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The Rodon Group Participates in Walmart's 2014 U.S. Manufacturing Summit

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The Rodon Group
2800 Sterling Dr.
Hatfield, PA, 19440

Press release date: August 14, 2014

Hatfield, PA – The Rodon Group participated in the Walmart sponsored U.S. Manufacturing Summit in Denver, CO. Walmart executives, industry experts, suppliers, and component manufacturers gathered for two days to discuss Walmart’s commitment to spending an additional $50 billion on investment of American-made products.

Rodon exhibited at the Summit’s trade show event, where over 85 other contract manufacturers, material suppliers and service providers were on hand to meet with companies looking to manufacturer their products in the U.S.

According to Michael Araten, President and CEO of K’NEX Brands and The Rodon Group, “Since 1992, our subsidiary The Rodon Group has helped K’NEX Brands make this a reality, manufacturing more than 32 billion bricks, rods and connectors at our plastic injection molding facility in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. We sell many of these toys at Walmart. So when the company (Walmart) announced its U.S. manufacturing commitment, we were thrilled – because we were aligned with a retailer that’s acting on a cause we’re passionate about.”

Mr. Araten was personally invited by Walmart to speak at the Summit along with Jim Steven, CEO of Weber Grills. Walmart created a live webcast of the event which can be seen at

Walmart’s blog features an article by Mr. Araten, appropriately titled “Constructing the Future of U.S. Manufacturing”. In the post he states “While the case for manufacturing in America has been presented by many, some businesses remain skeptical that there are advantages. And we know firsthand the journey isn’t always easy. “At The Rodon Group, we not only make toys – we also make about 5 billion parts a year for industries from home construction to food and beverage. So we’ll be sharing those details with companies who are interested, and we’ll also be seeking our own partners, too.”

Rodon has been on the forefront of American Manufacturing from the beginning, offering their “Cheaper than China" pricing policy and reshoring billions of manufactured parts back to the United States.

According to Lowell Allen, executive vice president of manufacturing, recent expansion of their facility underscores Rodon’s commitment to re-shoring parts for other companies. “We have invested a great deal to increase our manufacturing capacity, strengthening our position as a premier U.S. plastics manufacturer.”

About The Rodon Group
The Rodon Group is an ISO 9001:2008 certified landfill-free, plastic injection molder. In business since 1956, The Rodon Group makes billions of parts each year in its 125,000 square foot facility. With over 105 injection molding presses, Rodon is one of the largest family-owned and operated plastic injection molders in the United States and serves a diverse group of industries including consumer products, medical, construction, pharmaceutical and toys. Since 1992, Rodon has manufactured over 32 billion parts for the K'NEX building toy system, and is a subsidiary of K'NEX Brands, L.P.
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