80/20 USA Member Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc., will host Congresswoman Grace Napolitano and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer at their 183,000 square foot manufacturing complex in the City of Industry, CA, on Friday, August 26, 2016, from 1:00-4:00 PM.
“Gordon Brush is honored to have Congresswoman Napolitano and Democratic Whip Hoyer tour our facility,” says Gordon Brush’s President and CEO, Ken Rakusin. “We are thrilled that they share our commitment to United States manufacturing and organizations promoting American manufacturing and American-made goods.”
Launched by House Democrats in 2010, the Make It In America plan was created to encourage private sector job creation in the U.S. Over the past six years, seventeen Make It In America bills have been signed into law. Last year, Rep. Napolitano participated in the “Make It In America: What’s Next?” hearings led by Whip Hoyer to discuss how Congress can address today’s economic challenges and capitalize on new economic opportunities, including how we can help more businesses innovate and make their products here in the U.S. Based on the feedback they received during the hearings, House Democrats unveiled a new Make It In America plan in June focused on four areas of action: expanding entrepreneurship & innovation, closing the skills gap, building a 21st century infrastructure, and breaking down barriers to manufacturing in the U.S. To learn more about the Make It In America plan, click here.
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 comparison. Promoting American made is vital to the strength, health, and viability of the United States.”
Many end users are willing to sacrifice cost over quality. “We are determined to build and grow our business in the United States. It was very difficult at first. Companies that have nothing to differentiate themselves with besides price are the most vulnerable to the threat of lower priced Chinese made products; which is a no-win game.” Gordon Brush chooses to compete on value-added.
“Most important to Gordon Brush are its valued, long-tenured, skilled employees. Gordon Brush is a great place to work and we are committed to enhancing their lives. There are tremendous problems all over the world,” said Rakusin. “We can’t fix them all. But what we can do is to act locally. We start here. Our priority is to help our Gordon Brush community. That means keeping our business here no matter how tough it gets.”
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.