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Brooms, brushes and specials TEXT: BAS VAN DUREN | PHOTOS: JOBO BORSTELFABRIEK
Cleaning: it is the kind of thing you either love or hate to do, but a necessity either way. Not only at home, but especially in industries such as machine builders, food factories and agricultural sectors, keeping dirt and grime out of the workplace is essential. Jobo Borstelfabriek in Hoogeveen knows this and specialises in the fabrication of all sorts of brushes and brooms for several industries. What started in a shed, evolved into one of the Netherlands’ leading companies for custommade brushes, producing over a million items annually. Twisted-in-wire brushes, brush laths, foot sweepers, brooms with a print designed as promotional gifts; if it has fibres, there is more than a good chance you can get it at Jobo Borstelfabriek. A family company run by the Bols family, Jobo started in 1983 in a shed with a self-built machine for the production of twisted-in-wire brushes and now resides in a 2,500-square-metre
factory with a recently finished expansion. “For more storage, because we had a shortage of that,” says Elizabeth Bols. The variations of twisted-in-wire brushes, rollers, laths and brooms Jobo can provide are endless for a reason; the company is able to produce both large quantities and custom-made brushes for almost every situation and size thinkable. Popular items are the gutter brush that makes sure your pipe does not clog up with leaves while still letting the rain water flow through. Bols also singles out the twisted in-wire-brushes used for cleaning, roughing up, deburring and closing up pipes and tubes. Bols: “We can adjust the diameter exactly to how you want it, which is easy for cases like the total cleaning of ventilation ducts. That’s something you can’t do with an ordinary brush.” You may think a company with over 30 years’ experience can no longer be surprised with requests: but the opposite is
true. However, there is always a solution. Bols: “Just this week we were asked to create a brush for a paint gun that’s attached to a robot arm. That’s a very specific request, but one we can handle nonetheless. That’s part of what made Jobo a success, but also the short lines of communication and personal contact. Either we invite our clients over or we come over to take a look. If that’s off the table, photos are also an easy way to get to the problem at hand.”
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Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.