K’NEX Brands, the only U.S. construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love™, and its sister company, The Rodon Group, a custom plastic injection molder, recently ramped up their advocacy efforts on behalf of American manufacturing.
In business since 1956, The Rodon Group makes billions of parts each year in its 125,000 square foot facility, including manufacturing over 30 billion parts since 1992 for the K’NEX building toy system. With over 105 injection molding presses, Rodon is one of the largest family-owned and operated injection molders in the United States.
K’NEX has become one of the world’s leading integrated construction systems for children and the winner of over 200 international awards and recognitions. A focus on Building Worlds Kids Love™ has resulted in Sesame Street®, NASCAR®, Monster Jam® and Mario Kart® Wii-licensed K’NEX building sets along with K’NEX branded building sets for kids ages 2 – 12. K’NEX is the only U.S. construction toy company, with over 90% of its parts manufactured by The Rodon Group in Hatfield, PA.
“At K’NEX and Rodon, we’ve learned that manufacturing in America can actually be more cost effective than manufacturing overseas,” said Michael Araten, President and CEO of both K’NEX Brands and The Rodon Group. “We are thrilled to make this kind of quality, cost effective domestic manufacturing available to other businesses looking to eliminate the risks of offshore sourcing.”
“Our nation was founded on an entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to shape our own growth by inventing and making everything we use. Continuing to shed our manufacturing base is akin to trying to run a race without running shoes – you can do it, but you are at a tremendous disadvantage.”
Both K’NEX and The Rodon Group are active members of the organization American Made Matters whose mission is to educate consumers about buying US-made products to help strengthen the American Dream. Both companies are third generation family businesses located in Hatfield, PA where they are proud to be a part of the local community while encouraging American entrepreneurship.