- Holgate Toys
The history of Holgate Toys reads like the history of the United States - it's truly an all-American company, and the products they produce show that they take this title to heart by making products that reflect a pride in their craftsmanship. Founded in 1789 by Corneilius Holgate in Pennsylvania, the company was originally a simple woodworking shop. Holgate was one of the first toy companies to research and develop educational toys for the pre-school set.
To this day, Holgate maintains this philosophy of education through play - partly because many of the toy designs are unchanged from Rockwell's original designs! The beauty in these designs is that they are so simple and classic - children today can play with the toys that their great-grandparents enjoyed as children! In fact, they might even be able to play with the exact same toys as generations past, because the sturdy construction of these toys lends themselves to durability and safety - in fact, every toy comes with a lifetime guarantee!
Holgate also places a strong emphasis on safety, both for their consumers and for the planet. They have used non-toxic finishes on all toys for over 100 years, and comply with the strictest safety regulations. They take great pride in being the premier maker of wooden children's toys in the US, producing 100% of their toys in the U.S. They are also a member of the Forest Stewardship Council, a non-profit organization that certifies that forests are managed sustainably. The hardwood forests in Pennsylvania used to produce the kiln-dried wood for Holgate is certifiably sustainable.