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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2022 Brushware March-April eMag Now Available


The 2022 March-April Brushware issue is now available to all readers in eMag (digital edition) format. This edition offers our second annual Global Brush Directory with more than 350 brushware manufacturers listed by country. We also offer an extensive preview of the upcoming ABMA Convention complete with a brief guide on things to do in Bonita Springs. Plus, the edition features expanded end-of-the-year 2021 US import-export industry data with five-year chart history. And, be sure to check out the profile on ABMA Emerging Leader chair Kevin White from the Industrial Brush Company and Lisa Anderson’s column on the advantages and opportunities in structured planning and strategy.

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ABMA Convention Meet The Pros Agenda

The American Brush Manufacturers Association is excited to share the schedule of topics for the Meet the Pros roundtable discussions to be held as part of this year’s Annual Convention. The session is titled Workplace 2.0 – We Are All In This Together and is sponsored and led by the ABMA Emerging Leaders group. It will be held Wednesday,  March 2, 2022, at the Hyatt Coconut Point at 3:00 p.m. local in the CALUSA meeting room.

Envision a room with six tables and an opportunity for shared discussion over a 90-minute window. Each discussion lasts 13 minutes followed by a two-minute passing period. The format is completely open and participants are encouraged to bring their best ideas and best practices to share. Visit one table or all six.  Our “pros” come from within our industry and are all members of the ABMA Emerging Leaders, a group of dedicated young brush industry professionals.

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ABMA 2021 Convention Feedback

By Meg Cooper

The 2021 ABMA Convention was held as a virtual event March 17-19, 2021, and you can see full coverage of the event in the May/June issue of Brushware. Today, we offer bonus feedback from the event with the full question and answer sessions conducted by Meg Cooper with several attendees of the event.

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2021 Brushware May-June eMag Now Available

The 2021 May/June eMag issue of Brushware magazine is now available to all readers and is jam-packed with articles on the world of brushes, brooms, mops and paint products. Bob Lawrence profiles artisan broom maker Brian Newton in The Saga of Broomcorn Johnny as we extend our editorial coverage to explore the full range of the brush and broom culture.

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