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Ken Rakusin Grows Gordon Brush Mfg. Co. Inc. Into Major US Manufacturer of Industrial Brushes

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. -- In 1990, Ken Rakusin took the position of president at Gordon Brush Manufacturing Company, but he was not sure what he was getting himself into. The company was based out of a dark and rundown 15,000 square foot facility.

"We had 22 employees. I mean, this was a little, tiny company that was on the verge of going out of business, and every year, for the next six years, I was able to double the company's profits," Rakusin said.

Thirty-one years later, Rakusin said there are 200 employees in a 182,000 square foot facility making more than 17,000 types of brushes for many industries, including medical, aerospace, janitorial and military.

Rakusin remains committed to keeping jobs in the City of Industry, despite an increasing number of manufacturers going overseas for cheaper labor.

"I could put a lot of money in my pocket if I outsourced everything and I went to China or Mexico," he said. "But I also have this loyalty to my employees. We have people that have been here more than 35 years. Our plant manager used to be the janitor."

However, one challenge of staying put in the U.S. is finding workers who have the skills or the desire to work a blue-collar job.

"Nobody that works in a factory that when they were going through school said, 'Gee, I want to make brushes for a living,'" Rakusin said. "It doesn't happen."

It is an issue that Joanna McClaskey, the executive director of the Industry Business Council, is looking at as part of the Made in City of Industry initiative.

The goal is to keep existing manufacturers, which provide about 17,000 local jobs, or 25% of total employment, and attract new ones to the city.

"There are so many people that college is not their first choice of what they should do in their life," Rakusin said. "They might want to work with their hands. They have this great mechanical mind, or they have this great mind where they love to see machines work and operate and design machines."

He ultimately wants to see more education in the U.S. geared toward those who work best with their hands, preparing them for blue-collar jobs critical to the economy.

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Gordon Brush Recognized as a ‘Featured Business’ in the City of Industry

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. -- Gordon Brush(R) was recognized as a "Featured Business" by Industry Business Council. The Council shone its "Business Spotlight" on Gordon Brush(R) for its commitment to keeping its manufacturing in the City of Industry.

"I am truly honored to receive this recognition from the City of Industry," said Ken Rakusin, president & CEO, Gordon Brush.

Gordon Brush is Proud To Be An American Manufacturer(tm). "I made a commitment to build and grow my business in this city because contributing to the American economy is near-and-dear to my heart," further proclaimed Rakusin. "Moreover, and perhaps most importantly," added Rakusin, "are my over 200 valued, long-tenured, skilled employees and their families, most of which live in or adjacent to Industry."

About Gordon Brush(R):

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc., an ISO 9001: 2015 certified company, has a rich history as an American brush manufacturer. Founded in 1951, Gordon Brush(R) includes two brands whose origin dates to 1855 and 1897. The company consists of 12 brands that operate out of its 250,000 square foot manufacturing facilities in Mississippi and California. Gordon Brush manufactures over 17,000 different types of stock and custom brushes with over 3,500 ready for same day shipment.

Gordon Brush(R) is the 2018 recipient of the Made: In America Award and the 2019 recipient of the Armed Forces Award from Made In America.com.

Company President and CEO, Ken Rakusin, was presented with a special Congressional Recognition Award for his commitment to American manufacturing from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and local Congresswomen, Grace Napolitano. Mr. Rakusin was also the recipient of the 2019 Patriot Award from Made In America.com and honored as an American Made Hero by American Made Heroes.com.

About The City of Industry:

The City of Industry, incorporated in 1957, is an area of approximately 12.5 square miles in the San Gabriel Valley area of Los Angeles County. The City is strategically located within the Los Angeles metropolitan area and is devoted primarily to the development of light manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution facilities.

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Gordon Brush Receives a Letter of Commendation from the United States Army

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. -- The United States Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) commends Gordon Brush for the development of a "Chamber Brush" that cleans the main gun on the Abrams Tank, saving the Army $1.5 billion.

The Army's Director of Operations and Security Assistance, Integrated Logistic Support Center-TACOM said: "TACOM would like to express our sincere gratitude for your excellent work in supporting our warfighters in their efforts in the Middle East. Your efforts have a positive impact in our fight for a democracy in the Middle East and the safe return of our warfighters. Again, thank you for your tremendous support to the United States Army."

"I am truly honored to receive this commendation from the United States Army," said Ken Rakusin, president & CEO, Gordon Brush.

Gordon Brush is Proud To Be An American Manufacturer(TM) and to support our brave soldiers fighting for freedom, justice, and democracy on the world stage.

"Our American made products give us the ability to display our patriotism and pride and to create feelings of goodwill when our customers receive American-made items," added Rakusin.

About Gordon Brush(R):

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc., an ISO 9001: 2015 certified company, has a rich history as an American brush manufacturer. Founded in 1951, Gordon Brush(R) includes two brands whose origin dates to 1855 and 1897. The company consists of 12 brands that operate out of its 250,000 square foot manufacturing facilities in Mississippi and California. Gordon Brush manufactures over 17,000 different types of stock and custom brushes with over 3,500 ready for same day shipment.

Gordon Brush(R) is the 2018 recipient of the Made: In America Award and the 2019 recipient of the Armed Forces Award from Made In America.com.

Company President and CEO, Ken Rakusin, was presented with a special Congressional Recognition Award for his commitment to American manufacturing from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and local Congresswomen, Grace Napolitano. Mr. Rakusin was also the recipient of the 2019 Patriot Award from Made In America.com and honored as an American Made Hero by American Made Heroes.com.

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Ken Rakusin and Gordon Brush Honored at the 2019 MADE IN AMERICA CONVENTION

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. -- Ken Rakusin, President & CEO of Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc., was the recipient of the PATRIOT AWARD at the 2019 MADE IN AMERICA CONVENTION, that was held at the Indianapolis, Indiana convention center on October 3-6. "This award was presented to Ken for his Proud To Be An American attitude and his unwavering commitment to manufacturing in the United States, in-spite of the infiltration of low cost, inferior Chinese goods," said Don Buckner, founder, MadeInAmerica.com.

In addition, Buckner presented Gordon Brush with the ARMED FORCES AWARD and commented, "On behalf of Made in America.com we commend you for your patriotism and extraordinary efforts in developing the 'Chamber' brush, for the Abrams tank, that saved the United States Army, $1.5 Billion."

"I am overwhelmed, honored, and deeply humbled to receive these two prestigious awards. My goal was to make a difference for our employees, our customers, and our country. I guess we achieved that," said Rakusin.

"I want to thank Don and his team for recognizing our accomplishments. Gordon Brush is Proud To Be An American Manufacturer and a GOLD sponsor of the 2019 MADE IN AMERICA convention," added Rakusin.

About Made in America.com

Made in America.com is a non-partisan, private company whose mission is to raise awareness for the economic, environmental and community impact of American-made manufacturers and brands.

Over 300 companies showcased their American manufacturing capabilities and American made products at the inaugural Made in America convention. Speakers included: Michael Lindell from My Pillow; former NASCAR driver, Darrell Waltrip; Indianapolis Mayor, Joe Hogsett; and Congressman, Daniel Webster.

About Gordon Brush(r)

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc., has a rich history as an American brush manufacturer. Founded in 1951, Gordon Brush(r) includes two brands whose origin dates to 1855 and 1897. The Company is ISO 9001:2015 certified and a leading manufacturer of specialty, custom and standard brushes for a multitude of industries.

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. was the 2018 recipient of the Made: In America Award. The award was presented in a ceremony in the Rayburn Office building rotunda, in Washington, D.C., in July, 2018. Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (CA-32), also presented the Company's President and CEO, Ken Rakusin, with a special Congressional Recognition Award for his commitment to American manufacturing. Mr. Rakusin was also honored as an American Made Hero.

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Gordon Brush CEO Ken Rakusin to Speak at the 2019 MADE IN AMERICA CONVENTION

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. -- Ken Rakusin, President & CEO of Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. is a "highlighted" speaker at the 2019 MADE IN AMERICA CONVENTION, to be held at the Indianapolis, Indiana convention center, October 3-6.

According to Don Buckner, founder, MadeInAmerica.com, "The convention will celebrate US manufacturing in a way that's never been done before."

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. is Proud To Be An American Manufacturer(TM) and a GOLD sponsor of the 2019 MADE IN AMERICA convention.

"I feel that it is important for Gordon Brush to show strong support for this event that will celebrate American manufacturers and American made goods. That is why I decided to exhibit and be a Gold sponsor," said Ken Rakusin. "We've said for many years now that patriotism is paramount at Gordon Brush. Even under competitive threats, and low-cost Chinese knockoffs and counterfeit goods, the Company has been steadfast in its philosophy and commitment to manufacturing in the United States. Gordon Brush never considered off-shore manufacturing to become more price competitive."

"Our American made products give us the ability to display our patriotism and pride and to create feelings of goodwill when our customers receive American-made items," added Rakusin.

About Made in America:

MadeinAmerica.com is a non-partisan, private company whose mission is to raise awareness for the economic, environmental and community impact of American-made manufacturers and brands.

The Inaugural Made in America convention will feature over 800 companies showcasing American manufacturing and American made products. There will also be a slate of educational sessions, high-level keynote addresses, and panel discussions featuring manufacturing specialists and professionals from key segments of the manufacturing community.

About Gordon Brush(R):
Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc., has a rich history as an American brush manufacturer. Founded in 1951, Gordon Brush(R) includes two brands whose origin dates to 1855 and 1897.The Company is ISO 9001:2015 certified and a leading manufacturer of specialty, custom and standard brushes for a multitude of industries.

Gordon Brush(R) is the 2018 recipient of the Made: In America Award. The award was presented in a ceremony in the Rayburn Office building rotunda, in Washington, D.C., in July, 2018. Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (CA-32), also presented the Company's President and CEO, Ken Rakusin, with a special Congressional Recognition Award for his commitment to American manufacturing. Mr. Rakusin was also honored as an American Made Hero.

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Congresswoman Grace Napolitano Honors Gordon Brush Mfg. Co.

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. -- Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (CA-32) presented a Certificate of Congressional Recognition to Gordon Brush President and CEO, Ken Rakusin at a ceremony at the Company's 183,000 square foot manufacturing complex on Thursday, August 30, 2018.

"I am honored and humbled to accept this award from Congresswoman Napolitano," said Rakusin. "We truly appreciate that the Congresswoman shares our commitment to manufacturing in the United States and our commitment to remain in the greater Los Angeles area. Gordon Brush is Proud To Be An American Manufacturer and has been steadfast in its commitment to manufacturing in the United States even under competitive threats.

"All of this could not have been possible without my valued, long-tenured, skilled employees. I have over 150 employees, plus their families, for who I am responsible," adds Rakusin.

"Congratulations to Gordon Brush for receiving Congressional Recognition for his leadership at Gordon Brush, a proud American business," Napolitano said. "We salute his ongoing commitment to manufacturing products in the San Gabriel Valley, which supports local jobs and benefits other businesses in our region and beyond. This well-deserved honor recognizes his extraordinary efforts to promote American-made goods and preserve the economic health of our nation."

Mr. Rakusin presented the Congresswoman with a book, "MADE in USA," an elegant tribute to 12 companies that are proud to build and buy AMERICAN. "The Congresswoman and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer are forever immortalized in the history of the Company with a picture in the Gordon Brush chapter," Rakusin told the Congresswoman.

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc., is an ISO 9001:2015 certified American manufacturer of brooms and brushes. Established in 1951, Gordon Brush(r) includes two brands whose origin dates back to 1855 and 1897. The Company manufactures the FootMate(r) System and over 17,000 standard and custom brushes, selling to a multitude of industries including: janitorial, medical, electronics, manufacturing, military, aerospace, and pharmaceutical in its state-of-the-art, 183,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in the City of Industry, Calif.

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.

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Gordon Brush Mfg. Co. Inc. Wins 2018 MADE: In America Award

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. announced today that the Company is the 2018 winner of the MADE: In America Award. The award will be presented on Monday, July 3 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to company President and CEO Ken Rakusin. The award will be presented by Congressman and Democratic House Whip, Steny Hoyer (MD-5), in the inaugural All American Room, making its national debut in the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer.

Gordon Brush(R) made the short list of U.S. manufacturers invited to compete for the 2018 award by Washington, D.C. headquartered nonprofit MADE: In America(TM). These companies have been identified and vetted for their best business practices placing them at the top of their respective industries. Each is required to make an in-depth submission detailing their commitment to ongoing manufacturing and job creation in the United States.

According to MADE: In America Chairman, James De Lorbe, "Gordon Brush is a truly singular company not only in its industry but in the United States. Mr. Rakusin's leadership and track record in not only sustaining but growing a long-established company here in the United States throughout a turbulent period of ever increasing pressures to ship production overseas, represents a significant and exemplary contribution to our Nation deserving the highest order of recognition."

"Winning the prestigious MADE: In America award is an amazing honor and accomplishment for Gordon Brush. Even under competitive threats. The Company has been steadfast in its philosophy and commitment to manufacturing in the United States," said Rakusin. "In spite of many issues, I was determined to build and grow my business in the United States by re-investing profits into the purchase of millions of dollars in manufacturing equipment and machinery; pride in contributing to the American economy is near-and-dear to my heart."

About MADE: In America:

MADE: In America is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit based on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C (https://www.madeinamerica-usa.org/). The organization's mission is to create and foster a business climate conducive to the free exchange of ideas and information to revitalize and sustain the competitiveness of American commerce and industry in a global economy. MADE: In America is dedicated to increasing public awareness and educating Americans about the importance of a strong domestic manufacturing base.

Widely recognized for its leadership role and innovative best practices, MADE: In America is committed to accomplishing this goal by building coalitions of business leaders, public policy makers, and academia to analyze the complex global socioeconomic forces affecting American industry and to define and articulate a new and compelling case for American enterprise.

About Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc.:

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc., is an ISO 9001:2015 certified American manufacturer of brooms and brushes. Established in 1951, Gordon Brush(R) has a rich history as a proud American brush manufacturer and includes two brands whose origin dates to 1855 and 1897. All told, the Company includes seven brands. Gordon Brush(R) manufactures the FootMate(R) System and over 17,000 standard and custom brushes, selling to a multitude of industries including: janitorial, medical, electronics, manufacturing, military, aerospace, and pharmaceutical in its state-of-the-art, 183,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in the City of Industry, Calif.

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