Tech Scholars Tour K'NEX Plant on Manufacturing Day

Published 10.06.2015

Student News

Six Pennsylvania College of Technology students celebrated Friday’s Manufacturing Day by visiting The Rodon Group in Hatfield.

“They got to see the manufacturing process firsthand,” said David S. Richards, professor of physics, who accompanied the students.

All the students are recipients of S-STEM Tech Scholar Scholarships provided through a National Science Foundation grant. The scholarships are intended to encourage and help retain students pursuing STEM careers.

 Penn College Tech Scholars enjoy interacting with Joel Glickman, chairman and inventor of K’NEX. From left are Nicholas C. Moore, Lock Haven, plastics & polymer engineering technology; Rylee A. Butler, Bellefonte, engineering design technology; Kelsey L. Shaak, Quakertown, information technology sciences: gaming and simulation; Logan T. Beidleman, Hope Mills, N.C., welding & fabrication engineering technology; Glickman; Connor L. Winslow, Blanchard, information technology sciences: gaming & simulation; and Ethan M. Yoder, Denver, software development & information management. (Photo provided)A prominent, high-volume injection molder, The Rodon Group makes billions of parts each year for a variety of industries. Since 1992, it has manufactured more than 36 billion parts for the K’NEX building toy system. K’NEX is one of the world’s leading integrated construction systems for children.

The Penn College Tech Scholars toured Rodon’s 125,000 square-foot facility and met with Joel Glickman, chairman and inventor of K’NEX.

“Mr. Glickman took the time to really talk to the students, and the students weren’t shy,” Richards said. “They asked him good questions. It was very interesting.”