K’NEX® Named as Finalist in 2012 American Business AwardsSM

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10th annual Stevie® Awards will be presented on June 18 in New York City

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We are thrilled to have been named a finalist in the 2012 American Business Awards,” said Michael Araten, president and CEO K’NEX Brands.

K’NEX, the only US construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love™, was named a Finalist in the 2012 American Business Awards, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award winner in the program.

The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

More than 3,000 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others. K’NEX is nominated in the in the Consumer Marketing Campaign of the Year category for their impressive and extensive K’NEX Mario Kart Wii Building Set product launch campaign.

For the first time, The American Business Awards will be presented at two awards events: the ABA's traditional banquet on Monday, June 18 in New York, and a new tech awards event on Monday, September 17 in San Francisco.

“We are thrilled to have been named a finalist in the 2012 American Business Awards,” said Michael Araten, president and CEO K’NEX Brands. “It is an honor to be recognized by our peers and the nomination is truly a testament to the hard work of our outstanding K’NEX team.”

Finalists were chosen by more than 140 business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April and May. More than 150 members of 10 specialized judging committees will determine Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging, to take place May 14 - 25.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at http://www.stevieawards.com/aba.

About K’NEX Brands
Founded in 1992, K’NEX Brands, the world’s most innovative construction toy company, was established to make and sell what has become one of the world’s leading integrated construction systems for children. Winner of over 200 international awards and recognitions, K’NEX is America’s building toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love, and encourages youngsters to “imagine, build and play.” Since 1992, The Rodon Group, a subsidiary of K'NEX Brands, L.P., has manufactured over 30 billion parts for the K'NEX building toy system. For more information, please visit http://www.knex.com or http://www.rodongroup.com.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at http://www.stevieawards.com.

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