K’NEX Brands, Made in the USA, featured on CNBC’s “How I Made My Millions.”
The year 1990 saw the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope and the birth of a new toy that would revolutionize the American Toy Industry.
Joel Glickman was 50 years old in 1990 when inspiration struck in the form of cocktail straws at a wedding. Mr. Glickman, tinkering with the straws, envisioned the possibilities of a construction toy built around the concept of rods (like the straws) and connectors to hold them together.
By the time his idea (now called K’NEX) hit the toy market in late 1992, Mr. Glickman had spent two years refining the concept only to have it rejected by the major toy companies including Hasbro and Mattel. Committed to the idea, he pushed ahead. Twenty years later, the K’NEX construction toy pieces are still produced at his family’s plastics factory, The Rodon Group, in Hatfield, PA.
Proud to be the only construction toy made in America, K’NEX sales are expected to reach nearly $100 million this year. The company, Joel Glickman and current CEO Michael Araten were featured in “How I Made My Millions” a CNBC show that will air on Sunday, June 24th at 8:00 p.m. We hope you get a chance to watch. You can view a video of Joel Glickman and The Rodon Group factory on our YouTube page. Michael Araten’s comments about the growth of the company can be found at http://www.cnbc.com/id/47820633.
About The Rodon Group
The Rodon Group is an ISO 9001:2008 certified landfill-free, plastic injection molder. In business since 1956, The Rodon Group makes billions of parts each year in its 125,000 square foot facility. With over 105 injection molding presses, Rodon is one of the largest family-owned and operated plastic injection molders in the United States and serves a diverse group of industries including consumer products, medical, construction, pharmaceutical and toys. Since 1992, Rodon has manufactured over 30 billion parts for the K’NEX building toy system, and is a subsidiary of K’NEX Brands, L.P.
About K’NEX Brands
Founded in 1992, K’NEX Brands, the world’s most innovative construction toy company, was established to make and sell what has become one of the world’s leading integrated construction systems for children. Winner of over 200 international awards and recognitions, K’NEX is America’s building toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love, and encourages youngsters to “imagine, build and play.” Since 1992, The Rodon Group, a subsidiary of K’NEX Brands, L.P., has manufactured over 30 billion parts for the K’NEX building toy system. For more information, please visit www.knex.com or www.rodongroup.com.