Abtex: Christian Donovan Promoted to Operations VP

Preparing for increasing growth in all lines of business, Abtex, LLC. has promoted Christian Donovan to Vice President, Operations. Donovan started with Abtex in 2016 bringing with him an impressive record of achievement in complex manufacturing serving automotive, military and medical markets.

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PelRay’s David McGee Retires After 35 years

David McGee on top of Lost Mine Peak (elevation 7,500 ft) in Texas

The PelRay International Company has announced that sales manager David McGee will retire at the end of the month after 35 years with the company. He was recruited by Ray LeBlanc in 1986, and became the branch manager of Amex International’s warehouse located in Laredo, Texas. When Amex’s Laredo operations were relocated to San Antonio in 2007, McGee continued to work in sales and logistics for Amex alongside LeBlanc and Bart Pelton.

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David Lintern Joins Hillbrush

Hillbrush, the UK’s largest manufacturer of brushware and hygienic cleaning tools has appointed experienced industrial designer David Lintern to lead the company’s new product development program. 

With more than 20 years’ experience in product and industrial design, the majority in the cleaning sector with well-known names such as Numatic and Addis, Lintern’s role will include re-developing Hillbrush’s existing cleaning tool ranges as well as leading the company’s new product development plans, particularly in the area of specialist cleaning tools.

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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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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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Peter Giannetti Joins IHA

The International Housewares Association announced today that Peter Giannetti will join the organization as director, editorial, content and education. In this role, Giannetti will oversee the development and delivery of industry-wide content and resources intended to inform, educate and inspire.

Giannetti joins IHA after serving for 14 years as editor-in-chief and 14 years before that as editor of HomeWorld Business, a leading print and digital B2B publication for the home and housewares business. He has covered the home and housewares industry since joining HomeWorld Business in 1990. Giannetti also served as vice president /publishing and editorial operations for ICD Publications, parent of HomeWorld Business and its sister publication, Gourmet Insider. Gourmet Insider ceased operations at the end of 2020, and HomeWorld Business recently announced it is closing operations at the end of February.

“Our industry has relied on Peter for decades to provide objective reporting and relevant insights that help drive business success, and that is exactly what he will continue to do at IHA,” says Derek Miller, president of IHA. “His deep expertise in home + housewares and his unparalleled ability to deliver timely and relevant news and content will benefit the entire industry.”

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Industrial Brush Corporation Announces Co-Presidents

The Industrial Brush Corporation (IBC) has created the new position of Co-President which will be jointly held by John C. Cottam and James Cottam. Both John and James have recently been serving as vice presidents.  John L. Cottam who has served as company president for 38 years will assume the newly created position of Chairman.

IBC specializes in the design and manufacture of brushes for industry. IBC products are used in thousands of applications touching nearly every industry. IBC is the leader in the food processing brush industry worldwide. IBC has manufacturing plants in St. George, Utah and Lakeland, Fla.

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Jones Strengthens Operations and HR Teams

In a year that has been challenging for all businesses, Jones Family of Companies has continued to thrive and progress. Along with the recent acquisition of Rontex America and the opening of a new office in Richmond, Virginia, Jones is improving its Operations and Human Resources teams across all facilities by bringing on even more highly skilled employees. The most recent additions to the Jones family are Pranil Vora as Manager of Quality Engineering and Performance Improvement, in Morristown, Tennessee; Alex Webster as Plant Operations Manager in Humboldt, Tennessee; and Kassey Cruz as HR Generalist and Operations Recruiter in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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