World Brush Expo Set for Italy: May 22-24, 2024

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Bologna Exhibition Center

The American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) and the European Brushware Federation (FEIBP) are excited to announce the creation of a new show for the industry: World Brush Expo, which will take place May 22-24, 2024, at the Bologna Exhibition Centre in Bologna, Italy.

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Brush Manufacturers Attend Mill-Rose 62nd Annual Golf Tournament

Gregory Miller, Mill-Rose; Jeffrey Malish, Malish Corp; Gary Townes, Magnolia Brush, Chris Monahan, Brush Fibers

Brush manufacturers and suppliers recently gathered for the 62nd annual Victor F. Miller Golf Tournament held at Mayfield Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio. Representatives from around the country attended the event, hosted by Mentor-based The Mill-Rose Company in honor of the company’s past president, Victor F. Miller.

Skills for the golfers ranged from near-professional to novice, however, a good time was had by all that attended the event.  Prizes were awarded to golfers for outstanding performance in the areas of Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and Low Gross Scores, and in true fashion, Kevin Lannon of Lanoco Specialty Wire Products retained his title as “Wolf Champion.”

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2022 ABMA Innovation Award Nominations Deadline

The American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) is now accepting nominations for the William A. Cordes Innovation Excellence Award.

Entries for the award will be accepted until November 30, 2021, and the award presentation will be made at the ABMA Annual Convention in March 2022 at the Hyatt Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla.

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ABMA Announces Dave Parr Retirement Plan

ABMA President Greg Miller announced on Tuesday the retirement and recruitment strategy to replace David Parr with a new ABMA Executive Director in 2022. Miller says, “Dave Parr has been ABMA Executive Director since 2002 and had told the ABMA board at that time he would serve for 20 years, retiring in 2022. I can speak for the Board when I say we are sorry to be at the event horizon for this change; and while we are sad to see Dave go after an accomplished tenure with ABMA, we are all working to find an outstanding leader who can continue ABMA on its long and storied trajectory.”

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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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Nate Zappola: 1946-2020

Brush industry manufacturers, suppliers, friends and family are mourning the loss of Nathan Thomas Zappola, Director of New Product Development for The Mill-Rose Company, who passed away on Wednesday morning, December 30, 2020. He was 74 years old.

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