US Manufacturing PMI Soars in February

U.S. manufacturing registered a PMI of 60.8 percent for February according to the latest ISM® Report On Business® to reach the highest figure since the start of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“Manufacturing performed well for the ninth straight month, with demand, consumption and inputs registering strong growth compared to January,” says Timothy R. Fiore, Chair of the ISM® Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. “Labor-market difficulties at panelists’ companies and their suppliers continued to restrict manufacturing-economy expansion and will remain the primary headwind to production growth until employment levels and factory operations can return to normal across the entire supply chain.”

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Reinhold Hörz: 40 Years in the Field of Bristles

By Annette Hunt

Reinhold Hörz was just 26 years old when he entered the traditional brush and paintbrush industry. As a freshly qualified business economist with training as a banker, he joined the family business in the fourth generation. It was 1980 when he first visited the Interbrossa in Freiburg, Germany.

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The Inspired Home Show 2021 Cancelled

As state restrictions prohibiting large gatherings remain in effect for the foreseeable future, and government travel restrictions continue to significantly impede domestic and international travel, the International Housewares Association’s Board of Directors have made the difficult but necessary decision that The Inspired Home Show 2021, scheduled to take place Aug. 7-10, 2021 at McCormick Place in Chicago, cannot proceed as planned.

“Over the last year, we have been closely watching the status of large events from a health and public safety perspective, and have consistently sought feedback from our industry about how travel restrictions and mass gathering bans have impacted their normal operations,” says Derek Miller, IHA president. “With the health and safety of our exhibitors and attendees top of mind, we realized that it is infeasible for The Inspired Home Show to proceed in August of 2021.”

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Brian Cassady is the New CEO at Osborn

Osborn, the world’s largest and most complete solution provider of high-quality surface treatment and finishing products, is pleased to announce that it has appointed Brian Cassady as its new Chief Executive Officer. Cassady joins Osborn after serving as president and CEO of Municipal Parking Services, Inc., a software-based parking management and violation detection systems technology company. At the helm of Osborn, Cassady will leverage his extensive manufacturing and international experience to drive the company’s plans for continued growth.

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Video Profile: St. Nick Brush Company

Take a look at the St. Nick Brush Company in this video — a start to finish brush company that produces a complete line of consumer and industrial brushes and brooms. Every stage of the manufacturing process is overseen by experienced brushmakers that are dedicated to creating the highest quality brushes and brooms.

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Manufacturers Trending to Digital

Lisa AndersonBy Lisa Anderson

According to the Hackett Group, 77 percent of companies have strengthened their commitments to digital transformation because of the COVID-19 crisis. In fact, not only are the commitments strengthening but also the pace of adoption is increasing. A McKinsey survey found the pandemic has significantly accelerated the pace of adoption of digital transformation technologies. Clients and colleagues are seeing the critical importance of using technology for a win-win-win, creating a safe working environment that is efficient, cost-effective, resilient and responsive to customer needs.

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