K’NEX® Brands and The Rodon Group: Building An American-Made Holiday Season

Hatfield, PA, (November 2012)—At a time when most toys are made overseas, K’NEX Brands, the only U.S. construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love TM®, is committed to making toys in the USA!

K’NEX has become America’s Building Toy Company–over 95% of its parts are manufactured by The Rodon Group, K’NEX’s sister company. In business since 1956, the Rodon Group makes billions of parts each year in its 125,000 square foot eco-friendly facility and is one of the largest family-owned and operated injection molders in the United States. In addition to manufacturing K’NEX parts, The Rodon Group serves a diverse group of industries including consumer products, medical, fenestration, construction, and pharmaceutical.

Both K’NEX and The Rodon Group–third generation, family-owned businesses located in Hatfield, PA–are active members of American Made Matters, an organization whose mission is to educate consumers about buying US-made products to help strengthen the American Dream.

One of the hottest toys this holiday season, the K’NEX 50 Model Building Set, was recently featured on the TODAY Show and includes 700 made in the USA rods and connectors and building ideas for 50 unique models!

“We’ve learned that the more items we are able to manufacture at home, the more people we can employ. If every American were to spend just $64 a year on things Made in the USA, 200,000 new jobs would be created,” said Michael Araten, President & CEO of K’NEX & The Rodon Group. “Spending our dollars on Made in the USA goods enables our whole economy to get stronger and with that our whole country becomes stronger. You just have to take that extra second and look at the label. Together, we can build a better America.”

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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. 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. For more information, please visit www.rodongroup.com

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 250 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 31 billion parts for the K’NEX building toy system. For more information, please visit www.knex.com or www.rodongroup.com.

‘AMERICAN MADE MATTERS’ CELEBRATES ONE HUNDRED MEMBERS AND SPONSORS

ADAMSTOWN, P.A. (November 9, 2012) – American Made Matters® celebrated the addition of their one hundredth member on November 6, 2012. American Made Matters®, founded on July 4, 2009, has a mission of educating consumers that buying US-made products strengthens the American dream. By proactively engaging with over 8,000 of their fans on their Facebook page, over 1,200 of their followers on their Twitter account, and over 800 subscribers to their newsletter, American Made Matters® is strengthening their mission every day. American Made Matters® directs consumers who may struggle with finding US-made products to their website which lists the logos of their members and sponsors.

The members of American Made Matters® sell a variety of US-made products including hats, caps, shirts, jeans, belts, bags, underwear, pants, toys, socks, pet supplies, vacuum cleaners, Christmas tree ornaments, t-shirts, jewelry, bedding, towels, sunglasses, and shoes. These members come from thirty one of the fifty United States.

American Made Matters® was founded by manufacturers and is run by manufacturers and is a consumer movement not a political movement. While policies that support American manufacturing are needed and welcomed, the organization is not holding out for a solution from the U.S. Government. It seeks to build US manufacturing by connecting consumers with US made products.

According to Don Rongione, Founder of American Made Matters® and CEO of Bollman Hat Company, “American Made Matters® is focused on American citizens, the largest consumers of world goods, and helping them understand why American made does matter to all of us. The reasons are compelling including jobs, the economy, America’s security and independence, America’s safety, local communities and strengthening the American dream. It is what we can do for our country and our future!”

American Made Matters® seeks to translate the knowledge of the importance of a strong U.S. manufacturing base into action through their members’ use of the American Made Matters® logo on the member company’s products, packaging and marketing materials. The American Made Matters® logo, a common branding identity, has come to symbolize American made craftsmanship, durability, quality, product safety and ingenuity. As it continues to gain awareness and recognition, it increasingly will be sought by Americans who understand that buying American made matters.

There is power in numbers and the American Made Matters® organization is growing. The voices of their members are being heard and more and more consumers are looking for American made products.

For more information about American Made Matters®, please visit: www.AmericanMadeMatters.com.