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An Olympic Journey to Rio for a Rodon Family Member

Posted by Jill Worth

6/23/16 8:00 AM


“If you want to achieve your dreams you have to believe in yourself and work hard every day to achieve them. If it were easy, everyone would do it”, Matt Baranoski, Olympic Cyclist

Recently I had the honor of interviewing Matt Baranoski, a world class cyclist named to the U.S. Olympic track cycling team in March and the son of Mike Baranoski, a Design Engineer at The Rodon Group. With the Summer Games in Rio coming up in just a few months, I’m grateful that Matt was able to take some time out of his busy schedule to speak to me. You can read our conversation below. 

(Photo source: Bryn Lennon- http://www.teamusa.org/)

How and when did you get started in cycling?

My older brother wasn’t interested in baseball or football, so on a whim, my parents decided to give track cycling a try. We raced around the velodrome cycling track in Trexlertown, PA where they had free classes. I’ve been racing there ever since and the now “Valley Preferred Cycling Center” is my home away from home. I got my start on the track at 6 and at 12 I competed in my first national race and becoming the Junior National Champion. At that point, I decided to focus on cycling. I still train there and have the opportunity to meet with the younger cyclists while I’m there.

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Topics: American Spirit, The Rodon Group

Honor the Fallen this Memorial Day 2016

Posted by Jill Worth

5/30/16 6:00 AM

“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” — Aristotle

In honor of Memorial Day today, we'd like to share a meaningful infographic from the U.S. Air Force- Honor the Fallen.  Please take a moment to honor and remember the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. 

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Topics: American Spirit, Holidays

Sally Ride and the Women of NASA

Posted by Paula Hynes

5/28/15 9:00 AM

Being the subject of a Google Doodle is noteworthy, but Dr. Sally Ride’s posthumous achievements are the true sign of a great pioneer.  She received her doctorate in Physics from Stanford and went on to become the youngest and first female U.S. Astronaut to go into space.

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Topics: American Spirit, STEM

What does it take to become an Olympian?

Posted by Paula Hynes

2/12/14 2:00 PM

With the winter games taking place in Sochi, Russia, we thought it would be fitting to spotlight someone in The Rodon Group family with Olympic aspirations.

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Topics: American Spirit, The Rodon Group

Honor American workers by purchasing their American-made products

Posted by Paula Hynes

11/14/13 11:10 AM

Mark your calendars

On November 19th, 2013, we're encouraging consumers to buy at least one American-made product.   In Pennsylvania, this day is now known as American Made Matters Day.  It is the brainchild of the American Made Matters organization and their over 200 manufacturers and craftspeople.  They want consumers to see how easy it is to buy American-made products and begin checking tags and looking for the American Made Matters logo when shopping this holiday season and throughout the year.

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

The Rodon Group supports a great American athlete

Posted by Paula Hynes

7/2/13 1:01 PM

July Fourth is one of our favorite holidays.  It is a time to reflect on how lucky we are to be Americans and create great products here at home.  We have been on the forefront of the American Manufacturing renaissance and have witnessed the positive impact manufacturing jobs have had throughout the country.   At The Rodon Group, these jobs are filled by some of the most professional and well-trained staff in the industry.

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Topics: American Spirit, American Manufacturing and Products, Recognition and Awards, The Rodon Group

The Boston Marathon and the resiliency of the American Spirit

Posted by Paula Hynes

4/16/13 3:04 PM

We spend a great deal of time in our blog discussing the resurgence of the US Manufacturing sector and the pride we take in all things American made.  Well, there is no better tribute to the American spirit than the Boston Marathon.  This year’s event, while marked by tragedy, is a testimony to all the makes America great.

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Topics: American Spirit, The Rodon Group

K'NEX and The Rodon Group proudly support a winning athlete, Matt Baranoski.

Posted by Paula Hynes

7/31/12 11:45 AM

Matt Baranoski, son of Rodon tool designer Mike Baranoski, is having a winning session at the track, the Velodrome track.  This 2010 Elite National Keirin Champion and Junior World Medalist continued his dominance in the sport on Friday, July 28th at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center with another victory in the highly competitive Keirin Cup.

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Topics: American Spirit, Recognition and Awards, K'NEX Brands, Made in America, The Rodon Group

Rodon and K'NEX sponsor Cyclepaths in the MS 150 City to Shore Ride

Posted by Jill Worth

11/10/11 1:55 PM

The Rodon Group and K’NEX Brands are proud to have once again sponsored team Cyclepaths in the 2011 MS 150 City to Shore ride.  The event, held September 24 & 25, 2011 included a 25 to 175 mile route over two days. 

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Topics: American Spirit, K'NEX Brands, The Rodon Group

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