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Tonka Toys-Lost and Found Mound

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Hidden : 10/15/2010
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tonka toys

From its beginnings in an old, three floor school house in 1947,
Mound Metalcraft Incorporated, located near beautiful Lake
Minnetonka in Mound, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, has grown
into what is now the Tonka Toy Group, a division of multi-billion
dollar Hasbro Incorporated. Tonka Toys is "Americana". Steel
trucks, Tonka tough, built to last. Toy trucks to be handed down
from one generation to the next. Solid steel construction has, over
the years, given way to more and more plastic content. In mid 1955,
Mound Metalcraft moved into a new manufacturing facility that was
required to handle their ever increasing product line and an
insatiable appetite by consumers for Tonka trucks. In very short
order, a 50,000 square foot addition was added to the new
manufacturing facility. Tonka Toys indeed was on the grow. The
future really looked bright. In a major blow to Tonka's Minnesota
workforce, steel truck manufacturing began to move from Mound to El
Paso, Texas in 1982 with the transfer of equipment and production
completed in 1983. In 1998, steel truck manufacturing moved
completely out of the United States to a location in mainland
China. In today's global manufacturing environment, "Made in the U
S A" tends to take a backseat if it affects the bottom line. So
much for "Americana". However, if auction sites such as eBay are
any indication, vintage Tonka trucks are still very popular. The
test of a great innovation is longevity. Early and many not so
early Tonka trucks continue to be a solid favorite with kids from 3
to 93.

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