The business “has brought smiles and happiness to children all over the world,” Larian said in a statement. “Little Tikes’ ingenuity has created the biggest toy manufacturing facility in the U.S.A. and continues to produce products built to last. In fact, a childhood favorite, the Cozy Coupe, still offers drivers zero gas mileage and ranks as one of America’s best-selling cars of all time.”
Murdough also founded toy makers Step2 Co. and Simplay3, both based in Streetsboro, Ohio, not far from Hudson-based Little Tikes. All the businesses are in Northeastern Ohio.
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Company employees as well will be recognized Friday. The anniversary celebration will also include tours of a company museum.
An international company, Little Tikes was founded in 1969 in Hudson, where it manufactures molded plastic toys.