Libman, an American company that sparkles

Libman is a venerable firm producing virtually every product you need to keep your house sparkling clean.  And every product Libman manufactures is produced in the U.S., at its plant in Arcola, in the Great State of Illinois

William Libman started The Libman Company in 1896, and he only had one thing on his mind, brooms.  Libman’s founder emigrated from Lithuania in the
1890’s. His first “corn broom” factory was located on Kinzie Street in
Chicago, the commercial heart of the Midwestern corn broom market.

Libman has always been a family business.  During the Great Depression, William’s three
sons, Clarence, Sam and Ben joined their father in the broom making business.
They built a second Libman plant in Detroit, Michigan.  In 1932, the Libman boys left Chicago and relocated Libman’s factory to Tuscola, Illinois, a town in the heart of “broom corn country”.  During the war, Libman produced over 2,500 brooms a day for the war effort and many Libman brooms went to war on aircraft carriers and troop ships in the Atlantic and Pacific.  In 1957, Libman moved from Tuscola Illinois to Arcola Illinois; this move was a natural for the Libmans given their love of towns whose last name ended in “cola.”

During the 1960s, the third generation of Libmans joined the firm.  Bill and Robert Libman again modernized the firm by investing in injection molding,
blow molding, fiber extrusion and steel tube fabrication; anyone worth their salt knows that you can’t run a modern cleaning product company if you neglect blow moulding.  Today, Libman is the leading manufacturer of high-quality brooms, mops and brushes in the U.S. with the fourth generation of Libmans, Andrew, Rachel, Aaron
and Ilana, at the helm. Family firms and a commitment to U.S. manufacturing production are in my mind, a pervasive pattern.  The Libman family is linked to the community of Arcola Illinois.  It has been a citizen of Arcola for over fifty years.  I would guess that moving production overseas would be for the Libmans almost impossible to consider.  We should reward the Libman’s commitment to their workers and neighbors, members of our extended American family, by buying their world-class products.  And man do they have some cool ones.

My wife bought a Swifter mop but once it breaks, I have my eye on either a Libman Wonder® mop or a Freedom Spray mop.  The great thing about these Libman mops is that instead of using disposable cleaning pads, the cleaning pad is machine washable.  Check out the Libman website, they have an extraordinary range of cleaning products.  And you can shop with assurance, knowing that Libman products are made by members of your extended American family living in Arcola Illinois.

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2 Responses to Libman, an American company that sparkles

  1. Dan says:

    Not all of Libman is made in USA some is made in Mexico and China check the labels!
    Good: family made in the USA since 1898
    Bad: family made since 1898

    The foreign stuff will be easily recognizable by the main label just read!

    • tapirking says:

      Thanks for the comment Dan. Libman makes about 80% of their stuff in the U.S. Do you know of a company that makes cleaning products like Libman where 100% of their products are made in the U.S.? If so, please let me know.



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