Obama to make fiscal cliff case at Pa. toy factory

President Barack Obama holds up a pen as he speaks about the economy and the deficit, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

November 29, 2012 7:45:56 AM PST
The first stop on President Barack Obama's tour to promote congressional action to prevent the so-called "fiscal cliff" is a suburban Philadelphia toy factory that manufactures parts for Tinker Toys, Angry Birds, Nintendo and other product lines.

Obama will speak Friday at The Rodon Group manufacturing facility in Hatfield. The company, founded in 1956, makes toys for K'NEX Brands.

Michael Araten, president and CEO of both companies, says they moved $50 million worth of manufacturing from China to the United States at the height of the recession.

He says there are two 130,000 square-foot facilities in Hatfield, where workers make about 5 billion parts a year. Araten says business is back above pre-crash levels. There are about 200 employees at the site, up 25 percent from the recession.