2024 ABMA Convention Tackles Industry Challenges

The Face 2 Face session highlighted the 2024 ABMA Convention

Artificial Intelligence and Recruiting are Hot Topics for the Brush Industry

With the scenic Omni Resort on Amelia Island in Florida as the backdrop, the 107th edition of the ABMA Convention was held last week and was highlighted by an engaging program that revolved around several key topics. Manufacturing overall is at the center of several mainstream trends including AI (artificial intelligence) and the event successfully touched on several to essentially weave a continuous thread related to businesses in the industry.

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2024 Brushware March-April Issue: World Brush Expo Roundtable


Brushware’s 2024 March-April issue features our roundtable interview with World Brush Expo leaders Chris Monahan, Alessandro Acquaderni and Marco Momoli in addition to a user case study from Wohler on the installation of new SBM 840 with customer Flex Trim A/S. You will also find details on the upcoming ABMA Convention set for Florida in March. PLUS: Manufacturing Skills Gap, Final US Import/Export Stats for 2023 and a new machine spotlight for Roth Composite Machinery.

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2024 ABMA Convention Program

On March 19-22, 2024 the American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) will hold its 107th Annual Convention at the Omni Resort, Amelia Island, Florida. This event features a motivational gathering of brush industry leaders and the opportunity to make new face-to-face contacts and potential business networking opportunities.

Notable for the 2024 convention is a modified schedule that effectively rolls the event one day forward compared to past years. Traditionally, the core portion of the event ran Wednesday through Friday. To better manage costs and accommodate travel, the 2024 edition will run Tuesday through Thursday. Full agenda follows:

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ABMA Emerging Leaders Convention Grant Opportunity

The American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) is pleased to announce a new opportunity for Emerging Leaders within the industry. The 2024 ABMA Convention, slated to occur from March 19-22 at Amelia Island, Florida, will offer a grant to ABMA Emerging Leaders who would like to attend the event.

This $3,000 grant is specifically designed to encourage the attendance of Emerging Leaders who have not previously participated in an ABMA Convention. The grant covers a delegate fee, accommodation for three nights (Tuesday to Friday) and a $1,000 travel allowance.

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2024 ABMA Innovation Award Nomination Deadline: November 30

William A. Cordes Innovation Award

The ABMA is inviting member companies to enter new products for the ABMA William A. Cordes Innovation Excellence Award for 2024. “The Willie” is given to recognize outstanding innovation in any manufactured product, component or service in the brush industry in any given year. Submitted entries will be showcased during the 2024 ABMA Annual Convention next March set for Amelia Island, Florida.

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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ABMA 2024 Convention Room Block Now Open

The American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) has announced the room block is now open for the 107th Annual ABMA Convention to be held at the Omni Resort in picturesque Amelia Island, Florida, March 19-22, 2024. This year the convention will follow a Tuesday-Friday pattern instead of the usual Wednesday-Saturday schedule.

ABMA attendees are eligible for a discounted group rate of $349 per night, which will be available three days before and after the convention dates, allowing guests to extend their stay and enjoy everything that Amelia Island has to offer. To secure your reservation at the discounted group rate, it is recommended that you book early, as availability is limited.

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2022 Brushware May-June eMag Now Available


The 2022 May-June Brushware issue is now available to all readers in eMag (digital edition) format. This edition offers coverage of the ABMA’s return to a live convention along with an interview with the MGG North America leadership on their strategy for the US, Canada and Mexico markets. Additionally, we present our feedback from key industry leaders on the future of the Interbrush, the industry’s largest dedicated tradeshow. And there’s plenty more including a profile and interview with new German brush manufacturing startup BrushBoxx.

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2022 ABMA Convention Schedule

After diverting to a virtual convention for 2021 due to the pandemic, the ABMA is excited to return in 2022 as a live and in-person event for the 105th Edition of the Annual Convention. The destination is Bonita Springs, Fla., and the event runs March 2-5 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa. The event will follow the traditional format with committee meetings on Wednesday morning and the annual meeting and educational session in the afternoon. Three welcome receptions are on the agenda for the first evening — Emerging Leaders, New Members/First-Time Attendees and the Paul Miller Welcome Reception for all attendees.
Thursday morning features the traditional keynote with motivational speaker Paul J. Long and is followed by an afternoon golf scramble at Raptor Bay Golf Club.

The event wraps up for attendees on Friday, with the Face 2 Face meeting format in the morning where suppliers and industry manufacturers will hold pre-scheduled in-person meetings. The event will conclude with a Friday night closing Suppliers’ Reception that features a disco theme.

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