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Top 20 Best Toy Brands Really Made in the USA - Largest American Toy Companies

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Written by Evan Achiron
This list originally appeared on KnowInsiders.com on May 25, 2023.  Finding a list of toy brands ...
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14 Earth-Friendly Toy Brands that Kids—and Parents—Love

14 Earth-Friendly Toy Brands that Kids—and Parents—Love

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Written by Evan Achiron
This article originally appeared in USA Today on December 1, 2021 and was updated on April 12, 20...
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22 awesome American-made toys and gifts for kids

22 awesome American-made toys and gifts for kids

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Written by Evan Achiron
This article originally appeared in USA Today on December 13, 2021 and was updated on December 1...
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Cashing in on Eco-Friendly Toys

Cashing in on Eco-Friendly Toys

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Written by Evan Achiron
Originally published by Thompson Insights on April 17, 2020 While schools are shut down amidst t...
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Connecticut Magazine: Luke's Toy Factory Toy Story

Connecticut Magazine: Luke's Toy Factory Toy Story

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Written by Evan Achiron

Danbury father and son Jim and Luke Barber team up to create eco-friendly, educational toy trucks.

Five years ago, Jim Barber was in the midst of starting a toy company, but he had a major problem. He didn't have ideas for toy designs. Things hadn't worked out with an early partner in the venture and he found himself with a 3D printer and software but an utter lack of inspiration.

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PLAY FOR TODAY, PLAY FOR TOMORROW: THE SHIFT TOWARD ECO-FRIENDLY TOYS AND SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION

PLAY FOR TODAY, PLAY FOR TOMORROW: THE SHIFT TOWARD ECO-FRIENDLY TOYS AND SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION

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Written by Luke's Toy Factory

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2019 issue of the Toy Book.

...It was the lead paint crisis of 2007, in which millions of toys manufactured in China were recalled in the U.S. after tests showed unsafe levels of lead, that inspired professional photographer Jim Barber to investigate the toys that his own kids had once played with. His goal was to develop new, safe toys that could be manufactured in America using sustainable methods. Read full feature here.

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Luke's Toy Factory Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Fund Production of Innovative Toys Made from Upcycled Organic Materials

Luke's Toy Factory Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Fund Production of Innovative Toys Made from Upcycled Organic Materials

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Written by Evan Achiron
Luke's Toy Factory has launched a Kickstarter to make available for preorder, first of their kind toys made from upcycled organic material.
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Luke's Toy Factory to Represent Connecticut in  Made in America Product Showcase at the White House

Luke's Toy Factory to Represent Connecticut in Made in America Product Showcase at the White House

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Written by Evan Achiron
On Monday July, 15, 2019, Luke's Toy Factory will represent Connecticut in the third annual Made in America Product Showcase at the White House. 
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Luke's Toy Factory featured in KickStarter Environmental Resources Center in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund

KickStarter Environmental Resources Center

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Luke's Toy Factory has been featured on KickStarter's newly launched, Environmental Resources Center, as an example of a product designed with durability and longevity in mind. The resources were created in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund.
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Luke's Toy Factory Featured in Casa Vogue Brazil

Luke's Toy Factory Featured In Casa Vogue Brazil

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Luke's Toy Factory has been featured in the October issue of Casa Vogue Brazil as one of six chil...
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NewsTimes: Luke’s Toy Factory trucks to be sold in Europe

NewsTimes: Luke’s Toy Factory trucks to be sold in Europe

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From Danbury to France … or Spain, Italy and Germany, for that matter.

Luke’s Toy Factory, a Danbury-based small manufacturer of educational toys, announced its products will be distributed in Europe for the first time after the company was discovered by a Belgium-based toy distributor.

“It’s very exciting,” Luke Barber, part owner co-founder of Luke’s Toy Factory, said. “It’s a big market. It’s always been in the back of my mind to export.”

Luke and his father Jim Barber founded the company in 2014 with a Kickstarter campaign that raised $15,000. From a small manufacturing facility not far from downtown Danbury, the Barbers produce simple, eco-friendly, multipiece trucks aimed at children 3 to 5 years old. The pieces are interchangeable with the various trucks produced.

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Bringing Toys Back to the States

Bringing Toys Back to the States

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Luke Barber wasn’t exactly sure what he was going to do after he graduated from college. With the gloom of the 2008 recession still hovering over the job market, his father, Jim Barber, suggested he play around on a software program he had recently purchased for his new startup, Luke’s Toy Factory. 
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Luke's Toy Factory Bioplastic Magazine eco truck

Luke's Toy Factory Featured in Bioplastics Magazine

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One of the most exciting trends in the United States right now is the Maker Movement. Simply put,...
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Fatherly: The Best Gifts for 3-Year Olds

Fatherly: The Best Gifts for 3-Year Olds

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When your kid gets to a certain age, you find yourself going to a lot of parties at indoor gyms that resemble a prison yard for preschoolers. And after the requisite pizza and cupcakes, it’s time for the gifts! Unfortunately, most 3-year-olds don’t subtly drop hints to their classmates about what they want to for their birthday. Fortunately, this gifts for three-year-olds guide has all the stuff (most under $40) that will win the afternoon - including toys from Luke's Toy Factory. You can keep the Thank You note...
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Luke's Toy Factory. Eco-Friendly, Educational toys. Made in America.

Luke’s Toy Factory keeps it low-keyed, eco-friendly and made in Danbury

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China manufactures 70 percent of the world’s toys, according to IBIS World Market Research. A c...
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Luke's Toy Factory in New York Magazine

New York Magazine: 62 Surprising, Delightful, and Weird Holiday Gifts Under $50

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The Luke's Toy Factory Cargo Truck was included in New York Magazine's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide....
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Luke's Toy Factory in The Coastal Table

The Coastal Table Magazine

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We met Karen Covey, the founder and publisher of The Coastal Table magazine at the American Field...
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Luke's Toy Factory in Van Wyck Gazette

Van Wyck Gazette Features Luke's Toy Factory

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Editor Joseph Caplan and Design Director Margot Stiegeler spent a few hours with us, and the resu...
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Popular Mechanics: Made in the USA - One Awesome Thing Built in Each State

Popular Mechanics: Made in the USA - One Awesome Thing Built in Each State

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Jim Barber, who's somewhere in his 60s, and his son Luke make toys. They make toys because Jim ...
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Luke's Toy Factory in Amtrak the National

Amtrak the National: Toys R U.S.

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Eighty-five percent of our nation’s toys are made in China, where lax enforcement of regulation...
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The Hartford Courant covers Luke's Toy Factory

Luke's Toy Factory Makes Durable Toys With a Purpose

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With four sturdy trucks, Luke's Toy Factory wants to set a made-in-America example for the toy ...
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Fox Business News covers Luke's Toy Factory

Luke's Toy Factory on Fox Business

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Luke's Toy Factory Co-Founder Evan Achiron on manufacturing the company's eco-friendly toys in ...
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Working for Connecticut: Luke’s Toy Factory in Danbury

Working for Connecticut: Luke’s Toy Factory in Danbury

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The saying goes, “They don’t make ’em like they used to.” But, don’t tell that to the folks at ...
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Senator Blumenthal visits Luke's Toy Factory

Sustainability, made in America rule at Luke’s Toy Factory

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal inspects a toy part with Luke DANBURY — The owners of Luke’s Toy...
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World of Mirth Covers Luke's Toy Factory

Made in the USA story in "Souvenirs, Gifts and Novelties" Magazine leads with Luke's Toy Factory

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"Thea Brown, owner of World of Mirth toy store, in Richmond, VA, had a ready answer when asked ...
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USA Made Toys recognizes Luke's Toy Factory

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USA Made Toys, a website that specializes in publicizing American toy companies, has recognized ...
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Luke's Toy Factory on Cover of "Playthings" Magazine

Luke's Toy Factory on Cover of "Playthings" Magazine

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Luke's Toy Factory was featured in the "Maker Movement" in the May issue of Playthings Magazine, ...
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All New American features Luke's Toy Factory

All New American features Luke's Toy Factory

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"You never know who is crafting a spectacular quality American Made product just around the cor...
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Danbury Toymakers Win National Exposure

Danbury Toymakers Win National Exposure

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"The founders of a local toy company were among 10 businesses nationally invited this week to a...
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A Connecticut Company that's in the Biz of Eco-friendly Playtime

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Written by Luke's Toy Factory
"It's just before Christmas in Southington, and Luke Barber and his father Jim are all business...
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Luke's Toy Factory Launches on The Grommet

Luke's Toy Factory Launches on The Grommet

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"Kids don’t really care how or where a toy is made—they just care if it’s fun to play with. Luc...
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Luke's Toy Factory: 2015 Inc. Magazine "Best in Class Award" Finalist

Luke's Toy Factory: 2015 Inc. Magazine "Best in Class Award" Finalist

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Inc.'s Best in Class Awards celebrate great design across product categories "Luke's EcoTruck Fi...
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Inhabitots takes Luke's Toy Factory for a Spin

Inhabitots takes Luke's Toy Factory for a Spin

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"There's so much to love about Luke's Toy Factory's line of toy trucks, we're not quite sure whe...
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CPTV Segment on Luke's Toy Factory

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Written by James Barber
Connecticut Public Television's "Made in Connecticut" segment takes a look at how Luke and the ...
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Ecofriendly Toys Made in Danbury

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Written by James Barber
WTNH News 8 Connecticut stopped by Luke's Toy Factory to learn how we design and manufacture in...
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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty visits Luke's Toy Factory via NewsTimes

Danbury toy startup starts selling its first fire trucks

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Written by James Barber
 ..."Luke's Toy Factory is meeting a real need for families. As a mother of three, I wanted to ...
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