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Hatfield, PA – May, 2012 – K’NEX, the only US construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love™, and its sister company, the Rodon Group, are honored to announce that they have been named a 2012 SmartCEO 100 Best-Run Company, a program run by SmartCEO magazine. One hundred companies that have experienced consistent growth and are leaders in their industries are awarded this prestigious accolade.

The SmartCEO 100 Best-Run Companies are a (gated) community of the 100 most proactive, profitable companies in the greater Philadelphia region. These best-run companies have the vision, talent, customers and internal processes in place to serve as strong examples to others in the same markets and industries.

Standing the test of time, K’NEX & Rodon, USA based family owned & operated companies, have proven track records of outperforming competitors and have created strong reputations K'Nex Construction Toy Partswithin the community. Priding themselves on being fast and flexible, they are focused on understanding the customer. K’NEX & Rodon also encourage the best out of their employees and embrace the entrepreneurial spirit. These traits, coupled with integrity, nimbleness and accountability, is what makes them a SmartCEO 100 Best Run Company.

“We are humbled to have been named a 100 Best-Run company by SmartCEO magazine,” said Michael Araten, president and CEO of K’NEX Brands. “The hard work and dedication set forth by our outstanding team is what makes K’NEX & Rodon run so smoothly. The distinction of being a SmartCEO Best-Run Company goes as much to them as it does to our management.”

This exclusive group of 100 CEOs gives Mr. Araten the opportunity to connect with 99 other like-minded individuals at SmartCEO events throughout the year.  In addition, Mr. Araten is featured in the Mid-Atlantic in the SmartCEO 100 book, sharing his story to over 135,000 CEOs.

Details about SmartCEO 100 Best-Run Companies and a list of the winners can be found at

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 or

About The Rodon Group

The Rodon Group is an ISO 9001-2008 certified 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 106 injection molding presses, Rodon is one of the largest family-owned and operated injection molders in the United States.  The Rodon Group 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.  For more information please visit

About SmartCEO
SmartCEO is an award winning media group that in over 10 years has created an exclusive community of CEOs and business leaders with a mission to educate and inspire each other through the pages of our magazine, connections at our elite C-level events and access to valuable online resources. With over 10 years of consistent growth, our communities are comprised of business leaders who are visionaries, mentors and well-respected leaders, whose experiences benefit their own organizations and the communities in which they serve.

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products, K'NEX Brands, The Rodon Group