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May/June 2013

Volume 103, Number 3



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DIRECTORY ABCO PRODUCTS CORP...............................30 ABTEX CORPORATION .................................30 ACS INDUSTRIES, INC. ................................30 ALGOMA MOP MANUFACTURERS ..............30 AMERICAN BRUSH MANUFACTURERS ASSOC. ..........................30 AMERICAN SELECT TUBING, LLC ................30 AMERWOOD .................................................30 ANDON BRUSH COMPANY, INC. .................32 ARNOLD BRUSH COMPONENTS .................32 ATLAS GRAHAM INDUSTRIES CO., LTD. ......32 ATTAMARK PRODUCTS LIMITED..................32 ATTENBOROUGH BRUSH LTD. ....................32 BAKER MCMILLEN CO. ................................32 BEL-MAID COMPANY ...................................34 BIZZOTTO GIOVANNI AUTOMATION SRL .....34 BO-BUCK MILLS, INC. ..................................34 BODAM INTERNATIONAL LTD. .....................34 BORGHI S.P.A...............................................35 BOUCHERIE USA INC. .................................35 BRIARWOOD PRODUCTS CO. ......................36 BRUIN PLASTICS CO., INC...........................38 BRUSH FIBERS, INC. ...................................38 BRUSH RESEARCH MFG., CO., INC. ............38 BRUSH TECHNOLOGY LTD. .........................38

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BRUSHES CORP. ..........................................38 BSI - BATH SOLUTIONS, INC. / GLOBAL DECOR, INC. ..................................38 R.E. CADDY & COMPANY, INC......................38 CANWIL TEXTILES, INC. ...............................40 CAROLINA FILAMENTS, LLC ........................40 CAROLINA MOP ...........................................40 CEPILLOS EL CASTOR S.A. DE C.V................40 CHARLES E. GREEN & SON, INC..................40 CHIEF MANUFACTURING ............................40 CHRISTOF DÖRING GMBH ..........................40 CORONA BRUSHES, INC..............................40 CREATIVE POLY, INC.....................................40 CRYSTAL LAKE MANUFACTURING, INC.......42 CULICOVER & SHAPIRO, INC. ......................42 DECO PRODUCTS CO. ..................................42 DELAMO MFG...............................................42 DELIGH INDUSTRIES, INC............................42 DISTRIBUIDORA PERFECT S.A. DE C.V. .......42 DKSH SWITZERLAND, LTD. ..........................42 DORDEN & CO., INC.,...................................42 DORSTENER DRAHTWERKE GMBH & CO....42 DRAPER KNITTING COMPANY.....................42 DUPONT FILAMENTS ...................................43 EMSCO GROUP ............................................43

EPIC RESINS ................................................43 EVANSVILLE ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND ..........................................43 F.M. BRUSH CO., INC...................................43 FIBRATEXSA .................................................43 FILI & FORME SRL .......................................43 FILMOP USA, LLC.........................................43 FIMM ITALIA S.P.A. .......................................43 FLEX BRUSH ................................................43 FM BRUSH (THAILAND) CO., LTD................44 FULLER BRUSH COMPANY..........................44 G.D.F. DI DE FRANCESCHI GABRIELLA & CO. SAS .................................44 GARELICK MFG. CO. ....................................44 GEORGE CULLEY (DRAUGHT EXCLUDERS, RUBBER EXTRUSIONS & PLASTIC EXTRUSIONS, MOULDING’S)........................44 GIFT SALES CO.............................................44 GOLDEN FORTUNE IND., LLC ......................44 GOLDEN STAR INC. ......................................44 GORDON BRUSH MFG. CO., INC. ................44 E. GORNELL & SONS, INC. ...........................44 GOVER, HOROWITZ & BLUNT LTD...............44 GSC MANUFACTURING, INC........................45 GUNN BRUSH CO., INC. ..............................45

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OAK PARK PARTS, OPP-LLC .............51 O’DELL CORPORATION .....................51 OSBORN ...........................................51 PADCO INC. ......................................51 PAINT BRUSH CORPORATION .........51 PATRICK YARN MILLS, INC...............51 PAUL BROTHERS & CO. ...................51 PELRAY INTERNATIONAL, LLC .........51 PERFEX CORPORATION....................51 PFERD MILWAUKEE BRUSH COMPANY............................52 PLASTICFIBRE S.P.A. ........................52 POGLIANI SRL ..................................52 PRAGMA SPECIALTY FILAMENTS.....52 PRECISION BRUSH COMPANY.........52 PROVEEDORA MEXICANA DE MONOFILAMENTOS, S.A. DE C.V. (PMM)...............................................52 PURDY..............................................52 QUICKIE MANUFACTURING CORP. ..52 QUINN BROOM WORKS, INC. ..........52 REIT-PRICE MFG. CO., INC. .............53 REMCO PRODUCTS ..........................53 ROL-BRUSH MFG. , DIVISION OF MICHIGAN BRUSH MFG. CO. INC. ...53 ROYAL PAINT ROLLER MFG. CORP. .53 RUBBERMAID COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS................53 SANDERSON MACLEOD ...................53 SCHAEFER BRUSH MFG. CO., INC...53 SCHLESINGER MASCHINENBAU GMBH...............................................53 SHANGHAI YI HENG DAILY-USE PRODUCTS CO., LTD. .......................53 SHENZHEN TIDYFEEL FILAMENTS CO., LTD........................54 SHIJIAZHUANG GOLDEN HARVEST INDUSTRIAL & TRADING CO., LTD...54 SHURHOLD INDUSTRIES, INC. ........54 S.M. ARNOLD, INC. ..........................54 ST. NICK BRUSH CO.........................54 TAI HING NYLON FILAMENT PRODUCTS CO., LTD. .......................54 TANIS, INC........................................54 THOMAS TEXTILE COMPANY............54 TUCEL INDUSTRIES, INC..................54 TUWAY AMERICAN GROUP ..............54 UNGER ENTERPRISES, INC..............55 UNITED ROTARY BRUSH CORPORATION .................................55 U.S. LAMBSWOOL ............................55 VONCO PRODUCTS, INC. .................55 WEILER CORPORATION ....................55 WHITLEY - MONAHAN HANDLE CO. 55 WÖHLER BRUSH TECH GMBH ........55 WOLF FILAMENTS ............................55 WOMA...............................................55 WOOSTER BRUSH COMPANY, THE ..56 WORLDWIDE INTEGRATED RESOURCES ...............56 YOUNG & SWARTZ, INC. ..................56 ZAHORANSKY AG .............................56 ZELAZOSKI WOOD PRODUCTS, INC. 56 ZEPHYR MANUFACTURING CO........57 ZHENJIANG RUIFENG BRUSH CO., LTD. .............................57



Distribuidora Perfect, of Naucalpan, Edo. de Mexico, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show held in Las Vegas May 7-9. Pictured, from left, are Michelle Fuentes and Luis Del Rio Ambriz.

Culicover & Shapiro, Inc.

Culicover & Shapiro, Inc., of North Bay Shore, NY, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show held in Las Vegas May 7-9. Pictured is Richard Shaprio.


Magnolia Brush Mfrs., Inc.

Magnolia Brush Manufacturers, Inc., of Clarksville, TX, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show held in Las Vegas May 7-9. Pictured are Greta Moore and Gary Townes.

Browns Brushware, Ltd.

Browns Brushware, Ltd, of New Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show held in Las Vegas May 7-9. Pictured, from left, are Murray C. Brown and Lou Fantauzzo.

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Brushtech, of Plattsburgh, NY, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show held in Las Vegas May 7-9. Pictured is Zaven Gunjian.

Emsco Group

Emsco Group, of Girard, PA, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show held in Las Vegas May 7-9. Pictured is Chris Camara.

Mr. Longarm, Inc.

Mr. Longarm, Inc., of Greenwood, MO, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show held in Las Vegas May 7-9. Pictured are, from left,    Linda Fore, Business Manager;  Janice Nachbar, VP Sales, Eastern Division;  Maureen Newman, VP Sales, Diversified Markets & International; Jeb Newman, Sales Manager; John Kensey, VP Sales, Western Division; and Dere Newman, President.

Quali-tech Manufacturing

Quali-tech Manufacturing, of Torrance, CA, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show held in Las Vegas May 7-9. Pictured, from left, are Kasey Paramore, Austin Ifri, and Jonathan Cordero.

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S.M. Arnold, Inc.

S.M. Arnold, Inc., of St. Louis, MO, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show held in Las Vegas May 7-9. Pictured, from left, are Nathan Cotkin and Joe Arnold.

Premier Paint Roller Company

Premier Paint Roller Company, of Richmond Hill, NY, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show held in Las Vegas May 7-9. Pictured, from left, are Peter Vasile, Carl Rumpf, and Kevin Leicht

Nour Trading House, Inc.

Nour Trading House, Inc., of Waterloo, ON, Canada, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show held in Las Vegas May 7-9. Pictured, from left, are Bob Shaw and Bruce Hunking.

Dynamic Paint Products, Inc.

Dynamic Paint Products, Inc., of Mississauga, ON, Canada, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show held in Las Vegas May 7-9. Pictured, from left, are Jack van Roosmalen and John Burke.

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Butler Home Products, LLC

Butler Home Products, LLC, of Marlborough, MA, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show held in Las Vegas May 7-9. Pictured, from left, are Robert Michelson, Armen Alexanian, and Steven Golub.

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By Rick Mullen | Broom, Brush & Mop Associate Editor

Four mop company representatives interviewed recently by Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine all spoke of the ever-changing dynamics of the mop industry. These officials reported business in the mop segment has been up in some cases and up and down in others. One of the underlying themes of the interviews is that to compete in today’s marketplace, a company must bring its “A” game and be prepared to adjust to the marketplace.

offers a variety of brooms, wet mop holders and handles. Reporting that business has “been like a roller coaster,” Cathy Lafitte (who co-owns the company with her husband, John) said, “Our industry has always been challenging. It is always changing and evolving and we have just had so many things to deal with over the past couple of years with new laws and regulations, etc. We just have to make adjustments. “The new health care laws are demanding attention. We are trying to work through all of those to be sure we are compliant. There have also been roud of its reputation for offering quality products at all price points, quite a few tax changes over the past couple of years. We have to be able Lafitte Mop Co., Inc., of Villa Rica, GA, located just west of to make sure we are compliant with every aspect of business. Atlanta, has been producing and distributing mops and other “In addition, raw material prices have been fluctuating the past couple of cleaning products for industrial and commercial use since 1974. years.” The company offers a variety of mops including launderable, finishing Lafitte Mop’s raw materials include corrugated boxes, poly bags, yarn, and general maintenance looped-end mops, wet control specialty mops, and materials for the company’s metal products. cut-end mops, roofing mops, dust mops and yacht mops. The company also “All of this has kept us on our toes,” Lafitte said. “Thank goodness, because we have been in this industry such a long time, we have been able to adjust. All of our vendors are fabulous people. We have many relationships we have made over 39 years in the mop business, which enables us to find a way to make things work together. “For awhile, we thought cotton prices were going to drop, and then it looked like they weren’t. Yarn is the biggest component of our products, so we are always watching yarn prices.” Fiberglass - Metal - Wood Lafitte Mop’s forte has traditionally been specializing in making quality products with rapid turnaround. Another important aspect of Lafitte Mop’s ability to serve customers Quick and easy mop release - Hands stay dry is its commitment to customer service. The company accomplishes this in many ways including personalized Patented by Briarwood Products service. For example, Lafitte said when a customer calls, he Firmly holds any standard mop or she will always speak with a person and not a machine. “We are a small company with the ability to change


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We are seeing the prices of products from China rising a little, and of course that helps put us on a little bit more level ground.

— Cathy Lafitte Lafitte Mop Co., Inc.

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production quickly,” Lafitte said. “As a result, we are able to make any kind of specialized product with very quick turnaround times. Five to seven working days is how long it takes to turnaround even our specialty orders. For us, our focus remains on those specialty items, as well as private product labeling for our customers. “We know we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our customers. We try to always operate in an ethical manner. We believe everything we do is above board.” In meeting its goals to quickly and efficiently meet customers’ needs, Lafitte Mop is highly automated. “Our mop head machines are all computerized,” Lafitte said. “We also put in a new packaging line the past couple of years and that has helped.” While the cotton Lafitte Mop uses is inherently environmentally friendly, the company’s GreenWise line continues to be a success on the “green” front. “The GreenWise line is doing real well, although right now people are mostly buying for price,” Lafitte said. “Most of the yarns we use are recycled products. Cotton is an environmentally friendly product anyway because it very quickly biodegrades once placed in a landfill.” For restroom and general purpose floor cleaning, GreenWise wet mops are made with Enviro-Color Green and Enviro-Color White yarns, which are spun using 100 percent post-industrial and post-consumer recycled raw material along with post-consumer polyester bottle flakes. Lafitte Mop’s GreenWise dust mops, meanwhile, are made from recycled materials such as pure green plastic bottle fibers and post-consumer rayon/polyester. The company’s Natural Dust Mop is made using 100 percent cotton yarn with cotton canvas backing. Also included in the GreenWise line are “bamwood” handles, which have replaced hardwoods in many applications. Bamwood handles are constructed of 65 percent bamboo and 35 percent reclaimed hardwood with antioxidant properties to deter bacterial growth. As the U.S. economy has made some strides since the Great Recession years, it remains on the sluggish side. The slow recovery has had an impact on Lafitte Mop. “Order sizes seem to be somewhat smaller. Another situation that has affected us here in Georgia is some of our schools are shifting from an in-house janitorial staff — and consequently the janitorial staff buying products — to using a contract cleaning service,” Lafitte said. “The contract cleaners bring their products with them. Many of our customers deal in school bids, and much of that business is becoming no longer available to them. “School budgets have been cut. Schools don’t want to cut teachers, so they decided they could save money by moving their janitorial outside. That has affected our customers and consequently will affect us a little bit, too, as it is part of our summer business. “Also, we are seeing the prices of products from China

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rising a little, and of course that helps put us on a little bit more level ground.” Looking down the road, Lafitte is keeping an eye on the 2014 mid-term elections. “The 2014 mid-term elections will have an impact on businesses. Hopefully it will be positive,” Lafitte said. “The mop business has changed so much over the past five or six years and longer. A lot of companies are out of business now. “We have been in business for 39 years and we have 39 more to go. We are still running strong. It is just a constantly changing and constantly evolving industry and that always makes it interesting. “The friends we have made in this industry have been an invaluable part of our business. We believe so much in helping the community. When you are a business in a small town, everybody asks for your help, and right now there are a lot of places that have come to us to support activities from golf tournaments for schools and organizations to drilling wells in Haiti and Nicaragua. When you get to be our age, you realize it is all about helping other people. If you can’t get out there and give back to the community, you might as well go home.” Contact: Lafitte Mop Company, Inc., 445 Industrial Court W., Villa Rica, GA 30180. Phone: 770-459-5966; Fax: 770-459-1116. Web site: www.lafittemop.com.

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“The mop part of our business has been a I think people still pay for quality. They little behind the pad business, but we have recognize craft when they see it. This is true been doing well,” he maybe more so now than ever before. I think said. “We have actually some people have been burned, so they tend to hired a few people, so that has been good. We fall back on the suppliers that make have been looking at a high quality product. ways to enhance our — Gus Demetriades automated equipment ETC of Henderson, Inc. and things like that. These are the kinds of things that are on of both floor pads and mops. Founded in 1978, schedule for this year to try and pick up a little ETC became a mop manufacturer in 1985, speed.” according to Vice President Gus Demetriades. In speaking of trends in the industry, “Our mops and pads are 100 percent made in Demetriades said customers are seeking just-inthe United States,” Demetriades said. “We are a time deliveries more than ever. The trend of ‘quick-ship’ house. We ship most orders in fewer companies dumping cheap mops on the market, than five days, and many orders we will ship which was seen as a potential problem, has not within two days. materialized in recent times as much as “When a customer can’t get 100 cases from Demetriades and others first thought. overseas, they can get it from us within a week. “I think people still pay for quality,” he said. When people are not holding inventory, they rely “They recognize craft when they see it. This is on their manufacturers to be able to fill the true maybe more so now than ever before. I think pipeline quickly. Therefore, when we have a some people have been burned, so they tend to customer who hits us with an 100-case order, we fall back on the suppliers that make a high are able to fill that order.” quality product. This is a plus for companies like Demetriades reported that business at ETC has ETC, because they make a high quality product.” “been doing just fine.” Among ETC’s quality patented products is the

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Great White® Lint Free Finish Mop. Because of its innovative design and yarn structure, this mop is able to facilitate a more even and efficient application of floor finish, according to the company. The high tech filament yarn is also free of lint. The absence of lint means a finish will be smoother and stand up to traffic longer, since there are fewer contaminates and surface blemishes. “Great White is a phenomenal seller for us. It is an amazing patented mop,” Demetriades said. One trend Demetriades is worried about that hasn’t manifested itself as of yet is inflation. “I’d say that we are overdue for inflation that

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has not hit, yet. I expect to see a lot of inflation this year,” Demetriades said. When it comes to customer service, Demetriades said ETC’s attitude is: “If it is a problem for your customer, then it is a problem for you. Our customer service philosophy has always been to take care of the customer and we fix problems when they arise. “Also, a person answers our phones. Unless someone calls after hours, he or she is not going

I’d say that we are overdue for inflation that has not hit, yet. I expect to see a lot of inflation this year.

— Gus Demetriades ETC of Henderson, Inc.

to get voice mail, except by request. We have always been customer service driven. That is why we were always one of the first to offer new technology. When fax machines came out, we were one of the first to have fax-in orders. When email came along, ETC was one of the first ones to take email orders. We focus very heavily on making ourselves accessible and to be ‘human’ to our customers instead of just a ‘faceless’

organization. “For us, this next year is all about taking care of customers, especially since there has been some consolidation take place in our industry.” ETC’s customer service effort also includes not having minimum order requirements. “We still do not implement minimum orders,” Demetriades said. “We have tried to hold fast to this to help the smaller distributors. They want to know what their price is total. They don’t want to have to deal with a pallet charge or an add-on for this or added freight costs. They want to know their prices, so they can make their adjustments and sell to their customers at that price. Our goal is to be customer service oriented and customer friendly.” Looking ahead, Demetriades spoke of some of the challenges ETC faces to remain prosperous, one of which is in the area of raw materials. “Raw material prices have been reasonable,” Demetriades said. “On the whole, I think that has been hard for people in our industry because we have had to deal with increased costs with less margin. I’m sure everybody has the same problem. For example, the price of yarn, or whatever, goes up and to avoid passing the costs on, a company must find ways to handle the increased costs internally.” “The biggest hindrance to ETC and the industry as a whole — I’m going to say the most politically incorrect thing — is the government. I

think the continuing printing of currency to fulfill our debts is going to cause huge problems for our country. The more we devalue our currency, the more we are going to see inflation and eventually there will be a huge problem. The country can’t continue to run up debts. “We are proud to service our customers. We are proud to serve this industry. We have been in the janitorial segment now for nearly 35 years. We are there for customers if they need us, and that is what is important for our customers to know.” Contact: ETC of Henderson, Inc., 601 Wakefield Ave., Henderson, NC 27536. Phone: 800-334-6651; Fax: 800-382-7237 (800-ETC-PADS). Web site: www.etcpads.com. E-mail: gorilla@etcpads.com.


ne of the largest producers of mops in the state of Wisconsin is Algoma Mop Manufacturers, of Algoma, WI, loc ated on Lake Michigan just east of Green Bay. Founded in 1926, the company was originally known as Algoma Mop Co. In 1981, East Shore Industries, Inc., purchased the company, changing its name to Algoma Mop Manufacturers. East Shore is a not-for-profit organization that provides services for adults with disabilities. Continued On Page 26



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East Shore purchased Algoma Mop to provide a steady source of work opportunities for the people it serves. “Working to make a difference” is Algoma Mop’s motto. The company employs about 20 people and produces more than 200 types of mops, including many that are customized to customers’ specifications. In addition to manufacturing mops, the company produces dust mop oil treatments and provides accessories such as hardware, handles, frames and laundry nets. “Business has been fairly flat through the first three months of this year, but, nonetheless, sales are up 6 percent,” said Algoma Mop CEO Ron Opicka. “We have a product that is made with mop yarn, but it is not really a mop. It is a weep vent for the construction industry. A weep vent is a plastic tube with a piece of yarn on the end to remove the water between the inside wall and the brick of a structure to let out moisture. Some of our growth is coming from this product, while everything else is fairly stagnate. “We also do work for a company in Algoma that makes and sells rope hammocks. The hammock business is fairly flat now that many are made overseas. There used to be a rehab center in Green Bay, which is 30 miles to the west of us, that once had $1 million a year in sales for rope hammocks. “We also do some subcontract work for other

Algoma Mop CEO Ron Opicka

companies, which has been fairly steady. Part of the subcontract world is tied to the construction industry and when that slumped, a lot of our sales with a product we assembled for a company fell by the wayside as well.” Nonetheless, Algoma Mop’s commitment to producing quality products for the janitorial, maintenance and foodservice industries has earned the company nationwide contracts. In recent years, Algoma Mop has expanded its primary service area

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beyond Wisconsin to include a customer base of more than 600 companies nationwide. Algoma’s efforts include supplying more than 200 restaurants that are part of a nationwide chain. Algoma Mop’s ability to produce products on a small scale has allowed the company to gain business that larger manufacturers either do not want or are unable to accommodate. “I think our products have a little more value, in my estimation. Our mops are really durable products. They are made with yarns from Jones Companies (of Humboldt, TN) and Lemieux Spinning Mill (of St. Ephrem, QC), both quality companies,” Opicka said. “We have a customer in Wisconsin that is in the hospital rental business, and it launders our Endurance Mops and they just last and last. We are more high-end than the cheaper end, cut-end kind of thing. I would say 80 percent of our business is loopedend mops.” Other than supervisors, Algoma Mop’s labor pool is 100 percent people with disabilities. The company helps individuals overcome barriers to work and modifies some workstations allowing them to perform job tasks. The company credits its employees with putting it on the map. “We are very proud of the work our employees perform, and they are even prouder,” Opicka said. “These individuals have developed a lot of skills and, in some cases, we have adapted equipment to their needs. However, in

In addition, although I haven’t done an analysis on this issue, transportation costs seem to be rising. Raw material prices have solidified and are staying put, but transportation is getting to be a real issue.

— Ron Opicka Algoma Mop Manufacturers

most cases, they are able to sew just like an individual without a disability. We all have a disability one way or another. We don’t separate people from each other from a disability standpoint, because we all have one. There is no difference in people. We just sometimes have to adapt some of our equipment in a different way. They are very dedicated and proud of the work they do, and somewhere in every mop there is a smile. “Like most companies, we believe if the customer is not happy, we better know why and we better correct it, because if we don’t, somebody else will. We have been very focused on customer service since we went into the business and that is basically why we build a more upscale quality product. We don’t want to


We believe if the customer is not happy, we better know why and we better correct it, because if we don’t, somebody else will. We have been very focused on customer service since we went into the business and that is basically why we build a more upscale quality product.

— Ron Opicka Algoma Mop Manufacturers

Pictured are Algoma employees Rita Kunesh, preparing to make looped-end mops (left); and Donna Destiche, adding an oil treatment on dust mops (right).

be sending products out that are leaner and thinner and not as high quality as they could be. We have always stayed with higher tensile and quality threads, quality workmanship and quality control inspections that come at the end of the manufacturing cycle. This is paramount to keeping customers and staying in business. We bought the business in 1981, and we have been able to hang around in spite of some of the bigger boys in the world going south.” One challenge that Algoma Mop faces as a community rehabilitation program that more traditional companies do not, is finding and maintaining funding sources. As funding sources seem to be dwindling each year due to tighter budgets, Algoma Mop reinvests the profits made from its mop sales back into the organization. This helps the company to continue to assist people with disabilities in the community. “The company does receive some funds from the state and federal government for providing services to people with disabilities that are not related to the regular business world,” Opicka said. “In addition, although I haven’t done an analysis on this issue, transportation costs seem to be rising. Raw material prices have solidified and are staying put, but transportation is getting to be a real issue. “As for the future, I think we are placed well. We have a state use contract with the state of Wisconsin and a sizeable piece of our business continues to be a result of that contract. As long as we provide a quality product at a fair price and have good service, we should maintain that business, which is pretty important to the

longevity of Algoma Mop. I think we are going to be around for a while, but it is always a challenge.” Contact: Algoma Mop Manufacturers, 813 Rabas St., Algoma, WI 54201. Phone: 920-487-3614; Fax: 920-487-3478. Web sites: www.algomamop.com. www.eastshoreindustries.com. E-mail: sales@algomamop.com.


ith its motto “Quality never costs as much as the money it saves,” Newell & Sons, Inc., of Roxboro, NC, is in its second generation — and poised to enter its third — of family ownership. Newell & Sons, along with its sister company, Roxboro Broom Works, (in its third generation of family ownership and poised to enter its fourth) is one of the oldest family businesses in North Carolina. The Roxboro Broom Works dates to 1920, and, in 1926, Bruce Newell purchased the company, according to Newell & Sons President David Newell. Bruce Newell was David Newell’s grandfather. “My father, Henry Newell, started Newell & Sons, which has been involved in various areas, but now primarily makes wet mops,” David Newell said. “I started the wet mop version of the company in 1977 when I got out of college (Appalachian State University). My brother, Henry Newell Jr. (North Carolina State University), runs the broom factory and I run the


mop operation.” David Newell reported that mop sales have been down. “A lot of it has to do with the mops lasting longer,” Newell said. “Traditionally, one of our biggest areas of sales is government bids. They have become so competitive, that there is not much profit in them anymore, but we still seek them. We don’t sell on the retail market as we deal with distributors.” One of the company’s goals, and what it considers its duty, is to help the planet by using and recycling materials. Despite the company’s commitment to ecological friendly products and techniques, Newell & Sons’ customer base has not been as enthusiastic when it comes to using green products, according to Newell. About 90 percent of the company’s mops are made with from 60 to 80 percent reclaimed materials, reducing by thousands of pounds the amount of waste going into a landfill. In addition, Newell & Sons purchases waste materials from other companies to make its patent pending “Microwrap Mop,” made of 100 percent reclaimed materials. The Microwrap mops come in two types — cotton and rayon. The cotton microwrap is a loop mop made from 100 percent reclaimed, multicolor microfiber cotton material. The rayon microwrap mop is the same as the cotton version, but made from a blend of reclaimed microfiber rayon materials. Newell & Sons list three positive things the


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by a large national fast food restaurant chain, Our cost of production has steadily gone down, among others. “The knit mop is even though wages have gone up, simply actually made of Tbecause we can make products faster. shirt waste material,” We are constantly automating something. Newell said. “It is a knit item, and is made There is nothing in the house that from waste product can’t be improved upon. that would normally —David Newell be ground up and Newell & Sons, Inc. processed back into some kind of fiber.” When it comes to serving customers, just-in-time deliveries are a a family business to last more than three generations, but we are working on the fourth big deal at Newell & Sons. “We work on a just-in-time basis. We generation. “Each generation must take the initiative and inventory finished products for our largest customers,” Newell said. “In dealing with the do with it what they will. My business is going to national restaurant chain, we can actually give be strictly up to the next generation. I can aid and them two- to three-hour service. We have had abet as best I can, but at the end of the day, it is that account for more than 20 years and we have up to them to make or break the situation. “As far as the industry as a whole is not had one back order. “People are constantly trying to reduce labor concerned, I think we will continue to see costs as much as possible, which is one of the consolidation. I also think we will start to see biggest reasons that looped mops are popular. added innovation in some areas, and may They are a better tool as opposed to a cut-end actually begin getting away from wet mops. “For example, our large restaurant chain mop. If you are paying somebody $15-$20 an hour to push a mop around, you want them to customer does not mop as many floors as in the past. They have automated scrubbers that people push it as few times as possible.” Cost savings at Newell & Sons is just walk behind. Traditional mops are being accomplished in several ways, one of which is replaced with different technologies, which, in and of itself, saves a lot of labor. You will always with automation.

You will always have to have a mop, but you might not need as many as in the past.

—David Newell Newell & Sons, Inc.

Shown seated, left to right, are Linda Newell Garza, secretary of Newell & Sons Inc.; and Jean D. Newell, wife of the late Henry O. Newell Sr. and owner of Roxboro Broom Works, and mother of (back row, left to right) Robert D. Newell, CEO of Newell Industries International; Henry O. Newell Jr., president of Roxboro Broom Works; and David B. Newell Sr., president of Newell & Sons Inc.

microwrap mops accomplish: they take thousands of pounds of waste materials out of landfills, they put money back into the companies that were throwing away materials at a loss and the mops become a new and better product to offer customers for less money. “We can make yarns which are rayon equivalent for 60 to 70 cents a pound, as opposed to rayon that costs $1.20 or more a pound,” Newell said. “However, to get people to use them is a different story. The product has a different look and people are just very hesitant to change. You can come up with the greatest mouse trap but if it looks a little bit different, people are very hesitant to give it a try.” Newell and his brother, Robert Newell of Newell Industries International, Chase City, VA, also developed a patented knit mop that is used

“Our cost of production has steadily gone down, even though wages have gone up, simply because we can make products faster,” Newell said. “We are constantly automating something. There is nothing in the house that can’t be improved upon. Your only limitation is your imagination. This is somewhat of the mind set by which we operate, and so far it has worked pretty good.” Looking ahead, Newell & Sons is in the beginning stages of preparing for a new generation of family ownership. “We are in a transition period of sorts. My brother and I are getting to the age where we need to start passing the torch,” Newell said. “My son, David Newell Jr., is beginning to participate in the business. It is very unusual for

have to have a mop, but you might not need as many as in the past. “The mop industry at the present time has a tremendous amount of over capacity. Generally when this happens, people either sell out or consolidate. I think you will see fewer players moving forward.” Contact: Newell & Sons, Inc., 211 Clayton Ave., P.O. Box 1098, Roxboro, NC 27573. Phone: 800-467-8996; Fax: 336-599-3354. Email: newell@esinc.net. Website: www.newellandsons.com.



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 Products: Full line of standard and custom abrasive filament power brushes. Custom nonabrasive brushes available as well. Incorporated in 1980, Abtex produces 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. Abtex anchors its filaments in a composite backing for 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


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. 13 Algoma Mop Manufacturers, A Division of East Shore Industries, Inc. 813 Rabas Street Algoma, WI 54201 USA Toll Free: 800-216-3478 Phone: 920-487-3614 Fax: 920-487-3478, 800-471-3478 E-Mail: sales@algomamop.com Web Site: www.algomamop.com Company Officers: Ron Opicka, CEO Products: Algoma Mop produces and distributes a wide range of products including: Looped end wet mops; cut end mops; cotton, blended and disposable dry mops; abrasive surface mops: microfiber mops; frames and handles; towels and accessories. 12 American Brush Manufacturers Assoc. 736 Main Ave., Suite 7 Durango, CO 81301-5479 USA Phone: 720-392-2262 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 Manufacturers 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 provides an industry freight and transportation guide and newsletter, industry statistics, ANSI safety standards, ASTM packaging standards, leads generation, the ABMA Annual Convention including the Finished Goods and Suppliers Display, classifieds on the association Website (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 to a common group that individual members of the group may find difficult or impossible to manage alone. The Association is comprised of 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. 13 American Select Tubing, LLC 4005 DeWitt Ave. Mattoon, IL 61938 USA Phone: 217-234-7300 Fax: 217-234-7033 E-Mail: sales@astubing.com Company Officers: Mark Maninfior, General Manager Products: Metal handles for broom, brush, and mop industries. Available in 22 mm, 15/16-inch, and 1-inch diameters, and lengths ranging from 24 to 60 inches. Plastic and powder coatings, as well as all fitments, are available. 13 Amerwood 801 CR2943 Evant, TX 76525 USA

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Toll-Free: 800-4-HANDLE (442-6353) Fax: 254-471-3044 E-Mail: wayne.amerwood@centex.net Company Officers: Wayne Pringle, Evant, TX; Brooks Giles, San Pedro Sula, Honduras (brooks.giles1@gmail.com) Products: Honduran Pine and hardwood handles and dowels; New Orleans warehouse. 13 Andon Brush Company, Inc. 1 Merrit Ave. Little Falls, NJ 07424 USA Phone: 973-256-6611 Fax: 973-256-7965 E-Mail: joan@andonbrush.com Web Site: www.andonbrush.com Company Officers: Robert L. Newell, President Products: Dental, pharmaceutical, industrial, artistic and cosmetic brushes. 13 Arnold Brush Components Freiherr-Von-Drais-Str. 10 D-91572 Bechhofen GERMANY Phone: 0049-9822-5894 Fax: 0049-9822-900 E-Mail: arnold-ferrulemen@t-online.de Web Site: www.arnold-brushcomponents.de Company Officers: Hans Rainer Arnold, Irene Arnold, Achim Arnold, Holger Arnold Products: Paintbrush handles; artist brush

ferrules and handles; synthetic fine hairs; acrylic handles; natural fine hairs; bristle/PBT-TET mix. 13 Atlas Graham Industries Co., Ltd. P.O. Box 1978, 1725 Sargent Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3C 3R3 CANADA Phone: 204-775-4451 Fax: 204-775-6148 E-Mail: mckiea@ag.ca Web Site: www.ag.ca Company Officers: Jim Graham, Chief Executive Officer, President; Tim MacGregor, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President; Kevin McCaw, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Products: Manual cleaning products: push brooms, wet mops, brushes, dust mops, dusters, squeegees, microfiber systems and food hygiene cleaning tools. 13 Attamark Products Limited Unit 1001, 10th Fl., 20 Austin Avenue, Kowloon Hong Kong CHINA Phone: +(852) 2311 0136 E-Mail: admin@attamark.com Web Site: www.attamark.com Company Officers: Paul Cho Products: Paintbrush - synthetic filament; paintbrush - natural bristle; roller covers; roller

frames; scrapers; putty knives; drop sheets; masking tape. 13 Attenborough Brush Ltd. Viscosa House, George St. Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 3BN UNITED KINGDOM Phone: +44 (0) 115 947 3562 Fax: +44 (0) 115 950 9086 E-Mail: info@attenborough.com Web Site: www.attenborough.com Company Officers: Edward Attenborough, CEO; Jo Commander, CFO; Glenda Dickens, CMO Products: Rotary polishing brushes for dental, jewelery and DIY sectors since 1864. 13 Baker McMillen Co. 3688 Wyoga Lake Rd. Stow, OH 44224 USA Phone: 330-923-8300 Fax: 330-923-8699 E-Mail: sales@baker-mcmillen.com Web Site: www.baker-mcmillen.com Products: The Baker McMillen Company began operations in 1874 in Akron, OH, as a manufacturer of fine wood turnings. Tool handles and vacuum cleaner rollers were the core products of the company’s early growth. Baker McMillen furthered its development through the

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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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manufacture of components for the furniture industry and continues today as a producer of precision wood turnings with automated finishing and assembly capabilities. Company sawmills are located in some of the finest Northern White Ash forests. All of the ash used is from sustainable stands of forests in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Every log, dowel and, ultimately, handles are hand picked and sorted for quality. 12 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 and 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 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-to-measure” 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). The company was founded in the 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 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, manufacturing machinery for all types of brooms and brushes. Also, strip brush machinery, mop manufacturing machinery and injection molds are available from Borghi (www.borghi.com); Carnevali Dino trimming units – Motorized clippper heads, monofilament hank cutters, metal wire hank cutters, rotary cutters, specialty cutters for abrasive materials such as grit brushes (www.carnevalidino.com); Techno Plastic monofilament extrusion lines – quipment 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 and concrete reinforcement monofilaments: (www.technoplastic.it); Unimac power brush manufacturing equipment and metal handle manufacturing equipment – 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. 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 tubemill can also be used in other applications to produce tubes for other products (www.unimac.it.) 13

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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; twistedin-wire brush manufacturing machinery; strip brush manufacturing machinery; mop manufacturing machinery; injection molds; and, specialty machinery for automation, packaging, etc., of brooms, 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. Borghi also 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 with Borghi’s engineering capacity and technical manufacturing strength, requests for automation have been met with the realization of machinery for special types of paintbrushes, paintroller assembly, and many types of mops. Furthermore, Borghi has been producing machinery for manufacturing strip brushes since 2004. 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 machinery 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 quality 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. Telephone: 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 or Eric Juarez. Borghi s.p.a.’s partner companies, Unimac s.r.l. and Techno Plastic s.r.l., are located along side of Borghi, which in now being called, “The Brush District.” 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 other types of polymers. Techno Plastic also produces lines for manufacturing PET strapping and concrete reinforcement monofilaments: (www.technoplastic.it). 13 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 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 brushes, 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. The TCU-CNC machines are capable of handling brushes from nailbrushes to 24inch brooms. The modular concept, which permits a machine to be reconfigured for vastly different brushes, has now been well demonstrated. 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 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. The newest refinements to the TCU line of machines are a faster indexing of the turret, higher speeds of well over 1,400 tufts per minute in some cases and a wider range of automation options. The single-header 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 double-header VCU is a high-performance versatile machine for the production of all kinds of brushware. It has 5 axis CNC control and will make brooms up to 24-inches in one operation, or 36-inches in two operations. The brush holder frames are easy to change, so the machine can be used for the production of dish brushes, roller brushes or toilet brushes. 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 TB3FM/L. All of these single header machines now run at continuous speeds up to 1,000 tufts per minute. The new concept of the TB5-FM machine is yet another world’s first, according to Boucherie. The filling tool runs on ball bearings, and has very few,



and light, moving parts to make it simple to maintain and make the basic tool virtually wearfree. Futhermore, the machine features reduced handling of the products to optimize efficiency and product quality. For the highest production, Boucherie offers the double-headed TB32-flexi cell, which can make up to 70 brushes per minute when the 2 filling tools run in parallel, or for complex brushes with 2 different hole sizes when the filling tools run sequentially. This flexibility is build into the concept of the machine, and can be used effortlessly. 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 a leadership position in anchorless technology, but with the new AMR machine, Boucherie is making a giant step to bring anchorless toothbrush production to more toothbrush makers. The AFT/CNC is the first machine for tufting toothbrushes without using anchors. Block tufts, strip tufts and various combinations of tuft angles widen the range of design options for the toothbrush heads. The AFT/CNC features automatic handle feeding, Windows-based CNC controls, and pre-endrounding of bristles. 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 AMR machine also features Boucherie’s inline pre-endrounding system, and will make the brushes that are now manufactured on complex anchor-set production cells at a reduced cost, with a higher endrounding quality, and at least at the same speed. The AFT-IMT is the world’s first commercially available in-mould technology for the production of toothbrushes, according to Boucherie. Preendrounded filaments are picked and arranged in their final configuration prior to being transferred into a mold where the brush head and handle are over-molded to produce the finished product. IDM Machine: The IDM is a compact carousel machine for the high-speed production of interdental and mascara brushes. It is now possible to produce up to 65 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.

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.

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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 stand-alone machines or integrated into one or two tufting machines. Boucherie USA Inc., has been selling Boucherie brush machines, sophisticated multi-component injection molds and packaging equipment in North, Central and South America for more than 30 years. 12 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 offers 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” Continued On Page 38



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mechanism creates a tight union between the handle and brush, broom or other tool that will not unscrew during normal use. 06 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@bruinplastics.com Web Site: www.bruinplastics.com Company Officers: Dennis E. Angelone, President; Steven M. Angelone, Vice President; Walter L. Conine, VP Sales & Marketing Products: Since 1964, Bruin Plastics Company has been a 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, Email: sangelone@bruinplastics.com. 13 Brush Fibers, Inc. 202 North 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 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; Wire: Card wire, staple wire–galvanized and copper coated (pay off packs, spools, reels); and bristle (hog hair). Also offered are horse hair, horse hair mixtures, foam and solid plastic brush blocks. Established in 1979, Brush Fibers, Inc. is a supplier of a full range of brush filling materials to brush manufacturers around the world. Brush Fibers offers customers a comprehensive line, serviced from its Arcola warehouse, supported by

warehousing facilities in North Carolina and Montreal. 13 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 Products: Industrial brushes, manufacturing power brushes and twisted-in-wire brushes in carbon steel, stainless steel, brass, natural bristle and abrasive nylon. 12 Brush Technology Ltd. 3 Throckley Industrial Estate West Industrial Estate Westway Industrial Park Throckley Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 9EW ENGLAND Phone: +44 (0) 191 229 1666 (Ext 202) E-Mail: richard@brushtec.com Products: Brushes and pad holders for cleaning machines. Also, injection moulding and extrusion of brush backs up to 12kg. 13 Brushes Corp. 5400 Smith Road Brook Park, OH 44142 USA Phone: 216-267-9080 Fax: 216-267-9077 E-Mail: shicks@malinco.com Web Site: www.brushescorp.com Company Officers: Leonard DeFino, President; Jim Hauck, General Manager; Sophie Hicks, Inside Sales Products: Twisted-in-wire brushes of all materials and sizes for industrial, medical, automotive, plumbing, bottle, textile and government. The company supplies both standard and custom engineered brushes and can accommodate any size order. 13 BSI - Bath Solutions, Inc. / Global Decor, Inc. 1501 Nicholas Blvd. Elk Grove Village, IL 60172 USA Phone: 847-437-9600

Fax: 847-437-1600 E-Mail: info@bsi-globaldecor.com Web Site: www.bsi-globaldecor.com Company Officers: Tom Wolf, President/CEO; Kim Wolf, Executive Vice President; and Kevin Lasecki, VP Sales Products: Home air care, automotive air care, cleaning products, plastic food storage, crystal clear plastic serveware, bath and shower accessories, bakeware, barware accessories and table top. 13 R.E. Caddy & Company, Inc. P.O. Box 14634 Greensboro, NC 27415 USA Phone: 336-273-3609 Fax: 336-378-6047 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 through 1,000 pounds, and plastic spools from 10 through 65 pounds. 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 55th year in operation during 2013. 13

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Canwil Textiles, Inc. 1520 University Dr. Auburn, GA 30011 USA Phone: 678-985-5434 Fax: 678-807-2818 E-Mail: sales@canwiltextiles.com Web Site: www.canwiltextiles.com Company Officers: Nik Narwani Products: Fabrics: 9x9 vinyl mesh, poly knit mesh, nonwovens, polyester twill. All fabrics available for dust and wet mop manufacturing. Custom slitting available. 13 Carolina Filaments, LLC 2150 Cheswick Ln. Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466 USA Phone: 888-738-5520 Fax: 626-605-8919 E-Mail: brian@carolinafilaments.com Web Site: www.carolinafilaments.com Company Officers: Brian Crawford, CEO Products: Synthetic Filaments – PS, SAN, PP, PE, PA 6, PA 6.6, PA 6.10, PA 6.12, PET, PBT, and PVC; abrasive filaments – PA 6, PA 6.10, PA 6.12-SiC, Al03, ceramic, and diamond grits; tapered filaments - mechanically and chemically tapered filaments; metal handles – 22mm, 15/16-inch, and 1-inch diameters, plastic coated or powder painted; and blocks and brushes – foamed plastic and wooden blocks as well as finished brushes. 13 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. 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. The company was founded in Mexico City more than 40 years ago. In 1994, the company started exporting, and today ships products to countries including Japan, Peru, Barbados, Brazil and the United States. It has strategic alliances with other manufacturers that are world leaders in the production of floor pads, rubber gloves, window squeegees and floor squeegees. It can produce “private label” programs and develop special products under customer specifications. It also manufactures industrial and customized brushes starting with “one piece” orders. 08 Charles E. Green & Son, Inc. Mailing — P.O. Box 8277 Glen Ridge, NJ 07028 USA Factory — 625 3rd St. Newark, NJ 07107 USA Phone: 973-485-3630 Fax: 973-485-6510 E-Mail: sales@charlesegreen.com Web Site: www.charlesegreen.com Company Officers: John V. Green III, President; Rebecca Green Sullivan, Vice President; Caitlin E. Green, Vice President Products: Paintbrush ferrules; paint rollers and components; brush pins, plastic handles, wood handles, deep drawings, metal stamping, wire forming, Milliken Machinery and parts, and warp raschel knitting. 13 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 and www.chiefclean.net Products: Chief Manufacturing has been making

industrial mop hardware and janitorial supplies since the 1950s and, until recently, under the name of The Woodbury Box Company. One of the company’s product lines is the Z-Force Hands-free Dust Mop System. 09 Christof Döring GmbH Industriestrasse 28 91233 Neunkirchen - Speikern GERMANY Phone: +49 9153 601 Fax: +49 9153 602 E-Mail: info@christof-doering.de Web Site: www.brushhandles.com Company Officers: Jörg Muscat, Managing Director Products: Wooden artists’ handles; wooden cosmetic handles; wooden paintbrush handles. 13 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 Products: Quality handmade paintbrushes and rollers. It is a third generation family company operating in a modern facility in Tampa, FL, and shipping worldwide. Corona offers handmade applicators in both natural and synthetic materials. Corona’s paintbrushes have full stock construction that tapers to a fine chisel tip. It uses fine materials for professional custom blends. All materials are processed in house. Of equal quality are Corona’s full-stock paint rollers formulated for fast, efficient, lint free application of paints, enamels, varnishes, stains, epoxies, marine coatings, urethanes and more. 11 Creative Poly, Inc. 620 W. Lincoln Avenue Rochelle, IL 61068 USA Phone: 815-562-9002, 866-304-BAGS Fax: 815-562-8551 E-Mail: creative@rochelle.net

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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. 08

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 Products: Innovative cleaning tools, including trash/utility cans, pails, wringer buckets, dust pans, mop sticks and more. 10

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. Handle private label requirements. Manufactures to specifications. 04

Deligh Industries, Inc. 255 Conover Street - P.O. Box 310-154 Brooklyn, NY 11231 USA Phone: 718-875-1511 Fax: 718-237-4257 Web site: www.deligh.com 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. It also stocks rubber wood brush and broom blocks in a variety of sizes and profiles. Typical stock sizes are 18, 24, 30 and 36-inches long. Custom sizes can be produced to specification. 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. Wire supplies are packaged in a wide array of put-ups to meet the needs of each customer. Company goal is to custom design products to suit the specific requirements of customers. 11

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. 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 orders and do hand work. It can also manufacture to specifications and frequently OEM for other brush manufacturers. 13 Deco Products Co. 506 Sanford Street Decorah, IA 52101 USA Phone: 563-382-4264Fax: 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

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. 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. The company now offers lamb’s wool paint rollers, rollers that eliminate bubbles when

applying varnish, and abrasive circular wire brushes. 10 DKSH Switzerland, Ltd. Wiesenstrasse 8 8034 Zurich, SWITZERLAND Phone: +41 44 386 7900 Fax: +41 44 386 7911 Web Site: www.dksh.ch Products: Various types of bristle, fiber and hair for the brush industry. DKSH is a global leader in Market Expansion Services, employing 22,000 specialists in 560 business locations all over the world. The exclusive North American agent is Brush Fibers, Inc., of Arcola, IL. Contact Ian Moss at jaye@brushfibers.com or call 217-268-5760. 13 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. “We are your source not your competitor.” 10 Dorstener Drahtwerke GmbH & Co. Marler StraBe 109 Dorsten D-46282 GERMANY Phone: +49 (0) 2362-20 99 38 Fax: +49 (0) 2362-2 63 95 E-Mail: info@dorstener-drahtwerke.de Web Site: www.dorstener-drahtwerke.de Products: Brush stapling wires: galvanized and copper coated on spools of 45KG and 90KG. 12 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 Products: Specializing in custom fabrics for paint rollers. In 2008, Draper Knitting Company celebrated the sixth generation of the Draper family to serve as president of the company. Kristin Draper now serves as president. Draper works with recycled fibers which has helped bring the company into the “green” movement. New markets include Draper Therapies, a line of finished products that use a fiber that can increase circulation and reduce pain. Draper continues to keep a focus on its traditional markets like paint roller fabrics and outerwear fabrics. It 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

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(OEM). In business since 1958, Epic Resins specializes in custom manufacturing and formulating materials. 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

Evansville Association For The Blind - EAB Industries 500 Second Avenue, P.O. Box 6445 Evansville, IN 47719 USA Phone: 812-422-1181 Fax: 812-424-3154 E-Mail: eabindustrial@aol.com Web Site: www.evansvilleblind.org Company Officers: Karla Horrell, Executive Director and Controller; Dan Leraris, Sales & Marketing; Tony Goebel, Plant Manager Products: Deck mops: cotton and rayon; mop heads: cotton and rayon. Traditional and custom sizes available. Made 100 percent in the USA. Non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Indiana, April 13, 1923. Serves and employs persons with physical and mental disabilities. Manufacturing time available for mop production due to expanded capacity. Celebrating 91 years of service and employment to the tri-state area. 13

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 Products: Residential and commercial grade cleaning aids. Emsco manufactures and distributes mops, brooms, brushes, buckets, accessories and others. 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 venues including: metal stamping, injection molding, textile conversion, staple setting, wood handle conversion and market specific assembly. Its main manufacturing and distribution facility 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 Products: Epic Resins offers paintbrush and paint roller adhesives. These adhesives offer 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. Epic Resins is a custom formulator of epoxy resin and polyurethane compounds for original equipment manufacturers

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 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 at all price ranges. Name brand and private label with quick delivery. The company was founded in 1929, and has over 80 years experience in creating high-quality brushes that feature both form and function. F.M. Brush offers brush styles in both natural hair and synthetics. It is environmentally sensitive and supports the fight against animal testing. Handles come from managed wood reformed station programs. 11 Fibratexsa P.O. Box 118 San Pedro Sula, HONDURAS Web Site: www.fibratexsa.com Products: Mop making machinery including loop end and deck mop machines, sewing stations, automatic cutters and more. 12 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: 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 the formation of offensive odors; monofilaments in polypropylene; PS and SAN. For more than 15 years, Fili & Forme has produced monofilaments for various markets like home, personal care, industrial, technical and sports. It offers a completely automated manufacturing process, with cutting edge technology and machines, quality control, efficiency and competitive prices. 10 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 FIMM ITALIA S.p.A. via della Repubblica 153 50050 STABBIA (Firenze), ITALY Phone: +39-0571-956124 Fax: +39-0571-956111 Web Site: www.spinelli-group.com Products: Manufacturer of metal broom handles, telescopic handles, extension poles, multipiece handles, mop handles. The history of FIMM ITALIA S.p.A. dates to the 1890s, and is part of the Spinelli Group, a machinery and molds manufacturer. Companies in Italy, the United States, Mexico and China. 13 Flex Brush 1658 Highland Road Twinsburg, OH 44087 USA Phone: 888-986-7746 E-Mail: dnagele@flex-brush.com Web Site: www.flex-brush.com Company Officers: Marc Calcaterra, President; Pat Marron, CEO Products: Flex Brush is a brush weatherseal product utilizing high-quality polypropylene backing for all brushes. Contains no metal, so it will never rust. Flex Brush holds its filament bristles longer, extending the life of the brush. Conforms to contours and shapes. Easy installation, design options, reduced weight, a continuous brush with even density, resistance against corrosion and chemicals. Easy to transport, store and handle. 13


FM Brush (Thailand) Co., Ltd. 297 Moo 13, Highway No. 11 T. Makhueajae Muang, Chiang Mai 51000 THAILAND Phone: +66 53 581044-5 Fax: +66 53 581046 E-Mail: brush@fmtbrush.com Web Site: www.dynastybrush.com, www.fmtbrush.com Company Officers: Napat Wongsai, Director; Ratchadakorn Changpradit, Foreign Sales Products: Manufacturer of artist, cosmetic, surgical, ceramic craft and customs-made brushes. 13 Fuller Brush Company 860 Kaiser Road, Suite D Napa, CA 94558 USA Phone: 707-266-5500 Fax: 707-255-5935 E-Mail: ckeller@fullerbrush.com Web Site: www.fuller.com Company Officers: Caitlin Keller, Product Development and Marketing; David Sabin, President Products: Brooms, mops, floor cleaners, carpet sweepers, bathrooom cleaners, all house cleaners, kitchen cleaners and scrub brushes, stainless steel cleaners, laundry detergents, stain removers, scented moth block case, home scents, personal scents, spa products, personal care products, premium quality hair brushes, and NutriSelect. 13 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 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 Products: Telescopic extension poles 6, 8, 12, 18 and 24-foot lengths. Garelick Mfg. Co. began in 1952. Metal fabrication is performed at two locations: St. Paul Park, MN, and Largo, FL. It offers lightweight anodized aluminum, twist lock cams that allow handles to be locked at any length, rolled tube edges, universal size screw adapter, five standard sizes. 11


George Culley (Draught Excluders, Rubber Extrusions & Plastic Extrusions, Moulding’s) 8 Waddington Fold Rochdale, Lancashire O46 4QB UNITED KINGDOM Phone: +44 560 344 9596 Fax: +44 560 344 9597 E-Mail: gculley251@aol.com Web Site: www.thehairyworm.co.uk Company Officers: George Culley, Owner Products: The Hairy Worm woven brush pile seals made with industrial grade acrylic adhesive, strip brushes, flexible brush strips, rubber extrusions, brush seals, and garage door seals. 13 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 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 metal dust pan (one-piece construction, 20 gauge metal, 12-inch edge, powder coating, reinforced handle.) 10 Golden Fortune Ind., LLC 350 Route 46, Suite 234 Rockaway, NJ 07866 USA Phone: 973-539-0455 Fax: 973-539-0166 E-Mail: jack.muhlstein@goldenfortunellc.com Web Site: www. goldenfortunellc.com Company Officers: Scott Muhlstein, President; Jack Muhlstein, General Manager Products: Wooden broom, brush and mop handles; metal broom and mop handles; all types of brushes, assembled and components; mops and brooms assembled and components; microfiber mop frames and mop heads. 13 Golden Star Inc. 4770 N. Belleview Ave., Ste. 209 Kansas City, MO 64114 USA Toll Free: 800-821-2792 Fax: 816-842-1129 Email: goldenstar@goldenstar.com Website: www.goldenstar.com Products: Complete line of wet mops, dust mops, brooms, brushes, microfiber, cloths and accessories. 13 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

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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. Gordon Brush was founded in 1951 by Don Gordon, a brush maker and 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. Gordon Brush can make any staple set, hand laced, wire drawn or twisted-in-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 Products: Gornell built its reputation as a custom designer and manufacturer of quality brushes for industry and maintenance. Gornell is a supplier of scratch, platers and welder brushes, staple set on the latest CNC-controlled machinery. It offers custom-design and manufacture staple set and wire-drawn brushes for industry, using all types of wire, synthetic and natural fill materials. E. Gornell & Sons, Inc., was founded in 1892 by Edward Gornell. For over a century, Gornell has been supplying quality brushes and excellent service at very competitive prices. It continues to grow, producing quality brushes with the latest state-of-the-art CNC machinery. Gornell will imprint and private label brushes for the brush industry. CAD/CAM design available. Special packaging is offered to meet specific requirements. 13 Gover, Horowitz & Blunt Ltd. Grosvenor Gardens House 35-37 Grosvenor Gardens London SW1W 0BS UNITED KINGDOM Phone: +44 (0)20 7630 7777 Fax: +44 (0)20 7828 3867 E-Mail: mr@ghb.co.uk Web Site: www.ghb.co.uk Company Officers: Stephen Horowitz, Managing Director; Matthew Ralph, Director Products: Raw materials for brush manufacture, including: coco abre, bassine, palmyra, sherbro, piassava, tampico, PVC, PPN, PET and nylon monofilaments. Also supplies mop heads and wooden and plastic broom handles. 13

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GSC Manufacturing, Inc. 510 Merritt Avenue Nashville, TN 37203 USA Phone: 615-248-6556 Fax: 615-248-6558 E-Mail: info@gscmanufacturing.com Web Site: www.gscmanufacturing.com 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. GSC Manufacturing was incorporated in 2000 to become an industry leader in the production and development of cleaning products. It offers OEM programs, private labeling, custom packs, short lead times from receipt of order to delivery. 10 Gunn Brush Co., Inc. 948 Church 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. 04 H. Arnold Wood Turning, Inc. 220 White Plains Rd., Suite 220 Tarrytown, NY 10591 USA Phone: 914-381-0801 Fax: 914-381-0804 E-Mail: staff@arnoldwood.com Web Site: www.arnoldwood.com Company Officers: Jonathan Arnold, Bruce Arnold Products: All types of wood parts including: dowels, dowel handles, broom handles, mop handles, turnings and turned handle, brush blocks, slats, mouldings and moulded handles. The company offers both domestic and imported species and a variety of secondary operations including finishing since 1919. 13 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 Products: Hagco Industries has a variety of microfiber products. The company 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. Carries specialty items such as microfiber sponges, high dusting wands, dusting gloves, and a variety of window washing pads and accessories. It also carries carpet bonnets, vacuums, buckets, and wringer buckets. Also offers hardware microfiber products such as handles, and other tools, along with a wide variety of microfiber cloths. The company was established in 1967 serving commercial customers. Company officials say it is known as the “Ultra Microfiber Company” with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. The company imports microfiber from Korea, China, and Italy. Its accessories and hardware for mops are made in the USA. It continues to expand its line of products, and focuses on rewarding the customer. The company has a rewards program in place. 12

Haviland Corporation 200 S. Hwy. U - P.O. Box 769 Linn, MO 65051 USA Phone: 573-897-3672 Fax: 573-897-4497 E-Mail: squeegees@havilandcorp.com Web Site: www.havilandcorp.com Products: Haviland manufactures floor and window squeegees; waterbrooms; replacement blades for sweeper scrubbers and paving tools in the United States. Over 90 percent of the raw materials Haviland Corporation uses to manufacture products are derived from the USA. Haviland manufactures the largest selection of floor squeegees in North America including non-marking, neoprene, FDA approved, double foam, antimicrobial and numerous others, according to the company. Haviland Corporation’s selection of floor squeegees also includes variations in blades such as flat edge, multi edge, double, serrated (notched), and beveled. 12

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. 13

Hill Brush, Inc. 811 Rolyn Ave. Baltimore, MD 21237 USA Phone: 410-325-7000 Fax: 410-325-6477 E-Mail: jim@hillbrushinc.com, and info@hillbrushinc.com Web Site: www.hillbrushinc.com Company Officers: Jim Sokaitis, National Sales Manager, cell: 203-565-1418; Charles Coward, Commercial Director Products: Leading manufacturer of cleaning equipment since 1922. Hill Brush Inc., offers products that feature quality and durability. The company’s flagship “Salmon Hygiene Technology” range comprises of Resin-Set DRS® brushware, which offers the ultimate solution in filament retention; Anti-microbial cleaning equipment, wherein an integral additive inhibits over 99 percent of bacterial contamination over the entire product surface; as well as unique and innovative products such as a shoe cover dispenser and ultra hygienic squeegee. 13

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 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. 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. 12

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.com Web Site: www.himesa.com 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 ring, open end/friction and core spun. 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 weaving operations for a variety of products like canvas, sheeting, tarpaulins, towels, cleaning and grill cloths, diapers, mop tape, etc. 13 Hoge Brush Company 202 E. South Street - P.O. Box 189 New Knoxville, OH 45871 USA Phone: 419-753-2351 Fax: 419-753-2893 Web Site: www.hoge.com Products: Traditional, classic, time-tested staple set brushes; push brooms; maintenance and utility brushes. Serving distributors and supply companies, co-manufacturers, dealers and stores since 1939. Special features include North American hardwood blocks. Top quality natural and synthetic fibers. Experienced workmanship. Emphasis is placed on performance, durability and value. 12 Hoge Lumber Co. 701 S. Main Street - P.O. Box 159 New Knoxville, OH 45871 USA Phone: 419-753-2263 Fax: 419-753-2611 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. Founded in 1904 and has grown from a local sawmill into a diversified manufacturer of products which are shipped worldwide. Hoge brush blocks are made from kiln dried North American hardwoods. 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. 12


Howard Berger Co., Inc 324A Half Acre Road Cranbury, NJ 08512 USA Phone: 609-860-9990 Fax: 609-860-9991 E-Mail: info@hberger.com Web Site: www.hberger.com Products: My Helper® brand of mops, brooms, gloves and general houseware items. 12 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 Products: 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 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. Founded in Arcadia, CA, in 1947, 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 Jason Mills, LLC 440 South Main Street Milltown, NJ 08850 USA Phone: 732-651-7200 Fax: 732-651-7222 Web Site: www.jasonmills.com Products: Five-inch mop mesh or any width variation of rachel knit polyesters or nylons. 10 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

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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. Standard packaging available: hanks, coils, precision cut to length, single strand and multistranded on spools and cores. Jewel Wire also offers packaging to customer specifications. 11 Jieda (Cixi Jieda Nanometer Compound Materials Co., Ltd.) Kandun Industrial Zone, Cixi City, Zhejiang Province, CHINA Phone: 86-574-2363 9669 or 86-574-2363 9608 Fax: 86-574-2363 9690 E-Mail: jiedaglobal@cn-jieda.com Web Site: www.global-jieda.com Products: Filaments for toothbrushes, tapered filaments, abrasive filaments and industrial filaments. 13 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 and caution signs. 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, located in San Antonio, TX, serves the 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: inforequest@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 available from a single source specifically engineered to meet the performance requirements of the floor care industry. Jones’ yarns range in size from

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Ne 0.55 to Ne 2.75 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 RFYarns™ Recycled Fiber yarns; EnviroColor™ Yarns; AM-Yarn™ antimicrobial; and WET™ nonwoven edge trim yarn alternative. The expanded NEXT GENERATION product line includes microfiber mops; microfiber towels; microfiber carpet bonnets; synthetic carpet bonnets; and cotton carpet bonnets. In addition to supplying quality products, the company’s services include product testing, customer exclusive product development, sales training and market intelligence. The Jones E-Commerce link is a password protected web portal on which customers can enter orders, update orders, review purchase histories and update account information. 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 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. As a market leader, Jones supports all of the floor care industry’s associations including the ABMA - American Brush Manufacturers Association; NBMMA - National Broom & Mop Manufacturers Association; and the ISSA International Sanitary Supply Association, with direct representation and active involvement. Jones actively participated in the development of the ASTM certified industry standards for brooms and mops. 13 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.



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., and other special brushes. K: KKF is a fishing net factory with 35 years experience in Thailand. R: RS has been a plastic extruding machine maker in Taiwan since 1950 with about 60 years machine fabricating experience. KKF & RS is a joint venture in Thailand, making all kinds of synthetic filaments for over 20 years. 10

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. Private label, logos, UPC, bar coding, and OEM programs available. 06

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. 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

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 Co. 1st Floor, Opposite of Al-Muallak Mosque King Faisal St. Damascus, Dimashq 14199 SYRIA Phone: +963-11-2311962, or +963-944-553999 Fax: +963-11-231-5855 E-Mail: info@kraker-sy.com Web Site: www.kraker-sy.com Products: Brush making machines and related equipment. The company also produces brooms, brushes, mops, dustpans, squeegees, and metal and wood sticks. 12 La Crosse Brush, Inc. 3235 George Street La Crosse, WI 54603 USA Phone: 888-683-7491 Fax: 608-783-5539 Web Site: www.lacrossebrush.com Products: Quality brooms and brushes since 1926. Serving the janitorial, construction, industrial, food processing and dairy industries. Some products include: floor brooms, scrubs, street brooms, truck wash brushes, tank brushes and various color-coded items. Also, La Crosse is a distributor of Harold Moore, a manufacturer of plastic items for the food industry. 12

Lambskin Specialties 250 Dufferin Avenue Winnipeg, MB R2W 5J1 CANADA Phone: 800-665-0202 Fax: 204-582-5598 Web Site: www.lambskin.com Products: 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. The 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. 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 environmentally friendly blend of recycled PET and postconsumer fiber. Lemieux Spinning Mill’s history dates 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 wellknown expertise. Since 1986, Jean-Paul Lemieux and his sons, Marc and Serge, have made the company a world-class 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. 12 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. Line Manufacturing, Inc., has the skills, experience and specialized machinery to produce precision custom, high-volume component parts from ferrous and nonferrous 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 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


Products: Floor and garage brushes, street brooms, scrub brushes, masonry brushes, paintbrushes and sundries, squeegees, concrete finishing brooms, hot-dipped pails, fender and utility brushes, wax applicators and corn brooms, 13 Malish Corporation, The 4260 Hamann Parkway Willoughby, OH 44094 USA Phone: 440-951-5356 Fax: 440-951-0293 E-Mail: info@malish.com Web Site: www.malish.com Company Officers: Terry J. Malish, Chairman; Jeffrey J. Malish, President & CEO; Fred Lombardi, Vice President of Sales & Marketing Products: Leading manufacturer of commercial and industrial floor machine brushes, including a full range of rotary brushes, foodservice/colorcoded brushes, as well as janitorial brushes. Most recently, the company introduced the DiamabrushbyMalish Floor Preparation System that features products for concrete prep and polishing as well as products for wood and mastic removal. 13 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 and wringers, plastic bottles, health care products, washroom accessories, and more. 10 Marion Brush Mfg. Co. 1685 7th Ave. Marion, IA 52302 USA Phone: 319-377-0167 Fax: 319-377-3208 E-Mail: gary@marionbrush.com Web Site: www.marionbrush.com Company Officers: Gary Bolden, President Products: Chameleon Trac II handleless concrete finishing brush, Chameleon Single

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concrete finishing brush, Auto Glide concrete finishing brush, Fresno with concrete finish brush, Bullfloat with concrete finish brush. 13 Paul Marsh LLC 654 Madison Avenue, Suite #2009 New York, NY 10065 USA Phone: 212-759-9060 Fax: 212-319-6214 Web Site: www.paulmarshworldwide.com Products: China bristles, horse hair, fine hair, synthetic 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. Founded in 1959 by Paul S. Marsh, the firm has grown steadily. Paul Marsh LLC is 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 M-B Companies, Inc. 1615 Wisconsin Ave. / P.O. Box 200 New Holstein, WI 54915 USA Phone: 800-558-5800 Fax: 920-898-4588 E-Mail: sales@m-bco.com Web Site: www.m-bco.com Products: Tube brooms, gutter brooms, runway wafers, strip brooms, poly wafers, wire wafers, poly/wire wafers. Brushes for all makes and models of attachment brooms, runway snow removal equipment, and street sweepers. 12 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 Products: Machines for the production of paint rollers made of foam – Drilling machine MBO, drill grinding machine, gluing machine MKL also available 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, tandem-turn-overmachine 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.

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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. 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). Maintenance and service for all types of machines, conversion and extension of machinery in stock available. 11 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, semi-patent 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. MFC, Ltd., has been a supplier to brush manufacturers for over 100 years, and continues to provide customers with quality products and service at competitive prices. 13 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: Mill-Rose is a U.S. manufacturer of twisted-wire brushes and a market leader for brushes of all uses. The company designs, engineers, manufactures, and delivers brushes in small, as well as large quantities catering to a customer’s specific needs. It has helped set the standard for quality, performance, and innovation in brush technology for over 90 years. Mill-Rose brushes are used in virtually every industry around the world, including, but not limited to, aerospace, agriculture, automotive, defense, energy, manufacturing, medical, technology, and telecommunications. Customers can choose from thousands of “standard” and “not-so-standard” sizes and shapes of brushes that deburr, polish, finish, sort, auger, conduct, dissipate, collect, move and protect materials. Mill-Rose brushes are often used in non-brushing applications to solve engineering, design, and production problems. Mill-Rose has designed more than 100,000 special brushes with unique configurations for unique applications. Strong demand for Mill-Rose brushes by the plumbing, heating and cooling industry led to the formation of Clean-Fit Products serving professional contractors, hardware wholesalers and Do-It-Yourself home centers. Clean-Fit Products offers contractors a complete line of brushes, abrasives, PTFE sealants and specialty tools, including a new line of Blue Monster® professional-grade products. Mill-Rose Laboratories manufactures a complete line of disposable and reusable brushes, snares and baskets used throughout the medical industry. It’s a leading source for laboratory and scientific brushes, biopsy and micro brushes, and stainless steel wire forms used in a broad range of applications. 13 Milwaukee Dustless Brush Gordon Brush Wisconsin, LLC 6247 Randolph Street Commerce, CA 90040 USA Phone: 323-724-7777 ext. 280 Fax: 323-724-1111 Web Site: www.milwaukeedustless.com Products: Brooms; brushes; squeegees; dusters; mops (including the eMop™ Bucketless Mop System); sweepers (including: Speedy Sweep, cordless battery operated sweeper); brooms; Speed Sweep®, Speedy Corn®; upright and lobby, deck scrubs; truck wash brushes; Speed Squeegy®; aluminum, flex squeegy; utility brushes; PermaPoly™ brush, industrial and retail. 12


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: Jon Monahan, President; Chris Monahan, Vice President Sales & Marketing Products: Broad selection of synthetic filaments in a wide range of diameters for the brush and monofilament industries. Nylon, polyester, polyethylene, polystyrene and polypropylene fibers for applications in industrial, construction, automotive, personal care, paint, cosmetic, and janitorial markets. 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, Inc., is also located in Arcola and able to ship all items together with Monahan Filaments further saving on freight. Now offering high performance filaments such as PPS for demanding applications and V0 grade nylon. 13 Monahan Partners 200 N. Oak Arcola, IL 61910 USA Phone: 217-268-5771 Fax: 217-268-3113 E-Mail: pat@monahanpartners.com Web Site: www.monahanpartners.com Company Officers: Pat Monahan, President, (888-268-5754) 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, and 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, the company offers nylon slide connectors and a patented flexible connector. Other popular products are dust mop frames and heads (in 3 1/2 and 5-inch 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 strips; microfiber yarn wet mops; both metal and plastic hinge sponge mops; and fiberglass handles with swivel cap and thread. Monahan Partners now also sells a popular, made in USA, economical, patented lobby dust pan and is a leading producer of fiberglass handle mopsticks.


Monahan Partners was spun out of The Thomas Monahan Company in December 2010. Formerly, a division of the family business, Monahan Partners continues a long history of great service. 13 Thomas Monahan Co., The 202 North Oak Street 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 filaments); Monahan Filaments (synthetic filaments); and Whitley Monahan Handles Company (wood handles). See separate listings for these companies in this issue. The Thomas Monahan Company manufactures and sells component parts for the manufacture of brooms and mops. It has 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. The company has been a family business since 1922, now managed by its fourth generation of Monahans. The Thomas Monahan Co. stands behind everything it sells. The company prides itself on fast, courteous service. 13 Monterey Mills P.O. Box 790 Janesville, WI 53547 USA Phone: 608-754-2866 Fax: 608-754-3750 E-Mail: birkhoffb@montereymills.com Web Site: www.montereymills.com Company Officers: Daniel Sinykin, President Products: Supplier of knitted pile fabric to the paint roller industry. Also provided are material for apparel, over-the-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. Monterey Mills is a combination of multiple companies. Roller Fabrics began 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. Monterey Mills 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. The company’s goal is to continue expanding the business by offering the highest quality knitted pile fabric to industrial and retail markets. Monterey Mills strives to be the premium supplier of knitted pile fabric and to be recognized as a leader in the industry. The company works 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. Monterey Mills marked its 65th anniversary in 2011. The company holds 23 fabric patents. 13 Moonsoft International, Inc. 3808 N. Sullivan Rd., Bldg. 12, Suite Q Spokane, WA 99216 USA Phone: 877-892-9360 Fax: 509-892-9355 Web Site: www.moonsoftcorp.com Products: Microfiber mop pads and dusters, related hardware. 12 Mount Joy Wire Corp. 1000 E. Main Street Mount Joy, PA 17552 USA Phone: 717-653-1461 Toll Free: 800-321-2305 Fax: 717-653-0221 E-Mail: sales@mjwire.com Web Site: www.mjwire.com 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 206 Progress Drive Montgomeryville, PA 18936 USA Toll Free: 800-523-2489 Fax: 267-654-4010 E-Mail: nationruskin@nationruskin.com Web Site: www.nationruskin.com Company Officers: Ray Adolf, Hal Kawefsky Products: Sponges, cheesecloth, tack cloths, towels, rags, microfiber towels, drop cloths, coveralls, paint strainers. 13 National Wire & Metal Technologies, Inc. 200 Harrison Street Jamestown, NY 14701 USA Phone: 716-661-9180 Fax: 716-661-9189 E-Mail: national@netsync.net

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Web Site: www.homemaid.us Company Officers: Bump Hedman, President; Tammy Snyder, Vice President Products: Twist mops, dust mops, sponge mops, roller mops, butterfly mops, commercial metal wet mops, broom braces, brush scrapers and squeegees. Other product capabilities include metal stamping, wire forming welding, tool and die capabilities, assembly and metal finishing operations. 13 Natural Bristles Industrial Corp., Ltd. 11A Mudange, The West Lake New City Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310000 CHINA Phone: 0086 571-85393781 Fax: 0086 571-85393780 E-Mail: ntbristle88@sina.com Products: A leading bristle/brush manufacturer located in P.R. China. The company produces and exports pure natural boiled bristles; horse tail/manes hair; and painting brushes. All bristles are washed well and boiled (sometimes triple boiled) with full tops, clean, straight and pure natural color. Sizes range from 38mm to 152mm and up. The tops are from 60 to 90. There are three main colors: black, white and grey. 13 Newell & Sons Inc. P.O. Box 1098 Roxboro, NC 27573 USA Toll Free: 800-467-8996 Fax: 336-599-3354 E-Mail: newell@esinc.net Web Site: www.newellandsons.com Company Officers: David Newell, President; Henry Newell, Vice President Products: Industrial/janitorial wet mop manufacturer and broom, brush and janitorial supplier. 13 Nexstep Commercial Products (Exclusive Licensee of O-Cedar) 1450 W. Ottawa Road Paxton, IL 60957 USA Toll Free: 800-252-7666 Fax: 217-379-9901 E-Mail: customerservice@ocedarcommercial.com Web Site: www.ocedarcommercial.com Company Officers: Todd Leventhal, President; Stan Koschnick, Vice President, Operations; Joel Hastings, General Manager Products: Dust mops; microfiber; wet mops; mopsticks; mop buckets and wringers; angle brooms; floor sweeps; street brooms; brushes; scrapers; squeegees; sponges and pads; dusters; corn brooms; power brushes; rotary brushes. 13 Ningbo IVY Daily Commodity Co., Ltd. No. 76 2nd Xinggong Road Developing Industrial Zone Ninghai, Ningbo, Zhejiang 315600 CHINA Phone: +86-574-65331166 Fax: +86-574-65331222 E-Mail: joyce@nbcqt.com Web Site: www.nbcqt.com

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Company Officers: Ying Weidong, President; Joyce Zhang, Business Connection Products: Cleaning brushes, dish brushes, brooms, and water flow poles. 13 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 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. Over the past seven years, it has developed into a prime resource for quality and legally logged wooden handles from 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. 13 Northern Wood Products, Inc. 1504 Lauderdale Pl. La Crosse, WI 54603 USA Phone: 608-783-1112 Fax: 608-783-0272 Web Site: www.northernwoodproductsinc.com 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 washers, kitchen products, dish machine products, Green Seal and DfE certified products, hand soaps, bowl cleaners, carpet cleaners, and foodservice products. 10


Oak Park Parts, OPP-LLC 17 Rose Street Aurora, IL 60505 USA Phonee: 630-806-1165 E-Mail: oakparkparts@yahoo.com Company Officers: Robert Sollinger, Owner Products: Custom industry drill bits, drill flat belts, brush machine and trimmer spare parts. 13 O’Dell Corporation P.O. Box 540 Ware Shoals, SC 29646 USA Toll-Free: 800-342-2843 Fax: 800-445-1533 E-Mail: orders@odellcorp.com Web Site: www.odellcorp.com Products: Wet mops, dust mops, handles, brushes, janitor carts, microfiber, echoMop, The Edge Mop, The Patriot Mop, frames, janitorial accessories. 12 Osborn 1100 Resource Dr., Suite 1 Brooklyn Hts., OH 44131 USA Phone: 216-361-1900 E-Mail: brushes@osborn.com Web Site: www.osborn.com Products: Industrial and maintenance brushes, brooms, mops, aerosols, buffs, compounds, Load Runner idler rollers and rails. 12 PADCO Inc. 2220 Elm Street Southeast Minneapolis, MN 55414 USA Phone: 612-378-7270 Toll Free: 800-328-5513 Fax: 612-378-9388 Web Site: www.padco.com Products: Padco Inc. is an American manufacturer of home decorating tools. Padco offers a full line of consumer friendly paint pads and accessories. Padco also offers a broad selection of stain applicators, paint rollers, texture tools, trays, extension poles and floor tools for the professional and the do-it-yourselfer. 12 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. 10 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, Chairman; John Paul, Managing Director; John Jose, Export Director Products: Natural palmyra fiber; oiled palmyra fiber, bassine (dyed palmyra fiber); extra fine palmyra 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 of coir, jute, rubber, cotton (mats, matting rolls, rugs and carpets), erosion control products; and agricultural and horticultural products. 13 PelRay International, LLC 4511 Macro Dr. 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 Products: With over 100 years of combined experience in the industry, PelRay’s sales team of Ron Cherryholmes, Raul Gonzalez, Ray LeBlanc, David McGee and Bart Pelton, has been meeting the needs of manufacturers of brooms, mops and brushes worldwide for a long time. From raw materials such as natural fibers (broomcorn, beargrass, tampico and palmyra) to mop yarn (blended, cotton, rayon, natural or dyed) to OEM products made to customer specifications (angle broom heads, corn brooms, mops or mop sticks) to handles (hardwood or softwood, poplar, southern yellow pine, Taeda pine, Elliotis pine, Eucalyptus or metal plastic coated and powder painted), PelRay has it available and can ship in mixed loads to help customers to better manage their inventories. For those customers looking for products “made in the USA”, PelRay offers competitively priced poplar and pine handles as well as mop hardware and assembled mop sticks. PelRay also stocks an extensive inventory for artisans and crafters with raw broomcorn, stitching needles, twine and more. Visit PelRay’s website for specials and inventory clearance items. Quality, integrity and service are hallmarks of PelRay’s commitment to the success of its customers. 13 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 Milwaukee Brush Company 30 Jytek Drive Leominster, MA 01453 USA Toll Free: 800-342-9015 Fax: 978-840-1563 E-Mail: sales@pferdusa.com Web Site: www.pferdusa.com Products: Brooms, floor sweeps, squeegees, paintbrushes and accessories, scratch and chip brushes, utility and deck scrub brushes, power wire brushes and abrasive filament nylon brushes (MBRAD®). 12 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 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). Also offered are vegetable fibers (tampico/broomroot/palmyra). 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 vary in application 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. Founded at the beginning of the 20th century, Pogliani s.r.l. started out by preparing bristles, hair and vegetable fibers. The experience gained from production is now combined with its 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 of continuous activity, Pogliani now supplies the broom, brush and paintbrush industries. The company offers a combination of experience and knowledge of the global market in suggesting solutions combining quality with optimal price and service. 10 Pragma Specialty Filaments 94 County Line Road Colmar, PA 18915 USA Phone: 215-997-3333 Fax: 215-997-3659 E-Mail: mail@pragmasf.com Web Site: www.pragmasf.com Products: Pragma Filaments™ – chemically tapered filaments. 12 Precision Brush Company 6700 Parkland Blvd. Solon, OH 44124 USA Phone: 440-542-9600 Fax: 440-542-9696 E-Mail: jbenjamin@Precisionbrush.com Web Site: www.precisionbrush.com Company Officers: Jim Benjamin, President Products: Precision Brush Company has the technology, expertise and experience to satisfy industrial brush requirements. With a virtually limitless combination of specifications, the company can customize nearly every aspect of a brush, including brush length, bristle length, stiffness, density, coarseness, fill material and base materials. These custom brushes can be constructed out of materials that resist certain harsh chemicals, temperature extremes, or both. Conversely, Precision’s industrial brushes can be gentle and soft enough to spread confectioner’s sugar on the softest of doughnuts. From food processing, steel processing, glass manufacturing, pharmaceutical production and data cable management—Precision is a trusted provider of custom industrial brushes that can handle the demands of nearly any industry. The manufacturing capabilities of the Precision Brush Company have allowed it to offer clients customized bristle tools for an almost infinite number of brush applications, including but not limited to: metal channel strip brushes, plastic channel strip brushes, twisted wire brushes, brush seals and specialty brushes. 13 Proveedora Mexicana De Monofilamentos, S.A. De C.V. (PMM) Oriente 217 No. 190 Agricola Oriental Mexico City, D.F., 08500 MEXICO Phone: 00 5255 5763 86 63 Fax: 00 5255 5700 57 69 E-Mail: pmm@pmm-mex.com Web Site: www.pmmbrightline.com Company Officers: Enrique Mejia, General Manager; Dennise Silva, Sales Manager

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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 filaments in a wide range of calipers and colors. It specializes in critical applications, where consistency and quality are a must. 13 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. The company began in 1925 when S. Desmond Purdy began building paintbrushes in a converted two-car garage in Portland, OR. 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, and help to make faster and better production on big jobs. Purdy brushes also provide 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 light weight and balanced. Purdy’s premium adjustable roller frame fits all standard roller covers from 12 to 18-inches. This 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 smooth 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 Quickie Manufacturing Corp. 1150 Taylors Lane Cinnaminson, NJ 08077 USA Toll Free: 800-257-5751 Fax: 856-829-6150 Web Site: www.quickie.com Company Officers: Michael Magerman, CEO; Scott Henrikson, Vice President of Sales & Marketing; Paul Vosbikian, COO Products: Brooms, mops, brushes, smallwares, steam mops, power cleaning tools, automotive cleaning tools, sponges. 13 Quinn Broom Works, Inc. 1527 IL Rt. 121 P.O. Box 575 Greenup, IL 62428 USA Phone: 217-923-3181 Fax: 217-923-5150

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E-Mail: qbroom@rrl.net Web Site: www.quinnbroomworks.com Company Officers: Mark D Quinn, President Products: All types of wound, nail, kitchenette, whisk and toy brooms. Corn brooms manufactured to customers’ specifications. 12 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. 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. Remco offers Vikan hygiene system® colorcoded 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 and trays. Private label is the company’s specialty. Rol-Brush is a prime manufacturer, an 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 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. 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. Offers private labeling to many volume purchasers. 11 Rubbermaid Commercial Products 3124 Valley Avenue Winchester, VA 22601 USA Phone: 540-667-8700 Fax: 540-542-8770 Web Site: www.rubbermaidcommercial.com Products: Offers durable facility maintenance solutions, and produces an extensive line of solution-based 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-AWay® dust mops, disposable dust mops, utility brushes, deck bushes, and floor squeegees. 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, sanitary 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. The Rubbermaid HYGEN™ System’s performance removes microorganisms, reduces cross-transmission and offers long-lasting durability. 11


Sanderson MacLeod 1199 South Main Street Palmer, MA 01069 USA Phone: 866-522-3481; 413-283-3481 Fax: 413-289-1919 Web Site: www.sandersonmacleod.com 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 ZTip, which puts 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. Manufactures twisted-wire brushes including: medical endoscope cleaning, medical cytology, interdental, shotgun cleaning, rifle cleaning, pistol cleaning, general cleaning, deburring, polishing, and mascara. 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. 11 Schaefer Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. 1101 S. Prairie Avenue Waukesha, WI 53186 USA Phone: 262-547-3500 Fax: 262-547-3927 E-Mail: cs@schaeferbrush.com Web Site: www.schaeferbrush.com Company Officers: Harold Schaefer, CEO; Sheri Reichart, President; Allen Lee, Vice President Products: Twisted-in-wire brushes continue to be the core of Schaefer Brush; however, staple-set and hand drawn brushes, for all industries, play an important part of the business. Schaefer Brush designs and builds custom brushes and brushing systems for a variety of applications and industries. The company is celebrating 108 years in business. 13 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. Auto matic cleaning and trimming machinery. 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. 201208 CHINA


Phone: 86-21-69158000, Ext. 8077 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. 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 the company’s management team. Innovation in management, research and development, especially in sales, enable the company to accommodate further growth. 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. 11


Shurhold Industries, Inc. 3119 SW 42nd Ave. Palm City, FL 34990 USA Phone: 772-287-1313 Fax: 772-286-9620 Web Site: www.shurhold.com Products: Brushes, mops, brooms, handles, cleaning chemicals, buffer and fishing gaffs. 09 S.M. Arnold, Inc. 7901 Michigan Ave. St. Louis, MO 63111 USA Toll Free: 800-325-7865 Fax: 314-544-3159 E-Mail: joea@smarnoldinc.com Web Site: www.smarnoldinc.com Company Officers: Joe Arnold, President; Sanford Arnold, Executive Vice President; Gary Fox, Treasurer Products: Car and truck wash brushes, scrub brushes, detail scratch brushes, tire and spoke brushes, push brooms, chamois, sponges, wash mitts, polishing cloths and applicators, microfiber cloth and towels. 13

Shenzhen Tidyfeel Filaments Co., Ltd. No. 255-1 Jintian Road, Tiantou, Pingshan New District Shenzhen 518118 CHINA Phone: ++86-138 2520 3390, ++86-0755-8426 0031 Fax: ++86-0755-8426 0800 E-Mail: sallylee@tidyfeel.com Web Site: www.tidyfeel.com Company Officer: Sally Lee Products: Abrasive filaments including: abrasive basic nylon raw material: nylon N612, N610, N6, etc.; abrasive grit: SIC, AO, WA, DM, GC, CBN, etc.; Grit size: #46, #60, #80, #120, #180, #240, #320, #500, #600, #800, #1000, #1200, etc.; raw material of pure filaments without abrasive: nylon 612, 1010, 610, 66, 6, PBT, etc. 13

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: For over 30 years, the St. Nick Brush Company (a division of the Hardwood Lumber Company) has been a start-to-finish business that produces a complete line of consumer and industrial brushes, brooms and brush blocks. Every stage of the manufacturing process is overseen by experienced brush makers who are dedicated to creating the highest quality products. In 2005, the company doubled the size of its warehouse and inventory, decreasing the average lead time to two days. Products listed as brushes and brooms: street brooms, floor sweeps, scrub brushes and concrete finishing brushes. Products listed as hardwood brush and broom blocks: show handle, scratch brush, bagel block, floor sweep, street broom, deck scrub and all types of scrub brush blocks. 13

Shijiazhuang Golden Harvest Industrial & Trading Co., Ltd Room 811, Fullboon Building No. 1, North Jianshe Street Shijiazhuang, Hebei 050011 CHINA Phone: 86-311-87761195 Fax: 86-311-87760818 E-Mail: xiufeng.chen@gmail.com Products: Boiled bristle/bristle mixture (natural boiled bristle mixed with tapered PBT/PET filaments), tapered PBT/PET filaments/filaments mixture, horse tail hair, horse mane hair, horse hair mixture, goat hair, goat hair mixture, fine animal hair for cosmetic/art brushes, fine animal hair mixtures, special filaments (imitation blue squirrel tail hair/imitation badger hair, etc.) 12

Tai Hing Nylon Filament Products Co., Ltd. Shop C, On Ying Mansion, G/F., 1138 Canton Rd. MongKok, Kowloon, Hong Kong CHINA Phone: +852 2494 0233 Fax: +852 2485 2677 E-Mail: marketing@taihingnylon.hk Web Site: www.taihingnylon.com Company Officers: Wilson H. Lau; William Lau; Peter Pang Products: All kinds of filaments including PA filaments of nylon 6, 66, 46, 610 and 612; PBT filaments of normal and tapered; PE filaments of HDPE, and LOPE; PET filaments of normal, tapered and recycled; PP; PS; PPS; PEEK; PLA; ABS and PMMA filaments for making brushes in various applications including industrial, cosmetic, oral care, cleaning, broom, paintbrushes, etc. 13

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Tanis, Inc. 3660 Kettle Court East Delafield, WI 53018 USA Phone: 262-646-9000 Fax: 262-646-9005 E-Mail: sales@tanisinc.com Web Site: www.tanisbrush.com Products: Engineered brush solutions in strip, stapled set, twisted-in-wire and abrasive nylon configurations. 12 Thomas Textile Company P.O. Box 35697 Charlotte, NC 28235 USA Phone: 704-342-9200 Fax: 704-342-9233 E-Mail: wgtttc@bellsouth.net Products: Cotton and rayon blend mop yarns on ball warps, cones, and large single end wheels. 12 Tucel Industries, Inc. 2014 Forestdale Road - P.O. Box 146 Forestdale, VT 05745 USA Phone: 802-247-6824 Fax: 802-247-6826 E-Mail: jlewis@tucel.com Web Site: www.tucel.com Company Officers: John C. Lewis, Jr., President; 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. 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. Tucel has its brushes NSF tested for cleanability. All products are HACCP compatible. Tucel has been under the same ownership since the company began in 1970. 12 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. Tuway is a women-owned and family operated company, that has been a leader in textile cleaning product innovations since 1923. Tuway offers a

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line of products and programs designed 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 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. 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 selling a new line of products for professional window cleaners. Grown and diversified by adhering to two fundamental philosophies: treating customers as the most important asset and producing innovative products. In the mid-1990s, Unger expanded its product lines to become a provider of cleaning and maintenance solutions for janitorial sanitation, window and industrial sectors. 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: Bob Savage, CEO Products: Rotary brooms for street sweeping, road building and runway sweeping. Engineered Products Division manufactures customized specialty brushes for industrial solutions. 13 U.S. Lambswool 65A Saratoga Blvd. Island Park, NY 11558 USA Phone: 516-546-0395 Fax: 516-546-6239 Products: The company carries a complete line of floor finish applicators including 100 percent lambswool, synthetic, water base (foam and white woven lint free). 12 Vonco Products, Inc. 201 Park Avenue Lake Villa, IL 60046 USA Phone: 847-356-2323 Fax: 847-356-8630 Web Site: www.vonco.com 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. Vonco has been a manufacturer of all types of polyethylene shapes and flexible packaging since 1955. Broom sleeves are available with a straight side tapered shape with optional “fast-load”


features. Vonco provides mop bags, printed roll stock and header bag needs. See Vonco’s promotional products at www.thunderstix.com. 12 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 Company Officers: Christopher Weiler, President/CEO; Brenda Hogan, Director of Marketing Products: Sweeps; floor, garage, and street brushes; handles; upright and whisk brooms; dusters and dust pans; squeegees and window brushes; vehicle care brushes; scrub and utility brushes; mops and accessories; scratch brushes; flue brushes; tube fitting brushes; paintbrushes; rollers and accessories. 13 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 10 inches 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. 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 to 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. 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, strip-pack, or box handles to customer specifications. Whitley-Monahan Handle Co. has added wood handles manufactured domestically from Poplar and Southern Yellow Pine. Both these woods are domestically sourced and finished at the company’s plant to customer specifications. Whitley-Monahan Handle has added these two wood sources in response to growing demand from the market for domestically-sourced wood handles. Both wood handle species are competitively priced and Whitley-Monahan representatives would be happy to talk with


interested customers further about the advantages of these handles and supply samples if requested. Please call either Patrick or Jim for more information. 13 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 Company Officers: Matthias Peveling, Managing Director; Rudolf Brenken, Managing Director Products: In Wöhler’s modern facility of over 10,000 square meters with state-of-the-art machinery, the company offers many flexibility and engineering possibilities to build specialty machines for a diverse range of applications. This includes 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-in wire brushes, micro brushes, paintbrushes and special technical brushes Wöhler Brush Tech also supplies: punching, trimming, cutting and crimping equipment; brushing and specialty machines; surface finishing and WPC wood grain devices; and special filaments. Upcoming machinery news and innovations from Wöhler include: HSH 95 “Hotani” segment production (planned for July). Featured are fully automatic production process, including punching of disks, filament feeding and cutting from hank or spool, and automatic retaining of single bundles with wrapping wire. Also, the FBA 10 C paintbrush trimming and finishing line (planned for June). Featured are high capacity machine with ferrule magazine; contour trimming of flat and radiator type paintbrushes complete with finishing stations. 13 Wolf Filaments (Shenzhen Tidy-Feel Filaments Co., Ltd.) No. 255-1 Jintian Rd., Tiantou, Pingshan New District Shenzhen, 518118 CHINA Phone: +86-0755-8426 0800 Fax: +86-0755-8426 0031 E-Mail: sallylee@tidyfeel.com Web Site: www.tidyfeel.com Company Officers: Sally Lee, General Manager Products: A supplier of industrial abrasive filaments, nylon filaments without abrasive, and other high-quality monofilaments. 13 WOMA Im Gewerbepark 10, Stadtlengsfeld 36457 GERMANY Phone: +49 (0) 36964 86600 Fax: +49 (0)1805 0065344744 E-Mail: info@woma-brush.com


Web Site: www.woma-brush.com; www.woma-market.com Company Officers: Daniel Koehler, Managing Director; Maria Koehler, Sales Director Products: WOMA offers all types of used machinery for the brush and related industries. This includes woodworking machines. Among those found in the company’s customer base are manufacturers of household brushes and brooms, interdental brushes and toothbrushes, technical and paintbrushes as well as rollers and cotton mops. Suppliers of wooden blocks and handles, wire, bristles and filaments are also among WOMA’s client base. 12 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 a manufacturer of paintbrushes, rollers, surface prep tools, and painting equipment. Wooster offers, through distribution, over 2,000 products for professional and do-it-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. In 1851, The Wooster Brush Company began producing handmade bristle brushes from a twostory building in Wooster, OH. Its headquarters is 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 more than 500 employees with an average of 18 years of service each. Wooster’s Prep Crew® line of professional wire brushes, scrub brushes and scrapers take a hands-on approach to making surfaces ready for paint. They feature knuckle-guard handles and varying shapes/sizes. Now the Prep Crew line is converting from its original raw beige handles to new marbled green ones. These new handles are molded in-house from materials reclaimed and recycled from Wooster’s own manufacturing processes. They offer the same rugged durability that Prep Crew tools are known for, with the added benefit of being environmentally friendly. 13 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 Products: Metal and plastic hardware, dustpans, self-ringing mops, wet mops, sponge mops, dust mops and frames, buckets, brooms, miscellaneous and specialty items. 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 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. 12 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-inwire brush machines for production of cut-end brushes; automatic twisted-in-wire brush machines for industrial closed-end and looped handle brushes; automatic twisted-in-wire brush machines for inter-dental 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-

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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 multicomponent injection molds; automatic singlecomponent 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. 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 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 six manufacturing facilities and two sales/service offices located throughout Europe, Asia and North America. 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. 12 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, President; 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

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also machine most plastics. 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. 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 million pieces. 13

are brooms, brushes and specialty products, handles, frames, dusters, mop sticks and many related items. 13

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, President; Bob Schneider, Vice President of Sales Products: Zephyr offers a complete selection of wet mops and dry mops covering the full range of fibers, styles, and prices. Also offered

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. The company has been in business for over 20 years. Other products include artist brushes, paint rollers and scrapers. 10

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ZAHORANSKY To Celebrate ‘Z111’ July 1-2 The spirit, which ZAHORANSKY has shared with customers from around the world for more than 11 decades, is the focus of its upcoming “Z111” anniversary, scheduled for July 1-2 in Germany. According to Ulrich Zahoransky, a member of the executive board at ZAHORANSKY AG, the spirit of 111 years, “Passion & Perfection,” deserves an anniversary that sets standards: “A Perfectly Different Anniversary.” He added this is no ordinary party of a big birthday, no nostalgic stirring in the past with long, well-intended speeches, and not an event that goes “by the book.” “Instead, the team at ZAHORANSKY wants to spend two exceptional, interactive networking days with our business partners and supporters, while imparting and exchanging knowledge,” Ulrich Zahoransky said. “Attendees will talk with colleagues, conduct dialogues with experts, and get news from the industry. They will also be sharing “Passion & Perfection” with colleagues from around the world.” The program’s schedule is as follows: Monday, July 1, 2013 — Z111 - The Alphabet of Passion: An Interactive Infotainment World Premiere for Customers and Partners Messe Freiburg, Rothaus Arena, Freiburg, Germany 7 p.m. - Reception and Check-in 7:30 p.m. - Intro “The Alphabet of Passion” 8 p.m. - Dinner and first exploration of “The Alphabet of Passion” 9 p.m. - Start of countdown “Find Your Passion” 11:30 p.m. - Passion Finale Midnight - Bar & Lounging Welcome to a marketplace of all the things people are passionate about: Sports, music, technology, science, travel and culture. Meet

professionals of all disciplines. Tuesday, July 2, 2013 — Z111 - Zoom: Zahoransky Inside Top Suppliers Expo and Production Theme Show Todtnau-Geschwend, ZAHORANSKY, Germany 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - In-house Expo featuring ZAHORANSKY Group’s top suppliers 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Open House — ZAHORANSKY presents innovative products and concepts focussing on seven themes: • Quick & Running - New Levels of Automation; • Happy Singles - High Performance Separation; • Small & Smart - Budget Solutions for Every Single Customer; • Better Every Day - Quality Control; • Safe & Sound - Our Rules of Safety; • Get Ready & Go - Set-up Times and Flexibility; • This is YOUR Machine - Customized Products. Z111 - Zymposium: A Knowledge Network Leading Industry Experts Talk Todtnau-Geschwend, Elsberghalle 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brush and Machine Building Industry: • Innovation Development Oral Care; • Bio-based and Sustainable Construction Material; • Robotics; • Process Innovation. Business and Management: • The End of Hierarchical Structures; • Safe Ways to Use Your Smartphone; • Industrial Espionage; • Family Enterprises. Visit www.zahoransky-group.com/z111 for more information.

ZAHORANSKY USA Hires John Amery As Sales Manager ZAHORANSKY USA (ZUSA), a subsidiary of ZAHORANSKY AG, Germany, has announced that John Amery has been hired as sales manager. Amery brings 20-plus years experience in plastics and plastic related industrial machine sales to the position. “Adding John to the team is a game changer,” ZAHORANSKY USA CEO Frank Kigyos said. “It enables us to strengthen relationships with our existing base, while at the same time expanding our capacity to target new customers and grow the company.” ZAHORANSKY manufactures staple-set, anchor-set, in-molded and twisted-in-wire brush machines, multi-component injection molds and form, fill and seal packaging machines. The company has designed and built standard and custom machinery for the brush industry for over 100 years. Amery can be contacted at john.amery@zahoransky-group.com or by calling 630-466-1901.



IMPORTS / EXPORTS IMPORT TOTALS UP FOR FIRST TWO MONTHS OF 2013 — EXPORTS DOWN By Rick Mullen, Broom, Brush & Mop Associate Editor U.S. government trade figures for the first two months of 2013 indicate raw material imports were up in two categories outlined: hog bristle and metal handles, compared to the first two months of 2012. For February 2013, raw material imports were also up in two categories outlined: brush backs and metal handles, compared to February. Import totals for the first two months of 2013 were up in all four finished goods categories outlined: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes and paintbrushes, compared to the same time period in 2012. In February 2013, three categories outlined recorded increases: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable material and paintbrushes, compared to February 2012.

RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS Hog Bristle The United States imported 27,294 kilograms of hog bristle in February 2013, down 6 percent from 29,109 kilograms imported in February 2012. During the first two months of 2013, 88,841 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, a 35 percent increase from 65,857 kilograms imported during the first two months of 2012. China sent all of the hog bristle to the United States during the first two months of 2013. The average price per kilogram for February 2013 was $21.28, up 152 percent from the average price per kilogram for February 2012 of $8.46. The average price per kilogram for the first two months of 2013 was $12.60, up 35 percent from the average price per kilogram of $9.36 for the first two months of 2012. Broom And Mop Handles The import total of broom and mop handles during February 2013 was 833,312, down 12 percent from 947,991 for February 2012. During the first two months of 2013, 2.1 million broom and mop handles were imported, down 5 percent from 2.2 million for the first two months of 2012. During the first two months of 2013, the United States received 678,839 broom and mop handles from Brazil. The average price per handle for February 2013 was 69 cents, down 5 percent from the average price for February 2012 of 73 cents. The average price for the first two months of 2013 was 75 cents, down 12 percent from 85 cents for the first two months of 2012. Brush Backs February 2013 imports of brush backs totaled 454,682, up 31 percent from 346,458 for February 2012. During the first two months of 2013, 679,311 brush backs were imported, down 32 percent from 1.1 million for the first two months of 2012. Canada shipped 479,185 brush backs to the United States during the first two months of 2013, while Sri Lanka shipped 194,126. The average price per brush back was 45 cents during February 2013, up 5 percent from the average price for February 2012 of 43 cents. For the first two months of 2013, the average price per brush back was 47 cents, the same as for the first two months of 2012.

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Metal Handles The import total of metal handles during February 2013 was 2 million, up 82 percent from 1.1 million for February 2012. During the first two months of 2013, 4.1 million metal handles were imported, up 58 percent from 2.6 million for the first two months of 2012. During the first two months of 2013, Italy sent 3 million metal handles to the United States, while China sent 587,854. The average price per handle for February 2013 was 67 cents, down 32 percent from 98 cents for February 2012. The average price for the first two months of 2013 was 63 cents, down 36 percent from 99 cents for the the first two months of 2012. FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents The United States imported 629,397 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during February 2013, up 1 percent from 637,627 for February 2012. During the first two months of 2013, 1.34 million brooms of broom corn were imported, up 8 percent from 1.2 million imported during the first two months of 2012. Mexico shipped 1.31 million brooms to the United States during the first two months of 2013, while Honduras sent 26,496. The average price per broom for February 2013 was $2.38, down 4 percent from the average price for February 2012 of $2.47. The average price per broom for the first two months of 2013 was $2.37, down 2 percent from $2.43 for the first two months of 2012. Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during February 2013 was 201,440, up 4 percent from 193,879 brooms and brushes imported during February 2012. During the first two months of 2013, 369,503 brooms and brushes were imported, up 11 percent from 331,491 imported during the first two months of 2012. Sri Lanka exported 200,731 brooms and brushes to the United States during the first two months of 2013, while China sent 53,462. The average price per unit for February 2013 was $1.28, up 12 percent from $1.14 for February 2012. The average price for the first two months of 2013 was $1.26, up 10 percent from the average price recorded for the first two months of 2012 of $1.15. Toothbrushes The United States imported 80.8 million toothbrushes in February 2013, down 11 percent from 91.1 million imported in February 2012. During the first two months of 2013, 190.4 million toothbrushes were imported, up less than 1 percent from 190.3 million imported during the first two months of 2012. China sent 144.8 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first two months of 2013. The average price per toothbrush for February 2013 was 23 cents, up 44 percent from the average price for February 2012 of 16 cents. The average price for the first two months of 2013 was 21 cents, up 67 percent from 17 cents for the first two months of 2012. Paintbrushes U.S. companies imported 19.4 million paintbrushes during February 2013, up 76 percent from 11 million paintbrushes imported during February 2012. Paintbrush imports for the first two months of 2013 were 38.7 million, up 33 percent from 29.2 million recorded for the first two months of 2012. China shipped 31.8 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first two months of 2013, while Indonesia exported 3.5 million and Costa Rica shipped 2 million. The average price per paintbrush for February 2013 was 28 cents, down 20 percent from the average price for February 2012 of 35 cents. The average price for the first two months of 2013 was 30 cents, the same

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as the average price for the first two months of 2012. EXPORTS Export totals for the first two months of 2013 were down in two categories outlined: broom and brushes of vegetable materials and paintbrushes, compared to the first two months of 2012. In February 2013, three categories outlined reported decreases: broom and brushes of vegetable materials, artist brushes and paintbrushes, compared to February 2012. Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials The United States exported 6,336 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during February 2013, down 33 percent from the February 2012 total of 9,480 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during the first two months of 2013 were 11,878 dozen, down 72 percent from 41,763 dozen for the first two months of 2012. The United States sent 4,011 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first two months of 2013 and 3,227 dozen to Brazil. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $49.97 in February 2013, up 64 percent from $30.50 for February 2012. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for the first two months of 2013 was $45.11, an increase of 36 percent from the average price per dozen for the first two months of 2012 of $33.23. Toothbrushes During February 2013, the United States exported 14.4 million toothbrushes, up 55 percent from the total recorded in February 2012 of 9.3 million. During the first two months of 2013, 33 million toothbrushes were exported, up 69 percent from 19.5 million exported during the first two months of 2012. The United States exported 17.6 million toothbrushes to Canada during the first two months of 2013. The average price per toothbrush for February 2013 was 38 cents, down 32 percent from the average price for February 2012 of 56 cents. The average price per toothbrush for the first two months of 2013 was 42 cents, down 26 percent from 57 cents for the first two months of 2012. Artist Brushes February 2013 exports of artist brushes totaled 547,974, down 36 percent from the February 2012 total of 849,963 artist brushes. During the first two months of 2013, 1.4 million artist brushes were exported, up 8 percent from 1.3 million for the first two months of 2012. Canada received 783,961 artist brushes during the first two months of 2013, while Mexico imported 142,612. The average price per artist brush was $3.15 during February 2013, up 22 percent from the average price for February 2012 of $2.59. For the first two months of 2013, the average price per artist brush was $2.73, down 5 percent from the average price for the first two months of 2012 of $2.88. Paintbrushes The export total of paintbrushes during February 2013 was 96,818, down 38 percent from 155,390 for February 2012. During the first two months of 2013, 191,638 paintbrushes were exported, down 36 percent from 301,455 during the first two months of 2012. Canada imported 71,338 paintbrushes from the United States during the first two months of 2013. The average price per paintbrush for February 2013 was $18.96, up 75 percent from $10.85 for February 2012. The average price for the first two months of 2013 was $18.13, up 56 percent from $11.59 recorded for the first two months of 2012.


Jacsten Holdings Invests In Vonco Products Jacsten Holdings, LLC, a Milwaukee, WI-based family investment firm, recently announced an investment in Vonco Products, Inc., of Lake Villa, IL, the latest addition to Jacsten’s portfolio. Vonco has been a family owned and operated business since its founding in 1955. Vonco’s majority owner, Larry Laske, who is retiring after 53 years with the company, said it was imperative to find the right partner to continue the business. According to Laske, “The family members at Vonco have been discussing the company’s future for some time. We sought a partner with a background in packaging, along with a solid vision of just how it would take the remaining Vonco family (family members and dedicated associates) to the next level. All Vonco associates are excited about Vonco’s future.” Vonco designs and manufactures high performance flexible packaging products. It creates customized solutions utilizing over 60 years of experience in materials, bag-sleeve design, seals and closures, moving from concept to production totally in-house to satisfy end-customer goals and needs. In-house services support speed-to-market and a one-stop shop process facilitating ease of doing business. In-house tooling and die design further support customized solutions. According to the company, Vonco has a reputation for supplying quality products that meet and exceed market needs and has done so consistently. Vonco has also built valuable long-term customer relationships, which it uses to gain market Keith Smith insight. Keith Smith has partnered with Jacsten to acquire the company from Larry Laske. Smith brings many years of experience to Vonco. He started his career in packaging from the production floor and went on to serve in plant management, process engineering, marketing, sales and general management roles. Smith has an engineering degree and MBA from Northern Illinois University. He will assume the role of president. Smith said, “Vonco manufactures unique products for the markets we serve. We have expertise in fabricating dies quickly to provide our customers quick turnaround for shaped packaging. I am excited to expand Vonco’s current competencies with improved printing and converting.” Spokespeople say, that similar to Vonco, Jacsten is a firm founded on family values. Jacsten has expertise in transactions involving entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses and understands the importance of adopting a family perspective with business owners, employees and customers alike. Company officials also said that in addition to supporting the equity financing for this transaction, Jacsten brings a long history of success in the flexible packaging industry, and is an operating partner with many years of industry experience to complement the current Vonco management team. “Vonco is committed to customer satisfaction. The new partnership is committed to building on the legacy of providing superior products and services. Customers should expect to see Vonco to continually bring more products and value to our relationships,” Smith said.



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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 U King 1 4,844 France 18 69,984 TOTAL 19 74,828 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 1,440 85,346 4,011 195,280 C Rica 172 4,253 172 4,253 Panama 12 4,016 12 4,016 Bahamas 135 41,131 197 45,394 Dom Rep 14 4,322 S Vn Gr 72 2,651 72 2,651 Barbado 100 3,963 100 3,963 Colomb 94 3,105 95 5,661 Peru 306 10,088 Chile 320 10,562 320 10,562 Brazil 1,897 62,032 3,227 105,905 Norway 110 3,613 U King 541 29,580 541 29,580 Germany 200 12,600 Malta 39 2,817 S Arab 700 30,308 705 35,833 Arab Em 45 3,974 45 3,974 Singapr 250 11,310 250 11,310 China 140 5,796 140 5,796 Hg Kong 709 15,385 Japan 195 4,212 390 8,424 Austral 133 4,380 133 4,380 Rep Saf 90 9,985 90 9,985 TOTAL 6,336 316,604 11,878 535,792

Country Canada Mexico Belize Hondura Panama Bahamas Jamaica Dom Rep Antigua S Lucia Grenada Barbado Trinid Curaco Aruba Colomb Guyana Surinam Ecuador Chile Brazil Paragua Uruguay Argent U King Ireland Nethlds France

9603210000 Toothbrushes February Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 7,062,950 2,195,957 17,593,788 2,213,880 625,878 4,040,569 720 2,711 720 1,064 537,458 566,950 541,330 360 9,532 3,210 20,452 2,709 4,680 327 3,346 327 90 39,172 83,035 77,995 199,889 96,000 32,454 166,920 12,312 4,280 12,312 30,000 40,144 45,000 11,520 4,724 23,400 1,157 11,840 1,157 14,400 8,496 3,677 556 5,212 44,776 5,212 131,048 120,699 490,452 30,814 14,374 147,066 43,066 2,880 7,360 7,030 7,360

Value 6,419,063 1,166,896 2,711 4,321 580,192 3,302 7,449 27,039 3,802 3,346 3,312 23,248 161,911 59,256 4,280 61,494 14,584 11,840 4,176 7,731 39,899 10,193 44,776 267,093 18,180 440,619 4,637 7,030

Germany Czech Switzld Poland Italy Iran S Arab India Thailnd Singapr Indnsia China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral Nigeria Rep Saf TOTAL

May/June 2013 843,536 506,323 1,670,692 19,781 2,941 174,744

121,444 260,145 258,169 8,719 19,008 80,822



6,624 67,160 93,366 67,973 510,004 9,408 158,230 46,509

6,262 20,731 193,978 174,837 166,272 2,518 27,711 68,440

1,067 14,424,693

8,697 5,448,347

2,333,192 783,451 3,748,098 19,781 3,374 174,744 2,600 138,778 51,312 10,609 67,160 323,366 295,670 1,370,623 9,408 258,697 133,738 1,080 4,670 33,031,203

367,511 399,450 591,140 8,719 23,443 80,822 3,366 1,260,090 5,132 31,242 20,731 581,897 429,990 515,974 2,518 83,019 153,169 2,952 16,797 13,980,342

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 318,288 280,750 595,848 585,457 Mexico 217,711 83,971 708,129 213,041 Guatmal 48 2,905 1,590 17,007 Salvadr 19,998 122,221 19,998 122,221 C Rica 2,448 3,496 2,448 3,496 Panama 8,918 15,044 8,918 15,044 Trinid 4,882 51,000 6,418 55,006 S Maarte 309 5,466 Colomb 8,736 16,577 8,736 16,577 Venez 103,200 77,400 Chile 8,496 14,593 24,624 34,636 Brazil 180,900 44,320 471,030 177,818 Paragua 41,832 79,878 41,832 79,878 Uruguay 192 4,191 192 4,191 Argent 145,584 37,796 246,384 61,021 Finland 333 5,401 U King 31,880 52,675 45,281 100,947 Nethlds 7,350 16,615 7,350 16,615 Belgium 2,390 14,982 2,390 14,982 France 1,020 3,042 5,071 18,118 Germany 10,256 49,339 10,639 52,839 Latvia 3,576 9,838 3,576 9,838 Spain 2,088 17,775 2,725 25,595 Turkey 463 4,237 463 4,237 Jordan 4,017 36,731 4,537 39,706 Kuwait 2,808 29,016 4,934 48,459 S Arab 28 4,958 928 7,636 Arab Em 32 4,522 India 16 3,200 16 3,200 Thailnd 724 3,008 Singapr 882 2,664 882 2,664 Phil R 101,854 27,791 101,854 27,791 China 4,464 14,308 15,495 53,996 Kor Rep 360 2,995 Hg Kong 1,452 7,374 3,864 24,994 Taiwan 202 5,467 Japan 2,961 46,741 5,073 55,667 Austral 8,000 26,300 17,971 60,138 Rep Saf 3,840 10,606 TOTAL 1,143,538 1,124,328 2,478,196 2,067,680 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 288,697 758,884 783,961 1,592,978 Mexico 20,146 72,509 142,612 453,782 Guatmal 734 2,710 734 2,710 Salvadr 408 2,604 Panama 280 9,320 41,152 67,824 S Maarte 156 3,391 156 3,391 Colomb 1,370 5,055 1,370 5,055 Venez 21,362 78,817 Peru 3,927 14,489 3,927 14,489

May/June 2013 Brazil Sweden Norway Finland U King Ireland Nethlds Belgium France Germany Switzld Lithuan Russia Italy Israel Kuwait S Arab Arab Em Sri Lka Thailnd Singapr China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral Egypt TOTAL

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 26,617 3,523 220

93,355 15,406 3,120

51,565 6,587 1,099 5,421 43,502 4,076 12,339 2,738 2,428 363 17,139 1,268 1,815 3,357 3,836 1,188 848 7,175 124 2,547 8,873 81,750 1,151 28,112 47,380 1,871 44,922 2,333 1,381,489

185,405 36,548 12,027 20,000 153,801 9,192 24,181 10,701 5,492 8,164 61,776 4,677 6,698 10,414 14,154 3,844 3,129 36,587 3,160 21,504 15,543 301,625 4,247 109,069 78,651 7,031 400,227 8,608 3,778,105



11,089 2,144 2,428 363 17,139

12,625 7,910 5,492 8,164 61,776

1,815 700 3,836 1,188

6,698 3,933 14,154 3,844



2,547 6,370 44,598

21,504 6,308 164,547

9,868 47,380 1,871 21,917 2,333 547,974

39,921 78,651 7,031 203,638 8,608 1,723,540

Country Canada Mexico Panama Bahamas Jamaica Trinid Colomb Peru U King Nethlds France Germany Turkey Arab Em India Thailnd Malaysa China Japan Austral N Zeal Angola TOTAL

9603402000 Paint Rollers February Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 42,269 92,921 79,738 21,649 73,708 37,177 571 3,844 1,142 1,000 5,192 7,922 7,081 10,201 7,081 16,770 11,400 16,770 341 11,527 341 3,240 23,766 3,289 818 3,824 5,578 6,194 663 11,641 663 21,720 15,682 21,720 603 30 3,000 30 278 1,903 710 20,997 22,926 39,741 791 720 139,155 286,194 233,823

Value 184,364 120,162 7,047 3,100 6,996 10,579 10,201 11,400 11,527 27,429 14,355 8,976 11,641 15,682 16,700 3,000 4,874 33,398 12,462 54,788 10,200 2,827 581,708

Country Mexico Panama Dom Rep U King Russia S Arab Singapr Hg Kong Austral TOTAL

9603404020 Paint Pads February Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 3,191 16,764 5,532 528 3,750 528 397 2,820 397 1,890 665 7,749 665 652 4,630 652 1,824 6,800 6,680 5,433 35,713 24,968

Value 33,375 3,750 2,820 11,121 7,749 4,630 4,309 11,560 6,025 85,339

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 39,327 557,022 71,338 1,093,114 Mexico 1,532 24,251 2,387 30,081 Belize 482 10,001 Hondura 189 6,462

C Rica Panama Bermuda Bahamas Jamaica Cayman Dom Rep B Virgn Antigua S Maarte Ecuador Chile Brazil Uruguay Argent Finland U King Ireland Nethlds Belgium France Germany Italy Israel Arab Em Bahrain Vietnam Singapr Phil R China Kor Rep Taiwan Austral Libya Niger Mozambq TOTAL

PAGE 61 63 36

2,996 3,566





175 158

3,636 3,280







13,622 558

402,174 11,581







813 3,855 3,050 2,959 614

10,922 56,215 75,885 61,372 11,132



150 96,818

10,000 1,835,276

63 1,412 240 1,365 286 1,776 2,687 120 175 158 7,224 266 185 1,303 508 60 36,876 1,956 32,141 558 980 2,562 134 1,130 306 206 238 1,714 8,979 4,871 5,716 614 40 120 123 150 191,638

2,996 38,707 4,979 28,309 5,932 36,855 67,890 4,840 3,636 3,280 60,811 5,520 3,840 5,057 10,547 3,550 725,656 7,962 823,805 11,581 10,834 43,023 2,779 23,438 6,342 4,273 4,932 21,202 102,466 108,147 118,567 11,132 2,685 7,020 2,559 10,000 3,474,810

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 158,882 2,041,017 354,396 4,038,487 Mexico 55,399 729,790 142,278 1,792,201 Guatmal 759 12,305 Salvadr 323 5,242 Hondura 158 2,565 158 2,565 C Rica 563 20,848 3,765 50,356 Panama 732 11,880 732 11,880 Bahamas 593 6,253 911 8,889 Turk Is 192 3,114 Cayman 187 3,026 187 3,026 Dom Rep 178 2,881 S Maarte 985 15,970 985 15,970 Aruba 10 2,809 Colomb 2,154 26,747 2,806 37,018 Venez 627 10,175 5,197 71,660 Ecuador 2,174 16,524 2,174 16,524 Peru 1,500 7,780 2,010 17,749 Chile 6,304 26,661 12,737 55,800 Brazil 14,535 168,782 26,666 372,027 Uruguay 331 5,376 Sweden 166 2,700 Finland 523 11,413 1,779 23,034 Denmark 3,439 55,772 4,379 71,026 U King 2,812 47,211 11,903 139,398 Ireland 448 7,278 2,854 46,331 Belgium 2,333 16,435 7,793 46,251 Luxmbrg 230 10,809 230 10,809 France 468 26,460 4,748 115,075 Germany 3,777 51,458 6,589 77,561 Switzld 974 15,800 974 15,800 Russia 438 7,107 6,648 24,021 Spain 456 4,793 1,536 21,417 Malta 196 3,180 2,296 15,528 Italy 479 3,044 1,581 22,584 Turkey 2,000 8,000 2,000 8,000 Israel 256 4,147 256 4,147

PAGE 62 Jordan S Arab Arab Em Bahrain Afghan India Thailnd Vietnam Malaysa Singapr Indnsia Phil R China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral N Zeal Algeria Libya Nigeria Angola Congo B Rep Saf TOTAL

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 242 8,111 1,773 984 512 2,295 28 1,942 64 5,815 720

3,923 48,370 19,870 10,282 8,298 37,223 2,514 31,500 5,340 64,918 13,725

1,498 668 1,219 1,933 4,095 15,301 1,983

39,254 17,827 19,768 31,343 58,268 118,594 14,638

739 160 560 314,264

11,981 2,593 9,078 3,930,232

242 8,363 2,771 984 994 2,295 273 2,040 823 5,980 720 1,199 5,011 1,878 2,237 1,933 28,376 44,050 2,333 362 300 480 773 160 560 727,664

3,923 52,459 28,480 10,282 16,123 37,223 11,978 35,409 17,660 67,593 13,725 18,282 92,770 48,408 43,392 31,343 285,450 317,973 20,313 5,875 2,700 2,960 15,461 2,593 9,078 8,361,014

Broom and Brush

IMPORTS February Imports By Country

Country China TOTAL

0502100000 Pigs’, Hogs’ or Boars’ Bristles and Hair and Waste Thereof February Year To Date Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG 27,294 580,808 88,841 27,294 580,808 88,841

Value 1,119,564 1,119,564

Country China TOTAL

0502900000 Badger Hair and Other Brushmaking Hair and Waste Thereof February Year To Date Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG 115 2,844 10,438 115 2,844 10,438

Value 234,739 234,739

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 Paragua 12,960 167,820 20,510 253,282 Italy 1,769 11,685 China 25,256 279,880 59,638 635,364 TOTAL 38,216 447,700 81,917 900,331 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 27,831 141,358 70,981 344,795 TOTAL 27,831 141,358 70,981 344,795 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 480 2,225 480 2,225 Hondura 198,906 130,966 329,917 210,496 Colomb 25,330 10,756 39,718 16,178 Brazil 239,358 229,399 678,839 790,265 Indnsia 148,938 133,777 605,470 350,570 China 220,300 64,255 474,332 225,687 TOTAL 833,312 571,378 2,128,756 1,595,421

May/June 2013

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

Country Canada Sri Lka China TOTAL

Country Canada Mexico Colomb Brazil Spain Italy Vietnam Indnsia China Taiwan TOTAL

and Paint Roller Handles, Of Wood Year To Date Value Net Q/Variable Value 8,512 15,802 22,088 310,637 964,305 185,217 281,073 246,181 527,648 5,121 5,121 755,668 1,816,037

4417006000 Brush Backs, Of Wood February Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 343,416 140,618 479,185 105,266 58,508 194,126 6,000 4,631 6,000 454,682 203,757 679,311 4417008010 Tool Handles of Wood February Year To Date Net Q/Variable Value Net Q/Variable 3,028 59,377 4,162 361,027 53,359 36,613 47,895 64,673 28,756 658,890

Value 206,386 111,103 4,631 322,120

Value 13,961 167,523 4,162 795,066 53,359 33,519 84,540 47,895 87,657 57,594 1,345,276

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 49,614 146,349 Mexico 8,783 Chile 565,820 1,106,765 U King 27,691 27,691 France 5,565 15,995 Spain 2,102 15,352 Italy 5,370 16,261 Romania 5,233 India 18,687 41,208 Sri Lka 47,455 78,460 Vietnam 15,475 49,954 Indnsia 11,481 53,527 China 319,155 600,813 Hg Kong 4,382 4,382 Taiwan 36,027 41,423 Japan 388,073 661,781 TOTAL 1,496,897 2,873,977 7326908576 Metal Handles For Brooms, Mops, Paint Applicators February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 30,984 12,929 134,808 42,003 Colomb 5,100 2,385 Brazil 16,584 8,955 26,664 16,161 Spain 322,272 148,566 Italy 1,755,140 1,113,881 2,983,997 1,817,321 Israel 2,000 2,187 Sri Lka 4,000 2,800 China 225,964 221,800 587,854 516,590 Taiwan 964 4,670 TOTAL 2,028,672 1,357,565 4,067,659 2,552,683

May/June 2013


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 22,884 22,126 25,404 24,434 China 7,200 7,176 TOTAL 22,884 22,126 32,604 31,610 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 8,004 4,524 15,324 8,430 TOTAL 8,004 4,524 15,324 8,430 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 3,336 2,822 TOTAL 3,336 2,822 9603106000 Other Brooms, Of Broomcorn, Valued Over .96 Each February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 613,623 1,468,660 1,306,294 3,105,910 Hondura 14,604 25,843 26,496 53,630 Italy 1,170 3,600 2,470 7,572 TOTAL 629,397 1,498,103 1,335,260 3,167,112 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 180 5,195 180 5,195 Mexico 10,944 28,279 14,364 32,869 Estonia 46,516 27,573 India 6,250 4,627 Sri Lka 147,022 139,269 200,731 206,629 Thailnd 5,000 9,903 12,750 24,245 Vietnam 4,000 4,051 33,000 39,496 Phil R 2,000 4,209 China 34,204 68,040 53,462 115,975 Japan 90 2,783 250 5,994 TOTAL 201,440 257,520 369,503 466,812 9603210000 Toothbrushes, Incl. Dental-Plate Brushes February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 68,440 19,140 68,440 19,140 Mexico 257,018 124,856 542,889 262,794 Brazil 366,912 98,341 542,016 143,778 Sweden 2,075 5,637 2,075 5,637 Ireland 1,312,056 641,233 2,057,928 1,056,723 Nethlds 444,296 41,506 Germany 2,601,144 1,655,399 4,925,665 3,093,337 Hungary 16,770 23,945 33,834 46,571 Switzld 3,809,706 1,991,271 9,304,716 5,324,397 Italy 13,858 69,148 17,557 112,191 India 4,744,984 506,711 8,477,100 906,816 Thailnd 23,040 13,108 131,360 30,919 Vietnam 4,881,073 311,746 15,938,162 996,955 Malaysa 119,232 24,313 1,373,028 109,959 Singapr 3,120 5,227 3,120 5,227 Indnsia 94,000 19,651 728,000 55,441 China 62,289,663 13,329,962 144,791,439 27,050,789 Kor Rep 153,268 65,576 163,508 69,161 Hg Kong 2,280 2,748 451,180 33,744 Taiwan 83,520 30,434 357,172 161,148 Japan 5,380 5,355 38,170 117,209 TOTAL 80,847,539 18,943,801 190,391,655 39,643,442 9603294010 Hairbrushes, Valued Not Over .40 Each February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Vietnam 25,920 5,661 25,920 5,661 China 3,617,344 933,255 7,753,309 2,192,504


PAGE 63 151,632 3,794,896

28,744 967,660

347,904 8,127,133

53,629 2,251,794

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 123,250 18,052 123,250 18,052 Denmark 12,000 4,208 Germany 547,000 127,269 1,171,720 251,231 Switzld 44,640 10,325 44,640 10,325 Italy 13,248 4,098 26,496 8,204 India 500,000 6,877 500,000 6,877 China 2,282,620 442,376 3,820,430 783,469 Kor Rep 60,000 12,600 5,106,000 114,537 Japan 262,900 61,471 612,900 148,013 TOTAL 3,833,658 683,068 11,417,436 1,344,916 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 839,056 16,542 1,734,836 47,637 France 500,000 22,548 1,940,000 77,564 Germany 5,196,000 223,633 8,252,000 362,985 Italy 1,302,000 18,383 10,507,000 111,077 India 300,000 13,220 1,305,000 41,855 China 7,950,830 245,604 20,452,342 557,781 Kor Rep 4,986,000 108,436 5,458,000 118,401 Hg Kong 150,000 2,712 Taiwan 332,300 5,721 332,300 5,721 TOTAL 21,406,186 654,087 50,131,478 1,325,733 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 7,873,928 618,525 13,561,124 1,077,322 Germany 4,415,300 338,599 6,003,300 478,370 India 95,100 7,000 505,956 38,373 Thailnd 25,392 2,238 China 17,270,564 1,354,087 31,952,113 2,405,863 Kor Rep 334,350 20,898 1,099,250 73,236 Hg Kong 522,000 36,725 Taiwan 212,160 16,491 510,960 39,526 TOTAL 30,201,402 2,355,600 54,180,095 4,151,6533 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 42 2,381 129 8,724 Mexico 10,444,187 1,830,129 22,096,535 3,898,330 Dom Rep 123,139 134,201 186,331 203,811 U King 56,714 155,963 106,343 290,746 France 69,534 278,441 150,850 630,861 Germany 627,630 299,318 1,724,145 680,635 Switzld 142 3,389 148 12,266 Italy 25,113 83,744 28,209 127,490 Israel 2,501 8,055 2,501 8,055 India 777,248 264,451 1,417,913 498,055 Sri Lka 92,436 40,363 327,480 134,334 Thailnd 455,294 234,660 962,106 507,386 Vietnam 60,000 31,800 60,000 31,800 China 18,584,340 15,301,209 44,114,498 31,794,270 Kor Rep 69,088 60,837 314,436 211,341 Hg Kong 125,652 62,288 206,747 168,438 Taiwan 429,465 134,254 1,810,095 596,053 Japan 223,659 1,443,420 544,088 2,719,631 Mauritn 8,288 33,278 8,288 33,278 Maurit 6,400 35,237 TOTAL 32,174,472 20,402,181 74,067,242 42,590,741

Country Canada

9603402000 Paint Rollers February Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 16,010 4,589 17,052

Value 6,989

PAGE 64 Mexico Sweden Germany Indnsia China TOTAL

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 625,374


342,000 48,372 3,000,359 4,032,115

59,595 7,793 1,731,992 2,012,208

1,045,620 1,000 453,400 78,420 7,291,469 8,886,961

370,186 4,520 83,507 14,827 3,655,822 4,135,851

9603404020 Paint Pads (Other Than Of Subheading 9603.30) February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 1,530 3,199 1,530 3,199 U King 44,100 35,781 44,100 35,781 Pakistn 24,000 2,514 China 689,774 517,109 3,174,453 1,214,379 TOTAL 735,404 556,089 3,244,083 1,255,873 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 14,400 16,788 27,914 34,200 U King 12,000 31,141 24,000 63,183 Germany 1,217 17,999 2,167 33,186 Italy 360 2,634 22,858 102,388 Turkey 40,619 18,990 205,644 99,287 India 809,772 135,831 Vietnam 87,264 33,218 192,432 61,822 Indnsia 5,007,664 794,444 10,721,408 1,650,897 China 2,249,593 474,206 3,193,903 755,235 Taiwan 321,552 92,490 TOTAL 7,413,117 1,389,420 15,521,650 3,028,519 9603404060 Paint, Distemper, Varnish/Similr Brushes Exc Brushes of Subheading 9603.30 NESOI February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 3,798 11,336 8,202 19,541 C Rica 2,037,200 38,258 2,037,200 38,258 U King 5,820 7,410 13,785 27,378 Belgium 288 2,478 Germany 7,014 26,530 7,174 34,555 Italy 912 5,105 Turkey 10,056 34,207 Sri Lka 24,672 30,944 24,672 30,944 Malaysa 4,050 5,029 Indnsia 1,599,180 296,917 3,515,964 790,242 Phil R 1,274,000 15,948 China 15,678,469 4,983,658 31,781,389 10,665,317 Taiwan 27,146 24,570 Japan 3,104 6,372 6,560 13,538 TOTAL 19,359,257 5,401,425 38,711,398 11,707,110

Country Nethlds Serbia China TOTAL

9603908010 Wiskbrooms February Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 568 51,300 91,694 51,300 76,992 83,943 255,600 128,292 175,637 307,468

Value 2,266 91,694 237,344 331,304

Country Canada Mexico Guatmal Hondura Brazil Sweden Germany Italy Sri Lka China Taiwan TOTAL

9603908020 Upright Brooms February Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 300 2,708 300 14,380 51,699 45,884 18,276 23,304 36,276 600 36,917 104 3,579 104 154 47,940 69,557 110,946 51,612 103,475 124,632 1,289,753 1,765,354 1,881,656 2,400 8,103 4,200 1,424,765 2,027,779 2,241,669

Value 2,708 107,809 45,697 7,898 127,480 3,579 2,109 146,040 244,022 2,990,781 11,909 3,690,032

May/June 2013

9603908030 Push Brooms, 41 CM or Less in Width February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 7,224 25,895 7,224 25,895 Italy 7,704 18,422 Sri Lka 38,136 137,985 71,840 248,722 China 66,960 184,998 89,332 233,306 TOTAL 112,320 348,878 176,100 526,345

Country Canada Mexico Guatmal Salvadr Colomb Brazil Germany Czech Estonia Spain Italy Israel Sri Lka Thailnd Vietnam China Taiwan TOTAL

9603908040 Other Brooms, NESOI February Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 54,125 83,531 132,369 404,904 671,256 965,010 28,152 22,738 46,382 55,474 83,672 118,252 91,712 35,706 49,433 63,138 520 7,453 520 8,904 9,438 21,168 320 1,936 3,702 5,808 444 5,387 13,068 2,160 8,202 5,160 64,110 151,871 136,926 2,622 5,576 15,622 17,080 33,730 19,080 422,850 427,715 1,043,902 7,927 1,121,771 1,621,928 2,605,356

Value 314,759 1,479,565 24,666 79,356 125,547 98,290 7,453 19,617 2,934 11,287 15,854 12,739 266,782 30,608 36,547 1,081,462 18,536 3,626,002

9603908050 Brooms, Brushes, Sqeegees, Etc., NESOI February Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 1,492,679 3,306,989 Mexico 4,374,985 8,693,540 Salvadr 23,086 23,086 Hondura 1,315,963 2,374,855 C Rica 4,970 Dom Rep 17,236 56,074 Colomb 91,610 115,414 Brazil 24,165 41,101 Argent 112,392 Sweden 4,626 26,402 Denmark 216,885 471,685 U King 7,311 26,960 Nethlds 264,373 614,307 Belgium 196,263 324,456 France 29,613 Germany 379,831 631,415 Austria 26,148 26,148 Czech 60,171 62,685 Switzld 14,133 39,397 Lithuan 48,819 60,412 Poland 76,305 124,110 Spain 13,382 111,261 Italy 302,256 587,539 Slvenia 3,561 8,492 Romania 8,653 26,193 Turkey 13,999 Israel 65,173 India 27,132 72,582 Pakistn 314,965 871,647 Bngldsh 6,466 Sri Lka 86,451 127,572 Thailnd 40,563 341,563 Vietnam 118,130 246,461 Malaysa 35,848 84,421 Indnsia 55,071 132,154 China 35,820,434 75,792,917 Kor Rep 266,300 703,831 Hg Kong 692,672 1,558,960 Taiwan 1,269,588 2,498,730 Japan 63,338 101,176 Austral 107,281 N Zeal 5,765 Egypt 36,420 36,420 TOTAL 47,789,353 100,666,614


Mark Fultz

Steve Angelone

Michael Grossmann

RAW MATERIAL ROUNDUP By Harrell Kerkhoff | Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine

It would be nearly impossible to list every single type of raw material used to produce brushes, mops, brooms and related items now available in today’s marketplace. From natural and synthetic fiber/filament to resin, handles, yarn and more, a healthy supply of raw materials is paramount to the success of North American and international manufacturers alike. Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine talked with three company representatives in mid-May to learn how the current supply of key raw materials is influencing their businesses as the summer season approaches.

Abtex Corporation President Mark Fultz reported that raw materials needed by his company, located in Dresden, NY, to help produce its lineup of abrasive filament brushes remain readily available. “We are unique compared to many other brush companies in that our sole focus is pretty much directed to abrasive filament brushes. There are really just a few components that go into our products. This includes polyurethane and epoxy compounds as well as abrasive nylon filament,” Fultz said. He noted that one challenge regarding the supply of abrasive nylon filament is that there remain just a limited number of suppliers for this material. However, two main suppliers do have production facilities located in the United States which helps. “The availability of abrasive nylon filament is typically not an issue. Generally, however, there are fairly long lead times associated with this filament, but we have been able to manage our business around these lead times,” Fultz said. Meanwhile, the compound material used by Abtex Corporation for the

backing of the company’s brush products is comprised typically of either epoxy or polyurethane. “There are numerous suppliers for this (type) of material, and it’s not been a problem for us to attain,” Fultz said. “The material we use is custom-formulated for our specific needs. We work with a couple of suppliers.” He added pricing for the different raw materials that Abtex Corporation uses has been relatively stable. “There are certainly price increases that come at us occasionally, but they’re not part of volatile pricing situations,” Fultz said. He noted that an increase in North American new car and truck sales has been a plus for Abtex Corporation, when asked about overall business at his company. “The majority of our customers produce components that will ultimately end up in an automobile. So, as automotive sales have picked up, our business has enjoyed success along the way. Our products are very technical and tend to be customized for specific applications and specific customers,” Fultz said. “This level of customization — where we work to understand what our customers’ applications are and then design a brush solution specifically for those applications — is a big reason why we are still in business after 33 years. “As long as the economy continues to recover and manufacturing in general increases, then I see our business continuing to grow. It’s important that we invest in processes and personnel to keep up with growing opportunities that are in front of us. We are investing for the future.” Purchasing raw materials from different parts of the world is a strong focus for officials at Bruin Plastics, located in Glendale, RI. The company has been a producer of industrial textiles since 1964. It provides mildew and rot resistant VCM® (vinyl coated mesh) for wet mop head bands in a variety of colors and slit to a customer’s specific width requirements. “We provide an improved product for customers who want a little more durability, abrasion resistance, etc.,” Bruin Plastics Vice President Steve Angelone said. “We can also add additional antimicrobial additives to help extend the life of the finished product.” The main raw materials needed by Bruin Plastics are polyester yarn,



PVC resin, and various types of pigment to make certain colors. “The yarn is knitted into a scrim, while the PVC resin is blended with a plasticizer and other petrol-chemical additives. It is all then blended together and goes through our coating process before becoming a finished product. We are a vertically-integrated company,” Angelone said. He added that the availability of these raw materials usually is not a major challenge, although changes do take place. “There have been changes, as of late, with the yellow pigments that we use. This has driven that particular pigment’s price up,” Angelone explained. “Basically, we are using a more organic-based pigment versus heavy metal-based. Certain pigments are harder to come by. For the most part, however, the supply of raw materials that we use has been stable. These materials come from different parts of the world.” Angelone classified overall business as of late as being on the sluggish side. However, he remains cautiously optimistic for the near future. “We sell to customers located all over the world, with our primary market being in the United States and Canada. I think there are a lot of unanswered questions for many U.S. business owners, such as how ObamaCare will impact their companies,” he said. “I don’t think anyone really knows what (ObamaCare) will really mandate. Therefore, many business owners are going to proceed with caution due to the possible impact of this (health care) bill.” Angelone added that his company sells to many different markets, including the U.S. government and military. Therefore, how the current government sequester is impacting the budgets of these customers is also a concern. “There are certain obstacles putting some business on hold at this point,” he said. Despite these challenges, Angelone said he is grateful for his company’s strong customer base, and is looking forward to helping Bruin Plastics celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014. “We always try to re-engineer our products to be more relevant for our customer base,” Angelone said. The supply of hardwood and softwood handles from Brazil remains strong, according to Northeast Ltda. President Michael Grossmann. The company, which is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, provides FSC

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(Forest Stewardship Council) and non-FSC wooden handles from the South American country. Many of these handles are imported into the United States and used in mop and broom production. “We supply Tauarî hardwood and pine softwood for the cleaning industry. We also supply wooden tool handles, etc.,” Grossmann said. “Pine is a forested wood in Brazil and a renewable resource. There is plenty of supply available. “Since Brazil is a major paper supplier, with pine and eucalyptus being the main woods for the paper industry, there is a large amount of planted pine forests in the country. Pine can be used for furniture and a number of other products, but the original plantations were started by huge paper companies. Trees are harvested (to make paper) when they are only 3 or 4 years old. For our purposes (in handle production), the trees have to be at least 10 to 12 years old.” Grossmann said Tauarî hardwood used for the production of wooden handles in Brazil comes from tropical forests. Northeast Ltda. works directly with another Brazilian company, Malinski, which has multi-year harvesting contracts in place concerning both FSC and non-FSC forests. He added that Tauarî is often used as a substitute for ramin, a wood found in Southeast Asia that was quite popular for handle production. Ramin, however, was listed several years ago as an endangered species. “Because Tauarî cannot be harvested during the rainy season, which in Brazil runs from approximately November through April, Malinski keeps a large inventory available of this wood. This requires a lot of working capital,” Grossmann said. A typical lead time of wooden handles from Brazil to North America is six to eight weeks, he added. Pricing, meanwhile, has been steady as of late. “A number of years ago the Brazilian real became very strong, which negatively affected prices in U.S. dollars,” Grossmann said. “Over the last year or so, however, the real has been very stable. It should stay that way for the foreseeable future. We (at Northeast Ltda.) don’t see any major movement in price right now.” Grossmann classified overall business at Northeast Ltda., as being “excellent” as of late. “As the American economy comes back, especially in construction, we think this will positively influence our market moving forward,” he said.

INDEX OF ADVERTISERS ABMA ..................................25 American Select Tubing ........20 Amerwood ............................34 Bizzotto Giovanni Automation 11 Borghi USA ..........................68 Boucherie USA Inc. ................7 Briarwood ............................26 Bruin Plastics.......................18 Caddy & Co., Inc., R.E. .........36 Culicover & Shapiro .............36 Deco Products Co. ................39 Distribuidora Perfect, S.A......24 DKSH ...................................15 G.D.F. ..................................17

Garelick ...............................14 Gordon Brush Mfg. Co. Inc. ...29 Himesa ..........................37, 41 Jewel Wire ...........................20 Jieda......................................1 Jones Companies ..................21 Lemieux Spinning Mill Inc.......3 Line Manufacturing, Inc. .......38 Magnolia Brush ....................20 Manufacturers Resource .......13 Mill-Rose .............................31 Monahan Filaments...............67 Monahan Partners ................16 Paul Marsh LLC ....................33

Pelray ....................................2 PMM......................................6 Royal Paint Roller.................32 St. Nick Brush ......................40 Tai Hing Filaments................26 Vonco ..................................19 Wolf Filaments .......................5 WorldWide Integrated Resources ............23 Young & Swartz....................40 Zahoransky Group...................9 Zelazoski .............................22 Send News Of Your Company To rankinmag@consolidated.net

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