President Obama Endorses American Manufacturing During Visit to The Rodon Group/K’NEX Brands

Hatfield, PA, (December 2012) President Obama and White House Staff converged at The Rodon Group’s facility last Friday to show support for American manufacturing companies, the jobs they create, and the working middle class.  The President’s backdrop was colorfully filled with K’NEX building toys, including an American flag made of 49,000 K'NEX pieces.

“I want to reward manufacturers like this one and small businesses that create jobs here in the United States, not overseas.” said President Obama. “And by the way this is a company -- one of the few companies in the toy industry that have aggressively moved jobs back here.  That's a great story to tell because we’ve got the best workers in the world and the most productive workers in the world and so we need champions for American industry creating jobs here in the United States” 

We were chosen by the White House to represent not only the manufacturing sector of our economy but small businesses as well. We have been on the forefront promoting American Manufacturing through our board membership in American Made Matters.  We offer a "Cheaper than China" pricing policy and have reshored billions of manufactured parts back to the United States.  We support STEM education and provide apprenticeship programs to select individuals insuring we will have the technical talent needed to grow our business for future generations. 

The President went on to say “I want to give more Americans the chance to earn the skills that businesses are looking for right now, and I want to give our children the kind of education they’ll need in the 21st century. I want America to lead the world in research and technology and clean energy.  I want to put people back to work rebuilding our roads and our bridges and our schools. And I want to do all this while bringing down our deficits in a balanced and responsible way.”

We share a common bond with other manufacturers across the country.   We share their pride in the quality American–made products are known for.  We are not red states or blue states, we are all red, white and blue- together working towards the same goals – creating great, innovative U.S. products that keep jobs in this country and help preserve the middle class way of life.

The Rodon Group/K’NEX Brands was honored to be chosen to host this event.  “We’re incredibly proud,” said company CEO Michael Araten. “I think it means the President and his team recognize that manufacturing in the United States is important. That focusing on manufacturing and keeping confidence high, which is what the fiscal cliff is all about, is important. If you can do it with toys, you can do it with anything.”

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.”  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


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