Coronavirus Statement Update From Gordon Brush CEO

Due to the work Gordon Brush does to support a number of US Government agencies and our military, plus the janitorial brushes we produce that are used to maintain, clean and sanitize business operations throughout the United States, Gordon Brush has been deemed to be an “essential” business and will remain in full operation at this time. Please continue to check our website for further news as this situation might rapidly change.
–Kenneth L. Rakusin, President and CEO

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Borghi S.p.A. Update

In support of the latest directives of the Italian Government, Borghi S.p.A. has ordered the temporary suspension of all production activities in its Italian factories from March 2327. This decision was made in addition to the measures already adopted over the past few weeks to protect health and the safety of its employees against the Corona virus. Since the well-being of the employees is the company’s top priority, Borghi S.p.A. wishes to adhere even closer to the protocol issued by the Italian Government, which provides for the suspension of production activities under the current special circumstances.

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Surviving COVID-19: Business Guide

Healthy Workplaces, Reduced Staffs, Informed Customers

By Phillip M. Perry

Businesses face daunting operational challenges as the rapid spread of COVID-19 causes employees to call in sick and customer counts to dwindle. Managers can reduce workplace disruptions with measures such as revisiting sick leave policies and allowing some employees to work from home. Whatever the details of an organization’s response program, though, it must begin with the maintenance of a virus-free environment.

“An employer’s general duty is to maintain the health and safety of the workplace,” says Joseph Deng, an employment law partner at Baker & McKenzie in Los Angeles (bakermckenzie.com). “A business must be free of hazards that are likely to cause death or serious physical harm. In light of the virus, employers should pay close attention to what the national, state and local authorities are advising.”

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The Inspired Home Show 2020: Exhibitor Refund Policy

Exhibitors in The Inspired Home Show 2020 will receive a 100% refund for paid space fees and corner charges in the form of a credit toward space and corner charges for the 2021 Show, provided their 2020 Show accounts were paid in full, the International Housewares Association announced today. IHA’s board of directors approved the refund today.

The refund credit will apply to all exhibitors who canceled after the Oct. 31, 2019 cancellation deadline or who were still contracted to exhibit at the 2020 Show at the time of Show cancellation. Exhibitors will also maintain their seniority status for space assignment purposes.

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ISSA Update on COVID-19

The ISSA released the following letter from Executive Director John Barrett:

As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together as an industry, it is my duty to keep you informed about how your association, ISSA, is working to serve you and leveraging our
collective voice for the cleaning industry in these challenging times.

Yesterday, I had the distinct honor to represent ISSA on a White House Communications Call with President Donald Trump, who called upon executives from industrial supply retailers and wholesalers regarding the national response to COVID-19. The President thanked us for providing the goods Americans rely on every day and expressed his gratitude to the incredible employees who are working tirelessly to that end.

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ABMA Foundation: Kathy Parr Scholarships for 2020

The ABMA Foundation held its Board Meeting on March 19, 2020 and at that meeting awarded two Kathy K. Parr Scholarships totaling $5,000 to the following recipients:

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2020 May-June Issue

  • CORONAVIRUS: Brush Industry Impact
  • Surviving COVID-19: Business Guide
  • 103rd ABMA Convention Coverage
  • US and European PMI Updates

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