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Welcome to the K'NEX Newsroom - a place to read about what's hot in the news! From Toy Fairs to K'NEX builders on TV, the newsroom is sure to keep you updated. So make sure you check back often and stay "in the news"!

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Meet the K'NEXperts!



Ever wonder what a day in the life of a K'NEXPert is like? Check out this awesome video and meet our latest winners. Interested in entering your builder? Stay tuned for more details.


Watch President Obama's speech at K'NEX



On November 30, 2012 President Obama toured K'NEX sister company, The Rodon Group, and spoke to Rodon and K'NEX employees. Check out this awesome video to see pictures from the day, hear K'NEX president & CEO, Michael Araten's speech, and here President Obama's remarks. Watch it here:


Did you make it a "Made in the USA Holiday"?

Many viewers recently took ABC World News' challenge to buy 1 thing American Made this holiday season—several of them chose K'NEX. Check out this segment from ABC World News and find out how your K'NEX purchase has made a difference.



K'NEX Atomic Coaster featured on "Anderson Live!"

Named one of Good Housekeeping Magazines best toys of 2012, the K'NEX Atomic Coaster, was recently featured on Anderson Live! and demonstrated by Good Housekeeping Magazines' Rachel Rothman. Check out the clip for more details: here.



TINKERTOY named one of Entertainment Weekly's top 10 retro toys of 2012!

Entertainment Weekly loved the fact that newly redesigned Tinkertoy pieces snap together and stay together for long-lasting play. Check out the article here:



K'NEX President & CEO Michael Araten featured on Bloomberg Business Report

After hosting President Obama and giving him a tour of the K'NEX manufacturing facility, K'NEX President & CEO, Michael Araten, is interviewed about his opinion of the fiscal cliff on Bloomberg Business Report. Watch it here:



Eagles fan knocks down life-size Angry Birds Building Set!

Jonathan from Hatfield, NJ was the lucky winner who got a chance to knock down a life-size K'NEX Angry Birds Building Set on the field during half-time at a Philadelphai Eagles game. If he knocked down all the pigs he won season tickets and the entire K'NEX Angry Birds product line. Check out this clip to see if he won!



2013 K'NEXperts' named!

K'NEX was pleased to welcome our 2013 K'NEXpert award winners to our factory recently. As part of tyheir prize our 3 Grand prize winners were treated to a tour of our factory and a lunch with K'NEX designers. Check out pics of their award-winning designs here:



Mario Kart Wii Building Set recently featured on Canada AM

Canada AM, Canada's hottest morning news show, recently featured the K'NEX Mario Kart Wii Building Set as a great toy for the 2012 holiday season! Watch the segment here!



K'NEX featured on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer

K'NEX was recently mentioned as an American toy company that is making a difference this holiday season, check out the clip at about 2 minute in and see for yourself!



President Barack Obama visits K'NEX Manufacturing facility, The Rodon Group

K'NEX & The Rodon Group president & CEO, Michael Araten, was honored and excited to show President Obama how we make K'NEX bricks, rods & connectors as he toured the Hatfield, Pa based manufacturing facility on Friday, November 30th. After his tour, President Obama spoke to the crowd about the fiscal cliff. Check out our photos from the event here and the video of President Obama's speech here.



K'NEX Angry Birds: Mission May'Ham Building Set named one of the Top Toys of 2012 by Parenting Magazine

K'NEX is pleased to announce that the K'NEX Angry Birds Mission May'Ham building set has been named one of the top toys of 2012 by Parenting Magazine. Check out the article here.



Today Show features great Black Friday Deals, including the Phoenix Fury Coaster!

Toy Insider Mom, Laurie Schacht, shows Kathie Lee & Hoda some of the hottest deals for Black Friday 2012, including the Phoenix Fury Coaster from K'NEX! Watch now: msn.com



Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht shows World News Now the hottest toys for Holiday 2012

"Toy Insider Mom" Laurie Schacht shows off this season's top toys that kids will be asking for, including K'NEX Angry Birds building sets. Check it out: abcnews.com



Angry Birds building sets featured in Woman's Day hot holiday construction toys!

Toy Insider Mom & Woman's Day's go-to Toy Expert, Laurie Schacht, and WD Deputy Editor, Sara Lyle, preview the hottest Construction & Activity toys of the holiday season, including K'NEX Angry Birds building sets! Click here to watch.



Toy Insider mom, Laurie Schacht, talks hot holiday toys on WGN Chicago

The K'NEX Atomic Coaster is nuclear fun and according to Toy Insider Toy expert, Laurie Schacht, a great gift for your builder this holiday season! Laurie was recently featured on WGN showcasing the must haves this holiday season!



Bucktown Bargains Mom, Jenna Urban

Bargain mom, Jenna Urban was on PA Live talking about great gifts this holiday season including what K'NEX sets to keep your eyes on when shopping for the kids. Check it out: here! For more about Jenna, log on to: bucktownbargains.com



Good Housekeeping Magazine names the K'NEX Atomic Coaster one of the "Best Toys of the Year"

Good Housekeeping Magazine recently announced their picks for "Best Toys of the Year" and the K'NEX Atomic Coaster was one of them! Check it out here!



Beatles: Yellow Submarine buildable figures get a shout out in Parents Magazine

K'NEX was excited to see that our Beatles: yellow Submarine buildable figures were included in the December 2012 edition of Parents Magazine. Check it out here!



K'NEX Angry Birds Building Sets named one of the Top Toys of 2012 by Parents Magazine

K'NEX is pleased to announce that our new Angry Birds Building Sets have been named one of the top toys of 2012 by Parents Magazine Check out the article here



KID K'NEX Undersea Friends Building set named Toy of the Year by Family Fun Magazine

Family Fun Magazine reccenrlty announced their TOTY's awards (Toy of the Year) and the Kid K'NEX Undersea Friends Building set was named of the top toys of 2012! Check out the article here



3 K'NEX Employees named as finalists in the 9th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business

K'NEX is pleased to announce three finalists in the 9th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business; Barb Rentschler, Kristen Krikorian and Kate Loffio. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world's premier business awards. To read more about the women who have been nominated click here.



K'NEX Cosmic Twist Coaster nominated as "Best Construction Toy of the Year" by Timetoyplaymag.com

K'NEX is pleased to announce that the Cosmic Twist Coaster has been nominated as best construction toy of the year by Time to Play Magazine's People's Play Awards—the premier online awards program for the toy industry! Voting closes on November 26th and is open to everyone! As a bonus Time to Play Magazine is offering voters a chance to win toys—simply by voting. Click here to cast your vote for K'NEX today!



K'NEX Amusement Park Series Ferris Wheel featured in "Toys that Teach" segment on the TODAY SHOW

K'NEX was honored to be included in Stephanie Oppenheim's "Toys that Teach" segment on the TODAY Show on Tuesday October 2nd! Click here to watch the segment



K'NEX® Host MARIO KART™ Wii Building Set Event At New York City's NINTENDO WORLD Store

K'NEX recently celebrated the addition of new K'NEX Mario Kart™ Wii Building Sets to the wildly successful and award winning building line with a fun-filled, in-store event for fans. The celebration will be held at the Nintendo World Store in New York City's Rockefeller Center and allowed fans to learn more about the new products through a series of hands-on activities, including building stations, product demonstrations, and photo opportunities with Mario and Luigi. Pictures of the event can be seen here:



K'NEX® Takes Part in Philadelphia Eagles Flight Night!

K'NEX Brands participated in the Philadelphia Eagles Flight Night, an evening of family friendly fun hosted by the Philadelphia Eagles, benefiting the Eagles Youth Partnership on Sunday August 26th. In addition to watching the entire Eagles team practice, there were loads of prizes, and surprises, including the K'NEX tent for fun and games! The K'NEX tent showcased the K'NEX Angry Birds line of building sets and featured building stations where children were able to build, play and launch their favorite characters from the popular app through goal posts. Check out pictures from the event here:



K'NEX® & Philadelphia Eagles Build Giant Angry Birds™ Set!

K'NEX Brands has teamed up with the Philadelphia Eagles in celebration of their mutual partnerships with Rovio and Angry Birds, and, together have created a giant-size version of the K'NEX Angry Birds Hammin' Around building set! Eagles, Angry Birds and K'NEX fans were invited to Love Park in Center City Philadelphia on Tuesday September 4th to try their hands at this bigger than life-size Angry Birds set. Fans also had a chance to meet Eagles Players, cheerleaders and Swoop. The event celebrated the September 4th launch of the new Eagles' branded Angry Birds Facebook game, with new levels releasing after every Eagles game and the launch of the new K'NEX Angry Birds Building Sets! Check out pictures from the event here:



K'NEX is pleased to announce the following award winners:

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold
KID K'NEX Build A Bunch

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum
Tinkertoy Transit Building Set

K'NEX Amusement Park Series: Corkscrew Coaster & Ferris Wheel

2012 P.A.L. Award
Tinkertoy Transit Building Set
Learn more about
The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio here:
The P.A.L. Awards here:



Michael Araten interviewed on the Big D & Bubba Radio show

Nationally syndicated morning radio show, "Big D & Bubba", recently interviewed K'NEX president & ceo Michael Araten for their Made in America segment. Listen to the interview here.



What makes K'NEX a SmartCeo 100 Best Run Company?



K'NEX was recently named a Best Run company by SmartCeo magazine. In this video clip K'NEX & Rodon Group president & CEO, Michael Araten, talks about what makes us a best run company.




K'NEX Global Corporate Challenge participation covered on ABC 6 news!


Recently, health & wellness reporter, Ali Gorman, from WPVI ABC Channel 6 news visited the K'NEX complex! Ali spent some time with the K'NEX staff and interviewed some of us for her nightly news cast! Check out the video!



K'NEX founder nominated for induction into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame!

K'NEX is pleased to announce that its founder, Joel Glickman, has been nominated for induction into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame! Joel is one of 5 nominees chosen out of 38 applicants, and voting is underway to determine who the 2013 inductees will be. Join K'NEX in wishing Joel good luck!



K'NEX announces more award winners!

K’NEX is pleased to announce the following award winners:

Dr Toy 100 Best Children's Products
K'NEX 50 Model Building Set

DR. Toy 10 Best Building Toys of 2012
K'NEX 50 Model Building Set

Learn more about Dr. Toy here.



K'NEX President & CEO Michael Araten interviewed by Smart Business Philadelphia!

Michael Araten was recently interviewed by Smart Business Philadelphia and asked about his tips for success. Check out the interview here



K'NEX Classics 50 Model Building Set featured in "Toys made in America" segment on the TODAY SHOW

K'NEX was thrilled to see the K'NEX Classics 50 Model Building Set featured in a "Made in America" segment on the TODAY Show on Friday July 6th! Click here to watch the segment.



K'NEX 20th Anniversary story featured in Lansdale Reporter newspaper article

Recently, the K'NEX story was featured in the Lansdale Reporter. K'NEX & Rodon are pleased to have been featured in this article and is honored to bring attention to made in the USA manufacturing initiatives! Check out the story here.



K'NEX® To Host MARIO KART™ Wii Building Set Event At New York City's NINTENDO WORLD Store

K’NEX and Nintendo World are throwing a huge bash to celebrate the launch of the new Mario Kart Wii building sets. If you are in the New York area, we invite you to be one of the first fans to see these awesome new sets in action!

DATE: Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
TIME: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
PLACE: Nintendo World, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020 (48th St between 5th and 6th avenues)
WHAT: Product demonstrations, contests, building stations, character photos and MORE!



K'NEX® & Rodon Group featured in Made in the USA Documentary

Earlier this summer K’NEX president & CEO, Michael Araten, was pleased to welcome documentarian, Josh Miller, and his crew to our factory for a tour. Josh set out on a 30 day journey across the United States during which he lived off of USA made products only! We were pleased to show Josh around our manufacturing facility and show him how K’NEX rods, bricks and connectors are made in the USA during his tour. Check out the official move trailer for “Made in the USA: the 30 Day Journey” here.



K'NEX announces more award winners!

K’NEX is pleased to announce the following award winners:

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold
Kid K’NEX Roary the Racing Car Maxi Building Set

Parents Choice Foundation Funstuff Award
K'NEX Mario Kart Wii: Mario vs. Goombas

Learn more about the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio & the Parents Choice Foundation awards by clicking on their names!



K'NEX named 100 Best Run Company by SMART CEO Magazine

K'NEX and its sister company, the Rodon Group, are honored to announce that they have been named a 2012 SmartCEO 100 Best-Run Company, a program run by SmartCEO magazine. One hundred companies that have experienced consistent growth and are leaders in their industries are awarded this prestigious accolade. "We are humbled to have been named a 100 Best-Run company by SmartCEO magazine," said Michael Araten, president and CEO of K'NEX Brands. "The hard work and dedication set forth by our outstanding team is what makes K'NEX & Rodon run so smoothly. The distinction of being a SmartCEO Best-Run Company goes as much to them as it does to our management."



K'NEX named GOLD Stevie Award winner at 2012 American Business Awards

K'NEX took home the Gold at the 2012 American Business Awards for the category of Consumer Marketing Campaign of the Year in regards to the K'NEX Mario Kart Wii Building Set product launch campaign. The American Business Awards are the nation's premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 270 executives nationwide who participated in the judging process this year. Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists and Winners in all categories are available here.



Positive change is afoot at K'NEX!

56 K'NEX & Rodon Group employees have signed up for the world's largest corporate health initiative. Beginning May 24, K'NEX & Rodon employees joined over 180,000 employees worldwide in the Global Corporate Challenge® (GCC), a workplace program designed to reverse the sedentary lifestyle of the full time workforce and encourage sustained health, morale and productivity perks to the workplace. Over 16 weeks, participating employees will team up and work together to boost their daily physical activity levels both in the workplace and out. K'NEX & the Rodon Group are one of the more than 1,500 organizations world-wide that have stepped up for this year's Global Corporate Challenge®.



Check out the August 4th edition of Nintendo Week, featuring LIVE footage from our Mario Kart Wii building set launch event at Nintendo World NYC on July 21st! Watch the video here.



K'NEX Launches KISS Buildable Figures Set

Rock fans, collectors and kids will soon be able to build, play and rock with the K'NEX KISS buildable figure packs! Featuring Starchild, The Demon, Spaceman and The Cat, each figure features the band's iconic black and white makeup, big hair and platform boots. Each set includes all four KISS band members, their instruments and the package doubles as a stage! Recommended for kids ages 5 and up, sets will be available this fall exclusively in Target stores, target.com and knex.com.



K'NEX announces BEATLES Yellow Submarine Figure Sets

Music lovers, young and old, will soon be able to build and play with characters from their favorite iconic rock band, The Beatles, with new licensed buildable figure packs from K'NEX. The buildable figures will bring John, Paul, George & Ringo to life in a new and exciting way. Each figure will feature authentic costumes from the Yellow Submarine movie, a black mop-top unique to the 1968-era of Beatles history and faces that capture the look and persona specific to each Beatle. Sets also include instruments, such as guitars and drums to recreate the full band experience, and packaging that doubles as a stage. Recommended for kids ages 5 and up, sets will be available this fall exclusively in Target stores, target.com and knex.com.



Join K'NEX and NASCAR in Supporting Military Families

NASCAR® Unites is a summer long initiative celebrating America and US Military families and begins Memorial Day weekend. Top racers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., will showcase special patriotic paint schemes on their cars during the 6 week long program. Concluding 4th of July weekend, NASCAR Unites and the NASCAR foundation will work with charities that support military families. Click here for more info.



K'NEX named as finalist in 2012 American Business Awards

K'NEX is pleased to announce that the 2012 American Business Awards program named K'NEX as a finalist and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award winner. The American Business Awards are the nation's premier business awards program and finalists are chosen by more than 140 business professionals nationwide. The award ceremony will be held in New York City on June 18th, and K'NEX is excited to attend. Details about the American Business Awards and the list of finalists can be found here.



Happy 100th Birthday Irving Glickman!

Irving Glickman, The founder of K'NEX sister company; The Rodon group, turned 100 years old on April 25th! Check out his facebook page and wish Irving a Happy Birthday! Irv's Facebook Page



K'NEX wins awards!

The 2012 award season has just begun and K'NEX is pleased to announce the following award winners: Dr. Toy's Best Classic Toys of 2012: K'NEX Classics 30 Model Building Set
2012 PAL AWARDS

Roary Canister
Maxi Canister
Tin Top Canister
Sesame Street Best Friends on the Farm Building Set
Kid K'NEX Undersea Friends Building Set
K'NEX Classics 30 Model Building Set

Learn more about Dr. Toy & the PAL awards by clicking on their name!



Great Thrill Ride Build Off Winners Announced!

The winners of the Cedar Point and K'NEX Great Thrill Ride Build off have been announced! Was your school a winner? Winning models can be seen at Cedar Point during Math & Science week, May 14-18th and will be displayed in the park all season long! To see pictures of the 5 winners, including the fan favorite, click here:



K'NEX participates in Education Extravaganza!

If your school is attending Education Extravaganza on Friday, May 18th at Hurricane Alley, Corpus Christ's newest water park, be sure to visit the K'NEX booth and enter for your chance to win great prizes! Students grades K-12 can check out our exhibit to learn about Math & Science concepts as only K'NEX can teach them. Click here for more info!



K'NEX: Imagine the possibilities!

Check out this video and see how K'NEX helped one young fan finish his chores! How has K'NEX helped you?



"Take Steps" with K'NEX!

If you plan on being in the Philadelphia area on May 19th Team K'NEX invites you to join them as they band together and walk to raise vital fund to fight Chron's Disease and Colitis. Click here for more information or to find a walk in your area.



K'NEX participates in Party in the Pits at Monster Jam World Finals!

On March 23rd and 24th K'NEX hosted a tent at the Monster Jam World Finals Pit Party in Las Vegas, NV. Visitors were able to view new Monster Jam items and play at fund building stations. Check out the photo gallery here:




K'NEX participates in the "Champions of Charity" Summit!

K'NEX President and CEO, Michael Araten, will join the Philadelphia Business Journal's Philanthropy Summit: Meet the Champions of Charity on April 26, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA. The summit's keynote message will be by Shane Victorino, of the Philadelphia Phillies. To register and learn more about the summit, visit: http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/event/62921




K'NEX to be featured in "How I Made My Millions"

The CNBC crew recently visited The Rodon Croup and K'NEX world headquarters here in Hatfield, PA to film footage for an upcoming episode of their hit show, "How I Made My Millions", hosted by Tyler Mathison. Scheduled to late this summer, we will let you know as soon as we have an airdate.



K'NEX participates in PBS 39 37th annual auction

K'NEX is pleased to once again support our local PBS station during their annual fundraiser. Log on to www.wlvt.org or tune into PBS 39 from April 13th through April 29th to bid on great product from many companies, including K'NEX.



K'NEX® Featured in "Made Right Here" Segment on WFMZ Evening News

K'NEX and its sister company, manufacturing facility; The Rodon Group, were recently featured in a WFMZ "Made Right Here" television segment that aired during the 6pm edition of the evening news. Click here to check out the segment!



K'NEX & Rovio announce Angry Birds licensing partnership

Young Angry Birds fans will soon be able to build and play with characters from their favorite App with new licensed building toys by K'NEX®. Building sets will include the most popular characters, buildable launchers and other recognizable elements from the game. Designed for ages 5+, the building sets will bring the fun of the video game to life!



K'NEX integrates with Virtual Piggy's parent approved purchasing system

Free for all parents, the idea behind Virtual Piggy is to provide technology that gives kids the ability to shop online in a controlled manner while providing the safeguards they need, and that parents demand. Kids will be able to manage their online budgets and buy products from approved companies like K'NEX by clicking on the Virtual Piggy icon at checkout. For more information on Virtual Piggy click here:



K'NEX Atomic Coaster wins Best in Play Award at Toy Fair 2012!

The K'NEX Atomic Coaster was one of 25 toys awarded with the first annual "Best in Play" Award from Parenting Magazine! Check out all the winners here:



RSVP of Montgomery County visits K'NEX

RSVP of Montgomery County, a non-profit agency benefiting regional senior citizens, recently took a tour of the K'NEX and Rodon facilities with a group of at risk children whom the seniors' mentor. The kids learned how K'NEX is made and the reward that comes with a hard day's work!



OPERATION BIG BUILD REVEALED!

K'NEX in conjunction with Monster Jam® revealed a life-size replica of the Grave Digger® 30th Anniversary monster truck on Saturday January 14th in the Party in the Pits at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The truck body was built entirely with approximately 226,000 K'NEX parts and took a professional team of builders from the Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) over 1000 hours to build! Can you guess how many pounds of pieces were used? http://www.monsterjam.com/thebigbuild/



K'NEX president Michael Araten honored by the North Penn United Way

United Way representatives costumed as Captain America® and Super Girl® dropped by K'NEX headquarters to present Michael Araten, President & CEO of K'NEX brands, with a special award package that contained important information about North Penn United Way's Super Heroes Unite for Kids event. Mr. Araten is one of 20 "Super Heroes" who will be celebrated at the Pine Crest Country Club in Lansdale, PA during a formal event to be held on the evening of April 20th. For more info log on to: http://www.npuw.org/



20 years of Building Worlds Kids Love!

2012 is an exciting year for K'NEX, we are celebrating our 20th anniversary and as we celebrate, we invite you to celebrate with us! To thank YOU, our loyal fans, we will be hosting a variety of contests & sweepstakes all year long. For more details or to enter check out our 20th anniversary page!



Rodon Group named finalist for Processor of the year award; Ceremony to take place Janaury 31st

The Rodon Group, K'NEX's sister company, has been named as a finalist for the 16th Annual Processor of Year Award presented by Plastics News. This prestigious award will be presented at the end of January at the Plastics News Executive Forum in Tampa, FL. Read more about it here:

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