July 31, 2016 |
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.
February 17, 2016 |
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.
September 10, 2013 |
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.
December 2, 2012 |
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.
May 24, 2012 |
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.
February 28, 2012 |
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.
December 16, 2005 |
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.
August 21, 2005 |
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.
March 3, 2002 |
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.