Inflation and Supply Chain Impact on Gordon Brush

 

Ken Rakusin, President and CEO, Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. was interviewed by reporter Renee Ing from Spectrum News 1 on how inflation and supply chain issues are affecting brush manufacturers.

“Everything is backlogged because we are having trouble getting the material needed to make our brushes and something that used to cost $5.00, is now $15.00,” says Rakusin, “The backlog has slowed my entire business down. We used to be able to quote and deliver in a one to two-week time period, now, we can’t do that anymore, we don’t know whether it’s going to be four weeks or six weeks.”

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Gordon Brush Letter to Zahoransky

Following the December announcement that Zahoransky would no longer exhibit at Interbrush, Ken Rakusin, president and CEO of Gordon Brush, shared a letter he sent to Ulrich Zahoransky and Robert Dous of Zahoransky on January 19, 2022. At last week’s ABMA Convention, Rakusin granted permission for Brushware to publish the full letter:

 

Dear Uli and Robert,

I am writing to you regarding your announcement last month about Zahoransky bidding farewell to Interbrush and no longer exhibiting. I refrained from writing to you until this time as I was quite upset and wanted to make sure that I wasn’t letting emotion get the best of me.

I find it quite offensive that Zahoransky has chosen to basically leave the brush industry behind and ignore the significant benefits gained by brush manufacturers and suppliers worldwide at Interbrush. I’ll use my personal experience over my 32 years in the business as an example.

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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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Video: In-Depth With Ken Rakusin on Recent Awards

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ISSA Diamond Award for Milwaukee Dustless Brush

Milwaukee Dustless Brush/Gordon Brush received ISSA’s Diamond Anniversary Award at the 2019 ISSA Convention held at the Las Vegas, Nevada convention center on November 19-21, 2019. The award was presented to Ken Rakusin, President and CEO of Gordon Brush by John Garfinkel, former Executive Director of ISSA. “Ken, on behalf the entire ISSA Association, we would like to thank you for your continuous support for the past sixty years,” said John Garfinkel.

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