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Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine SERVING THE INDUSTRY SINCE 1912

Mop Yarn, Tape

Suppliers Are Seeing Growth In 2010 Jones Companies Bo-Buck Mills Lemieux Spinning Jason Mills Packaging Roundup

Companies Streamline Operations, Stress Customer Service Vonco Products Creative Poly Pioneer Packaging

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s 2010 winds down, the volatility of the U.S. economy still has many businesses across the board in a “wait and see” mode. For the mop yarn and/or mop tape companies interviewed recently by Broom, Brush & Mop, the year has generally been an improvement from the depths of the recession experienced in 2009. The executives reported their respective companies are holding their own and even experiencing growth in some areas.

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ffering more than 30 types of yarns designed for wet and dry mopping tools, Jones Companies, Ltd. (JCL), of Humboldt, TN, specializes in yarns made with recycled post-industrial and post-consumer fiber. “JCL has focused on the floor cleaning industry since 1936,” JCL Account Vice President Andrew Dailey said. “As we begin our 75th year, our commitment to innovation couldn’t be stronger. We recognize that the future has many challenges which will impact our industry. We are obligated to provide quality value added products and services that support the cleaning products manufacturers that allow us to partner with them.” While the mop segment has traditionally been a primary focus, JCL also manufactures yarns and products for other industries as well. The company’s offerings include: antimicrobial, rayon blend, cotton blend and cellulose/synthetic blend yarns. JCL also manufactures proprietary blend yarns to meet a customer’s application needs, from wet mops to high twist dust mops. “In addition to the yarn products that we manufacture, our product line includes tape, mesh and thread used to manufacture mops,” Dailey said. “In the third quarter of 2010, we introduced a line of carpet bonnets, disposable dust mops, microfiber towels and microfiber tube wet mops. Grouped under the heading of

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‘Next Generation,’ we wanted to communicate our strategies for the future of floor care. “As a result of our continuing research and development, we are expanding our line of alternative substrates for use in conventional cut-end and looped-end wet mops. nWET, or nonwoven edge trim, is a highly absorbent and economical product that positions well for limited use applications.”

“It appears that global economics may be affording a return of manufacturing to North America. We believe quality products can be competitively produced by our customers. The market will be challenged to make adjustments as global factors impact the status quo of cleaning products.” Andrew Dailey, Jones Companies While the mantra “innovation, innovation, innovation” is a foundational principle in JCL’s business philosophy, the company is equally committed to keeping abreast of fiber development. “Historically, JCL has made significant investments in technology that improves efficiency,” Dailey said. “Recently, we have added technology that allows spinning of a broader range of raw materials.” JCL has also taken steps during the past year or so to offer a wider variety of product options. The company works with customers to identify their unique needs in order to offer more alternatives. This affords customers a greater choice in the yarns they choose to include in their product lines, which, in turn, helps them to be more competitive in their particular markets. While the economy has shown some tentative signs of improvement in 2010, there remains some volatility and uncertainty.


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“As with many companies, 2010 has been a year filled with ups and downs,” Dailey reported. “We continue to exercise strategies to improve efficiencies in these challenging times. While recent demand has been more promising, we believe that the efforts of our associates have enabled our company to adapt to the highs and lows. Our customers have worked with us to achieve a number of our goals to support North American mop manufacturing.” In speaking of challenges facing JCL as the company moves forward, Dailey spoke of adapting to a global economy. It is Dailey’s contention that the success of U.S. companies lay in innovation to make floor care products that are more than just commodity items. Should commodity products prevail in the floor care market, he believes that would severely hinder domestic manufacturers in competing with imports. “It appears that global economics may be affording a return of manufacturing to North America,” Dailey said. “We believe quality products can be competitively produced by our customers. The market will be challenged to make adjustments as global factors impact the status quo of cleaning products. Changes in raw material supplies may be the biggest driver for innovation in the next three to five years.” When it comes to offering the best in customer service, cultivating relationships has been the bedrock of this effort Andrew Dailey, with both customers and supof Jones Companies pliers. JCL’s mission, according to company literature, is “to be people oriented, service minded, quality driven and profit motivated. But, at no time should these aspirations sacrifice the dignity of the individual: be it associate, customer supplier or owner.” Part of the company’s customer service effort is to assist customers with timely inventory management. This has been especially critical during these recessionary times, as many companies have reduced inventories as a cost saving measure. JCL has also helped customers cut costs in other ways during these hard times by developing innovative products. For example, the company shifted from a woven tailband material to a knitted material, which has helped maintain its costs to mop manufacturers. These efforts are a result of JCL’s commitment to continually evaluate the marketplace in order to take advantage of new opportunities and innovations. “JCL also has a web portal with enhanced customer service tools,” Dailey said. “Customers can place and adjust orders, review purchase histories and monitor special product offerings.” Dailey said the company would continue to focus its energy on the further cultivation of market expertise, customer support, quality assurance and the ability to respond to customer expectations, while never sacrificing its 75-year history of integrity.

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“‘The past is history’ is not just a catchy phrase,” Dailey said. “We believe that the future offers many opportunities, however success will be dependent on our industry’s ability to explore tactics that do not rely on old product strategies. What looks like, smells like or tastes like a mop yarn, may not be viable for the future.” Contact: Jones Companies, Ltd., P.O. Box 367, Humboldt, TN 38343. Phone: Sales - 877-849-2767; Customer Service - 800238-8334; Order Fax: 800-235-9276. E-mail: jonesco@jonesyarn.com. Web site: www.jonesyarn.com.

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pproaching 60 years in business, Bo-Buck Mills, Inc., of Chesterfield, SC, is a leader in producing high quality narrow woven and knitted fabric, including mop tape, in a wide range of widths, colors and textures. Bo-Buck produces mop tape in Chesterfield using Americanmade yarn. The company prides itself in the high quality of its products and its personalized customer service, according to Bo-Buck Mills President Andrew F. Maner. “A major key to success in our industry is to continually nurture relationships,” Maner said. “Perhaps the most important thing we sell is excellent service and quality. Keeping in touch with customers and knowing where Serge Lemieux, they are going and what they of Lemieux Spinning want is crucial.” While Bo-Buck’s offerings sometimes cost a little more, they provide customers with what Maner calls “runnability,” which enhances efficiency. While 2010 has been up and down for many market segments, Maner said the company is pleased that business at Bo-Buck “has been fairly steady.” One source of new business for Bo-Buck recently has stemmed from companies that have been operating in overseas markets. “We are finding that some customers that we lost to foreign markets are coming back to us,” Maner said. “Whether it is because of supply issues or other reasons, we really haven’t put our finger on why they are coming back. Regardless of why, we are pleased with their business.” Bo-Buck has also gained some sales from companies that are doing business overseas, but have called upon Bo-Buck to fill emergency orders. Bo-Buck is located in the Pee Dee region of northeastern South Carolina, so-called because the area is in the watershed of the Pee Dee River, named after the Pee Dee Native American tribe. Bo-Buck specializes in producing consistent quality mop tape ranging in sizes from 3/8 of an inch to 7.5 inches. The company is able to produce tape in specific widths to the nearest 1/16 of an inch in 1/16-inch intervals. Bo-Buck’s tape comes in a variety of colors, according to customer specifications. The Continued On Page 10


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s 2010 moves into its latter stages, anecdotal evidence suggests that the general consensus among many U.S. companies is business was better than it was in 2009. Nonetheless, business this year has been up and down in many market segments. According to the executives from three packaging companies interviewed recently by Broom, Brush & Mop, this scenario seems to be holding true. In keeping their respective companies on a profitable path, they spoke of the importance of streamlining operations, an intensive effort to acquire new business and raising the bar on offering the best in customer service.

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bags, boiling bags, and others. The company’s retail products include self-locking broom sleeves, mop bags, handle bags, printed packaging materials, Christmas stockings and hand puppets for food packaging, among others. Perhaps Vonco’s most visible product to the average consumer is its ThunderStix® noisemaker (www.thunderstix.com). The colorful noisemakers have become a must for fans at sporting events around the globe. There is even a pair on display in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, and they have been seen during the Major League Baseball playoffs. “We are going into our 12th year with the ThunderStix® noisemakers and they are still very popular,” Laske said. “They were also on full display during the recent WNBA finals between the

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s the U.S. economy has shown some improvement, albeit in fits and starts, Vonco Products, Inc., of Lake Villa, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago, has been able to maintain an even keel, due, in large part, to its diversity, versatility and emphasis on higher Les Laske, efficiencies. of Vonco Products Since 1955, the familyowned Vonco has made its mark as one of the most innovative manufacturers of flexible custom packaging, and specialty and promotional products sold worldwide. “We are involved in many market segments,” said Vonco Vice President of Sales Les Laske. “We offer custom packaging for a wide range of markets, including the broom, brush and mop industry; medical; industrial and retail packaging as well as promotional products. Some markets are doing better than others. The result has been we are holding steady overall.” For the medical field, Vonco offers drainage and specimen bags, bottle holders, disposable gloves and boots, instrument covers, and more. Its industrial products include liquid dispensers, round bottom bags, volume indicators, multi-compartment bags, filter

Walt Dudziak, of Creative Poly

Jill Shinners, of Pioneer Packaging

Seattle Storm and Atlanta Dream. The promotional side of the business is growing as we have added many products. We are also working on some opportunities in the industrial and retail packaging segments of our business.” While the full brunt of the recession did not manifest itself in most industries until the late summer and autumn of 2008, Vonco made an acquisition earlier that year, which has proven to be a major plus during these tough times. In January 2008, Vonco purchased another Chicagoland business, Poly Shapes, of Gilbert, IL. “January 18 is the three-year anniversary of the Poly Shapes acquisition,” Laske said. “The purchase of Poly Shapes has helped Continued On Page 13


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company offers several in-stock colors, and can also custom blend dyes to meet the customer’s needs and wants. The company’s dye process enables the color to be totally imbedded into the tape. Furthermore, Bo-Buck’s quality control program includes the inspection by hand of every inch of tape produced. In addition to mop tape, Bo-Buck specializes in mattress

“A major key to success in our industry is to continually nurture relationships. Perhaps the most important thing we sell is excellent service and quality. Keeping in touch with customers and knowing where they are going and what they want is crucial.” Andrew Maner, Bo-Buck Mills binding tape. The company also offers a variety of other tapes, including athletic wrapping, auto seat, carpet, casket, crime scene, curing, electrical, flag, government special use, leader, medical, mounting, printed label, reflective, ribbon, shoe lace, textile spinning, tie, upholstery, Venetian blind and wicking. Bo-Buck’s customer base is located in the United States and Canada, primarily east of the Rocky Mountains. “We service several markets, and this is a good thing, especially in tough economic times,” Maner said. “By being diversified, the company does not have to count on one industry to survive. Many times if we have a valley in one segment, business will peak in another market.” While Bo-Buck has historically been able to offer its customers quick turnaround times, this ability has been magnified during the down economy as many companies are keeping inventories as low as possible to cut costs. “We are maintaining extra inventory to service customers who are coming to us with spot and emergency orders, as well as servicing companies that are keeping their inventories low,” Maner said. “Companies don’t like to keep inventory these days, but they expect us to keep it, which we are able to do, even though it is a challenge for us.” Bo-Buck’s colorful name stems from the nicknames of two boys, Bo and Buck, who were related to the business’ founders. Three families started Bo-Buck in 1952. Maner has often said one of the company’s greatest strengths is the faith and trust that customers have from being in business for so many years. “I look forward to next year,” Maner said. “I think business will pick up in the mop segment and the industries it serves.” Contact: Bo-Buck Mills, P.O. Box 692, Chesterfield, SC 29709. Phone: 843-623-2158; Toll free: 800-690-7474; Fax: 843-623-6849. E-mail: Bobuckmills@bobuckmills.com. Web site: www.bobuckmills.com. Bo-Buck Mills is represented by Manufacturers Resource, Inc., 800-772-8503.

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ounded in 1906, Lemieux Spinning, Inc., of St. Ephrem, QC, is a leading North American manufacturer of textile products including mop yarn. The company’s founder, J.A. Lemieux, was dedicated to offering first-rate service and high quality products, which remains the mission of Lemieux Spinning to this day. J.A. Lemieux’s son, Clément Lemieux, took over the reins of the company in 1945, and today, the company is headed by President Serge Lemieux, who took over from his father, JeanPaul Lemieux, who had been president from 1986 to 2007. Serge Lemieux’s brother, Marc, is the company’s general manager. While some segments of the Lemieux Spinning’s business have been down during 2010, mop yarn sales have gained some momentum as the year has progressed. “The past year has been difficult in some parts of our business,” Serge Lemieux said. “However, concerning mop yarns, sales were slow during the first quarter but are much better now. We are seeing opportunities in the market for new mop yarn products. We are listening to what customers are demanding, and are responding to their expectations to solve problems that end-users face everyday. “As the Canadian economy is directly linked to the U.S. economy, the current economic conditions in the United Sates are directly affecting our business. Nearly 50 percent of our production goes into the United States, so we are very concerned. However, we are now seeing more positive signs of improvement and hopefully it will get better.” Lemieux Spinning’s products come in four major categories: industrial yarns, “Yarns of Olde,” specialized yarns and synthetic yarns. According to company literature, “Yarns of Olde” allow the customer to “rediscover the warmth and beauty of wool” for hand knitting, crocheting or weaving works. Environmental and social issues are an important aspect of both the company’s internal operations and also its products. Lemieux Spinning has worked to lower its industrial waste to a minimum, and to find new ways to innovate recycled products. In addition to producing quality products, J.A. Lemieux’s orig-

“Automation and new technology have always been our top priority as a means to produce yarns at the lowest cost possible, without compromising our excellent quality. The challenge moving forward is to provide our customers with added value products.” Serge Lemieux, Lemieux Spinning inal vision for the company included offering the best in customer service. This commitment has not wavered over the years. Lemieux Spinning views itself as a “business partner” with customers. “Personalized service is an important key to our company’s success,” Lemieux said. “Each customer has his or her express phone line into our company. When customers call, they are taken care of by a live person at the other end of the line right


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away. We return calls in a very short period of time. We are committed to taking the proper corrective action to solve any problems customers may have, and always in a timely manner.” The further enhance customer service, Lemieux reported the company’s new website will be up and running by the end of the year. “The website, www.lemieuxspinning.com, will feature a new colorful design that will better represent the new generation of products in place,” Lemieux said. “Also, in the following months, new products will be presented to our customers, which is a result of different demands from the industry.” Traditionally, Lemieux Spinning has kept abreast with the latest in automation and technology, allowing it to lower production costs and enhance efficiency. This makes it available for the company to keep prices as competitive as possible. “Automation and new technology have always been our top priority as a means to produce yarns at the lowest cost possible, without compromising our excellent quality,” Lemieux said. “The challenge moving forward is to provide our customers with added value products. This is our mission for the upcoming years. We believe innovation is the future for our company. Our Research & Development Department is working very hard to create new and refreshing products.” Contact: Lemieux Spinning, Inc., 125, Route 108 C.P 2039, St., Ephrem, QC, Canada G0M 1R0. Phone: 418-484-2169; Fax: 418-484-5561.

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ason Mills, LLC, of Milltown, NJ, is a leading producer of knit mesh for the mop industry serving a wide range of manufacturers throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. The company also focuses on industrial and custom fabric applications and is an industry leader in dye process, finishing, slitting and dye cutting on both stock and custom fabric. Jason Mills also manufactures and distributes various types of sports netting, bird netting and agricultural shade cloth. “Business overall in 2010 has been very good,” Jason Mills President Michael Lavroff said. “It has been good, but then again, we are using 2009 as a basis; nonetheless, it certainly has been up over 2009. “There is definitely some return of manufacturing to the United States from China. This includes, not only in the mop industry, but also in some of the niche markets that we serve. This is a trend I find encouraging.” Jason Mills was purchased by Lavroff in 2007. Lavroff has more than 25 years experience in the textile industry, and Jason Mills has been a leader in the manufacture of mesh for more than 30 years. For the mop segment, Jason Mills primarily offers the 5-inch harness or saddle that goes on the base of a mop. The company sells 5-, 1 1/4- and 1 3/4-inch mesh fabric. The company’s fabric is consistently about 3.5 ounces per square yard. The mesh is basically the abrasive part of the mop. It is run to a crisp finish and it serves to encircle the sponge and create an abrasive fabric, accord-

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ing to Lavroff. While offering the best in customer service has historically been a staple at Jason Mills, the current economic crisis has made this area of doing business even more critical. “Customer service remains our No. 1 focus,” Lavroff said. “We watch the proverbial P’s and Q’s a lot more closely than perhaps we did in the past.” To further enhance customer service capabilities, Jason Mills recently launched its new website, the development of which was

“There is definitely some return of manufacturing to the United States from China. This includes, not only in the mop industry, but also in some of the niche markets that we serve. This is a trend I find encouraging.” Michael Lavroff, Jason Mills an 18-month project. “We believe it is the most specification detailed of any textile manufacturer’s site in the industry,” Lavroff said. “We are very proud of the website.” In today’s more environmentally conscious world, green products in many market segments are in demand and, in many cases, are cost competitive with traditional products. However, in the yarn and fiber field, the cost of green products remains high. “As pertaining to brooms and mops, we have a dedicated supply chain for green yarns and fibers,” Lavroff said. “However, the cost of these products are anywhere from 15 to 25 percent higher

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than the conventional polyesters. In addition, minimum orders for these products are also high. We offer green options, but they are not typical off-the-shelf items where a customer can come in and purchase 500 yards. Currently, there is in the neighborhood of a 10,000-yard minimum. “The green yarns cost more and the minimums are higher from the brokers and suppliers over the conventional polyester or nylon that goes into these products. I think the technology is still years away from where we need it to be to be competitive enough to attract more people into the green marketplace.” While Jason Mills’ sales increased in 2010 over 2009, the economy remains a major challenge. Such issues as the government’s health care overhaul, taxes and the general uncertainty of where the economy is going are issues Lavroff is following closely. “When a business adds a new employee, there are associated costs, such as payroll and additional taxes,” Lavroff said. “Currently, there remain unanswered questions such as, ‘Is a business going to be mandated to carry health care? And if so, what are going to be the associated costs?’” The uncertainty of the times is reflected in Lavroff’s attitude about the future. “I am still very bullish and very optimistic about sales as a whole, but I am cautious — bullish but cautious,” he said. “The variety of niche markets that we serve will hopefully allow us to stay in the game, as it is unlikely all the segments will plummet at the same time.” Contact: Jason Mills, LLC, 440 S. Main St., Milltown, NJ 08850. Phone: 732-651-7200; Fax: 732-651-7222. E-mail: mike@jasonmills.com. Web site: www.jasonmills.com.

National Broom & Mop Convention Scheduled For November 18-19, 2010

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he 2010 National Broom & Mop Meeting is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, November 18-19, at the Hilton St. Louis Airport hotel, located near LambertSt. Louis (MO) International Airport. Participating in the annual event will be broom, mop and related suppliers and manufacturers from across the United States. Co-chairmen of this year’s meeting are Mark Quinn, of Quinn Broom Works, Inc., Greenup, IL; and Jim Monahan, of The Thomas Monahan Co., Arcola, IL. “The purpose of the meeting is to come together and discuss subjects associated with the (broom, mop and related) industry and work on answers,” Quinn said. “Everyone in business has been influenced in recent years by changes in the world economy. This event can help participants better discuss industry issues and strive for future success.” This year’s agenda includes a 5 p.m. social hour and 6 p.m. dinner on Thursday while the meeting portion of the event begins at 8 a.m. on

Friday. Highlighting Friday’s meeting will be the following industry reports and scheduled speaker as of late September: • Metal Handles — Jim Monahan, FIMM USA and The Thomas Monahan Co., both of Arcola, IL; • Wood Handles — Wayne Pringle, Amerwood, Fort Worth, TX; • Fiberglass Handles — Jeff Jones, Fiberglass Innovations, Rockford, IL; • Changes To Fiber — Andrew Daily, Jones Companies, Ltd., Humboldt, TN; • Broom Corn / Sotol — Ray LeBlanc, PelRay International, San Antonio, TX; • Brush Fiber — Chris Monahan, Brush Fibers, Inc., Arcola, IL; • Poly — Les Laske, Vonco Products, Inc., Lake Villa, IL; and Walter Dudziak, Creative Poly, Inc., Rochelle, IL; • Mop Hardware — Pat Monahan, The Thomas Monahan Co., Arcola, IL; • Currency Connection — Bart Pelton, PelRay International, San Antonio, TX;

• Lacey Act — Ray LeBlanc, PelRay International, San Antonio, TX; and, • ABMA Update — Jim Nairn, Harper Brush Works, Fairfield, IA. A guest speaker, Chris LeBeau, is also part of Friday’s agenda and will speak about health care. Friday’s meeting is slated to be completed around noon. The Hilton St. Louis Airport hotel is located at 10330 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis, MO 63134-3303. Phone numbers are: 800314-2117 and 314-426-5500; Fax: 314-4263429. Visit www.hiltonstlouisairport.com for further hotel information. Registration fee for the meeting is $92 per person to be paid by check or money order to Quinn Broom Works, Inc., P.O. Box 575, Greenup, IL 62428. For more information on the meeting, contact Mark Quinn at 800-626-7282 (qbroom@rr1.net) or Jim Monahan at 800-637-7739 (jim@thomasmonahan.com).


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us because we integrated the best of Poly Shapes with the best of Vonco. As a result, we are running more efficiently now than either of the two companies did independently.” One important benefit of being able to maintain a higher degree of efficiency throughout Vonco’s operation is the ability to lessen the impact of material cost increases. “Material costs have been volatile for a number of years,” Laske said. “We are more efficient now as a result of acquiring Poly Shapes, which has been a major factor in offsetting some of the material cost increases.” Vonco’s emphasis on a higher rate of efficiency has also enabled it to gain business from companies seeking to come back onshore. “We have regained a couple of very good customers who had relocated in China,” Laske said. “I would like to see more compa-

“We are working diligently to generate more awareness of who we are so people can learn about, and trust, our ability to solve their problems.” Les Laske, Vonco Products nies consider bringing work back from China. We have become more efficient and we are more competitive.” Also, in this vein, Vonco is able to help customers in emergency situations. “We have also regained some business that has gone offshore because of our ability to react quickly in all the market segments we serve, including the broom, brush, mop and promotional industries,” Laske said. “For example, on the promotional side, there has been some competition from China against our noisemakers. There have been times that these products (from China) did not make it to an event or miss a game because they were stuck on ships too long. “Similar situations have occurred on the retail side of our business. As a result we have received emergency orders and have regained business. The bottom line is, Vonco is, and always has been, a problem solver. People come to us with unique packaging problems and we create solutions. We are working diligently to generate more awareness of who we are so people can learn about, and trust, our ability to solve their problems. “We are expanding our sales force and our marketing efforts. We are also in the process of finalizing our website upgrade. In 2011, we will have a new www.vonco.com and a new www.thunderstix.com.” Vonco’s versatility also extends to helping customers with inventory issues. In an effort to control costs, many companies opted to severely reduce inventories during the recession. “Many companies have reduced their inventory. On occasion, they get a rush order that eats up the inventory that they have on hand,” Laske said. “When this happens, companies can contact us for help and we are able to react to shorter lead times in those situations. People are reducing inventories to a point, but if their business grows, they can call us and we can help.”

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Laske’s grandfather, Walter VonStoeser, founded the company in his garage in 1955. Laske’s father, Larry Laske, who is now the president of Vonco, joined VonStoeser in 1959, helping him move out of his garage and into the company’s first stand-alone facility. In 1977, Larry Laske introduced the company’s fast load, selflocking custom poly broom sleeves into the marketplace. An important aspect of Vonco’s business that continues to be popular is in the area of high quality process printing as customers more and more desire complicated printing projects. To this end, Vonco boasts sophisticated six- and eight-color printing capability. These printing presses were added when Vonco expanded its facility in 2003, and the eight-color printing side of the business has been expanding each year. In addition, Vonco’s state-of-the-art printing operation is supported by its art department. The art department works with customers to ensure the finished product is of the highest quality, as process printing continues to gain in popularity. Process printing results in artwork that looks like a photograph, as opposed to traditional line art. Vonco also designs and manufactures its own fabrication machinery and tooling to produce custom projects. Looking forward, Les Laske said, “We are evaluating different techniques for printing and decorating promotional products to add product lines in that area. “In the broom, brush and mop industry, we can offer our traditional shaped broom sleeves, but we are also manufacturing more mop bags, bags on a roll, printed roll stock for automated machinery and paint roller bags. We are completely diverse within the industry.” Contact: Vonco Products, Inc., 201 Park Ave., Lake Villa, IL 60046. Phone: 847-356-2323; Fax: 847-356-8630. Web sites: www.vonco.com. www.thunderstix.com. E-mail: less@vonco.com.

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ince 1992, Creative Poly, Inc., of Rochelle, IL, located in Chicagoland, has been a leading manufacturer of printed and specialty poly bags, including broom sleeves and mop bags. The company serves customers, both in the United States and in Mexico. Coming off record sales years in 2006 and 2007 and a profitable year in 2008, Creative Poly has experienced up and down periods


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while navigating through the recession. “During the past year, some months were the worst I have seen in 10 or 15 years and other months at levels higher than where they were before the recession.” Owner Walt Dudziak said. “I would like to see the upward trend continue, but I think people are being very cautious. The marketplace is still very volatile. “I think the biggest challenge today is finding more customers and increasing margins. We are very aggressive in our efforts to continually seek new business in the marketplace to compensate for these customers who went out of business during the past year. The marketplace, at least in the Chicago area, is continuing to change, whether it is through mergers or companies shutting down. I see a shrinking number of manufacturers and several bag companies left Chicagoland last year.” Much of Creative Poly’s success in remaining profitable in today’s economy is its ability to manufacture tailor-made products

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Contact: Creative Poly, Inc., 620 W. Lincoln Ave., Rochelle, IL 61068. Phone: 815-562-9002; Fax: 815-562-8551. E-mail: creative@rochelle.net.

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ioneer Packaging, Inc., of Chicopee, MA, provides the brush industry with paintbrush keepers, roller packs and clamshells. The company also serves a variety of markets including health and beauty products, food, hardware, pharmaceutical, stationary packaging and consumer goods. The company serves customers in the United States, Europe and Mexico. “Last year’s economic climate slowed our business significantly, but this year sales are up substantially,” said Jill Shinners, who is a co-owner of the company as well as serving as vice president of marketing. “We focus on a total solution for our customers, which begins with a design and carries through to the development of the packaging machinery in a customer’s facility.” The 65-year-old family-run business was founded by Gordon Shinners who was dedicated to providing fast turnaround service “I see the economy slowly coming back. and quality products. These principles remain Companies that make it through these hard the foundation of the company’s business times are going to be much stronger.” philosophy under the ownership of Jeff and Jill Shinners, Gordon Shinners’ son and Walt Dudziak, Creative Poly granddaughter. “With creative inventory management and planning, we are able to turn a 10-week lead and its flexibility in meeting customers’ requirements. time into 5 weeks,” Jill Shinners said. “As an independent compa“It is still a very volatile market. People are ordering products ny, and because of our rock solid commitment to customers, we only as they need them,” Dudziak said. “Customers want short are able to produce products quicker, while maintaining the highlead times, smaller quantities and quick turnaround, which fits est level of quality.” well with our mission as a specialty company.” Pioneer Packaging’s Vendor Managed Inventory programs are Creative Poly's flexibility also comes into play when serving designed to help customers keep inventories as low as possible companies that deal in imports. The programs typically help customers prevent stock shortages; “While I haven’t seen any significant movement of companies allow for artwork changes every three months, if needed; provide moving back onshore, we have had to produce emergency runs for just-in-time deliveries; reduce inventory; and provide cost savimporters of overseas products, since the product didn’t arrive on ings. time,” Dudziak said. “In providing creative packaging solutions, the process begins Creative Poly has concentrated on streamlining its operation with the construction and graphic design for such items as printand enhancing efficiencies. ed folding cartons, keepers, window boxes, thermoformed plas“We are continuing to upgrade some of our equipment,” tics, blisters, clamshells and contract packaging for the broom, Dudziak said. “We have been rebuilding existing machinery using brush and paint industries. All of our products are made at the sate-of-the-art technologies.” same facility,” Shinners said. “Companies expect quality service Another important aspect of Creative Poly’s specialized cus- and the best price. We take it further by working to develop autotomer service is the capability of printing up to six colors in-house mated and/or semi-automated packaging equipment for our cusand in providing eight-color work in “Delta 2” color conformance tomers.” through the use of partners. Indeed, “innovation” is a key word in Pioneer Packaging’s lexi“I see the economy slowly coming back. Companies that make con, and has been a major cog in the company’s successful navigait through these hard times are going to be much stronger,” tion through current recessionary times and its success throughout its Dudziak said. “You, currently have to button down and trim pro- history. duction costs. We are definitely leaner as are many other compaPioneer’s innovations include a special coating for the interior nies that also are dealing with the down economy. The immediate of paintbrush keepers that prevents water- and solvent-based goal is to remain profitable even though there is much uncertain- paints from bleeding through the keepers. The company also ly in the marketplace. developed the first reusable paintbrush keeper made from 100 “Forecasts indicate that a 10 percent sales growth should be percent post-consumer waste material, making it fully comobtainable this year for Creative Poly, Inc. As a result, Creative postable. The product’s packaging utilizes soy-based inks, FSC Poly, Inc., is positioned to emerge from recessionary times certified material and special water-based coatings to protect and stronger than before the recession.” extend the life of the keeper. This environmentally friendly prod-


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uct was a candidate for the American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) 2009 Innovation Award. Another important innovation for the company has been in the area of high-tech “luster” coating printing and thermoforming post-consumer waste materials. “Our newly developed special coatings allow us to reduce the thickness of packaging material,” Shinners said. “More and more

“Selling with creative ideas and ingenuity to combine plastic, boxboard and contract packaging has been a successful strategy.” Jill Shinners, Pioneer Packaging customers are seeking environmentally green products that facilitate the overall reduction of paperboard/plastic materials while maintaining the integrity of the package. A new trend in manufacturing is the use of E-flute, which allows companies to ship products in the same package.” According to www.businessdictionary.com, flute is the inverted S-shaped “arch” or “wave” of a corrugated medium that normally runs parallel to the depth of the container and gives it rigidity and crushing (stacking) strength. The major five sizes of flutes are: (1) A-flute: the highest arch size, between 32 to 37 flutes per foot; (2) B-flute: second highest arch size, 45 to 52 flutes per foot; (3) Cflute: intermediate between A and B, between 39 to 43 flutes per foot; (4) E-flute: has 92 to 98 flutes per foot; and (5) F-flute: the latest flute size, about 128 flutes per foot. D-flute is no longer made. “Selling with creative ideas and ingenuity to combine plastic, boxboard and contract packaging has been a successful strategy,” Shinners said. “Also, selling more environmentally friendly packaging and developing equipment for our costumers has been a very positive aspect of our business.” In addition, Pioneer’s state-of-the-art printing capabilities have been an important factor in offering top quality products to customers. Recently, the company purchased a $3.5 million printing press. “We have the capabilities to print eight colors in one pass on paperboard, fluted products and plastic,” Shinners said. “We have both six-color and eight-color equipment.”

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While the sluggish and uncertain economy is a challenge to businesses across the board, Shinners said dealing with significant lead times for raw materials due to shortages is also an issue. Nonetheless, Shinners reported there has been some movement in the area of companies who that have been doing business overseas relocating back to the United States. As for the future of Pioneer, Shinners has a “very positive” outlook. “We have plans to increase capacity in our cutting department, finishing and contract packaging,” she said. Contact: Pioneer Packaging, Inc., 220 Padgette St., Chicopee, MA 01022. Phone: 413-378-6930; Fax: 413-378-6963. E-mail: info@pioneerpackaginginc.com. Web site: www.pioneerpackaginginc.com.

Brillo® Announces New Line Of Household Cleaning Products Homemakers visiting the cleaning aisle of their local retailer will find an array of new products from Brillo. This includes a new line of household cleaning products that brings together two brands — Brillo® and Estracell®. This new line will feature a variety of sanitary sponges including the Wedge Edge, the Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge, the Light Duty Scrub Sponge and the Sponge Wipe. Shoppers will also notice a new look for Brillo’s soap pads, which will include more soap in each pad, new packaging and a return to the traditional pink soap for the original soap pads, and new yellow soap for the lemon scented soap pads. To celebrate the return to pink, Armaly Brands has entered into a partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and will be donating 5 cents for each purchase of specially marked packages of Brillo products up to $50,000. The patent-pending Wedge Edge is a multi-surface, no scratch scrub sponge that reaches deeper into hard-to-get-to corners and crevices. This sponge features a multi-surface scrub material on one side for removing buildup in hard-to-reach places. The other side features an Estracell-more sanitary sponge. The Sponge Wipe offers homemakers a new option for quick clean ups around the house. Made from Estracell material, these over-sized sponges help homemakers avoid cross-contamination. Visit www.armalybrands.com for more information.

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Zahoransky’s Z.Pack5 Is Designed With Packaging Operators In Mind The Zahoransky Group, of Germany, a provider of FFS machinery for the production of highly visual retail blister packages, presented its Z.Pack5 at PackExpo 2010. The event took place October 31November 3 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. According to Zahoransky, Z.Pack5 is a modular blister packaging machine that can provide packaging operations with many possibilities for the production of new retail blister packages. The machine is constructed on a heavy-duty steel frame with precision rails for mounting processing stations. The position of each processing station can be adjusted on the rails, which are equipped with gauges and built-in slide mechanisms. Film is directly fed from spools and carried through the processing stations by two servo-controlled precision indexing chains. Due to the modular construction, various processing stations can be integrated to the machine’s rail mount system, according to Zahoransky. In addition to the standard film feeding and thermoforming stations,

Zahoransky’s Z.Pack5 is constructed on a heavy-duty steel frame with precision rails for mounting processing stations.

optional additional stations include: backer card and/or lid film feeding, heat or ultrasonic sealing, cutting, perforating, labeling, ink jet/laser printing, product loading and clam shell closing/sealing. With the different processing stations comes the ability for packagers to create and customize highly visible marketingdriven blister packages. For example, the Z.Pack Series can be tooled to produce single or multi-bubble heat sealed blister packs; packages with easy peal perforated compartments; packages with tear-off perforations; re-usable clamshell packages; film-to-film packages with or without card inserts; and TPE injection molding directly onto formed blister film — all of which provides endless ideas for marketing and customization.

Malish Introduces MIGHTY-LOK® 3 Pad Driver The Malish Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of floor machine and surface cleaning brushes, has introduced a new all-inclusive pad driver. The MIGHTY-LOK® 3 is a new multi-purpose pad driver that can be used with pads, bonnets, diamond discs and abrasive pucks. The pad driver is available in sizes ranging from 13 to The MIGHTY-LOK 3 can be used with pads, 20-inches, and includes a bonnets, diamond discs and abrasive pucks. molded riser and universal Malish NP-9200 Tru-Fit® Clutch Plate ating. The long wear facing will not tear or de-laminate over time. built into the block. The Malish Corporation brings over 60 The molded polymer pad face has hundreds of individual hooks that grip into the years of experience in the brush industry. threads of a floor pad, bonnet or disc, and Visit www.malish.com for more informahold it securely while the machine is oper- tion.

Another feature to the ZPack Series is that all machines have the capability of processing both environmentally friendly RPET and PLA Films. The PLA film is biocompatible and made from corn starch. The ZPack5 that was on display during PackExpo 2010 processed PLA film into a re-sealable clamshell package. Stations on this machine included film feeding, thermoforming, product filling, perforation and cutting stations. Zahoransky has over 100 years of machine building experience and has been a global supplier of integrated systems for more than 30 years. This includes packaging lines, multi-component injection molds and custom assembly systems. Visit www.zahoransky-usa.com for more information.

Nexstep Commercial Announces MaxiPlus® Rotary Brushes, Pad Drivers & Hardware Nexstep Commercial Products (Exclusive Licensee of O-Cedar) has introduced its MaxiPlus® Rotary Brushes, Pad Drivers & Hardware. They feature: • “Meets Today’s ‘Green’ Standard” — blocks made from 100 percent recycled high-impact, high-density polyethylene; • “Unique Brush Block Production Process” — all blocks are perfectly “flat”; • “Large Shower Feed Holes”; and, • “Unrivaled Mounting Hardware” — available in many materials (super steel, cast aluminum and high-density plastic), styles (traditional, spring-locked, gimbalstyle, lugs, etc.) and center hole sizes (#92/B, #83/A, #47/C and #46/D). Visit www.ocedarcommercial.com.


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Exports, Imports Generally Up After 7 Months By Rick Mullen Broom, Brush & Mop Associate Editor U.S. government trade figures for the first seven months of 2010 indicate raw material imports were up in two of the four categories outlined in this issue, compared to the first seven months of 2009. For July 2010, raw material imports were up in three of the four categories outlined, compared to July 2009. Import totals for the first seven months of 2010 were up in six of the 10 finished goods categories outlined from the same time period in 2009. In July 2010, six of the 10 categories outlined also recorded increases, compared to July 2009. RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS Hog Bristle The United States imported 28,279 kilograms of hog bristle in July 2010, down about 26 percent from 38,284 kilograms imported in July 2009. During the first seven months of 2010, 169,265 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, about a 7 percent decrease from 182,625 kilograms imported during the first seven months of 2009. China sent all of the hog bristle imported to the United States during the first seven months of 2010. The average price per kilogram for July 2010 was $6.39, up about 129 percent from the average price per kilogram for July 2009 of $2.79. The average price per kilogram for the first seven months of 2010 was $8.74, up about 5 percent from the average price per kilogram of $8.29 for the first seven months of 2009. Broom And Mop Handles The import total of broom and mop handles during July 2010 was 2.1 million, up about 40 percent from 1.5 million during July 2009. During the first seven months of 2010, 11.7 million broom and mop handles were imported, compared to 12.1 million for the first seven months of 2009, a decrease of about 3 percent. During the first seven months of 2010, the United States received 5 million broom and mop handles from Brazil, 3.3 million from Honduras and 1.9 million from China. The average price per handle for July 2010 was 71 cents, down about 8 percent from 77 cents for July 2009. The average price for the first seven months of 2010 was also 71 cents, up 1 cent from the average price recorded for the first seven months of 2009. Brush Backs July 2010 imports of brush backs totaled 771,579, up about 230 percent from the July 2009 total of 234,059 brush backs. During the first seven months of 2010, 5 million brush backs were imported, up about 213 percent from 1.6 million for the first seven months of 2009. Canada shipped 2 million brush backs to the United States during the first seven months of 2010, while China shipped 1.7 mil-

lion. The average price per brush back was 48 cents during July 2010, up about 14 percent from the average price for July 2009 of 42 cents. For the first seven months of 2010, the average price per brush back was also 48 cents, the same as the average price for the first seven months of 2009. Metal Handles The import total of metal handles during July 2010 was 4.3 million, up about 10 percent from 3.9 million for July 2009. During the first seven months of 2010, 22.1 million metal handles were imported, up about 21 percent from 18.2 million for the first seven months of 2009. During the first seven months of 2010, Italy shipped 11.9 million metal handles to the United States, while China sent 7.4 million and Spain exported 2.7 million. The average price per handle for July 2010 was 45 cents, down about 22 percent from 58 cents for July 2009. The average price for the first seven months of 2010 was 48 cents, down about 23 percent from 62 cents for the first seven months of 2009. 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 July 2010 totaled 15,732, down about 54 percent from 34,056 brooms imported during July 2009. During the first seven months of 2010, 65,700 brooms of broom corn were imported, down about 24 percent from 86,004 imported during the first seven months of 2009. All the brooms were imported from Mexico. The average price per broom in July 2010 was 85 cents, up about 23 percent from 69 cents for July 2009. The average price per broom for the first seven months of 2010 was 84 cents, up about 12 percent from 75 cents for the first seven months of 2009. Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents The United States imported 814,645 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during July 2010, compared to 854,616 in July 2009, an decrease of about 5 percent. During the first seven months of 2010, 5.6 million brooms of broom corn were imported, up about 12 percent from 5 million imported during the first seven months of 2009. Mexico shipped 5.3 million brooms to the United States during the first seven months of 2010, with the remainder coming from Honduras. The average price per broom for July 2010 was $2.45, down about 2 percent from $2.50 for July 2009. The average price per broom for the first seven months of 2010 was $2.44, down slightly from $2.47 for the first seven months of 2009. Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material


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during July 2010 was 145,437, up about 2 percent from 143,268 brooms and brushes imported during July 2009. During the first seven months of 2010, 1.7 million brooms and brushes were imported, up about 100 percent from 848,268 imported during the first seven months of 2009. Sri Lanka exported 1.2 million brooms and brushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2010. The average price per unit for July 2010 was $1.61, down about 2 percent from $1.64 for July 2009. The average price for the first seven months of 2010 was $1.45, a decrease of about 22 percent from the average price recorded for the first seven months of 2009 of $1.85. Toothbrushes The United States imported 83 million toothbrushes in July 2010, up about 42 percent from 58.6 million imported in July 2009. During the first seven months of 2010, 518.5 million toothbrushes were imported, an increase of about 12 percent from 462.7 million imported during the first seven months of 2009. China sent 363.4 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2010, while Switzerland sent 61.5 million. The average price per toothbrush for July 2010 was 23 cents, the same as the average price for July 2009. The average price for the first seven months of 2010 was 21 cents, the same as the first seven months of 2009. Hairbrushes The United States imported 5.3 million hairbrushes in July 2010, up about 10 percent from 4.8 million imported in July 2009. During the first seven months of 2010, 24.9 million hairbrushes were imported, a decrease of about 8 percent from 27.2 million imported during the first seven months of 2009. China sent 24.5 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2010, while Hong Kong shipped 220,500. The average price per hairbrush for July 2010 was 27 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for July 2009. The average price for the first seven months of 2010 was 28 cents, up about 12 percent from the average price for the first seven months of 2009 of 25 cents. Shaving Brushes The United States imported 10.2 million shaving brushes in July 2010, down about 22 percent from 13.1 million imported in July 2009. During the first seven months of 2010, 63.4 million shaving brushes were imported, a decrease of about 28 percent from 88.2 million imported during the first seven months of 2009. China sent 29.1 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2010, while Mexico sent 18.6 million and Germany shipped 10.9 million. The average price per shaving brush for July 2010 was 15 cents, up 2 cents from the average price for July 2009. The average price for the first seven months of 2010 was 13 cents, the same as the average price for the first seven months of 2009.

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Paint Rollers The United States imported 6.5 million paint rollers in July 2010, up about 51 percent from 4.3 million imported in July 2009. During the first seven months of 2010, 37.6 million paint rollers were imported, an increase of about 16 percent from 32.4 million imported during the first seven months of 2009. China sent 26.8 million paint rollers to the United States during the first seven months of 2010, while Mexico sent 8.2 million and Germany shipped 2.1 million. The average price per paint roller for July 2010 was 41 cents, down about 24 percent from 54 cents for July 2009. The average price for the first seven months of 2010 was 43 cents, down about 20 percent from 54 cents for the first seven months of 2009. Paint Pads The United States imported 549,737 million paint pads in July 2010, down about 50 percent from 1.1 million imported in July 2009. During the first seven months of 2010, 6.9 million paint pads were imported, an decrease of about 9 percent from 7.6 million imported during the first seven months of 2009. China sent 6.8 million paint pads to the United States during the first seven months of 2010. The average price per paint pad for July 2010 was 73 cents, up about 14 percent from 64 cents for July 2009. The average price for the first seven months of 2010 was 69 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first seven months of 2009. Paintbrushes U.S. companies imported 24.3 million paintbrushes during July 2010, up about 46 percent from 16.7 million paintbrushes imported during July 2009. Paintbrush imports for the first seven months of 2010 were 153.7 million, up about 23 percent from 125 million recorded for the first seven months of 2009. China shipped 130.1 million paintbrushes and Indonesia shipped 20.5 million to the United States during the first seven months of 2010. The average price per paintbrush for July 2010 was 28 cents, down about 10 percent from 31 cents for July 2009. The average price for the first seven months of 2010 was 26 cents, down about 19 percent from the average price of 32 cents for the first seven months of 2009. Upright Brooms U.S. companies imported 1 million upright brooms during July 2010, up about 7 percent from 935,606 upright brooms imported during July 2009. Upright broom imports for the first seven months of 2010 were 6.1 million, up about 24 percent from 4.9 million recorded for the first seven months of 2009. China shipped 5.3 million upright brooms and Mexico shipped 300,929 to the United States during the first seven months of 2010. The average price per broom for July 2010 was $1.34, up about 29 percent from $1.04 for July 2009. The average price for the first seven months of 2010 was $1.24, up about 15 per-


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cent from the average price of $1.08 for the first seven months of 2009. EXPORTS Export totals for the first seven months of 2010 were up in five of the seven categories outlined, compared to the first seven months of 2009. In July 2010, six of the seven categories reported increases in exports, compared to July 2009. Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials The United States exported 6,972 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during July 2010, up about 3 percent from the July 2009 total of 6,769 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during the first seven months of 2010 were 64,195 dozen, up about 32 percent from 48,455 dozen for the first seven months of 2009. The United States shipped 21,792 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first seven months of 2010, while Mexico imported 13,480 dozen. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $40.84 in July 2010, down about 2 percent from $41.70 for July 2009. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for the first seven months of 2010 was $33.05, a decrease of about 19 percent from the average price per dozen for the first seven months of 2009 of $40.96. Toothbrushes During July 2010, the United States exported 9.1 million toothbrushes, up about 49 percent from the total recorded in July 2009 of 6.1 million. During the first seven months of 2010, 61.1 million toothbrushes were exported, up about 15 percent from 53 million exported during the first seven months of 2009. The United States exported 20.9 million toothbrushes to Canada during the first seven months of 2010, while sending 17.7 million toothbrushes to Mexico. The average price per toothbrush for July 2010 was 66 cents, down about 22 percent from the average price for July 2009 of 85 cents. The average price per toothbrush for the first seven months of 2010 was 71 cents, the same as the average price for the first seven months of 2009. Shaving Brushes The export total of shaving brushes during July 2010 was 3.1 million, up about 158 percent from 1.2 million recorded for July 2009. During the first seven months of 2010, 10.4 million shaving brushes were exported, compared to 4.9 million during the first seven months of 2009, an increase of about 112 percent. During the first seven months of 2010, Brazil imported 3.3 million brushes from the United States, while Mexico imported 2.9 million and Canada received 2.3 million. The average price per shaving brush for July 2010 was 51 cents, down about 60 percent from $1.26 for July 2009. The average price for the first seven months of 2010 was 86 cents, down about 49 percent from the average price recorded for the first seven months of 2009 of $1.69.

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Artist Brushes The export total of artist brushes during July 2010 was 505,798, down about 3 percent from 519,274 recorded for July 2009. During the first seven months of 2010, 4.2 million artist brushes were exported, compared to 4.4 million during the first seven months of 2009, an decrease of about 5 percent. During the first seven months of 2010, Canada imported 2.7 million artist brushes from the United States, while Mexico imported 305,953 and The United Kingdom received 244,721. The average price per artist brush for July 2010 was $2.95, down about 9 percent from $3.25 for July 2009. The average price for the first seven months of 2010 was $3.11, down about 3 percent from the average price recorded for the first seven months of 2009 of $3.20. Paint Rollers The export total of paint rollers during July 2010 was 379,617, up about 57 percent from 241,700 paint roller exports recorded for July 2009. During the first seven months of 2010, 2.5 million paint rollers were exported, down about 17 percent from 3 million during the first seven months of 2009. Canada imported 1.3 million paint rollers from the United States during the first seven months of 2010. The average price per paint roller for July 2010 was $2.38, down about 51 percent from $4.88 for July 2009. The average price for the first seven months of 2010 was $2.35, down about 14 percent from $2.74 recorded for the first seven months of 2009. Paint Pads The export total of paint pads during July 2010 was 39,579, up about 204 percent from 13,024 paint pads recorded for July 2009. During the first seven months of 2010, 133,566 paint pads were exported, up about 87 percent from 71,337 exported during the first seven months of 2009. Mexico imported 49,953 paint pads from the United States during the first seven months of 2010, while Australia received 42,935. The average price per paint pad for July 2010 was $3.80, down about 43 percent from $6.64 for July 2009. The average price for the first seven months of 2010 was $3.81, down about 25 percent from $5.10 recorded for the first seven months of 2009. Paintbrushes The export total of paintbrushes during July 2010 was 177,264, up about 102 percent from 87,773 paintbrush exports recorded for July 2009. During the first seven months of 2010, 1.2 million paintbrushes were exported, up about 114 percent from 560,467 during the first seven months of 2009. Canada imported 756,922 paintbrushes from the United States during the first seven months of 2010, while The Netherlands received 125,040. The average price per paintbrush for July 2010 was $10.43, down about 40 percent from $17.33 for July 2009. The average price for the first seven months of 2010 was $11.65, down about 29 percent from $16.46 recorded for the first seven months of 2009.


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EXPORTS July 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 July Year To Date Country Net Q/Ton Value Net Q/Ton Value Canada 2 5,632 13 32,783 Hondura 7 27,527 Dom Rep 2 6,580 2 6,580 Austral 4 19,167 TOTAL 4 12,212 26 86,057 9603100000 Brooms & Brushes, Consisting of Twigs or Other Vegetable Materials Bound Together, With or Without Handles July Year To Date Country Net Q/Dozen Value Net Q/No. Value 64 6,466 3,536 140,844 Canada Mexico 22 7,137 833 33,884 Kor Rep 83 4,920 Austral 91 19,600 TOTAL 86 13,603 4,543 199,248 9603210000 Toothbrushes, Incl. Dental-Plate Brushes July Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 1,533,233 1,341,749 8,834,774 7,547,666 Mexico 85,848 46,580 246,151 316,339 Guatmal 3,456 2,845 C Rica 5,184 4,267 Cayman 783 3,419 783 3,419 Haiti 2,256 2,987 N Antil 1,251 3,762 1,251 3,762 Colomb 12,192 5,235 Brazil 25,920 15,552 U King 504 5,412 224,809 146,739 Nethlds 1,200 6,000 France 1,832 17,719 Fr Germ 2,732 8,859 Czech 3,168 3,960 Turkey 211 5,016 10,368 13,238 10,368 13,238 India Singapr 394 4,026 177,743 84,034 China 3,402 12,960 Kor Rep 32,418 27,691 Hg Kong 6,336 3,546 116,952 63,075 Taiwan Austral 67,392 35,806 191,400 121,358 Rep Saf 467 5,325 1,699,773 1,453,992 9,905,005 8,421,592 TOTAL 9603290000 Shaving Brushes, Hairbrushes, Nail Brushes, Eyelash Brushes & Other Toilet Brushes For Use On The Person July Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 149,160 186,203 809,044 1,089,006 Mexico 268,780 102,465 728,148 501,621 6,480 9,541 Ecuador U King 698 6,382 12,976 122,217 Ireland 2,400 6,128 Nethlds 369 3,375 916 8,375 Belgium 10,613 97,050 10,631 100,480 France 8,791 41,694 14,564 353,330 Fr Germ 3,561 16,774 18,119 208,132 Switzld 313 2,862 359 11,602 Russia 128,157 58,744 Ukraine 20,736 7,788 Kazakhs 15,360 6,850

Spain Italy Thailnd Phil R China Japan Austral Senegal TOTAL

November 2010

4,032 2,756 148,055

7,631 25,200 41,616

597,128

531,252

15,360 4,116 20,000 24,432 2,756 811,778 11,129 9,216 2,666,677

5,465 37,637 4,030 39,093 25,200 228,105 6,783 5,733 2,835,860

9603300000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes and Similar Brushes for the Application of Cosmetics July Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 408,607 1,313,287 2,389,279 7,915,206 Mexico 49,208 94,449 284,792 706,307 Dom Rep 396 5,655 Trinid 6,305 17,014 7,766 57,212 Colomb Venez 3,653 13,477 3,653 13,477 Ecuador 1,456 5,372 954 3,521 Chile Brazil 968 3,571 132,817 271,612 14,267 47,097 35,334 141,208 Sweden Norway 2,650 15,442 3,100 22,869 1,012 3,734 Finland Denmark 620 3,412 28,044 108,418 190,864 706,811 U King Ireland 597 3,806 Nethlds 4,374 20,514 Belgium 24,737 93,802 161,052 601,514 France 8,228 35,063 38,741 137,987 Fr Germ 3,070 3,996 35,300 88,423 Czech 4,786 9,253 Switzld 19,055 70,304 81,217 299,657 Estonia 138 3,107 Poland 3,600 2,792 7,812 16,483 Russia 21,456 29,239 309,406 685,002 Ukraine 6,995 21,155 62,978 147,454 Kazakhs 3,840 4,115 35,419 81,067 Moldova 1,450 2,657 Spain 5,640 11,994 26,200 56,643 Italy 1,748 6,450 51,296 248,083 Greece 3,321 10,115 Turkey 31,552 47,603 Israel 2,028 7,486 Arab Em 879 3,244 9,281 34,575 India 2,335 10,904 Thailnd 9,596 38,141 Malaysa 1,524 5,624 9,421 34,759 Singapr Phil R 8,063 29,749 China 10,684 16,901 75,271 184,556 Kor Rep 5,904 15,216 74,089 200,149 Hg Kong 4,339 11,769 88,448 322,099 4,949 19,573 12,196 48,839 Taiwan Japan 8,737 34,784 92,181 478,623 11,756 30,491 59,714 211,233 Austral Rep Saf 7,831 28,892 11,888 43,862 660,845 2,035,521 4,370,022 13,983,377 TOTAL

Country Canada Mexico Fr Germ Hungary Spain China Hg Kong Mayotte TOTAL

9603402000 Paint Rollers Year To Date July Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 33,147 68,663 800,575 779 13,664 158,421 221 213 207 820 157 375 33,926 82,327 960,989 9603404020 Paint Pads Year To Date July

Value 1,005,402 256,018 3,881 3,744 3,625 14,400 2,764 6,577 1,296,411


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November 2010 Country Mexico Switzld Hg Kong TOTAL

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP

Net Q/No. 1,466 1,466

Value 10,405 10,405

Net Q/No. 116,419 1,125 843 118,387

Value 227,601 7,987 5,985 241,573

9603404050 Paint, Distemper, Varnish or Similar Brushes (Except Brushes of 9603.30) July Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value 4,594 79,397 37,354 539,445 Canada Mexico 684 14,188 2,208 48,773 Salvadr 505 10,466 N Antil 7,317 151,760 Chile 874 10,101 Sweden 133 2,751 Norway 1,042 21,616 Denmark 367 7,622 U King 1,570 32,550 44 3,844 44 3,844 Nethlds France 980 24,907 980 24,907 Fr Germ 417 8,652 190 3,950 190 3,950 Switzld Israel 178 3,695 770 15,960 Vietnam Hg Kong 84 7,277 831 15,884 Austral 216 4,474 TOTAL 6,576 133,563 54,996 906,450 9603900000 Hand-Operated Mechanical Floor Sweepers, Not Motorized, Mops & Feather Dusters; Prepared Knots & Tufts For Broom or Brush Making, NESOI July Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 41,979 533,624 389,032 4,361,883 Mexico 13,921 208,582 64,644 977,201 C Rica 10,125 164,219 Panama 174 2,828 8,201 104,787 Bermuda 994 3,426 Trinid 626 10,158 Colomb 353 12,559 Chile 2,306 28,486 Brazil 168 2,718 1,858 30,121 Argent 297 4,817 Iceland 55 2,774 Sweden 178 2,886 Finland 1,261 20,460 1,101 17,864 Denmark U King 163 2,638 2,230 48,186 Ireland 914 31,117 Nethlds 514 8,344 1,582 40,157 171 2,779 5,066 82,173 France 3,318 53,821 11,687 184,514 Fr Germ Czech 768 12,458 82 8,844 Russia Spain 482 7,815 2,941 181 Italy 150 9,997 Israel Kuwait 700 12,447 S Arab 769 12,473 5,351 550 Afghan Thailnd 465 7,547 Phil R 235 5,438 China 1,568 25,439 Kor Rep 772 12,518 47,186 14,057 Hg Kong Japan 566 9,176 3,174 42,180 Austral 2,540 35,823 7,181 109,483 N Zeal 1,160 18,816 Rep Saf 157 8,747 TOTAL 63,514 860,333 534,961 6,477,468

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Domestic Merchandise 1404902000 Broomcorn (Sorghum Vulgare Var. Technicum) Used Primarily In Brooms Or In Brushes, Whether or Not In Hanks or Bundles July Year To Date Country Net Q/Ton Value Net Q/Ton Value Mexico 2 8,130 1 3,933 1 3,933 Dom Rep 1 8,250 Chile France 5 16,416 34 120,096 Portugl 1 2,756 TOTAL 6 20,349 39 143,165 9603100000 Brooms & Brushes, Consisting of Twigs or Other Vegetable Materials Bound Together, With or Without Handles July Year To Date Country Net Q/Dozen Value Net Q/Dozen Value Canada 2,742 95,844 21,792 765,367 Mexico 778 41,004 13,480 247,738 Belize 250 16,144 C Rica 269 4,880 595 10,926 Panama 777 12,474 Bermuda 276 11,662 280 14,376 Bahamas 1,662 86,264 Jamaica 293 8,098 Dom Rep 21 6,260 B Virgn 12 3,121 S Lucia 210 5,922 309 8,799 Barbado 100 3,397 Trinid 701 23,115 N Antil 146 4,800 4,850 147 Aruba 146 3,374 Guadlpe Colomb 783 30,715 Brazil 749 26,413 Denmark 22 15,400 22 15,400 U King 216 13,058 3,780 208,473 Ireland 392 21,012 Nethlds 135 7,869 135 7,869 Belgium 196 6,463 France 9,383 229,628 Fr Germ 25 3,840 Czech 6 2,502 Poland 84 3,460 111 2,628 111 2,628 Spain Portugl 14 7,108 Israel 80 9,557 S Arab 1,248 48,660 3,587 171,568 2,634 3 2,634 3 Arab Em 33 7,664 Afghan Singapr 1,157 39,423 Phil R 401 4,761 83 4,770 Kor Rep Japan 878 28,950 2,314 76,992 Austral 84 6,199 146 19,681 TOTAL 6,972 284,710 64,195 2,121,664

Country Canada Mexico Guatmal Belize Salvadr Hondura C Rica Panama Bermuda Bahamas Jamaica Haiti Dom Rep

9603210000 Toothbrushes July Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 3,276,673 2,251,755 20,945,043 2,953,538 895,609 17,709,116 16,694 170,802 20,150 77,472 22,242 18,144 15,578 9,792 7,214 7,812 9,792 3,040 35,565 50,444 76,232 45,977 376,001

Value 13,471,818 6,141,913 173,647 24,731 58,997 15,836 29,321 5,350 7,559 4,640 13,882 23,392 173,463


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PAGE 22 Antigua Barbado Trinid N Antil Aruba Colomb Venez Guyana Ecuador Peru Chile Brazil Paragua Argent Sweden Finland Denmark U King Ireland Nethlds France Fr Germ Austria Slovak Switzld Russia Spain Italy Greece Lebanon Kuwait S Arab Arab Em India Thailnd Vietnam Malaysa Singapr Phil R China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral N Zeal Senegal Rep Saf TOTAL

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 5,610 830 7,344 519

3,353 2,736 2,854 5,446

41,760

16,756

25,056 20,880 27,432 180,432

10,695 7,664 12,801 72,057

6,418

65,664

21,952 345,600 48,168

18,953 100,769 343,620

30,115

216,099

282

4,892

480

8,861

94,272 249,888 2,917 235,000

75,204 469,438 29,846 35,250

6,590

7,218

99,834 175,729 1,040,105 9,544 13,627 76,432 3,313 8,000

349,245 122,797 576,508 9,930 36,572 68,758 4,275 5,600

9,111,058

6,051,044

20,730 11,118 102,113 14,673 5,816 103,696 292,035 300 98,208 198,272 364,658 633,292 2,000 908,688 480 6,576 27,936 172,768 777,600 429,676 10,487 632,823 463 344 958 4,037 960 4,642 2,736 977 480 18,932 324,959 1,047,666 97,434 485,000 8,784 310,215 7,120 2,011,695 5,439,725 3,604,405 1,110,060 453,460 2,023,896 19,552 8,000 27,840 61,122,858

17,973 14,595 74,235 31,839 8,690 178,713 175,987 2,804 36,877 97,982 189,415 529,998 16,993 498,261 3,197 6,212 29,030 857,646 226,079 2,968,971 27,532 3,519,630 8,400 3,520 11,804 30,369 5,972 40,916 3,118 10,000 8,861 19,871 408,776 2,014,190 177,187 72,750 2,749 176,222 9,673 1,703,074 2,735,621 2,331,877 550,209 2,178,464 1,206,347 29,137 5,600 18,549 43,420,464

9603290000 Shaving Brushes, Hairbrushes, Nail Brushes, Eyelash Brushes & Other Toilet Brushes For Use on the Person July Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q./No. Value Canada 456,864 259,347 2,320,009 1,914,086 Mexico 1,575,355 402,406 2,933,098 2,219,563 Guatmal 3,059 12,089 Salvadr 1,440 10,483 419 3,828 10,051 9,489 C Rica Bahamas 21,340 24,090 Turk Is 600 2,556 Cayman 137 10,395 Dom Rep 2,358 23,372 121 3,988 S Lucia Barbado 1,658 6,822 Trinid 5,929 45,000 13,483 106,565 N Antil 10,152 13,427 Colomb 8,376 14,759 237,856 81,188 Venez 204,065 64,544 Ecuador 1,002 7,014 Peru 2,598 20,287 Chile 10,911 90,620 Brazil 1,007,801 516,742 3,349,870 1,118,622 Argent 42,288 17,795 386,628 160,723

Sweden Norway Finland U King Nethlds Belgium France Fr Germ Czech Poland Russia Spain Italy Cyprus S Arab Arab Em Bngldsh Thailnd Singapr Indnsia Phil R China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral N Zeal Egypt Gabon Rep Saf TOTAL

November 2010

7,520 2,734

64,041 16,505

4,133

37,800

78

4,750

5,040

13,362

1,436

13,133

317 6,026 750 3,489 601 1,008 2,252

8,025 55,099 2,525 3,798 5,500 6,048 35,877

5,446 3,137,862

66,607 1,592,947

5,598 374 19,781 50,140 6,160 26,276 56,281 62,866 15 1,875 2,040 178 13,197 5,040 2,620 4,443 437 11,046 7,022 2,848 891 45,048 3,866 374,221 601 184,270 11,413 140 720 551 8,093 10,418,487

9603300000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes and Similar for the Application of Cosmetics Year To Date July Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Canada 319,953 795,816 2,679,522 Mexico 53,858 178,873 305,953 Salvadr 3,014 C Rica 782 Panama 3,882 98 3,129 98 Bermuda 1,266 Jamaica Dom Rep 1,754 6,471 6,442 S Vn Gr 2,628 3,925 2,628 Barbado 4,238 106 Trinid Colomb 3,427 12,646 39,000 Venez 2,481 9,153 5,241 Ecuador 10,854 2,867 Peru Chile 9,461 Brazil 98 4,704 83,470 Argent 1,962 Sweden 14,611 Norway 41,939 Finland 7,329 Denmark 2,500 34,378 146,504 244,721 U King 16,393 15,093 4,444 Ireland 2,774 32,466 7,365 Nethlds Belgium 1,599 10,109 16,589 4,032 20,539 74,261 France Fr Germ 20,079 74,084 44,591 Austria 1,161 4,285 11,078 Switzld 1,514 633 Estonia Poland 19,899 Russia 1,475 1,980 Spain Italy 34,488 1,460 5,387 2,789 Greece Turkey 692

45,545 6,657 19,656 374,003 34,873 53,950 406,119 211,379 3,085 17,150 7,060 7,540 131,134 13,362 6,727 78,541 4,000 101,018 43,352 5,924 13,275 417,835 33,211 541,003 5,500 242,068 71,970 7,686 3,492 5,040 121,802 8,933,880 Brushes

Value 6,376,869 1,022,880 11,122 9,763 18,344 3,129 4,672 32,268 3,925 5,181 4,058 85,336 18,190 60,079 11,263 110,592 326,992 3,630 63,735 221,216 32,368 13,550 1,599,185 69,203 45,995 65,412 287,226 186,941 40,875 16,869 9,600 73,421 5,444 2,791 128,329 10,291 2,552


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November 2010 Israel S Arab Arab Em India Thailnd Malaysa Singapr Phil R China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral Libya B Ind O Tnzania Rep Saf TOTAL

Country Canada Mexico Guatmal C Rica Panama Bermuda Bahamas Jamaica Cayman Dom Rep Trinid Aruba Colomb Venez Ecuador Peru Chile Argent Finland U King Ireland Nethlds Belgium France Fr Germ Czech Switzld Italy Israel Jordan Kuwait S Arab Arab Em India Vietnam Malaysa Singapr Indnsia China Kor Rep Hg Kong Japan Austral N Zeal Fr Poly Egypt Nigeria Rep Saf TOTAL

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP

16,512

13,038

5,793 2,003 18,542

21,375 29,308 68,413

3,415 3,954 1,355

12,600 15,885 5,000

505,798

1,490,103

5,132 2,148 3,400 16,512 3,908 2,998 10,408 5,464 44,877 52,257 173,682 5,810 55,061 133,130 1,355 3,206 4,605 7,877 4,236,163

9603402000 Paint Rollers July Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 170,128 503,106 1,282,583 15,491 38,540 204,154 5,616 2,768 3,215 15,819 1,916 3,750 1,224 3,459 1,224 60,019 18,681 2,278 36 2,181 7,563 226 3,965 3,851 8,334 49 49 1,072 25,736 2,072 9,250 165 7,000 8,411 2,081 151 10,811 447 4,236 20,018 30,161 367 336 8,310 3,376 1,090 19,131 1,590 700 491 498 41,218 14,764 3,853 912 1,130 9,286 1,725 1,002 4,850 1,244 2,640 2,649 46,494 16,555 430 56,673 38,127 376,430 4,021 33,235 48,471 148,587 1,368 452 1,980 4,320 88,798 66,443 209,630 379,617 904,289 2,461,106 9603404020 Paint Pads July Year To Date

18,935 7,925 14,059 13,038 14,416 11,061 38,404 20,160 172,350 641,811 419,790 21,438 185,599 535,878 5,000 11,304 46,000 29,063 13,189,527

Value 3,533,673 472,235 4,960 35,776 17,316 50,940 4,586 9,567 3,459 169,793 3,591 38,279 8,257 58,999 8,334 30,636 13,745 14,907 14,180 33,225 11,601 2,650 52,401 7,852 84,787 6,440 20,971 27,911 12,289 4,745 8,750 39,434 26,048 28,620 16,000 18,239 9,100 8,395 77,693 14,185 375,779 27,241 211,122 5,043 5,988 4,060 4,295 156,707 5,794,804

Country Mexico Dom Rep N Antil Venez Ecuador Peru Argent Finland Denmark U King Russia Italy Israel Singapr China Kor Rep Hg Kong Austral Rep Saf TOTAL

PAGE 23 Net Q/No. 10,537

Value 34,595

12,052

85,553

2,147

13,252

893

6,339

13,950

10,699

39,579

150,438

Net Q/No. 49,953 300 350 12,052 399 4,422 906 2,000 2,147 625 440 984 1,267 515 498 4,573 9,000 42,935 200 133,566

Value 145,104 3,948 2,673 85,553 2,830 29,784 9,072 3,320 13,252 9,960 5,263 6,983 42,575 3,653 5,976 32,456 31,740 70,781 4,580 509,503

9603404050 Paint, Distemper, Varnish or Similar Brushes (Except Brushes of 9603.30) July Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 135,257 1,051,377 756,922 6,300,384 Mexico 308 7,828 5,645 102,176 Salvadr 822 17,056 Hondura 2,846 58,782 Nicarag 612 2,735 C Rica 152 3,307 3,775 92,406 Panama 1,322 16,488 8,841 199,842 504 10,446 6,305 66,306 Bermuda Bahamas 600 7,536 9,246 200,111 772 16,000 Jamaica 63,621 5,130 Cayman Haiti 689 14,292 689 14,292 926 19,206 3,196 72,446 Dom Rep B Virgn 97 4,021 155 7,923 Antigua 106 7,251 2,184 58,887 Monsrat 342 22,549 S Lucia 50 3,769 285 10,291 Barbado 412 11,333 Trinid 1,164 12,271 N Antil 363 7,536 26,840 165,458 520 13,605 Aruba Colomb 626 12,988 6,762 134,279 Surinam 127 2,638 Ecuador 579 12,000 Peru 806 25,648 Chile 8,601 178,407 Brazil 140 2,900 4,459 92,539 Uruguay 2,041 42,328 Argent 3,473 58,475 Iceland 12 2,699 Sweden 1,133 21,400 7,790 115,850 248 5,142 Norway Finland 838 4,925 14,487 76,689 Denmark 103,986 66,501 1,294,988 5,444 U King Ireland 4,771 34,683 7,971 168,841 125,040 2,540,369 Nethlds 7,950 164,900 7,950 164,900 Belgium 282 5,850 3,822 89,009 France 360 7,468 14,714 172,914 Fr Germ 3,801 79,739 Poland 134 2,786 Italy Greece 44 7,553 Israel 5,341 112,566 155 3,210 S Arab 2,053 22,791 Arab Em 178 3,687 Bahrain


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BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 444 204

9,218 4,226

194 3,194

7,334 46,443

935 4,356

19,380 90,343

1,819 1,838

23,540 6,423

177,264

1,848,297

444 204 4,382 2,175 6,085 1,372 3,569 5,687 8,561 3,690 5,295 8,407 213 306 1,171,820

9,218 4,226 90,904 23,360 89,540 28,464 93,038 117,965 159,744 48,840 93,959 92,901 4,415 7,564 13,653,426

9603900000 Hand-Operated Mechanical Floor Sweepers, Not Motorized, Mops & Feather Dusters; Prepared Knots & Tufts for Broom or Brush Making, NESOI Year To Date July Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 234,925 2,398,960 1,863,179 16,966,257 35,769 520,120 414,567 5,660,480 Mexico Guatmal 316 5,121 Salvadr 612 2,875 642 5,785 Hondura 3,097 50,232 Nicarag 128 5,008 128 5,008 C Rica 521 8,443 7,228 81,941 Panama 4,589 82,135 20,044 316,845 Bermuda 2,123 22,370 Bahamas 170 2,750 183 5,524 Jamaica 258 2,626 1,662 24,626 Haiti 518 7,828 Dom Rep 938 20,479 4,332 75,520 Antigua 336 2,771 Barbado 160 2,598 Trinid 3,134 31,762 N Antil 252 5,909 507 10,052 Aruba 2,225 32,369 Colomb 4,131 16,467 12,559 99,680 Venez 4,493 75,134 Ecuador 232 6,836 3,097 58,227 Peru 1,665 27,004 8,414 90,504 Chile 3,731 29,403 22,186 141,077 Brazil 5,577 31,630 16,090 231,082 Uruguay 4,063 24,266 Argent 762 11,069 Sweden 470 7,628 Norway 1,154 18,717 Finland 1,577 24,333 3,023 55,534 Denmark 706 21,576 1,417 65,955 U King 6,558 98,237 39,989 530,848 Ireland 268 4,350 3,037 55,502 Nethlds 2,108 19,272 29,834 258,059 Belgium 1,087 7,136 5,803 70,427 Luxmbrg 50 4,421 759 38,557 France 1,483 12,005 6,694 96,527 Fr Germ 3,383 59,181 13,318 236,646 Czech 3,179 51,272 Switzld 881 10,652 6,117 49,849 Estonia 48 5,046 Lithuan 26 6,671 Poland 112 8,348 483 27,624 Russia 944 7,004 8,437 128,532 Kazakhs 357 5,793 Spain 261 4,234 2,735 34,652 Italy 1,250 20,266 9,310 133,413 Greece 389 15,630 Romania 449 7,278 Cyprus 1,932 11,183 3,468 15,591 Lebanon 740 12,005 Iraq Israel 197 3,188 1,593 36,607

Kuwait S Arab Qatar Arab Em Oman Afghan India Pakistn Thailnd Vietnam Malaysa Singapr Indnsia Brunei Phil R China Mongola Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral N Zeal N Caldn Tonga Eq Guin Nigeria Ethiop Reunion Rep Saf TOTAL

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644

4,391

4,093 1,828

46,861 11,246

246

3,989

452 629

7,320 10,189

4,212

35,709

804 1,137 865 5,481 28,768 2,538

13,041 27,736 14,029 31,213 242,898 7,134

625 1,268

6,169 20,574

74 368,027

9,707 3,957,054

3,167 10,455 6,143 7,192 1,828 5,223 4,098 23,374 1,530 903 3,007 3,967 996 170 4,018 45,541 163 23,694 16,457 8,962 38,588 53,539 12,164 235 950 625 1,624 513 194 2,021 2,822,147

51,368 153,236 102,065 93,398 11,246 84,733 33,916 107,121 36,554 14,644 30,346 58,144 11,522 2,763 23,699 491,732 2,641 233,031 254,124 137,643 318,734 575,785 74,997 3,816 7,831 6,169 26,102 8,315 3,150 36,601 29,009,100

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IMPORTS July Imports By Country

Country China TOTAL

0502100000 Pigs’, Hogs’ or Boars’ Bristles and Hair and Waste Thereof Year To Date July Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG 28,279 180,809 169,265 28,279 180,809 169,265

Country U King Fr Ger China Japan TOTAL

0502900000 Badger Hair and Other Brushmaking Hair and Waste Thereof July Year To Date Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG 7 13,776 7 87 74,764 87 171 7,305 22,403 2 265 95,845 22,499

Value 1,478,864 1,478,864

Value 13,776 74,764 457,186 7,747 553,473

0511993300 Horsehair and Horsehair Waste, Whether or Not Put Up As A Layer With or Without Supporting Material Year To Date July Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG Value Country Paragu 13,764 156,026 14,295 170,039 Argent 24 9,395 255 2,460 Nethld China 35,899 344,903 187,511 1,639,510 TOTAL 49,663 500,929 202,085 1,821,404 1404903000 Istle Used Primarily In Brooms or In Brushes, Whether or Not In Hanks or Bundles July Year To Date Country Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG Value Mexico 22,558 116,301 228,853 1,141,990 TOTAL 22,558 116,301 228,853 1,141,990 4417002000 Broom and Mop Handles, 1.9 CM or More In


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Country Canada Mexico Hondur Panama Colomb Brazil Argent Sri Lk Indnsi China Taiwan TOTAL

Diameter and 97 CM or More In Length, Of Wood Year To Date July Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value 26,748 40,369 69,500 27,931 246,900 55,867 555,164 255,494 3,262,692 1,551,078 2,232 3,487 16,200 8,067 66,684 38,784 895,185 847,495 5,031,257 4,572,303 36,000 20,546 41,474 38,826 93,770 73,612 1,121,479 876,718 452,239 271,231 1,869,972 1,070,660 7,150 4,668 7,150 4,668 2,089,208 1,488,498 11,712,588 8,273,306

4417004000 Paint Brush July Country Net Q/Variable Nethld Fr Ger Czech Poland Italy Thailn Indnsi China Taiwan TOTAL

Country Canada Brazil Sri Lk Vietna China TOTAL

Country Canada Mexico Brazil Nethld India Vietna Indnsi China Taiwan TOTAL

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and Paint Roller Handles, Of Wood Year To Date Value Net Q/Variable Value 251,878 5,510 31,594 66,575 124,951 450,328 4,110,105 22,745 161,292 775,640 291,556 1,328,818 63,666 934,770 6,749,888

4417006000 Brush Backs, Of Wood July Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 303,020 98,219 1,930,871 183,999 179,952 906,041 28,000 30,590 393,624 13,350 256,560 64,446 1,724,033 771,579 373,207 4,967,919 4417008010 Tool Handles of Wood July Year To Date Value Net Q/Variable Net Q/Variable 3,244 57,861 327,863 9,523

77,898 2,325 478,714

Value 686,751 859,298 388,813 13,428 417,124 2,365,414

Value 29,621 111,386 1,674,995 11,543 16,003 2,730 16,369 409,605 104,677 2,376,929

4417008090 Tools, Tool Bodies, Broom or Brush Bodies, Shoe Lasts and Trees, of Wood July Year To Date Country Net Q/Variable Value Net Q/Variable Value Canada 89,602 630,656 19,080 39,860 Mexico 12,751 Hondur Chile 461,901 3,541,974 Sweden 4,115 U King 2,758 27,241 France 2,184 14,967 Fr Ger 8,268 Switzl 5,464 8,447 Russia 4,013 7,214 Spain 20,146 Italy 5,604 15,674 India 83,568 855,939 Sri Lk 71,750 627,410 Vietna 39,886 104,664 Indnsi 121,492 China 236,111 1,574,888

Taiwan Japan TOTAL

PAGE 25 2,981 505,025 1,529,927

50,571 2,951,235 10,617,512

7326908576 Metal Handles For Brooms, Mops, Paint Applicators Year To Date July Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 8,044 29,637 Mexico 12,024 4,258 134,737 47,892 51,932 37,489 88,922 74,965 Brazil Denmar 940 10,539 3,090 34,453 2 4,149 U King Spain 241,920 91,525 2,651,340 1,177,693 2,647,885 1,119,612 11,857,095 5,013,501 Italy 3,600 4,006 Israel Thailn 1,200 4,387 China 1,365,812 694,260 7,387,839 4,304,386 2,048 2,257 Hg Kon Taiwan 10,700 4,063 11,960 11,880 4,331,213 1,961,746 22,149,877 10,709,206 TOTAL 9603100500 Wiskbrooms, of Broom Corn, LT=.96 EA. Prior to Entry or Withdrawal for Consumption of 61,655 Dozen In Calendar Year July Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value 6,396 5,751 21,720 19,472 Mexico China 10,800 7,608 TOTAL 6,396 5,751 32,520 27,080 9603104000 Other Brooms, of Broomcorn, LT=.96 EA, Prior to Entry or Withdrawal For Consumption of GT=121,478 Dozen in Calendar Year July Year To Date Mexico 6,288 5,345 TOTAL 6,288 5,345 9603105000 Other Brooms, of Broomcorn, LT=.96 EA, at Entry or Withdrawal For Consumption of GT=121,478 Dozen in Calendar Year July Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Country Mexico 15,732 13,308 65,700 55,475 TOTAL 15,732 13,308 65,700 55,475 9603106000 Other Brooms, Of Broomcorn, Valued Over .96 Each July Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 778,405 1,924,516 5,349,712 13,143,732 Hondur 36,240 73,977 216,180 433,987 814,645 1,998,493 5,565,892 13,577,719 TOTAL 9603109000 Brooms & Brushes, Consisting of Twigs or Other Vegetable Materials Bound Together, With or Without Handles, NESOI July Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Country Canada 500 2,975 6,000 21,231 5,940 16,477 94,711 118,086 Mexico Brazil 79,645 43,505 12,310 1,800 12,310 1,800 U King 3,800 28,218 Estoni Italy 2,156 6,623 Turkey 2,000 5,220 3,434 120 Israel India 4,993 2,464 Sri Lk 99,927 156,376 1,154,893 1,660,910 Thailn 7,704 17,240 45,462 107,819 Vietna 13,000 10,272 188,050 162,369 Phil R 16,246 22,939 16,560 15,917 124,008 292,195 China 2,644 606 6,313 6 Kor Re TOTAL 145,437 234,211 1,724,490 2,493,636 9603210000 Toothbrushes, Incl. Dental-Plate Brushes July Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No.

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PAGE 26 Canada Mexico Guatma Brazil Sweden Finlan U King Irelan Nethld France Fr Ger Hungar Switzl Italy Turkey Israel India Bnglds Thailn Vietna Malays Indnsi China Kor Re Hg Kon Taiwan Japan Austra TOTAL

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 24,680 723,630 76,800 709,876

12,211 187,941 13,660 225,225

124,440 609

152,502 2,460

1,598,454

1,289,685

8,659,224 304,500 300

4,034,914 124,487 3,081

4,206,604

718,797

634,580 4,083,336 2,428,576 59,520 58,965,834 339,760

104,847 242,276 111,617 35,526 11,375,730 33,118

47,184 7,350

74,041 119,437

82,995,257

18,861,555

164,867 6,853,748 226,560 5,014,120 216,438 40,000 9,648 3,047,208 104,076 900 11,859,981 153,504 61,581,973 1,417,300 5,812 903,744 20,853,980 95,040 6,068,448 16,524,965 14,145,338 798,715 363,410,146 1,280,328 355,140 913,160 2,148,948 266,050 518,460,137

105,097 1,155,177 39,601 1,379,388 179,174 179,918 8,096 1,291,513 30,010 9,531 9,064,303 215,601 18,036,378 563,007 78,017 119,638 4,066,387 7,428 713,196 1,605,362 548,398 148,630 68,043,552 174,120 48,726 346,630 387,732 19,322 108,563,932

9603294010 Hairbrushes, Valued Not Over .40 Each July Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Fr Ger 11,000 4,341 150,768 62,143 Thailn 5,204,472 1,433,558 24,457,447 6,798,792 China Hg Kon 86,400 12,089 220,500 38,443 Taiwan 30,024 13,564 TOTAL 5,290,872 1,445,647 24,869,739 6,917,283 9603294090 Shaving Brushes, Nail Brushes, Eyelash Brushes & Other Toilet Brushes For Use On The Valued Not Over .40 Each July Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Mexico 2,550,500 165,910 18,647,660 France 48,000 3,868 48,000 Fr Ger 1,613,320 332,289 10,872,096 Switzl 12,147 Italy 15,000 3,729 218,478 India 99,786 2,715 805,773 6,048 Vietna China 5,676,634 1,027,974 29,145,541 Kor Re 46,000 2,895 2,640,816 Hg Kon 146,140 Taiwan 192,000 46,751 894,900 Japan 138 TOTAL 10,241,240 1,586,131 63,437,737

Person,

Value 1,241,261 3,868 2,161,122 5,290 58,599 33,461 2,585 4,286,452 77,173 20,577 211,245 2,586 8,104,219

9603302000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes & Similar Brushes For Application Of Cosmetics, Valued Not Over .05 Each July Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 150,500 6,578 Mexico 1,126,000 40,606 6,172,800 131,411 Fr Ger 918,231 43,337 14,124,491 417,829 Italy 9,549,000 95,095 32,595,450 347,280 1,657,920 28,342 India China 19,504,846 293,497 90,956,328 2,025,616 Kor Re 6,157,800 152,860 15,303,900 453,560 Hg Kon 314,880 7,044 1,090,224 22,371 Taiwan 403,848 12,887 2,059,848 55,021 Japan 224,490 11,760 224,490 11,760 TOTAL 38,199,095 657,086 164,335,951 3,499,768

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9603304000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes & Similar Brushes For Application of Cosmetics, Valued Over .05 But not Over .10 Each Year To Date July Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 5,694,300 434,148 45,012,885 3,479,825 Brazil 192,000 13,741 3,263,500 270,343 12,501,530 954,422 Fr Ger Italy 460,800 31,250 India 36,288 2,777 Thailn 23,356 2,241 23,356 2,241 239,808 26,070 Indnsi China 13,320,176 1,024,460 91,244,654 7,025,052 Kor Re 200,000 14,172 4,089,000 283,661 Hg Kon 197,062 15,942 1,696,096 117,232 3,043,052 217,630 Taiwan TOTAL 24,197,428 1,862,596 157,040,435 12,052,611 9603306000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes & Similar Brushes For Application Of Cosmetics, Valued Over .10 Each Year To Date July Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 311 16,227 2,019 114,957 Mexico 8,795,125 1,468,323 82,266,432 13,035,856 Dom Re 152,267 157,776 1,403,349 1,320,566 5,085 40,847 Argent U King 156,756 243,642 1,449,227 2,077,732 Irelan 112 11,245 Belgiu 410 24,133 France 59,683 204,869 584,817 1,824,855 946,391 340,178 7,792,851 2,373,618 Fr Ger 47,051 26,784 Czech Switzl 250 4,682 3,711 70,898 Spain 16,921 157,998 66,854 487,973 Italy 280,529 158,906 568,776 333,748 1,384 3,935 2,341 6,986 Israel 224,684 4,673,299 1,860,761 447,950 India Sri Lk 249,144 137,847 1,141,800 631,784 Thailn 402,817 360,316 1,774,128 1,275,380 Vietna 10,000 4,001 10,000 4,001 China 18,142,041 12,628,180 116,042,263 70,666,547 Kor Re 1,055,219 714,738 2,631,547 1,895,010 Hg Kon 762,033 408,839 3,553,035 1,661,487 Taiwan 339,362 60,346 1,082,086 373,223 Japan 240,226 927,113 2,037,351 7,480,341 Austra 711 5,877 2,850 10,439 24,514 79,469 Maurit Maurit 7,000 12,494 22,844 45,823 TOTAL 32,068,259 18,245,533 227,166,346 107,750,168

Country Canada Mexico Brazil Sweden U King Nethld Fr Ger Austri China Kor Re Hg Kon TOTAL

9603402000 Paint Rollers July Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 2,928 2,635 13,732 1,251,768 521,529 8,153,156 2,976 2,581 2,976 800 252 3,541 728 720 184,755 27,287 2,138,263 950 4,995,552 2,068,271 26,839,632 12,468 10,057 12,468 441,524 6,450,699 2,635,901 37,604,949

Value 27,190 3,843,752 2,581 6,427 10,310 5,347 410,950 4,019 11,449,642 10,057 214,559 15,984,834

9603404020 Paint Pads (Other Than Of Subheading 9603.30) July Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value U King 7,700 2,960 81,064 27,165 Pakist 30,800 3,058 84,400 8,000 China 511,237 394,146 6,766,002 4,771,557 TOTAL 549,737 400,164 6,931,466 4,806,722


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9603404040 Natural Bristle Brushes, Other Than Brushes Of Subheading 9603.30 July Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value 16,546 19,828 103,152 130,766 Canada Mexico 11,576 13,160 Sweden 56,881 15,844 U King 1,440 4,497 26,940 13,550 252 2,104 Nethld France 63,552 18,150 Fr Ger 2,704 9,818 11,502 38,321 Italy 26,200 138,328 16,128 39,194 40,428 140,699 Turkey Israel 21,450 19,606 151,704 67,914 191,682 111,443 Thailn Vietna 354,624 39,871 1,247,118 134,680 5,442,422 875,646 34,886,729 5,425,219 Indnsi China 316,316 63,839 1,019,653 283,756 Hg Kon 43,200 14,777 Taiwan 2,800 15,363 202,380 82,158 4,218 40,609 Japan 2,851 984 Austra Tokela 7,308 40,015 7,308 40,015 TOTAL 6,311,992 1,175,985 37,965,205 6,666,036 9603404060 Paint, Distemper, Varnish/Similr Brushes Exc Subheading 9603.30 NESOI July Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Canada 14,198 7,305 33,158 Mexico 7,136 7,410 7,498 Brazil 8,496 5,236 64,032 Sweden 50,250 U King 18,720 74,272 32,742 Nethld 1,596 France 1,306 Fr Ger 1,747 11,521 121,340 Switzl 6 2,791 6 Spain 3,344 Italy 55,088 Turkey 4,896 12,039 16,920 Israel 913 India 360,240 61,370 405,240 Pakist 9,480 Thailn 49,868 Vietna 4,000 8,530 5,400 Singap 6,400 4,262 6,400 Indnsi 5,539,104 818,463 20,476,062 China 17,654,954 5,634,275 130,126,438 Kor Re 102,000 11,421 145,060 Hg Kon 3,000 Taiwan 384,600 64,838 1,337,016 Japan 165,381 54,813 787,344 Austra 1,095 Tokela 2,052 8,658 2,052 TOTAL 24,273,930 6,787,204 153,742,648

Brushes of

Value 46,672 11,345 21,605 26,662 96,998 5,469 16,605 142,289 2,791 9,543 151,225 41,906 2,826 66,993 9,480 38,325 12,216 4,262 3,191,601 36,025,770 23,576 3,370 389,437 313,705 7,750 8,658 40,671,079

Country Mexico Belgiu Switzl India Vietna China Taiwan TOTAL

9603908010 Wiskbrooms Year To Date July Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 1,344 240 4,722 23,358 3,000 41,082 56,035 201,045 3,216 41,082 56,035 236,925

Value 2,505 8,495 4,571 24,544 2,896 246,662 2,595 292,268

Country Mexico Guatma

9603908020 Upright Brooms July Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 41,894 54,833 300,929 67,488

Value 322,824 77,348

Colomb Brazil Argent Denmar Fr Ger Spain Italy India Vietna Malays Phil R China Hg Kon Taiwan Egypt TOTAL

PAGE 27 5,280 5,502 4,320

5,614 35,222 8,000

715 2,004 29,532

2,352 7,021 46,181

4,000

3,009

919,802

1,198,741

1,013,049

1,360,973

16,440 21,814 17,744 408 715 23,232 258,678 25,104 19,400 1,500 1,500 5,282,095 12,096 8,448 11,376 6,068,967

15,736 166,129 30,138 5,493 2,352 49,964 396,643 20,659 20,252 3,145 4,408 6,340,718 16,303 40,027 8,247 7,520,386

9603908030 Push Brooms, 41 CM or Less in Width July Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 644 2,926 1,920 7,781 Mexico 1,920 7,781 2 4,598 U King Sri Lk 1,440 5,995 China 16,720 33,539 120,870 199,323 Taiwan 504 4,304 1,308 10,879 TOTAL 17,224 37,843 125,540 228,576 9603908040 Other Brooms, NESOI July Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 104,974 208,671 533,891 294,447 467,348 3,140,644 41,280 154,212 11,700 62,668 47,427 207,484 7,656 27,090 58,949 799 65,312 47,862 322,416 3,576 4,000 29,520 46,903 122,706 198,376 329,389 880,412 900 9,000 4,839 34,150 32,568 82,239 371,241 9,900 11,666 31,350 3,250 3,783 22,850 565,712 761,695 3,687,261 600 44,880 615 9,616 5,091 1,383,998 2,048,528 9,680,392

Country Value Canada 1,205,126 Mexico 4,911,158 Guatma 40,916 Salvad 136,582 Panama 20,281 Colomb 256,598 Brazil 291,467 U King 10,313 Czech 273,401 Switzl 4,682 Russia 2,553 Spain 195,400 Italy 1,351,526 Israel 4,434 India 28,154 Sri Lk 935,825 Thailn 47,507 Vietna 27,075 China 4,327,208 Kor Re 2,148 Hg Kon 27,376 Taiwan 20,001 TOTAL 14,119,731 ` 9603908050 Brooms, Brushes, Sqeegees, Etc., NESOI Year To Date July Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 1,794,641 15,385,894 Mexico 2,751,809 20,799,742 44,694 152,792 Salvad 1,282,739 9,066,390 Hondur Dom Re 23,591 194,681 145,151 680,751 Colomb 2,799 2,799 Chile Brazil 3,876 192,058 Argent 69,248 Sweden 10,001 63,067 Norway 10,125 Finlan 11,675 Denmar 176,790 1,186,401 U King 43,826 514,859 Nethld 210,292 1,251,535 Belgiu 76,426 827,213


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PAGE 28 France Fr Ger Austri Czech Hungar Switzl Estoni Lithua Poland Spain Italy Turkey Israel Jordan India Pakist

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 4,869 313,031 95,423 17,773 26,450 12,960 88,585 723,913 4,608 32,781 69,252 347,000

69,012 1,505,032 9,215 300,490 3,462 118,801 14,021 43,047 93,169 630,522 3,380,570 45,055 110,996 4,414 525,836 2,561,375

Graveline Joins Unger Enterprises As Director Of Marketing Unger Enterprises, Inc., a provider of cleaning solutions, has announced the appointment of Jeff Graveline as director of marketing. Graveline joins Unger with more than 17 years of commercial and industrial product marketing experience. His responsibilities include market delivery of numerous new products, branding and communications for North America. “Jeff has the proven leadership, experience and values to build our marketing team and work closely with our field sales organization to grow sales. I am very happy that Jeff decided to join our team,” said Mark Unger, president of Unger Enterprises. Graveline received a Civil Jeff Graveline Engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, MA. Following graduation he joined Five Star Products, of Fairfield, CT, where he moved from engineering into product management and marketing. He held product management roles with the H.B. Ives (Ingersoll Rand) and Cuno (3M) companies while earning an MBA from Fairfield (CT) University. After completing his MBA, Graveline held product and brand management roles for ITW Permatex and Corbin Russwin (ASSA ABLOY). In his latest position, Graveline headed marketing and sales for Accurate Lock and Hardware, of Stamford, CT, where he led strategic marketing and sales initiatives as well as new product development. Graveline resides in Litchfield, CT, with his wife Jennifer, daughter Sophia and son Thomas. For more information about Unger, visit www.ungerglobal.com or call 1-800-431-2324.

Bnglds Sri Lk Thailn Vietna Malays Singap Indnsi Macao China Kor Re Hg Kon Taiwan Japan Austra Egypt TOTAL

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245,365 379,306 18,907 17,510 27,092 31,463,531 201,416 819,840 888,064 78,158 237,983 15,081 42,695,533

30,108 2,011,110 2,934,193 376,966 116,063 5,609 286,454 3,602 207,345,855 1,460,872 3,351,419 6,951,739 464,791 784,084 110,652 286,057,764

Obituary GERARD “JERRY” A. PARSEGHIAN

Gerard “Jerry” A. Parseghian, died on Sept. 25, 2010 in Toledo, OH. He was 89. Parseghian was a co-founder of Power Brushes, Inc., of Toledo. Parseghian was born on March 29, 1921, the son of Amelia Bonneau Parseghian and Michael Parseghian. He graduated from Akron (OH) South High School and the University of Akron. In 1943, he married Margaret Gerard “Jerry” “Maggie” Saus, and she survives. A. Parseghian Upon graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering, Parseghian served in the U.S. Army, working as a project engineer on aircraft engines in Cleveland, OH, for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA which later became NASA). After WW II, he was hired as an industrial salesman for the Fuller Brush Company. The family settled in Toledo in 1949. In 1957, Parseghian and two business partners began Power Brushes, a custom brush manufacturer, where he served as president. The company continues to be a family-run business. Parseghian was a great football fan, particularly of his brother Ara Parseghian’s college coaching career. He also enjoyed playing golf, traveling and spending time with his family. In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Linda (Don) Runyon; a son, Tom (Gayle) Parseghian; a brother, Ara (Katie) Parseghian; a sister-in-law, Bert (Joe) Murray; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Isabelle Parseghian Atwood; and a dear friend and business partner, Varkes Tavtigian. A celebration of Parseghian's life was held in October. Donations in his memory may be made to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation, 3530 E. Campo Abierto, Suite 105, Tucson, AZ, 85718-3327.

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U.S. Imports 68 Short Tons Of Broom Corn In August By Harrell Kerkhoff Broom, Brush & Mop Editor According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, a total of 68 short tons of broom corn was imported into the United States during August 2010. The value of this import was $166,766, with a cost per ton of $2,452 ($1.23 per pound). All imported broom corn in August came from Mexico. During the first eight months of the year, 663 short tons of broom corn entered the United States, with a total value of $1,788,571. The cost per ton of this broom corn was $2,698 ($1.35 per pound). Of the 663 short tons of broom corn that entered the United States after eight months in 2010, all but 10 arrived from Mexico. The remaining broom corn came from Indonesia in June.

have more labor costs to consider than in the past. Freight has also become more expensive. This doesn’t directly impact the price of yucca fiber from a processor’s standpoint, but it does have an impact from my standpoint. Gas and oil prices have (increased) over the past month or longer.” Caddy reported that overall business at his company was busy during the past summer and so far this fall. There has been an issue, however, with continuous inspections taking place at the U.S.-Mexican border. This regards the importation of broom corn and brooms. “Once (a trailer) crosses into Laredo (TX), it’s been my recent experience that there will be a (major) inspection take place. They had been pulling just a few items off each trailer before, but during the last week these inspectors have gone through 75 percent of a trailer,” Caddy said. “The (inspectors) who recently pulled (material) off were very good — they didn’t mess anything up. There was customs tape around some bales of broom corn. I don’t know what they were looking for, but they didn’t take any bales apart.” Despite this recent “white glove” inspection, Caddy said there is a charge that he must pay every time this process takes place. “It would be more efficient if they could conduct the inspections in Cadereyta (Mexico) instead of Laredo. That way, the material could be inspected before being loaded into the trailer,” he explained. “It’s important to be very careful when pulling stuff off a trailer in order to protect the merchandise.”

Richard Caddy, of R.E. Caddy & Co., Inc., in Greensboro, NC, felt the broom corn import figures for August were accurate. He said the average price per pound of $1.23 most likely included hurl, insides and raw corn. “I would imagine September’s figures will be close to what we have seen for August,” Caddy said. When interviewed on October 19, he added that Mexican broom corn is plentiful right now, and processors have indicated to him that they should be able to adequately supply his company's needs for the near future. “I have been receiving (broom corn) as of late, but I don’t know if it’s part of the first or second (Torreon) harvest in Mexico. It’s Tim Monahan, of The Thomas Monahan Co., in Arcola, IL, nice and fresh broom corn,” Caddy said. “Everything seems to be said August’s broom corn import statistics show that prices have in order as far as quality is concerned.” eased some compared to earlier in the year. He added, however, Mexican broom corn pricing, meanwhile, has remained steady that 68 short tons of broom corn is not a lot when considering as of the middle of October, he said. Caddy feels this trend shows August is usually a prime month for receiving such material. no immediate signs of ending. When interviewed on October 19, Monahan also said that “There is no overwhelming demand for broom corn right now, despite a slight lowering of Mexican broom corn prices, he doesand we are still able to get what we need,” Caddy said. n’t feel the average price will dip too much lower. When it comes to Broom Corn Imports yucca fiber, he added 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Total Cost that quality of this Tons Tons Tons Tons Tons Tons Value Per Ton material is good, while 125 61 116 89 14 48 $165,991 $3,458 ($1.73) January lead times are two to three weeks. Pricing, February 44 215 90 91 21 84 $202,685 $2,413 ($1.21) however, has firmed 65 83 41 50 90 $237,691 $2,641 ($1.32) 77 March up over the past two to April 120 56 48 150 11 54 $200,869 $3,720 ($1.86) three months. May 36 135 172 98 24 77 $231,863 $3,011 ($1.51) “While broom corn June 65 81 63 65 20 108 $245,846 $2,276 ($1.14) prices have been July 124 160 80 66 23 134 $336,860 $2,514 ($1.26) steady and went 177 216 80 76 42 68 $166,766 $2,452 ($1.23) August down earlier in the September 124 152 131 133 22 summer, yucca fiber 133 184 92 123 28 October prices have gone up a November 200 96 160 29 53 bit,” Caddy said. “I December 164 76 101 17 16 think (yucca fiber) 1,389 1,497 1,216 978 324 663 $1,788,571 $2,698 ($1.35) processors probably


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Regarding yucca fiber, Monahan added that he has noticed lead times have been increasing. “I think this is mostly due to spotty demand. (Processors) are hesitant to keep people employed while the market (for yucca fiber) is not that strong. There is also not a lot of inventory available,” he said. “The majority of yucca fiber that is being processed is going toward Mexican broom production.” He also reported that overall business at his company slowed a bit in August and then hit a surge, especially with plastic fiber demand. However, Monahan said there remains a lot of uncertainty in the marketplace. Bart Pelton, of PelRay International, LLC, in San Antonio, TX, said August’s broom corn import figures looked reasonable. “I feel (the United States) is averaging between 50 to 100 short tons of imported broom corn per month, and (U.S.) broom corn consumption is probably near 1,000 short tons a year. This is tiny compared to what it used to be years ago,” Pelton said. When asked about the status of the second Torreon crop of 2010, Pelton said on October 20 that harvesting had been in full swing for the past few weeks. “There will be some broom corn harvested right up to the first freeze, which normally takes place in the Torreon area during midNovember. Although this might seem a little early for Mexico, (the Torreon broom corn fields) are located in a high plateau, with elevation around 4,000 feet in relatively dry air. It can get cold there during the winter,” he explained. Regarding broom corn pricing as of the middle of October, Pelton said this can best be described as “stable to declining.” He added there is probably more insides available on the market than what demand dictates. “A lot of the brooms being made in Mexico, as well as the United States, use yucca fiber for insides. As a result, there is probably a surplus of (broom corn) insides in Cadereyta. The supply of hurl, meanwhile, is decent but not at an over-surplus situation,” Pelton said. “For the bigger (broom corn) buyers, there are some deals available, particularly with insides.” He added that yucca fiber is starting to creep up in price. “While broom corn prices are drifting down, yucca fiber prices have increased,” Pelton explained. “Yucca fiber production has been cut back. Prices for yucca fiber never really went up with everything else a couple of years ago. I think capacity has been cut to the point where processors are able to increase their prices some.” On the subject of inspections at the U.S.-Mexican border, Pelton agreed with Caddy that this remains a challenge for importers. “It’s not just with broom corn. It seems everything we are importing right now is facing more inspections,” he said. Regarding overall business at his company, Pelton said activity continues to be higher compared to 2009 and late 2008. “It’s still not back to pre-recession levels. (Overall business) has also slowed down some from the summer, although seasonally, the summer is always our strongest time for sales.” Pelton also addressed the ongoing security issues facing northern Mexico. “We continue to cut back on traveling to this area. Broom corn processors and broom manufacturers are also not traveling to Torreon like they used to. Because of this, it’s harder to attain good information about the area,” Pelton said. “We sure hope things improve, but they haven’t yet. It’s particularly a problem in border

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towns and in Monterrey. “I don’t think much has changed during the past few years with security in central Mexico, but it’s dangerous right now along the border.”

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Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine's November 2010 issue. The trade magazine for the broom, brush and mop industry.

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