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New ideas can come from small efforts, not just single brainstorming session


September 25, 2014 10:53 am ET

A company can get stuck when they get big and successful — executives can fall in love with their mission statements, Christian Majgaard, a former longtime executive of Danish toymaker Lego A/S told thermoforming industry leaders.

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Toy maker, supplier in settlement talks


September 23, 2014 2:31 pm ET

Taiwan-based toy manufacturer Sales Chief Enterprise Co. Ltd. and U.S.-based toy vendor Redman & Associates LLC are attempting to resolve a contract dispute that is holding up delivery of some products ahead of the holiday buying season.

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Toy supplier sues maker in reshoring fight


September 15, 2014 3:18 pm ET

An Arkansas toy supplier is suing a Taiwan-based manufacturer for breach of contract and other civil allegations in a legal dispute that not only threatened delivery of some battery-operated, ride-on cars to Wal-Mart Stores Inc., but is being...

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New executives look to increase business at Little Tikes, Step2


August 26, 2014 12:46 pm ET

Northeastern Ohio toy rotational molders Step2 Co. LLC and Little Tikes Co. both have new top executives: Thomas Doherty at Step2 and Bill Cofield at Tikes.

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Enor expanding in S.C., moving toy production to U.S. from China


August 20, 2014 4:01 pm ET

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has convinced toy producer Enor Corp. to expand U.S. production at the expense of sourcing from China.

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ISO publishes international standard for measuring phthalates in toys


August 19, 2014 10:40 am ET

The Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published an international standard on phthalates used as plasticizers in toys and children's products.

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Choon's Design moves ahead with patent lawsuit against Rainbow Loom rivals


August 18, 2014 1:43 pm ET

Wixom, Mich.-based Choon's Design LLC, makers of the popular Rainbow Loom bracelet making kit, will proceed with patent infringement lawsuits against several companies, now that a rival toy and craft company has lost a bid to invalidate that patent.

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Oyo's reshoring means it can respond to plays on and off field


July 15, 2014 1:58 pm ET

When a major sports event, like the Major League All-Stars game is rapidly approaching, OYO Sportstoys Inc. needs to act fast. That's why the company has moved most of its production of plastic sports action mini-figures back to the United States.

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Creating, designing and rotomolding a toy that will last


June 27, 2014 2:11 pm ET

Tom Fish loves the rotational molding process, and the Little Tikes Co. creative director uses the sweeping curves capable in the process on new toys.

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Hedstrom considering reshoring some playball molding


June 25, 2014 2:58 pm ET

A decade ago, Hedstrom Plastics moved its playball rotational molding operations to China. But rising costs there are making company officials rethink that strategy — and one future option could be reshoring ball production to North America.

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