austral 111,559 164,101 Egypt 24,948 TOTAL 37,024,759 79,830,258



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U.S. Imports 13 Short Tons Of Broom Corn In March By Harrell Kerkhoff Broom, Brush & Mop Editor According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, 13 short tons of broom corn were imported into the United States during March 2011. Total value of this import was $35,646, with a cost per ton of $2,742 ($1.37 per pound). All imported broom corn for March came from Mexico. After the first three months of 2011, 147 short tons of broom corn had been imported into the United States. Total value of this import was $280,788, with a cost per ton of $1,910 (96 cents per pound). All but 9 short tons of broom corn through March were imported from Mexico. The remaining broom corn came from Chile in February. Although 13 short tons is normally a very low monthly import total, Bart Pelton, of PelRay International, LLC, in San Antonio, TX, said this figure may very well be accurate. “This provides a good example about the amount of broom corn broom manufacturing taking place right now in the United States. The figure doesn’t seem too low. I think it may be correct,” Pelton said. “As far as the price (at $1.37 per pound), whether this figure is correct or not depends on how much insides and raw corn were imported. It may be correct as well.” When interviewed on May 31, Pelton said the first Torreon broom corn harvest of the year typically begins in late June, and 2011 will probably be no different. “There is often a small amount of ‘local’ broom corn that is harvested in May. It’s not until the end of June, however, before we see very big harvest numbers out of Torreon,” Pelton said. He doesn’t expect very much broom corn will come out of the “local” crop this year due to ongoing drought conditions taking place in northern Mexico. “It’s been very dry. A lot of ‘local’ broom corn is dry-land farmed, meaning there is no irrigation. Broom corn grown in the Torreon region, meanwhile, is often on irrigated land,” Pelton said. “Torreon, however, has been so dangerous to visit that few people are willing to see how much broom corn is growing in this region. “My guess is there wasn’t a whole lot of broom corn planted. This is an educated guess based on the fact that broom corn prices have declined from last year, while the price for most other agricultural commodity crops has gone up — in many cases doubling in price. “Broom corn is not paying as well as other crops, so I would be surprised if Mexican farmers have planted a large crop.” As of May 31, Pelton added that Mexican broom corn prices have started to edge up. There is also not as much carry-over processed broom corn ready to buy right now compared to recent months. Some Mexican broom corn processors are running short on certain sizes, particularly 18-inch hurl. “Another factor is that the U.S. dollar has declined approximately 4 to 5 percent against the Mexican peso over the past couple of months. I think this is having some influence on (broom corn) pricing as well,” Pelton said. Along with broom corn, another material used to make some natural brooms is yucca fiber. Pelton reported that pricing for this material has been steady as of the latter part of May. “There was an increase a few months back, but since then prices have stabilized but remain firm. Also, discounts have not been available,” Pelton said. Although broom corn and yucca prices continue to fluctuate with the seasons and economic conditions, one unfortunate constant in northern Mexico lately has been ongoing security issues. “If anything, this continues to deteriorate and has impacted travel in the

northern areas of Mexico. I’m afraid that if it gets much worse, the lack of security will start to impact our business. It hasn’t yet, but it could happen,” Pelton said. “Columbia was able to get its (security) problems under control after a period of time and I’m sure Mexico can do it as well. We just don’t know how long it’s going to take. At the moment, it doesn't seem like any progress is being made.” Tim Monahan, of The Thomas Monahan Co., in Arcola, IL, noted that 13 short tons is not even a full semi-trailer load. However, he said the broom corn business has been slow. “Until the new market opens (with the upcoming Torreon broom corn harvest), we don’t expect many quotes. Demand is pretty slow,” Monahan said. “It should get better once we know more about the new (Torreon) broom corn crop, which has to get processed and established. It would be good to have more than a 13-ton monthly demand.” He added that since it’s too dangerous to visit the Torreon area right now, there is not much known about the first major broom corn crop expected out of Mexico in 2011. Regarding yucca fiber, Monahan reported that plenty of material is available, although some processors have gone out of business. This latter point has made the market a little tighter. When interviewed on May 31, Monahan said overall business at his company during the first part of the year was busy, then slowed in March before picking up again during April and May. “Business is better, but spotty. It’s hard to get a big run going,” he said. Richard Caddy, of R.E. Caddy & Co., Inc., in Greensboro, NC, felt the $1.37 per pound figure for imported March broom corn was close to accurate. This is especially true if any raw broom corn was part of the import mix. Regarding what to expect from the upcoming Torreon broom corn harvest, Caddy said lack of information remains a problem. It’s simply too dangerous for many to travel in northern Mexico and visit broom corn fields. “I don’t have any reason to think that there was a lot of broom corn planted. I hope there was a decent planting,” he said. “Other crops that compete against broom corn are commanding a lot more money. When looking at soybean, wheat, corn and cotton — prices for these crops have gone up substantially. “Broom corn pricing continues to go up and down, but there are no big swings. One has to wonder how much incentive there is right now to grow a lot of broom corn. It’s hard to say. There has been a little uptick in the price during the past week or so, but percentage-wise it’s not real big.” Caddy added that Mexican carry-over broom corn from last year is starting to run out. This may influence future broom corn pricing. However, if 13 short tons can satisfy demand for a single month, then demand remains weak. “This is one of the reasons why broom corn pricing hasn’t gone wild. Demand is low. There is no longer a lot of large buyers left in the United States,” Caddy said. Regarding yucca fiber, he said plenty of imported material is available. The quality of the fiber and packaging, meanwhile, remains good. “Yucca fiber is available without a whole lot of waiting. It can be received within two to three weeks after placing an order,” Caddy said. When interviewed on June 1, Caddy classified overall business at his company as being “decent.” “This is the time of year when we normally do pretty well. I expect things will kick in once companies start making their broom and mop bids concerning back-to-school work,” he said.




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