Deco Products Invests in Collaborative Robots

Deco Products recently invested further in robots used in our zinc die cast manufacturing process. At Deco Products it is our first collaborative robot. Collaborative robots are used in the industry specifically in areas where people work. Collaborative robots are safe to work around humans because of their special sensors that recognize when it has made contact with a human or an object foreign to itself. Another safety adaptation of collaborative robots is the speed.

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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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IHA Set to Launch B2B Home + Housewares Marketplace

The International Housewares Association (IHA) is partnering with Brandwise to offer a robust, year-round e-commerce opportunity for its members and buyers, IHA announced today. The platform, Connect COMMERCE, will integrate with Connect 365 and help meet the desire of retailers to both discover new products and purchase them directly online.

IHA and Brandwise will offer a live demo of the new Connect COMMERCE platform on February 11, 2021, at 11:00 AM (US Central). Register for the demo at:

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Mary Fitzgerald: 1960-2021

Mary S. Fitzgerald, 60, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Wassaic, N.Y., lost her battle with cancer and passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on January 27, 2021.

She was born on February 27, 1960, in Sharon, Conn. to Richard and Edna Mae (Kruger) Miller. She graduated from Webutuck Central School in Amenia, N.Y. She moved to Bradenton 32 years ago. She married Sidney W. Fitzgerald on May 20, 2000. Mary was the owner and president of Torrington Brush Works in Sarasota, Fla., and Torrington, Conn. Her interests included camping, going to concerts, playing the piano, volunteering at her children’s school and volunteering at animal shelters. She loved spending time with her family the most. Mary also enjoyed attending various churches.

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Hillbrush Appoints Food Manufacturing Hygiene Expert

Mariane HodgkinsonHillbrush, the UK’s largest manufacturer of brushware and hygienic cleaning tools for the food industry has appointed Mariane Hodgkinson, an expert in food safety and hygienic manufacturing design as a consultant.

With almost 20 years of food industry experience, Hodgkinson will be working with Hillbrush to provide expert advice as it further expands its range of hygienic cleaning tools for food manufacturing settings. She will also provide insight and training on areas such as preparing for audits and cleaning best practices which will be available to Hillbrush’s customers in due course.

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FEIBP Working Group: Paint Brushes January

COVID-19 Update

During the evening of January 19, 2021, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the new regulations on the pandemic. Restrictions are on-going, with the lockdown in Germany being extended until February 14, 2021. Experts from science, medicine and research had met in an advisory committee and finally, a result was communicated from the federal government.  Chancellor Angela Merkel appeals to companies to let their employees back to the home office more. “It’s tough,” Merkel says, “What we have to expect people to do once again. But we have to take the situation into account. To protect people and also to protect the economy.”

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