DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s become a common occurrence to see the words “Made in China” whenever we buy toys for our kids or grandkids. A company in Connecticut is hoping to change that.
“The idea was why can’t we make them here. And why can’t we make them safe,” said Jim Barber, with Luke’s Toy Factory.
The company currently has four employees, which got the idea rolling to make toys for children three years ago. Last spring they began production at their facility in Danbury. There are several prototypes in the works, which include trains, trucks and cars. Right now the company is focusing on a fire engine, which is sold on their website and in several stores throughout the state. The goal is to have their products in more stores as we head into the summer.
The toys are designed on a computer and then come to life in a 3-D printer. From there molds are made, pieces are produced and the toys come to life. What makes the toys so different from others is that they are eco-friendly. They’re made from scrap plastic and saw dust.
“That comes from a furniture factory. Before, it would’ve been burned or dumped,” said Luke Barber, the company’s toy designer.
The toys are geared for children who are 3 years old or older. Right now the goal is to continue production while expanding a product made in Connecticut.
“What we want to do is establish a line of toys based on this one toy that all interchange with each other,” said Barber.
For more information on Luke’s Toy Factory, visit their website at http://www.lukestoyfactory.com/