ABMA Announces 2018 Innovation Award Candidates

Wed December 6, 2017

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The American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) is pleased to announce the following candidates for the coveted William Cordes Innovation Excellence Award, which is given to recognize outstanding innovation of manufactured products, components or services in the Broom, Brush, 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 2018 candidates are listed below:

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Gordon Brush Mfg Co Inc

PlateScrape, the most boring brush use ever!

Gordon Brush worked with the inventors of the PlateScrape to create a patent pending new effective and simple way to pre-sanitize dirty plates in restaurants, hotels, convention centers, banquet halls, etc. that is environmentally friendly. PlateScrape holds 4.4 gallons of water, which fills it up slightly above the brushes.  When filled, PlateScrape is ready to be used by gliding one plate at a time in-between the brushes, while easily scraping off any remaining food waste on the plate.  The 4.4 gallons should be used for at least 200-400 plates, and can continue to be used until plates don’t come out clean and pre-sanitized.  The current method of cleaning plates in commercial kitchens uses spray nozzles which use over 1 gallon of water per minute, so it is easy to imagine how PlateScrape can quickly reduce multiple utility bills and help minimize the environmental footprint pre-sanitizing plates leaves on the earth.  Not only does the PlateScrape save a crazy amount of water, but it also saves a lot of manpower from the traditional spray off methods.

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The PlateScrape is estimated to be able to save over one hundred billion (100,000,000,000) gallons of water annually in the United States alone, with a similar savings in contaminated water that needs to be processed through sewer treatment systems.  Factoring in the natural or propane gas needed to heat the water will also save trillions of cubic feet of gas.  Combining the savings from water, sewerage treatment, gas, and labor will annually generate $20 to $30 billion in savings.

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Linzer Products Corp  
Pro Edge Professional Paint Edging Tool

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With the NEW Squeeze to Release™ technology, the Linzer Pro Edge Professional Pad Painters and Edging Tools features a mess-free loading. Instead of a push button which throws the pad flying off the edger or having to remove by hand as you do with most edgers, Squeeze to Release™  gently to load or replace the paint pad. The swivel handle allows for easy use with extension poles. Eliminates need for taping. Edge like a PRO without ever touching the paint pad, use the Squeeze to Release™ technology to load and replace paint pad eliminating any mess.


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The Mill-Rose Company
Equine Cribbing Brush for Dutch Doors

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Cribbing:  Cribbing or crib biting involves a horse grasping a solid object such as the stall door or fence rail with its incisor teeth, then arching its neck, and contracting the lower neck muscles to retract the larynx. This coincides with an in-rush of air into the esophagus producing the characteristic cribbing grunt. Usually, air is not swallowed but returns to the pharynx.

Cribbing is considered to be an abnormal, compulsive behavior or stereotypy seen in some horses, and is often labeled a stable vice.

Found primarily in saddle horses, jumpers and thoroughbred race horses.  The only solution before now aside from a special paint that can be used on the doors or fences to repel the horse is a cribbing collar.

Introducing the Mill Rose Cribbing Brush For Dutch Doors

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The Mill Rose Cribbing Brush for Dutch Doors contains a special mixture of wire and bristles that keeps the horse from cribbing on the door panel surfaces, saving the horse from abusive behavior and the horse owner thousands of dollars in repair and maintenance costs.

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These unique and innovative products will be on display at the 101st Annual ABMA Convention, March 21-24 at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. Please visit: http://www.abma.org/ for additional membership and convention information.