Jack Bernacki Awarded 2021 ABMA Scholarship

The ABMA Foundation awarded the 2021 Kathy K. Parr Scholarship for $2,500 to Miami (Ohio) University student Jack Bernacki who plans to use the money to defray tuition expenses. The foundation made the scholarship decision at their board meeting held on March 11, 2021.

The ABMA Foundation is the charitable arm of the American Brush Manufacturers Association. As the brushware industry’s premier philanthropic and charitable organization, the ABMA Foundation is a catalyst for uniting people and organizations to make a difference through better education and opportunity. The foundation secures contributions and provides grants for sustainable programs in research, education and assistance for our industry associates and their families in need.

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Wooster Brush Claims Innovation Award

The Wooster Brush Company Shortcut Hook and Hold Angle Sash Paintbrush is the 2021 winner of the ABMA William A. Cordes Innovation Excellence Award. The “Willie” as it is known in the industry, is given to recognize outstanding innovation of manufactured products, components or services in the Brush, Broom, Mop and Roller Industry. The award is named after William Cordes, who served as the association’s first president from 1917-1928.

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ABMA 2021 Virtual Meeting Highlights

The ABMA 2021 Convention main session was held virtually yesterday afternoon and we’ll provide full coverage from the event in the next issue, but here are the early highlights:

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2021 ABMA Foundation Awards: Deadline March 1

The ABMA Foundation is now accepting applications for the new year through March 1, 2021. The ABMA Foundation Endowment Fund assists industry employees and their families based on need. The Kathy K Parr Memorial Scholarship Fund awards an annual $2,500 Kathy Parr Memorial Scholarship. This money will be awarded to high school age or older applicant who desires to improve his/her knowledge and understanding in the field of manufacturing-related activities.

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2021 Brushware March-April eMag Now Available

The 2021 March/April eMag issue of Brushware magazine is now available to all readers. In this issue, Bob Lawrence provides a full preview of the 2021 ABMA Virtual Convention with feedback and insights from key industry contacts. This issue also sees the launch of our Global Brush Maker Locator — an in-depth listing of all brush manufacturers by country. We’ve also expanded our approach to the US Import/Exports to get a historical look at the final numbers for 2020. And there’s plenty more including a report on the FEIBP Paintbrush Working Group meeting and a look at ERP as a launchpad.

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ABMA Mourns the Loss of Thomas O’Connor

The ABMA reports Thomas S. O’Connor, 78, formerly of Dennis, Mass., passed away after a brief illness on Thursday, Feb 11, 2021, at UMASS Medical Center. Tom attended Worcester Boy’s Trade, then enlisted in the United States Air Force for four years. Following his military service, he graduated from Becker Jr. College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Clark University. He worked many years at Parker and Harper Manufacturing. Tom then co-founded the family business, Lanoco Specialty Wire Products, Inc., of which he was president for 25 years until retirement.

Tom enjoyed many years golfing in Florida, fishing and boating in Cape Cod Bay and traveling throughout the United States and Europe.

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2021 ABMA Innovation Award Candidates

Boucherie Borghi Group’s one-hand fiber loading system

The American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) has announced the following candidates for the William Cordes Innovation Excellence Award, which is given each year to recognize outstanding innovation for manufactured products, components or services related to the brush, broom, mop and roller industry. The award is named after William Cordes, who served as the association’s first President from 1917-1928. This award serves as a constant reminder that all new and exciting endeavors have beginnings that connect with real people. The 2021 candidates are listed below:

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Board Set for ABMA Emerging Leaders

Kevin White, Miguel Medrano and Thomas Cottom (L to R)

Peer networking and leadership looks to connect young industry professionals

The newly formed ABMA Emerging Leaders has elected its initial Board of Directors. Kevin White from the Industrial Brush Company will serve as president, Miguel Medrano from Borghi USA takes on the role of vice president and Thomas Cottam from Industrial Brush Corporation will act as Secretary/Treasurer. These directors will serve two-year terms and will spearhead the ABMA Emerging Leaders program of work, which will include the group’s opening event as a part of the 104th ABMA Annual Convention on March 17, 2021.

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Current Issue

MAR/APR 2021

-FEIBP Paintbrushes
-ERP Launchpad
-ABMA Virtual
-Global Brush Locator
-US Imports/Exports

-PMI Updates