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Broom, Brush & Mop A RANKIN PUBLISHING PUBLICATION

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Volume 100, Number 12

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U.S. Imports 53 Short Tons Of Broom Corn In September ____________________14

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By Harrell Kerkhoff / Broom, Brush & Mop Editor Key industry-related reports, networking opportunities and an informative presentation on today’s national health care situation were main parts of the agenda during the 2010 National Broom & Mop Meeting. The event took place November 18-19 in St. Louis, MO.

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epresentatives from various broom and mop manufacturing and supplier companies met at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel for the annual event. This year’s meeting chairmen were Mark Quinn of Quinn Broom Works in Greenup, IL, and Jim Monahan of The Thomas Monahan Company in Arcola, IL. A large portion of this year’s meeting centered around various reports presented by suppliers associated with the production of brooms and mops. In presenting the metal handle report, Jim Monahan stated that today’s metal handles are produced from highly automated machinery. Production plants are located throughout the world, most notably the United States, Italy, Spain, Mexico and China. “There is certainly ample capacity in this industry for today’s demand coming from the United States and the rest of the world. The availability of metal handles is good,” Monahan said. He reminded those in attendance that it is not possible to discuss metal handles without talking about this product’s main ingredient — steel. “The pricing of metal handles always depends on the cost of steel. In the United States, the biggest user of steel is the automotive industry,” Monahan said. Although the production of automobiles, at least in the United States, may be down some from past record-breaking years, Monahan explained that this does not automatically mean the price of steel will always drop in response. He said that tremendous consolidation has taking place over the years among steel mills; and thus three or four major suppliers have done a better job of controlling the inventory of steel and keeping prices steady or up. “In the spring (of 2010), steel increased in price by 10 to 20 percent, (but) now the price of steel in the United States is softening. This is leading to some small price decreases for metal handles,” Monahan said. Another area that influences the price of steel concerns the fluctuation of currency — specifically, the strength or weakness of the U.S. dollar. “If you look at (current import figures), they show a tremendous increase in the number of imports from China with metal handles. Spain has also sent over a large increase in imported metal handles,” Monahan said. When making a prediction on pricing with metal handles as of the middle of November, Monahan said that the metal handle business should remain relatively stable during the first half of next year (2011), with slight decreases in price possible. However, prices could also quickly rebound soon thereafter. He noted that companies that produce metal handles usually purchase their steel approximately three months prior to manufacture. “Right now the automotive industry is fairly busy, surprisingly enough, when considering everything that has taken place. Detroit is making a lot

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of cars, so it’s starting to use a lot of steel,” he said. “The steel making process is a continuous process. Once (steel mills) start up a blast furnace, they will make steel continuously for 24 hours a day. (Mills) have to operate that way to be efficient. However, it seems like the owners of the big steel mills are more willing today to shut down a blast furnace rather than build inventory.” He said this philosophy is a change from past years when there were more steel mills operating and a greater amount of available inventory. “Back then, there were often large fluctuations in steel inventories. It’s a more controlled environment today,” Monahan said. Along with metal handles, wood and fiberglass are also used in the broom and mop industry. A presentation on wooden handles was given by Wayne Pringle of Amerwood in Ft. Worth, TX. He mainly focused his report on wooden handles being supplied from Brazil and Honduras. During his presentation, Pringle distributed a chart on “Mechanical Properties Comparison.” This chart featured strength qualities of some common woods used for the production of wood handles (see accompanying chart on page 8). “With wood handles, most people are concerned with how smooth each handle is, how well it finishes and how straight it stays. Some of these strength determinations can show how well (a particular wood) is going to work,” Pringle said. He added that pricing this past year regarding hardwoods from Brazil kept going up. Thus, a local species, yellow poplar, became more “popular.” In the United States, Pringle said, domestic pine became more available, which may have been due to the lack of demand for this type of wood from the slower-than-normal building industry. “If the housing market ever picks up again, then domestic pine will not be as available,” Pringle said. “If you look at Brazilian tauari, it’s proba-

National Broom & Mop Meeting co-chairmen for the past two years were Mark Quinn, left, and Jim Monahan.


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bly the strongest hardwood that is readily available, and Honduran pine would be the strongest softwood. Prices (for Honduran pine) have been relatively stable for the past couple of years, but there could be some slight increases to come. “Yellow poplar, meanwhile, is not quite as strong as some of the other hardwoods, but poplar stays straight and the colonization is pretty consistent.” Although the chart shows that ramin wood,

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from Southeast Asia, is the strongest in regards to bending strength, this wood is no longer available for handle production due to environmental restrictions regarding the species. Pringle also reported in November that the rainy season (in Brazil) had started, which may mean wood could be difficult to attain. However, an ample supply of inventory is available for the time being. “Prices (of wood from Brazil) are expected to

remain pretty consistent now through at least the first half of next year (2011),” Pringle said. “The problems plaguing producers last year with permits for logs and logging have eased a bit.” In Honduras, he added the overall lumber industry this past year has been depressed. However, the political unrest that took place in the Central American country a couple of years ago has settled down. When asked if the overall wood handle market share is holding its own compared to metal handles, Pringle said decreases have been felt over the years when it comes to household products, while many 48-inch wood handles continue to be popular for such items as rakes and paint rollers. A report on fiberglass handles was presented by Jeff Jones of Fiberglass Innovations in Rockford, IL. In order to succeed in the fiberglass business, Jones said it’s important for his company to remain diversified. Along with handles used for brooms and mops, Fiberglass Innovations also produces such products as fiberglass ax handles, golf course flag sticks and sand trap rake handles, fencing material and other items. He noted that many fiberglass handles for brooms and mops are used by those in the food industry due to current OSHA standards. “The process of making a fiberglass item is

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Jeff Jones, of Fiberglass Innovations

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similar to that of making steel in that once we “fire” the machines up they run for a long period of time. This is because as soon as the machinery is stopped, the resin will solidify. The machinery includes hundreds of spools of silky fiberglass,” Jones said. He added that fiberglass handles are known for their consistency, strength and durability. “Our pricing is reflective of the price of oil. We try to keep (pricing) at a certain level at least six months at a time,” Jones said. As part of his report on mop yarn, Andrew Dailey of The Jones Companies in Humboldt, TN, discussed current issues found in today’s cotton industry. Although the type of fiber used in mop yarn most often comes from textile mill by-products, the status of the cotton industry remains important. As a rule, he said that cotton prices remained high in 2010. There are also weather issues to always consider since cotton is a crop.

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“This past year there were severe rains in Pakistan, India and China resulting in flooding. Therefore, their (cotton) crop was down,” Dailey said. He added that the level of carry-over cotton has been depleted. Carryover is what is left over from the harvest of the previous year, heading into the next harvest. “ This year, (the carry-over) was depleted by October 1,” Dailey said. “This is a result of reduced (cotton) planting that has occurred over the past five years relative to demand. Many farmers have been able to make better profits by growing other crops such as corn and soybeans.” Demand for cotton, however, has grown lately on the world stage. Dailey noted that cotton is now traded 24 hours a day and not everybody trading in cotton is actually involved in the cotton industry. Recent restrictions on cotton exports, such as from India, have also caused prices to increase. Dailey said in November that some cotton merchants had predicted prices could fall back some, but uncertainties remain. “It’s a global situation. It’s just not relative to the United States,” he said. “Unlike the oil industry, which has the capability of turning up production in a relatively short amount of time in order to increase supply, you just can’t get a cotton plant out of the ground any quicker than you did last year.” He noted there are large cotton growing operations in place in the United States and Brazil, while cotton planting in Australia is up. “There is some response that can occur (to the lack of supply in cotton), especially between the northern and southern hemispheres where growing seasons are different. However, it’s not going to happen quick enough to solve what we are looking at right now (in supply),” Dailey said. He added that due to a decrease in the size of the U.S. textile industry over the past years, there is now less textile mill waste available for mop yarn production. “Some of the changes that we could see in our industry are going to be dependent on how well mop manufacturers in the United States respond and make shifts in the way yarns look,” Dailey said. “I feel this is a critical component as our industry goes forward — to be able to accomplish the successful sourcing of raw materials and staying within the same economical structure that we all have been used to. Otherwise we will face some problems.” Dailey also discussed the benefits of a bleached cotton shoddy that can be used to make mop yarn. “Shoddies” are regenerated fibers from recycled woven and knitted goods. He added that innovation will remain a key to the future success of the domestic mop industry. This need for innovation will be highlighted even further if cotton supply issues escalate throughout the world. Speaking on the current status of both natural fibers and synthetic filaments used by the brush, broom and mop industries was Chris Monahan of Brush Fibers, Inc. in Arcola. On the natural fiber side, he said raw palmyra fiber from India has been a bit slow in arrival this year, mainly due to weather factors. It is also


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Les Laske, of Vonco Products

Bart Pelton, of PelRay International

Pat Monahan, of The Thomas Monahan Co.

Scott Reid, of Harper Brush Works

increasingly difficult to find workers to harvest palmyra in India, especially among the younger generation. “With tampico fiber out of Mexico, meanwhile, worldwide demand is up, but in North America, demand is actually remaining level. Worldwide demand has had an impact on lead times,” Chris Monahan said. As it pertains to plastic fiber, mainly polypropylene, resin prices have been on a steady rise as of the middle of November. He said resin prices typically follow the price of oil and worldwide demand. Chris Monahan also noted that there continues to be a growing demand for recycled materials to be used in the fiber and filament industry. Also reporting on material designed to be “greener” was Les Laske of Vonco Products, Inc. in Lake Villa, IL. Laske presented an industry report on poly packaging/plastic film used within the broom and mop industries. He said there is a growing demand from some customers for biodegradable films that can now be used for such items as packaging and gloves. “They (some customers) are willing to pay a higher premium for this type of material. It usually comes in white or opaque in color,” Laske said. He added that the ingredients in this type of film accelerate biodegradability once the film enters a landfill. Sunlight, temperatures and other conditions influence this breakdown. “This is a growing area for us and we are still learning. So far I can’t offer a (biodegradable) film that is as clear as some people want, and at the same price (as more traditional material),” Laske said. Presenting a report on mop hardware was Pat Monahan of the Thomas Monahan Company. He noted that a lot of mop hardware comes from China and Taiwan. He said that companies supplying mop hardware from China work particularly hard at keeping prices steady from one year to the next. “I don’t see any major price increases in mop hardware for 2011. These are still steel and plastic-based items, however, so (pricing) can change,” Pat Monahan said. The annual broom corn and sotol (yucca) fiber report was given by Ray LeBlanc of PelRay International, LLC, in San Antonio, TX. Most


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broom corn used in the United States is grown and processed in northern Mexico. LeBlanc said two events in 2010 have greatly influenced, in a negative way, the North American broom corn industry. These events were Hurricane Alex, which struck parts of northern Mexico in July, and the ongoing violence from drug gangs plaguing the area. “Hurricane Alex went through the area and wiped out a large part of the infrastructure that is used to move product from Mexico to the United States. Almost nothing moved for a couple of weeks,” LeBlanc said. Among the areas struck hard by flooding caused by Hurricane Alex were Monterrey in northern Mexico, and Laredo, TX, which is located on the U.S./Mexican border. LeBlanc presented slides of the flood damage from the two cities. He noted that the flood level on the Rio Grande River at Laredo is normally 8 feet. During the worst of the flooding from Hurricane Alex, the water level went up to 42 feet. “Two of the international bridges (in the area) were shut down for three or four days. Traffic on other bridges was reduced to one vehicle at a time. Product crossing the border during this time period was reduced by approximately 97 percent,” LeBlanc said. The main highway between Monterrey and Laredo was also greatly harmed by the flooding, as were parts of downtown Monterrey. All of this damage, of course, influenced the number of imported goods entering the United States from Mexico. A second “hurricane” of sorts has been devastating parts of Mexico, especially the northern half, for an extended period of time and shows no signs of weakening. Organized drug gangs continue to force visitors out of the region and local residents to live in constant fear. As it pertains to the broom corn industry, LeBlanc said it is now considered by many too dangerous to visit the broom corn growing regions of northern Mexico. “In general, the worst part of the drug violence can be found along the (U.S./Mexican) border, but Monterrey has become a center for battles as well. This creates a lot of problems when trying to figure out the true size and condition of the broom corn crop,” LeBlanc said. “Even moving products (out of Mexico) has become a challenge.” He added an estimated 25,000 Mexicans have been killed during recent violence in Mexico. “The city of Ciudad Juarez, which is next to El Paso, TX, is now listed as the most dangerous city in the world due to this violence,” LeBlanc said. “As far as Monterrey is concerned, the United States has ordered all diplomatic personnel’s children out of the city. “Everything is very different. Monterrey used to be the most peaceful city of its size. Five years ago, if one person was injured it made headlines. Violence is now a significant problem. Since this is taking place in the heart of broom corn country, it makes broom corn dealing more difficult.” He added that the Mexican government is very serious about the violence issue. “They have military all over the place and it’s created some large battles. The number of weapons that the drug people have, however, is mindboggling,” LeBlanc said. Regarding the current state of Mexican broom corn, both supply and demand continue to decrease. “Crop sizes are changing.Again, estimating crop sizes is more difficult than it used to be due to the violence,” LeBlanc said. “The only way you can get your hands on good numbers is by monitoring the production of broom corn as it goes through the Monterrey area. You can’t visit the fields anymore.” He said an accurate number of short tons grown in Mexico in 2010 probably won’t be known until the middle of 2011. A rough estimate is that 2,350 short tons of broom corn will be processed in 2010. The good news is that, unlike 2009, there has been plenty of carry-over broom corn available in 2010. “Broom corn (prices) is not collapsing as you might think, but (current) pricing is soft and bargains are available,” LeBlanc said. “One of the

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things a person will notice when looking at yearly crop numbers is that the (Mexican broom corn) crop continues to get smaller (in acreage). A few years ago we were consistently running within the 6,000 to 10,000 ton bracket, and now we are down to the 2,000 to 4,000 ton bracket. Yet, there is still enough supply to take care of all demand. This includes current carry-over excess.” On the subject of yucca fiber, which is used in some broom production, LeBlanc reported that supply is plentiful but demand remains soft. “Unlike broom corn, yucca fiber prices are heading up. There is not many yucca fiber processors left, and the ones still running don’t (process yucca) unless there is a buyer. This keeps the prices from falling,” LeBlanc said. “They are also (processing) the yucca for the preferences of their Mexican customers as opposed to American customers. There is very little yucca coming into the United States right now, probably less than 10 percent. So (U.S. customers) are having to take yucca sometimes designed and produced for a Mexican factory.” Discussing the upcoming American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) Annual Meeting was Scott Reid of Harper Brush Works, Inc. in Fairfield, IA. Reid said the upcoming annual meeting will take place March 23-26, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort, located approximately 20 miles from Austin, TX. He added that anyone who is interested in serving on various committees being formed to help ABMA celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2017 should contact Carlos Petzold of Borghi USA/Bodam International in Aberdeen, MD. (Phone 410-272-9797; e-mail bodam@bodam.com.) Also during this year’s National Broom & Mop Meeting, it was announced that the co-chairmen for next year’s meeting will be Joel Hastings of Nexstep Commercial Products, Exclusive Licensee of OCedar, in Paxton, IL, and Andrew Dailey. Mark Quinn and Jim Monahan were thanked for their two years of service as co-chairmen.

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The Currency Connection

ne of the highlights every year during the National Broom & Mop Meeting is a presentation by Bart Pelton of PelRay International regarding various global monetary exchange rates and commodity market trends. Many of these exchange rates and commodity changes influence the raw materials used by the broom and mop industry. By tracking changes, a business can attain a better feeling of what future pricing is likely to be concerning a component or product. Pelton presented charts detailing activity during the past year of various foreign currencies. This included the European euro, Canadian dollar, Mexican peso, Chinese yuan, Brazilian real, Indonesian rupiah and the Indian rupee. These are the currencies of countries where many imported raw materials originate from pertaining to the production of Americanmade mops, brooms and related cleaning supplies. Concerning the euro, Pelton said this currency has been anything but stable for the past year. “For most of the first part of this year (2010), the euro was depreciating against the U.S. dollar. At lot of that was related to the debt crisis in Greece. Since then, the euro started to go up in value,” Pelton said. “We (as an industry) import a lot of material from Europe. This includes metal handles, angle brooms and some plastic fiber from Italy.” Regarding the Canadian dollar, Pelton classified this currency as being fairly stable during the past year. “There is a lot of business conducted with Canada — both with imports and exports. I think (Canada) is trying to manage it so its currency doesn’t appreciate too much against the U.S. dollar,” Pelton said. “Canada has a much smaller federal deficit and is also energy self-sufficient. They export electricity and oil to the United States. The (overall) business climate has recently been better in Canada than in the United States.” Pelton also discussed current trends with the Mexican peso and

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U.S. Imports 53 Short Tons Of Broom Corn In September A total of 53 short tons of broom corn was imported into the United States during September 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Total value of this import was $116,151, with a cost per ton of $2,192 ($1.10 per pound). All imported broom corn in September arrived from Mexico. During the first nine months of the year, 716 short tons of broom corn entered the United States, with a total value of $1,904,722. The cost per ton of this broom corn was $2,660 ($1.33 per pound). Bart Pelton, of PelRay International, LLC, in San Antonio, TX, said September’s broom corn import figures looked “a bit light” to him — both in terms of imported short tons and total value. “I expected the import figure to be just a little higher, such as around 70 to 80 (short) tons. The price also looks on the low side. Broom corn prices have come down some, but not by that much (at $1.10 per pound),” Pelton said. Pelton added it’s possible September’s imports included a high amount of unprocessed broom corn — favored by craft broom makers — which would help explain the lower price. When interviewed on Dec. 8, Pelton reported the Torreon region of Mexico received a hard freeze a few weeks ago. This essentially put an end to this year’s second major Mexican broom corn harvest. “Processors tell me that there is plenty of raw broom corn available for processing at the moment. I believe the first and second (Torreon) harvest (of 2010) produced enough supply to last until next year’s first Torreon harvest in late June or so,” Pelton said. “The real questions center around the strength or weakness of

future (broom corn) demand as well as the level of carry-over. “If there is not a lot of carry-over (broom corn), then we could see stronger pricing next summer. In fact, at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised to see stronger pricing next spring (and/or) summer anyway. This is due to broom corn prices having fallen this year.” He added that if prices for competing crops — such as corn and cotton — continue to stay high, more (Mexican) farmers may turn away from growing an adequate supply of broom corn. Richard Caddy, of R.E. Caddy & Co., Inc., in Greensboro, NC, also felt the total value of September’s imported broom corn was on the low side. Like Pelton, Caddy said possible imported unprocessed broom corn for the month may have been the main culprit behind the lower-than-expected $1.10 per pound figure. Caddy said he has been pleased with the recent quality of broom corn from the second Torreon harvest. Among the positive attributes have been proper coloring and fiber featuring a good tip. “The packaging of this broom corn has also been good, which makes it easy to maneuver, handle and ship,” Caddy said. Although making long-term predictions about broom corn is never an exact science, Caddy said there should be enough Mexican broom corn available to last until next summer’s first main harvest. “We will have to see what pricing does entering next spring — whether it encourages or discourages future planting,” he said. Tim Monahan, of The Thomas Monahan Co., in Arcola, IL, was unavailable for comment for this month’s broom corn dealer survey.

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Imports, Exports Show Increases After 8 Months By Rick Mullen Broom, Brush & Mop Associate Editor U.S. government trade figures for the first eight months of 2010 indicate raw material imports were up in all four categories outlined in this issue, compared to the first eight months of 2009. For August 2010, raw material imports were also up in all four categories outlined, compared to August 2009. Import totals for the first eight months of 2010 were up in five of the seven finished goods categories outlined from the same time period in 2009. In August 2010, six of the seven categories outlined recorded increases, compared to August 2009.

Metal Handles The import total of metal handles during August 2010 was 4.5 million, up about 50 percent from 3 million for August 2009. During the first eight months of 2010, 26.6 million metal handles were imported, up about 25 percent from 21.2 million for the first eight months of 2009. During the first eight months of 2010, Italy shipped 14.2 million metal handles to the United States, while China sent 9 million and Spain exported 3.1 million. The average price per handle for August 2010 was 56 cents, down 2 cents from the average price for August 2009. The average price for the first eight months of 2010 was 50 cents, down about 18 percent from 61 cents for the first eight months of 2009.

RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS Hog Bristle The United States imported 68,400 kilograms of hog bristle in August 2010, up about 123 percent from 30,705 kilograms imported in August 2009. During the first eight months of 2010, 237,665 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, about an 11 percent increase from 213,330 kilograms imported during the first eight months of 2009. The average price per kilogram for August 2010 was $3.73, up about 87 percent from the average price per kilogram for August 2009 of $2. The average price per kilogram for the first eight months of 2010 was $7.30, down about 1 percent from the average price per kilogram of $7.39 for the first eight 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 August 2010 totaled 16,392, up about 7 percent from 15,252 brooms imported during August 2009. During the first eight months of 2010, 82,092 brooms of broom corn were imported, down about 19 percent from 101,256 imported during the first eight months of 2009. All the brooms were imported from Mexico. The average price per broom in August 2010 was 79 cents, up about 7 percent from 74 cents for August 2009. The average price per broom for the first eight months of 2010 was 83 cents, up about 11 percent from 75 cents for the first eight months of 2009.

Broom And Mop Handles The import total of broom and mop handles during August 2010 was 2 million, up about 25 percent from 1.6 million during August 2009. During the first eight months of 2010, 13.7 million broom and mop handles were imported, up slightly from 13.6 million for the first eight months of 2009. During the first eight months of 2010, the United States received 6.2 million broom and mop handles from Brazil and 3.7 million from Honduras. The average price per handle for August 2010 was 82 cents, up about 21 percent from 68 cents for August 2009. The average price for the first eight months of 2010 was 72 cents, up from the average price recorded for the first eight months of 2009 of 69 cents.

Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents The United States imported 803,466 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during August 2010, compared to 747,276 in August 2009, an increase of about 8 percent. During the first eight months of 2010, 6.4 million brooms of broom corn were imported, up about 12 percent from 5.7 million imported during the first eight months of 2009. Mexico shipped 6.1 million brooms to the United States during the first eight months of 2010. The average price per broom for August 2010 was $2.40, up 3 cents from the average price for August 2009. The average price per broom for the first eight months of 2010 was $2.43, down 3 cents from the average price for the first eight months of 2009.

Brush Backs August 2010 imports of brush backs totaled 541,222, up about 98 percent from the August 2009 total of 274,014 brush backs. During the first eight months of 2010, 5.5 million brush backs were imported, up about 189 percent from 1.9 million for the first eight months of 2009. Canada shipped 2.1 million brush backs to the United States during the first eight months of 2010, while China shipped 2 million and Brazil sent 1 million. The average price per brush back was 56 cents during August 2010, up about 65 percent from the average price for August 2009 of 34 cents. For the first eight months of 2010, the average price per brush back was 48 cents, up 2 cents from the average price for the first eight months of 2009.

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during August 2010 was 230,319, up about 142 percent from 95,186 brooms and brushes imported during August 2009. During the first eight months of 2010, 2 million brooms and brushes were imported, up about 112 percent from 943,454 imported during the first eight months of 2009. Sri Lanka exported 1.3 million brooms and brushes to the United States during the first eight months of 2010. The average price per unit for August 2010 was $1.83, down about 9 percent from $2.02 for August 2009. The average price for the first eight months of 2010 was $1.49, a decrease of about 20 percent from the average price recorded for the first eight months of 2009 of $1.87.


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Toothbrushes The United States imported 95 million toothbrushes in August 2010, up about 55 percent from 61.1 million imported in August 2009. During the first eight months of 2010, 613.4 million toothbrushes were imported, an increase of about 17 percent from 523.8 million imported during the first eight months of 2009. China sent 434.6 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first eight months of 2010. The average price per toothbrush for August 2010 was 22 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for August 2009. The average price for the first eight months of 2010 was 21 cents, the same as the first eight months of 2009. Shaving Brushes The United States imported 10.5 million shaving brushes in August 2010, down about 19 percent from 12.9 million imported in August 2009. During the first eight months of 2010, 74 million shaving brushes were imported, a decrease of about 27 percent from 101.1 million imported during the first eight months of 2009. China sent 32.8 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first eight months of 2010, while Mexico sent 23.5 million and Germany shipped 11.7 million. The average price per shaving brush for August 2010 was 14 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for August 2009. The average price for the first eight months of 2010 was 13 cents, the same as for the first eight months of 2009. Paint Rollers The United States imported 5.9 million paint rollers in August 2010, up about 23 percent from 4.8 million imported in August 2009. During the first eight months of 2010, 43.5 million paint rollers were imported, an increase of about 17 percent from 37.3 million imported during the first eight months of 2009. China sent 31.7 million paint rollers to the United States during the first eight months of 2010. The average price per paint roller for August 2010 was 39 cents, down about 17 percent from 47 cents for August 2009. The average price for the first eight months of 2010 was 42 cents, down about 21 percent from 53 cents for the first eight months of 2009. Paintbrushes U.S. companies imported 25.2 million paintbrushes during August 2010, up about 45 percent from 17.4 million paintbrushes imported during August 2009. Paintbrush imports for the first eight months of 2010 were 178.9 million, up about 26 percent from 142.3 million recorded for the first eight months of 2009. China shipped 152.3 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first eight months of 2010. The average price per paintbrush for August 2010 was 29 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for August 2009. The average price for the first eight months of 2010 was 27 cents, down about 16 percent from the average price of 32 cents for the first eight months of 2009. EXPORTS Export totals for the first eight months of 2010 were up in all four categories outlined, compared to the first eight months of 2009. In August 2010, all four categories also reported increases in exports, compared to August 2009.

December 2010

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials The United States exported 7,356 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during August 2010, up about 11 percent from the August 2009 total of 6,618 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during the first eight months of 2010 were 71,551 dozen, up about 30 percent from 55,073 dozen for the first eight months of 2009. The United States shipped 24,409 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first eight months of 2010. Meanwhile, Mexico imported 13,620 dozen. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $47.54 in August 2010, up about 17 percent from $40.79 for August 2009. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for the first eight months of 2010 was $34.54, a decrease of about 16 percent from the average price per dozen for the first eight months of 2009 of $40.94. Toothbrushes During August 2010, the United States exported 8.9 million toothbrushes, up about 31 percent from the total recorded in August 2009 of 6.8 million. During the first eight months of 2010, 70 million toothbrushes were exported, up about 17 percent from 59.8 million exported during the first eight months of 2009. The United States exported 24.4 million toothbrushes to Canada during the first eight months of 2010, while sending 21.2 million toothbrushes to Mexico. The average price per toothbrush for August 2010 was 70 cents, down about 23 percent from the average price for August 2009 of 91 cents. The average price per toothbrush for the first eight months of 2010 was 71 cents, down 2 cents from the average price for the first eight months of 2009. Shaving Brushes The export total of shaving brushes during August 2010 was 2.9 million, up about 339 percent from 660,340 recorded for August 2009. During the first eight months of 2010, 13.3 million shaving brushes were exported, compared to 5.6 million during the first eight months of 2009, an increase of about 138 percent. During the first eight months of 2010, Mexico imported 4.4 million brushes from the United States, while Brazil imported 3.7 million and Canada received 2.7 million. The average price per shaving brush for August 2010 was 57 cents, down about 70 percent from $1.93 for August 2009. The average price for the first eight months of 2010 was 79 cents, down about 54 percent from the average price recorded for the first eight months of 2009 of $1.72. Paintbrushes The export total of paintbrushes during August 2010 was 209,808, up about 80 percent from 116,478 paintbrush exports recorded for August 2009. During the first eight months of 2010, 1.4 million paintbrushes were exported, up about 107 percent from 676,945 during the first eight months of 2009. Canada imported 891,087 paintbrushes from the United States during the first eight months of 2010, while The Netherlands received 147,255. The average price per paintbrush for August 2010 was $10.49, down about 14 percent from $12.18 for August 2009. The average price for the first eight months of 2010 was $11.47, down about 27 percent from $15.72 recorded for the first eight months of 2009.


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EXPORTS August Exports By Country

Domestic Merchandise 1404902000 Broomcorn (Sorghum Vulgare Var. Technicum) Used Primarily In Brooms Or In Brushes, Whether or Not In Hanks or Bundles August Year To Date Net Q/Ton Value Net Q/Ton Value Country Mexico 2 8,130 Dom Rep 1 3,933 Chile 1 8,250 France 8 29,376 42 149,472 Portugl 1 2,756 TOTAL 8 29,376 47 172,541 9603100000 Brooms & Brushes, Consisting of Twigs or Other Vegetable Materials Bound Together, With or Without Handles August Year To Date Country Net Q/Dozen Value Net Q/Dozen Value 2,617 125,570 24,409 890,937 Canada Mexico 140 6,893 13,620 254,631 Belize 250 16,144 C Rica 595 10,926 Panama 777 12,474 384 3,817 664 18,193 Bermuda Bahamas 1,662 86,264 8,098 293 Jamaica Dom Rep 21 6,260 B Virgn 12 3,121 309 8,799 S Lucia S Vn Gr 100 4,867 100 4,867 3,397 100 Barbado 701 23,115 Trinid N Antil 146 4,800 48 3,790 195 8,640 Aruba Guadlpe 146 3,374 30,715 783 Colomb 495 16,917 1,244 43,330 Brazil Denmark 22 15,400 1,783 117,758 5,563 326,231 U King Ireland 392 21,012 Nethlds 135 7,869 196 6,463 Belgium France 9,383 229,628 Fr Germ 25 3,840 Czech 6 2,502 84 3,460 Poland Spain 1,129 37,221 1,240 39,849 Portugl 14 7,108 Israel 80 9,557 S Arab 3,587 171,568 3 2,634 Arab Em Afghan 33 7,664 Singapr 1,157 39,423 Phil R 401 4,761 Kor Rep 60 10,060 143 14,830 Hg Kong 130 2,750 130 2,750 Japan 387 15,115 2,701 92,107 Austral 83 4,920 229 24,601 TOTAL 7,356 349,678 71,551 2,471,342

Country Canada Mexico Guatmal Belize Salvadr Hondura

9603210000 Toothbrushes August Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 3,485,921 2,240,103 24,430,964 3,457,305 1,452,416 21,166,421 20,150 77,472 342 4,947 22,584 18,144

Value 15,711,921 7,594,329 173,647 24,731 63,944 15,836

C Rica Panama Bermuda Bahamas Jamaica Cayman Haiti Dom Rep 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 Hungary 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

December 2010

1,588 724 18,112 361

16,247 7,408 29,541 3,698

7,086 5,610 7,992 7,995

14,067 3,546 3,086 9,319

15,496

26,711

11,520

3,341

32,468

17,739

52,032

161,129

26,391 432,000 62,692

217,818 144,036 430,061

53,657

391,747

15,704

7,174

1,080

5,571

2,489

25,462

4,320 4,077 57,600 59,208

3,366 41,706 114,904 19,326

18,454 11,800 177,200 351,115 408,947 65,661 2,721

13,042 32,648 318,187 196,430 195,629 61,330 10,455

8,859,668

6,222,190

15,578 9,792 8,802 8,536 53,677 361 50,444 383,087 26,340 19,110 110,108 14,673 5,816 119,192 292,035 300 109,728 198,272 397,126 633,292 2,000 960,720 480 6,576 27,936 199,159 1,209,600 492,368 10,487 686,480 463 344 15,704 958 5,117 960 7,131 2,736 977 480 23,252 329,036 1,105,266 156,642 485,000 8,784 328,669 18,920 2,188,895 5,790,840 4,013,352 1,175,721 456,181 2,023,896 19,552 8,000 27,840 69,982,526

29,321 5,350 23,806 12,048 43,423 3,698 23,392 187,530 21,519 17,681 83,554 31,839 8,690 205,424 175,987 2,804 40,218 97,982 207,154 529,998 16,993 659,390 3,197 6,212 29,030 1,075,464 370,115 3,399,032 27,532 3,911,377 8,400 3,520 7,174 11,804 35,940 5,972 66,378 3,118 10,000 8,861 23,237 450,482 2,129,094 196,513 72,750 2,749 189,264 42,321 2,021,261 2,932,051 2,527,506 611,539 2,188,919 1,206,347 29,137 5,600 18,549 49,642,654

9603290000 Shaving Brushes, Hairbrushes, Nail Brushes, Eyelash Brushes & Other Toilet Brushes For Use on the Person August Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q./No. Value Canada 347,568 277,204 2,667,577 2,191,290 534,731 4,379,232 2,754,294 1,446,134 Mexico Guatmal 3,059 12,089 Salvadr 1,440 10,483 Hondura 1,233 15,530 1,233 15,530 9,489 10,051 C Rica 14,197 854 14,197 854 Panama Bahamas 21,340 24,090 Turk Is 600 2,556 Cayman 137 10,395 23,372 2,358 Dom Rep 3,988 121 S Lucia Grenada 1,735 2,681 1,735 2,681 Barbado 1,658 6,822


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PAGE 22 Trinid N Antil Colomb Venez Ecuador Peru Chile Brazil Argent Sweden Norway Finland U King Nethlds Belgium France Fr Germ Czech Switzld Poland Russia Spain Italy Cyprus S Arab Arab Em India Bngldsh Thailnd Singapr Indnsia Phil R China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral N Zeal Egypt Gabon B Ind O Rep Saf TOTAL

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 4,431

37,000

325,639

76,146

2,151 399,622 304,904

19,667 131,870 91,640

2,496 4,649

30,604 23,245

6,032 11,394

19,327 23,084

559

5,115

314 4,248

9,243 43,364

2,596 1,573

23,742 17,700

2,945 966 60 355 5,402 620 1,128 700 3,664 16,416

26,933 9,869 6,960 6,828 49,400 5,672 9,312 2,695 16,353 105,723

1,948 655 2,902,991

8,518 9,356 1,653,709

17,914 10,152 563,495 204,065 1,002 2,598 13,062 3,749,492 691,532 5,598 374 19,781 52,636 10,809 26,276 62,313 74,260 15 559 1,875 2,040 492 17,445 5,040 2,620 7,039 1,573 437 13,991 7,988 2,908 1,246 50,450 4,486 375,349 1,301 187,934 27,829 140 720 551 1,948 8,748 13,321,478

143,565 13,427 157,334 64,544 7,014 20,287 110,287 1,250,492 252,363 45,545 6,657 19,656 404,607 58,118 53,950 425,446 234,463 3,085 5,115 17,150 7,060 16,783 174,498 13,362 6,727 102,283 17,700 4,000 127,951 53,221 12,884 20,103 467,235 38,883 550,315 8,195 258,421 177,693 7,686 3,492 5,040 8,518 131,158 10,587,589

9603300000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes and Similar Brushes for the Application of Cosmetics August Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 454,834 1,106,137 3,134,356 7,483,006 Mexico 33,741 108,012 339,694 1,130,892 Salvadr 3,014 11,122 C Rica 782 9,763 Panama 3,882 18,344 Bermuda 98 3,129 Jamaica 1,266 4,672

Dom Rep S Vn Gr Barbado Trinid Colomb Venez Ecuador Peru Chile Brazil Argent Sweden Norway Finland Denmark U King Ireland Nethlds Belgium France Fr Germ Austria Switzld Estonia Poland Russia Armenia Spain Italy Greece Turkey 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

December 2010 6,442 2,628 4,238 106 39,000 5,241 10,854 3,018 9,461 90,469 1,962 17,441 42,089 11,352 2,500 274,566 15,093 7,365 16,589 83,584 47,728 11,078 1,514 633 19,899 4,569 4,398 3,497 38,215 2,789 692 5,132 2,148 3,400 16,512 5,788 2,998 10,408 5,464 54,193 52,257 175,508 7,132 55,061 168,949 1,355 3,206 4,605 7,877 4,844,095

32,268 3,925 5,181 4,058 85,336 18,190 60,079 16,782 110,592 355,365 3,630 74,175 227,279 47,213 13,550 1,832,288 69,203 45,995 65,412 313,722 198,516 40,875 16,869 9,600 73,421 18,795 16,228 8,389 142,079 10,291 2,552 18,935 7,925 14,059 13,038 23,461 11,061 38,404 20,160 206,726 641,811 426,526 26,316 185,599 670,828 5,000 11,304 46,000 29,063 14,979,002

9603402000 Paint Rollers August Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 153,531 478,286 1,436,114 33,657 63,185 237,811 5,616 2,768 1,304 2,521 4,519 1,200 2,681 17,019 1,916 3,750 1,224 271 4,752 18,952 36 2,181 7,563 3,851 49 2,072 2,700 10,125 11,950 165 7,000 6,895 10,131 1,720 2,081 151 10,811

Value 4,011,959 535,420 4,960 35,776 19,837 53,621 4,586 9,567 3,459 174,545 3,591 38,279 8,257 58,999 8,334 30,636 23,870 14,907 14,180 40,120 11,601 2,650 52,401

151

5,519

6,999

28,373

2,830 150 4,023

10,440 6,063 14,845

29,845

233,103

9,323 3,137

26,496 11,575

3,094 4,398 1,517 3,727

13,351 16,228 5,598 13,750

1,880

9,045

9,316

34,376

1,826 1,322

6,736 4,878

35,819

134,950

607,932

1,789,475


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

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 447 30,161 367 3,616 1,590 950 491 498 41,218 14,764 3,853 70 912 1,725 1,244 2,640 17,990 430 436,042 4,621 151,807 2,256 452 1,980 4,320 210,176 2,722,350

7,852 84,787 6,440 25,188 27,911 16,670 4,745 8,750 39,434 26,048 28,620 4,287 16,000 18,239 9,100 8,395 86,466 14,185 422,128 31,597 215,866 8,138 5,988 4,060 4,295 166,290 6,453,034

9603404020 Paint Pads August Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 517 3,667 50,470 21 4,471 321 352 2,502 352 350 12,052 399 4,422 906 2,000 2,147 420 3,060 1,045 440 984 1,267 908 6,443 908 1,020 2,513 1,535 498 644 4,569 5,217 9,000 2,481 9,687 2,481 4,130 3,102 47,065 90 3,960 90 200 10,583 43,974 144,149

Value 148,771 8,419 2,502 2,673 85,553 2,830 29,784 9,072 3,320 13,252 13,020 5,263 6,983 42,575 6,443 6,166 5,976 37,025 31,740 9,687 73,883 3,960 4,580 553,477

240

4,217

250

4,381

70

4,287

1,435

8,773

59,612 600 3,220 888

46,349 4,356 4,744 3,095

546 261,244

9,583 658,230

9603404050 Paint, Distemper, Varnish or Similar Brushes (Except Brushes of 9603.30) August Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 134,165 958,430 891,087 7,258,814 Mexico 1,822 19,840 7,467 122,016 Salvadr 822 17,056 Hondura 384 8,811 3,230 67,593 Nicarag 165 2,620 777 5,355 C Rica 1,127 23,939 4,902 116,345 Panama 4,428 23,291 13,269 223,133 Bermuda 3,422 19,025 9,727 85,331 Bahamas 540 5,503 9,786 205,614 16,000 772 Jamaica Cayman 5,130 63,621 Haiti 689 14,292 Dom Rep 413 2,565 3,609 75,011 B Virgn 64 2,722 219 10,645 Antigua 2,223 29,455 4,407 88,342 Monsrat 342 22,549 S Lucia 285 10,291

S Vn Gr Barbado Trinid N Antil Aruba Colomb Surinam Ecuador Peru Chile Brazil Uruguay Argent Iceland Sweden Norway Finland Denmark U King Ireland Nethlds Belgium France Fr Germ Lithuan Poland Russia Italy Greece Israel S Arab Arab Em Bahrain India Sri Lka Thailnd Vietnam Malaysa Singapr Indnsia China Kor Rep Hg Kong Japan Austral N Zeal Moroc Nigeria TOTAL

December 2010 365

7,572

477

9,900

2,015 175 108 170 306

26,402 3,626 8,070 3,533 6,343

1,040

13,000

8,672 162 22,215 4,791

116,143 3,350 460,781 99,376

1,187 60

32,905 2,938

274 148

5,673 3,067

2,012

49,600

5,333 13 154

105,709 3,143 5,428

41

6,840

40 1,527

4,799 20,615

567 3,177

11,767 51,904

350 2,352 3,324

7,870 21,993 12,195

209,808

2,200,743

365 412 1,164 26,840 520 7,239 127 2,594 981 8,709 4,629 2,347 3,473 12 8,830 248 838 14,487 75,173 4,933 147,255 12,741 3,822 15,901 60 3,801 274 282 44 7,353 155 7,386 191 598 204 41 4,382 2,215 7,612 1,372 4,136 8,864 8,561 4,040 7,647 11,731 213 306 1,381,628

7,572 11,333 12,271 165,458 13,605 144,179 2,638 38,402 29,274 186,477 96,072 48,671 58,475 2,699 128,850 5,142 4,925 76,689 1,411,131 38,033 3,001,150 264,276 89,009 205,819 2,938 79,739 5,673 5,853 7,553 162,166 3,210 128,500 6,830 14,646 4,226 6,840 90,904 28,159 110,155 28,464 104,805 169,869 159,744 56,710 115,952 105,096 4,415 7,564 15,854,169

9603900000 Hand-Operated Mechanical Floor Sweepers, Not Motorized, Mops & Feather Dusters; Prepared Knots & Tufts for Broom or Brush Making, NESOI August Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 259,683 2,230,337 2,122,862 19,196,594 Mexico 59,502 839,208 474,069 6,499,688 Guatmal 316 5,121 Salvadr 642 5,785 Hondura 3,097 50,232 Nicarag 128 5,008 C Rica 7,228 81,941 Panama 3,134 50,835 23,178 367,680 Bermuda 371 20,644 2,494 43,014 2,750 353 8,274 170 Bahamas Jamaica 1,662 24,626 Haiti 518 7,828 Dom Rep 726 11,780 5,058 87,300 2,771 336 Antigua 2,598 160 Barbado Trinid 1,013 16,435 4,147 48,197 N Antil 507 10,052 Aruba 2,225 32,369 43,480 18,559 143,160 6,000 Colomb 4,493 75,134 Venez Ecuador 3,097 58,227 Peru 4,122 16,139 12,536 106,643


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December 2010 Chile Brazil Uruguay Argent Sweden Norway Finland Denmark U King Ireland Nethlds Belgium Luxmbrg France Fr Germ Czech Switzld Estonia Latvia Lithuan Poland Russia Kazakhs Spain Portugl Italy Greece Romania Cyprus Lebanon Iraq Israel 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 Egypt Eq Guin Nigeria Ethiop Reunion Rep Saf TOTAL

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP

2,536

25,860

928

57,804

702 936 4,051 769 4,171 3,723 40 16,865 9,829 2,971 751

12,282 15,176 87,473 12,472 40,050 21,784 2,901 50,599 153,877 48,185 12,182

500

3,575

3,930

63,744

115 263 2,204

2,575 4,271 35,750

261 2,851

7,675 33,075

627

13,254

4,523

73,358

666 944

10,791 23,182

10,632

80,304

1,869 1,335 833 4,173 5,412 3,212

30,300 26,756 15,692 62,567 62,548 16,864

4,696

76,165

240 432,279

3,900 4,418,599

22,186 18,626 4,063 1,690 470 1,154 3,725 2,353 44,040 3,806 34,005 9,526 799 23,559 23,147 6,150 6,868 48 500 26 483 12,367 357 2,850 263 11,514 389 449 1,932 3,468 740 1,854 6,018 10,455 6,143 7,819 1,828 5,223 4,098 27,897 1,530 903 3,673 4,911 996 170 4,018 56,173 163 25,563 17,792 9,795 42,761 58,951 15,376 235 950 4,696 625 1,624 513 194 2,261 3,254,426

141,077 256,942 24,266 68,873 7,628 18,717 67,816 81,131 618,321 67,974 298,109 92,211 41,458 147,126 390,523 99,457 62,031 5,046 3,575 6,671 27,624 192,276 5,793 37,227 4,271 169,163 15,630 7,278 11,183 15,591 12,005 44,282 84,443 153,236 102,065 106,652 11,246 84,733 33,916 180,479 36,554 14,644 41,137 81,326 11,522 2,763 23,699 572,036 2,641 263,331 280,880 153,335 381,301 638,333 91,861 3,816 7,831 76,165 6,169 26,102 8,315 3,150 40,501 33,427,699

Broom and Brush

IMPORTS August Imports By Country

Country China

0502100000 Pigs’, Hogs’ or Boars’ Bristles and Hair and Waste Thereof Year To Date August Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG 68,400 255,009 237,665

Value 1,733,873

TOTAL

Country U King Fr Germ Thailnd China Japan TOTAL

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255,009

237,665

1,733,873

0502900000 Badger Hair and Other Brushmaking Hair and Waste Thereof Year To Date August Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG 7 87 44 17,319 44 7,424 159,079 29,827 2 7,468 176,398 29,967

Value 13,776 74,764 17,319 616,265 7,747 729,871

0511993300 Horsehair and Horsehair Waste, Whether or Not Put Up As A Layer With or Without Supporting Material August Year To Date Country Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG Value Paragua 195 2,777 14,490 172,816 24 9,395 Argent 255 2,460 Nethlds 236,702 211,247 1,876,212 23,736 China TOTAL 23,931 239,479 226,016 2,060,883 1404903000 Istle Used Primarily In Brooms or In Brushes, Whether or Not In Hanks or Bundles Year To Date August Country Net Q/KG Value Net Q/KG Value 48,056 235,483 276,909 1,377,473 Mexico TOTAL 48,056 235,483 276,909 1,377,473 4417002000 Broom and Mop Handles, 1.9 CM or More In Diameter and 97 CM or More In Length, Of Wood August Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 26,748 40,369 Mexico 2,500 2,697 249,400 58,564 Hondura 439,668 196,872 3,702,360 1,747,950 Panama 2,232 3,487 Colomb 66,684 38,784 Brazil 1,138,546 1,141,300 6,169,803 5,713,603 Argent 39,400 23,019 75,400 43,565 Sri Lka 41,474 38,826 Indnsia 228,684 164,085 1,350,163 1,040,803 China 154,848 112,886 2,024,820 1,183,546 Taiwan 7,150 4,668 TOTAL 2,003,646 1,640,859 13,716,234 9,914,165 4417004000 Paint Brush and Paint Roller Handles, Of August Year To Date Country Net Q/Variable Value Net Q/Variable Nethlds Fr Germ Czech Poland 11,016 Italy 767,473 Thailnd Indnsia 158,873 China 164,112 Taiwan 39,919 TOTAL 1,141,393

Country Canada Brazil Sri Lka Vietnam China TOTAL

Country Canada Mexico Brazil

4417006000 Brush Backs, Of Wood August Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 159,016 74,811 2,089,887 108,150 135,646 1,014,191 36,924 41,377 430,548 13,350 237,132 52,932 1,961,165 541,222 304,766 5,509,141 4417008010 Tool Handles of Wood Year To Date August Net Q/Variable Value Net Q/Variable 4,876 194,846

Wood Value 251,878 5,510 66,575 135,967 4,877,578 22,745 934,513 1,492,930 103,585 7,891,281

Value 761,562 994,944 430,190 13,428 470,056 2,670,180

Value 34,497 111,386 1,869,841


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BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 4,393

84,272 26,377 314,764

11,543 20,396 2,730 16,369 493,877 131,054 2,691,693

4417008090 Tools, Tool Bodies, Broom or Brush Bodies, Shoe Lasts and Trees, of Wood August Year To Date Country Net Q/Variable Value Net Q/Variable Value Canada 101,002 731,658 Mexico 39,860 12,751 Hondura Chile 613,891 4,155,865 Sweden 4,115 U King 5,307 32,548 France 2,543 17,510 Fr Germ 8,268 Switzld 8,447 Russia 7,214 Spain 20,146 Italy 15,674 India 223,907 1,079,846 Sri Lka 185,253 812,663 Vietnam 104,664 Indnsia 121,492 China 131,323 1,706,211 Taiwan 50,571 Japan 428,242 3,379,477 1,691,468 12,308,980 TOTAL 7326908576 Metal Handles For Brooms, Mops, Paint Applicators August Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 8,044 29,637 Mexico 27,888 10,142 162,625 58,034 50,400 29,082 139,322 104,047 Brazil Denmark 310 3,173 3,400 37,626 U King 2 4,149 Spain 480,036 190,436 3,131,376 1,368,129 Italy 2,340,100 1,169,502 14,197,195 6,183,003 3,600 4,006 Israel India 108 4,204 108 4,204 Thailnd 1,200 4,387 China 1,569,515 1,098,796 8,957,354 5,403,182 Hg Kong 200 2,576 2,248 4,833 Taiwan 11,960 11,880 4,468,557 2,507,911 26,618,434 13,217,117 TOTAL 9603100500 Wiskbrooms, of Broom Corn, LT=.96 EA. Prior to Entry or Withdrawal for Consumption of 61,655 Dozen In Calendar Year August Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Country Mexico 4,836 4,427 26,556 23,899 China 10,800 7,608 TOTAL 4,836 4,427 37,356 31,507 9603104000 Other Brooms, of Broomcorn, LT=.96 EA, Prior to Entry or Withdrawal For Consumption of GT=121,478 Dozen in Calendar Year Year To Date August 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 Year To Date August Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 16,392 12,936 82,092 68,411 TOTAL 16,392 12,936 82,092 68,411 9603106000 Other Brooms, Of Broomcorn, Valued Over .96 Each Year To Date August Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 783,138 1,881,980 6,132,850 15,025,712 Hondura 20,328 46,098 236,508 480,085

TOTAL

December 2010 803,466

1,928,078

6,369,358

15,505,797

9603109000 Brooms & Brushes, Consisting of Twigs or Other Vegetable Materials Bound Together, With or Without Handles, NESOI August Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 1,633 10,901 7,633 32,132 Mexico 9,168 23,485 103,879 141,571 79,645 43,505 Brazil U King 1,800 12,310 Estonia 3,800 28,218 Italy 2,156 6,623 Turkey 2,000 5,220 120 3,434 Israel India 275 2,613 5,268 5,077 Sri Lka 181,051 326,387 1,335,944 1,987,297 Thailnd 4,102 13,450 49,564 121,269 Vietnam 19,050 21,777 207,100 184,146 Phil R 2,800 3,034 19,046 25,973 China 6,900 13,691 130,908 305,886 Kor Rep 606 6,313 Taiwan 1,740 2,210 1,740 2,210 Japan 3,600 2,801 3,600 2,801 TOTAL 230,319 420,349 1,954,809 2,913,985 9603210000 Toothbrushes, Incl. Dental-Plate Brushes August Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 32,410 18,015 197,277 123,112 Mexico 570,528 167,162 7,424,276 1,322,339 Guatmal 226,560 39,601 Brazil 761,184 199,950 5,775,304 1,579,338 5,100 6,528 221,538 185,702 Sweden Finland 40,000 179,918 U King 9,648 8,096 Ireland 76,104 95,763 3,123,312 1,387,276 Nethlds 61,250 3,762 165,326 33,772 900 9,531 France Fr Germ 3,077,048 2,232,955 14,937,029 11,297,258 Hungary 153,504 215,601 Switzld 10,177,128 3,010,032 71,759,101 21,046,410 Italy 105,000 41,081 1,522,300 604,088 1,200 15,648 7,012 93,665 Turkey Israel 20,448 2,808 924,192 122,446 India 3,240,720 685,520 24,094,700 4,751,907 Bngldsh 95,040 7,428 Thailnd 92,988 18,434 6,161,436 731,630 Vietnam 3,695,360 263,793 20,220,325 1,869,155 541,120 78,395 14,686,458 626,793 Malaysa Indnsia 132,000 8,636 930,715 157,266 China 71,166,728 13,779,176 434,576,874 81,822,728 Kor Rep 70,160 36,967 1,350,488 211,087 Hg Kong 85,000 22,250 440,140 70,976 55,466 47,281 968,626 393,911 Taiwan Japan 976,738 156,500 3,125,686 544,232 Austral 160 7,745 266,210 27,067 TOTAL 94,943,840 20,898,401 613,403,977 129,462,333 9603294010 Hairbrushes, Valued Not Over .40 Each August Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Country Fr Germ 11,000 4,341 Thailnd 150,768 62,143 Vietnam 21,120 5,615 21,120 5,615 China 4,568,659 1,276,544 29,026,106 8,075,336 220,500 38,443 Hg Kong 30,024 13,564 Taiwan 4,589,779 1,282,159 29,459,518 8,199,442 TOTAL 9603294090 Shaving Brushes, Nail Brushes, Eyelash Brushes & Other Toilet Brushes For Use On The Person, Valued Not Over .40 Each Year To Date August Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 4,844,200 392,029 23,491,860 1,633,290 70,000 19,461 70,000 19,461 Belgium


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December 2010 France Fr Germ Switzld Italy India Vietnam Macao China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan TOTAL

BROOM, BRUSH & MOP 165 848,450 13,200 25,150 172,700

2,085 182,232 3,251 3,387 36,359

100,000 3,678,983 648,000

22,835 737,576 18,277

117,780 246 10,518,874

27,752 5,211 1,450,455

48,165 11,720,546 25,347 243,628 978,473 6,048 100,000 32,824,524 3,288,816 146,140 1,012,680 384 73,956,611

5,953 2,343,354 8,541 61,986 69,820 2,585 22,835 5,024,028 95,450 20,577 238,997 7,797 9,554,674

9603302000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes & Similar Brushes For Application Of Cosmetics, Valued Not Over .05 Each Year To Date August Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 150,500 6,578 Mexico 726,000 23,521 6,898,800 154,932 Fr Germ 2,283,469 61,416 16,407,960 479,245 2,688,000 32,245 35,283,450 379,525 Italy India 1,657,920 28,342 China 27,469,444 590,650 118,425,772 2,616,266 Kor Rep 2,125,000 49,039 17,428,900 502,599 Hg Kong 1,090,224 22,371 308,000 11,922 2,367,848 66,943 Taiwan Japan 600,265 21,550 824,755 33,310 TOTAL 36,200,178 790,343 200,536,129 4,290,111 9603304000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes & Similar Brushes For Application of Cosmetics, Valued Over .05 But not Over .10 Each August Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 7,568,509 576,319 52,581,394 4,056,144 Brazil 192,000 13,741 Fr Germ 840,642 73,476 13,342,172 1,027,898 Italy 460,800 31,250 India 36,288 2,777 Thailnd 75,532 7,595 98,888 9,836 Indnsia 239,808 26,070 China 13,738,249 1,039,746 104,982,903 8,064,798 Kor Rep 100,000 6,828 4,189,000 290,489 Hg Kong 23,040 2,307 220,102 18,249 Taiwan 1,370,820 87,972 4,413,872 305,602 Japan 199,190 13,535 199,190 13,535 TOTAL 23,915,982 1,807,778 180,956,417 13,860,389 9603306000 Artists Brushes, Writing Brushes & Similar Brushes For Application Of Cosmetics, Valued Over .10 Each August Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 294 13,288 2,313 128,245 Mexico 13,352,537 2,159,076 95,618,969 15,194,932 Dom Rep 139,261 129,003 1,542,610 1,449,569 Argent 5,085 40,847 U King 169,936 286,643 1,619,163 2,364,375

BROOM CAPS

Ireland Belgium France Fr Germ Austria Czech Switzld Spain Italy Israel India Sri Lka Thailnd Vietnam China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral Mauritn Maurit TOTAL

PAGE 27 112 410 660,235 9,297,219 25,200 26,784 3,954 90,607 600,296 2,341 5,579,451 1,236,612 2,026,988 10,000 135,415,138 2,949,577 4,135,247 1,223,803 2,360,536 711 28,694 22,844 264,484,899

11,245 24,133 2,104,688 2,670,114 8,077 47,051 76,824 700,258 362,803 6,986 2,202,847 682,025 1,484,499 4,001 84,873,088 2,182,018 2,080,266 439,365 8,629,105 5,877 93,309 45,823 127,912,370

9603402000 Paint Rollers August Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 3,000 5,163 16,732 928,230 360,612 9,081,386 2,976 800 392 5,263 1,120 720 171,430 45,346 2,309,693 950 4,815,230 1,899,478 31,654,862 12,468 441,524 5,918,282 2,315,862 43,523,231

Value 32,353 4,204,364 2,581 6,427 15,573 5,347 456,296 4,019 13,349,120 10,057 214,559 18,300,696

75,418 1,504,368 25,200

279,833 296,496 8,077

243 23,753 31,520

5,926 212,285 29,055

906,152 94,812 252,860

342,086 50,241 209,119

19,372,875 318,030 582,212 141,717 323,185

14,206,541 287,008 418,779 66,142 1,148,764

4,180

13,840

37,318,553

20,162,202

Country Canada Mexico Brazil Sweden U King Nethlds Fr Germ Austria China Kor Rep Hg Kong TOTAL

9603404020 Paint Pads (Other Than Of Subheading 9603.30) August Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value U King 81,064 27,165 Pakistn 84,400 8,000 China 926,935 698,805 7,692,937 5,470,362 TOTAL 926,935 698,805 7,858,401 5,505,527 9603404040 Natural Bristle Brushes, Other Than Brushes Of Subheading 9603.30 August Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 9,012 7,248 112,164 138,014 Mexico 11,576 13,160 Sweden 56,881 15,844 U King 26,940 13,550 Nethlds 252 2,104

BRUSH and HANDLE FERRULES

MANUFACTURING INCORPORATED P.O. Box 6505

Wolcott, CT 06716

Phone 203-879-1481


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630

6,590

3,528

11,971

68,184 117,264 8,321,080 20,735 310,176 40,234 720

31,562 19,544 1,308,186 13,906 33,872 41,781 6,579

8,891,563

1,481,239

63,552 12,132 26,200 43,956 21,450 259,866 1,364,382 43,207,809 1,040,388 353,376 242,614 4,938 984 7,308 46,856,768

18,150 44,911 138,328 152,670 19,606 143,005 154,224 6,733,405 297,662 48,649 123,939 47,188 2,851 40,015 8,147,275

9603404060 Paint, Distemper, Varnish/Similr Brushes Exc Brushes of Subheading 9603.30 NESOI August Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 82 7,582 33,240 54,254 Mexico 13,176 5,832 20,674 17,177 64,032 21,605 Brazil Sweden 25,000 9,629 75,250 36,291 10,010 9,269 42,752 106,267 U King Nethlds 1,596 5,469 France 1,306 16,605 Fr Germ 1,363 12,217 122,703 154,506 Switzld 6 2,791 Spain 3,344 9,543 Italy 5,500 16,806 60,588 168,031 Turkey 16,920 41,906 Israel 913 2,826 India 405,240 66,993 Pakistn 9,480 9,480 Thailnd 62,860 6,928 112,728 45,253 Vietnam 1,250 3,090 6,650 15,306

Supplier of Raw Materials to Manufacture Brooms, Mops, and Brushes • Galvanized & tinned wire for brush - broom - mop production • Processed Broom Corn & Yucca

Singapr Indnsia China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral Tokelau TOTAL

6,400 22,915,116 152,318,781 145,060 10,800 1,661,858 868,849 1,095 2,052 178,907,433

4,262 3,539,949 42,749,325 23,576 12,882 489,459 336,457 7,750 8,658 47,946,621

Country Mexico Belgium Fr Germ Switzld India Vietnam China Hg Kong Taiwan TOTAL

9603908010 Wiskbrooms Year To Date August Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 2,112 3,438 3,456 240 63 4,759 63 4,722 28,500 23,837 51,858 3,000 66,984 60,412 268,029 1,000 12,008 1,000 3,216 98,659 104,454 335,584

Value 5,943 8,495 4,759 4,571 48,381 2,896 307,074 12,008 2,595 396,722

Country Mexico Guatmal Colomb Brazil Argent Denmark Fr Germ Spain Italy India Vietnam Malaysa Phil R China Hg Kong Taiwan Egypt TOTAL

9603908020 Upright Brooms August Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 42,610 48,199 343,539 31,800 37,702 99,288 16,440 19,887 25,878 41,701 19,936 35,933 37,680 408 715 6,954 20,587 30,186 126,439 176,207 385,117 25,104 19,400 1,500 1,500 990,708 1,275,380 6,272,803 12,096 1,008 4,878 9,456 4,392 4,740 15,768 1,243,734 1,629,504 7,312,701

Value 371,023 115,050 15,736 192,007 66,071 5,493 2,352 70,551 572,850 20,659 20,252 3,145 4,408 7,616,098 16,303 44,905 12,987 9,149,890

• Other Materials - Broom Twine, Broom Nails, Mop Hardware We ship by pup or truck load direct from Mexico, or LTL/ UPS from our Greensboro warehouse.

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

2,439,054 22,192,343

348,348 6,723,555

7,800 324,842 81,505

9,512 100,022 22,752

25,164,785

7,275,542

9603908030 Push Brooms, 41 CM or Less in Width August Year To Date Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Mexico 1,920 7,781 U King 2 4,598 Sri Lka 1,440 5,995 China 20,328 65,183 141,198 264,506 Taiwan 1,308 10,879 TOTAL 20,328 65,183 145,868 293,759

• Wood Broom - Mop - Brush Handles • Craft Broom Corn And Supplies

December 2010

Country Canada Mexico Guatmal Salvadr Panama Colomb Brazil U King Czech Switzld Russia Spain Italy Israel India Sri Lka Thailnd

9603908040 Other Brooms, NESOI August Year To Date Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. 210,174 505,090 744,065 317,194 566,232 3,457,838 41,280 154,212 11,700 74,810 78,517 282,294 10,648 46,351 69,597 206 2,079 1,005 81,984 361,504 39,088 3,576 4,000 80,112 98,882 202,818 145,279 207,615 1,025,691 900 34,150 76,686 204,397 447,927 5,000 7,440 36,350

Value 1,710,216 5,477,390 40,916 136,582 20,281 335,115 337,818 12,392 355,385 4,682 2,553 294,282 1,559,141 4,434 28,154 1,140,222 54,947


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Vietnam 3,250 3,768 26,100 30,843 780,068 1,184,052 4,467,329 5,511,260 China Kor Rep 600 2,148 Hg Kong 44,880 27,376 Taiwan 540 9,658 5,631 29,659 TOTAL 1,743,055 2,996,065 11,423,447 17,115,796 ` 9603908050 Brooms, Brushes, Sqeegees, Etc., NESOI Year To Date August Country Net Q/No. Value Net Q/No. Value Canada 2,224,287 17,610,181 Mexico 2,803,736 23,603,478 Salvadr 152,792 1,432,057 10,498,447 Hondura Dom Rep 52,788 247,469 Colomb 103,369 784,120 Chile 2,799 Brazil 35,078 227,136 69,248 Argent Sweden 23,778 86,845 Norway 10,125 Finland 14,968 26,643 Denmark 166,684 1,353,085 59,375 574,234 U King Ireland 10,998 10,998 Nethlds 224,741 1,476,276 Belgium 99,296 926,509 France 4,921 73,933 237,666 1,742,698 Fr Germ Austria 4,605 13,820 Czech 187,543 488,033

Hungary Switzld Estonia Lithuan Poland Spain Italy Turkey Israel Jordan India Pakistn Bngldsh Sri Lka Thailnd Vietnam Malaysa Singapr Indnsia Phil R Macao China Kor Rep Hg Kong Taiwan Japan Austral Egypt Maurit TOTAL

Broom & Mop Meeting

“The price of oil directly influences freight costs, which touches everything,” he said. Regarding natural gas, Pelton said new technology has greatly improved the production of this key commodity. “Natural gas is much more available than it used to be. A lot of factories use natural gas and its cost is going down. Oil is easier to transport, but natural gas, I feel, is a real bargain right now,” he said. When speaking of gold, Pelton said its value continues to go up and is fairly easy to buy. “However, it doesn’t always go up in value like some may think. There was recently a correction,” he said. Two key commodities that are grown every year are corn and cotton. Pelton said that a lot of corn is now used for ethanol production. “Higher prices for corn and related crops make broom corn less desirable for farmers to plant. Since broom corn prices are down this year, this could all make for a smaller crop next year (in 2011),” Pelton said. After looking at the past year’s cotton prices, some may feel this crop is better than gold. Pelton added, however, there has been a recent decline in cotton prices (as of mid November), and a lot of “non-cotton players” remain in this market. When it comes to lumber, the collapse of the housing market has had a large influence. “Overall, (lumber) is at a pretty low level compared to where it was a few years ago when the housing market was booming,” Pelton said. “Lower lumber prices have made it possible for some domestic production of wooden handles made from southern yellow pine and poplar. In some cases, it’s cheap enough to purchase logs and cut them up just for dowels. I don’t think this practice will last, but it should be around for awhile.” Pelton also offered some final comments on the commodity marketplace and overall business activity within the broom and mop industry. “Some (manufacturing) seems to be shifting away from China and going to Mexico. Mexico isn’t necessarily cheaper than China, but it’s closer (to the United States) and the logistics are a lot easier to manage,” Pelton said. “As an industry, I don’t think we want to be too dependent on just one country for supplies. We want both domestic and foreign supply available. Diversification is important.”

Continued From Page 13 Chinese yuan — two currencies that remain very familiar to many U.S. companies in the mop and broom business. He said the Mexican peso has moved around quite a bit in value compared to the U.S. dollar over the past year, while there remains very little movement in the Chinese yuan compared to the same dollar. The latter issue is due to possible measures put in place by the Chinese government. Another key currency for many U.S. broom and mop makers is the Brazilian real. This is because a large number of wood handles are imported from this large South American country. “The Brazilian government is trying to keep the real from appreciating any more than what is already has. The real has almost doubled in value against the U.S. dollar over the past few years, which is why there have been price increases on material coming out of Brazil,” Pelton said. Regarding the Indonesia rupiah, Pelton said a couple of years ago one U.S. dollar would buy about 10,000 rupiah. Today, that same dollar buys an estimated 9,000 rupiah. This is having an impact on the cost of imports from Indonesia including handles. “Such countries as Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia become concerned when their currencies appreciate too much against the U.S. dollar as this hurts their competitiveness against China,” Pelton said. He added that the U.S. dollar has also lost value compared to the Indian rupee. The second part of Pelton’s presentation centered on commodities that influence the cost of many raw materials linked to the U.S. broom and mop marketplace. These commodities include oil, natural gas, gold, corn, cotton and lumber. “The exchange rate of the U.S. dollar is impacting the price of a lot of these commodities. Plus, a lot of the extra money that the U.S. government is creating is finding its way to the commodity markets,” Pelton said. When putting together his yearly commodity chart on oil, Pelton said he was surprised to see that the price of oil remained about the same from the start of his chart to the end — although oil prices did fluctuate greatly within this time span.

109,344 75,104 5,741 104,054 602,043 4,701 78,507 58,901 389,120 368,389 480,386 2,907 19,799 9,132 35,048 30,322,357 151,060 1,058,799 1,053,237 63,945 209,805 11,940 7,779 42,907,988

3,462 228,145 14,021 118,151 98,910 734,576 3,982,613 49,756 189,503 4,414 584,737 2,950,495 30,108 2,379,499 3,414,579 379,873 135,862 5,609 295,586 35,048 3,602 237,668,212 1,611,932 4,410,218 8,004,976 528,736 993,889 122,592 7,779 328,965,752


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By Harrell Kerkhoff / Broom, Brush & Mop Editor Understanding Lacey Act definitions and enforcement procedures continues to be a challenge for many suppliers in the mop, broom and related industries. This matter was addressed by Ray LeBlanc of PelRay International, LLC, in San Antonio, TX, during the 2010 National Broom & Mop Meeting last November in St. Louis. LeBlanc also addressed U.S. government pallet bug inspection and rejection measures that are currently in place. This is vital for supply companies that bring in imported merchandise on wooden pallets to know about and understand.

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The Lacey Act

aving first been enacted in 1900, the Lacey Act is the oldest wildlife protection statute in the United States. The act was originally designed to protect endangered animals, but has been amended several times over the years and now includes measures to also protect certain endangered plants. The Lacey Act was amended in May 2008 as part of the 2008 Farm Bill with the purpose to combat illegal logging. However, parts of the Lacey Act have caused confusion among companies that bring in certain products to the United States, such as wooden handles. The Lacey Act provides legal authority to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Justice. Action against a company can be initiated if prohibited items are imported or moved domestically. Seizure of property and/or fines may occur. “The Lacey Act has two sections, the first of which is ‘documentation.’ There is a list of what items have to be properly documented when trying to cross the border,” LeBlanc said. “Secondly, the intent (of the Lacey Act) is to protect (the United States) from invading species of plants and animals. Therefore, if you have possession of, or do anything with, an item that is on a (prohibited) list, then (the U.S. government) can confiscate that item and can also bring criminal charges against the owner of the company. Right now, however, the main focus is on documentation.” He noted that in April 2009, imported wooden broom and mop handles were added to the list of products that needed to be properly documented under the Lacey Act. Since then, other changes have occurred. “The most recent addition falls under the classification of ‘other articles of wood,’” LeBlanc said. “However, this is ill-defined. No one seems to be able to clarify what (other articles of wood) means.” LeBlanc said he has heard that a whole new list of items could soon be added to the Lacey Act watch list. “As of today, you don’t have to have Lacey Act documentation in order to bring in mops or brooms, just the handles — but this could change. It could generate a whole lot of extra paper work,” he explained. A main challenge of the Lacey Act over the years has been understanding certain definitions — or lack thereof. Key words under the act such as “plant,” “common cultivars” and “common food crops” have not been properly defined to the satisfaction of many suppliers. LeBlanc said that after three years, the Lacey Act has finally attempted a definition of a “plant” which reads, “Any wild member of the plant kingdom, including roots, seeds, parts or products thereof, and including trees from either natural or planted forest stands.”

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He added this definition has been published in the Federal Register and is now in the comment period. “So, within the next 60 days, we could know what a plant is. However, the exceptions to plants (under the Lacey Act) are ‘Common Cultivars’ and ‘Common Food Crops.’ Again, no one knows (the true definitions) of either of these (groups) yet, although proposed definitions of each have also been pubRay LeBlanc, lished and are going through of PelRay International comment periods,” LeBlanc said. “Even though they seemed to have defined what a plant is, it’s still very complex to figure out. For example, should broom corn be classified as a ‘Common Cultivar?’ What is the true definition of a ‘Common Food Crop?’ “Although (the U.S. government) has defined certain terms under the Lacey Act, it has included many exceptions and we (as an industry) have no clue what they really mean. But, if you are an importer on record of anything that has vegetable or plant material in it, it’s important to understand what you are doing.” LeBlanc added that new declaration forms were adopted under the Lacey Act in July 2010. Handles now cannot be counted in “eaches,” but instead must be declared in cubic meters.

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nother matter of concern regarding the USDA is the inspection of wooden pallets used to bring in products from other countries. Certain boring insects found within these pallets could threaten vegetation in the United States. LeBlanc said this is the USDA’s No. 1 control problem today, specifically with pallets arriving from Mexico and China. “There is an international agreement on pallets. You can’t cross any international border without having wooden pallets and any wood framing/packaging properly heat treated (to kill the insects) and stamped with a certified seal,” LeBlanc said. He added, however, there is a concern that some pallets originally heat treated and sent to the United States with a certified seal may be entering the United States a second time from Mexico with the same seal, but without receiving a second heat treatment. To help prevent this from becoming an issue and getting an unsuspecting importer in trouble, LeBlanc said his company fumigates all its woodrelated imports before they travel in the United States. “The fumigation kills the bugs regardless of what the (possible old) seal shows,” LeBlanc said. “If the (U.S. government) finds any evidence of a bug of any sort anywhere in a container, that container can be sent back to the country of origin. This can cost a company $1,000 to $3,000 to have it returned back to Mexico. Think of what it would cost if a (container) was sent back to China after failing inspection.”


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By Harrell Kerkhoff / Broom, Brush & Mop Editor Health care and insurance-related issues continue to dominate the news well after a highly publicized federal health care law was passed in March 2010 by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Obama. “What today’s new law means to business owners,” was the central message presented by Chris LeBeau, a health care strategist/consultant and guest speaker during November’s 2010 National Broom & Mop Meeting in St. Louis.

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eBeau presented a history lesson on health care in the United States as well as what may be ahead for this all-important issue. Along with being a consultant, LeBeau is author of a daily healthcare blog and is part of a health care advisory panel to the mayor of St. Louis. At the start of his presentation, LeBeau stated that his main interest in health care revolves around the importance of healthy living, innovation and finding ways to make health care work smarter, more efficiently and become more cost effective for the patient. LeBeau called the current state of health care in the United States the result of a “perfect storm.” Current health care spending, he added, has proven to be “an unsustainable expense to the country,” and that nearly $1 out of every $5 that is spent in this nation goes toward health care. It is LeBeau’s opinion that some kind of reform is necessary. “I feel there are some things Chris LeBeau (in the new U.S. health care) Health Care Consultant law that are good and some that are not good,” LeBeau said. He added that health care has also become an unsustainable expense for small business owners. “Large company employers have it easy compared to you (smaller companies). Their premiums have only gone up by 70-something percent in the past decade, while your health care expenses have gone up around 120 percent,” LeBeau said at the meeting. “How does this translate? I found it shocking that 62 percent of all yearly bankruptcies in this country are the result of health care related issues. “Health care has also become so expensive that some people have to choose between medication or paying other bills.” He added that part of this “perfect storm” with health care is due to today’s aging U.S. population and the fact that 1 out of 6 Americans are uninsured. This latter point causes a further strain in that many of today’s uninsured get their main health care through a hospital’s emergency room. In return, hospitals are forced to pass their expenses on to those with insurance as well as insurance companies. “In response, there are now insurance companies opening entire departments dedicated to rescinding people’s insurance, if these people start having too many claims. They will go back to a person’s application —

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page by page — and try to find a place where (he/she) made a mistake in order to pull (his/her) insurance,” LeBeau said. “Also, people with preexisting conditions can be denied. The bottom line, things are bad (with today’s health care system).” LeBeau showed a chart during his presentation comparing what the U.S. is spending on health care compared to many other nations. “Of the 25 richest countries, on average, we are spending close to double what they are spending (on health care). Of the 19 wealthiest countries in the world, we do the 19th best job at curing curable diseases,” he said. According to LeBeau, there is also a rapid growth rate of chronic disease taking place in the United States. He explained a chronic disease will often stay with a person for that person’s entire life.An example would be diabetes. Concerning the nation’s aging population, senior citizens naturally need more health care resources. According to LeBeau, Medicare spends 12 percent of its funds on the last two months of a person’s life. “I’m not saying Medicare shouldn’t be spending this money, I’m just saying it’s a great expense,” LeBeau said. Health care in the United States is also more expensive due to new technology being implemented. “Fifty years ago, we couldn’t treat a heart attack while it was happening. Now, it can not only be treated but often prevented. It’s mind-blowing what innovation allows us to do, but it does come with a price,” LeBeau said. “When companies spend so much on research and development, these costs end up being transferred to (the consumer) through pharmaceuticals and procedures.” Yet another factor to the high cost of today’s health care in the United States is associated with growing administrative costs. LeBeau said often, each health insurer, hospital and doctor’s office has a billing department, sales department, etc. “Its great that health care can provide so many jobs but at the same time, 7 percent of all health care expenditures are spent on administrative expenses. Again, this is something that is taxing the system,” LeBeau said. “It’s important to reduce the inefficiency, redundancy and ineffectiveness of health care. It’s been estimated by the U.S. Congressional Budget Office that $700 billion was spent in 2009 on health care that was unnecessary, ineffective or redundant. There is obviously a huge piece of the pie that is being spent on health care that isn’t helping anything.” When discussing what has proven to work, LeBeau said that today’s technology now allows accurate records to be kept electronically.This helps health care providers become better connected and accurately view a patient’s up-todate health record. This practice can improve the efficiency of health care. Other steps that help improve a nation’s health care system, he added, include giving consumers the opportunity to “shop around” for health plans. This allows them to determine better prices and receive greater support for continued wellness. “Looking at financial numbers, it’s a lot easier to keep somebody well than it is, once they get sick, to make them better,” LeBeau said.

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nder the new health care law, LeBeau said an estimated 32 million additional Americans will be insured by 2014. Of this number, an estimated 24 million will enter the system through insurContinued On Page 38


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Tucel Industries, Inc. offers sanitary “FUSED” brushware. Products include color-coded cleaning tools for food service, infectious disease control and janitorial sanitation. Shown are Joanne Raleigh, vice president; and John C. Lewis, Jr., president.

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Crystal Lake Manufacturing, Inc. supplies the cleaning industry with such items as corn and plastic brooms; deck, wet and dust mops; handles for floor brushes; street brooms and mop sticks. Shown are Edward Pearson, president; and Cindy Rone, customer service & bid coordinator.

Milwaukee Dustless Brush, Gordon Brush Wisconsin, LLC, Zephyr Manufacturing Co., Inc. is a provider of such cleaningrelated products as wet and dust mops, brooms, brushes and more. Representatives of the company include John Lindstrom, R.J. Lindstrom, Doug Leerssen, Bob Schneider and Sean Pence.

was recognized for being a 50-year exhibitor at ISSA. Shown holding a plaque commemorating the company’s achievement is Kenneth Rakusin, CEO/president. Also shown is Jeff Feder, national sales manager. The company provides such products as brushes, upright brooms, floor squeegees and microfiber cleaning tools.

Harper Brush Works, Inc. is a manufacturer of mops, buckets, brooms, brushes, dusters, squeegees and other commercial cleaning equipment. The company has manufacturing/distribution facilities in Fairfield, IA; Stockton, CA; Greenville, NC; and Vaughan, Canada.

Lambskin Specialties offers such cleaning items as dust wands; lambswool, feather and synthetic dusters; applicator pads; polishing bonnets; chamois and Window Pro strip washers; squeegees and utility handles.


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Broom, Brush & Mop Adding e-Newsletter For 2011 Beginning in January 2011, Broom, Brush & Mop Magazine will change its publishing frequency to semi-monthly, 6 times a year. The issues will be January-February, March-April, May-June, July-August, September-October and November-December. Broom, Brush & Mop will also publish a e-newsletter 6 times a year. The e-newsletter will be distributed via email on the alternate months. The e-newsletter will feature many of the same features of the monthly magazine......company interviews, monthly import and export analysis and statistics and the broom corn dealer survey.

To receive this newsletter, just send your email address to drankin@consolidated.net. 2011 EDITORIAL CALENDAR January-February 2011

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May-June 2011 2011 International Suppliers Directory Broom Manufacturers Squeegee Market Deadline: May 20, 2011

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ACS Industries, Inc./Scrubble Division provides such items as stainless steel scrubbers, nylon scouring pads, grill cleaning products, mops, brooms, brushes, floor pads, steel wool and sand screen disks.

The Malish Corp. provides such items as floor machine brushes, push brooms, hand maintenance brushes, handles, clutch plates, plastic extrusions and specialty brushes.

ABCO Products Corp. is a manufacturer and marketer of mops, brooms, handles and buckets for the commercial cleaning market. Shown, left to right, are company representatives Luis Janania, Manuel Salazar, Carlos Albir and Christopher Meaney.

Remco Products provides quality color-coded cleaning tools designed specifically for the food, pharmaceutical, safety and material handling industries. Shown are Ann Bambrough, national accounts manager; and Steve Hawhee, vice president of sales and marketing.

Haviland Corp. provides various types of products including floor

Nexstep Commercial Products (Exclusive Licensee of OCedar) provides various types of cleaning products for commercial use. Shown are Erin E. Martin, sales & marketing administrator; and Todd S. Mauer, vice president/sales & marketing.

and window squeegees, vac and automatic squeegees, gaskets and splash guards, handles, floor scrapers, paving hand tools and water brooms. Shown, left to right, are Randy Wolfe, manager of the Replacement Parts Division; Chris Busse, Busse and Associates; Jan Haviland, president; Alice Andrews, director of strategic planning; Dale Heidbrink, vice president of operations; and Joyce Dudenhoeffer, director of marketing.


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Emsco Group Commercial Products is a provider of such cleaning items as mop heads, stick mops, mop handles, dry and sponge mops, poly and galvanized wringer pails, brushes and various types of brooms. Shown is Kimberly Cook, national sales manager - cleaning division.

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Marino Vileda Professional is a provider of innovative cleaning solutions and systems for professional users in various application areas, such as general building and healthcare.

Fuller Brush Commercial Products provides such items as

Carolina Mop Manufacturing Co. provides such products as wet and dust mops, brooms and handles, brushes, carts and wringers. Shown, left to right, are Bill Ritter, national sales manager; and Jay Ritter, vice president.

hand and floor pads; wet and dry mops; brushes and brooms; and hand operated carpet sweepers. Shown, left to right, are Stephen Haines, southeast region manager; Stephen Phillips, midwest district manager; Cindi Bentley, national account manager; Mike Leonard, vice president of sales; Brett Hughes, director of marketing; and George Lawrence, northeast district manager.

Magnolia Brush Manufacturers Ltd. provides a variety of brushes, brooms, mops, squeegees, buckets, handles, sponges and dust pans for the janitorial supply trade. Shown, left or right, are company representatives Jim Jeffer and Bill Powell.

Briarwood Products Co. offers Adjusta-Turn surface cleaning tools, floor squeegees, dry dust mop frames and related mopping and ceiling cleaning equipment. Shown, left to right, are company representatives Larry Stephenson and Manfred Tomm.


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The Tuway American Group supplies industrial and institutional wet and dust mops, carpet bonnets, specialty dusters and accessories, and wax applicators and tools. Shown are company representatives Renee Hantz, left, and Barbara Riehle.

S.M. Arnold, Inc. provides such products as chamois, sponges, car mitts, polishing bonnets and pads, wax applicator pads, brushes and squeegees. Shown is Kelly Friederich, sales marketing.

The Libman Company is a U.S.-based manufacturer of various types of brooms, mops, brushes, dust pans, mop buckets and other cleaning accessories. Shown, left to right, are Terry Wiggins, director of sales - south; and Desi Csoka, commercial sales.

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Tucker Manufacturing Co., Inc. provides high level window washers, aluminum telescoping handles, specialty brushes, awning cleaning systems and spot-free water treatment options. Shown is Robin Bradley Tucker, vice president.

Filmop USA designs and produces a large range of microfiber mop systems; mop buckets; and maid, janitorial, hospital and hotel carts stocked in the United States.

Padco, Inc. offers a full line of floor finish applicators, trim pads, extension poles, paint applicators and accessories. Shown, left to right, are company representatives John MacCormick, Ludmilla Goldstein and Ed Goldstein.


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Health Care Continued From Page 31 ance exchanges. There will also be measures taken for the insured to receive certain health related services “free.” This includes various types of screenings, wellness visits and immunizations. Another well-publicized part of the new health care law is that children up to the age of 26 can remain on their parents’ health plan. “This law also moves to eliminate insurance companies from pulling back a person’s insurance if (he/she is) suddenly diagnosed with a severe illness. And, it will also remove the ability of the insurance company to place a cap on a person’s insurance. Both of these measures are designed to help reduce bankruptcies,” LeBeau said. He also stated the new health care law is designed to provide help for more people when it comes to paying for prescription drugs, while increasing their ability to become better informed health care consumers. LeBeau addressed the “grandfathered” part of the new health care law. He noted that President Obama has said, “If you like your insurance, you can keep it.” However, LeBeau said, the “grandfathered plan” is exempt from certain new provisions provided by the new law. There are other concerns as well with long-range costs. “Unfortunately, what is going to happen over time with these grandfather plans is they may not be viable for employers to provide,” LeBeau said. “Right now, however, if one of your employees has a dependent child up the age of 26, (he/she) can insure that child under the grandfather plan. That provision is not exempt.” He added that until 2014, there is no mandate for anyone to provide insurance. There are, however, tax credits currently available for small business owners who are providing insurance. For example, a tax credit up to 35 percent is available if a company pays at least 50 percent of its employees’ premiums. However, the line that has been drawn is a maxi-

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ABMA ......................................................................37 Amerwood ..................................................................8 Boucherie USA ...........................................................9 Caddy & Co., Inc., R.E.............................................28 Crystal Lake..............................................................21 Deco Products Co. ....................................................17 Distribuidora Perfect, S.A.........................................37 DuPont. .......................................................................7 Gordon Brush Mfg. Co. Inc......................................19 Jewel Wire Co.............................................................8 Jones Companies ........................................................1 Lemieux Spinning Mill Inc.........................................2 Line Manufacturing, Inc. ..........................................27 Manufacturers Resource .............................................5 The Thomas Monahan Co. .......................................23 PelRay International .................................................12 PMM .........................................................................11 Royal Paint Roller ....................................................14 Shanghai Aubi Metals Co. ..........................................3 St. Nick Brush Co.....................................................22 Stainless Steel Products ............................................15 WorldWide Integrated Resources .............................39 Zahoransky ...............................................................40 Zhenjiang Ruifeng Brush Co. ..................................10

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mum of 25 full-time employees. “So, if you have 25 or fewer full-time employees making an average wage of less than $50,000, and you are currently providing insurance, you do qualify for this tax credit,” LeBeau said. The new health care law mandates that companies with 50 or more employees, “Are required to provide (health) coverage up to at least 50 percent of their employees’ health premiums. If an employer elects to not provide insurance, the government, depending on the situation, can levy a fine,” LeBeau said. Small business exchanges, he added, are going to come on line in January 2014 for businesses that have 100 or fewer employees. These exchanges will offer four levels of insurance options, beginning with 60 percent coverage for employees all the way to 90 percent. “Businesses with over 100 employees will be able to enter these exchanges beginning in 2017,” LeBeau said. Other key points to the new health care bill adopted in March 2010, according to LeBeau, include: ■ Beginning in January 2013, the government plans to levy a tax to help fund Medicare. This tax is centered on individuals earning more than $200,000, and couples earning more than $250,000, to help pay for the law; and, ■ A provision requires American businesses to submit Tax Form 1099 for any payments to any provider of goods or services that exceed $600 in a tax year. This begins Jan. 1, 2012. “Again, this is the government’s way of tracking down tax revenue to help pay for the law,” LeBeau said. As with many provisions to the new health care law, he added, changes could occur with this latter requirement between now and 2012.

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eBeau explained that there are some things that are important for a company’s employees to know at this point. Regardless of the size of a company, and regardless of whether that company is required to provide insurance or not, all employees have to have insurance in 2014. “I believe in March 2013, a letter will be sent from the U.S. government informing (companies) of this. In March 2013, you are required to let your employees know that at the beginning of 2014, small business and individual exchanges will become available. I believe (the government) will be providing information packets, etc., on this matter,” he said. As for the near future, LeBeau said the federal government is going to make wellness grants available to companies with fewer than 100 employees. “A wellness program is really an amazing tool. It provides education and basic statistics to help improve a person’s life,” LeBeau said. Through a wellness program, people can receive a Health Risk Assessment. “It’s shown that for every $1 you invest in health promotion, you can save $1.65 in health costs. What’s great about this grant is, (a company) doesn’t have to invest the initial $1. There is about $250 million (in grants) set aside,” LeBeau said. “Prevention is so much cheaper than treating an existing problem. This (wellness program) is not mandated, but there will be an application available through the federal government.” He added that in some cases, if a person participates in a wellness program, he/she can qualify for an additional reduction in his/her insurance premium costs. Looking ahead, LeBeau predicted that after the first year or two from the start of the new health care law in 2014, health care costs will spike. “However, as more people receive the care they want, eventually there will be less care needed. Also, (the new law) should force health insurance companies to direct more money toward the (insured) versus the shareholder,” he said. He added that tort reform is still needed in today’s health care marketplace as well as further education about the benefits of advance care planning.

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