Recalls spur demand for American playthings, small local companies swamped as many grow wary of toys made in China
HOLLISTER, Calif. - Deborah Evanoff thought she'd traded her frantic Silicon Valley career for a lazier pace when she took over the low-tech toy company her parents founded in the late 1960s.
Instead, she's ramping up Arrowcopter Inc.'s manufacturing operations and getting a record number of orders from retailers in 11 countries. More people are buying the slingshot-like gizmo, which starts at $4 and â€” as the packaging proudly proclaims â€” is made in the United States.
As consumers look for alternatives to Chinese-made toys following a series of recalls this year, dozens of small toy companies are struggling to meet surging demand. Some owners report online sales up as much as fivefold from last year. They're hiring extra workers, expanding warehouses and adding extra assembly shifts....
... and I thought the big American toy companies had said "SORRY" for the unjustified Chinese product recalls and accepted responsibility that it was their original American design work that was at fault.
It would make more sense to avoid the big American toy companies right now.