NEW CASTLE — Maytex and Zenith Home Corp., which has a facility in New Castle, was one of the companies spotlighted in the National Association of Manufacturers’ and The Manufacturing Institute’s “Creators Wanted” virtual series.
The latest episode — “Made in America: Investing in the Creators Behind Your Favorite Products” — highlights how Walmart’s investment in products made, grown or assembled in the United States helps ensure the supply chain gets goods on shelves.
Maytex and Zenith creates bath products that focus on storage solutions, organization, rustproof hardware and handcrafted accessories. WalMart is one of the company’s distributors.
“A trend (during the COVID-19 pandemic) is people fixing up their homes,” said Laura Phillips, Walmart’s senior vice president for global sourcing and U.S. manufacturing. “They’ve spent more time at home over the last year, and we’ve seen that business also do very well.
“We have a supplier called Maytex, which recently moved some production of bathroom accessories to the U.S. They also have invested in their business in adding 30 new jobs in the state of Delaware.”
The New Castle business benefited from Walmart’s 2013 commitment to spending $250 billion on products made, grown or assembled in the U.S.
This March, Walmart renewed its support for manufacturing in America by committing an additional $350 billion over the next 10 years, an amount projected to support the creation of more than 750,000 new American jobs.
Ben Scanlon, vice president of product development at Maytex and Zenith, was pleased that his company’s home-improvement products were picked up by Walmart.
“Our consumers vary widely,” Mr. Scanlon said. “You could be someone who’s just out of college buying a shower rod for their first apartment to a couple buying their starter home and putting in a vanity, or it could be an older couple looking to remodel and putting in one of our medicine cabinets.
“So we’re really able to serve customers throughout their entire life.”
The Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Carolyn Lee noted that shoppers’ habits have changed during the pandemic.
“Cast-iron cookware, home-improvement products and pet food all have at least one thing in common: Demand for these household goods has skyrocketed over the past year,” she said. “As a leader in sourcing and selling products made, grown or assembled in the U.S. like these, Walmart has been an incredible manufacturing partner — investing in American workers and companies and ensuring consumers have reliable access to products they need to support themselves and their families.”
Photographer Heitur partners with Dream Art Studio
WILMINGTON — Dream Art Studio, founded in 2015, has brought on David Heitur, a noted photographer specializing in portraiture and weddings, as a partner.
During the past year, Mr. Heitur has steadily increased his visual-media experience, serving primarily as a real estate videographer at a time when in-person events were mostly canceled due to the pandemic.
Wilmington’s Dream Art Studio specializes in artful photography and videography of weddings, maternity photo shoots, holidays and professional headshots. It creates dynamic visual media across multiple platforms, working with clients in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties.
“I couldn’t be more honored to come on as a partner with Dream Art Studio because they’re a company that I believe in,” Mr. Heitur said. “They’ve been providing quality visual media for Wilmington and the surrounding region at a level that no one here can really match, and so I am grateful to join that tradition.”
Central Delaware Habitat to host Community Bash
DOVER — The Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore will host a Community Bash for family fun Sept. 25.
The bash will include free activities for all ages. There will be face-painting, Habitat-themed coloring pages and decorating of wooden houses.
Live music will be provided by Dover Fusion Collective. Food and beverages also will be available. ReStore will be raffling off a furniture item, with tickets for $2 or three for $5.
Stop by the Community Bash to learn more about CDHFH’s mission of building affordable homes, communities and hope.
ReStore hours are Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To donate, drop off items between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturdays.
SoDel Concepts treats staff to fun at Jungle Jim’s
REHOBOTH BEACH — It’s been a busy summer for the coastal hospitality group SoDel Concepts, as the company’s restaurants have experienced record-breaking months.
To thank the team, SoDel Concepts hosted a day at Jungle Jim’s on Aug. 18. The state’s largest water park is steps from SoDel’s Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar and Thompson Island Brewing Co.
“Our entire crew has gone above and beyond to meet guest expectations during a bustling — and hot — summer,” said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, which has 18 business operations, including 14 restaurants, three sports concessions and a wedding-and-events venue.
“We wanted to show our appreciation and allow our team time with loved ones. What better place in summer is there than Jungle Jim’s?”