GORDON BRUSH ACQUIRES J. B. WARD & SONS, INC.

Wed October 26, 2016

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CITY OF INDUSTRY, CAGordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc., located near Los Angeles in the City of Industry, CA, has acquired J. B. Ward & Sons, Inc. located in Wantage, NJ.  J. B. Ward & Sons, founded in 1855, manufactures a premium line of custom brushes for a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, graphic arts, electronics, textile and rubber.

Ed Boscia, President and 3rd generation owner of J. B. Ward & Sons, will stay on as a consultant and assist with the transition. All of J.B. Ward's operations will be integrated into Gordon Brush in its new 183,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility. 

"After 47 years, I have decided to retire and I felt that Gordon Brush was the best fit to continue our 161 year tradition of manufacturing our premium line of brushes and servicing our long-standing customers," said Boscia. 

"The acquisition of J.B. Ward makes perfect sense for Gordon Brush for two reasons", says Ken Rakusin, President and CEO of Gordon Brush. "Over 50% of Gordon Brush's business comes from the manufacture of custom brushes, so by adding additional knowhow and technology, Gordon Brush gains the capability of adding an entirely new line of custom brushes to its repertoire", noted Rakusin. "In addition, the acquisition of J.B. Ward compliments our investment in the electronics portion of our business with them being the largest manufacturer of Thunderon® brushes which are used to control static electricity in the electronics industry", continued Rakusin.

Patriotism is paramount at Gordon Brush which has been steadfast in commitment to manufacturing in the United States even under competitive threats. Gordon Brush is focused on making higher quality and specialty items. "When you look at our products next to similar items from China there are no comparisons," says Rakusin.  "Promoting American made is vital to the strength, health, and viability of the United States.  We are determined to build and grow our business in the United States and this new plant is proof that it can be done."

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc., founded in 1951, is an ISO 9001:2008 certified and leading manufacturer of specialty, custom and standard brushes for industrial and consumer purposes. The Company makes the very popular FootMate® System, as well as over 15,000 standard and custom brushes, selling to a multitude of industries including: janitorial, medical, electronics, manufacturing, military, aerospace, and pharmaceutical.

Gordon Brush has made brushes for the United States Army to clean the main gun on the Abrams tanks, saving the Department of Defense over $1.5 billion.  The Company also has made brushes that were used on the space shuttle, the lunar module, and brushes to clean the guidance system and guns on the Apache helicopter. Gordon Brush manufactures brushes that grow microorganisms used as alternative energy sources; that are used by the FBI for fingerprinting crimes scenes; and for complex circuit boards in the computer industry. Gordon Brush has patents pending on stadium sweepers that are changing the way America cleans its greatest sports stadiums and theatre chains.

Gordon Brush has been featured on the ION Network, Discovery Channel, Bloomberg News, and in the Los Angeles Times. The FootMate® System has been featured on the Today Show and The Real TV Show, as well as in online magazines: People.com: "Stuff We Love;" CNN.com: "The Short List for Buying American;" Cosmopolitan Germany: "Beautiful Feet for the Warm Days!;" Drug Store News; Bisous Magazine; Posh Beauty; Milk & Honey; and Beauty Store Business.

Gordon Brush has received Member Resolution No. 1402, sponsored by Senator Ronald S. Calderon, 30th California State Senate District. 

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