BERLIN, CONN. (Aug. 8, 4:35 p.m. ET) — Officials with D'Andrea USA are sure they've picked a winner in decorative plastic supplier Delmar Products.
D'Andrea — a leading guitar pick manufacturer — has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Delmar, the firm that's been supplying it for almost 50 years with the celluloid used to make its picks. The deal includes D'Andrea's moving its operations from Kensington, Conn., to Delmar's facilities in nearby Berlin, Conn.
Delmar President John DiMugno Jr. said in a recent news release that the relationship between the two firms “spans many decades.”
“With the signing of this agreement, we now look forward to combining our resources to strengthen our global position as a branded product and OEM supplier to the industry,” he added.
The alliance “ensures the continuing growth of both companies,” D'Andrea President Tony D'Andrea said in the release.
News of the deal comes as D'Andrea USA celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. The firm got its start when Italian immigrant Luigi D'Andrea began making guitar picks and decorations from tortoise shell-colored cellulose nitrate in New York City. Previously, guitar picks had been made of real tortoise shell, which was expensive and brittle. The business later branched out into guitar accessories, straps and care products.
Delmar distributes decorative film and sheet products made from PVC, acrylic, ABS, cellulose nitrate and cellulose acetate for use in musical instruments, flooring, credit cards, gift cards, lighting, snow boards and other applications.