Perlon® Production is Still Running At All Sites in Germany, the USA and China

Perlon®, a Serafin Group company, continues to produce its quality filaments at all five sites for customers in the current challenging climate. Production in China has been operating as normal since the beginning of March after having to be temporarily halted due to the spread of COVID-19 in that area. Production is now back up to 100%.

Production in Germany at Perlon® sites in Munderkingen (Baden-Wuerttemberg), Bobingen (Bavaria) and Wald-Michelbach (Hesse) as well the US is continuing to run without any constraints. Therefore all sites are working to full capacity to fulfill all customer orders. In particular, the paper machine clothing area has had an increase in sales which offsets a reduced demand in other areas such as automotive.

Monterey Mills Teams Up to Make Respirator Masks

In an effort to meet regional and national demand for respirator masks, Wisconsin-based companies Monterey Mills and Eder Flag are teaming up to begin production of vitally needed barrier masks for use by front-line medical personnel and others seeking protective face coverings.

Monterey Mills based in Janesville, WI is the largest textile mill of its kind in North America, and supplier of knitted pile fabric used in a variety of medical and air-filtration products. Eder Flag, based in Oak Creek, WI is the nation’s largest manufacturer of flags and flagpoles and is converting part of its flag-sewing operations to produce the barrier masks.

Borghi USA: Essential Business Remains Open

Borghi USA has provided the following statement from Carlos R. Petzold, President:

Borghi USA, Inc. located in Aberdeen, Maryland provides spare parts and technical support for machinery brands: Borghi, Osmas and Unimac to brush, broom and mop manufacturing companies throughout the USA and Canada. We have been deemed an “essential business” for which the Maryland government order provides exception to the closure.

Our customers have also deemed us as a critical supplier, so they can continue to produce their cleaning products as they are essential businesses that supply cleaning and sanitation products to hundreds of thousands of other essential businesses, including hospitals and medical care facilities, medical supply companies and the defense, aerospace, energy, food processing and equipment industries, and others in the supply chain. Products from our industry keep hospitals and health care workers clean, safe and protected against infection.

Brushware Industry Show Date Changes

Brush, broom and mop industry shows are working hard to shift events and three shows have recently announced new dates:

July 18-20, 2020 (NEW DATES)
NAMTA Art Materials World | Chicago, Illinois (originally April 26-28)

2020 will brings Namta members back to Chicago’s Navy Pier for Art Materials World to make friends, connections, sales and deals!

ABMA 2020 Golf Scramble Winners

The ABMA Convention Golf Scramble was held at the Vinoy Golf Club in St Petersburg, Fla., on Thursday March 5, 2020. The winners are as follows:

First place team: Bob Goralski, Bruce Gale, Kevin Lannon, Kevin White
Second place team: Matthew DeSantis, Keith Walz, Chip Preston, Andrew McIlroy

ABMA Creates COVID-19 Resource Page

ABMA has initiated a resource page for COVID-19 with variety of resources available and ties into the National Association of Manufacturers resource page which has a very comprehensive listing. The ABMA plans to add to the page as more resources become available.


The ABMA has new improved versions for contacting government officials to ask for “essential” business classification. Check out the resources here:


The ABMA also announced today that it will be facilitating a member round table discussion of COVID-19. Meeting details:

Perlon Coronavirus Customer Statement

Perlon posted the following statement on March 17, 2020 from Frank Winkes and Ralf Hellinger, Vice Presidents, Sales & Marketing, Perlon Group:

Perlon produces quality filaments at five sites on three continents for its customers and operates a strategy of acting globally but producing locally while sourcing where possible from local suppliers. In times like this in which familiar delivery networks have come to a halt, this strategy is paying dividends. At the time of writing (March 17, 2020), we can report that all of our sites are operating normally and at full capacity on fulfilling customer and stock orders. There are currently no supply shortages of our raw materials nor do we foresee any in the short term. We have proactively planned and are keeping our stock levels high to enable us to optimally offset any possible temporary supply disruption of any of our suppliers.