Monday, April 26, 2010

Wham-O "Insourcing" Production from China to US (w/Daily Show video report)

From PlasticsNews.com:

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. (Jan. 13, 1:40 p.m. ET) -- Production of Wham-O Inc.’s iconic Frisbee flying plastic disc is skimming back across the Pacific Ocean.

The Emeryville-based toymaker said Jan. 6 that 50 percent of future Frisbee production would be returned to the United States from China by the end of the month.

In a news release, the company said Manufacturing Marvel America, a division of Manufacturing Marvel Group that has plants in California and Michigan, would injection mold the discs, which are made from a proprietary plastic blend.

Wham-O CEO Kyle Aguilar said in the release that the move was to “stimulate the local job market.” According to the release, Wham-O began producing one of its PoolZone products last August in Michigan. In Jan. 12 e-mail, spokeswoman Jen Derevensky said that Hula Hoop, another Wham-O standby, will be made in the U.S. by March. (more)

This development was also covered by the Daily Show, as only the Daily Show can:

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(Hat tip: Marginal Revolution)