Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine May/June 2019

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May/June 2019


Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine


Manufacturers: “A Squeegee Is Not Just A Squeegee” Meet The Pros: ABMA Event Brings Together A Wealth Of Experience & Ideas


May/June 2019


Volume 109, Number 3


Calendar Of Events

Manufacturers: A Squeegee Is Not Just A Squeegee__________8

OCTOBER 6-9, 2019

2019 Suppliers Directory _____________16

OCTOBER 10-11, 2019

Meet The Pros: Event At ABMA Brings Together A Wealth Of Experience And Ideas _________53

NOVEMBER 18-21, 2019

Industry News ___________________________64


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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS ABMA .................................................................65 American Select Tubing ..........................................7 Bizzotto Giovanni .................................................21 Borghi USA .............................................Back Cover Boucherie Borghi Group........................................15 Brush Fibers..........................................................9 Charles E. Green ..................................................33 Distribuidora Perfect, S.A. ....................................36 DKSH .................................................................13 DuPont Filaments ................................................25 Filkemp ..............................................................41 G.D.F. .................................................................29 Gordon Brush Mfg. Co. Inc. ..................................37 H. Arnold Wood Turning, Inc. ..................................3 Himesa ...................................................43, 45, 47 Jones Companies .....................................Front Cover

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Loos & Co. Inc.....................................................22 Milliken ..............................................................39 Monahan Partners ................................................18 Mr. LongArm........................................................24 PelRay International ...............................................2 Perlon .................................................................23 PMM...................................................................17 Royal Paint Roller ................................................35 Shanghai Jiasheng Products..................................27 St. Nick Brush Co. ...............................................20 Stainless Steel Products .......................................31 Unimac ...............................................................19 Wรถhler Brush Tech GmbH .....................................12 Wolf Filaments.......................................................5 Zahoransky ..........................................................11 Zelazoski .............................................................10

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SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY ABCO Products Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Abtex Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 ACS Industries, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Algoma Mop Manufacturers . . . . . . . . . . . .16 American Brush Manufacturers Assoc. . . . . . . .16 American Select Tubing/AST Filaments . . . .16 Birdwell Cleaning Products, Inc. . . . . . . . . .17 Bizzotto Giovanni Automation srl . . . . . . . . .17 Bo-Buck Mills, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Bodam International Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Borghi s.p.a. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Boucherie USA Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 G.B. Boucherie N.V. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Briarwood Products LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Brosses Lacasse Inc. / Norman Brush Inc. . .24 Bruin Plastics Co., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Brush Fibers, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Brush Technology Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Brushes Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Bruske Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Canwil Textiles, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Carlisle FoodService Products . . . . . . . . . . .26 Carolina Brush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Carolina Mop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Charles E. Green & Son, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . .26 Chongqing Global Bristles Mfg., Co., Ltd. . . .26 CiBrush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Corona Brushes, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Creative Poly, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Crystal Lake Mfg., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Culicover & Shapiro, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 CWP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Deco Products Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Delamo Mfg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Deligh Industries, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Distribuidora Perfect S.A. de C.V. . . . . . . . .27 DKSH Switzerland, Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Don Leventhal Group, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Dorden & Company, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Draper Knitting Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 DuPont Filaments — Americas, LLC . . . . . .28 Ebser Mechanical Engineering e.K. . . . . . . .28 Epic Resins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Evansville Association For The Blind . . . . . .28 F.M. Brush Co., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Felton, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Fibratexsa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Fili & Forme SRL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Filkemp - Industria de Filamentos, S.A. . . . .28 Filmop USA, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 FIMM Italia S.p.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Fuller Brush Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Fuller Industries LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 G.D.F. di De Franceschi Gabriella & Co. . . . .30 Garelick Mfg. Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Gator Cleaning Products, LLC . . . . . . . . . . .30 Gift Sales Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Giori Automation/Global Line Group Srl . . . .30 Golden Star Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . .30

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2019 E. Gornell & Sons, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Gover, Horowitz & Blunt Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . .32 GSC Manufacturing, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Gunn Brush Co., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 H. Arnold Wood Turning, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . .32 Ha-Ste Manufacturing, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Hahl Inc., a Div. of Perlon The Filament Co. 32 Haviland Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Hayco Manufacturing Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Hebei Founder Int. Trading Corp., Ltd. . . . . .32 Hill Brush Company, Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 HIMESA Hilos Y Mechas S.A. de C.V. . . . . .32 Hoge Brush Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Hoge Lumber Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Indian Bristle Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Industrial Brush Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . .34 The InterWire Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Jason Mills, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Jersey Jerry Broomsquire . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Jieda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Jones Companies Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Keystone Plastics Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 La Crosse Brush, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Lafitte Mop Co., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Lambskin Specialties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Lanoco Specialty Wire Products, Inc. . . . . . .35 Leistner Weruzeug GMBH . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Lemieux Spinning Mill, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Lessmann GmbH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Libman Company, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Loos & Co., Inc. Jewel Wire Division . . . . . .36 M2 Professional Cleaning Products LTD . . . .38 Magni Giovanni snc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Magnolia Brush Mfrs., Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Malish Corporation, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Marco Kracht . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Paul Marsh LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Maryland Brush Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 M-B Companies, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 MBK Maschinenbau GmbH . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 MFC, Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Michigan Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. . . . . . . . . . .40 Mileva Srl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Mill-Rose Company, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Milliken Machine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Milwaukee Dustless Brush . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Monahan Filaments, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Monahan Partners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Thomas Monahan Co., The . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Monterey Mills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Moonsoft International, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Mount Joy Wire Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Mr. LongArm, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Multi Brosses Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Nation/Ruskin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 National Wire & Metal Technologies, Inc. . . .42 Newell & Sons Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Nexstep Commercial Products . . . . . . . . . . .42 Norshel Industries, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Northern Wood Products, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . .44

INDEX Nyco Products Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 O’Dell Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Osborn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Padco Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Paint Brush Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Patrick Yarn Mills, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Paul Brothers & Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 PelRay International Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Pennellificio 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Perfex Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 PFERD INC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Plasticfibre S.P.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Pogliani SRL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Precision Brush Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Premier Mop & Broom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 PMM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Purdy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Quickie Manufacturing Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Reit Price Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Remco Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Rol-Brush Mfg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Royal Paint Roller Mfg. Corp. . . . . . . . . . . .48 Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Inc. . . . .48 Sanderson MacLeod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Schaefer Brush Mfg., LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Schlesinger Maschinenbau GmbH . . . . . . . .48 SDI Wholesale, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Shanghai Jiasheng Products Co., LTD . . . . .49 Shanghai Yi Heng . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Shurhold Industries, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 SIBO Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Sieko Brushware (India) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 S.M. Arnold, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Spiral Brushes Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 St. Nick Brush Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Stainless Steel Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Sunlarge Industries Private Limited . . . . . . .49 Super Sweep Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Suzhou SUIKING Electric Co. Ltd. . . . . . . .50 Tai Hing Nylon Filament Products Co., Ltd. .50 Tanis, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Thomas Textile Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Unimac S.r.l. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 United Rotary Brush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Vonco Products, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Weiler Abrasives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Whitley Monahan Handle Co. . . . . . . . . . . .50 Wöhler Brush Tech GmbH . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Wolf Filaments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 WOMA (Wood Machinery Daniel Koehler) . . .51 WOMAtec Maschinenbau GmbH . . . . . . . . .51 Wool Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Wooster Brush Company, The . . . . . . . . . . .51 Worldwide Integrated Resources . . . . . . . . .51 Young & Swartz, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Zahoransky AG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Zahoransky USA, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Zelazoski Wood Products, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . .52 Zephyr Manufacturing Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52

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n the surface, a person might be tempted to say, “A squeegee is just a squeegee.” Not true, said three executives from two squeegee manufactures who spoke recently with Broom, Brush & Mop. Indeed, the executives outlined many types of squeegees their respective companies make to meet the varied needs of their customers.

specialty items,” Andrews said. “Frequently, and with great success, we have gotten some ideas for new designs from employees and customers who aren’t on the R&D team. Users are an excellent source to alert us about what their special needs are, so that we can design a squeegee to meet those needs.

wner and president of Haviland Corporation, Jan “We get some interesting requests. I’m amazed at some of the Haviland, and her daughter, Executive Vice President Alice Andrews, are spreading the word that there are uses for our squeegees. We have had requests for 10-foot squeegees, pipe cleaning squeegees, squeegees to be used on art many different kinds of squeegees for many applications. “We have noticed there is the general assumption that a single canvases, and squeegees to rake brass casings for the military. We type of squeegee can do any job,” Andrews said. “Certain are always up for the challenge.” Haviland Corp. was founded in 1946 by Warren and Van squeegee rubbers are going to work better, depending on what Haviland in St. Louis, MO. In 1974, having chemicals are involved and the type of surface. outgrown several facilities along the way, the “Many people think, ‘I have one squeegee, so company moved to its current manufacturing my needs are met,’ but there are many types of location in Linn, MO. squeegees that perform better at a particular task.” More than 40 years ago, Haviland Corporation Indeed, squeegee blades are made with a was the first to begin manu-facturing aftermarket variety of materials. Blades can be engineered to replacement blades, gaskets and splash guards for perform just about any task involving a squeegee floor machines, according to the company. The that a user needs to accomplish. paving and roofing hand tools division was added No corners are cut with Haviland’s squeegee over 30 years ago, offering waterbrooms, serrated blades. The blades are made with premium squeegees, U-shaped crack fillers and more. compounds in notable blends such as neoprene, Haviland Corporation manufactures more than red and tan gum, urethanes, EPDM, and specialty 76 types of floor and window squeegees. blends. The blades vary in flexibility, color, and Squeegee sizes range from 3 to 72 inches, which thickness. Haviland offers unique rubbers that Jan Haviland includes straight and curved style frames. may not be found from many of the “one size fits Squeegees are manufactured for the janitorial, all” suppliers, according to the company. industrial, paving, food service/processing, agricultural, machine “We have an insightful research and development repair and consumer industries. team that is constantly seeking ways to develop Jan Haviland reported that business has been “steady.” She also new squeegee products, as well as designing said sales of two of the company’s newest products are growing.

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The two innovations are AQUALIR Pro rubber and the Quick Flip squeegee. AQUALIR Pro blade material is specially compounded and formulated with a natural rubber compound system, exclusively sold by Haviland Corporation. The material was developed for applications where heavy-duty impact and wear resistance, in harsh real world environments, are required, according to the company. The Quick Flip squeegee has two blades, one on either side. The types of blades depend on the task at hand. The company says this helps eliminate downtime and saves money, because if a different blade is needed for a particular type of flooring or detergent, the enduser can just “flip” it over. There is no need to have two separate squeegees. Today’s trends in the marketplace are leaning more Alice Andrews and more toward online shopping. This creates a double edged sword, offering customers conveniences, but losing the expertise that the customer can gain from businesses. “We are seeing more online purchasing,” Haviland said. “We always like to be able to talk to people, to answer questions they

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may have and direct them to the squeegee that will do the best job.” Andrews added: “One of the impacts of online ordering is you just don’t get that time to interact with customers. We feel that by speaking with them, we can provide more education concerning their needs. I enjoy working with customers to offer them the perfect squeegee” Haviland Corporation places a strong emphasis on customer service, including having a person answering the phone versus a machine. With their highly trained customer service personnel, customers receive prompt solutions, according to the company. Haviland Corporation has always strived to source raw materials within the United States and only imports out of necessity. The big push to bring manufacturing back will only make this easier for Haviland Corporation to continue manufacturing American made products, according to the company.

“We do some importing, but we try to keep it at a bare minimum. We import some items so we can stay competitive in a couple of markets,” Haviland said.

Andrews added: “Looking ahead, I think the challenge will be to find suppliers that are in the United States for some of the items we now import, and, hopefully, bring them back onshore to be competitive here. “Squeegees have been around since the ancient Greek era and continue to be a much needed tool. As new industries and

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applications evolve, so have the uses and types of squeegees needed.” “We are really positive about the industry. Squeegees are a necessary and viable product to the nation and to the world,” Haviland said. “Our main goal is to manufacture a

he squeegee business has been “very good” reported President/Managing Director Bruce Gale of Dorden Squeegees, located in Detroit, MI. Dorden Squeegee is a division of Michigan Brush Mfg. Group. product that works for customers and makes One of Dorden’s newer offerings are Belgian moss squeegees. imports these unique squeegees from Belgium. them happy. A squeegee isn’t just a squeegee, there are many Dorden “We bring them in by the container load, and then we sell different types designed for a wide variety of applications.” them domestically,” Gale said. “For any customer who is large enough and wants to order container loads directly from Contact: Haviland Corporation, Belgium, we can arrange that, as well.” 200 S. Highway U, Linn, MO 65051. Dorden also offers color-coded Belgian moss squeegees. Phone: 573-897-3672 or 800-325-3915. “We don’t stock the colored-coded squeegees, but, if a Website: customer wants them, we can bring them in from Belgium anytime,” Gale said. The rubber for Belgian moss squeegees is open cell and very soft and porous. American squeegees are of a harder durometer, as they are designed to move water and other fluids. In contrast, the Belgian squeegees almost dries the floor, according to Gale. EFFICIENT TRIMMING OF ROLL AND Squeegee durometer is based on a twoC OR NATURAL FILL digit number system. The lower the number, the softer the squeegee blade. For example, 65 durometer is softer and 95 durometer is harder. “For our standard Belgian squeegees, we have the black moss, and a synthetic rubber,” Gale said. “The black moss is a natural rubber. We also have a red neoprene blade. All the squeegees are available in both light and heavy-duty. The red neoprene are a higher quality and a bit more expensive than the black. “We are expanding our warehouse capacity of Belgian moss squeegees because we have received such a tremendous demand for them.” As a bonus for Belgian moss customers, Dorden makes its centrally located Detroit warehouse available. “At our Detroit facility, we have both warehouse and manufacturing capabilities, and we are utilizing the warehouse space for the moss products,” Gale said. “So, customers can use our warehouse for their inventory. “In addition, our domestic-made squeegees are very popular. We manufacture a lot of private label products for other companies, as well. We use non-rusting and non-sparking aluminum components for long life. Several different styles for different needs and price ranges are available.” According to the company, Dorden offers several types of blades for its floor squeegee products. The gray vinyl Wöhler Brush Tech GmbH H blade and is non-absorbent (closed cell) Wöhler-Platz 2 | 33181 Bad Wünnenberg | GERMANY | Tel: +4 49 2953 73 300 | and can be used where markings from


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conventional black rubber blades may pose a problem. Its nonabsorbing vinyl is not too soft, but highly flexible and extremely versatile. It is great for food service and hospitals “Because the gray vinyl material is non-absorbent, it is antimicrobial,” Gale said. “It does not absorb the way a natural rubber absorbs. It is a closed cell rubber. Bacteria doesn’t grow on it, which makes it great for hospitals, restaurants, clean rooms, processing plants and packing houses. Dorden also offers a red rubber, which is non-marking and a great seller.” The company’s proprietary blended, long-lasting black rubber compound blade is resistant to petroleum, paint, chemicals and animal fats. It works well for smooth floors, such as cement or linoleum. These blades are used by service stations, car washes, auto dealers, factories, shops and stores. “All our squeegees have aluminum frames, which are non-rusting and non-sparking,” Gale reiterated. Dorden has also developed Bruce Gale several new products. “We have a squeegee made from an aircraft quality, military grade aluminum,” Gale said. “It’s not as heavy a mil as our standard piece, yet it is very strong. We have had tremendous acceptance with this product. It is very cost competitive, as are all our squeegees.” In addition to floor squeegees, Dorden offers several series of industrial, commercial, professional-grade window squeegees. They are: Industrial “C” Series — A premium, heavy-duty, one-piece aluminum channel frame holds a specially-extruded black rubber blade in place to create, not just a window wiping tool, but a multi-use tool. The squeegees are designed for maintenance and janitorial activities like countertop and any flat surfaces. They are especially good for use on equipment in factories where oils and other fluids are a concern. They are also great for use on wet grinding machines and by tile contractors, among others; and, Professional “CP” Series — Features a natural red rubber service blade, backed by a firmer black rubber compound backing cushion. They are used in stores, factories, warehouses and in general janitorial window cleaning. These squeegees are re-usable because the blades are replaceable. “The industrial and professional products have many uses — they are not just window squeegees,” Gale said. “The squeegees are very heavy-duty, with heavy-duty rubbers. The rubber is a special designed extrusion. The rubbers on these products are not a thin extrusion type, similar to some of the professional style window squeegees. They are heavy-duty. “The industrial and professional series squeegees have a very heavy-duty gauge steel trap socket, as do our regular squeegees. We also have an extra heavy-duty cast zinc socket for many of our floor squeegees. We offer some variations of our steel trap and cast zinc sockets. “The newest thing we offer is the steel trap socket with a threaded handle option. Standard squeegee sockets have a tapered socket, which is normally used. With the traditional PG 14

tapered handle, the wood swells and holds the squeegee in place, but some people prefer a threaded handle.” As Dorden imports items from Europe, including the Belgian moss squeegees, the current tariff situation comes into play.

“When there is talk about tariffs, it creates some panic situations in the markets,” Gale said. “When companies panic, they raise prices. Everybody is in the same boat, hopefully not the Titanic.”

Many companies have had to adjust to the modern-day penchant of people preferring to shop online, which has been a plus for Dorden. “Online commerce is beneficial because we deal with some larger companies that have an online presence, allowing anyone to buy from them,” Gale said. “As a result, we see a lot of online business that comes to us through those companies.” Dorden’s website does not have online ordering capabilities. Gale discussed some of the other challenges his company must deal with moving ahead.

“Obtaining raw materials in a timely manner is a big issue,” he said. “We are seeing longer and longer lead times for certain materials.”

Another issue, in this time of low unemployment, is the difficulty finding quality employees with technical and vocational skills. “We have been working with temp agencies, but it is still difficult to find the right employees,” Gale said. “It is a very tight job market, but we have been able to fill our needs for employment. In today’s world, people don’t necessarily want to come to work in a factory. “On the plus side, I am seeing a resurgence of cities providing vocational education. As a result, we will see more young people coming along with vocational skills they can use in factories.” Despite the technological advances in the modern world, such as robotics, there will still be a need for skilled workers, Gale said. “I saw a photo in a magazine of a robot holding a broom and sweeping. On the side there had to be a person operating a computer that ran the robot,” Gale said. “So, there was the robot sweeping with a broom, but there still had to be somebody operating the system. I thought that was very telling.” Despite the challenges in doing business in today’s everchanging marketplace, Gale is optimistic about his company and the squeegee industry in general. “I feel good about the future. Politics aside, we should have a very strong economy,” Gale said. “Most of our products are going to industry, food service, hospitals and janitorial, and those are strong segments. While there are a lot of very large companies offering products, there is still room for niche operators. Plus, we offer private label products to those large businesses, as well. “There are large distribution groups that are selling a lot of products, and they are not going out of business tomorrow. People have to clean, and that is an ongoing process. As a result, the products we make have to be replenished.” Contact: Dorden Squeegees, 7446 Central Ave., Detroit, MI 48210. Phone: 313-834-7910. Website:

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UNIVERSAL HIGH-OUTPUT DOUBLE HEADER Very high output: no index time on most brush

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models and high tufting speed of up to 1200 tufts per minute. Numerically controlled, electronic trimming station (no profiled trimming units or patterns required. Universal handle feeder conveyor with orientation feature and automatic positioning available.



ABCO Products Corp. 6800 N.W. 36th Ave. Miami, FL 33147 USA Phone: 305-694-2226 Website: Products: ABCO Products is a vertically integrated, minority-owned business enterprise that manufactures and markets cleaning products as well as HACCP compliant colorcoded tools into the professional cleaning, food service, industrial, QSR floor safety and food processing market segments. 18 Abtex Corporation 89 Main St. Dresden, NY 14441 USA Phone: 315-536-7403 Email: Website: Company Officers: Mark Fultz, CEO; Jason Saner, President Products: Abrasive filament brushes and deburring equipment. 19 ACS Industries, Inc. One New England Way Lincoln, RI 02865 USA Toll Free: 800-222-2880 Email: Website: Products: From the company’s beginnings in 1939 as a wire sponge manufacturer in Rhode Island, ACS has grown its product offerings. It is a global organization with corporate and R&D functions in the USA and manufacturing operations in Mexico and China. Vertical integration has taken the company to five facilities with almost 4,000 employees. Its Cleaning Products Division includes hand pads, stainless scrubbers, sponges, soap pads,

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grill screens and grill bricks. It produces a full range of mops, brooms and brushes. Its floor maintenance line includes non woven floor pads, steel wool floor pads, sand screens and many specialty floor pads. ACS has achieved UL validation regarding 100 percent recycled material in all of its non woven hand and floor pads from post-consumer to post-industrial. In 2017, ACS acquired ETC of Henderson and Treleoni, in South Carolina. Both of these acquisitions are focused on the jan/san portion of the business. 18 Algoma Mop Manufacturers 813 Rabas St. Algoma, WI 54201 USA Toll Free: 800-216-3478 Email: Website: Products: Wet mops, dust mops, microfiber products. Mops manufactured are made by people with disabilities in Algoma, WI. The company offers a full line of mops and microfiber products. Custom manufacturing capabilities are available. Most of the products can be private labeled with company information. Algoma Mop serves wholesalers, distributors, schools, universities, hospitals, laundry and linen services, janitorial contractors, restaurants, correctional and governmental facilities. Purchases help train and employ people in obtaining their personal independence and employment goals. 13 American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) 736 Main Ave., Suite 7 Durango, CO 81301-5479 USA Phone: 720-392-2262 Email: Website:

Company Officers: David C. Parr, Executive Director Products: 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 Suppliers Display, classifieds on the association Website (, 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. 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. 19 American Select Tubing/AST Filaments 4005 DeWitt Ave. Mattoon, IL 61938 USA Phone: 217-234-7300 Email: Website: Company Officers: Mark Maninfior, General Manager

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Products: Metal handles for brooms, brushes, mops, snow shovels, rakes and other tools. Diameters - 21mm, 22mm, 23.5mm, 25mm, 28.5mm. Extension handles in steel, aluminum and fiberglass. Abrasive and non-abrasive filaments for many brush and industrial applications using PP, PVC, PE, PS, RPET, PBT, PET, nylon 6, nylon 6.6, nylon 6.10, nylon 6.12, SIC, AO, ceramic, diamond grit, and SAN. 18 Birdwell Cleaning Products, Inc. P. O. Box 1388 Burleson, TX 76097 USA Toll Free: 800-722-8006 Website: Products: Manufactures a complete line of push brooms, angle brooms, concrete finishing brooms, deck brushes, acid brushes, roof brushes, counter dusters, dish brushes, bowl brushes, nail brushes, animal care brushes and barb-que grill brushes. 14 Bizzotto Giovanni Automation srl Via Buonarroti, 67 35010 Paviola di S.Giorgio in Bosco (Padova) ITALY Phone: +39 049 9451067 Email: Website: Products: Bizzotto is 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. 18 Bo-Buck Mills, Inc. P. O. Box 692 921 E. Blvd. Chesterfield, SC 29709 USA Phone: 843-623-2158 Website: 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. 11

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY Bodam International Ltd. 903 Cirelli Court Aberdeen, MD 21001 USA Phone: 410-272-9797 Email: Website: Company Officer: Carlos Petzold, President Products: Borghi broom and brush manufacturing equipment – stapleset, anchor-set, twisted-in-wire, manufacturing machinery for all types of brooms and brushes. Also, trimmers, flaggers, cutters, strip brush machinery, mop manufacturing machinery and injection molds are available from Borghi (; Boucherie broom and brush manufacturing equipment – staple-set, anchor-set, twisted-in-wire, manufacturing machinery for all types of brooms and brushes. Also, trimmers, flaggers, cutters, and injection molds are available from Boucherie (; Carnevali Dino trimming units – Motorized clipper heads, monofilament hank cutters, metal wire hank cutters, rotary cutters, and specialty cutters for abrasive materials such as grit brushes (; Sima monofilament extrusion lines – equipment and know-how to produce broom and brush monofilaments for PP, PET, PS, PBT, SAN and many other types of polymers. Sima also produces lines for manufacturing PET strapping and for concrete reinforcement monofilaments (; and, Unimac power brush manufacturing equipment and metal handle manufacturing equipment – machinery and technology used to manufacture crimped-wire power brushes as well as twisted-knot power brushes made in the various formats: wheel

brushes, cup brushes, end 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 and converted into spools that are then fed into power brush manufacturing 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 tube-mill can also be used in other applications to produce tubes for other products ( 19

Borghi s.p.a. Via Cristoforo Colombo, 12 Loc. Cavazzona Castelfranco Emilia (Modena) 41013 ITALY Phone: +39-059-953-3911 Email: Website: Company Officers: Paolo Roversi, President Borghi is partners with Boucherie of Belgium (, forming the Boucherie Borghi Group. Products: Staple-set/anchor-set brush manu facturing machines of all types; trimmers, flaggers and finishing machinery for brooms and brushes; twisted-in-wire brush manufacturing machinery; strip brush manufacturing machinery; mop manufacturing machinery; injection molds; and, specialty machinery for automation, packaging, etc., of brooms, brushes and mops. Borghi is known as a leader in staple-set and anchor-set brush manufacturing machinery, sometimes referred to in the brush industry as “drilling and filling” machinery. Borghi 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. Understanding that customers need a continuous renewal of their product lines, and that this takes time between the various phases of engineering and development, Borghi is able Swivel Cap For Easy Storage to offer a prompt response to those needs. Borghi is a strong partner with the know-how to help customers to develop new ideas for injection-molded products, in Clip For Bro Broom absolute privacy. Borghi not only provides technology for brooms Competitively Priced and brushes, but with Borghi’s engineering capacity Lightweight & Durable and technical manufacturing strength, requests for automation have been met with the realization of machinery for special types of paintbrushes, Patented Locking Feature paintroller assembly, and many types of mops. Teeth For Broom Assist Furthermore, Borghi has been producing machinery for manufacturing strip brushes since 2004. Catch-All Rubber Ramp Borghi also goes beyond just providing equipment to produce “the product.” It provides specialty machinery, macro- and micro-assembly equipment and machinery to automate packaging and other requirements that a given product may require 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 200 N. Oak, Arcola, IL 61910 | 217-268-5757 level of technology fresh and cutting-edge.

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MANUFACTURING MACHINE, WITH PC CONTROL. Extremely wide range of twisted-knot brushes can be manufactured. “Straight & Rose End” knot with only one tooling. Spinning system for radial knot orientation.

2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY Contact Borghi s.p.a. or one of its agents. For machinery sales in the USA and Canada, contact: Bodam Int. Ltd., 903 Cirelli Court, Aberdeen, MD 21001, USA. Telephone: 410-272-9797; Fax: 410-2720799; Email:; Website:; Contact: Carlos Petzold, President. For technical support and spare parts in the USA and Canada, contact: Borghi USA, Inc., 903 Cirelli Court, Aberdeen, MD 21001, USA. Phone: 410-272-9797, Fax: 410-2720799, Email: (technical support) and (spare parts). Contacts: Matt Tompkins, Eric Juarez, Leo Juarez and Miguel Medrano. Moreover, Borghi S.p.A. collaborates with two partners, Unimac s.r.l. and Sima. 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

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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 ( Sima offers equipment and know-how to produce broom and brush monofilaments for PP, PET, PS, PBT, SAN and other types of polymers. Sima also produces lines for manufacturing PET strapping and for concrete reinforcement monofilaments ( 19 Boucherie USA Inc. 8748 Gleason Rd. Knoxville, TN 37923 USA Phone: 865-247-6091 Email: Website: G.B. Boucherie N.V. Stuivenbergstraat 106 8870 Izegem, Belgium Phone: ++32 51 31 21 41 Email: Company Officers: John Williams, President Boucherie is partners with Borghi of Italy (, forming the Boucherie

Borghi Group. 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. In May 2014, G.B. Boucherie and Borghi Spa ( merged into the Boucherie-Borghi Group. The joint programs of these two companies cover a large scope of brush making, and the sales and service network gives worldwide coverage. In addition to Boucherie USA, Borghi USA and its team support Boucherie customers for household and technical brush machines. Boucherie 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, and triple fiber-boxes for three different fiber colors are available. With two filling heads running continuously at 630 RPM (1,260 tufts per minute), the output is increased. In many indoor broom models, the

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY block 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 there is no wire. In this world of high energy costs and petroleum-based materials, such savings cannot be considered trivial. The TCU-CNC machines are capable of handling brushes from nailbrushes to 24-inch brooms with special modifications possible to run 36-inch brooms in two operations. 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 TCU-T/CNC and the TCA-CNC. The TCUT/CNC machine, with long stroke filling tools that are lined with a carbide and sturdy carousel with heavy-duty support in the drilling and filling stations, is designed for arduous applications with drill sizes up to 12 mm, and the use of heavy vegetable fibers. The TCA-CNC machine has short-stroke anchor filling tools, and will make smaller brushware like dish brushes at a speed of up to 1,400 tufts per minute. The newest refinements to the TCU line of machines are a faster indexing of the turret, higher speeds 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. Toothbrush Production Lines and Work Centers: Boucherie has developed a variety of toothbrush manufacturing equipment. Production

machines range from the very affordable TB3-A/CNC, through the TB3TS and TB3-FS, (which are economically priced, full production lines for less demanding applications,) to the highly automated and sophisticated TB3-FM and TB3-FM/L. All of these single header machines now run at continuous speeds up to 1,000 tufts per minute. For the highest production, Boucherie offers the double-headed TB32-Flexi cell, which can make up to 70 brushes per minute when the two filling tools run in parallel, or for complex brushes with two different hole sizes when the filling tools run sequentially. This flexibility is built into the concept of the machine, and can be used effortlessly. Since the introduction of the Flexi concept, TB35-Flexi cells with up to five filling tools have been built and delivered for a total output of up to 5,000 tufts per minute. Anchorless Toothbrush Production Lines and Work Centers: In the field of machinery for the oral care industry, with the introduction of the AFT/CNC machine, Boucherie clearly established a leadership position in anchorless technology. With the new AMR machine, however, 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-end-rounding 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 in-line 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 end-rounding quality, and at least at the same speed. The AFT-IMT is the world’s first commercially available in-mold technology for the production of toothbrushes, according to Boucherie. Pre-end-rounded 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 inter-dental 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 multicomponent, high cavitation, valve gated, hot runner stack molds. Boucherie molds are used to produce a wide range of consumer, medical and engineering products. Packaging Machines: Form, fill and seal blister packaging machines are available in heat seal and high frequency seal versions for toothbrush and personal care brushes. They may be operated as stand-alone machines or integrated into one or two tufting machines. 19 Briarwood Products LLC 2900 Bradwell Ave. Cleveland, OH 44109 USA

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY Phone: 216-398-1107 Email: Website: Company Officer: Manfred Tomm, Vice President Products: Briarwood Products is a leading innovator and manufacturer of safe correctional cleaning tools. Its extensive product line is comprised of dust mop frames, broom, brushes, squeegees, and more. All products in the line are made from a plastic that is unable to be sharpened into a weapon, adding an extra level of security to correctional facilities. The design of each cleaning tool enables it to be strong and durable, while disrupting an inmate’s ability of hand-crafting shanks and weapons. 19 Brosses Lacasse Inc. / Norman Brush Inc. 107 Authier St. St-Alphonse-de-Granby, QC J0E 2A0 CANADA Toll Free: 800-940-2829 Website: Products: For over 50 years, Brosses Lacasse Inc./Norman Brush Inc. has specialized in the manufacturing and refurbishing of custommade industrial brushes. The company’s customers cover a wide range of industries. Some specialities include cylinder brushes,

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twisted wire brushes, block and belt brushes, strip brushes, rotary brushes, maple product brushes, spiral wound brushes, and track and switch brooms. 15 Bruin Plastics Co., Inc. 61 Joslin Rd. P. O. Box 700 Glendale, RI 02826 USA Phone: 401-568-3081 Toll Free: 800-556-7764 Email: Website: 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. 19 Brush Fibers, Inc. 202 North Oak St. Arcola, IL 61910 USA Phone: 217-268-3012 Email: Website: Company Officers: Chris Monahan, President; Jaye Roberts, Customer Service Manager; Ian Moss, Bristle Trading Manager

Products: Vegetable fibers: Tampico fiber (natural white, black, grey, bleached, patent, union), palmyra fiber, palmyra stalks, bassine, sherbro piassava, coco fiber and arenga fiber. Also offered are hog hair, horse hair, mixtures, staple wire, 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 New Jersey and Montreal. 19 Brush Technology Ltd 3 Throckley Ind Estate New Castle, Tyne & Wear NE159EW ENGLAND Phone: +44 01912291666 Email: Website: Products: Manufacturer of brushware and large injection moldings for industrial and municipal applications. 17 Brushes Corp. 5400 Smith Rd. Brook Park, OH 44142 USA Phone: 216-267-9080

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY Website: 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. 19 Bruske Products 7447 Duvan Dr. Tinley Park, IL 60477 USA Phone: 708-532-3800 Email: Website: Company Officers: Steve Schafer, President; Priscilla Bruske, Treasurer Products: Metal-backed floor brushes, power sweeping brushes, power scrubbing brushes, knob scrubs, washing brushes, deck scrubs, street sweeps, floor squeegees, sponges, upright brooms, metal cap upright brooms, counter dusters, lobby brooms, corn brooms, floor scrapers, concentrated soap, block floor brushes, and replacement squeegees for power scrubbing machines. 19 Canwil Textiles, Inc. 1520 University Dr. Auburn, GA 30011 USA Phone: 678-985-5434 Email: Website: Products: Fabrics: 9x9 vinyl mesh, poly knit mesh, nonwovens, polyester twill. All fabrics available for dust and wet mop manufacturing. Custom slitting available. 14 Carlisle FoodService Products 4711 E. Hefner Rd. Oklahoma City, OK 73131 USA Toll Free: 800-654-8210 Email: Website: Products: Sparta brush and brush accessories, wet and dry mopping products, EZ Snap Floor Care, waste and material handling products. 15 Carolina Brush 3093 Northwest Blvd., P.O. Box 2469 Gastonia, NC 28052-2469 USA Toll Free: 800-822-1160 Website: Products: Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019, Carolina Brush manufactures custom industrial strip brushes, staple-set brushes, twisted-in-wire brushes and more. Industrial brushes can be created in a broad range of sizes, and with a large number of filament types, channels and holders to meet various application requirements. 19

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Carolina Mop 819 Whitehall Rd., P. O. Box 5072 Anderson, SC 29623 USA Toll Free: 800-845-9725 Email: Website: Products: Mop buckets, wet floor signs, squeegees, dust pans, and carpet bonnets. Carolina Mop also carries a full line of wet mops, dust mops, brooms, brushes, and handles. 05 Charles E. Green & Son, Inc. 625 3rd St. Newark, NJ 07107 USA Phone: 973-485-3630 Email: Website: Products: Paint brush ferrules, roller components, Milliken Machines, Milliken spare parts, brush pins, plastic handles, wood handles, steel stamps, industrial knits, and general metal stamping. 16 Chongqing Global Bristles Mfg., Co., Ltd. No. 17 Fuxing Road, Bafu Town, Jiulongpo Dist. Chongqing 401329 CHINA Phone: +86+23+67600529 Website: Products: Semi-finished products, cut bristles, natural white/black/brown boiled/unboiled bristles, bleached white bristles, mixed bristles, dyed bristles, PET/PBT solid/mini-hollow tapered filaments. 17 CiBrush Room 7, Building 4, Timecourt, No. 6, Shuguang Xili, Chaoyang District Beijing, CHINA Toll Free: +86 10 58678210 Email: Website: Products: The next biennial Shanghai International Brushes & Brush Making Industry Exhibition (CiBRUSH) is scheduled for Dec. 9-11, 2020, at the Shanghai (China) International Expo Centre (SNIEC). 19 Corona Brushes, Inc. 5065 Savarese Cir. Tampa, FL 33634 USA Phone: 813-885-2525 Email: Website: Company Officers: Benjamin Waksman, President; Albert Waksman, Vice President Products: Corona Brushes, Inc., is a fourthgeneration family company. Corona designs and constructs contractor painting tools to give optimum performance and durability. Its

brushes and rollers are handmade to exacting standards to ensure this built-in quality. The primary goal of the company is to manufacture quality painting products. 19 Creative Poly, Inc. 620 W. Lincoln Ave. Rochelle, IL 61068 USA Phone: 815-562-9002 Email: Website: Products: 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 Crystal Lake Mfg., Inc. 2225 Hwy. 14 West Autaugaville, AL 36003 USA Toll-Free: 800-633-8720 Email: Products: Corn brooms, angle brooms, cut end and loop end wet mop heads, dry mop heads, microfiber mop heads, microfiber cloths, mop handles, brush handles, push brooms, brushes, buckets, wringers, wet floor signs, dust pans, and dust mop frames. 17 Culicover & Shapiro, Inc. 270K Duffy Ave. Hicksville, NY 11801 USA Phone: 516-597-4888 Email: Website: Products: Floor brushes, garage brushes, counter dusters, radiator and window brushes, truck brushes, street brooms, corn brooms, baseboard and bi-level brushes, deck scrubs, hand scrubs, masonry brushes, wet and dry mops, broom and mop handles, dust pans, squeegees, hand set boars hair brushes. 14 CWP 3871 West 150th St. Cleveland, OH 44111 USA Phone: 216-252-1190 Email: Website: Products: All kinds of floor brushes. Primarily vacuum cleaner brushes and attachments, floor machine brushes and janitorial cleaning brushes for tile and grout as well as hard floors and carpet. 14

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY Deco Products Co. 506 Sanford St. Decorah, IA 52101 USA Phone: 563-387-9097 Email: Website: Company Officers: Chris Storlie, General Manager; Randy Tanger, Operation Manager; Mike Murphy, Engineer Manager; and Dave Magner, Director of Sales & Marketing Products: Custom die cast, broom tips and handle ends. 19 Delamo Mfg. 7171 Telegraph Rd. Montebello, CA 90640 USA Toll Free: 888-711-8011 Email: Website: Products: Cleaning tools, including trash/ utility cans, pails, wringer buckets, dust pans, mop sticks and more. 10 Deligh Industries, Inc. P. O. Box 310-154 255 Conover St. Brooklyn, NY 11231 USA Phone: 718-875-1511 Website:

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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. 19 Distribuidora Perfect S.A. de C.V. Calle Cuatro No. 32 Naucalpan Edo de MEXICO 53370 Phone: 011 52 55 53 87 04 00 Email: Website: 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 Website: 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 or call 217268-5760. 19 Don Leventhal Group, LLC 1508 W. Jourdan St. Newton, IL 62448 USA Phone: 618-783-4424 Email: Website: Products: Broom corn brooms, railroad switch brooms, angle brooms, soft sweep

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filaments for cosmetic brushes; and, DuPont™ Orel® polyester tapered filaments for paintbrushes. 19

Dorden & Company, Inc. 7446 Central Ave., P. O. Box 10247 Detroit, MI 48210 USA Phone: 313-834-7910 Email: Website: Products: Offering “The World’s Finest Squeegees,” with items made in the USA, Dorden & Company is a contract manufacturer of floor and window squeegees. Dorden offers distribution of Belgian Moss squeegees from its centrally located Detroit, MI, warehouse. The company is also a contract importer of Belgian and new German-quality window squeegees. 18

Ebser Mechanical Engineering e.K. Schönauer Str. 34 D-79674 Todtnau, GERMANY Phone: +49 7671 992308-0 Email: Website: Products: The company began in 1920 in Todtnau, Germany, with the production of hand machinery for the brush industry. Over the years, Ebser has expanded to include semiautomatic and fully-automatic cleaning, drilling and filling, stamping, labelling and trimming equipment. Automation systems and second-hand machines are also available. 18

Draper Knitting Company 28 Draper Lane Canton, MA 02021 USA Phone: 781-828-0029 Email: Website: Products: Develops and manufactures quality paint roller materials. It offers a broad spectrum of paint roller cover fabrics from the mainstream economical quality to contractor grade materials for some of the most wellknown national suppliers. With an onsite paint roller lab, full coating/finishing department, and a custom dye house, Draper can create any blend, pile height, density, color, and texture that is required. The company has years of experience working with wool blends, recycled and synthetic fibers. Draper Knitting has been a “Made in the USA” family run business for over 160 years, creating fabrics for a variety of technical, sustainable and protective applications. 19

Epic Resins 600 Industrial Blvd. Palmyra, WI 53156 USA Phone: 262-495-3400 Email: Website: Products: Offering 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 (OEM). In business since 1958, Epic Resins specializes in custom manufacturing and formulating materials. 11

DuPont Filaments — Americas, LLC Washington Works Plant 8480 DuPont Road, Bldg. 158 Washington, WV 26181 USA Toll Free: 800-635-9695 Phone: 304-863-4908 Email: Website: Products: DuPont™Tynex® 612 nylon level filaments for toothbrushes; DuPont™ Tynex® 612 nylon fine filaments for cosmetic brushes; DuPont™Tynex® 612 nylon tapered filaments for paintbrushes; DuPont™ Tynex® A 612 nylon abrasive filaments for floor care and industrial brushes; DuPont™Chinex® 612 nylon synthetic bristle for paintbrushes; DuPont™ Herox® 610 nylon level filaments for toothbrushes; DuPont™Natrafil® polyester

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Evansville Association For The Blind - EAB Industries P. O. Box 6445 500 N. Second Ave. Evansville, IN 47719 USA Phone: 812-422-1181 Email: Website: Company Officers: Karla Horrell, Executive Director & Controller; Dan Leraris, Sales & Marketing Products: Deck mops: cotton and rayon; mop heads: cotton and rayon. Traditional and custom sizes available. Made in the USA. Manufacturing time available for mop production due to expanded capacity. 19 F.M. Brush Co., Inc. 70-02 72nd Place Glendale, NY 11385 USA Phone: 718-821-5939

Email: Website: Products: Artist brushes, from professional to student, all levels. Industrial affiliations, marking, stencil, and parts cleaning available. 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 90 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 Felton, Inc. 7 Burton Dr. Londonderry, NH 03053 USA Phone: 603-425-0200 Website: Products: Custom brushes and technical assemblies. 14 Fibratexsa P. O. Box 118 San Pedro Sula, HONDURAS Website: 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 Email: Website: 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 30 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 Filkemp - Industria de Filamentos, S.A. Rua Francisco Lyon de Castro 28 Mem Martins 2725-397 PORTUGAL

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY Phone: +351 21 922 6416 Email: Website: Products: Custom-made abrasive filaments based on PA6, PA 6.10 and PA 6.12, used in polishing and deburring tool accessories worldwide. Great variety of grits available. Filkemp also produces polyamide and polyester monofilaments for fishing, technical applications, 3D printing and agricultural appliances. 18 Filmop USA, LLC 13410 Hwy 105 West Conroe, TX 77304 USA Phone: 936-588-8942 Email: Website: Products: Designs, manufactures and distributes: buckets; carts - hospital, janitorial and maid; dusters; dusting cloths; dust pans; 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 Website: 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 are located in Italy, the United States, Mexico and China. 13 Fuller Brush Company 860 Kaiser Rd., Suite D Napa, CA 94558 USA Phone: 707-266-5500 Website: Products: Brooms, mops, floor cleaners, carpet sweepers, bathroom 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. 14 Fuller Industries LLC 1 Fuller Way Great Bend, KS 67530 USA

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Toll Free: 800-848-4901 Website: Products: FullPro, Franklin Cleaning Technology, Trumix DC2 and Masury Columbia. 16 G.D.F. di De Franceschi Gabriella & Co. Via Mazzini 27 Bazzano 40053 Valsamoggia ITALY Phone: +39 051830189 Email: Website: Company Officer: Gabriella De Franceschi Products: Foamed and solid plastic blocks, metal handles, telescopic poles, buckets, mops and other cleaning tools. 18 Garelick Mfg. Co. P. O. Box 8 644 Second St. St. Paul Park, MN 55071 USA Phone: 651-459-9795 Email: Website: Products: Telescopic extension poles in 6, 8, 12, 18 and 24-foot lengths. Garelick Mfg. Co. began in 1952. Offering 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. 18 Gator Cleaning Products, LLC 725 McKinley St. Eugene, OR 97402 USA Website: Products: The Grout Gator: clean grout two to eight times faster with the multi-brush head Grout Gator. Featuring an awardwinning and patented design, the Grout Gator is saving time for both home owners and professional cleaners in the United States, Canada, Australia, Dubai, and the United Kingdom. 17 Gift Sales Co. P. O. Box 17082 513 S. St. Francis Wichita, KS 67217 USA Phone: 316-267-0671 Toll Free: 800-992-0181 Email: Website: Products: Bowl block, urinal para and nonparablock, 20-pound sewer block, non-para dumpster system, bowl caddy, mint absorbent, urinal screens (all kinds), putty knives, dust pans (metal and plastic), and other supplies. 19

Giori Automation/Global Line Group Srl Via Francesca 2942 B Larciano, Pistoia 51036 ITALY Phone: 0039-0573-84564 Email: Website: Company Officers: Paolo Giori, Owner; Renato Cecchini, Sales Manager; Alessandro Giori, Sales Manager Products: Machines for the manufacturing of wet mops; machines for the flagging and trimming of brooms; machines for the finishing of brushes; monofilament production lines and PET bottle washing plants. 19 Golden Star Inc. 6445 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park, KS 66202 USA Toll Free: 800-821-2792 Phone: 816-645-9031 Email: Website: Products: Brooms, wet mops, dust mops, hardware, accessories and microfiber. 14 Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. 3737 Capitol Ave. City of Industry, CA 90601 USA Phone: 323-724-7777 Email: Website: Company Officer: Kenneth L. Rakusin, President and CEO Products: Hand-held brushes, scratch brushes, platers’ brushes, medical brushes, instrument cleaning brushes, applicator brushes, detail brushes, parts cleaning brushes, military brushes, block brushes, upright brushes, paintbrushes, flow-thru brushes, high-pressure brushes, strip brushes, micro-spiral brushes, abrasive brushes, spiral brushes, twisted-inwire brushes, vacuum brushes, condenser tube brushes, paddle brushes, bore brushes, radiator brushes, spoke brushes, refrigeration and plumbing brushes, tube-fitting brushes, bowl brushes, vat brushes, janitorial brushes, brooms, squeegees, polycorn uprights, truck wash brushes, lobby brooms, dusters, cylinder brushes, bonded disc brushes, bonded flap brushes, abrasive nylon brushes, spiral round coil brushes, rotary brushes, fine filament brushes, ThunderonŽ brushes, dome brushes, acid brushes, power brushes, specialty brushes, hygienic brushes, mops, buffs, dressing sheets and handpads. 19 E. Gornell & Sons, Inc. 2241 N. Knox Ave. Chicago, IL 60639 USA Phone: 773-489-2330

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY Email: Website: 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 CNCcontrolled machinery. It offers custom-design and manu-factures staple set and wire-drawn brushes for industry, using all types of wire, synthetic and natural fill materials. Will imprint and private label brushes for the brush industry. CAD/CAM design available. Special packaging is offered to meet specific requirements. 18 Gover, Horowitz & Blunt Ltd. 15 Belgrave Square London SW1X 8PS UNITED KINGDOM Phone: +44 207 838-7000 Email: Website: Products: Synthetic monofilaments (PVC, PPN, PET, nylon, etc), bassine, palmyra, coco, tampico and cotton mop yarn. 16 GSC Manufacturing, Inc. 510 Merritt Ave. Nashville, TN 37203 USA Phone: 615-248-6556 Email: Website: Products: Manufacturer of premium 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 and short lead times from receipt of order to delivery. 14 Gunn Brush Co., Inc. 948 Church St. Baldwin, NY 11510 USA Toll Free: 800-834-6035 Email: Website: 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.

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Large inventory allows same day shipping on most orders. 04 H. Arnold Wood Turning, Inc. 220 White Plains Rd., Suite 245 Tarrytown, NY 10591 USA Phone: 914-381-0801 Email: Website: Products: Broom and mop handles; lawn, garden and agricultural tool handles; snow shovel handles; concrete prep handles; grill and pizza handles; squeegee handles; plunger handles; dowels and dowel handles; turned and shaped handles; brush blocks; mouldings; CNC and shaped parts; most finishing and secondary work available. 19 Ha-Ste Manufacturing, Inc. P. O. Box 168 Union City, IN 47390 USA Phone: 800-228-6677 (MOPS) or, 937-968-4858 Email: Website: 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. 14 Hahl Inc., a Div. of Perlon The Filament Co. 126 Glassmaster Rd. Lexington, SC 29072 USA Phone: 803-359-0706 Email: Website: 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, nylon 610 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, HT-150, HT-250 and a full range of toothbrush filaments. 17 Haviland Corporation P. O. Box 769 200 S. Hwy. U Linn, MO 65051 USA Phone: 573-897-3672

Email: Website: Products: Since 1946, Haviland Corporation continues to manufacture premium floor and window squeegees; waterbrooms; replacement blades for sweeper scrubbers; and paving tools in the United States. The newest addition to Haviland’s floor squeegee selection is the Quick Flip. This versatile squeegee features a blade on each side of the frame. Choose the same type of blade on both sides and increase the life of the unit, or choose different blades to be used on different surfaces. The product saves time, money, and provides more options. 19 Hayco Manufacturing Ltd. 3002, Citicorp Centre, 18 Whitfield Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong CHINA Phone: +852-2168-9200 Email: Website: Products: Household brushes, brooms, mops, dusters, squeegees, automotive cleaning, window cleaning, extension poles, floor sweepers, industrial brushes and squeegees, power toothbrushes, facial brushes, water filtration, liquid delivery systems. 14 Hebei Founder Int. Trading Corp., Ltd. No. 345, Youyi North St. Shijiazhuang, Hebei 050071 CHINA Phone: 0086-311-85271256 Email: Website: Company Officer: Jia Hairan, Sales Manager Products: Animal hair materials, synthetic filament and related components for brush making including artist brushes, shaving brushes and cosmetic brushes. 19 Hill Brush Company, Ltd. 811 Rolyn Ave. Baltimore, MD 21237 USA Phone: 410-325-7000 Email: Website: Products: Wooden brooms, paintbrushes, brushware, dust pans and brushes, mops, hygienic cleaning tools, Resin-Set DRS®, anti-microbial brushware and hygienic tools, metal and x-ray detectable brushware and hygienic tools. 16 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 Email:

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY Website: Products: HIMESA is a Latin American textile producer. Its textiles spin a wide array of cotton, rayon blends, AcrylexŽ, 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 (loop end, cut end, deck mops, dust mops 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, such as for retail, industrial, foodservice, healthcare, janitorial, etc. The company also offers twine, sewing threads, industrial threads, agricultural threads/twines and more. Its facilities include complete weaving operations for a variety of products like canvas, sheeting, tarpaulins, towels, cleaning and grill cloths, diapers, mop tape, etc. HIMESA has ventured into plastics with success in making a variety of products for the industry. 15 Hoge Brush Company P. O. Box 189 202 E. South St. New Knoxville, OH 45871 USA Phone: 419-753-2351 Website: 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. P. O. Box 159 701 S. Main St. New Knoxville, OH 45871 USA Phone: 419-753-2263 Email: Website: Products: Brush blocks - made of North American hardwoods, in a variety of sizes, shapes, holes, finishes. Also: architectural millwork and moldings, commercial and institutional cabinetry, custom casework; materials for post-frame metal buildings and residential construction; hardwoods green and kiln dried manufactured for industrial, commercial, agricultural uses, including brush blocks and bowling lane

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components; sales office and warehouse in China. Staple set brush manufacturing. 16 Indian Bristle Company unit of Sieko Brushware (India) Sieko House, 4/15, Bagichi St. Vishwas Nagar, Shahdara, Dehli - 110032 INDIA Phone: +91 11 45645617 Email:,, Products: Exporter of Indian bristles. 17 Industrial Brush Corporation 763 E. Commerce Dr. St. George, UT 84790 USA Phone: 435-673-7500 Email: Website: 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, denibbling, 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. 09 The InterWire Group 355 Main St. Armonk, NY 10504 USA Toll Free: 800-699-6633 Website: Products: National distributor of wire for the brush, broom, mop and other industries. 17 Jason Mills, LLC 440 S. Main St. Milltown, NJ 08850 USA Phone: 732-651-7200 Email: Website: Products: Jason Mills manufactures textile

fabrics for industrial, commercial, military and personal safety end-users. Specific industries include automotive, aeronautical, healthcare and law enforcement. It has an extensive stock program which includes fire retardant, Berry compliant, MIL-SPEC and NAFTA-certified fabrics. 16 Jersey Jerry Broomsquire 911 Larkspur Pl., S. Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054 USA Phone: 856-222-0713 Email: Products: Broomcorn seed for multicolored broomcorn, designed for machine harvest with three genetic traits: 1. 4-5 foot tall, 2. stem/peduncle longer than 12 inches, 3. top leaf/boot covers only little of brush for easy drying. Also easier to cut by machete than pull by hand. Also available, directions for making a machine/reaper to harvest/cut broomcorn designed for the machine (see YouTube video of broomcorn harvester designed by Dr. Sam Moyer); and directions for making broom winders. 19 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 Email: Website: Products: Filaments for toothbrushes, tapered filaments, abrasive filaments and industrial filaments. 13 Jones Companies Ltd. 312 S. 14th Ave. Humboldt, TN 38343 USA Phone: 800-238-8334; 731-784-2832 Email: Website: Company Officers: William Ralph Jones III, Executive Chairman; CP Davis, Chief Executive Officer & President; Steve Tonkel, Chief Financial Officer; Andrew Dailey, Senior Vice President of Sales & Business Development; Monica Cadaret, Vice President of Operations; Jim Thomas, Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics Products: Jones Yarn offers USA-produced yarns specifically designed to meet the cleaning requirements of the floor care industry no matter what the market: healthcare, hospitality, food service, retail or jan/san. Yarns are made from blends consisting of: cotton/polyester, rayon/polyester, cotton/poly-

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY ester/rayon, anti-microbial/cotton, anti-microbial/rayon and microfiber blends. Trademarked yarns include RF-Yarns™- Recycled Fiber Yarns; Enviro-Color™ Yarns; AMYarns™ - Anti-microbial; and nWET™ non-woven edge trim. In addition to the variety of yarns, Jones offers mop tape, mesh and sewing thread. The Jones Next Generation product line includes microfiber tube mops, microfiber towels, microfiber carpet bonnets, synthetic carpet bonnets and cotton carpet bonnets. Also available are yarns for wet mops, dust mops and finishing mops. Jones Yarn’s other services include product testing, customer exclusive product development, sales training, market intelligence, warehousing, supply-chain management and logistics services. 19

La Crosse Brush, Inc. 3235 George St. La Crosse, WI 54603 USA Toll Free: 888-683-7491 Email: Website: Company Officer: Derek Peterson, Vice President-General Manager; Kathy Otto, Office Manager Products: Manufacturer of brooms and brushes for various industries: color-coded products for food processing, including brooms, brushes, squeegees, fiberglass handles, shovels, scoops and scrapers, etc.; industrial/maintenance brooms and brushes, including floor sweeps, scrub brushes, counter brushes, wood handles, etc.; and, various brooms and brushes for the dairy industry, including tank brushes, barn brooms, scrub brushes, etc. 19

Keystone Plastics Inc. 3451 S. Clinton Ave. South Plainfield, NJ 07080 USA Phone: 908-561-1300; 800-635-1300 Website: Products: Extruded polypropylene filaments (custom color match) will meet exact specifications. Call Keystone for specific brush applications. 06

Lafitte Mop Co., Inc. P. O. Box 577 Villa Rica, GA 30180 USA Phone: 770-459-5966 Email: Website: Company Officers: John Lafitte, President; Cathy Lafitte, Secretary Products: USA-made products include:

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Looped-end and conventional cut-end mopheads in rayon, cotton and blended yarns-white and colors; stick mops, all sizes and yarn types; green environmental dust mops and mopheads; and specialty mops including non-woven mops and dust mops in cotton, synthetic and launderable. Additional products: brooms, brushes, handles, microfiber products and industrial roofing items. 19 Lambskin Specialties 250 Dufferin Ave. Winnipeg, MB R2W 5J1 CANADA Toll Free: 800-665-0202 Website: 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 Rd. Sutton, MA 01590 USA Phone: 508-865-1500 Website: Products: Manufacturer of stainless steel wire

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY 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 Leistner Weruzeug GMBH Auerbacher Str. 15 Stuetzengruen 08328 GERMANY Phone: +49-37462-288150 Email: Website: Products: High performance drill bits for the brush making industry. Leistner drills are engineered and manufactured as customized CNC cutting tools for processing steel, plastic and wooden materials. 14 Lemieux Spinning Mill, Inc. 125 Route 108 Est., C.P. 2039 St. Ephrem, Beauce QC G0M 1R0 CANADA Phone: 418-484-2169 Email: Website: 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.

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Rayon blend mop yarn treated with UltraFresh (antibacterial), cotton blend mop yarn, and exclusive and custom mop yarn. 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. 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. 15 Lessmann GmbH The German Brush Company Lucas-Schultes-Str. 2 Oettingen 86732 GERMANY Phone: 0049 9082 707 0 Email: Website: Products: Brushes made in Germany: technical brushes, industrial brushes, wire brushes, wheel brushes, bevel brushes, hand brushes, interior brushes, shank brushes, end brushes, disc brushes and others. Lessmann provides a wide

product range of standard and special brushes. The brushes are used for cleaning, deburring, polishing and surface finishing in the metal working industry, tube and pipeline industry, wood working industry, automotive industry, aircraft industry and others. 16 Libman Company, The 220 N. Sheldon St. Arcola, IL 61910 USA Phone: 217-268-4200 Toll-Free: 800-646-6262 Email: Website: 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 Loos & Co., Inc. Jewel Wire Division P. O. Box 282 Pomfret, CT 06258 USA Phone: 860-928-7981 Email: Website: Products: Stainless steel, high fatigue power

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY 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 materials and alloys: brass alloy 260, phosphor bronze alloy 510, nickel silver alloy 745, untempered high carbon steel, and 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. 18 M2 Professional Cleaning Products LTD 59 Talman Ct. Concord, ON L4K 4L5 CANADA Phone: 905-738-2007 Website: Products: M2 Professional Cleaning Products Ltd., is a manufacturer of buckets and wringers, along with a complete line of professional cleaning products including wet mops, dust mops, as well as assorted brushes and push brooms. M2 has over 40 years of manufacturing experience in the cleaning industry. 16 Magni Giovanni snc Via Lecco, 20/B 22036 Erba CO ITALY Phone: 0039-031-643224 Email: Website: Products: Manufacturer of drill bits for brushmakers, selling products all around the world for over 60 years. The company produces CNC-machined bits in HSS 8-solid carbide in all sizes and types. 18 Magnolia Brush Mfrs., Ltd. 1001 N. Cedar St. Clarksville, TX 75426 USA Phone: 903-427-2261 Email: Website: Company Officers: Ken Backus, President; Scott Adams, General Manager; Gary Townes, Director of Purchasing/Sales; Glenn Guyette, National Sales Manager Products: Floor, garage and street brooms; squeegees; galvanized buckets; dust mops and frames; wet mops; wash brushes and scrub brushes; paintbrushes and chip brushes; roller covers; concrete finishing brushes; masonry brushes and janitorial items. 19 Malish Corporation, The 7333 Corporate Blvd. Mentor, OH 44060 USA

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Phone: 440-951-5356 Email: Website: Products: 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 Diama-brush™ by Malish Floor Preparation System that features products for concrete prep and polishing as well as products for wood and mastic removal. Malish also offers custom thermoplastic extrusions through its Malish Plastics division. 16 Marco Kracht Via L Biagi, 55/C15 20099 Sesto San Giovanni, MI ITALY Phone: 0039-02-24416854 Email: Website: Company Officer: Marco Kracht, General Manager & Owner Products: Flagging knives, blades for trimming units, blades for cutting metal pipe of broom handles, needles for Dal Maschio and other machine manufacturers for sewing corn brooms and similar types of brooms. 19 Paul Marsh LLC 654 Madison Ave., Suite #1405 New York, NY 10065 USA Phone: 212-759-9060 Email: Products: China bristles, horse hair, fine hair, synthetic tapered filaments (all colors), mixtures for paintbrushes (synthetic filaments and natural bristles), machinery new and reconditioned, parts and service, paint roller winding, cutting and finishing machines, roller frames, paint roller fabrics, phenolic paper, adhesives, 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. 14 Maryland Brush Company - A Div. of MBC Ventures, Inc. 3221 Frederick Ave. Baltimore, MD 21229 USA Toll Free: 800-654-0774 Email: Website: Company Officers: Stephen Mullan,

President; Timothy Hartman, Vice President Products: Power-driven and hand-held brushes of wire, synthetic, and abrasive filaments; maintenance brushes and paint applicators; and custom-engineered brush products. 18 M-B Companies, Inc. P. O. Box 200 1615 Wisconsin Ave. New Holstein, WI 54915 USA Toll Free: 800-558-5800 Email: Website: 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 Website: 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, peahole 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-over-machine SUM, drawing device SAV, roller winding automat RWA, roller assembly machine RMA, roller treating automat RBA, radiator plush roller winding automat HWA, radiator plush roller assembly automat HMA, production automat for radiator rollers HFA, roller supply RZ and supply hopper BF. Machines for the production of flat and round paintbrushes – Flat paintbrush automat with automated adhesive dispenser FPA, automated cleaning and trimming machine for flat paintbrushes ABM-K and ABM-L also for synthetic fiber, inserting and stapling machine EHM extendible with printing device and packing unit, paintbrush packing automat PEA, tuft dividing machine BAM, bristle vibrator BAG, shearing and trimming machine ZSM, wall brush assembly device FME, round paintbrush automat RPA, production equipment for round paintbrushes

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY 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 St. Laredo, TX 78041 USA Phone: 956-724-5191 Email: Website: Products: Tampico fibers, union mix, semipatent fiber, palmyra, bassine, horsehair, horsehair mixtures with tampico fiber and/or synthetic. Boar bristle mixtures (natural and/or with synthetics), paintbrush mixtures of synthetic and natural bristles. Tipping, flagging, mixing and dyeing of taper synthetic fiber for paintbrush industry. Also rice (broom) root and metal handles. 16 Michigan Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. P. O. Box 10247 7446 Central Ave. Detroit, MI 48210-0247 USA Phone: 313-834-1070 Toll-Free: 800-642-7874 Website: 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 Mileva Srl Via Gerbolina 36 Viadana, MN 46019 ITALY Phone: +39-0375-785912 Email: Website: Company Officers: Giulio Setti, Omar Della Valle, and Andrea Artoni Products: Mileva was founded in 1976 and is involved in the business of molding plastic materials for the production of blocks for

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cleaning articles. It operates in two establishments on a total area of 16,000 mqs in Viadana (MN), in the north of Italy. Mileva Srl offers a wide range of standard plastic blocks for brooms, brushes, floor brushes and squeegees, manufactured in foamed or solid polypropylene, also with co-injected rubber. In addition to a wide range of standard articles, Mileva Srl offers aluminum and steel molds manufactured for the production of customized models. Mileva Srl has gained a good reputation on the market for the high quality of its products, for reliable service and for meeting delivery deadlines. 19 Mill-Rose Company, The 7995 Tyler Blvd. Mentor, OH 44060 USA Phone: 440-255-9171 Email: Website: Products: 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. 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 “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 the 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. 14

Milliken Machine 625 3rd St. Newark, NJ 07107 USA Phone: 973-485-3630 Email: Website: Products: Brush nailing equipment including brush pins/nails. 16 Milwaukee Dustless Brush 3737 Capitol Ave. City of Industry, CA 90601 USA Phone: 323-724-7777 Email: Website: Products: Floor brooms, handles, polycorn upright brooms, corn brooms, lobby brooms, dust pans, bench/counter dusters, squeegees (floor), truck wash brushes, sponge mops, bucketless mops, utility brushes, window and feather dusters, commercial kitchen brushes, valve brushes, dish brushes, detail brushes, scoops and shovels, wire brushes, scratch brushes, stencil, acid and parts wash brushes, paintbrushes, specialty brushes, power brushes, block brushes, nail brushes, bowl brushes, scrub brushes, and tank brushes. 16 Monahan Filaments, LLC 215 Egyptian Trail Arcola, IL 61910 USA Phone: 217-268-4957 Customer Service: 888-833-1097 Email: Website: Company Officers: Matt Monahan, President; Tom Vichich, 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 temperature nylon filaments for demanding applications and V0 grade nylon. 19

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY Monahan Partners, Inc. 202 N. Oak St. Arcola, IL 61910 USA Phone: 217-268-5771 Website: Company Officers: Kevin Monahan, President; Pat Monahan, Ambassador; Matt Short, Vice President Products: Monahan Partners assembles wood, metal and 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 and grippers (jaws), household and janitor springs 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 cotton heads as well as wedge mop heads and frames. Monahan Partners also sells broom braces; broom twine; industrial T-bars; plastic/wire connectors for layflat mops; twist mops made with either cotton yarn or non-woven strips; microfiber yarn wet mops; and fiberglass handles with swivel cap and thread. Monahan Partners now also sells competitively-priced wet floor signs; dust pans; large and small angle brooms; and a popular, made in USA, economical, patented lobby dust pan. The company is also a leading producer of fiberglass handle mopsticks. In addition, Monahan Partners is offering a patentpending, stainless steel, multi-piece “Freight Buster” handle. 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. 19 Thomas Monahan Co., The 202 N. Oak St. Arcola, IL 61910 USA Phone: 217-268-4955 Email: Website: Company Officers: Tim, Jon, Matt, and Chris Monahan. Products: The Thomas Monahan Company is the parent of the Monahan family of companies – Brush Fibers, Inc. (natural filaments); Monahan Filaments (synthetic filaments); and PelRay International Company. See separate listings for these companies in this issue. The Thomas Monahan Company manufactures and sells component parts for the manufacture of brooms, brushes, and mops. It

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has proven sources in the USA, China, Mexico and around the world. 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. 19 Monterey Mills P. O. Box 790 Janesville, WI 53547 USA Phone: 608-754-2866 Website: Products: Monterey Mills has been a premier sliver knitter since 1946, and the oldest sliver knitter in North America. The company carries hundreds of years of collective experience. In addition to being North America’s largest paint roller fabric supplier, Monterey supplies superior roller products due to less shedding and superior pick up and release. Further paint applications and filtration fabric can be found with the supplier exclusive and patented FIBERLOCK™ technology, which enhances paint performance while minimizing shedding. Monterey Mills supplies most paint roller manufacturers in the United States, and exports paint roller fabric to over a dozen countries. The company can create custom designs and colors, coupled with the flexibility to alter any aspect of its knit fabric. It can also service made-to orders including apparel, pet bed fabrics, air and water filtration, medical pads, buffing pads, case liners, and stuffing. 16 Moonsoft International, Inc. 3808 N. Sullivan Rd., Bldg. 12, Suite Q Spokane, WA 99216 USA Toll Free: 877-892-9360 Website: Products: Microfiber mop pads and dusters, related hardware. 12 Mount Joy Wire Corp. 1000 E. Main St. Mount Joy, PA 17552 USA Phone: 717-653-1461 Toll Free: 800-321-2305 Email: Website: 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 Mr. LongArm, Inc. P.O. Box 377, 400 Walnut St. Greenwood, MO 64034 USA

Toll Free: 800-821-3508 Email: Website: Company Officers: Dere Newman, Maureen Newman Products: Extension poles, cleaning brushes, flow-thru cleaning products, deck stain applicators, paint rollers, paint pad applicators, light bulb changers, dusters, window cleaning products and solar panel cleaning kits. 19 Multi Brosses Inc. 300 Rue Principale St. Jules, QC G0N 1R0 CANADA Toll Free: 418-397-1870 Email: Website: Company Officer: Marcel Paré, President Products: Manufacturer of brushes, brooms, mops and handles. 19 Nation/Ruskin 206 Progress Dr. Montgomeryville, PA 18936 USA Toll Free: 800-523-2489 Email: Website: Products: Sponges, cheesecloth, tack cloths, towels, rags, microfiber towels, drop cloths, coveralls, paint strainers. 13 National Wire & Metal Technologies, Inc. 22 Carolina St. Jamestown, NY 14701 USA Phone: 716-661-9180 Email: Website: Company Officers: Bump Hedman, Tammy Snyder, Lucienne Hedman Products: Broom braces, roller mops, hinge mops, butterfly mops, dust mops and heads, quick change mops, stirrup mops, furniture hardware, oval bands, rivets and squeegees. 18 Newell & Sons Inc. P. O. Box 1098 Roxboro, NC 27573 USA Toll Free: 800-467-8996 Email: Website: Products: Industrial/janitorial wet mop manufacturer and broom, brush and janitorial supplier. 13 Nexstep Commercial Products 1450 W. Ottawa Rd. Paxton, IL 60957 USA

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY Toll Free: 800-252-7666 Email: Website: Company Officers: Todd Leventhal, President; Joel Hastings, General Manager Products: A complete line of cleaning products including brooms, sweeps, brushes, wet mops, dust mops, microfiber, squeegees, scrapers, dusters, sponges, pads, rotary brushes, carts, buckets and wringers, bathroom accessories, mopsticks and handles, dust pans, waste containers and cleaning equipment. 19 Norshel Industries, Inc. 2933 River Rd. Croydon, PA 19021 USA Toll Free: 800-355-MOPS Email: Website: Products: Wet mops, handles, dust mops, brushes, dust pans, poly and corn brooms. 06 Northern Wood Products, Inc. 1504 Lauderdale Pl. La Crosse, WI 54603 USA Phone: 608-783-1112 Website: Products: Wood handles and wood brush blocks manufactured for the broom, brush and mop industries. 10 Nyco Products Company 5332 Dansher Rd. Countryside, IL 60525 USA Phone: 708-579-9898 Email: Website: Company Officers: John Wunderlich, President; Brendan Cavanagh, Vice President of Sales; Bob Stahurski, CEO & Chairman of the Board Products: Carpet cleaners, spotters and stain removers; upholstery cleaners; floor strippers; floor cleaners; floor finish chemicals; floor sealers; floor preparation chemicals; ice film neutralizer; dust mop treatment; and liquids, aerosols, powders. 19 O’Dell Corporation P.O. Box 540 Ware Shoals, SC 29646 USA Toll Free: 800-342-2843 Email: Website: Products: Wet mops, dust mops, handles, brushes, janitor carts, microfiber, echoMop, The Edge Mop, The Patriot Mop, frames, janitorial accessories. 12

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Osborn 1100 Resource Dr., Suite 1 Brooklyn Heights, OH 44131 USA Toll Free: 800-720-3358 Phone: 216-361-1900 Email: Website: Products: Push brooms, upright brooms, handles, squeegees, angle brooms, whisk brushes, counter dusters, bowl brushes, fountain brushes, car wash brushes, tire cleaning brushes, nail brushes, scrub brushes, scratch brushes, paintbrushes, artists brushes, paint rollers and roller frames. 14 Padco Inc. 3501 Broadway St., N.E. Minneapolis, MN 55413 USA Phone: 612-378-7270 Toll Free: 800-328-5513 Email: Website: Company Officers: Anna MacCormick, CEO; Edward Goldstein, President Products: Paint pads, paint rollers, floor finish applicators, painting accessories and trays. 19 Paint Brush Corporation P. O. Box 371 27 W. Cherry St. Vermillion, SD 57069 USA Phone: 605-624-8601 Email: Website: Products: Natural and synthetic bristle paintbrushes, and automotive parts cleaning brushes. 15 Patrick Yarn Mills, Inc. 501 York Rd. Kings Mountain, NC 28086 USA Phone: 704-739-4119 Email: Website: 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 Group, Muhamma Alappuzha, Kerala 688525 INDIA Phone: 91 478 2862344 / 2863593 Email: Website: Company Officers: 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). 19 PelRay International Co., a division of Brush Fibers, Inc. 4511 Macro San Antonio, TX 78218 USA Phone: 210-757-4640 Email: Website:; Company Officers: Chris Monahan, CEO; Bart Pelton, President; Ron Cherryholmes, Vice President Products: As of April 1, 2019, Brush Fibers, Inc., acquired PelRay International Company. Now, PelRay can offer its customers a complete line of natural fibers with additional product lines to serve all cleaning industry supply needs. From natural fibers (broomcorn, African grass, palmyra and Tampico) to mop yarn (blended, cotton, rayon, natural or dyed) to OEM products made to customer specifications (angle broom heads, corn brooms or mops) to handles (wood or metal), PelRay has it available and can ship in mixed loads to help customers manage their inventories better. Need items shipped with bar codes already on the box or item? PelRay can do that too, and box them to meet customers’ specifications. For those customers looking for products “made in the USA,” PelRay can supply poplar and pine handles as well as imported FSCcertified pine handles. The company also stocks an extensive inventory for artisans and crafters who need unprocessed “craft” broomcorn, wire, stitching needles, twine and more. 19 Pennellificio 2000 Via Biagi 10 46019 Viadana, (MN) ITALY Phone: +39 328 0096893 Email: Website: Company Officers: Silvia Orlandini, Owner and Export Manager Products: Paintbrushes: flat brushes and block brushes; radiator brushes; spalter/ decoration brushes; paint rollers: acrylic, polyester, polyamide, velour and microfiber, 7- and 9-inches plus other sizes, with many kinds of fibers and with plastic

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY ergonomic handles or rubber handles/grips; decorative accessories including tampons, rollers and sponges. 18 Perfex Corporation 32 Case St. Poland, NY 13431 USA Phone: 315-826-3600 Email: Website: Products: Cleanroom mopping systems, cleanroom mops, color-coded brooms and brushes, hygienic material handling tools, laboratory brushes, natural fiber brooms and chisel brooms. 18 PFERD INC. 9201 W. Heather Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53224 USA Toll Free: 800-342-9015 Email: Website: 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 (M-BRAD®). 17 Plasticfibre S.P.A. Via Emilia 309A 40011 Anzola Emilia (BO) ITALY Phone: +39-051-739762 Website: 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. 11 Pogliani SRL Via Volta 7/A 23845 Costa Masnaga (LC) ITALY Phone: 0039 031856986 Email: Website: Company Officers: Giovanni Antonio Pogliani, Managing Director; Carlo Pogliani, Member of the Board; Mara Viganó, Sales

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Manager; Claudia Rigamonti, Customer Service; Daniela Proserpio, Customer Service; Maria Pogliani, Customer Service Products: All kinds of raw materials for the brush, broom and paintbrush industries. This includes wires, synthetic filaments, and natural fibers. 19 Precision Brush Company 6700 Parkland Blvd. Solon, OH 44124 USA Phone: 440-542-9600 Website: Products: The technology, expertise and experience to satisfy industrial brush requirements. 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 doughnuts. From food processing, steel processing, glass manufacturing, pharmaceutical production and data cable management—Precision is a provider of custom industrial brushes that can handle the demands of nearly any industry. The manufacturing capabilities of 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 Premier Mop & Broom 2395 Railroad St. Corona, CA 92880 USA Toll Free: 800-959-3402 Email: Website: Company Officer: Tom Buckles, President Products: Premier Mop & Broom is a full-line manufacturer of wet mops, dust mops, corn brooms and related products. It specializes in manufacturing custom private label products made to customer specifications. The company has been manufacturing products in the USA for over 65 years. 19 Proveedora Mexicana de Monofilamentos, S.A. de C.V. (PMM) Oriente 217 No. 190 Agricola Oriental 08500 Mexico City MEXICO Phone: 00 5255 5763 86 63

Email: Website: Company Officers: Enrique Mejia, General Manager; Dennise Silva, Sales Manager 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. 18 Purdy 101 Prospect Ave. Cleveland, OH 44115 USA Toll Free: 800-547-0780 Email: Website: 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 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 its 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 “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 lightweight frame is available in 14- and 26 1/2-inch lengths, as well as a complete assortment of 4 1/2- and 6 1/2inch jumbo mini-roller replacement covers. 11 Quickie Manufacturing Corp. 1150 Taylors Lane Cinnaminson, NJ 08077 USA Phone: 856-829-7900 Website: Products: Brooms, mops, sponges, buckets, dusters, brushes, plungers, and microfiber towels. 14

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY Reit Price Company 522 W. Chestnut St. Union City, IN 47390 USA Phone: 765-964-3252 Email: Website: Products: Wet mops, dust mops, handles, corn brooms, microfiber mopping pads, and microfiber cleaning towels. 13 Remco Products 4735 W. 106th St. Zionsville, IN 46077 USA Phone: 317-876-9856 Website: 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 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® color-coded hygienic brooms, brushes and squeegees. The brooms and brushes feature a solid polypropylene block and polyester bristles that are held in place with stainless steel staples. With block and bristle of the same color, they are autoclavable, sterilizable and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and bristle types. In addition to fixed head and swivel neck squeegees, an ultra hygiene squeegee is also available. The single-blade design of this squeegee discourages bacterial growth. These products can be purchased with Remco’s selection of European-thread handles that are of varying lengths, materials and colors. 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. P. O. Box 10247 7446 Central Ave. Detroit, MI 48210-0247 USA

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Phone: 313-834-1070 Toll-Free: 800-642-7874 Website: 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 Email: Products: Paint roller covers made of lambskin, microfiber, kodel, lambswool, 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-ityourself markets. Providing top quality paint rollers and painting accessories for the professional and do-it-yourself markets for over 50 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. 19 Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Inc. 8900 Northpointe Executive Dr. Huntersville, NC 28078-4857 USA Phone: 704-987-4777 Website: Products: A manufacturer serving worldwide commercial and institutional markets. The company is involved with such product categories as foodservice, sanitary maintenance, waste handling, material transport, washroom and safety. 14 Sanderson MacLeod 1199 South Main St. Palmer, MA 01069 USA Phone: 866-522-3481; 413-283-3481 Website: Products: Specializing solely in twistedwire brushes. It is a large volume contract manufacturer of medical and dental brushes, firearm brushes, cleaning brushes and cosmetic brushes. It is also the inventor of the Z-Tip, 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 operates out of a 137,000-square-foot facility with an FDA-compliant quality control lab. Engineering custom brushes is the company’s specialty. 11 Schaefer Brush Mfg., LLC 1101 S. Prairie Ave. Waukesha, WI 53186 USA Phone: 262-547-3500 Website: Products: Experts in twisted-in-wire, staple set and hand drawn brushes since 1905. Custom or specialty brushes, exclusively designed and made for many Schaefer customers, represents a growing part of the company’s business. It offers a full line catalog of standard in stock items as well. Schaefer works with customers in the development of a brush perfectly suited to a specific application. The company’s SVECO Linear Cleaning units fit well in many applications, from woodworking to conveyor cleaning. S-VECO units are unique with their ultra-high linear brush speed, creating a centrifugal force which, combined with the opening of the brush pattern as the brush courses around the sheaves, aids in throwing off all the particulate it has swept across the object being cleaned. The debris captured can be released to a specific collection point, such as a dumpster or vacuum chute. 16 Schlesinger Maschinenbau GmbH ForststraBe 3 Burgwald, Hessen 35099 GERMANY Phone: 0049-6451-719180 Email: Website: Products: Brush production machinery; automatic 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 SDI Wholesale, Inc. 7880 Airway Rd. B-10 San Diego, CA 92154 USA Toll Free: 888-751-2481 Website: Products: EPA-certified silver impregnated

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY microfiber towels. Kills bacteria on contact. Hi-end microfiber mop hardware, mop pads, string mops, and tube mops also offered as well as detergents, EPA products, and low cost microfiber towels. Direct importer. 16 Shanghai Jiasheng Products Co., LTD 33 Lane, Huanqiao Rd., Pudong Shanghai Shanghai 201315 CHINA Phone: +86-21-50890438 Website: Products: Shanghai Jiasheng Products is a onestop source for high quality professional cleaning products with competitive prices and good service. The company offers a variety of dust mops and wet mops, covering the full range of yarns, styles and prices. Also offered are floor squeegees, window squeegees, mop wringer buckets, janitor carts, service carts, trash bins, floor signs, mop and broom accessories, mop sticks, sponge mops, microfiber mops and cloths, trash pickers, wool dusters, dust pans and brooms, brushes, etc. The company also offers OEM and R&D services. 15 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 Website: 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. Founded in 1996, headquartered in Shanghai. Manufactured products come in various kinds and are kept updated. 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. 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

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Phone: 772-287-1313 Website: Products: Brushes, mops, brooms, handles, and cleaning chemicals. 09 SIBO Engineering Via A. Di Dio, 215 28877 Ornavasso (VB) ITALY Phone: +39 0323 837205 Email: Website: Products: Customized machines for the production of paintbrushes, hair brushes, brooms, broom sticks and other wooden articles. 18 Sieko Brushware (India) Sieko House, 4/15, Bagichi St. Vishwas Nagar, Shahdara, Dehli - 110032 INDIA Phone: +91 11 45645617 Email:,, Products: Manufacturer, exporter, trader and importer of brushware and related items. 17 S.M. Arnold, Inc. 7901 Michigan Ave. St. Louis, MO 63111 USA Phone: 314-544-4103 Email: Website: Company Officers: Joe Arnold, President; Sandford Arnold, Executive Vice President Products: Scrub brushes, wash brushes, push brooms, upright brooms, floor squeegees, counter dusters, dust pans, sheepskin chamois, Water Sprite drying cloth, microfiber towels and cloths, wool buffing pads, foam buffing and polishing pads, wash mops and more. 19 Spiral Brushes Inc. 1355 Commerce Dr. Stow, OH 44224 USA Toll Free: 800-888-2861 Phone: 330-686-2861 Email: Website: Products: Industrial brushes, standard power brushes and custom brushes; metal back strip and cylinder brushes. Fibers include: steel wire, stainless steel wire, brass wire, bronze wire; synthetic fiber including nylon, polypropylene, abrasive nylon; and natural fiber including tampico and horsehair. 19 St. Nick Brush Co. P. O. Box 15 Burton, OH 44021 USA

Toll Free: 800-798-1269 Website: 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, specializing in African Bass Street Brooms. Products listed as hardwood brush and broom blocks: shoe handle, scratch brush, bagel block, floor sweep, street broom, deck scrub and all types of scrub brush blocks. 14 Stainless Steel Products 561-T Acorn St. Deer Park, NY 11729 USA Phone: 631-243-1500 Email: Website: Company Officers: Ralph Rosenbaum, Melissa Rosenbaum Products: Serving the brush industry with high value wire since 1997. Offering crimped, straight, cut-to-length, stranded, coiled, and spooled wire on specialty packages as needed. Most ferrous and non-ferrous alloys offered. Manufacturing capabilities include—stocking round wire: 0.0020”-0.375”; drawing round wire: 0.0080”-0.3125”; roll flat wire thickness x width: 0.0040”-0.250” x 0.0060”-0.250”; and, straighten and cut: diameter 0.003” to 0.500”, lengths: 0.020” to 12 ft. 18 Sunlarge Industries Private Limited 282/1/C Bommasandra Jigani Link Rd. Kiad Industrial Area Bengaluru, Karnataka 560105 INDIA Phone: +91 80 29795139 Website: Products: Polyester, polyamide, polybutyleneterephthalate, polypropylene, and specialty polymer. 17 Super Sweep Inc. 20 Railroad St. Huntington Station, NY 11746 USA Phone: 631-223-8205 Email: Website:

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY Products: Super Sweep all aluminum broom handle to accommodate 16”-48” brushes, and Super Sweep mini for 6”-12” brushes. Other products include 10” scrub brushes, 16”-18”24” street brushes, 18”-24”-30”-36”-48” brushes, maroon poly, black poly, brown poly, palmyra poly, palmyra, gray and orange flagged, tampico and horsehair brushes. Super Sweeper cement bracket (button or threaded) with 24”-36”-48” cement brush also available, as well as Super Squeegee in black neoprene or gray EPDM, straight blade or notched in 18”24”-30”-36”. 16 Suzhou SUIKING Electric Co. Ltd. 1502 S. Runjie Mansion, No. 9 Dengwei Rd. Suzhou, Jiangsu 215011 CHINA Phone: +86-512-65113989 Email: Website: Products: A supplier of vacuum cleaners and vacuum cleaner accessories in China. The company makes floor nozzles, tubes, HEPA filters and bags. It does OEM and ODM for various brands/customers. It has two factories and a combined work force of 200, with over 20 injection molding machines and several production lines. 19 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 Email: Website: 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 Tanis, Inc. 3660 Kettle Ct. East Delafield, WI 53018 USA Phone: 262-646-9000 Email: Website: Company Officers: Scott Tanis, President; Mark Kappes, COO; Jeff Miller, CFO Products: Stock and custom brush products. Global customer base includes OEM, distributors and industrial end-users in industries such as aerospace, automotive, agriculture, construction equipment, food

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service equipment, medical, printing, packaging, and more. Technology platforms include staple set, metal back strip, twistedin-wire and composite brushes. 19 Thomas Textile Company P. O. Box 35697 Charlotte, NC 28235 USA Phone: 704-342-9200 Products: Cotton and rayon blend mop yarns on ball warps, cones, and large singleend wheels. 12 Unimac S.r.l. Via C. Colombo, 22 41013 Castelfranco Emilia (MO) ITALY Phone: + 39.059.932664 Website: Products: Unimac power brush manufacturing equipment and metal handle manufacturing equipment. Unimac produces machinery and technology used to manufacture crimped-wire power brushes as well as twisted-knot power brushes made in various formats: wheel brushes, cup brushes, end bruishes, wafer brushes as well as quality control equipment for power brushes, machinery to convert wire from spools to cut-tolength bundles and equipment for crimping wire and converted into spools that are then fed into power brush manufacturing 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 tube-mill can also be used in other applications to produce tubes for other products ( 19 United Rotary Brush 15607 W. 100th Ter. Lenexa, KS 66219 USA Toll Free: 800-851-5108 Email: Website: Products: Street sweeper brooms, gutter brooms, wafers, cassettes, and sweeper parts. 18 Vonco Products, LLC. 10826 250th Ave. Trevor, WI 53179 USA Phone: 262-298-7201 Toll Free: 800-323-9077 Email: Website:

Products: Vonco designs and manufactures high-performance flexible packaging products. Since 1955, it has created customized solutions in materials, bag, pouch and sleeve design, seals and closures. The company moves from concept to production totally inhouse to satisfy end-customer goals and needs. These in-house services, which include tooling and die design, support speed to market and a one-stop process, facilitating ease of doing business. Packaging products include: liquid tight seals; fitments/spouts; customized pouches/ bags/sleeves; features compartments, steamer, perforation, closures (tape, glue, zipper); air pressure resistance; leak-proof seals; shapes; and rollstock. Vonco also provides speed to market—from concept to commercialization; low tooling and die costs and low minimums; flexo printing on unsupported or laminated structures; sustainable packaging; and sample service. 16 Weiler Abrasives One Weiler Dr. Cresco, PA 18326 USA Toll Free: 800-835-9999 Email: Website: 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. 19 Whitley Monahan Handle Co. 3827 Whitley Rd. Midland, NC 28107 USA Phone: 704-888-2625 Email: Website: Company Officers: Patrick Peebles, President; Jim Monahan, Vice President of Sales; Lorraine Peebles, Secretary/Treasurer Products: Whitley Monahan Handle offers a complete line of wood handles for the broom, mop, brush and specialty trade. It manufactures handles in a modern plant located in Midland, NC. The company has capabilities to manufacture wood handles from 15 inch lengths to 12 feet, in diameter from 3/4-inch up to 1 1/4 inch. It can lacquer finish with end treatments of tapers, threads, and metal threads. The company can also label and pack to specifications. 19

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY Wöhler Brush Tech GmbH Wöhler-Platz 2 33181 Bad Wünnenberg GERMANY Phone: 0049 2953 73 300 Email: Website: Company Officers: Matthias Peveling, Managing Director Dipl. - Ing. Products: Strip brush machines; roll brush machines; power brush machines; street sweeper brush machines; dental and polishing brush machines; twisted-in-wire brush machines; paintbrush and roller machines; brush trimming machines; machines for crimping, cutting and bundling of brushes and filaments. 19 Wolf Filaments (Shenzhen Tidy-Feel Filaments Co., Ltd.) No. 255-1 Jintian Rd., Tiantou, Pingshan New District Shenzhen, 518118 CHINA Mobile: +86 (0)138 2520 3390 Email: Skype: tidyfeel Website: Products: A supplier of industrial abrasive filaments, nylon filaments without abrasive, and other high-quality monofilaments. 13 WOMA (Wood Machinery Daniel Koehler) Am Langen Streif 8 Bad Salzungen 36433 GERMANY Phone: +49 (0) 3695 858450-0 Email: Website: Company Officers: Daniel Koehler, General Manager; Maria Koehler, Sales Manager Products: Second hand machines for brush industries; second hand wood working machines. 18 WOMAtec Maschinenbau GmbH Am Langen Streif 8 Bad Salzungen 36433 GERMANY Phone: +49 (0) 3695 858450-0 Email: Website: Company Officers: Daniel Koehler, General Manager; Maria Koehler, Sales Manager Products: New brush machines. Special machines and strip brush machines. 18 Wool Shop 21935 Hwy. E Grant City, MO 64456 USA Toll Free: 800-635-8921 Email: Website: Products: Lambswool dusters, lambswool

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dust mops, 6.5 foot, 9 foot, 13 foot, and 25 foot lambswool telescopic angle dusters, lambswool ceiling fan dusters, and ostrich feather dusters. 19 Wooster Brush Company, The 604 Madison Ave. Wooster, OH 44691 USA Phone: 330-264-4440 Email: Website: Products: Wooster is known for its tradition of innovation, and introduces new products each year for professional and DIY painters alike. Its catalog of over 2,000 products includes brand names such as Alpha™, Chinex® FTP™, and Ultra/Pro® paintbrushes; Super/Fab® and Pro/Doo-Z® roller covers; Sherlock® frames and extension poles; the JumboKoter® miniroller system; the Pelican® hand-held paint pail; and the Lock Jaw™ tool holder. 16 Worldwide Integrated Resources 7171 Telegraph Rd. Montibello, CA 90640 USA Toll Free: 800-441-6448 Email: Website: Products: Metal and plastic hardware, dust pans, self-wringing 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 Email: Website: Products: Specialty brush manufacturing. Staple set, wheels, strip, cylinders, hand and machine brushes. All mediums–natural, synthetic, and wire. Can work in wood, plastic, and leather back. Custom and contract runs invited. Company uses quick change, computerized equipment. 12 Zahoransky AG Anton-Zahoransky-Strasse 1 Todtnau 79674 GERMANY Phone: +49 7671 997 0 Email: Website: Products: As an internationally active, fullrange provider in engineering, automation, and injection molding technology, Zahoransky constructs machines for four different business

areas: automation, mold construction, as well as packaging and brush machines. Molds–From design to production, Zahoransky offers everything under one roof. This includes technical consulting on usage as well as feasibility analysis. The company rounds off its range of services with product optimizations that are tailored to the needs of the client. This allows Zahoransky injection molds to reach optimal performance, precision, quality, and reliability. And these are vital parameters for seamless production, using a Zahoransky injection mold or complete production line. Automation–The integration of up- and downstream work steps is crucial to improving efficiency in injection mold-related manufacturing processes. Therefore, Zahoransky worked out a very simple success formula: tool plus machine plus control equals greater efficiency. The intelligent (inter) connection of tools, machines, and control elements is key. With its solutions for the integrated automation of plastic and metalprocessing manufacturing processes, Zahoransky offers a vital benefit in packaging, medical tech-nology, and personal care. Oral Care–With top-innovations for the toothbrush industry, and a full-range provider of all technologies to produce interdental, hand, and electric toothbrushes, Zahoransky assumes a unique, leading position on the global market. From individual machines and tufts to final processing and interlinked production lines, Zahoransky’s range of machines offers a host of different options to produce electric and hand toothbrushes. Technical & Household Brushes–As strong as a Z. TIGER, smooth as a Z.PARD, industrious as a Z.WASP, mindful as a Z.LYNX, agile as a Z.SPIDER, fast as a Z.SAILFIN, and brave as a Z.LION, the Zahoransky broom and brush machines have the right traits to meet discerning demands. Whether drilling, tufting, or trimming, Zahoransky has the right machine to produce first-class brushes. Cosmetic–It’s quite probable that a beauty-conscious person from anywhere on the globe embellishes his or her daily life with Zahoransky-related products. Women in particular use many brushes for their daily beauty routines: seven brushes on average. Whether to brush their teeth and hair, or to apply mascara or nail polish, Zahoransky develops and produces machines and units to manufacture these beauty products with quality

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2019 | SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY and efficiency. Packaging–Whether deep drawing, sealing, or punching out, with its German brand of quality and precision, Zahoransky pack-aging machines offer flexibility, productivity, and cost-efficient production. Easy sample changes provide versatility. Combine this with great output numbers and low tool costs, and the various models guarantee the efficient and safe packaging of products. 19 Zahoransky USA, Inc. 1601 Atlantic Dr., Suite 133 West Chicago, IL 60185 USA Phone: 630-507-9872 Email: Website: Company Officers: Steve Bellocchio, Vice President of Sales and Service; Eva Rotolo, Chief Administrative Officer/Spare Parts Products: A full-line supplier of injection molding tools, automated solutions, final packaging machines, tufting and shearing

machines for brushes and brooms in markets such as oral care, health care and beauty, industrial, household and consumer. 19 Zelazoski Wood Products, Inc. P. O. Box 506 835 Ninth Ave. Antigo, WI 54409 USA Phone: 715-627-4804 Website: Products: Complete line of wooden brush and broom blocks - molded, shaped, and/or turned, finished or plain, manufactured according to customers’ specifications. The company can 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 using lumber harvested from managed North American forests. 19 Zephyr Manufacturing Co. 200 Mitchell Rd. Sedalia, MO 65301 USA Phone: 660-827-0352 Email: Website: Company Officers: R.J. Lindstrom, President Products: Zephyr offers a complete selection of wet mops and dry mops covering the full range of fibers, styles, and prices. Also offered are brooms, brushes and specialty products, handles, frames, dusters, mop sticks and many related items. 16


New Partnership Between The Boucherie Borghi Group And Cobem s.r.l.

The Boucherie Borghi Group has announced that a close partnership has been formed thanks to an ongoing collaboration of the past several years with CO.B.EM s.r.l. This has resulted in a partial acquisition of the Tuscan company by the Boucherie Borghi Group. Cobem, based in Larciano, Tuscany, Italy, designs and builds machines for mop production. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Cobem offers a wide range of machines, from manually operated to fully automatic with high hourly productivity, paying particular attention to the components used and the quality of the finished products. The president of Cobem, Piero Baldacci, said, "It is still important to us that our company maintains its identity,

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growth. The Boucherie Borghi Group will utilize the skills of the Cobem technicians to offer technical support service for Borghi mop machines, along with storing spare parts at Cobem, increasing our service levels for all our mop equipment."

based on flexibility and absolute willingness to meet the needs of the customer, in order to continue the path that has brought us to be the current Cobem.” Paolo Roversi, president of Borghi S.p.A., said, "We are confident that this new partnership will benefit both companies. Cobem's skillfulness and experience will enhance our offerings to mop manufacturers, and our sales network will be ready to present the new opportunities the Boucherie Borghi Group offers regarding mop manufacturing technology.” Glauco Generali, board member of the Boucherie Borghi Group, also added, “Both companies in this partnership will have opportunities for

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Event At ABMA Brings Together A Wealth Of Experience And Ideas

One benefit to belonging to a trade association is getting the opportunity to learn from others within a specific type of business and/or industry. Capitalizing on the wealth of experience many of its members possess, the American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) hosted a “Meet The Pros — An Interactive Industry Roundtable Event.” The program was part of the 102nd ABMA Annual Convention, which took place March 20-23 in The Bahamas. During the two hour “Meet The Pros” roundtable event, several ABMA-member industry experts, seated at their own large round tables, discussed specific topics, and welcomed interaction among participants. Attendees were able to rotate between tables every 10 or so minutes, in a completely open format. BBM MAGAZINE | May/June 2019

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Industry experts led roundtable discussions during the “Meet The Pros” event at the 2019 ABMA Annual Convention.

Topics and the industry experts who led each discussion were:

• Thriving As A Small Business Against Large Competitors. Moderator: R.J. Lindstrom, of Zephyr Mfg. Co., Sedalia, MO; • There’s An App For That! Moderators: Carlos Petzold and Miguel Medrano, both of Borghi USA/Bodam International, Aberdeen, MD; • Establishing And Utilizing An Outside Board Of Directors For Your Closely Held Business. Moderator: Jeff Malish, of The Malish Corporation, Mentor, OH; • Unique Strategies For Employee Retention And Hiring Practices. Moderator: Enrique Mejia, of PMM, Mexico City, Mexico; • New Methods For Improving Shop Floor Safety And Security. Moderator: Mark Scagliarini, of Pioneer Packaging Inc., Chicopee, MA; • Succession Planning For The Shop Floor. Moderator: Tina Burnet, of Freudenberg Household Products (FHP) LP, Aurora, IL; • Employee Personality Testing And Screening. Moderator: Jim Benjamin, of Precision Brush, Solon, OH; and, • Best Practices For Reducing Your Carbon Footprint, While At The Same Time Delivering A Return On Your Investment. Moderator: Connie McKinney, of The Sherwin-Williams Company/Purdy, Cleveland, OH. “I would like to thank all of our moderators for their hard work in helping put this program together,” Incoming ABMA President Scott Enchelmaier, of The Industrial Brush Co., Fairfield, NJ, said, at the start of the event. “There are a lot of really smart people in this room.” PG 54


ith a history that dates to 1927, Zephyr Manufacturing is currently led by R.J. Lindstrom, a fourth-generation family member now at the company’s helm. Lindstrom has been with Zephyr full-time since 2008, and was named president in 2010. During that time, he has seen many company consolidations within the cleaning products industry. It is in that environment Zephyr, a producer of mop and broom products, continues to compete. “We are a small, family-owned business that deals with larger competition every day. The question that constantly must be asked is, ‘What can we do to not only survive, but make money and remain a healthy family business?’” Lindstrom said. “Today, it doesn’t seem to matter if you are talking about a supplier, distributor, customer or competitor — they are all getting bigger. Small companies are disappearing. It’s the way the business world appears to be heading. You can have four customers that all of a sudden become one company. Selling to larger customers can be very different from selling to smaller ones.” In that type of challenging setting, Lindstrom said it’s important his company’s employees look for ways to establish an edge in the marketplace for Zephyr. He listed four specific areas that have helped. They are:


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n Find your niche — “No matter what type of market, there always seem to be commodity products available with no price bottom. It’s really hard to make money if you only sell those types of items,” Lindstrom said. “For example, if all I wanted to sell were cotton cut-end mops, my margins would pretty much be zero. I would be competing with everybody else who makes that same product. Fortunately, at Zephyr, we have a lot of products that our larger competitors are not willing to develop. Many of those items help us solve customers’ problems. “(Zephyr) offers different yarns, different sizes of items and we will private label.

We work to solve whatever problems a customer may have. That adds a lot of value as we go to market. I feel smaller companies

are often much better at satisfying the need for niche products, compared to larger businesses.” n Provide greater responsiveness, customer service and general communication — According to Lindstrom, many smaller businesses succeed due to the simple act of quickly responding to inquiries, often within a day. “We have customers tell us that it will take another company at

family-owned businesses share is the opportunity for younger family members to learn from the previous generation, according to Lindstrom. “As a member of the younger generation, you tend to learn a lot more about the company’s products and services offered to customers,” he said. “Also, I have found that our employees know a lot more, because they tend to stick around longer in a family business. Everybody in my office has been at (Zephyr Manufacturing) for at least eight years, and some upward R.J. Lindstrom to 20. They know a lot about our products.

“At Zephyr, our people can add their experiences to the conversation with customers. least a week to get back to them. To me, that is crazy. Whether That helps attract a lot of business that we may a customer is asking a really hard or easy not receive otherwise.” Several people seated at Lindstrom’s roundtable presentation question, it’s important to at least acknowledge agreed, adding that small companies also tend to offer shorter that you, as a company, are working to solve lead times, and can make quicker businesses decisions due to hierarchy. his/her problem,” he said. “As a smaller lessIt was also noted by a person at the roundtable that sometimes, company, it’s also important to not have any when a larger company purchases a smaller business, a number of systems in place that will get in the way of a the lesser selling items that the recently purchased company has sold for years are discontinued. The focus, after the purchase, is customer properly reaching that company. It often centered on bigger ticket items. However, that process can often

seems when I try to contact a representative of a large company, there is a ‘phone tree’ in the way. You have to hit ‘1’ and then ‘2’ and then leave a message. You often don’t really know who has received that message, and if he/she is ever going to call you back. “When a person calls our company during business hours, he/she will talk with a live person who, not only answers the phone, but who can truly be helpful. If our representative doesn’t know the answer, he/she can direct the caller to the right person for help.” n Tout the benefits of working with a company that offers a small, often family company culture — According to Lindstrom, another benefit of working with a smaller company is that the chain of command in decision making is often much shorter.

“Many smaller companies can act quicker on important issues, which ultimately can lead to better service,” he said. “Also, a smaller company is

generally not as concerned about quarterly profits. They have the luxury of looking further down the road. Not everything is about making money immediately. “As a company, if you are more concerned about keeping your books looking good for October than solving a customer’s long range problem, that may change the way you react to a lot of things.” n Showcase the market knowledge and experience exhibited by your company leaders and employees — One trait many BBM MAGAZINE | May/June 2019

upset many longtime customers. Lindstrom agreed, adding, “When it comes to companies that sell brushes, mops and/or brooms, I feel product diversity is often more important than it is in certain other industries. There are bigger companies, however, that focus on the volume of big-ticket items, and don’t care as much about the lesser selling items, which often fall by the wayside. “A lot of times, however, it’s all tied together. A good customer may be buying close to 100 percent of the products that a company sells.”


obile apps have become increasingly popular, providing a variety of services, products and programs for users of such mobile devices as smartphones, tablets and smartwatches. Some apps are free, while others come with a charge. The variety of apps available today, however, seems endless, as demonstrated by Carlos Petzold and Miguel Medrano, both of brush, broom and mop machinery manufacturer/supplier Borghi USA/Bodam International. From finding the closest Italian restaurant to booking the best value hotel room to learning another language — there is an app for that — and much more, according to Petzold and Medrano. Among that apps they highlighted, under the following categories, were:


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n App: XE Currency / Function: Real-time live currency exchange; n App: Zelle / Function: Send and receive money directly to/from a bank account; and, n App: Venmo / Function: Send and receive money to specific people.


n App: Camera Translator / Function: Translate photo, document, text into any language; n App: WhatsApp / Function: Free messaging and calling app by using internet connection; n App: Skype / Function: Talk, chat and collaborate to stay connected with people; n App: WeChat / Function: Voice/video, text, photo, location sharing messaging; and, n App: Google Translate AI / Function: Quick and effective text, speech and camera translations.


n App: Measure / Function: Augmented Reality (AR) technology to turn a device into a tape measure and level; n App: Decibel X / Function: Noise meter for pre-calibrated measurements and sound pressure levels; and, n App: Electrical Calculations LITE / Function: Over 100 electrical, fuse, pinout and resistor convergences.

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n App: FlightStats / Function: Real-time flight status, alerts, information and airport tracking; n App: Hopper / Function: Monitor airline prices; n App: / Function: Search for hotels, motels and vacation homes for best accommodations; n App: Waze / Function: Live GPS navigation informing regarding traffic, construction delays, police, accidents and more; and, n App: Rome2Rio / Function: Find travel options/ accommodations including airline, train, bus, ferry, etc., between global destinations.


n App: RoboForm / Function: Password manager for logging and securely archiving passwords; n App: NordVPN / Function: Provides safe, secure and private internet access with advanced VPN (Virtual Private Networks); n App: Adobe Scan / Function: Instant PDF scanner for receipts, documents, business cards etc.; n App: Trello / Function: Helps organize/plan projects, vacations, company events, etc.; n App: Parking Panda / Function: Quickly search and reserve a parking spot; and, n App: SpotHero / Function: Access to thousands of garages, lots and valets to reserve a parking spot.

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n App: PeakVisor / Function: 3D maps, elevations, trails, compass, guides for outdoor activities/hikes; n App: Slopes / Function: Track speed, distance, vertical,


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lift/trail time on ski/snowboarding slopes; n App: Jump / Function: Rent electric bicycles in cities; n App: Headspace / Function: Health and mindful meditation to remove stress and bring wellness and balance; and, n App: Duolingo / Function: Over 30 languages to learn and improve with easy/fun interactive games/exercises. n App: OpenTable / Function: Book, update or cancel reservations for over 45,000 restaurants around the world; n App: Fooducate / Function: Nutrition and ingredient analysis tracker for hundreds of thousands of foods; and, n App: Vivino / Function: Scan, learn, review, rate and track world’s largest wine library.


Other apps mentioned by participants during the roundtable presentation included: n App: GasBuddy / Function: Provides real-time fuel price information, station locations and station offerings, ratings and reviews. GasBuddy’s payment service, Pay with GasBuddy, allows users to save money on gas that they purchase at participating stations; n App: The Swiss Army Knife / Function: Features a set of tools including flashlight, unit converter, timer, stop watch, compass, level, calculator, magnifying glass, mirror and ruler; n App: Google Flights / Function: Serves as an online flight booking search that facilitates the purchase of airline tickets through third-party suppliers; n App: Find My Friends / Function: Allows one person to track the location of another person after approval by the one who is being tracked. The app is often used to track the location of family members, friends and/or employees; n App: MySugr / Function: Helps the user monitor his/her blood sugar levels; and, n App: Hello Vino / Function: A virtual wine buying assistant, including recommendations for food and wine pairings and for special occasions, as well as personalized wine picks based on taste preferences. Petzold spoke more about specific apps that he has found helpful while traveling. “With FlightStats, you can connect with different airlines to pick the best flight. What is really great about the app is that it shows where your plane is located while it’s in the air,” he said. “You can

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see if that plane took off on time as it heads to your airport. “I also like Parking Panda, which allows you to make a prepaid reservation at many parking garages. That is really helpful if you are going to an event where parking may be an issue.” Petzold also spoke of Adobe Scan, an app which allows a smartphone to work as a scanner. “You can scan a page and sign it (with a specific type of pen), which then becomes an official document,” he said. The app can capture such items as receipts, forms, pictures, business cards and notes. Using built-in Optical Character Recognition (OCR), it can transform those items into smart PDFs. “I also like Google Translate, which allows the user to type in words in one language and then find their meaning in another language,” Petzold said.


very company needs proper guidance. That is especially true when it comes to deciding the direction of the business as well as the making of key decisions. Jeff Malish, of The Malish Corporation, which produces brushes and related items, discussed the merits of establishing and utilizing an outside board of directors. According to Malish, a strong outside board of directors will often be able to properly challenge company leaders and help them see the benefits of doing some things differently. “Outside board members can bring with them added experiences and knowledge to help with specific issues that may be impeding a company’s Jeff Malish growth,” Malish said. Furthermore, growth within a company can take a leader out of his/her comfort zone. A company can also outgrow a leader’s skill set, he added. Members of a strong board will often exhibit certain skills that (a company leader) may not have, and thus help that leader better navigate through the growth of a business. “No one knows everything,” Malish said. “The sooner you can admit that, the sooner you can hire people smarter than yourself in certain areas of business to help.”


He said that an

Prior to forming a board, Malish recommended the topic should be discussed with a company’s legal counsel to determine what is right for that individual company. There is also a difference between a “board of advisors” and a “board of directors.” “A board of advisors is made up of just that, ‘advisors.’ There is no legal or fiduciary responsibility. A board of directors, however, has legal and fiduciary responsibilities,” Malish said. “Even if you choose an advisory board, you should use them like a board of directors. They are there to help you. They are there to provide good advice.” One of the first steps to selecting a board is determining its size. According to Malish, five to six members is usually a good size. Too many board members can become cumbersome.

“Many experts advise having 75 to 80 percent of your board members to be considered ‘outsiders.’ Those are people who are truly not affiliated with your company, as opposed to shareholders, family members and/or employvees. That percentage may depend on how many shareholders

you have, and which shareholders want to also be on the board. If you have three or four shareholders on the board, I suggest also having at least four ‘outside’ board members. You need that balance for true outside input,” Malish said.

”I would not recommend having paid advisors on your board, such as your accountants, attorneys, etc. You are

already paying those people for their advice in their areas of expertise. Why pay them twice?

“It’s also important to choose people with solid track records. They should have experience in similar sized companies, preferably just a bit larger than yours. People who have only worked for extremely large corporations, however, may have a hard time

relating to smaller businesses.

Make sure they have useful connections in the business world. Recruit from other industries. That will give you more diverse thinkers with different experiences. Select diverse areas of expertise.”

Malish provided brief biographies of his company’s nonshareholder outside board members. They include an entrepreneur who owns a manufacturing company; a CFO of a business; a vice president of sales & marketing from a noncompeting supplier to the brush industry; an attorney specializing in international business law; and, a general manager of a multinational company.

outside board of directors can also enhance a company’s credibility, as well as the “It’s important to select board members who credibility of its leaders. In addition, those can make up for your company’s weaknesses,” board members can provide important access to Malish said. “Make sure they agree with your business philosophy resources and contacts, including potential and culture, however, you don’t want ‘yes men,’ but rather people are willing to challenge you.” strategic partners, customers and sources of who One question that often comes up when looking into the financing. possibility of establishing an outside board is where to find good BBM MAGAZINE | May/June 2019

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candidates. According to Malish, that is where a company’s paid advisors can come into play. “Your attorney and/or accountant often work in vast networks that involve many good people in the business world. Ask for their help. Also, utilize relationships that have been established at clubs and/or with the local chamber of commerce. It may be good, as well, to hire an executive search firm, while SCORE (Service Corporation Of Retired Executives - can also assist. Local candidates are preferred, due to the travel expense involved in attending your meetings,” Malish said. “It’s good to hold as many interviews as necessary to get the right people. Explore their previous and/or current board experiences. You want an active board, not directors in it for the money or prestige. Mention reimbursement only to top choices. If the candidate asks about compensation early on in the interview process, he/she may not be a good choice.” He added that compensation in today’s business world often varies for board directors and advisors.

“Expect to pay between $2,000 to $10,000 per year for an outside director. You should also cover any travel related expenses,” Malish said. “Consider getting professional liability coverage (directors and officers liability insurance), with a policy that protects your board of directors and officers.” It is recommended to have three to four meetings per year involving the outside board, he added. “(At The Malish Corporation) those board meetings take place about two to three weeks after the close of a business quarter,” Malish said. “Meeting duration can vary, but anything longer than four hours becomes unproductive. Our meetings take place from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. I bring lunch, so I ask everyone to get there by noon. Even if someone is running late, that person can usually make it by 12:30 p.m.

“Set the agenda well in advance of the meeting and include time durations for each agenda item.

It’s important to run an efficient meeting. Do not run over the allotted time unless absolutely necessary. Select agenda items that are relevant to your company. Just reporting what happened last quarter is of no benefit. I provide historical data a week before the meeting (financials, sales reports, etc.). My first agenda item is always a brief financial review, and I usually have two to three other items on the agenda for which I need assistance.” Some examples of needed assistance may be: n Leadership development — Developing key staff and planning for growth; n Financing – If financing is needed, it needs to be approved by the board; n Executive compensation/bonus — Can involve staff reviews for possible added compensation or bonuses; and, n Growth goals/objectives. Malish added that board responsibilities can vary, depending on a company’s structure. Responsibilities can include: n Hiring/firing/change in compensation or duties of the CEO and/or executive staff; n Purchase or sale of assets over a certain dollar amount; n Engagement, terms of engagement and dismissal of auditors; and, PG 58

n Borrowings over a certain dollar amount. “I recommend consulting with your legal counsel to determine what should, and should not, require board approval,” Malish said.

“Be honest with your board members. Don’t hide information, no matter how bad it might be. They can only help you if they have accurate information. It’s also important to listen to your board. They

may challenge you to move out of your comfort zone, but that is in the best interest of your company. “If they are strictly an advisory board, still treat them as a fiduciary board. They are helping you, and deserve the proper respect. If you select good board members, and utilize them properly, they can help your business grow and become more profitable.”


ow unemployment rates are causing labor shortages in many industries and companies. Once a good person is hired, today’s successful companies realize the importance of keeping that employee on board and happy. Presenting that topic during his portion of the ABMA Meet The Pros roundtable event was Enrique Mejia, of PMM, a manufacturer of engineered synthetic filaments for brushes. “There is an overall lack of available talent for many industries. That has become a significant hurdle for 2019. The lack of labor/talent can be one of the greatest barriers for growth,” Mejia said. “There have been different strategies put in place by many companies, over the years, to help retain quality talent. That includes what is known as ‘talent management.’” According to the article, Enrique Mejia “Why Talent Management Is An Important Business Strategy To Develop,” by Susan M. Heathfield (, “talent management is an organization’s commitment to recruit, hire, retain and develop the most talented and superior employees available in the job market.” Mejia added: “There remains a growing labor shortage. Many economies are doing well, and unemployment is low. On top of that, manufacturing for some is perceived as being mundane work. If you talk to many young people today, there are those who don’t want to be tied down to a machine all day. They are looking for jobs that they feel are more meaningful. Young people want meaning in their work. They seek a greater purpose. The question remains, ‘If there is a large percentage of today’s younger people wanting to work in Silicone Valley, how do you, as a manufacturer, convince some of those people to work in manufacturing?’


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“Not all manufacturing is hypertechnical, but if a company can provide the ‘why’ behind a product it is producing, there are millennials who will find a greater interest and purpose in that business. It’s also important to project a positive company brand.”

He noted that winning today’s talent war often involves improved hiring and retention practices. Included is an increase in compensation, while also implementing better training programs. Mejia shared some ways PMM has been able to find, and retain, valuable employees. That includes working with, and receiving recommendations from, professors of local colleges, helping the company get in contact with top students for possible employment. Once a person is hired, Mejia said PMM works hard to provide a positive company culture, as well as life-balance support for employees outside of the work environment. That includes offering a variety of activities and experiences, such as trips to local philharmonic orchestra concerts. Other company perks involve chef training sessions/lunches, free Uber rides for those who work late shifts and funding graduate program studies.


quality shop floor safety and facility security program is necessary for keeping employees safe and workers compensation insurance claims down. Providing past success stories on the subject, during his roundtable presentation, was Mark Scagliarini, of Pioneer Packaging Inc., a provider of packaging options for various industries.


“Your employees deserve a safe and secure place to work.

If you improve safety, your productivity will improve, quality will go up and you will save money in the long run,” Scagliarini said.

He noted that a safety and security program implemented at Pioneer Packaging a number of years ago has greatly reduced workers compensation claims and made the company’s overall facility more secure. Having been involved with that program since its implementation, Scagliarini offered the fol lowing suggestions: n Incorporate a strong, employee-engaged 5S program, as part of “lean manufacturing.” He said that will drive improvements and help save money for the company. Mark Scagliarini n Create a monthly contest focusing on safety that involves the entire company — manufacturing and office alike. “Safety audits can be conducted by manufacturing personnel for

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the office and by office personnel for the manufacturing area,” Scagliarini said. “Keep it simple, such as presenting trophies and/or gift cards to those employees in the winning department or office. Have fun with it, and watch the pride that develops within the company.” n Understand that clean and organized spaces within a facility have repeatedly proven to increase productivity and reduce safety incidents. “We went through our facility (at Pioneer Packaging) to get rid of stuff no longer needed and found parts for machines that had not been in operation for 12 years,” Scagliarini said. “We filled two trailers for the scrapyard. That process helped us gain added space in the facility, and everybody seemed much happier and engaged.” n Work to improve accident-free environments, leading to lower insurance costs. “When insurance agents see a clean and well organized facility, it makes more of them want to do business with your company. Lower insurance rates can follow,” Scagliarini said. Scagliarini also made the following suggestions pertaining to plant security: n Make sure to insist that all doors remain locked at all times; n Have a strict sign-in/sign-out policy in place, with all visitors escorted at all times; and, n Understand that security cameras are a fantastic tool for evaluating safety programs, as well as protecting employees. “Have your safety committee observe video recordings to see what is happening on the shop floor, trying to detect any safety issues,” he said. “Security cameras can also play a key role in documenting employee confrontations — as well as potential person-to-person conflicts — both physical and verbal.”


n today’s business environment, “succession planning” has become a hot topic. Many companies have a formal plan, or at least a good idea, of succession for top management officials. That can include CEOs, presidents, vice presidents and general managers. The problem is, below the management level, there remains a void at many companies to formalize a succession plan involving key positions on the shop floor and in the warehouse. That void can cause costly gaps within an organization. This topic was the subject of a roundtable discussion led by Tina Burnet, of Freudenberg Household Products (FHP). The company produces brushes, mops, brooms and other cleaningrelated products. “One of the reasons succession planning is so popular and important today is because labor statistics show that the majority of the large baby boomer generation is at, or nearing, retirement age. The problem is, the next generation, known as ‘Gen Xers,’ is a smaller group in population, compared to the baby boomers,” Burnet said. “Therefore, fewer people from the Gen X generation are available to fill positions left vacant by baby boomers. Following Gen Xers are members of the millennial generation. Those are people who often have different ideas as it pertains to their career choices, providing additional workforce uncertainty.” Burnet added that there is often a large hole left within an organization when someone with valuable skills and experience


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reason,” Burnet said. “Once you have an idea of who your potential candidates are for succession opportunities, it’s time to formalize a program. To get total employee buy-in, a formal program is necessary.” Burnet shared one program that is helping a company’s shop floor employees seek greater training for possible succession opportunities. That business has three areas at its manufacturing facility designed for cross“According to research, 62 percent training. The company provides its shop floor of employees who are involved in the employees with badges that include a colorcoded section, indicating what each employee succession planning process are more Tina Burnet is qualified to do. There is also another section engaged at work.” on each badge, indicating additional training She noted that successful succession planning does not have to each of those employees needs. take a vertical approach. Not everybody within a company is “That (badge system) helps formalize the process of succession capable or wants to “move up the company ladder.” That is OK. planning, as well as provide added incentive for employees to seek “However, it’s important to be ‘horizontally prepared.’ That can out additional training,” Burnet said. “It’s human nature to have be achieved by incorporating cross-training and job shadowing competition among employees. They begin to feel the need to procedures, helping to retain key people,” Burnet said. “It’s also learn something new. common for employees, even at an operator level on the shop “Every company can find ways to increase floor, to become burned out, often due to doing the same thing each day. That can lead to a lack of motivation. Cross-training can motivation among their employees, helping them help, allowing workers to learn how to operate different to learn new things, all the while improving the machines.” leaves. This is true not only for management, but elsewhere within a company. “It’s important to fill that hole with the right person as soon as possible,” she said. “It’s also essential to build leaders within your organization. That can be done by properly recognizing people who do a really great job. You want them to feel like they are an important part of the succession process. That builds motivation.

Burnet added that implementing

cross-training and overall succession process.” job shadowing programs can also attract and Another idea is to have veteran employees identify retain members of the millennial generation. potential candidates, among their co-workers, to Many within that generation want to feel they have a chance to fill in their shoes when they retire or leave for move up in the company. The possibility of doing so helps to build another job at the company. the company’s image in their minds during the hiring process. Programs like cross-training and job shadowing also build familiarization, for a larger group of workers, when it comes to the different tasks within a company. “There is a statistic that shows it takes one to two years for a person to be as productive as the person he/she replaced,” Burnet said. It’s therefore important to provide greater training opportunities, for both new and existing employees, before a vacancy occurs, she added. There are some simple steps to take to begin a succession planning process, according to Burnet. “When hearing the buzz words ‘succession planning,’ business leaders may think there is going to be an added cost involved, or that they must find some type of outside formal help. That is not necessarily the case,” Burnet said. “There is a lot of material available today pertaining to the topic.” She shared some steps to help companies get started in the succession planning process, pertaining to shop floor positions. One step is to have managers/supervisors form a work chart involving those employees who serve under them. Employees can be divided on the chart into certain groups such as: those identified as being ready to take on different roles within a company, those who can be ready if given additional training, and those who are either not interested or not qualified to take on new roles. “Not everybody wants, or needs, to be part of a successional plan, and that is OK. There is nothing wrong with steady performers who are happy to stay where they are, for whatever

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“‘Help’ is a huge word in human nature. Everyone wants to help someone else. So, when you say to a veteran employee, ‘We need your help. You are the expert. Please help us identify who could be your successor when the time comes for your retirement or vertical move,’” Burnet said. “Many veteran employees are willing to engage with fellow workers to help identify a successor. “It’s important that companies have a succession plan in place for a variety of positions. Doing so helps protect businesses from gaps in employment that can take place after key people leave.”


he hiring process is often expensive and time consuming. Successful company executives today understand the need to streamline the hiring process, while at the same time constantly look for the best possible candidates. Discussing his company’s method of hiring, especially for machine operators, during his roundtable presentation was Jim Benjamin, of Precision Brush. The company is a manufacturer of various types of brushes. “Precision Brush has changed its hiring focus over the years, from targeted position fulfilment to full-time searching,” Benjamin said. “We have ads constantly running that describe our company, its values and the positions currently available. When


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we receive interest from someone, that potential candidate gets a welcome email from us. It includes a link that allows him/her to take an assessment to determine that person’s natural traits. “We have realized over the years that even though someone may have no shop experience, he/she can still possess the right traits, allowing that person to be Jim Benjamin successful and happy at our company. If the assessment comes back showing the traits we are looking for, we then send that person a second test. It involves eight general topics: measuring, mechanical, common sense, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, machining and math.” Depending on how well a candidate does on the latest assessment, officials at Precision Brush may consider that person for available positions or open the conversation about training. “The key for us is to not waste time talking to anyone until we have the two described parts completed. That is a huge time saver,” Benjamin said.

“Even if we are not hiring, we are constantly looking for better people. If an ‘all-star’ comes along, we are always open to bringing that person in to discuss a possible fit within our company.

“We also share our company values with candidates from the start. Those values are listed in the initial ad and repeated many times during the first interview. It’s important to provide examples of what our idea of ‘value-based behavior’ looks like and doesn’t look like.” According to Benjamin, the core values at Precision Brush took time to develop. “Our existing employees had to be involved with the initial values development process, helping them to receive full ‘buy-in’ of those values. That took some time. However, it has been well worth it for our company,” he said. “Overall, we have experienced a lot of success using our hiring method, but of course there is always room for improvement. That (process) doesn’t guarantee success, but it does help us find more people who are the right fit. “We look for people who can become specialists, craftsmen and/or tech experts. Most of those types of people are logical and deductive thinkers, who also possess good follow-through qualities.” Benjamin said he has given the company’s testing to current employees and found it to be very accurate. “For the most part, there are no right or wrong answers, except for the math portions,” he said. “We have found our current hiring process to be helpful in finding good candidates who don’t necessarily interview well under normal circumstances. Those people can still become good machine operators.” Several members at Benjamin’s roundtable presentation shared their own company’s success stories in finding good employees. That includes working with a recruiter who seeks out possible hires from area colleges; donating equipment to local high school BBM MAGAZINE | May/June 2019

shop programs in the hope that students will take an interest in manufacturing and become accustomed to working with the equipment; and finding people who have worked at recently closed manufacturing plants.


educing a company’s carbon footprint is becoming very important in today’s supply chain — from manufacturers to suppliers to customers. During her roundtable presentation, Connie McKinney, of The Sherwin-Williams Company/Purdy, discussed how Purdy’s manufacturing facility in Portland, OR, has entirely eliminated its landfill-destined waste. Purdy produces a variety of painting-related products, including paintbrushes. McKinney explained that Purdy’s major push toward recycling all types of items began approximately 15 years ago when a person in charge of the company’s cafeteria started recycling aluminum cans and other items. “It grew like wildfire. Everybody throughout the Connie McKinney plant was coming up with things to recycle and looking for other ways to be environmentally friendly, whether it was on the manufacturing floor, in the cafeteria or in the office,” she said. “It’s been nearly 10 years since the last trash dumpster was taken to a landfill from our facility. It’s been amazing.” Officials at Purdy have also found uses for company products that, after being manufactured, do not satisfy Purdy’s standards. In the past, those items may have been thrown away. “If they are paintbrushes, for example, and still functional, they are donated to Habitat for Humanity, local charities or trade schools,” McKinney said. “That is a great way to give back to the community, and reduce the carbon footprint at the same time.” After McKinney’s roundtable presentation, one participant said he has noticed more customers asking such questions as: “Where are your raw materials coming from? What are your suppliers’ CO2 measurements? What is your own company doing to measure its CO2 emissions?” McKinney added: “We make it a point to tell people that (Purdy) is ‘zero to landfill.’ We also use a lighting system that turns lights off when there is nobody in a particular area.


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Nominations Through Nov. 30 For 2020 ABMA Innovation Excellence Award

The American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) will accept nominations for its William A. Cordes Innovation Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding innovation of manufactured products, components or services in the broom, brush, mop and roller industry. The award is named for William A. Cordes, who served as the association’s first president from 1917-1928. According to ABMA, “The award serves as a constant reminder that all new and exciting endeavors have beginnings that connect with real people. The award is to be a competition whereby any interested parties may submit nominations to ABMA, during any calendar year for consideration. All nominations must be readily available in the marketplace during the year in which they are to be considered.” Carlos Petzold, an ABMA past president, encourages companies to enter the competition. He said, “The ABMA Innovation Award competition is a great opportunity for companies to showcase innovative products, components and services to the industry, and to the larger audience served by customers, users and consumers. It gives the greater industry a wonderful opportunity to see just how innovative, creative and vibrant we are as brushmakers.” Nominations will be exhibited at the 2020 ABMA Annual Convention. The most recent award winner was Gordon Brush's PlateScrape. For more information, rules and a nomination form, visit,

O’Dell Sponsors Local Fourth Graders’ Attendance At Ecology Education Camp

The O’Dell Corporation, Ware Shoals, SC, is continuing the advancement of wildlife education among local students through its sponsorship of school year camp particticpation. On May 2, fourth graders from Ware Shoals Primary School departed for the South Carolina Waterfowl Association’s headquarters in Rimini, SC, to participate in Camp Leopold. The mission of Camp Leopold is, “To create an ecologically literate citizenry by heightening student awareness of the natural world, fine-tuning the skills necessary to read the landscape and instilling a love, respect, and admiration for the land so that each individual might develop a personal land ethic.” According to O’Dell, “Camp Leopold is named in honor of Aldo Leopold who is recognized as the father of wildlife conservation and management. Camp activities are designed to provide a creative outdoor classroom focusing on wildlife, wetland and upland ecology. The Camp Leopold curriculum is uniquely designed to help students and teachers achieve academic standards in science, reading and math through hands-on outdoor education. The curriculum draws from aspects of the Leopold Education Project, Project Wet and Project Wild.” For more information, visit

Mill-Rose Introduces Quick-Release Pliers For All Types Of Push-Lock Fittings “Removing all types of push-lock fittings is fast and easy with Quick-Release Pliers introduced by Clean-Fit Products, a division of The Mill-Rose Company,” according to a press release. “The Quick Release Pliers feature a cushion-grip handle with spring action that facilitates a quick and secure grip on copper, PEX and CPVC tubing. Ideal for hard to access areas, Quick Release Pliers work on all types of 3/8-inch, 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch pushlock fittings and eliminate the need for hardto-use, and often hard-to-find plastic disconnect clips. Quick Release Pliers feature a heavy-duty design to deliver years of service. This one tool saves time, aggravation and money removing push-on fittings.” Clean-Fit Products is a division of The

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Mill-Rose Company, supplier of PTFE thread sealants and the largest manufacturer of twisted-in-wire brushes in the U.S., according to the company. For further information, call 1-800-321-3598, or e-mail Visit the company's web site at A company statement said 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of The Mill-Rose Company. Founded in 1919 by Victor H. Miller, Mill-Rose has grown to become the largest U.S. manufacturer of twisted-in-wire brushes used in virtually every type of industry throughout the world. Mill-Rose is a family-owned organization, now in its fourth generation, operating manufacturing and warehouse facilities throughout the United States and Mexico. BBM MAGAZINE | May/June 2019

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