Posted by The Rodon Group Marketing Team | 04 / 19 / 12 0 Comments

On April 25th, 2012 Irving Glickman will celebrate his 100th birthday and a manufacturing career that has spanned seven decades. As a pioneer in the development of synthetic rubber, Mr. Glickman saw the greater potential of thermoplastics and in 1956, he founded The Rodon Group. Today, Rodon is one of the largest family-owned and operated injection molders in the United States serving a diverse group of industries including consumer products, medical, construction, pharmaceutical and toys. The company has grown from a modest four press operation to 105 molding machines with robotic capabilities.

The company's growth accelerated in 1992 when Irving's son, Joel Glickman, invented the popular construction toy system known as K'NEX. K'NEX is the only construction toy company manufacturing all of its construction components in the United States. While the return of US manufacturing is making the headlines these days, Mr. Glickman never wavered from his commitment to producing quality Made-In-America products.

irv glickman and grandchild

Irving Glickman has witnessed a great deal in his lifetime; including the great depression and several wars. However, it is his pioneering commitment to maximizing the versatility of plastics that will leave a mark on the industry and American manufacturing.

 “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate the 100th birthday of our Dad.  It was his vision, business savvy and entrepreneurial spirit that laid the foundation for the global enterprise we are fortunate to be a part of today”, said Joel and Bob Glickman, Irving’s sons. 

Visit Irving’s Facebook page and join The Rodon Group and K’NEX in wishing him a Happy 100th Birthday at

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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

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.”  For more information, please visit


Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, American Manufacturing and Products, The Rodon Group