Schaefer Brush Names Gonzalo Martinez President and CEO

Schaefer Brush Manufacturing, LLC is pleased to announce that its Board has appointed Gonzalo Martinez as President and Chief Executive Officer effective December 1, 2021.  “We are fortunate to have someone with Gonzalo Martinez’s background and experience to run Schaefer Brush. We are confident that he will strengthen channel partnerships and drive new growth and profitability,” says Steve Balistreri, Managing Director, Blackthorne Partners. Schaefer Brush is a portfolio company of Blackthorne Partners, a Milwaukee-based private investment firm.

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ABMA Announces Donna Frendt as New Executive Director

After an extensive search, the American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) has announced Donna Frendt of Creative Cyberservices as the organization’s next Executive Director. Frendt will begin her new role January 1, 2022.

With over 20 years of experience in association management, Frendt is pleased to add ABMA to her portfolio. Under her leadership, organizations have built on their strengths to amplify sustainable relationships and partnerships providing the foundation for consistent growth and success. She brings to the job an exceptional combination of energy, sincerity and focus on collaborative accomplishments.

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Hillbrush Invests in Solar for the Future

Hillbrush, the UK’s largest and long-established manufacturer of brushes and specialist cleaning tools has extended its investment in solar power as part of the company’s commitment to making its UK production site far more energy-efficient and significantly reducing its carbon footprint.

Based at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, Hillbrush’s production site operates six days a week, with multiple shifts, while the company’s visitor center at Visit Hillbrush is open five days a week, together consuming more than 1,276 MWh of electricity per annum. Hillbrush has recently invested to extend the solar panelling system comprising a total of 510 panels across all buildings including the roof space on Visit Hillbrush. The solar investment will enable Hillbrush to make significant reductions in energy consumption as well as cost savings over time.

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