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Gordon Brush Keeps Mfg. in Calif., U.S.

October 23, 2013

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(L-R): Jaime Rodriquez, Ken Rakusin and Mario Beltran, media consultant for state Sen. Ron Calderon.

The Gordon Brush Mfg. Co. was recognized by the California State Senate in a resolution Tuesday for its commitment to manufacturing products in California and the U.S. The resolution was sponsored by state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon and was presented at Gordon Brush's 51,000 square-foot manufacturing plant in Commerce, Calif.

Gordon Brush is an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer of specialty, custom and standard brushes for industrial and consumer purposes.

"It is a great honor to receive this Member Sponsored Resolution from Senator Calderon and the state Senate," said Ken Rakusin, Gordon Brush president and CEO. "Not every company receives recognition in the form of a member-sponsored resolution from the state Senate."

Making brushes in California "is still a viable model, even if it brings with it some tough challenges," he said in a media release.

More than 90 percent of the company's employees are Hispanic, and many of them are second-generation employees, a spokesman said. Some of its Hispanic employees have been with Gordon Brush for more than 30 years.

"Brush-making is an art," Mr. Rakusin said. "I would not have a business without these skilled artisans."

Sen. Caldron district representative Jaime Rodriguez presented the resolution to the company.

Gordon Brush, which dates back to 1897, is also recognized by California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, a nonprofit company, as part of its Made in California Program.

Gordon brushes are used to clean the main gun on the U.S. Army's M1 Abrams main battle tank, and have been used on the space shuttle, the lunar module and for cleaning guns and guidance systems on the Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, according to a company release.

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