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Holiday 2015: American Made Gifts & How K'NEX Parts Are Made

Posted by Jill Worth

12/3/15 10:30 AM

With the holidays right around the corner, we thought you might like to hear about some of our favorite gift resources for products made in the U.S.A.  As you're out shopping (or in your PJ's shopping online) try taking an extra minute to look for gifts that are made here in the U.S.  As an American manufacturer and a sister company of K'NEX construction toys, we wholeheartedly support buying U.S. made products all year round but especially during the holiday season.  

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Topics: Infographics, American Manufacturing and Products

American Made Matters Day: A Celebration for the Holiday Season

Posted by Jill Worth

11/17/15 5:00 AM

American Made Matters, an organization dedicated to educating consumers on the importance of buying American-made products, is holding the 3rd annual American Made Matters Day tomorrow, November 19th. The purpose of the event is for consumers to buy at least one U.S.-made product on this day, and to encourage consumers to buy made-in-USA products throughout the upcoming 2015 holiday season to show their support for U.S. manufacturing.

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products

Made in the USA Success Story: An Interview with Josh Miller

Posted by Jill Worth

10/13/15 5:00 AM

In 2012, we were visited by Josh Miller, creator and producer of Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey”, a documentary film that dives deep into the realm of the current economic uncertainty in the United States. The film focuses on the jobs that have left our country over the last decade and the future of America’s economy. On day 15 of the journey, Josh and his team stopped by The Rodon Group and K'NEX facilities to learn about how we've made our plastic parts in the U.S. since 1956. 

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products, Made in America

Plastic Innovations for a Healthier Planet

Posted by Paula Hynes

8/1/15 11:00 AM

Advances in the development of new and improved polymers have led many engineers and product designers to re-think their use of more traditional materials in the manufacturing process. Parts once thought of as impossible to create using plastic, are now being designed with polymers at a higher rate than ever before.

Plastics have historically offered many advantages over other materials, particularly metal. Plastic parts are lighter and afford more design flexibility. They tend to be less expensive than metals and need little if any finishing or additional assembly. And today's innovative polymers are developed with the environment in mind. Using bio-based solutions and easily compostable materials, the goal is to leave as little impact on the planet as possible.

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Plastic Manufacturing, American Manufacturing and Products

Improve Learning with Hands-on Activities

Posted by Paula Hynes

7/14/15 10:30 AM

The Rodon Group is a sister company to K’NEX construction toys.  We have been manufacturing these toy components at our facility since they launched in 1992. As a company, we are strongly committed to supporting STEM education through school tours and events. And, we encourage the learning process through the hands-on experience of building innovative creations.  From the K’NEX Thrill Rides to the recently launched Mighty Makers construction sets, these toys help reinforce math and science concepts.

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products, K'NEX Brands, Made in America, STEM

Top 4 Factors About U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Today

Posted by Adam Robinson

6/9/15 11:00 AM

This article written by Adam Robinson originally appeared on the Cerasis blog on May 11, 2015

With the release of the May 8, 2015 Jobs Report, many businesses and employees within the manufacturing industry have grown concerned. According to the report, the average number of total US manufacturing jobs in the United States changed very little since April. Furthermore, this report represents the second consecutive month that actual job growth results fell short of administration expectations. At the heart of the jobs issues, rests an unusual factor in a growing, stabilizing economy: US production of goods has increased while total number of US manufacturing jobs has decreased. Several key factors play into this startling fact, and failure to understand why and how current US manufacturing jobs appear to be declining could easily create a sense of impending doom for small to large businesses. To help businesses of many sizes regain control over their areas of expertise, here are the primary reasons today’s US manufacturing jobs have trodden back into the trenches of a once-powerful, assembly-line-laden economy.

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products, STEM and Manufacturing Careers

Buy American-Made Products and Boost Employment [VIDEO]

Posted by Paula Hynes

5/21/15 8:00 AM

Once in a while, you find a video that is so well done, so compelling, that you must share. This video, from American Made Matters is a great example. It will make you think twice about where products are made; knowing that the simple act of buying American-made products can have a profound impact on our economy.  It's all about creating jobs. Jobs that are secure and well-paying. Jobs that can help re-build our middle class.

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products, Made in America, Manufacturing Automation and Innovation

The Maker Movement Inspires a Generation [article + infographic]

Posted by Adam Robinson

5/19/15 8:00 AM

This article written by Adam Robinson, Marketing Manager at Cerasis, originally appeared on the Cerasis blog on March 27, 2015

What is the "Maker Movement"?

The maker culture is a contemporary culture or subculture representing a technology-based extension of DIY culture. Typical interests enjoyed by the maker culture include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and traditional arts and crafts. The subculture stresses a cut-and-paste approach to standardized hobbyist technologies, and encourages cookbook re-use of designs published on websites and maker-oriented publications. There is a strong focus on using and learning practical skills and applying them to reference designs.

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products, Made in America

5 Spring-Cleaning Tips for U.S. Manufacturers

Posted by Manufacturing Innovation Blog

5/14/15 10:00 AM

This article written by Mark Troppe, Manager of Strategic Partnerships at NIST/MEP, originally appeared on the NIST/MEP blog on April 17, 2015

Spring has always been my favorite time of year. The flowers are out again in full bloom, it’s time to plant the garden, and baseball season is here again – Go Nationals!
My absolute favorite is spring-cleaning. Spring-cleaning provides me with the perfect opportunity to address all of the chores punted throughout the winter, go through and organize all the piles, and give my house a makeover. Spring-cleaning 2015 is proving to be a great success; the household is refreshed and renewed! 

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products

Bringing Our Work Home - American Manufacturing

Posted by Scott Fetzer Electrical Group (SFEG)

4/16/15 9:30 AM

This article written by Al Veres, the VP of Operations at SFEG, originally appeared on the SFEG.com website on January 9, 2015

Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, the big push was to move manufacturing to Mexico. Then in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Asia became the new home for manufacturing. In each of these phases mega companies like GE, Siemens, GM, Ford were the early pioneers making the moves to manufacture outside the US. Smaller companies lagged behind and never felt the full benefits of being able to capitalize on low labor costs and having the advantage of beating their competitors.

All this has changed with the rising labor costs in China and high shipping costs that drive extreme lead times, coupled with large inventory carrying costs. I recall my boss, President of a large corporation, telling us that one day the pendulum will swing back in our direction. Here we are in 2015 and the pendulum is here. The flood gates have not opened entirely but the trickle effect is starting to happen.

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products, American vs Overseas Manufacturing, Reshoring

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