ABMA Accepting Nominations for 2021 Innovation Award

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, 2020, and the award presentation will be made at the ABMA Annual Convention in March 2021 San Diego, Calif. For more information, rules and nomination forms, visit: http://www.abma.org/innovationexcellenceaward

The Innovation Award recognizes outstanding innovation of manufactured products, components or services in the Brush, Broom, Mop and Roller Industry and is named after William A. Cordes, who served as the ABMA’s first President from 1917-1928.

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FEIBP Announces New President

The FEIBP held its annual General Assembly as a virtual meeting on October 15, 2020, and Peter Langenegger (Ebnat AG, Switzerland) stepped down as president after serving a three-year term. Andrew McIlroy of Perlon GmbH was welcomed as the new president and is the first president to represent the suppliers’ section of the federation. McIlroy is well-known and much respected for his commitment to the FEIBP and has been a board member for many years. He is the sales and marketing director at Perlon and will serve a two-year term as president.

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US Unemployment Claims Jump to 898,000

According to this morning’s US Department of Labor report, states saw an additional 898,000 Americans file first-time unemployment insurance claims last week. That represents an increase of 53,000 from the previous week. The increase broke a four-week trend of decreases for the number of new claims.

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending October 3 were in Florida (+9,933), Illinois (+6,877), Massachusetts (+4,021), North Carolina (+2,907), and Maryland (+1,714), while the largest decreases were in New Jersey (-3,504), Kansas (-3,312), Pennsylvania (-3,111), Louisiana (-2,835), and Washington (-2,474). 

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Monster Wipes Industrial Towels from Mill-Rose

The Clean-Fit Products division of Mill-Rose is now offering Monster Wipes Industrial Towels — a tough, synthetic-based disposable wiper offering superior wet strength and versatility. With 550% absorbent capacity, Monster Wipes are great for cleaning up water, solvent and oil-based spills.

Monster Wipes’ latex-free fabric is soft, virtually lint-free, for delicate wiping applications, while providing superior strength for cleaning grease and grime off tools, parts and a range of hard surfaces.

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Germany Leads PMI Charge For September

While Euro Area manufacturing had a strong performance in September with a PMI reading 53.7 percent, German manufacturers led the charge with a 4.2 percent increase over August to hit a IHS Markit/BME reported figure of 56.4 percent. That represented the best expansion in the sector since July 2018 while the new order growth figure was among the strongest reported months since 1996. Improved demand across Europe, China and Turkey also saw new export orders reach the highest level for Germany since December 2017.

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