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Shown in front of the Monahan Filaments’ facility in Arcola, IL, are, left to right, Ron Rhoads, maintenance supervisor; Dave Aguon, Brush Fibers production manager; James West, production manager; Jon Monahan, president; and Mike Pepin, plant manager.

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Monahan Filaments President Jon Monahan said the main fficials at Monahan Filaments, a subsidiary of The Thomas Monahan Company, of Arcola, IL, have focus of the company’s Arcola operation is to become a supplier announced a number of recent changes and plans to bet- for the oral care industry. Much of the equipment for this location ter position the business going forward in the global marketplace. has been moved from the company’s leased facility in Vermont. “One advantage to Arcola, by being in the Midwest, is that most Along with Monahan Filaments’ existing location in Middlebury, VT, a new plant is now in operation in Arcola, locat- of our oral care customers are relatively close, and are located on ed in central Illinois. This 48,000-square-foot facility has begun lanes that our trucks (The Thomas Monahan Company) normally run,” Jon Monahan said. operations with the production Monahan Filaments currently of filament for customers in the “One advantage to Arcola, by being has two production lines that oral care marketplace as well as in the Midwest, is that most of our focus on oral care in operation at nylons and polyesters for indusits Arcola facility. This includes trial accounts. Several quality oral care customers are relatively production of nylon 6.12 in audits have been performed with close, and are located on lanes that diameters ranging from 6 ml to production starting in September our trucks (The Thomas Monahan 10 ml. It also produces polyester 2008, according to Monahan Company) normally run.” for oral care. Filaments Director of Sales & “As for expansion plans in Marketing Brian Crawford. Jon Monahan, Monahan Filaments Arcola, obviously it’s a goal. It By opening its Arcola facility, will ultimately depend, however, Crawford added, Monahan Filaments is able to expand its oral care product offering, become on sales and how much we are able to penetrate the (oral care) closer to key customers and to better provide just-in-time service. market. We have room for expansion at this plant, but we don’t “A further benefit for our Midwestern accounts is the fact that foresee the need for any type of addition for a number of years,” the products we produce (in Arcola) can now be combined with Jon Monahan said. Filament produced at the Arcola facility includes that which metal handles from Handles USA, natural fibers from Brush Fibers, Inc., and through utilizing the transportation services of features wear indicator capabilities. This is a product that will The Thomas Monahan Company, to provide just-in-time deliv- turn color through usage. It includes an FDA-approved dye on eries to customers. This helps to differentiate our company from the outer part of the filament that basically, through use and wear, disappears, leaving the filament white. The purpose of the competition,” Crawford said.


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this is to help indicate to consumers when it’s time to change a toothbrush. Monahan Filaments also produces an anti-bacterial filament in Arcola that will not support the growth of bacteria. According to Crawford, the Arcola facility is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved establishment, giving it approval to supply filament material for toothbrushes. Further, many oral care customers are also pharmaceutical companies which require manufacturing and quality systems to a higher standard. While producing to these requirements for oral care products, the required systems benefit all products produced, for other markets. “While the FDA requires lot control, traceability and good manufacturing processes (GMP), due to a toothbrush being considered a medical device, commonly customers will require a higher level of quality requirements that have to be met. Systems and procedures installed in the Arcola facility allow us to meet these requirements and include the necessary lab equipment and training of personnel. This has allowed us to supply not only U.S. toothbrush producers, but those in Europe, Egypt and China as well,” according to Crawford. Jon Monahan added that the company has worked hard to make its equipment simpler to use at the Arcola plant, while also providing operators with additional information and training, giving them the ability to better make quick decisions. “All of this is done in order to maintain quality production and

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to reduce the cycle time of troubleshooting,” Jon Monahan said. Crawford added that another key element of the success to date in oral care is due to flexibility in servicing customers through shorter lead times as well as smaller order sizes. “Our customers often have to respond quickly to retail promotions, and require this ability of their suppliers. This may be in the form of a new colored filament, or a new filament geometry requiring new extrusion dies, as examples. Being able to respond quickly has been one of the reasons for our success to date in Arcola,” he said. Officials Plan Ahead During Challenging Economic Times

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verall, Monahan Filaments continues to manufacture a broad selection of synthetic filaments for the brush and monofilament industry. The various sizes and materials utilized are designed for industrial, automotive, personal care, construction, paint and janitorial markets. As suppliers and customers alike in the brush industry have been affected by the economic slowdown, Monahan Filaments has had to make adjustments. This, unfortunately, has led to a decision to downsize operations at the firm’s Middlebury facility which will become effective from the beginning of July 2009 forward. The facility will remain open after that date, and will continue operations, but the focus will be narrower and consistent with the assets and experience at that


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location. Tai Hing President Wilson Lau added: “We see the close “Right now market conditions are poor and that is why we have cooperation with Monahan as a benefit to our customers and to had layoffs across the board. If business conditions improve, then those that the two companies share as well. Our companies share we will take the necessary steps to meet that demand. Difficult a common strategy and vision with respect to being innovative and times require sometimes difficult decisions, and the downsizing of offering value to the market.” the Vermont plant was not an easy one to make,” Jon Monahan A joint venture between Monahan Filaments and Nexstar stated. “We, as did the predecessor companies that extruded prod- Middle East LLC has also been announced. A new factory, locatuct in Middlebury, have had the benefit of qualified personnel and ed in a tax free zone north of Delhi, India, will be in operation by valuable experience, but moving forward the decision (to down- the end of the third quarter of 2009 for the production of synthetsize) had to be made.” ic filaments. The Thomas Monahan Company CEO Ned Lunt added: According to Nexstar President Jehangir Pervez, the “Change in our world is inevitable, and probably is the only fac- joint venture will result in a high quality production plant tor that can be counted on. These announced strategic changes are both necessary and important to the future “Our customers often have to respond quickly to successful operations of Monahan retail promotions, and require this ability of their Filaments, and to our ability to supply the highest quality product, at competi- suppliers. This may be in the form of a new colored tive prices, to our customers.” filament, or a new filament geometry requiring new The Thomas Monahan Company extrusion dies, as examples. Being able to respond acquired the former Specialty Filaments quickly has been one of the reasons for (SFI) in early 2007 and later renamed its new subsidiary Monahan Filaments. our success to date in Arcola.” Since then, when it comes to oral care B r i a n C r a wf o r d , M o na h a n F i l a m e nt s products, the focus has been to get back into a market that SFI had a strong presence in several years ago. “We feel we can penetrate that market and hopefully strategically located to serve the dynamically growing Indian regain marketshare that has been lost. There is an opportuni- market. ty,” Jon Monahan said. “Filament production is not necessar“Once operational, the filaments produced will find application ily new to Arcola and its people. However, there is now a in paintbrushes, industrial brushes as well as in construction and more technical application in place (with oral care) than personal care products,” Pervez said. “I am extremely pleased to what (Arcola) has been used to in the past. It’s an exciting work together with Monahan Filaments, a proven leader in innotime.” vation and production techniques.” Starting with a focus on tapered paint filaments, these filaments Two New Joint Ventures In Place will first be offered as extruded as well as flagged, chemically tipped, and where necessary, mechanically tipped for sale into the s previously announced, Tai Hing Nylon Filament Indian market as well as to Europe and other parts of Asia. Products Co., Ltd., of Hong Kong and Monahan Mechanically tapered, chemically tipped filaments will be exportFilaments have reached an agreement to cross-market ed back to the United States, where they will be marketed by products in their respective markets where it makes sense to those Monahan Filaments. markets and customers. Tai Hing, known for its Lasson brand of “The joint venture with Nexstar brings (Monahan Filaments’) nylon products, operates an ISO 9001-certified facility in production techniques and product innovation to an area of the Zhanjiang, China, and is planning to move into a new and larger facility in Shenzhen later this year. This will allow for a doubling world that our company needs to operate. India represents a tremendous market for us, and we are excited to participate in it of capacity. In addition to nylon 6, 6.6, and 6.12, Tai Hing produces poly- through this joint venture,” The Thomas Monahan Company ester and has the capability of chemical tipping or tapering these President Tim Monahan said. Crawford added: “The Indian market is growing at a susfilaments for paint and industrial markets. rate of 12 to 15 percent per year, with a real focus on tained Going forward, Monahan and Tai Hing will cross-market prodbuilding infrastructure. Our focus to begin with will be in the ucts in their respective markets and to selected accounts globally, paint filament area, but plans are in place to produce nylons according to Crawford. “The range of products produced by Tai Hing fits nicely into our and polyesters for industrial markets as well as filaments for product assortment for all markets in North America and together, construction and oral care. This affords us a tremendous the offering of both companies complements each other,” he said. opportunity, and we are very pleased to be associated with “We feel that with this association, (Monahan Filaments) will be Nexstar.” Visit www.monahanfilaments.com for bringing not only value, but value with the highest quality, to our more information on the company. customers here.”

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By Rick Mullen Broom, Brush & Mop Associate Editor

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radeshows are an important venue for companies to market their products, receive valuable training and education, obtain new business, meet with existing customers and network with other industry professionals. Two annual tradeshows, both of which were conducted in May this year, are among those that have traditionally been important to the broom, brush and mop industry. Recently, Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine spoke with representatives from three companies that had exhibits at the 64th Annual National Hardware Show® in Las Vegas, NV, and representatives from two companies that had exhibits at the 90th Annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show® in Chicago, IL. National Hardware Show

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he 64th Annual National Hardware Show, conducted May 5-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, is a leading tradeshow for the $343 billion U.S. home after-market industry that includes products sold for the home after the home is built, according the National Hardware Show Web site, www.nationalhardwareshow.com. The National Hardware Show attracts distributors, retailers, wholesalers, dealers and manufacturers in the home marketplace. In his welcome letter for the 2009 Official Show Directory & Buyers Guide, Group Vice and General Manager of the National Hardware Show Ed Several said 2,800 companies would be represented at the event. The theme of this year’s show was: “What Are They Unveiling?” Several explained the theme was chosen because many companies planned to unveil new products, ideas and programs during the show. Show organizers established the following goals for attendees, as outlined by Several: n Source new products and companies to drive increased sales; n Uncover innovative ideas, best practices and unique tech-

niques to super-charge your business; n Establish meaningful contacts that will pay dividends both professionally and personally, and: n Enjoy a well-deserved break with all that Las Vegas offers. In his welcoming remarks, North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) Managing Director Bill Lee said, “The National Hardware Show has always served as the pre-eminent meeting center for home improvement retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors. The National Hardware Show provides a stage like no other in the industry, where attendees from around the world have an opportunity to network and join together in bringing new and innovative products and ideas to the market.” During the show this year, NRHA conducted its first Industry Summit. The Summit was designed to share with the industry proprietary research on such topics as green consumers, changing attitudes in the home improvement marketplace and the evolution of the hardware retail sales floor, according to Lee. In all, more than 30 different educational seminars were conducted that offered tips, techniques and strategies from how to thrive in the current economy to the state of the industry. The 65th Annual National Hardware Show is scheduled for May 4-6, 2010, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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n keeping with the National Hardware Show’s theme: “What Are They Unveiling?” Harper Brush Works, of Fairfield, IA, introduced its new 50 sku Eco-Friendly™ product line. “It was very well received,” said Harper Brush Works President Barry Harper. “It exceeded my expectations. The product line will be available for shipping August 1, 2009.” Harper Brush offers more than 600 products. Among the cleaning items the company manufactures and markets are upright/angle brooms, push brooms, corn brooms, lobby brooms, deck brushes, wash brushes, floor squeegees, handles, buckets, wringers, wet mops, dust mops, dust pans, feather dusters, lambswool dusters and microfiber products. Harper Brush products are sold through independent distributors as well as a variety of retail outlets. In addition to its two plants and headquarters in Fairfield, IA,


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the 108-year-old family business also has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Stockton, CA, and Greenville, NC, putting the company’s locations within a 600-mile radius of all contiguous U.S. customers. Harper Brush has exhibited at the National Hardware Show for more than 20 years. “Our goals at this year’s show included talking with all current customers about our new product lines and their particular opportunities to drive profitable sales, and to introduce our new 12-category catalog,” Harper said. “Other goals included holding our annual National Sales Meeting, which featured new product knowledge training, the presentation of outstanding performance awards and the introduction of the 50 new items in our EcoFriendly line. Another goal was to introduce Harper Brush to as many new international and domestic customers as possible.” Harper Brush’s new Eco-Friendly line is in keeping with the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative that involves the company’s efforts to provide more green products for customers, to implement environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and to become more socially responsible within the community. Along these lines, recent initiatives launched by the company include: n Retrofitting the Fairfield production facility with fluorescent lighting in 2007 that saved nearly 91,000 kilowatt hours and reduced the company’s energy bill by about $8,000 per year. The kilowatt savings also accounted for a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions of 179,449 pounds per year (the equivalent of 24 acres

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of trees, 224, 311 vehicle miles saved, or 18 cars off the road). In 2008, a similar retrofitting was undertaken at the Greenville, NC, facility; n Harper Brush is in the process of eliminating all solventbased paints in its production processes and converting them to water-based paints; n Employees are encouraged to save by printing on both sides of a sheet of paper; n Paper, magazines, cardboard, etc., are recycled; n Wood scraps are converted into mulch; n Recycled plastic fibers are used in some broom and brush products; n The company is making a line of environmentally friendly wet mops made with highly absorbent fiber created from green plastic soda bottles; n Bamboo, which is as sturdy as many hardwood products used today, is being used to make handles. Bamboo can be harvested every three to five years, and is capable of complete regeneration without having to replant, and; n Harper Brush supplies microfiber products, including dust mops, wet mops, cleaning cloths and dusters, that require no chemicals to clean thoroughly and efficiently. The company supports the community by donating to the development of bike trails, eco ponds, playgrounds, community cleanups and natural disaster relief efforts. Harper Brush also contributed to a recycling effort in the Fairfield school district. Harper Brush launched several new products last year that are

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doing well in the marketplace. “The company launched its new ostrich duster, lambswool duster and microfiber cloth product line in 2008. Sales of these products continue to grow with each passing month,” Harper said. “Harper Brush is the only company in the United States that manufactures its own ostrich dusters. We would love to be a supplier

“I feel we may have reached the bottom of the economic cycle. Retailers are still cautious and are watching inventory levels. Consumer confidence has not totally recovered.” Barry Harper, Harper Brush Works

to other companies in our industry.” Harper Brush Works was founded in Fairfield by Harper’s grandfather, Alphonso K. “A.K.” Harper, who began peddling sewing needles door-to-door when he was 11. Watching his mother struggle to scrub floors and keep other surfaces clean, he was inspired in his early 20s to create a five-piece combination brush kit, hand-crafted from horse hair. The next year, in 1900, he founded Harper Brush Works, hiring a group of college students, who became known as “Harper Men,” to make brushes part-time during the school year and travel full-time during the summer selling Harper brushes from their wagons. In 1925, Harper Brush began making industrial cleaning tools as well as household products, beginning the evolution of a diverse family of Harper products to suit a variety of specialized cleaning applications. The Harper Brush plant was expanded several times during the past century as more products were developed and more sophisticated machines were added to aid in producing higher quality brushes and brooms. In 1989, Harper Brush became the first company in the nation to design and deliver a fully assembled broom to the retail market. In assessing today’s economic climate and what the future might bring for the brush industry, Harper said: “Although ‘optimistic’ might be too strong a word, I feel we may have reached the bottom of the economic cycle. Retailers are still cautious and are watching inventory levels. Consumer confidence has not totally recovered. “I feel the challenges the brush industry faces while trying to remain competitive in the coming years include lower price/quality imports; higher taxes and health care costs; fewer suppliers and fewer retailers.” Contact: Harper Brush Works, Inc., 400 N. Second St., Fairfield, IA 52556. Phone: 641-472-5186; Fax: 641-472-3187. Web site: www.harperbrush.com.

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agnolia Brush Manufacturers, Ltd., of Clarksville, TX, located in the northeast corner of the state, has been making brushes since 1907. Today, the company specializes in staple-set manufacturing, offering more than 500

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products. According to Magnolia Brush Purchasing Director Gary Townes, the company has attended the Annual National Hardware Show “on and off” for the past 20 years. At this year’s show, product exposure to the hardware industry was one of Magnolia’s primary goals. “We were also looking for new business, as these are pretty tough economic times,” Townes said. “We service several markets, including construction supply, professional detailer supply, retail hardware and janitorial supply.” Like many of the show’s exhibitors, Magnolia Brush featured a new line of products. “We have a new broom line called the Flex-Sweep. It features a flexible connecter that screws to the broom head and eliminates the need for a brace on the broom,” Townes said. “It was pretty well received.” Founded by George Zehetner in 1907 in Houston, TX, the company was first called the Houston Brush Company. In 1918, the company was moved to Dallas, TX, and became known as Magnolia Brush Manufacturing Co. In 1947, George Zehetner sold the company to Carl W. Zehetner and Albert Schultz. At that time, the company was incorporated as Magnolia Brush Manufacturers, Inc. In 1953, the company was relocated to Clarksville, becoming the city’s first corporate business. Carl Zehetner retired in 1995 and sold the company to Kenneth W. Backus. Backus began working for Magnolia Brush in 1966 and continues to oversee the operation of the business today. In 2003, the company restructured and was converted to a limited partnership, now operating under the name Magnolia Brush Manufacturers, Ltd. The company’s current location features more than 100,000 square feet of floor space with 85 full-time employees.

“We have always strived to sell quality. There are many people who want to buy price these days, but there are still many people who prefer a quality product and are willing to pay a little extra.” Gary Townes, Magnolia Brush Manufacturers Distribution is made in all 50 states and in some foreign countries. Throughout its history, Magnolia Brush has been committed to employee safety, product quality, competitive pricing and superior customer service. “We have always strived to sell quality,” Townes said. “There are many people who want to buy price these days, but there are still many people who prefer a quality product and are willing to pay a little extra. “We take care of our customers. This year we have implemented a new software package that allows us to do a better job tracking our customer service cases, which will enable us to continue to improve our high-quality service.” As far as the current economic situation is concerned, Townes is seeing signs that the economy may begin to recover in the near


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cal conduit to make an impromptu extension pole. The men were also trying to tape a roller frame on top of the improvised pole. The incident sparked an idea in R.D. Newman’s mind, and when he returned home to Lees Summit, MO, near Greenwood, he began to develop an aluminum telescoping extension handle for painters. In 1958, R.D. Newman formed what was then known as Specialty Products and began to manufacture what the family says were the first known aluminum extension handles. R.D. Newman and his wife, Mimi, began taking their poles to trade shows where the products became a huge success. It wasn’t long before R.D. Newman realized there was a need for attachments. The company expanded into manufacturing different types of applicators and even made parking lot stripers and flagpoles for a time. Outgrowing the Lees Summit facility, the company, still known r. LongArm®, of Greenwood, MO, located just south as Specialty Products, moved to Greenwood. In 1970, Specialty of Kansas City, MO, is a worldwide leader in the man- Products moved into a new 18,000-square-foot facility at its curufacturing of extension poles, offering 50 styles of rent site. Shortly after moving to the new facility, the company extension poles and more than 160 attachments. became known as Mr. LongArm. In addition to extension poles, Mr. LongArm’s wide array of During the early to mid-1990s, the plant more than doubled in products include contractor painting tools, painting products for size. Sales offices were expanded and the building was completely the do-it-yourself (DIY) market, water-fed extension poles and renovated. The company now occupies more than 150,000 square brushes, utility poles, feet. In addition, the janitorial supplies, procompany operates a fessional and DIY winEuropean warehouse dow cleaning products, in Noordwijk, in The Netherlands. products for the marine During the midand RV industries, 1990s, “pultrusion” light bulb and letter equipment was added changers, dusting proand Mr. LongArm ducts, supplies for the began producing fiberequine and automotive glass tubing. Pultrusion industries and work B. Deré Newman, Mr. LongArm technology allows Mr. apparel. Also, custom LongArm to design made and private label and manufacture extension poles using high tech, high strength products are a growing part of the business. It was the company’s wide variety of products that was the composite resins. Through the pultrusion process, tubing for extenfocus for Mr. LongArm while displaying at the 64th Annual sion poles is made using space-age composite resins to saturate the reinforcement fibers. Heat and pressure are applied to activate the National Hardware Show. “Our goals for the show were to display the breadth and depth catalyst in the resin mix to lock the fibers together, producing a of Mr. LongArm products in all the industries and markets we product with excellent rigidity and superior strength. serve worldwide,” said Mr. LongArm President B. Deré Newman. “We also met with existing customers and new prospects and scouted out new products and services.” During the National Hardware Show, Mr. LongArm highlighted its new products for the farm and ranch markets, which were “well received,” Newman said. The history of Mr. LongArm spans more than 50 years and began with one unique invention. After returning from World War II, where he flew P-38 fighters in the South Pacific, R.D. Newman (Deré Newman’s father) graduated college and went to Northwestern University to pursue a law degree. He ultimately became involved with several businesses and discovered that he was really good at sales. While on a sales call at a paint business in Wichita, KS, R.D. Newman began watching the owner of the business and a paint contractor struggling to tape together two heavy pieces of electrifuture. “I think we have probably flattened out, and, if anything, we should start seeing a little uptick,” Townes said. “I don’t know if it is going to be this year, but I’m hoping next year we see some growth again.” In its more than 100 years in business, Magnolia Brush has survived and prospered through other difficult economic patches. “We have been in business a long time and we plan on being in business down the road,” Townes said. “We are going to ride this out and we will come out of it stronger than most.” Contact: Magnolia Brush Manufacturers, Ltd., P.O. Box 932, Clarksville, TX 75426. Phone: 800-248-2261; Fax: 800-427-5231. Web site: www.magnoliabrush.com. E-mail: sales@magnoliabrush.com.

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“Our goals for the (National Hardware) show were to display the breadth and depth of Mr. LongArm products in all the industries and markets we serve worldwide. We also met with existing customers and new prospects and scouted out new products and services.”


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In 1999, brush-making equipment was added and Mr. LongArm began producing its own flow-through cleaning brushes. Shortly thereafter, the company opened a 40,000-square-foot distribution center in Butler, MO, about 40 miles southeast of Greenwood, where there is also some assembly and where brushes are manufactured. In 2005, Mr. LongArm introduced CFT (continuous fiber thermoplastic) extension poles and utility handles. Professional and do-it-yourself painters are Mr. LongArm’s primary customer base, but window washers, government entities and the military are also important customers. Testimonies from its customers indicate Mr. LongArm brushes are popular because they have more filaments than other brands and the blocks are lighter. This becomes especially important for those who use brushes throughout the workday, such as RV dealers that operate detailing shops, as the lightweight brushes reduce stress on users. Mr. LongArm employs between 80 to 100 people, depending on seasonal business. The company has been successful in creating a family-oriented corporate culture that has resulted in many employees staying with the company for 20 years or more. Despite the challenging economy, Deré Newman is optimistic about the future because of the company’s ability to change with the times and its history of developing new and innovative products. Contact: Mr. LongArm, P.O. Box 377, 400 Walnut St., Greenwood, MO 64034-0377. Phone: 800-821-3508; Fax: 816-537-6162. Web site: www.mrlongarm.com. E-mail: info@mrlongarm.com.

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of food items to sample. Next year’s show is scheduled for May 22-25 at McCormick Place.

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ucel Industries, Inc., of Forestdale, VT, was founded in 1970 to manufacture products featuring fewer raw materials and fewer materials that contain potentially harmful chemicals. Many of the company’s current brushes, brooms and other cleaning tools are designed to be used in foodservice and in infectious disease control areas. Tucel has attended the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show for more than 15 years, with an

“People should always be asking, ‘How can I do a better job at less cost and protect the environment in the process?’ For example, we all want a better automobile that lasts longer without paying more. This is the case with our brushes.”

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elebrating its 90th year, the annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, conducted May 16-19 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, billed itself as the largest single gathering of restaurant, foodservice and lodging professionals. The event traditionally attracts attendees and visitors from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, many of whom come to showcase products, services, innovative ideas and other growth opportunities. In his welcome in the show’s Exhibit Guide & Program, NRA Chairman Michael Kaufman said: “Over the past 90 years, the NRA Show has brought together the industry’s best and brightest to help attendees discover the most innovative products and resources they need to thrive. “In that time, restaurant and hospitality professionals have seen many changes — political, societal, economic and technological. What has stayed constant, however, is that in challenging and prosperous periods alike, the NRA Show has delivered innovations and information to help attendees enhance their operations.” During the show, attendees were exposed to the latest industry trends, including energy-conserving equipment, laborsaving technology and multi-functional kitchen tools. There was also plenty

John C. Lewis Jr., Tucel Industries emphasis on educating the foodservice industry about its products and services, said Tucel Industries President John C. Lewis Jr. “We attended the show for the educational aspects rather than to just take orders,” he said. “We highlighted the green aspects of our products, which is very important. Our products are recyclable, made with fewer raw materials. In addition, our products are made with materials that cannot absorb bacteria, which could contaminate food by direct contact. Providing education about the green aspect of our products has been paying off over the past few years. “There seemed to be fewer exhibitors at the show this year, but I feel there was a pretty good turnout of the people who own the restaurants and the food factories. We still had a significant number of people who were extremely interested in the educational information we provided.” Tucel provides a variety of products for the foodservice industry including brushes designed for food preparation, cleaning equipment and floor and wall brushes. The company uses a patented process in the manufacture of its brushes that assures there are no places on the brushes for bacteria and pathogenic substances to collect. One popular brush is designed to clean fingernails of those employees who prepare food. These brushes have especially been well received by fast food restaurants. As the prevention of cross-contamination is a critical element in the foodservice sector, Tucel provides color-coded cleaning items, keeping in concert with HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) guidelines. “We are working on some more disposable products,” Lewis said. “Everybody is familiar with a pot brush. It has a handle or a gripping mechanism and then there are the bristles that do the work. So, we will have a handle that can be used over and over by just snapping on the brush portion. The brush parts will still be recyclable and the brush will save money because the end-user will only be replacing the bristle part of the brush over its lifetime.”


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Tucel also specializes in products designed to clean unique surfaces, such as flexible brushes that users can wrap around the diameter of a pipe’s outer surface for efficient cleaning. The company’s products are manufactured in Vermont and 99.9 percent of its raw materials come from U.S. suppliers. As the economy struggles to rebound from the current recession, Lewis remains optimistic about the future. “I’m optimistic because we have ways of making things happen that other companies may not,” he said. “We can use fewer raw materials, the cost of which are on the rise again because oil, plastic, etc., are going up. We have made some of our products do more than traditional products. For example, in cleaning toilets and restrooms, our new products have the chemical built into them or they dispense the chemicals while they are being used. They are cleaner because every time the end-user cleans the toilet, he or she is actually cleaning the brush itself. “People should always be asking, ‘How can I do a better job at less cost and protect the environment in the process?’ For example, we all want a better automobile that lasts longer without paying more. This is the case with our brushes — a customer gets a better quality brush and pays less.” Contact: Tucel Industries, Inc., 2014 Forestdale Road., Forestdale, VT 05745-0146. Phone: 802-247-6824; Fax: 802-247-6826. Web site: www.tucel.com.

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or more than 40 years, Unger Enterprises, Inc., has been a leading provider of innovative cleaning solutions. The company offers a complete line of professional cleaning tools for various surfaces and applications including restrooms, floors, windows, grounds maintenance, and more. Unger also has developed a variety of cleaning and maintenance tools to be used at home. The company has offices in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, as well as manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany and India. Unger provides cleaning solutions to more than 80 countries worldwide. Relatively new to the foodservice industry, Unger attended the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show to provide education about cleaning and some of the company’s products. “Unger’s goal is to educate the foodservice industry regarding professional cleaning techniques that, not only improve the overall cleanliness of commercial kitchens and foodservice establishments, and to also introduce professional products that have proven to maximize cleaning productivity by enhancing food and personal safety through efficiency and ease of use,” said Eric Toro, of Unger’s Professional Cleaning Tools Division. “Restaurant food safety and the prevention of food-borne illness is a worldwide concern. The professional cleaning tools designed by Unger help foodservice operators reduce or prevent cross-contamination and improve the physical safety of customers and staff. This is done through the use of its SmartColor Cleaning System of professional cleaning products. “Being relatively new to the foodservice industry, about two years ago we started to increase our exposure to the industry by exhibiting at many industry-sponsored events.” Unger’s SmartColor Cleaning System combines cleaning tech-

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nology with the sanitation and productivity benefits of visual coding. Color-coded enhancements on the company’s ergonomic cleaning tools help cleaning professionals easily organize equipment and their workday. The cleaning system is designed to improve hygiene and performance for cleaner facilities, as well as reduce risk. The SmartColor Cleaning System was one of the product lines Unger highlighted at the NRA show. “Our SmartColor Microfiber products were received well by attendees of the show,” Toro said. “We also released our new griddle cleaning tools and we are very excited about our new hood cleaning system, which is designed for daily cleaning on kitchen range hoods. “Traffic at our booth was quite high, since many are really beginning to understand the difference one can make in the foodservice operation by employing products that are specifically designed to clean and reduce bacteria levels. We felt our message of quality tools for smart cleaning was well-received.” Although Unger has been in the foodservice marketplace for a relatively short time, it has already made a significant impact. “Currently our products are being used by many foodservice

“Traffic at our (National Restaurant Association) booth was quite high, since many are really beginning to understand the difference one can make in the foodservice operation by employing products that are specifically designed to clean and reduce bacteria levels. We felt our message of quality tools for smart cleaning was well-received.” Eric Toro, Unger Enterprises

operations in the United States and Europe,” Toro said. “Our business is growing in the foodservice industry, and our president, Mark Unger, has fostered a spirit of collaboration between us and those responsible for the daily upkeep of foodservice operations.” As the company moves forward, it is committed to continue to offer products and education to enhance the lives of its customers and to protect the environment. “Many corporations today see the need to make decisions that improve life for people in general. Unger is focused on environmentally friendly cleaning products and practices,” Toro said. “With the recent spread of infectious diseases, more establishments are trying to educate themselves on cleaning processes that provide a safe environment for both their staff and customers. This is what the Unger management team is all about, improving life through cleaning, sanitation tools and procedures.” Contact: Unger Enterprises, Inc., 425 Asylum St., Bridgeport, CT 06610. Phone: 203-336-3344; Fax: 203-336-2644. Web site: www.ungerglobal.com.


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First Quarter Imports Decline In Most Categories By Rick Mullen Broom, Brush & Mop Associate Editor Beginning with this issue of Broom, Brush & Mop, the raw material category of “Metal Handles For Brooms, Mops, Paint Applicators� will be outlined, as space permits. Figures for this category prior to March 2009 are not available for comparison. U.S. government trade figures for the first quarter of 2009 indicate raw material imports were down in the three categories outlined in this issue, other than metal handles, compared to the first quarter of 2008. For March 2009, raw material imports were down in two of the three categories outlined, other than metal handles, compared to March 2008. Import totals for the first quarter of 2009 were down in four of the five finished goods categories outlined from the same time period in 2008. Also, in March 2009, three of the five categories outlined recorded increases, compared to March 2008. RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS Hog Bristle The United States imported 34,125 kilograms of hog bristle in March 2009, down about 7 percent from 36,725 kilograms imported in March 2008. During the first quarter of 2009, 87,834 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, about a 29 percent decrease from 123,894 kilograms imported during the first quarter of 2008. China sent 85,622 kilograms of hog bristle to the United States during the first quarter of 2009, compared to 123,894 kilograms during the same time period in 2008. The average price per kilogram for March 2009 was $9.71, down about 48 percent from the average price per kilogram for March 2008 of $18.59. The average price per kilogram for the first quarter of 2009 was $11.99, down about 24 percent from the average price per kilogram of $15.76 for the first quarter of 2008. Broom And Mop Handles The import total of broom and mop handles during March 2009 was 1.5 million, down about 42 percent from 2.6 million broom and mop handles imported in March 2008. During the first quarter of 2009, 5.2 million broom and mop handles were imported, compared to 7.6 million for the first quarter of 2008, a decrease of about 32 percent. During the first quarter of 2009, the United States received 2.3 million broom and mop handles from Brazil and 1.4 million from Honduras. The average price per handle for March 2009 was 73 cents, up about 11 percent from 66 cents for March 2008. The average price for the first quarter of 2009 was also 73 cents, an increase of about 9 percent over the average price recorded for the first quarter of 2008 of 67 cents. Brush Backs March 2009 imports of brush backs totaled 380,095, up about 40 percent from the March 2008 total of 271,417 brush backs. During the first quarter of 2009, 604,228 brush backs were imported, down about 6 percent from 644,300 for the first quarter of 2008. Canada shipped 464,587 brush backs to the United States dur-

ing the first quarter of 2009. The average price per brush back was 28 cents during March 2009, down about 60 percent from the average price for March 2008 of 70 cents. For the first quarter of 2009, the average price per brush back was 41 cents, down about 49 percent from the average price of 81 cents for the first quarter of 2008. Metal Handles The import total of metal handles during March 2009 was 1.9 million. During the first quarter of 2009, 6.5 million metal handles were imported. During the first quarter of 2009, Italy shipped 3.5 million metal handles to the United States, while China sent 2.2 million and Spain exported 564,864. The average price per handle for March 2009 was 67 cents. The average price for the first quarter of 2009 was 63 cents. FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At Less Than 96 Cents Imports of brooms of broom corn valued at less than 96 cents per broom during March 2009 totaled 16,668, down about 24 percent from 21,960 brooms imported during March 2008. During the first quarter of 2009, 16,668 brooms were imported, a decrease of about 63 percent from 45,444 brooms imported during the first quarter of 2008. The United States received 9,468 brooms from Mexico and 7,200 from China during the first quarter of this year. The average price per broom in March 2009 was 77 cents, up about 13 percent from 68 cents for March 2008. The average price per broom for the first quarter of 2009 was also 77 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first quarter of 2008. Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents The United States imported 779,677 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during March 2009, compared to 688,557 in March 2008, an increase of about 13 percent. During the first quarter of 2009, 2 million brooms of broom corn were imported, down about 9 percent from 2.2 million imported during the first quarter of 2008. Mexico shipped 1.8 million brooms to the United States during the first quarter of 2009, while Honduras shipped 119,196. The average price per broom for March 2009 was $2.52, up about 15 percent from $2.20 for March 2008. The average price per broom for the first quarter of 2009 was $2.46, up about 9 percent from $2.26 for the first quarter of 2008. Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during March 2009 was 91,670, down about 37 percent from 146,578 brooms and brushes imported during March 2008. During the first quarter of 2009, 297,560 brooms and brushes were imported, down about 29 percent from 416,916 imported during the first quarter of 2008. Sri Lanka exported 192,328 brooms and brushes to the United States during the first quarter of 2009, compared to 247,214 dur-


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ing the same time period in 2008. The average price per unit for March 2009 was $1.91, up about 29 percent from $1.48 for March 2008. The average price for the first quarter of 2009 was $1.80, an increase of about 15 percent from the average price recorded for the first quarter of 2008 of $1.56. Toothbrushes The United States imported 67.2 million toothbrushes in March 2009, up about 54 percent from 43.7 million imported in March 2008. During the first quarter of 2009, 191.6 million toothbrushes were imported, an increase of about 6 percent from 180.3 million imported during the first quarter of 2008. Countries shipping at least 10 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first quarter of 2009 were China, 123.6 million; Switzerland, 31 million; and Germany, 12.4 million. The average price per toothbrush for March 2009 was 22 cents, down about 15 percent from the average price for March 2008 of 26 cents. The average price for the first quarter of 2009 was also 22 cents, down about 12 percent from the average price of 25 cents for the first quarter of 2008. Paintbrushes U.S. companies imported 16.4 million paintbrushes during March 2009, up about 17 percent from 14 million paintbrushes imported during March 2008. Paintbrush imports for the first quarter of 2009 were 47.7 million, down slightly from 48 million recorded for the first quarter of 2008. China shipped 36.6 million paintbrushes and Indonesia shipped 10.2 million to the United States during the first quarter of 2009. The average price per paintbrush for March 2009 was 35 cents, up about 30 percent from the March 2008 average price of 27 cents. The average price for the first quarter of 2009 was 37 cents, up about 23 percent from the average price of 30 cents for the first quarter of 2008. EXPORTS Export totals for the first quarter of 2009 were up in two of the five categories outlined, compared to the first quarter of 2008. In March 2009, two of the five categories also reported increases in exports, compared to March 2008. Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials The United States exported 6,411 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during March 2009, down about 16 percent from the March 2008 total of 7,635 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during the first quarter of 2009 were 15,447 dozen, down about 29 percent from 21,813 dozen for the first quarter of 2008. The United States shipped 4,128 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first quarter of 2009. Meanwhile, The United Kingdom received 3,229 dozen and Mexico imported 1,430 dozen. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $33.98 in March 2009, compared to $44.90 for March 2008, a decrease of about 24 percent. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for the first quarter of 2009 was $43.48, a decrease of about 4 percent from the average price per dozen for the first quarter of 2008 of $45.18.

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Toothbrushes During March 2009, the United States exported 9.8 million toothbrushes, down about 27 percent from the total recorded in March 2008 of 13.4 million. During the first quarter of 2009, 29 million toothbrushes were exported, down about 44 percent from 51.8 million exported during the first quarter of 2008. The United States exported 8 million toothbrushes to Canada during the first quarter of 2009, compared to 13.4 million during the same time period in 2008. In addition, the United States sent 6.6 million toothbrushes to Mexico during the first quarter of 2009, compared to 13.6 million during the first quarter of 2008. The average price per toothbrush for March 2009 was 57 cents, up about 39 percent from the March 2008 average price of 41 cents. The average price per toothbrush for the first quarter of 2009 was 56 cents, up about 93 percent from 29 cents for the first quarter of 2008. Shaving Brushes The export total of shaving brushes during March 2009 was 735,204, up about 63 percent from 451,565 recorded for March 2008. During the first quarter of 2009, 1.9 million shaving brushes were exported, compared to 1.3 million during the first quarter of 2008, an increase of about 46 percent. During the first quarter of 2009, Mexico imported 974,740 brushes from the United States. In addition, Canada imported 477,098 and China received 134,349. The average price per shaving brush for March 2009 was $1.83, down about 27 percent from $2.52 for March 2008. The average price for the first quarter of 2009 was $2.01, down about 14 percent from the average price recorded for the first quarter of 2008 of $2.35. Paint Rollers U.S. companies exported 386,783 paint rollers during March 2009, up about 21 percent from 320,844 exported during March 2008. Paint roller exports for the first quarter of 2009 were 1.4 million, up about 129 percent from 611,474 recorded for the first quarter of 2008. During the first quarter of 2009, Mexico imported 598,100 paint rollers from the United States, while Canada received 517,301. The average price per paint roller for March 2009 was $1.91, down about 9 percent from the March 2008 average price of $2.09. The average price for the first quarter of 2009 was $2.56, down about 3 percent from the average price of $2.63 for the first quarter of 2008. Paintbrushes The export total of paintbrushes during March 2009 was 97,652, down about 50 percent from 193,723 paintbrush exports recorded for March 2008. During the first quarter of 2009, 213,700 paintbrushes were exported, down about 65 percent from 614,814 during the first quarter of 2008. Canada imported 63,851 paintbrushes from the United States during the first quarter of 2009, compared to 222,231 during the same time period in 2008. Also, The United Kingdom imported 26,876 paintbrushes during the first quarter of 2009, compared to 202,992 during the first quarter of 2008. The average price per paintbrush for March 2009 was $17.43, up about 80 percent from $9.66 for March 2008. The average price for the first quarter of 2009 was $16.92, up about 79 percent from $9.47 recorded for the first quarter of 2008.


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EXPORTS March Exports By Country

Foreign Merchandise

1404902000 Broomcorn (Sorghum Vulgare Var. Technicum) Used Primarily In Brooms Or In Brushes, Whether or Not In Hanks or Bundles March Year To Date Country Net Q/Ton Value Net Q/Ton Value Canada 2 4,570 8 17,322 U King 5 19,673 5 19,673 TOTAL 7 24,243 13 36,995 7326908595 Other Articles Of Iron Or Steel Not Wire, NESOI March Year To Date Country Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG Value 417,952 3,388,407 1,339,634 10,792,197 Canada Mexico 1,127,196 6,094,726 2,313,349 16,480,810 Guatmal 1,000 12,071 1,000 12,071 Belize 2,886 23,000 Salvadr 1,094 30,000 Hondura 14,995 39,500 Nicarag 74 2,625 C Rica 1,749 5,256 1,846 22,525 Panama 22 2,509 5,028 28,818 Bahamas 72 3,355 500 3,355 Jamaica 8 3,416 Dom Rep 1,504 15,820 Colomb 4,649 19,135 9,024 72,866 Venez 1,170 10,990 1,504 24,357 Peru 794 177,383 794 177,383 Chile 3,474 33,812 3,674 37,559 Brazil 1,170 50,531 15,477 243,527 Argent 470 175,550 40,475 545,610 Sweden 23,110 13,469 69,530 41,998 Norway 106 7,337 Finland 47 5,958 48 10,276 Denmark 46 7,481 46 7,481 U King 19,550 253,923 43,038 433,566 Ireland 44 3,142 Nethlds 3,179 66,625 21,859 197,410 79,812 317,148 111,888 38,240 Belgium France 25,629 143,154 37,072 182,553 241,457 761,932 229,344 91,494 Fr Germ 98 12,776 98 12,776 Austria Hungary 11,602 26154 33,592 69,354 Switzld 22 6,118 67 26,758 Poland 2 6,826 Russia 240 7,988 240 7,988 Kazakhs 297 14,266 89,624 77,616 32,566 28,244 Spain Portugl 35 5,086 51 7,629 31,060 994 Malta Italy 11,021 66,850 34,951 187,266 Romania 13,104 29,668 55,658 110,940 Turkey 5,150 8,300 Israel 1,624 6,592 S Arab 4,017 88,762 5,292 153,324 Qatar 255 3,109 1,808 12,579 26,535 7,843 20,930 2,887 Arab Em India 470 20,423 28,297 83,784 506 4,032 1,334 16,401 Thailnd Malaysa 460 6,992 Singapr 3,714 54,102 5,944 101,159 Indnsia 6,100 46,630 Phil R 60 12,191 1,275 22,219 China 38,713 159,934 88,518 357,215 Mongola 170 4,651 7,034 180,212 102,075 2,531 Austral

Moroc Nigeria Angola Rep Saf Zambia TOTAL

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3,684 3,752

997

29,802

2,899,070

14,410,561

1 1 166 2,761 73 7,371,423

3,684 3,752 34,311 143,533 2,630 41,246,860

9603100000 Brooms & Brushes, Consisting of Twigs or Other Vegetable Materials Bound Together, With or Without Handles March Year To Date Country Net Q/Dozen Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 950 33,468 3,021 158,753 Norway 218 7,191 TOTAL 950 33,468 3,239 165,944 9603210000 Toothbrushes, Incl. Dental-Plate Brushes March Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Country Canada 1,331,078 1,007,799 3,377,036 2,786,735 Mexico 144,000 38,716 166,464 46,878 Hondura 3,456 2,848 3,456 2,848 Jamaica 10,268 8,544 15,036 26,059 Dom Rep 9,792 3,860 9,792 3,860 9,456 4,001 Finland 41,581 203,745 41,581 203,745 Nethlds France 670 3,283 670 3,283 100,728 62,068 100,728 62,068 Fr Germ Switzld 4,320 3,500 Singapr 99,008 48,487 124,148 71,377 Kor Rep 18,360 7,987 Taiwan 8,208 3,574 44,664 18,133 Japan 610 2,988 Austral 101,688 51,917 101,688 51,917 TOTAL 1,850,477 1,434,841 4,018,009 3,295,379 9603290000 Shaving Brushes, Hairbrushes, Nail Brushes, Eyelash Brushes & Other Toilet Brushes For Use On The Person March Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 67,128 73,331 244,536 306,223 Mexico 5,061 46,282 171,134 316,345 U King 1,845 16,875 4,135 37,811 Belgium 500 2,917 500 2,917 France 4,021 43,111 187,454 291,614 Fr Germ 192 11,892 127,021 142,770 Switzld 1,913 6,114 Italy 1,421 12,995 3,070 3,682 Croatia Arab Em 13,290 15,361 21,018 23,707 9,011 985 Phil R 1,514 13,849 China Taiwan 720 26,145 Japan 5,270 9,287 10,271 59,192 18,935 5,622 15,544 5,592 Austral TOTAL 102,899 234,600 781,926 1,270,698 9603300000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes and Similar Brushes for the Application of Cosmetics Year To Date March Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 197,064 490,343 551,862 1,514,232 Mexico 25,719 40,586 47,096 85,092 61,349 27,997 12,857 3,597 Brazil Argent 9,504 21,519 19,544 54,174 Sweden 1,100 5,603 26,129 52,062 1,601 14,821 5,269 451 Norway Finland 1,040 3,837 1,040 3,837 U King 46,866 191,638 77,259 289,693 Ireland 1,450 5,351 Nethlds 771 3,549 1,095 7,579 Belgium 50,683 186,999 72,194 266,368 34,577 11,109 23,276 8,781 France Fr Germ 2,842 10,199 5,400 630 5,400 630 Czech


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July 2009 Switzld Poland Russia Ukraine Kazakhs Spain Italy Arab Em Thailnd Singapr China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral Senegal TOTAL

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 1,651

6,091

2,907 1,500 31,869 18,480 6,120 1,260 11,254 2,007 3,442 5,879 115,885 17,157 5,443 6,839 21,882 21,214 3,828 1,118,814

10,726 4,508 134,540 60,561 8,687 4,280 31,271 7,403 12,700 21,692 178,448 60,814 20,082 25,233 99,779 78,273 23,534 3,187,265

21,441 12,300 6,120

78,157 32,204 8,687

1,788 2,007 3,442 4,518 12,442 3,256 4,612 6,839 11,255 3,945

2,700 7,403 12,700 16,672 45,908 12,012 17,016 25,233 45,277 14,557

441,822

1,315,493

Country Canada Mexico Nethlds Austral TOTAL

9603402000 Paint Rollers March Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 429 11,224 9,058 70,091 146 2,564 146 396 11,370 11,622 71,062

Value 6,117 126,049 2,564 6,944 141,674

Country Mexico TOTAL

9603404020 Paint Pads March Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 8,391 42,277 83,220 8,391 42,277 83,220

Value 195,962 195,962

9603404050 Paint, Distemper, Varnish or Similar Brushes (Except Brushes of 9603.30) March Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 926 14,803 3,118 60,226 Mexico 794 16,471 2,097 43,481 Nethlds 256 5,301 Fr Germ 152 3,150 Greece 504 10,452 TOTAL 1,720 31,274 6,127 122,610 9603900000 Hand-Operated Mechanical Floor Sweepers, Not Motorized, Mops & Feather Dusters; Prepared Knots & Tufts For Broom or Brush Making, NESOI Year To Date March Value Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Country Canada 34,105 341,296 94,520 1,049,227 Mexico 6,024 101,096 31,237 451,363 C Rica 1,823 29,556 5,143 83,408 Panama 2,875 46,619 6,108 99,068 Chile 335 5,440 955 15,482 2,680 49 2,680 49 Iceland Norway 639 10,365 639 10,365 475 7,696 7,696 475 Finland 34,585 600,884 36,577 691,408 Denmark U King 541 28,840 3,915 144,022 Nethlds 206 11,052 876 30,843 Belgium 150 8,757 France 2,097 56,817 2,810 96,027 Fr Germ 253 14,770 1,667 58,012 3,288 203 3,288 203 Czech Estonia 374 3,300 2,687 166 Poland 400 2,880 400 2,880 Russia Spain 157 2,553 Italy 41 2,506 9,794 604 9,794 604 Iraq Israel 50 2,580 50 2,580 Phil R 257 4,165 257 4,165 4,148 256 Kor Rep

Japan Austral TOTAL

PAGE 19 177 50 85,748

2,870 2,547 1,285,235

177 1,036 188,842

2,870 5,086 2,794,215

Domestic Merchandise

1404902000 Broomcorn (Sorghum Vulgare Var. Technicum) Used Primarily In Brooms Or In Brushes, Whether or Not In Hanks or Bundles March Year To Date Country Net Q/Ton Value Net Q/Ton Value Mexico 2 5,705 Ireland 2 8,759 3 11,862 TOTAL 2 8,759 5 17,567 7326908595 Other Articles Of Iron Or Steel Not Wire, NESOI March Year To Date Country Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG. Value Canada 4,976,437 38,933,4947 13,888,810 110,517,482 11,948,906 50,448,078 35,248,533 150,260,268 Mexico Guatmal 1,558 77,111 Belize 763 13,733 Salvadr 11,770 41,500 Hondura 970 36,722 24,067 92,797 Nicarag 932 11,117 24,886 139,069 C Rica 11,992 116,115 64,103 999,454 Panama 17,432 275,573 21,100 344,374 Bermuda 2,472 115,900 14,587 198,604 Bahamas 318,199 720,023 1,249,915 3,002,063 Jamaica 3,853 24,577 31,901 113,898 Turk Is 91,859 357,163 144,171 477,643 Cayman 4,738 10,650 5,772 19,828 Haiti 7,000 33,821 Dom Rep 8,783 132,106 17,600 239,927 Anglla 18,874 24,292 St K N 52,162 102,468 Antigua 4,854 6,245 10,297 19,721 S Lucia 1,416 5,150 4,682 31,446 S Vn Gr 6,977 15,232 9,245 19,143 Grenada 512 9,965 512 9,965 Barbado 25,929 91,034 92,922 183,469 Trinid 1,759 57,889 37,626 299,058 N Antil 24,682 69,775 24,682 69,775 Colomb 32,616 213,123 67,504 569,425 Venez 83,838 931,158 165,093 1,883,456 106 8,139 52,659 322,601 Surinam 28,000 215 F Guian 4,995 64,992 31,801 244,734 Ecuador 981,567 154,202 488,808 66,779 Peru Bolivia 2,375 48,981 7,804 170,499 Chile 4,932 89,991 42,900 585,945 Brazil 711,209 1,398,240 2,908,622 4,793,378 Uruguay 1,445 32,126 1,445 32,126 Argent 47,353 333,689 77,532 1,026,682 Sweden 8,303 161,356 38,615 354,559 Norway 7,642 400,708 21,225 679,949 Finland 70 2,512 830 68,947 Denmark 8,183 121,323 62,261 607,109 U King 58,748 916,202 203,641 3,225,028 Ireland 3,202 41,421 17,187 221,716 2,949,192 203,849 912,037 92,930 Nethlds Belgium 170,173 2,536,707 510,987 8,816,495 2,935 1 2,935 1 Luxmbrg France 18,496 243,855 87,678 814,686 3,242,614 357,710 1,095,768 107,621 Fr Germ Austria 175 4,169 13,499 50,006 Czech 8,137 75,345 21,618 251,041 Slovak 310 18,087 850 53,112 Hungary 39,084 375,914 56,322 625,929 Switzld 3,900 429,315 12,023 1,092,330 Lithuan 4,482 132,420 Poland 4,389 124,168 5,278 141,379 Russia 94,931 1,055,127 123,941 1,443,370 Ukraine 994 22,128


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PAGE 20 Azerbjn Kazakhs Spain Portugl Italy Montene Greece Romania Bulgar Turkey Lebanon Iraq Israel Jordan Kuwait S Arab Qatar Arab Em Yemen Oman Bahrain Afghan India Pakistn Sri Lka Thailnd Vietnam Malaysa Singapr Indnsia Brunei Phil R China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral N Zeal Tokelau Fiji Moroc Algeria Tunisia Libya Egypt Eq Guin Ghana Nigeria Gabon Angola Congo B Ethiop Maurit Madagas Rep Saf TOTAL

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 167 770 16,029 281 16,593

58,648 16,632 113,426 4,770 215,922

45,674 11,126 73,046 405 209 11,184 6,208 15,380 72,551 510 69,179 17 1,157

172,491 46,480 201,075 9,562 6,429 293,253 75,556 51,774 590,710 32,718 381,345 3,404 16,103

9,729 6,921 945

144,806 455,266 36,051

39,467 24,666 3,462 67,445 4,744 106 2,634 563,211 204,607 477,067 6,652 448,077 39,852 16,836

1,164,584 18,609 106,712 1,014,524 76,235 3,576 109,970 2,603,910 773,152 343,101 141,408 3,852,754 399,027 120,437

264 195 1,435 6,382 1,083 14 585 1,448 41,955 3,119

29,446 2,658 26,091 272,995 25,086 3,037 28,339 26,171 444,483 54,531

360,000 5,305 21,713,337

3,610921 110,178 121,901,360

198 2,490 100,897 12,403 106,400 2,920 10,009 50,116 11,230 177,696 405 8,309 15,071 19,001 31,216 150,781 32,066 141,025 6,204 2,079 7,144 10,602 35,631 1,492 2,046 64,371 25,170 37,878 146,746 9,854 2,693 4,789 1,460,010 498,225 1,682,617 40,030 1,248,516 173,849 29,545 245 1 4,194 46,387 4,637 25,231 23,019 3,842 255 6,388 2,754 75,578 6,358 15 930 440,000 49,979 63,302,873

65,283 88,808 395,798 161,601 830,104 14,187 54,124 289,406 74,292 526,407 9,562 71,032 393,121 119,782 233,724 1,538,277 624,587 1,022,317 26,983 23,759 64,957 159,124 1,033,898 64,434 50,352 2,206,254 71,923 1,153,218 2,705,115 181,738 45,635 245,794 5,874,199 2,723,887 1,208,923 725,349 7,836,998 1,555,884 286,598 12,882 5,140 10,088 574,135 211,093 138,751 941,219 53,626 24,392 102,448 72,559 1,230,305 91,194 5,572 29,430 4,305,620 706,882 346,027,978

9603100000 Brooms & Brushes, Consisting of Twigs or Other Vegetable Materials Bound Together, With or Without Handles Year To Date March Country Net Q/Dozen Value Net Q/Dozen Value 4,128 164,796 69,745 1,823 Canada Mexico 162 7,860 1,430 68,131 Belize 252 8,309 252 8,309 Bahamas 546 52,959 Trinid 692 8,837 692 8,837 N Antil 12 3,550 Denmark 240 5,151 120,450 3,229 3,820 84 U King Ireland 8 7,200 France 367 12,096 707 23,316 Fr Germ 127 3,820 17,300 419 Poland Italy 608 20,045 774 25,520

Croatia Turkey Iraq Israel S Arab Afghan Phil R Kor Rep Hg Kong Japan Rep Saf TOTAL

Country Canada Mexico Guatmal Salvadr Hondura Nicarag C Rica Panama Jamaica Cayman Dom Rep Antigua Barbado Trinid N Antil Aruba Colomb Venez Guyana Ecuador Peru Chile Brazil Uruguay Argent Iceland Denmark U King Ireland Nethlds Belgium France Fr Germ Switzld Spain Italy Bulgar Israel S Arab Arab Em India Thailnd Vietnam Malaysa Singapr China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral N Zeal Rep Saf TOTAL

July 2009 24 57 25 41 10 12 52 268 297 2,069 28 15,447

12,229 4,130 14,400 3,840 6,398 5,762 4,816 15,252 34,950 52,571 8,023 671,710

9603210000 Toothbrushes March Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 2,319,205 1,704,064 8,020,626 1,168,869 442,249 6,555,670 2,087 3,402 2,087 15,000 3,456 5,184 23,352 64,368 19,198 69,752 6,912 192 2,878 192 131,796 50,592 196,236 12,997 63,686 26,821 3,456 68,879 75,009 132,780 14,640 7,104 3,355 7,104 37,152 16,862 56,143 20,880 10,440 29,232 11,652 41,760 33,408 13,638 45,936 62,640 24,192 133,632 341,424 136,352 585,684 3,911 122,976 43,531 467,088 705 4,608 17,475 523,488 302,068 163,680 1,418,238 592,123 2,314,921 595 2,916 6,931 904,200 235,037 1,405,371 457,865 254,260 965,926 22,658 390,288 30,790 390,288 1,500 5,787 46,140 908 1,174 12,600 16,256 79,655 16,256 259,200 541,958 459,744 71,544 24,199 63,936 200,000 409 5,616 409 201,446 87,152 460,636 98,021 256,635 51,965 529,631 226,714 3,316,823 279,652 112,085 533,173 81,336 18,705 301,396 180,188 46,155 494,265 363,398 176,672 878,761 1,158 5,675 1,158 10,368 9,767,270 5,614,862 29,004,489

Value 6,355,963 2,513,385 3,402 9,825 2,848 4,272 14,477 45,582 5,695 2,878 75,628 78,064 2,848 175,113 8,660 3,355 47,548 8,261 9,180 16,612 19,001 49,899 243,041 19,162 212,636 3,456 2,918 16,880 901,645 774,365 6,971 337,792 488,747 10,368 30,790 28,628 4,449 5,753 9,817 79,655 961,815 27,360 31,200 5,616 189,498 276,573 1,286,203 211,251 70,943 216,094 436,988 5,675 3,648 16,352,433

185 167 2,057 14 6,411

10,332 32,200 40,624 3,969 217,837

9603290000 Shaving Brushes, Hairbrushes, Nail Brushes, Eyelash Brushes & Other Toilet Brushes For Use on the Person March Year To Date Value Net Q./No. Value Net Q/No. Country Canada 210,110 222,189 477,098 670,064


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BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 388,490

686,315

430

7,638

394 600

3,605 14,760

9,122

54,887

515 1,758 22,160

4,710 16,075 90,599

1,358

12,418

1,301

16,245

290

2,650

9,811 16

89,716 3,264

88,265 360 224

105,830 10,043 3,696

735,204

1,344,640

974,740 1,844 5,250 90 430 2,016 4,674 600 502 25,856 357 1,256 12,056 18,473 24,098 1,017 8,818 4,391 847 1,430 705 2,467 290 1,703 1,075 134,349 1,173 3,003 177,992 1,260 224 329 1,890,413

1,369,699 18,000 160,464 3,830 7,638 13,888 42,747 14,760 4,590 146,316 3,262 10,940 97,070 127,311 108,324 9,300 79,488 26,260 7,750 24,033 6,450 22,563 2,650 11,140 9,830 553,668 16,242 27,464 187,967 18,273 3,696 3,005 3,808,682

9603300000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes and Similar Brushes for the Application of Cosmetics March Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 320,031 815,498 923,946 2,416,540 Mexico 37,578 213,096 131,052 567,962 Hondura 636 2,595 3,516 6,945 Panama 724 5,888 14,052 54,458 Jamaica 1,255 4,629 1,255 4,629 Cayman 1,992 13,447 Dom Rep 26,430 22,422 5,750 5,200 Venez Ecuador 789 10,797 Peru 1,871 9,232 1,871 9,232 Chile 2,500 8,551 2,500 8,551 Brazil 769 4,800 7,818 34,850 Sweden 1,421 5,244 1,421 5,244 3,768 650 Norway Finland 3,380 15,644 5,509 23,501 U King 25,897 201,305 66,311 377,355 5,950 8,897 17,202 946 Ireland Nethlds 13,054 48,166 76,621 282,707 Belgium 7,092 26,170 25,142 92,765 France 63,702 283,645 106,914 455,062 Fr Germ 4,999 20,690 27,838 124,413 Austria 3,627 13,382 5,000 1,355 Czech Switzld 1,537 5,670 1,969 7,265 3,965 1,075 Poland 484 3,637 17,801 67,532 Russia Italy 1,852 6,834 Turkey 1,016 3,750 Lebanon 251 4,778 Israel 1,176 4,316 3,028 11,149 Arab Em 4,500 9,152 34,096 9,241 11,051 2,995 India Thailnd 1,745 12,194 4,977 31,014 1,561 5,760 Vietnam Singapr 3,898 14,382 5,336 19,689 Indnsia 1,781 6,570 1,781 6,570

Phil R China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral N Zeal Moroc Algeria Ghana TOTAL

PAGE 21 704 10,746 824

2,597 45,330 3,040

704 28,356 2,749 5,888 2,453 61,154 20,682 1,464 10,597 17,630 1,200 1,652,433

2,597 110,306 24,194 30,801 12,696 254,414 80,977 5,400 39,100 68,717 4,115 5,402,558

900 16,390 9,871

6,075 60,474 36,418

10,597

39,100

549,041

1,920,252

Country Canada Mexico Salvadr Bermuda Bahamas Jamaica Dom Rep B Virgn Aruba Colomb Venez Peru Brazil Finland U King Nethlds Fr Germ Austria Italy Israel Jordan S Arab Arab Em China Hg Kong Austral N Zeal Fiji Rep Saf TOTAL

9603402000 Paint Rollers March Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 272,339 521,383 517,301 10,196 50,666 598,100 100 8,995 100 1,524 3,613 3,968 1,812 1,168 1,500 3,804 4,720 3,804 175 3,067 175 481 96,696 7,660 6,198 8,334 1,051 560 9,586 177 3,100 177 50 2,573 50 36 7,391 1,020 190 1,215 1,427 3,200 5,878 3,650 30,399 29,243 31,751 4,329 46,772 8,849 1,656 10,719 3,300 1,452 58,798 40,571 58,798 386,783 738,691 1,370,373

Value 1,574,224 1,403,319 8,995 8,962 4,058 20,503 39,652 4,720 3,067 8,450 99,966 8,009 20,007 19,200 5,328 2,808 22,412 3,100 2,573 10,354 3,562 21,333 12,655 17,866 52,978 61,974 17,419 7,586 40,571 3,505,651

Country Mexico Hondura Panama Grenada Colomb Chile France Israel China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral TOTAL

9603404020 Paint Pads March Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 5,411 20 336 3,083 1,642 87 2,981 87 35 4,500 35 1,226 6,983 49,572 6,983 649 4,608 649 3,945 28,000 3,945 13,624 5,160 553 7,065 553 12,252 96,726 42,754

Value 10,335 3,400 2,768 21,882 11,656 2,981 4,500 11,360 49,572 4,608 28,000 17,711 3,769 7,065 179,607

9603404050 Paint, Distemper, Varnish or Similar Brushes (Except Brushes of 9603.30) Year To Date March Value Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Country Canada 21,324 317,000 63,851 949,505 Mexico 399 8,276 48,082 4,076 Guatmal Hondura 360 6,012


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PAGE 22 Nicarag C Rica Panama Bermuda Bahamas Jamaica Turk Is Cayman Dom Rep B Virgn Monsrat Barbado Trinid N Antil Colomb Venez Surinam Ecuador Peru Brazil Argent Sweden Norway Denmark U King Ireland Nethlds Belgium France Fr Germ Czech Poland Spain Israel Kuwait S Arab Thailnd Vietnam Singapr Phil R China Kor Rep Austral N Zeal Ivy Cst Nigeria TOTAL

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 317 219 3,708

6,574 3,048 21,739

370

13,871

78 189

7,820 7,875

2,004

17,470

1,208 151 592

8,992 2,661 16,219

12,818 110 1,105 300 990 24,530 969 16,540 5,490 105 421

495,454 4,248 18,775 5,098 5,255 177,796 22,772 343,076 113,859 5,310 8,730

355

3,480

417

8,639

145 934

3,017 19,380

551 962

12,153 25,202

750 97,652

6,525 1,702,038

317 1,288 3,708 2,688 2,879 778 78 1,239 145 64 254 26 3,848 413 1,582 1,709 151 592 120 13,296 128 3,185 300 6,289 26,876 1,485 44,498 5,490 2,921 2,698 489 1,930 1,320 1,931 2,437 711 145 934 953 28 836 439 1,135 962 969 750 213,700

6,574 25,224 21,739 16,603 64,888 16,127 7,820 21,481 3,000 2,752 12,849 2,950 32,375 8,120 20,513 19,390 2,661 16,219 3,084 516,809 8,154 49,975 5,098 27,758 240,715 26,578 922,977 113,859 39,924 55,969 11,215 32,954 7,426 51,534 17,278 14,742 3,017 19,380 12,046 6,581 31,220 9,104 24,277 25,202 20,104 6,525 3,616,665

9603900000 Hand-Operated Mechanical Floor Sweepers, Not Motorized, Mops & Feather Dusters; Prepared Knots & Tufts for Broom or Brush Making, NESOI March Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 226,885 2,108,319 675,912 6,647,430

BROOM CAPS

Mexico Hondura Panama Bahamas Dom Rep B Virgn S Vn Gr Barbado Trinid N Antil Colomb Venez Peru Bolivia Chile Brazil Argent Sweden Denmark U King Ireland Nethlds Belgium France Fr Germ Switzld Estonia Lithuan Poland Russia Spain Italy Greece Lebanon Israel S Arab Qatar Arab Em Pakistn Thailnd Singapr Indnsia China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral N Zeal Rep Saf TOTAL

July 2009 51,793

697,593

500 3,569 152

3,355 10,824 3,314

156 7,614 1,949 7,365

2,527 66,670 31,620 125,743

4,448 2,465

68,065 23,950

1,910 27,895 45 6,128 34 3,234 9,387

8,832 144,868 4,104 24,316 3,419 52,447 145,208

637 2,397

10,325 38,622

2,991

26,656

161

2,609

2,245

17,880

4,595

47,938

212 41

6,892 2,840

599

17,504

258

6,182

1,745 13,655 1,543

33,102 80,905 8,764

386,608

3,825,393

194,844 420 3,465 500 4,247 152 83 240 711 3,758 7,614 4,111 7,376 215 7,955 8,025 2,760 669 1,910 33,629 2,110 9,857 489 5,939 13,770 2,038 369 880 637 2,896 262 3,197 163 161 803 3,047 191 5,062 356 810 499 2,082 8,593 4,162 1,449 4,469 8,996 21,995 2,212 763 1,066,853

2,382,420 6,808 56,202 3,355 14,183 3,314 2,877 6,500 11,021 39,979 66,670 66,684 128,902 3,480 98,991 87,763 28,730 9,846 8,832 225,327 37,594 48,814 12,744 96,332 210,304 30,036 5,988 9,050 10,325 46,715 4,247 29,990 2,642 2,609 13,036 30,874 3,100 58,962 5,782 11,568 21,196 25,524 239,117 40,986 39,661 75,474 140,741 226,718 15,459 10,307 11,405,209

BRUSH and HANDLE FERRULES

MANUFACTURING INCORPORATED P.O. Box 6505

Wolcott, CT 06716

Phone 203-879-1481


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IMPORTS

Hg Kong TOTAL

March Imports By Country

Country Canada Mexico Salvadr C Rica Colomb Brazil Nethlds Poland Indnsia China Taiwan TOTAL

Country China Hg Kong TOTAL

0502100000 Pigs’, Hogs’ or Boars’ Bristles and Hair and Waste Thereof March Year To Date Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG 34,125 331,373 85,622 2,212 34,125 331,373 87,834

Country Paragua Thailnd China TOTAL

0502900000 Badger Hair and Other Brushmaking Hair and Waste Thereof September Year To Date Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG 12,987 78 2,169 37,366 6,523 2,169 37,366 19,588

Value 1,028,701 24,071 1,052,772

Value 141,848 3,905 102,188 247,941

0511993300 Horsehair and Horsehair Waste, Whether or Not Put Up As A Layer With or Without Supporting Material March Year To Date Country Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG Value China 20,951 160,350 41,896 467,417 TOTAL 20,951 160,350 41,896 467,417 1404903000 Istle Used Primarily In Brooms or In Brushes, Whether or Not In Hanks or Bundles March Year To Date Country Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG Value Mexico 26,296 132,809 115,407 581,697 TOTAL 26,296 132,809 115,407 581,697 4417002000 Broom and Mop Handles, 1.9 CM or More In Diameter and 97 CM or More In Length, Of Wood March Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 9,000 3,331 19,000 8,005 Hondura 577,016 288,872 1,380,608 727,182 Colomb 666 11,113 10,314 15,060 Brazil 197,508 226,322 2,252,476 1,879,156 14,758 32,064 Spain Sri Lka 30,000 32,280 36,000 39,020 Vietnam 34,224 28,659 100,644 92,051 16,672 20,900 16,672 20,900 Malaysa Indnsia 296,350 244,367 726,407 603,204 298,278 217,600 628,410 406,456 China Taiwan 33,000 36,190 TOTAL 1,463,942 1,069,216 5,239,823 3,837,754 4417004000 Paint Brush and Paint Roller Handles, Of March Year To Date Value Net Q/Variable Country Net Q/Variable Fr Germ Czech 9,296 46,837 Poland Italy 543,562 Indnsia 121,707 China 592,464 Taiwan TOTAL 1,313,866

Country Canada Hondura Sri Lka

4417006000 Brush Backs, Of Wood March Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 322,095 81,491 464,587 58,000 25,681 58,000 56,641

Wood Value 8,102 28,190 46,837 1,277,457 284,623 1,601,658 8,364 3,255,231

Value 151,967 25,681 56,100

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380,095

107,172

25,000 604,228

4417008010 Tool Handles of Wood March Year To Date Net Q/Variable Value Net Q/Variable 6,971 11,541 8,070 283,715 18,020 108,363 2,434 439,114

16,944 250,692

Value 17,471 30,806 3,050 10,710 3,088 955,687 5,533 30,568 24,899 197,648 14,953 1,294,413

4417008090 Tools, Tool Bodies, Broom or Brush Bodies, Shoe Lasts and Trees, of Wood March Year To Date Country Net Q/Variable Value Net Q/Variable Value Canada 86,174 171,855 Mexico 2,519 8,387 Hondura 3,079 Nicarag 2,542 2,542 Colomb 2,261 4,957 Chile 424,919 1,605,027 U King 6,589 21,540 Fr Germ 12,281 12,281 Spain 4,923 Italy 5,672 India 104,055 305,688 Sri Lka 128,619 287,887 Vietnam 18,499 Indnsia 37,089 73,720 China 100,645 546,628 Taiwan 44,795 Japan 384,681 907,866 TOTAL 1,292,374 4,025,346 7326908576 Metal Handles For Brooms, Mops, Paint Applicators March Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value 300 3,970 Canada 7,240 19,608 Mexico C Rica 4 2,929 9,961 1,846 Brazil 4,400 480 Denmark Fr Germ 47,000 9,258 47,000 9,258 564,864 234,623 28,285 61,440 Spain Italy 1,001,887 529,229 3,532,543 1,754,308 7,608 605 7,608 605 Malaysa 1,935,702 2,233,697 669,034 746,112 China Hg Kong 10,000 4,079 74,500 53,098 31,976 8,148 Taiwan TOTAL 1,867,044 1,248,033 6,483,595 4,055,073 9603100500 Wiskbrooms, of Broom Corn, LT=.96 EA. Prior to Entry or Withdrawal for Consumption of 61,655 Dozen In Calendar Year Year To Date March Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Country Mexico 3,108 3,010 TOTAL 3,108 3,010 9603104000 Other Brooms, of Broomcorn, LT=.96 EA, Prior to Entry or Withdrawal For Consumption of GT=121,478 Dozen in Calendar Year Year To Date March Mexico 12,708 9,567 54,456 40,808 2,520 2,456 China TOTAL 12,708 9,567 56,976 43,264


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9603105000 Other Brooms, of Broomcorn, LT=.96 EA, at Entry or Withdrawal For Consumption of GT=121,478 Dozen in Calendar Year September Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 9,468 7,758 9,468 7,758 China 7,200 5,020 7,200 5,020 TOTAL 16,668 12,778 16,668 12,778 9603106000 Other Brooms, Of Broomcorn, Valued Over .96 Each March Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 728,617 1,867,573 1,842,117 4,578,958 Hondura 51,060 100,914 119,196 250,439 China 15,840 32,432 TOTAL 779,677 1,968,487 1,977,153 4,861,829 9603109000 Brooms & Brushes, Consisting of Twigs or Other Vegetable Materials Bound Together, With or Without Handles, NESOI March Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 13,600 7,818 Colomb 17,544 22,689 Turkey 1,100 4,640 1,100 4,640 Sri Lka 68,310 138,102 192,328 394,640 Thailnd 14,760 26,626 21,010 39,789 Vietnam 7,500 6,127 32,350 26,605 1,000 2,504 Phil R China 18,628 37,640 TOTAL 91,670 175,495 297,560 536,325 9603210000 Toothbrushes, Incl. Dental-Plate Brushes March Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 451 2,393 41,338 65,741 Mexico 485,204 106,591 1,494,609 494,790 Chile 38,016 9,216 Brazil 1,426,032 469,492 3,645,576 1,079,913 Sweden 25,428 20,888 31,864 31,680 U King 9,759 29,059 17,629 33,222 Ireland 252,096 115,003 1,612,044 717,899 Nethlds 55,945 11,132 France 447 4,287 Fr Germ 4,272,496 2,256,622 12,356,268 7,595,685 Hungary 1,464 2,919 1,464 2,919 Switzld 11,308,556 3,571,300 30,992,612 8,527,600 Italy 323,640 171,542 518,616 265,457 Turkey 5,040 3,611 5,040 3,611 74,249 113,576 Israel India 1,969,999 445,579 8,498,449 1,455,431 Thailnd 458,100 61,186 2,343,820 261,407 318,137 1,176,000 30,789 219,640 Vietnam Malaysa 160,000 6,500 947,088 40,187 Indnsia 294,000 17,148 7,078,967 123,558,167 21,134,299 45,492,502 China Kor Rep 51,080 25,291 471,240 40,392 Taiwan 495,435 57,574 2,066,907 342,561 Japan 104,120 134,677 1,116,840 204,305 Austral 75,000 37,631 75,000 37,631 N Caldn 93,456 24,162 93,456 24,162 3,264 4,176 4,176 3,264 Kenya 67,232,762 14,655,952 191,569,275 42,797,237 TOTAL 9603294010 Hairbrushes, Valued Not Over .40 Each March Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Poland 13,824 4,460 Thailnd 23,040 6,859 23,040 6,859 14,400 7,525 21,600 10,611 Vietnam China 2,258,508 599,475 11,355,521 2,557,833 Kor Rep 35,856 9,191 30,769 160,512 Hg Kong 2,619,723 11,610,353 613,859 2,295,948 TOTAL 9603294090 Shaving Brushes, Nail Brushes, Eyelash Brushes & Other Toilet Brushes For Use On The Person, Valued Not Over .40 Each Year To Date March Value Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Country Mexico 4,547,681 415,393 11,917,217 1,106,611

Nethlds France Fr Germ Italy India China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan TOTAL

July 2009 90,000 48,000 3,208,955 1,033,287 59,400 2,220,690 145,000

2,810 13,644 528,324 192,871 5,318 465,801 15,755

11,353,013

1,639,916

90,000 215,911 7,833,795 2,109,642 205,894 9,756,241 1,720,600 384,000 45,000 34,278,300

2,810 48,195 1,375,052 422,045 8,741 1,807,987 64,896 29,396 13,970 4,879,703

9603302000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes & Similar Brushes For Application Of Cosmetics, Valued Not Over .05 Each Year To Date March Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 360,000 3,422 1,192,400 14,758 Fr Germ 1,458,500 53,501 5,028,000 91,692 Italy 2,612,000 24,137 8,299,900 96,055 India 1,500,000 13,200 China 6,455,352 188,132 18,699,146 498,191 Kor Rep 800,000 20,150 2,803,000 80,662 844,000 29,777 844,000 29,777 Hg Kong TOTAL 12,529,852 319,119 38,366,446 824,335 9603304000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes & Similar Brushes For Application of Cosmetics, Valued Over .05 But not Over .10 Each March Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 6,079,724 500,211 17,119,849 1,396,742 Brazil 96,000 6,677 96,000 6,677 Fr Germ 187,500 11,910 India 142,656 10,865 142,656 10,865 Indnsia 230,400 24,047 230,400 24,047 China 7,076,411 559,794 22,025,384 1,760,454 Kor Rep 899,200 67,739 1,676,200 111,439 Hg Kong 230,000 21,237 Taiwan 80,640 6,811 1,080,736 65,983 TOTAL 14,605,031 1,176,144 42,788,725 3,409,354 9603306000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes & Similar Brushes For Application Of Cosmetics, Valued Over .10 Each March Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 510 33,692 759 44,363 Mexico 9,007,418 1,428,883 25,949,657 4,151,153 Dom Rep 121,665 114,035 391,900 413,215 Denmark 220 3,020 220 3,020 U King 209,067 335,791 430,045 736,373 Belgium 13,976 3,673 France 58,989 204,407 169,174 666,090 Fr Germ 517,641 293,133 1,511,085 738,727 Czech 120 2,267 120 2,267 Switzld 148 7,761 314 11,483 Spain 22,461 105,072 29,760 137,531 Italy 29,005 15,696 124,858 48,630 India 367,113 147,541 954,904 452,996 Sri Lka 197,184 118,798 470,964 263,587 Thailnd 209,710 173,788 669,905 487,696 China 11,661,449 7,159,380 40,625,136 24,873,695 Kor Rep 177,690 173,887 614,759 578,075 Hg Kong 311,327 118,851 1,139,537 643,663 Taiwan 40,740 15,384 209,272 84,073 Japan 243,993 813,730 850,442 2,370,044 Maurit 6,401 10,645 10,235 31,973 TOTAL 23,182,851 11,275,761 74,167,022 36,742,327

Country Canada Mexico Fr Germ Singapr China Taiwan Japan

9603402000 Paint Rollers Year To Date March Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 45,283 44,493 173,413 1,126,481 826,888 2,577,171 1,020,330 130,015 499,450 48,321 2,448,014 1,029,159 6,456,112 15,000 15,525 15,000 40,000 28,476 40,000

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2,074,556

10,330,347

5,805,701

9603404020 Paint Pads (Other Than Of Subheading 9603.30) March Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value U King 4,800 6,677 4,800 6,677 Italy 44 7,438 China 681,246 374,931 2,889,238 1,296,976 Taiwan 9,584 75,208 56,384 459,362 TOTAL 695,630 456,816 2,950,466 1,770,453 9603404040 Natural Bristle Brushes, Other Than Brushes Of Subheading 9603.30 March Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Sweden 100 4,542 U King 17,824 22,297 Nethlds 336 2,805 France 1,340 3,475 Fr Germ 400 5,320 1,828 9,370 Italy 60,800 84,596 Turkey 23,112 69,943 Israel 12,000 9,423 Thailnd 371,664 52,720 Vietnam 81,984 6,395 487,512 59,613 Indnsia 1,874,224 302,268 6,488,174 1,079,446 China 274,476 36,082 351,556 73,820 Taiwan 153,316 46,212 Japan 480 4,252 3,180 28,543 TOTAL 2,231,564 354,317 7,972,742 1,546,805 9603404060 Paint, Distemper, Varnish/Similr Brushes Exc Subheading 9603.30 NESOI March Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Canada 5,114 6,552 57,442 Mexico 72 3,098 72 Brazil 48,488 15,589 52,588 Sweden 1 4,542 1 U King 4,923 7,854 5,043 Fr Germ 2,819 14,715 17,402 Czech 9,600 Switzld 517 Italy 133 6,816 133 Vietnam 17,948 16,692 53,706 Singapr 10,750 Indnsia 4,136,286 695,185 10,203,601 China 11,868,614 4,870,401 36,556,648 288,568 43,144 596,735 Taiwan Japan 912 6,119 110,283 5,690,707 47,674,521 16,373,878 TOTAL

Brushes of Value 66,756 3,098 27,539 4,542 12,365 67,116 6,014 2,358 6,816 85,006 4,309 2,026,633 15,036,666 189,953 39,667 17,578,838

Country Mexico Brazil China Rep Saf TOTAL

9603908010 Wiskbrooms Year To Date March Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 1,520 2,429 30,033 2,429 99,718 12,385 15,936 768 42,418 104,435 18,365

Value 2,893 30,033 85,570 2,467 120,963

Country Canada Mexico Guatmal Salvadr Colomb Brazil Italy China Egypt TOTAL

9603908020 Upright Brooms Year To Date March Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 284 3,519 152 130,726 73,688 75,556 17,940 22,233 17,940 21,012 20,849 21,012 18,792 3,761 5,520 46,950 26,089 5,640 22,494 10,122 3,836 367,640 1,439,464 314,669 8,716 14,544 14,544 458,869 536,617 1,712,206

Value 7,249 138,417 22,233 20,849 17,313 79,223 24,202 1,554,737 8,716 1,872,939

9603908030 Push Brooms, 41 CM or Less in Width March Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Country Sri Lka 720

Value 3,213

China TOTAL

Country Canada Mexico Guatmal Salvadr Dom Rep Colomb Venez Brazil Czech Hungary Spain Italy Israel India Sri Lka Thailnd Vietnam Indnsia China Taiwan Egypt TOTAL

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21,371 24,584

9603908040 Other Brooms, NESOI March Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 70,476 67,787 222,369 425,520 890,285 1,019,537 20,400 19,736 40,800 3,048 22,758 26,058 1,577 27,278 1,577 41,019 41,060 68,919 720,252 11,064 55,927 84,433 21,850 22,564 21,850 27,900 25,416 26,014 47,616 4,256 9,604 5,599 3,986 3,257 3,986 844 2,194 844 32,054 62,087 102,336 6,500 12,160 38,150 754,604 917,485 1,855,394 9,060 43,247 9,220 3,600 1,425,174 2,211,283 4,319,100

Value 376,526 2,097,606 40,272 62,194 27,278 69,054 41,437 176,043 22,564 8,777 48,509 23,852 3,257 2,194 261,395 9,034 11,241 38,974 2,154,657 46,090 2,904 5,523,858

9603908050 Brooms, Brushes, Sqeegees, Etc., NESOI March Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 2,663,055 6,138,247 Mexico 3,589,159 10,933,892 Salvadr 18,578 Hondura 1,454,981 3,338,358 Panama 9,716 Dom Rep 3,930 169,402 Colomb 62,007 261,411 Brazil 22,966 162,865 Argent 70,906 Sweden 15,134 105,110 Denmark 90,067 242,420 44,976 171,780 U King Nethlds 149,366 313,352 641,510 230,435 Belgium France 13,909 28,991 Fr Germ 228,581 489,195 199,439 Austria Czech 8,093 Switzld 14,703 8,487 2,063 Poland Spain 72,513 81,613 Italy 507,417 1,694,794 3,835 Romania 3,299 Syria Israel 65,420 168,376 India 66,849 379,955 Pakistn 481,846 1,502,263 Sri Lka 335,714 821,060 2,558,357 644,435 Thailnd Vietnam 5,573 136,020 Malaysa 50,695 94,149 18,615 Singapr Indnsia 66,092 155,295 China 21,203,057 70,429,089 Kor Rep 225,859 801,242 961,805 263,078 Hg Kong 2,423,257 805,406 Taiwan Japan 15,053 126,442 Austral 2,972 209,257 57,995 83,464 W Samoa 56,903 17,664 Egypt TOTAL 33,458,267 106,035,545


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Malish Introduces Diamabrush™ Diamond Abrasive Tools The Malish Corporation, a global leader in the design and manufacture of floor machine and surface cleaning brushes, has introduced Diamabrush™, a unique diamond abrasive floor preparation system for concrete floor polishing, mastic removal and hardwood prep. The Diamabrush™ System is comprised of four different tools, each designed to be used on standard low pressure commercial cleaning machines including single discs, walk behind auto scrubbers and ride-on auto scrubbers. For preparing a concrete floor for epoxy recoating, the Diamabrush™ System offers a 25 grit spring metal tool. This oneof-a-kind brush flexes to hit the highs and lows of the epoxy floor to scarify and prep the epoxy for a recoat. For concrete polishing, the Diama-

brush™ System offers a 6-tool system to grind and hone trawled concrete floors: 100 grit metal, 100 grit polymer, 200 grit polymer, 400 grit polymer, 1,000 grit polymer, and 2,000 grit polymer. To remove mastic, the Diamabrush™ Mastic Removal Tool is specifically designed to do the job efficiently after a VCT, tile floor or commercial carpet pull-up. Finally, the Diamabrush™ Hardwood Prep Tool removes polyurethane off of hardwood floors. A 50 grit metal blade makes easy work of removing the black felt and mastic off of a wood floor that formally had linoleum or tile floor glued to the top of the wood floor. The Malish Corporation Vice President of Sales and Marketing Fred Lombardi noted, "The Diamabrush™ System will truly revolutionize floor preparation. In addition, this

FEIBP Congress To Feature 3rd Innovation Award At Bristol, UK The 51st FEIBP (European Brushware Federation) Congress is scheduled for Sept. 24-26, 2009 in Bristol, the United Kingdom. The event is designed to provide those in the brush industry with an opportunity to share views and receive information among colleagues. The 3rd FEIBP Innovation Award will also be one of the highlights in Bristol. The objective of the Innovation Award is to stimulate those companies that are directly or indirectly involved with the brushware industry, to show recent products and to help those in the industry become more aware of new product developments and innovation characteristics. All members of the European Brushware Federation are eligible to participate in the FEIBP Innovation Award program. A large exhibition space during the brush forum will also be offered. Participants of the Congress will vote on the award winner. The winning company will then receive full exposure in terms of attention at the Congress as well as other public relation outings. Those attending this year’s FEIBP Congress should also enjoy the host city. Bristol is truly dedicated to sustainable living and has earned a status as being a “green capital.” Its credentials, along with over 450 parks and green spaces — proportionately more than any other city in the United Kingdom —makes it a contender for the title of “Greenest City in Europe.” Bristol has enjoyed a rich and eventful past, and many parts of the city are much as they were hundreds of years ago. From medieval town to cutting-edge cultural city, Bristol continues to move forward and lead the way according to its own unique style. Visit www.eurobrush.com to receive more information about the 51st FEIBP Congress and/or how to register for a nomination regarding the 3rd FEIBP Innovation Award.

product line extends our reach to new markets and further positions Malish as a global leader in engineered brushes." For more information on the new Diamabrush™ Tools, contact Stacey Pfeifer, customer service/marketing manager, at 440-510-7142, or via e-mail at staceyp@malish.com.

Canadian Brush Manufacturers Association Enters Dormancy Period After much deliberation, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Brush Manufacturers Association (CBMA) has decided to enter a period of "dormancy.” This means that, while the Association will continue to exist, it will not be undertaking any activity at the current time. According to a statement released by the CBMA Board of Directors, this was a difficult decision to reach. The Board looked at the number of members the CBMA currently has, the level of support for the Association in the industry and the current economic environment. Based on these factors, the Board felt dormancy to be the most appropriate decision. It was decided to put the Association into dormancy rather than dissolution. In this way, it is poised to resurrect itself should the need arise. In the meantime, the American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) will be handling the annual reporting required by Industries Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency. The ABMA will also offer Canadian members the opportunity to meet during its annual conference, will maintain a Canadian presence on its Web site and will consider Canadian-only issues that might arise. For more information, visit www.abma.org.


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Milwaukee Dustless’ eMOP Includes Self-contained Dispensing System The eMOP from Milwaukee Dustless Brush / Gordon Brush Wisconsin, LLC, provides a cleaning staff with a fully selfcontained dispensing mop system, as well as a fully integrated dust and sweep tool, reducing the economic cost and environmental concerns associated with traditional dust mops and wringer bucket systems. The patented eMOP is a pressurized spray mop that dispenses an uncontaminated cleaning solution directly to the floor.

This lightweight, balanced and ergonomic tool is designed to support modern Green cleaning programs. With significant economic savings in reduced chemical usage, reduced water usage and decreased staff time to perform floor cleaning tasks, the eMOP delivers improved cleanliness while reducing costs and environmental impact. For more information, call 1-800-6323220 or visit www.milwaukeedustless.com.

Zephyr Introduces Green+Pro™ Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products Zephyr is a one-stop source for quality, environmentally responsible cleaning products. The company’s new line of Green+Pro™ products combines quality manufacturing and the added benefit of environmentally friendly materials. Zephyr understands that saving resources helps the environment and aids the overall economy. Zephyr offers new products that are made from a combination of recycled and renewable materials. The Zephyr Green+Pro™ Program offers cleaning tools made from recycled plastic bottles that are overflowing landfills. The company’s laminated bamboo handles are constructed from bamboo that renews itself faster than traditional wood. The Green+Pro™ loop mops contain yarn that is made with 100 percent certified recycled fibers from PET plastic bottles plus recycled rayon and polyester from the post-consumer waste stream. In addition to this, they absorb 4.5 times their weight,

last longer, lint less, and lose less than half the weight of other yarns after laundering. Zephyr is particularly proud that the yarn is manufactured using renewable energy, minimizing the impact from manufacturing. Its Green+Pro™ dust mops are manufactured using 100 percent certified recycled fiber Greentex yarn from the post-consumer waste stream and the backing is also made from 100 percent post-consumer waste. The PET polyester construction provides superior abrasion resistance with the added benefit of lasting longer. It can be laundered repeatedly and is 90 percent dry after only a spin cycle in the washer. The final element in this line of products is the bamboo handles used to make the mopsticks, dust mop handles, and the large angle broom. These handles contain bamboo, which is a good substitute for hardwoods because it grows faster and can be harvested with little impact on the environ-

ment. Bamboo is so strong that it can be used as scaffolding and also has anti-oxidant properties that prevent bacterial growth thereby prolonging its useful life. For those companies that want to minimize their environmental impact, the Zephyr Green+Pro™ Program is the perfect solution. For more information, call 660-827-0352 or send e-mail to info@zephyrmfg.com.

Fielco Adhesives Offers Innovative Brush Setting With SURE CURE™ Fielco Adhesive’s SURE CURE™ alleviates inefficient manufacturing caused by lengthy adhesive penetration and curing times that have plagued the brush industry. Waiting for brush setting adhesive to dry has always been an obstacle to in-line processing of paintbrushes. Room temperature cure times of 4 to 6 hours create a disruption which interrupts and significantly slows the flow of brushes through the assembly process. The reduced cure time required by SURE CURE™ epoxy adhesive enables in-line pouring of the adhesive that fastens the bristle or synthetic filaments to the brush-head. Fielco has carefully engineered a flexible set of parameters into SURE CURE™ so the overall paintbrush manufacturing industry can use the product over a range of production line speeds. Avoiding traditional 4 to 6 hour cure times at room temperature, manufacturers can expect to

increase throughput when using SURE CURE™. The long curing time required by earlier adhesives has always been costly to the brush industry in terms of rejected product. Under pressure to produce, when deciding whether the adhesive had hardened sufficiently to resume manufacturing, plant personnel sometimes incorrectly estimated the penetration state of the curing adhesive, resulting in product rejection. With Fielco’s SURE CURE™, where processes are speeded by oven-generated higher temperatures, only two minutes are needed after pouring to evaluate penetration depth. Cure times as short as five minutes are easily achievable with optimized processing conditions. Based in Huntingdon Valley, PA, Fielco distributes its adhesive products throughout the world. For more information, visit www.fielco.com or call 800-825-7156.


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U.S. Imports 11 Short Tons Of Broom Corn In April NC, said there was not much from April’s broom corn import report that made sense. For starters, he added, the price of the Mexican import appears to be too high, and Caddy doesn’t feel A total of 11 short tons of broom corn entered the United States any broom corn is being grown in the Dominican Republic. during April 2009, according to the U.S. Department of “We (R.E. Caddy) have exported to the Dominican Republic, Commerce. The value of this import was $27,195, with a cost per but we have never brought anything in from there,” Caddy said. ton of $2,472 ($1.24 per pound). He explained that it also does not make any sense to import only The U.S. government reported that two countries imported 4 short tons of broom corn from Mexico at $2.70 per pound. broom corn during the fourth month of 2009, led by the “That import may be some other fiber that is simply misclassiDominican Republic with 7 short tons with a total value of $5,600. fied as broom corn. It would be hard to believe that actual broom The cost per ton of this import was $800 (40 cents per pound). The corn was imported from either source during April — Mexico or other country to send broom corn was Mexico at 4 short tons. the Dominican Republic — given those figures,” Caddy Total value of this import was $21,595, with a cost per ton of explained. $5,399 ($2.70 per pound). When interviewed on June 16, Caddy said Mexican broom corn April’s broom corn import mark of 11 short tons was the small- processors are hoping to have broom corn harvested from the est in recent memory, and quite a bit lower compared to one year Torreon region of Mexico available for sale in another month. ago, when the government reported that 150 short tons of broom “In the meantime, we (R.E. Caddy) have been receiving broom corn entered the United States during April 2008. corn (from Mexico) that is a mixture of supply left over from last After the first four months of 2009, a total of 96 short tons of year plus a little bit from this year’s Apatzingan harvest. We have broom corn was imported into the United States. Total value of what we need,” he said. “There is still broom corn inventory left this import was $246,892, with a cost per ton of $2,572 ($1.29 per in Mexico to be purchased. We haven’t hit that point yet where pound). In comparison, 371 short tons of broom corn were import- there is no broom corn available. I would hope that when we ed into the country after the first four months of 2008, with a total receive May’s broom corn import figures that they indicate an value of $897,714. The cost per ton of this import was $2,420 uptick in the market.” ($1.21 per pound). According to Caddy, as of the middle of June, Mexican broom The 2009 import breakdown in short tons by country after four corn pricing had remained fairly steady. The same can be said for months is as follows: Mexico, 80 tons; Chile, 9 tons; and the Mexican yucca fiber. Dominican Republic, 7 tons. “The supply of yucca fiber is good and the turnaround on orders is fairly quick. The quality appears to be very nice as well. Yucca Richard Caddy of R.E. Caddy & Co., Inc., in Greensboro, fiber is relatively cheap compared to (broom corn) insides,” Caddy said. Broom Corn Imports As far as overall 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Total Cost business is concerned, Tons Tons Tons Tons Tons Tons Value Per Ton Caddy added that his company has experiJanuary 174 125 61 116 89 14 $47,077 $3,363 ($1.68) enced some encour44 215 90 91 21 $63,921 $3,044 ($1.52) 113 February aging signs from cusMarch 168 77 65 83 41 50 $108,699 $2,174 ($1.09) tomers as of late — April 122 120 56 48 150 11 $27,195 $2,472 ($1.24) particularly during the May 167 36 135 172 98 time period stretching June 147 65 81 63 65 from the latter part of July 162 124 160 80 66 May through the midAugust 183 177 216 80 76 dle of June. September 215 124 152 131 133 “We have seen an 133 184 92 123 202 October increase in business 29 160 96 200 November 194 from different sectors December 127 164 76 101 17 which is good,” he 1,216 $2,572 ($1.29) 1,497 $246,892 1,389 96 1,974 978 said. By Harrell Kerkhoff Broom, Brush & Mop Editor


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Tim Monahan of The Thomas Monahan Co., in Arcola, IL, agreed that April’s import figures look to be in error. He said the $2.70 per pound figure for Mexican broom corn is “way off.” “I would be surprised that even (the Dominican Republic) figure is correct. I would suspect the government is going to revise April’s import figures,” Monahan said. “A long time ago there was some experimentation and growing (of broom corn) in the Dominican Republic, but I have not heard of anything taking place as of late from that country.” He added that at 40 cents per pound, it’s feasible the import from the Dominican Republic could have been raw broom corn, but not very likely. Monahan recently visited Mexico and said the report he received indicated that this year’s first Torreon harvest will be less than first expected and not quite as large as last year’s first harvest. He added that due to current broom corn pricing, there may be a larger second planting of broom corn in Torreon later this season. Regarding yucca fiber, Monahan reported that this market is still soft. He said there is plenty of yucca fiber available from Mexican sources. “Yucca fiber capacity is being cut back right now because there is very low demand,” he said.

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Nexstep Commercial Products Announces MaxiSurface™ Steel Roller Mop & Refill

Nexstep Commercial Products (exclusive licensee of O-Cedar) has announced its MaxiSurface™ Steel Roller Mop & Refill. It features: n Natural cellulose sponge that is durable, absorbent and leaves floors dry; n Heavy-gauge steel frame which provides durability; n Internal wringing mechanism that prevents bent wires, pinched fingers and keeps hands dry; n Soft-grip wringer lever which provides comfort; n Firm-grip steel ribbed handle that eliminates common cracking, warping, splintering and handle Bart Pelton of PelRay International, LLC, in San Antonio, slippage; and, TX, also felt that April’s import numbers were off. n Swivel hang cap that helps keep janitor closet organized. “We (PelRay International) didn’t bring in a whole lot of broom MaxiSurface™ Steel Roller Mop & Refill is available in the 12corn in April, but we did bring in more than 4 tons from Mexico inch size. ... and we paid less than $2.70 per pound as well,” Pelton said. Visit www.ocedarcommercial.com for more information. He added that there has been broom corn grown in the past in the Dominican Republic, but it typically wouldn’t be ready for importation in April. “I also can’t imagine it coming in at 40 cents per pound,” Pelton said. “It could be raw broom corn, but even that would sell for more than 40 cents per pound.” Professional roller multiWhen interviewed on June 16, Pelton said there has not been a packs from Wooster Brush lot of broom corn available for purchase in Mexico as of late. Most give painters added value of what is available is insides along with some short and 22-inch for the complete project: one hurl. Hurl is hard to find for sizes ranging from 16, 18, and 20- cover to prime, one for the inches. However, due to a lack of demand, the low amount of ceiling and one for the walls. Wooster Super/Fab® and available Mexican broom corn is not causing a great concern. According to Pelton, broom corning harvesting has started as Pro/Doo-Z® 3-Packs allow of the middle of June in the Torreon region. Processed broom for a consistent finish to be carried from one room to corn should be available by the first or second week in July. “We are hearing estimates indicating the first harvest from another. Super/Fab rollers have Torreon is expected to be near the same size as last year’s first harvest, which was small. If this holds true, it will be a disappoint- remained a best-selling professional cover for more than 40 years. ment,” Pelton said. “It’s hard to get good information, however, They provide high paint capacity, complete coverage and mat because processors are still not traveling that much to the Torreon resistance for smoother results with all flat to satin paints, stains area due to the ongoing threat of violence, such as kidnappings.” and waterproofing treatments. The Super/Fab 3-Pack contains Pelton added that Mexican broom corn pricing remains relative- popular 1/2-inch nap rollers. Pro/Doo-Z rollers are made with a dense, high-capacity fabric ly unchanged compared to the previous month of May. “If there was any demand at all, broom corn prices would go up. that has interlocked fibers to prevent shedding. They provide a I think a lot of people are waiting to see what the new crop in smooth finish with all paints, enamels, primers, urethanes and epoxies. The Pro/Doo-Z 3-Pack is now available in two pile Torreon brings,” Pelton said. In a bit of good news, Pelton feels yucca fiber is currently at a heights: 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch. Wooster Super/Fab and Pro/Doo-Z 3-Packs are available at trabargain price. He added this may not last for very long, however, as processors could cut production in the near future if pricing ditional paint and decorating centers, hardware stores and at paint sundry distributors and retailers. does not increase.

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any leading companies involved in the world’s hardware and foodservice marketplaces once again met during two separate tradeshows. The National Hardware Show took place May 5-7 in Las Vegas, while The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show met May 16-19 in Chicago. This year’s two shows included many exhibitors of broom, brush, mop, squeegee and related products, including those companies featured on the following pages.

Harper Brush Works

Harper Brush Works, Fairfield, IA, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 5-7. Pictured are Barry Harper, Patricia Adam, Noreen O’Reilly and Greg Stinson.

Corona Brushes, Inc.

Corona Brushes, Inc., Tampa, FL, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 5-7. Pictured is Neil Trenk.


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Distribuidora Perfect

Distribuidora Perfect, Naucalpan, Edo. de Mexico, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 5-7. Pictured are Rodrigo Ripstein, left, and Luis del Rio Ambriz.

The Wooster Brush Company

The Wooster Brush Company, Wooster, OH, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 5-7. Pictured is Jeff Wike.

Mr. LongArm

Mr. LongArm, Greenwood, MO, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 5-7. Pictured are Janice Nachbar and Linda Fore.

Magnolia Brush

Magnolia Brush, Clarksville, TX, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 5-7. Pictured are Bill Powell, left, and Gary Townes.


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Padco Companies, Inc.

Padco Companies, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 5-7. Pictured are Oscar Fernandez, left, and Anna MacCormick.

Freudenberg Household Products

Freudenberg Household Products, O-Cedar速, Northlake, IL, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 5-7. Pictured are Jim Castetter, left, and Henrik Sternberg.

Great American Marketing, Inc.

Great American Marketing, Inc., Valencia, CA, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 5-7. Pictured is Elliot Piltzer.

Emsco Group

Emsco Group, Girard, PA, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 5-7. Pictured are Bill Barlow, left, and Kimberly Cook.


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Ace Oldfields

Ace Oldfields, Jakarta, Indonesia, was among the exhibitors at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 5-7. Pictured are Oscar Permadi, left, and Janto Setiono.

Tucel Industries, Inc.

Tucel Industries, Inc., Forestdale, VT, was among the exhibitors at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago, IL, May 16-19. Pictured is John Lewis.

ACS Industries, Inc.

ACS Industries, Inc., Lincoln, RI, was among the exhibitors at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago, IL, May 16-19. Pictured are Rory Beaudette, left, and Richard Johnson.

Unger Enterprises, Inc.

Unger Enterprises, Inc., Bridgeport, CT, was among the exhibitors at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago, IL, May 16-19. Pictured is Robert Camp.


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Gordon Brush Features Video Gordon Brush now offers the company’s manufacturing capabilities video on its Web site: www.gordonbrush.com. The video shows, in detail, the latest brushes that Gordon Brush has available. The company, located in Commerce, CA, makes over 1,500 standard catalog items and over 14,000 custom brushes for customers throughout the world.

INDEX OF ADVERTISERS ABMA ......................................................................34 Brush Expert .............................................................34 Caddy & Co., Inc., R.E.............................................11 Carlson Tool .............................................................11 Chung Thai Brushes Co..............................................7 Crystal Lake................................................................9 Jones Companies .......................................Front Cover Line Manufacturing, Inc. ..........................................22 Manufacturers Resource .............................................3 Monahan Co., The Thomas .......................................5 PelRay.........................................................................2 Shanghai Aubi Metals Co. .........................Back Cover St. Nick Brush Co.....................................................13


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Broom, Brush & Mop July 2009  

Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine's July 2009 issue. The trade magazine for the broom, brush and mop industry.

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