D'Andrea USA officials are sure they've picked a winner in decorative plastic supplier Delmar Products.
The leading guitar-pick manufacturer has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Delmar, which has 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.
The relationship between the two firms “spans many decades,” Delmar President John DiMugno Jr. said in a recent news release.
“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.
D'Andrea USA, which turned 90 this year, got its start when Italian immigrant Luigi D'Andrea began making guitar picks and decorations from tortoise shell-colored cellulose nitrate. The picks had been made of real tortoise shell, which was expensive and brittle.
Delmar distributes decorative film and sheet products made from PVC, acrylic, ABS, cellulose nitrate and cellulose acetate for musical instruments, flooring, credit cards and other uses.