Industry News

US Manufacturing PMI Stays Strong in June

13 Straight Months Above The 50 Percent Line for US Manufacturers

The ISM® Report On Business® for June reported a US PMI of 60.6 percent, down slightly from the May reading of 61.2 percent. Panelists from the survey reported that their companies and suppliers continue to struggle to meet increasing levels of demand. Record-long raw-material lead times, wide-scale shortages of critical basic materials, rising commodities prices and difficulties in transporting products are continuing to affect all segments of the US manufacturing economy.

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Interbrush Revises 2024 Dates

Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG (FWTM) has announced an adjustment of the 2024 Interbrush dates to April 24-26, 2024. The date had been previously announced as May 24-26, but the organizers have indicated this was an error. The exhibition for the brush and paintbrush industry will be held in Messe Freiburg, Germany, in 2024.

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Casto Joins Nexstep Commercial Products

Nexstep Commercial Products, Exclusive Licensee of O-Cedar, is pleased to announce that Russell Casto has joined the corporate office in Springfield as a customer service representative. Casto’s background is in retail sales and prior to joining Nexstep, he worked at Best Buy for 17 years in various positions including customer service, sales, merchandising, warehouse lead and most recently inventory control manager.

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Borghi S.p.A. Spare Parts Service Announcement

Due to an expansion and improvement to their automatic vertical warehouses to enhance the level of service and efficiency, Borghi S.p.A. has announced a reduced pace for their spare parts service from July 26 through August 23, 2021.

In order to avoid production interruptions and keep machinery running, Borghi S.p.A. recommends companies check inventory levels of machinery spare parts and place orders for any spare parts that would be needed to carry firms into the final week of August 23.

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Post Pandemic Skills Gap

By Lisa Anderson

According to Prudential’s latest Pulse of the American Worker Survey, one in four workers plan to look for a job at a different company once the pandemic has subsided. Additionally, a recent Robert Half survey found that 38 percent of workers feel stuck in their careers, and an EY survey found that more than half of employees globally would quit their jobs if not provided post-pandemic flexibility. Clients and colleagues are starting to see a surge of employees “on the move.” What are you doing to retain your top talent and attract new talent?

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2022 ABMA Innovation Award Nominations Deadline

The American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) is now accepting nominations for the William A. Cordes Innovation Excellence Award.

Entries for the award will be accepted until November 30, 2021, and the award presentation will be made at the ABMA Annual Convention in March 2022 at the Hyatt Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla.

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ABMA Webinar: Enterprise Risk Management

The ABMA Educational Institute will host the next installment in their quarterly webinar series next Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar is titled Ounce of Prevention and will be presented by Paul Rutledge of MTWI-Safety.

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Zinc Die Casting: History of Deco

Deco Products is the largest stand-alone zinc die casting company in the US. Deco was established in 1960 by the Lake Center Switch Company, which was primarily an automotive supplier of dimmer switches and other electronics for automotive. The die casting operations were moved to Decorah, Iowa, which is where they produced die castings, assemblies, and a line of hose clamps.

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