New Quote Specialist at Deco Products

Deco Products Company has hired Jordan Thompson as a quote specialist. Thompson previously was a marketing and sales intern at Deco before taking the job as the new quote specialist.

Thompson grew up in New Market, Alabama, with his parents and six siblings. He moved to Decorah, Iowa, four years ago when he started college at Luther College. In the spring of 2021, he graduated from Luther with a bachelor’s degree in management.

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Registration Open for 75th Edition of The National Hardware Show

Three new year-round digital platforms designed to serve the hardware and home improvement communities will be added to the 2021 in-person event

The National Hardware Show® (NHS) has launched registration for its 75th edition, which will take place October 21-23, 2021 in the new West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The most comprehensive event, education, and networking platform serving the hardware and home improvement industry is now accepting registrations. Members of the industry are encouraged to sign up for free right now to take advantage of all that NHS has to offer.

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Deco Products New HR Recruiter: Eric Smedsrud

Deco Products Company has hired Eric Smedsrud as HR Recruiter. Smedsrud was previously working as the marketing and sales intern at Deco before being promoted to the human resources position.

Smedsrud started his career at Deco in 2018 when he worked in production. He worked at Deco for three months during the summer in-between his freshman and sophomore year at college. He came back in August of 2020 and held the marketing and sales intern position for ten months until he got offered the job of HR Recruiter.

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IHA’S CHESS To Hold In-Person Event in October

CHESS, the Chief Housewares Executive SuperSession, returns in 2021 with an in-person event October 5-6, 2021 in Rosemont, Ill. As consumers and the housewares industry continue to recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, supply chain issues, post-pandemic growth strategies, changing consumer purchase behavior and new retail models are some of the topics facing suppliers that will be explored during CHESS 2021.

CHESS is the International Housewares Association’s strategic and networking event for industry leaders. It is designed for chief officers of all IHA member companies and their top decision-makers and features sessions on critical issues affecting housewares, including supply chain and tariff relief actions, the new retail environment and the consumer journey, workplace changes because of the coronavirus, brand marketing, retail trends and more.

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2021 Brushware September-October eMag Now Available


The 2021 September/October Artist Brush Special Edition of Brushware magazine is now available to all readers in eMag (digital edition) format. August is American Artist Appreciation Month and we’re celebrating with the release of our brand new Artist/Detail Brush Special Section that highlights top brushes from FM Brush, Gordon Brush and Yongli Filament & Bristle Co. Check out the new section on page 21. The issue also recognizes ABMA Executive Director David Parr and his 20-year legacy as he prepares an exit strategy for 2022. The extended coverage from Bob Lawrence begins on page 29. We also have Zephyr’s R.J. Lindstrom as our profile and Lisa Anderson’s column covers the urgent need for leaders to craft a business intelligence plan. In our Pulse segment, Jeffrey Mink from FM Brush and Eric Zhao from Yongli Filament & Bristle Co. offer insights on the artist brush sector of the industry. Plus, the issue includes the US Import/Export trade stats for the first half of 2021 and our full economic dashboard.

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German Manufacturing Stays Near Record Levels

Global manufacturers saw varying results in the month of July as many countries face new headwinds with COVID-19 outbreaks hitting specific regions. Additionally, lead times are still extended with supply chain issues continuing. Firms are also facing labor challenges that pre-date the pandemic but have escalated during the past 18 months. Both issues lead to inflationary pressure with most regions reporting input and output price increases. Still, all countries in our report remain above the crucial 50 percent PMI line, but business confidence overall for manufacturers is slipping as companies weigh the impact of prolonged issues from the COVID-19 Delta variant.

GERMANY: IHS Markit/BME reported a PMI of 65.9 percent for German manufacturers in July, which represented a second straight month of growth and the third-highest figure on record. New orders were strong and led to a sharp increase in backlogs. Employment also saw a big increase.

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Current Issue

SEP/OCT 2021

-2021 Artists Brush Special
-David Parr: Exit Strategy
-Profile: R.J. Lindstrom
-The Pulse: Artist Brush
-Business Intelligence
-First Half: US Import/Exports