2021 ABMA Innovation Award Candidates

Boucherie Borghi Group’s one-hand fiber loading system

The American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) has announced the following candidates for the William Cordes Innovation Excellence Award, which is given each year to recognize outstanding innovation for manufactured products, components or services related to the brush, broom, mop and roller industry. The award is named after William Cordes, who served as the association’s first President from 1917-1928. This award serves as a constant reminder that all new and exciting endeavors have beginnings that connect with real people. The 2021 candidates are listed below:

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MGG: Artisanal SME of Excellence Shifts to 100% Digital Industry Strategy

Specialized in the production of machinery for the production of paintbrushes and rollers, Italian firm MGG is increasing turnover, employees and investment in R&D: short supply chain and augmented reality for technical assistance and customer training.

A small company located just one hour off the city of Venezia, in the beautiful surroundings of the Prosecco hills, Unesco heritage is the worldwide leader in the production of technologies for the paintbrush industry and is moving fast toward complete digitalization. “In this year the process will be completed,” says Loris Maestrutti, CEO of MGG Srl, which is at the forefront of machines and plants for the production of round and flat brushes and rollers used in sectors such as construction, restoration, DIY, woodworking and naval — a niche market with high technological quality.

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Mike Jewell Joins Jones as SVP of Operations

Jones Family of Companies. a leading manufacturer of technical and engineered nonwoven and floor care products, has hired Mike Jewell as senior vice president of operations. With more than 25 years of manufacturing, supply chain, and business improvement experience,  Jewell will join the Jones team to lead its manufacturing, engineering, and supply chain operations.

“Mike embraces visual management and team engagement on the manufacturing floor. He believes in highly disciplined operations and lean standards,” said CP Davis, CEO of Jones. “Mike passionately supports individual and team training and development to drive day-to-day performance improvements and enhance team morale and safety.

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Board Set for ABMA Emerging Leaders

Kevin White, Miguel Medrano and Thomas Cottom (L to R)

Peer networking and leadership looks to connect young industry professionals

The newly formed ABMA Emerging Leaders has elected its initial Board of Directors. Kevin White from the Industrial Brush Company will serve as president, Miguel Medrano from Borghi USA takes on the role of vice president and Thomas Cottam from Industrial Brush Corporation will act as Secretary/Treasurer. These directors will serve two-year terms and will spearhead the ABMA Emerging Leaders program of work, which will include the group’s opening event as a part of the 104th ABMA Annual Convention on March 17, 2021.

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Malish: Game-Changing Flex Scrub Floor Pad

The Malish Corporation announced the launch of the Flex Scrub™ Bristled Floor Pad and says the product represents the most innovative floor-cleaning technology since the advent of pads over 70 years ago. This groundbreaking product, developed by The Malish Corporation, blends the easy installation of a traditional floor pad with the robust cleaning power of a brush. Flex Scrub™ bristles reach in to lift dirt from highs-lows and textures, dramatically boosting floor cleanliness, making it the ultimate bristled pad.

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ABMA Foundation Awards: Deadline March 1

The ABMA Foundation is now accepting applications for the new year through March 1, 2021. The ABMA Foundation Endowment Fund assists industry employees and their families based on need. The Kathy K Parr Memorial Scholarship Fund awards an annual $2,500 Kathy Parr Memorial Scholarship. This money will be awarded to a high school age or older applicant who desires to improve his/her knowledge and understanding in the field of manufacturing related activities.

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