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I love the idea of buying Made in the USA products whenever possible. Coming from a small state, I was delighted to learn how many important things are made in Delaware. It may take a few more minutes to check a label, but it is totally worth it to keep our money in our country and in our economy.
On a local level, it makes even more sense to me to purchase as much locally as possible. Spending our money at local small businesses keeps our own local economy moving forward. Since I've lived in Delaware all but one year of my life, I love this state and want to support it as much as I can!
Made in Delaware: Small state, big business
Although Delaware is a small state, there are still quite a few products that are known nationally, or at least regionally, that are manufactured in Delaware. One of my favorite Made in Delaware products just happens to be in my own backyard.
Decal Girl skins are the easiest way to personalize and protect your electronic devices. Skins are made from premium automotive grade cast vinyl. They are light weight, durable, and easy to remove- so you can switch up your style. They fit phones, drones, laptops, gaming devices and more. There are soooo many designs to choose from. You can't pick just one!! Decal Girl is located in southern Delaware.
Craft Beer has taken over – and close to the top of the list is Dogfish Head! Known for their creative concoctions, DFH draws fans from all over the country to taste and fall in love with their beer. The brewpub is where it all started in downtown Rehoboth Beach and now a state of the art Brewery resides in Milton. A town I didn't know existed before moving here, I now have a fond affection for our biggest industry – and definitely recommend trying Dogfish Head beers whenever the chance arises! My favorite? The Punkin Ale – available every fall.
You might not be in the market for a state of the art spacesuit anytime soon, but it's amazing that military and aerospace fabrics are made right here in Delaware. ILC Dover made the spacesuits for the Apollo missions – including the suits worn when man walked on the moon!
James Thompson & Co., Inc. has been in business for over 160 years and is now the oldest established fabric company still in business. The mill is located in Greenwood where fabric is dyed and finished. They do not sell directly to the public, but a list of where their products can be found is here.
Located in Dover, this Kraft plant makes a variety of food and drink products such as Stove Top stuffing mix, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Country Time, and Crystal Light. Having such a well-known brand in the heart of Delaware is great for Kent County, especially since it employs over 500 locals.
JustFoodForDogs was started when founder Shawn Buckley read the label of his new dog's food and realized how chemical laden the ingredients list was. JustFoodForDogs is dog food that is made from fresh, natural ingredients that are even safe for human consumption. They are available Fresh Frozen, Pantry Fresh, and DIY meal kits. They have cat food too! JustFoodForDogs main locations are in New Castle, Delaware and Irvine, California.
If you are looking for a unique engagement ring, anniversary ring, or a 'just because' ring, then you HAVE to check out Midwinter Co. These handmade rings are created in Wilmington from materials sourced globally. They also repurpose stones and metals from old jewelry.
You can't drive around Sussex County very long without passing a Perdue plant, hatchery, or farm. Perdue Chicken has deep roots in Delaware and has established itself as a brand that takes quality, taste, and standards to a higher level. Perdue was the first chicken producer that took innovative steps to create a USDA Process Verified product – meaning we can trust the process and the product.
Not everyone is a fan of scrapple. I understand that. But, I grew up on this stuff. And I love it! Rapa Scrapple was started in 1926 by two brothers in Bridgeville, Delaware. The same recipe is used today that was created in the 1920's and Rapa has grown to be the largest producer of scrapple in the world! There's even an annual Apple Scrapple Festival devoted to the beloved breakfast meat and its fall companion, apples!
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I just placed an order online thru Playtex for a couple bras. Then thought “oops, didn’t check for Made In, etc”. Tried the chat feature; chat personnel (& then called Customer Service) but both advised that info is unavailable, they’re not able to tell me where bras are made/manufactured, so I cancelled the order. Then found this site & saw the Delaware info. I wish companies would give that info by phone or chat. I don’t have prior packages to look at & haven’t shopped in a Walmart for more than a year…
I am a Delaware girl born and raised. And, Dogfishhead beer is the BEST!
This is a great list of products.
Lots of places youre right in a small state. I had no clue Purdue was there nor Hanover (although that one makes sense no I think of it) I eat their snacks all the time.
Lots of great products there. I have never been in that area sounds like a wonderful place.
I didn’t know Playtex was in Delaware. Several of these look really interesting.
Homemade jellies and Jams! How marvelous. I’ve been to Delaware, nice seafood eating there!
Delaware seems lovely to visit. I purchase many of the products made there, like Playtex and Perdue.
we eat Perdue all the time and my husband loves Scrapple but I’m interested in the homemade jellies and jams,
Perdue chicken is HUGE here in Delaware 🙂
We are chocolate milk fanatics, and we don’t care for the HyPoint, unfortunately. Not chocolaty enough! But hubby loves Dogfish Head, and I didn’t know about Playtex, very cool.