An Ohio toy manufacturer is celebrating a half-century in business.
Little Tikes will host a 50th anniversary celebration at its Hudson, Ohio plant — what the company calls the “the oldest and largest toy manufacturing plant in the U.S.” — this week.
“It is one of the biggest toy manufacturing plants of its time and has successfully operated for the past five decades,” the company said.
In an event scheduled Friday, Isaac Larian, chief executive of MGA Entertainment and owner of Little Tikes, will present Little Tikes’ founder, Thomas G. Murdough, Jr., with a plaque to honor Little Tikes’ heritage, the company said.
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.
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.
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