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Detroit SPE makes annual toy donation


December 20, 2013 2:28 pm ET

In 2000, two members of the Society of Plastics Engineers' Detroit chapter — Don Root of Uniplas Inc. and Bob Fischer of American Plastic Toys Inc. — brainstormed an idea for the section to collaborate on a toy donation. Now in its 13th...

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Toymakers battle for supremacy


December 18, 2013 3:25 pm ET

Forget the most wonderful time of the year. For Mattel and Hasbro, it's the most stressful. The toy giants are entering the holiday season — which accounts for a whopping 40 percent of their annual revenue — trying to win a larger piece...

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Inventor brings US business into loop with Wonder Loom


December 17, 2013 10:53 am ET

WIXOM, MICH. — Two years after going into business, Rainbow Loom inventor Cheong Choon Ng was nearing the millionth sale of his plastic-pronged device for weaving colorful rubber band bracelets. Then sales skyrocketed — and now he's...

Hong Kong debates limits on phthalates, consumer group finds high levels in toys


November 25, 2013 2:10 pm ET

A consumer watchdog group in Hong Kong said it has found levels of phthalates in plastic toys up to 380 times that allowed in the United States and Europe, releasing its research as the government there considers tougher rules on the chemicals.

Prime Plastics hires firm to sort out future


September 6, 2013 2:10 pm ET

WASHINGTON, PA. — Prime Plastics Inc. recently hired Equity Partners CRB LLC to seek an investor, a joint venture partner, a source of refinancing or a buyer for the Washington-based blow molder.

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Little Tikes growing after shifting production from China to US


August 27, 2013 3:35 pm ET

Hudson, Ohio, toy maker Little Tikes Co. has seen growth in recent years, and it's growth that Executive Vice President and worldwide General Manager Thomas Richmond attributes in large part to the company's decision to manufacture more of its toys...

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