E RIK LIPSON, 52, of Washington Square West, is owner and CEO of Fun-Time International in Old City. The family-owned company designs and manufactures novelty drinkware, including Krazy Straws, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and Krazy Mason Jars. It wholesales to large and small retailers and to individuals at krazystraws.com.
Q: Tell me about Fun-Time and your role.
A: I started it in 1984 after I graduated from college. I invented Krazy glasses drinking straws, which are like eyeglasses you drink through, and got the founders of the original Krazy Straws in Ohio to manufacture them. I bought out the Krazy Straws owners in 1989 and later moved production to Mexico and built a new factory across the border from Texas. We bring in U.S.-made plastic and some other components, and products are assembled in Mexico. Then they are brought back into the U.S. and shipped all over the world.