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Founded in 1992, K'NEX Brands, the world's most innovative construction toy company, was established to make and sell what has become one of the world's leading integrated construction systems for children. Winner of over 250 international awards and recognitions, K'NEX is America's Building Toy™ company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love™, and encourages youngsters to “imagine, build and play.” From the living room to the classroom, K'NEX has building toys specially designed for every age group and skill level. The K'NEX family of brands includes K'NEX Building Sets, K'NEX Thrill Rides, K'NEX Education: America's STEM building solution, Lincoln Logs®, Tinkertoy®, NASCAR®, Angry Birds™, Mario Kart Wii™, Mario Kart 7™, Super Mario™, PacMan™ and more. Since 1992, The Rodon Group®, a subsidiary of K'NEX Brands, L.P., has manufactured over 31 billion parts for the K'NEX building toy system. Join us as we help build the leaders of tomorrow.

What We Believe:

We believe that the company can be financially successful while behaving in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.

We believe that our product, K'NEX, is unique and worthwhile; that it is capable of enriching the lives of those who use it, both through pure enjoyment and through its educational impact; and that these genuine qualities must be sustained with all the innovation and creativity we can muster.

We believe that K'NEX is as safe as human ingenuity can make it, and we must make this intrinsic in every design we devise and publish.

We believe that the company has a responsibility to provide a safe and fulfilling work environment, and an opportunity to grow and learn.

Meet our Senior Team

Michael Araten

Michael Araten
President & CEO

“Walk Tall - Dream Loud.”

Bob Glickman

Bob Glickman
Vice Chairman

“I complained of having no shoes, until I met a man with no feet.”

Joel Glickman

Joel Glickman
Chairman

“Deliberate often; decide once.”

Bob Haines

Bob Haines
Sr. Vice President, Finance/CFO

“Consider each day as a new beginning. Do something nice for someone today and treat others with respect.”

Joe Smith

Joseph Smith
Chief Development Officer

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

Tony Kratowicz

Tony Kratowicz
Chief Information Officer

“Life Is Change. Growth Is Optional. Choose Wisely”

Larry Fanelle

Larry Fanelle
Chief Supply Chain Officer

“Never hold anyone to a higher level of accountability than you are willing to hold yourself.”

Lisa Christman

Lisa Christman
Sr. Director of Human Resources

“Love what you do.”



About The Rodon Group®

The Rodon Group is an ISO 9001:2008 certified, high volume, plastic injection molder. Founded in 1956, The Rodon Group makes billions of parts each year in their 125,000 square foot facility. Rodon offers turnkey manufacturing solutions including mold design, mold building and high volume parts manufacturing. Rodon has been on the forefront of American manufacturing and has reshored billions of manufactured parts back to the United States. With over 105 plastic injection molding presses, The Rodon Group is one of the largest family-owned and operated injection molders in the United States. Learn more about The Rodon Group at www.rodongroup.com