Chicago — There's something different about Arrow.
Arrow Home Products Co., formerly Arrow Plastic Manufacturing Co., rolled out a new look and a new focus at the International Home and Housewares Show, held March 18-21 in Chicago. Under new ownership, the Illinois molder is pruning its product lines and focusing on brand status, executives said.
The company was bought last May by Deltech Holdings Inc., which also owns Deltech Corp., a Baton Rouge, La., supplier of monomers and polymers.
The new name — Arrow Home Products — reflects a more focused product lineup, said Joseph Andrews, group vice president at Arrow. The manufacturer cut the number of individual items it offers from around 3,000 to about 300, organized into four categories: drinkware, hydration, kids and home. The "home" category includes Arrow's food preparation, serving and storage products.
"In the past, a lot of retailers, the stores, knew Arrow, but the public doesn't know Arrow," Andrews said. "We said ... we want to redo the look, focus on where our strengths are."
Arrow is looking to expand, he added, but within those four product areas. The brand will focus on more higher-value products and work to build name recognition.