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February 15, 1993 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
"The usual way a toy inventor brings his idea to market is to take a mockup to a manufacturer or major chain like Toys 'R' Us, and hope to win their support," said Joel Glickman, a 51-year-old babe in the woods of this rough-and-tumble ("but fun") industry. "Inventors have to go slow, because the failure rate is so high," he said. "Of the 1,600 new toys introduced at this year's American International Toy Fair, the Toy Association predicts that 90 to 95 percent will flop. " With Glickman's first toy invention, a colorful new construction kit with movable parts called "K'NEX" that's now rolling out nationally after "highly successful" market tests in Philadelphia and Detroit, he's admittedly done things "totally reverse . . . We were production-ready before we went to see anybody.
BUSINESS
December 21, 1992 | By Jeff McGaw, FOR THE INQUIRER
Joel Glickman likes his new plastic construction toy because he can build some really neat things with it - a Ferris wheel, a windmill, a fully operable 10-foot-high crane. And maybe a fortune. The toy is called K'nex, and Glickman, 50, invented it. His new company, Connector Set Toy Co. in Hatfield, makes it. He wants U.S. consumers, who last year spent more than $13 billion on toys, to buy it. K'nex is a sort of space-age hybrid between Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs and Erector sets.
NEWS
August 21, 2000 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The miniature three-wheeled cart has a sleek, smooth ride and a motor that purrs like a kitten. As it should, given that it is powered by the front paws of a 6-week-old domestic shorthaired feline named Speedy, whose hind legs are useless because the little cat was born without a pelvic bone. It is an odd-looking orthopedic device, made of blue, green, yellow, and red rods and wheels manufactured by K'nex Inc. in Hatfield. But then, who says veterinary technology can't be equal parts ingenuity and construction toys?
NEWS
December 16, 1998 | TAMMY McGINLEY / Inquirer Suburban Staff
Singing songs of Hanukkah, Jessica Liftman (left), Jeremy Bannett (center) and Molly Finkelstein join the rest of the Temple Beth Sholom children's choir in a celebration at the Katz Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill. Behind them is another feature of yesterday's celebration: a large menorah built from K'Nex toy construction blocks.
BUSINESS
December 10, 1993 | by Francesca Chapman, Daily News Staff Writer
In the basement of the Franklin Institute, where Christmas carols are piped in all afternoon long, you might hear the gentle clicking sounds of a dozen kids happily snapping plastic toy pieces together. Joel Glickman, inventor and manufacturer of K'nex, one of this year's hottest toys, hears something else. "What I'm getting from this is applause," Glickman said, strolling contentedly through the Institute's enormous new K'nex display. "I see the kids come and play, their parents playing with them, the smiles on their faces - and it feels like applause.
NEWS
February 17, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - Regional toy-makers outslugged their weight at the just-concluded Toy Fair 2016 in New York, at times besting even top-of-mind brands. Most notably - Just Play Products, a "restart" in Newtown, took the top "Toy of the Year" award from show sponsor Toy Industry of America for its Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center (about $80). "A wonderful thing," shared Just Play copresident Geoffrey Greenberg. And that's just one in its growing series of McStuffins toys that, like the Disney Jr. TV show of the same name, makes seeing the doctor seem fun. Just Play also is going to the bank this year with toys tied to a new  Lion King -evoking Disney Jr. TV series  The Lion Guard,  as well as with plush huggables celebrating the likes of Snoopy and Hello Kitty, "moms' favorite characters to share from their childhood," said JP marketing/product development guy Jimmy Chang.
NEWS
July 31, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Hillary Clinton kicked off her general election campaign and bus tour through battleground states Friday at a rally in Philadelphia by comparing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to a king, while also arguing that the historic nature of her candidacy showed the goodness and potential of America. "Nobody who looked like me was thought to be possible to run for president" when the country was founded, Clinton told a few thousand supporters at Temple University, a day after she became the first woman to accept the presidential nomination of a major U.S. party.
NEWS
November 17, 1995 | By Laura Genao, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Some eighth graders at Notre Dame Academy thought that engineers were the people who drove trains, fixed cars or took care of exhaust fumes. They didn't think of them as designers of plastics and medicine capsules, or as creators of computer programs altering a normal voice to sound like a chipmunk or a space alien, or as the people who come up with ideas for toys. In short, they thought engineers had no fun. That was before they spent a day playing with sound-altering computers, K'Nex toys, and chemicals as part of Drexel University's Girls' Opportunities in Engineering and Science (GOES)
NEWS
February 28, 2012 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bucks and Montgomery County manufacturers are meeting Wednesday morning to talk about a key issue - after years of declines in manufacturing employment, they are facing looming shortages of highly-skilled workers. "It's a huge problem," said Lisa Christman, senior human resources director at the K'nex toy manufacturing company in Hatfield and one of the organizers of Wednesday's meeting. Christman doesn't have to walk far from her office at the K'nex toy manufacturing company to the factory floor, where injection molding machines spit out the brightly-colored rods and connectors that combine to create construction-toy roller coasters and Ferris wheels.
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July 31, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Hillary Clinton kicked off her general election campaign and bus tour through battleground states Friday at a rally in Philadelphia by comparing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to a king, while also arguing that the historic nature of her candidacy showed the goodness and potential of America. "Nobody who looked like me was thought to be possible to run for president" when the country was founded, Clinton told a few thousand supporters at Temple University, a day after she became the first woman to accept the presidential nomination of a major U.S. party.
NEWS
February 17, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - Regional toy-makers outslugged their weight at the just-concluded Toy Fair 2016 in New York, at times besting even top-of-mind brands. Most notably - Just Play Products, a "restart" in Newtown, took the top "Toy of the Year" award from show sponsor Toy Industry of America for its Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center (about $80). "A wonderful thing," shared Just Play copresident Geoffrey Greenberg. And that's just one in its growing series of McStuffins toys that, like the Disney Jr. TV show of the same name, makes seeing the doctor seem fun. Just Play also is going to the bank this year with toys tied to a new  Lion King -evoking Disney Jr. TV series  The Lion Guard,  as well as with plush huggables celebrating the likes of Snoopy and Hello Kitty, "moms' favorite characters to share from their childhood," said JP marketing/product development guy Jimmy Chang.
BUSINESS
September 10, 2013 | By Jane Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The United States' trade deficit with China topped $30 billion last week. In Hatfield, Michael Araten, 43, chief executive of K'nex Brands L.P., the toy company, is making that trend go the other way. President Obama visited K'nex in November to highlight the company's decision to bring back most of its manufacturing from China. In August, K'nex began exporting its toys to China. Question: What struck you about your visit with the president? Answer: He was personally incredibly charming.
NEWS
December 2, 2012 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writers
In a campaign-style visit to a Montgomery County toy factory Friday, President Obama warned that Republicans in Congress were on the verge of giving millions of Americans a "lump of coal . . . a Scrooge Christmas" by refusing to renew the lower Bush-era tax rates for those making less than $250,000 a year. The GOP is holding tax cuts for the middle class "hostage" to preserve them for the rich, he argued, adding that as far as he is concerned, any negotiated deal to avoid the fiscal cliff must increase tax rates on the wealthy.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2012 | By Mike Armstrong
The maker of K'nex toys has long manufactured many of its products in America, and it pushed that as a key marketing message in 2007, after safety concerns arose about toys made in China. But the family-owned company in Montgomery County decided it needed to do more as the U.S. economy slumped, and it chose to move one of its key operations from China to the United States. "It started as a moral decision," K'nex Brands L.P. chief executive Michael Araten told the 375 people who attended a "Made in America" program presented by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue on Wednesday morning.
NEWS
February 28, 2012 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bucks and Montgomery County manufacturers are meeting Wednesday morning to talk about a key issue - after years of declines in manufacturing employment, they are facing looming shortages of highly-skilled workers. "It's a huge problem," said Lisa Christman, senior human resources director at the K'nex toy manufacturing company in Hatfield and one of the organizers of Wednesday's meeting. Christman doesn't have to walk far from her office at the K'nex toy manufacturing company to the factory floor, where injection molding machines spit out the brightly-colored rods and connectors that combine to create construction-toy roller coasters and Ferris wheels.
NEWS
December 16, 2005 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
More than three years after its dream of a showcase space at Penn's Landing collapsed when a riverfront developer pulled out, the Please Touch Museum held a ground-breaking ceremony yesterday at an even bigger and bolder spot: Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. The museum plans to transform the historic hall, an ornate relic of the grand 1876 Centennial Exposition, into a huge new home, and for only $82 million in renovation and restoration expenses. Such a deal. Memorial Hall cost about $1.5 million to build.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2005 | By Peter Dobrin INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
The Please Touch Museum, the little museum near the Parkway, is dreaming of a big new home, and the dream goes something like this: The brightly lighted dome of Memorial Hall rises above the Fairmount Park trees to catch your eye. The iconic building beneath has been restored - erasing generations of neglect, vandalism, and jury-rigged repairs. Inside the 1876 beaux arts structure, a new Please Touch experience begins with a Statue of Liberty sculpture, made of toys, by found-object artist Leo Sewell.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2002 | By Tom Belden INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The "Dear Mr. Glick" rejection letter is framed and hangs proudly today, just inside the front door of the headquarters of K'nex Industries Inc. in Hatfield, Montgomery County. The 1991 letter to K'nex founder Joel Glickman was from Mattel Inc., the behemoth of the toy business. Mattel told Glickman in just a couple of sentences that his prototype of a construction toy, an interconnecting set of multicolored plastic rods, wheels, gears and pulleys that snap together, was "off strategy" for Mattel.
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