President Obama and White House Staff converged at The Rodon Group’s facility last Friday to show support for American manufacturing companies, the jobs they create, and the working middle class. The President’s backdrop was colorfully filled with K’NEX building toys, including an American flag made of 49,000 K’NEX pieces.

“I want to reward manufacturers like this one and small businesses that create jobs here in the United States, not overseas,” says President Obama. “And, by the way, this is a company—one of the few companies in the toy industry—that have aggressively moved jobs back here. That’s a great story to tell because we’ve got the best workers in the world and the most productive workers in the world, so we need champions for American industry creating jobs here in the United States.”

The Rodon Group/K’NEX Brands was chosen to host this event.  “We’re incredibly proud,” says company CEO Michael Araten. “I think it means the President and his team recognize that manufacturing in the United States is important. That focusing on manufacturing and keeping confidence high, which is what the fiscal cliff is all about, is important. If you can do it with toys, you can do it with anything.”