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Great Place to Work
Sep - 2013

Radio Flyer named #13 on "The 50 Best: America's Top Small and Medium Companies to Work For"!


Radio Flyer is proud to announce that it was ranked as one of the Best Small Companies to Work For in the US by the Great Place to Work Institute. The Rating and Review highlights what makes its workplace culture great in areas like professional development and training, company atmosphere as well as benefits and rewards.

Great Rated!'s unprecedented employee-centric Reviews provide job seekers a real behind-the-scenes look into these workplace cultures

"Radio Flyer's public image of bringing happiness to families is very much a match with most of its employees' experience inside the company," said Sarah Lewis-Kulin, Great Rated!'s Vice President and Senior Editor. "Nine out of ten employees describe it as a friendly, fun, team-oriented environment that leaves room for people to balance their work and personal lives."

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Best Places to Work
May - 2013

Radio Flyer named in the top 10 Best Places to Work in Illinois


Radio Flyer is proud to be once again recognized in the top 10 Best Places to Work in Illinois. This is the fifth consecutive year Radio Flyer has been ranked in the top 10. Best Places to Work in Illinois is dedicated to identifying and recognizing Illinois' best employers.

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Harlem Shake
March - 2013

Harlem Shake Dance: Radio Flyer employees do the Harlem Shake in front of the World's Largest Wagon at our Chicago HQ. Look for the Teddy Bear, Cookie Monster, Angry Birds, Waldo, the Peanuts Gang, a Pink Elephant, Darth Vader, Tetris and a Lime doing the worm. Who else can you spot?


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Smart Business
January - 2013

Radio Flyer's Chief Wagon Officer, Robert Pasin, on the cover of the magazine Smart Business and featured in the below article.


View PDF of article: "How Robert Pasin dug deep to help Radio Flyer evolve its brand and its products"
Inc.
October - 2012

Radio Flyer's history outlined in Inc. magazine.


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Adweek
October - 2012

Radio Flyer rolls out scooter TV commercials highlighted in Adweek magazine.


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Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For
October - 2012

Radio Flyer named on the "2012 Best Small & Medium Workplaces” by Great Place to Work Institute


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Each year, Great Place to Work Institute evaluates America’s best workplace programs and practices by selecting companies whose employees’ feel that their company is a great place to work. The evaluation process includes an employee survey and a Culture Audit that collects and provides a detailed look at the organization's structure, philosophy and values, employee demographics, compensation and benefits offered to employees, and stories and examples of distinctive practices and policies in their workplace.


Best Places to Work in IL
August - 2012

Radio Flyer was named a 2012 elite winner in Chicago


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Radio Flyer is proud to be named the 2012 elite winner in the ‘Employee Enrichment, Engagement & Retention’ category! Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. Organizations are assessed based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more. Go Flyers!

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Chicago Tribune
July - 2012

Chicago Tribune interviews Chief Wagon Officer, Robert Pasin, about Radio Flyer's history and current state.


View PDF of article: "In world of fast-evolving technology, 'chief wagon officer' Robert Pasin keeps little red wagon current, relevant and rolling"
Best Places to Work in IL
May - 2012

Radio Flyer was named the #1 Best Place to Work in Illinois


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Radio Flyer was named the Top Best Place to Work in Illinois #1 among small and medium size businesses. The award recognizes and honors the best places of employment in Illinois, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. Radio Flyer has been on the list of the Top Best Places to work since 2009.

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Crain's Best Places to Work
Apr - 2012

Radio Flyer Named on Crain’s ‘Best Places to Work 2012’ List


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Flyers love to work hard while we play. All year, we have fun monthly activities and celebrations to support our mission, this includes tricycle races, pumpkin carving contests, game shows, Karaoke and the Radio Flyer Olympics. These events fuel a sense of lightheartedness and passion that spurs motivation and drives success.

Building a Magnetic Culture
Jan - 2012

Radio Flyer continues to lead in Employee Engagement!


The formula is simple: Happy, engaged employees + employees with deep love of their job = a successful Company! Our Little Red Rule is that ‘Every time we touch people’s lives, they will feel great about Radio Flyer’. We not only live this motto through our customer interactions, we practice this with our employees (aka ‘Flyers’) every day!


As cited in the book Building a Magnetic Culture, by Kevin Sheridan of HR Solutions, Radio Flyer continues to go above and beyond for our Flyers to ensure that we sustain a culture where our Flyers are committed to living out our vision, mission and values, and that they have a deep love and passion for their job, and for Radio Flyer as a company. We make success happen together, and our Flyers know how their individual contributions connect to their personal success (their own growth and development), as well as to the success of the organization. Because we promise this to our Flyers as part of our employment brand, we have been able to continue to lead by example in the Best Practices of how to keep employees engaged in the workplace.

Best and Brightest Elite
Dec - 2011

For the first time the Best and Brightest Companies To Work For has selected Elite Winners for their nationwide company comparison. Radio Flyer is proud to be named an Elite Winner in the Small Business Category!


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The 2011 winning companies were assessed by an independent research firm which reviewed a number of key measures relative to other nationally recognized winners. They include Communication, Community Initiatives, Compensation and Benefits, Diversity and Multiculturalism, Employee Education and Development, Employee Engagement and Commitment, Recognition and Retention, Recruitment and Selection, Small Business and Work-Life Balance.

Great Place to Work
Oct - 2011

Radio Flyer named #7 for "2011 Best Small & Medium Workplaces” by Great Place to Work Institute!


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Great Place to Work Institute is dedicated to thoroughly evaluating America’s best workplace programs and practices. The national list features companies whose employees overwhelmingly agree with the statement: “all things considered, this is a great place to work”. The evaluation process includes a survey that measures the employees' experience through the 5 Dimensions of the Great Place to Work Model. In addition, a Culture Audit is conducted that collects and provides a detailed look at the organization's structure, philosophy and values, employee demographics, compensation and benefits offered to employees, and stories and examples of distinctive practices and policies in their workplace.

Real Simple Family
Sept - 2011

Real Simple Family loves the classic Radio Flyer All-Terrain Cargo Wagon.


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All-Terrain Wagon

101 Best and Brightest
Aug - 2011

Radio Flyer named again "Best of the Best" of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Chicago!


Radio Flyer was named as the 2011 Elite Winner of 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work Forin the Recruitment and Selection category! Elite winners are recognized for above-average programs and services for employees at their work environment. To view the list of winners, you can visit 101 Best & Brightest Winners.

Radio Flyer was also listed as one of 2011's fastest-growing, privately held companies in America by the Inc. 500/5000! Inc.magazine recognizes and celebrates the creativity, dedication, and hard work that entrepreneurs put into building their companies. To view the list of winners featured in Inc.'s September 2011 issue, go to Inc. 500/5000 Ranking List for 2011.

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Woman's World
Aug - 2011

Win a Radio Flyer Comfort Embrace Wagon in Woman's World.


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Comfort Embrace Wagon

Seventeen
July - 2011

Win a Radio Flyer Style 'N Ride scooter package in Seventeen.


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Style 'N Ride

American Baby
June - 2011

American Baby loves the Radio Flyer Comfort Embrace Wagon.


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Comfort Embrace Wagon

Best Places to Work IL
June - 2011

Radio Flyer Named #2 Mid-size Company to Work for in Illinois


Best Places to Work is dedicated to identifying and recognizing Illinois's best employers. Radio Flyer has been recognized for the third year in a row!

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Parents
May - 2011

Parents Magazine gardens with the Radio Flyer Kid's Wheelbarrow.


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Kid's Wheelbarrow

Crain's
Apr - 2011

Radio Flyer Named on Crain’s ‘Best Places to Work 2011’ List

Radio Flyer employees are no strangers to extraordinary events. All year, team members participate in tricycle races, pumpkin-carving contests, Olympics-inspired games and karaoke events, just to name a few.

"Usually there's a method to the madness," says "chief wagon officer" Robert Pasin, the company's CEO, adding that the events fuel a sense of lightheartedness and passion that spurs motivation and drives success. "There's a big emotional aspect to our brand," he says.

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TIME
Feb - 2011

Radio Flyer Wagon makes TIME Magazine's All-TIME 100 Greatest Toys

A 16-year-old Italian boy named Antonio Pasin was one of the millions who immigrated to America from Europe at the start of the 20th century. A skilled carpenter, Pasin headed to Chicago and began building little red wagons out of stamped metal. By 1923, he had saved enough money to create the Liberty Coaster Company, and he began mass-producing the wagon for just under $3. He named it the Radio Flyer in homage to two of his favorite inventions of the time: the radio and the airplane.

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Free Enterprise
Feb - 2011

Robert Pasin featured in Free Enterprise's "Dreamers and Doers"

For millions of Americans, early childhood memories include being pulled in a red Radio Flyer wagon. Asked how Radio Flyer has remained an American icon in the face of technology and more sophisticated children’s toys, CEO Robert Pasin, grandson of company founder Antonio Pasin, responds, “The consumers of our products still need a tricycle, and their parents still need a wagon to pull them in.”

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American Baby
Jan - 2011

American Baby loves the Radio Flyer Scoot 'N Zoom.


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Scoot 'N Zoom

HR Solutions
Oct - 2010

Client Spotlight: Radio Flyer

Everyone knows Radio Flyer has been making children happy for generations, but people may not know the same holds true for its employees. With more than 10 awards in the past few years for being a top employer, including HR Solutions' Best-in-Class® Award, the organization is attracting attention by simply understanding adults want to have fun too.

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Talent Management
Sept - 2010

Squeaky Wheels Get the Grease

Radio Flyer retooled its employee feedback program to identify disengaged employees, and get them back on the wagon.

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The 50 Best
Sept - 2010

Radio Flyer named #2 on "The 50 Best: America’s Top Small and Medium Companies to Work For"!

Best Companies is dedicated to thoroughly evaluating America’s best workplace programs and practices to add to their annual ‘50 Best’ list.

Included in this evaluation is a survey that measures the employees' experience through the 5 Dimensions of the Great Place to Work Model. In addition, a Culture Audit is conducted that collects and provides a detailed look at the organization's structure, philosophy and values, employee demographics, compensation and benefits offered to employees, and stories and examples of distinctive practices and policies in their workplace. Congratulations Radio Flyer!

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Inc.5000
Aug - 2010

Radio Flyer named to the 2010 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing, private companies in America

Radio Flyer is on the 2010 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America! Inc.’s exclusive annual ranking consists of growing entrepreneurial businesses and the creative innovators who run them.

Most companies on this list are either start-ups or in their early years, so this win is particularly impressive for Radio Flyer, a 93-year-old company.

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The New York Yimes
July - 2010

The New York Times interviews Chief Wagon Officer, Robert Pasin, about Radio Flyer


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101 BEST & BRIGHTEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR
July - 2010

Radio Flyer named ‘Best of the Best’ of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Chicago!

Congratulations to Radio Flyer for winning Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For! As part of winning the 101 Best and Brightest award, Radio Flyer also took home the title of the ‘Best of the Best’, which recognizes companies who have excelled in 10 elite areas including Employee Engagement and Commitment, Recognition and Retention, and Recruitment and Selection, to name a few.

Below is a link to Corp! Magazine’s special Human Resources E-publication in which it features the Chicago 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in detail. Corp! Magazine is a business publication distributed to over 34,000 c-suite executives and is one of the 101 program partners.

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June - 2010

Radio Flyer Toys Bring Smiles, Create Memories

Robert Pasin is president of Radio Flyer, the largest producer of wagons and tricycles in the U.S., which recently was awarded third place in the small/medium employer category in the Best Places to Work in Illinois competition. He recently sat down with The Business Ledger publisher Bob Strasser and editor Jeremy Stoltz. Please click the link below to read excerpts from that conversation.

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Crain's Chicago
May - 2010

Radio Flyer named as the #3 Best mid-size company to work for in IL!

Best Places to Work is dedicated to identifying and recognizing Illinois's best employers. Radio Flyer has been recognized for the second year in a row and looks forward to continuing to create an environment where employees can thrive professionally and have fun together.

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Crain's Chicago
Mar - 2010

Radio Flyer named on Crain’s ‘Best Places to Work’ list.

On March 29, 2010, Radio Flyer was named on Crain's 'Best Places to Work' list! Radio Flyer's CWO, Robert Pasin, attributes its success to the candidate selection process, and his employees who are natural ‘lifelong learners’. Radio Flyer was listed among top organizations such as Google, Accenture, KPMG, and Hyatt Regency Chicago.

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Best in Class Employer
Mar - 2010

Radio Flyer recognized by HR Solutions, Inc. as Best in Class Employer

Radio Flyer is honored to be recommended by our employees and acknowledged by HR Solutions for creating an environment for engaged employees to thrive. HR Solutions manages our Employee Engagement Survey and feedback sessions globally. Radio Flyer was selected for this award because of our outstanding Engagement and Job Satisfaction among our team members.

WGN Television
Oct - 2009

Radio Flyer Halloween pumpkin carving contest featured on WGN!

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Top Small Workplaces 2009 Winner
Sept - 2009

Radio Flyer has been selected as one of the Top Small Workplaces in 2009!

We are proud to announce that Radio Flyer has been selected as one of the Top Small Workplaces in 2009! Winning Workplaces and The Wall Street Journal collaborate to identify exceptional small organizations (private, nonprofit or publicly held), and seek out small employers that foster teamwork, flexibility, high productivity and innovation while helping their employees grow personally and professionally. We are honored to receive this award!

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Inc.5000
Aug - 2009

Radio Flyer named to the 2009 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing, private companies in America

Radio Flyer is on the 2009 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing, private companies in America! This ranking puts Radio Flyer with an elite group of companies who received their first national recognition when they originally appeared on the Inc. list - Microsoft, Timberland, Intuit, Jamba Juice, Oracle, Clif Bar, Patagonia, and UnderArmour to name a few.

This win is particularly impressive since we are a 92-year-old company. Most companies on this list are either start-ups or in their early years.

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Aug - 2009

Radio Flyer recognized by Workforce Chicago for its significant contributions to learning and development

We are pleased to announce Radio Flyer has received the 2009 Workforce Chicago Award for its exemplary commitment to employee learning and development! Workforce Chicago has recognized only 24 companies in the past 9 years for their commitment to excellence.

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Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award
July - 2009

Robert Pasin honored with Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award

Robert Pasin, Radio Flyer's CWO, has won the Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year Award! This award is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. Entrepreneur Of The Year focuses on growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.

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Best Places to Work in Illinois 2009
May - 2009

Radio Flyer ranked in Top 5 as One of the Best Places to Work in Illinois for 2009

Radio Flyer is honored to be ranked #4 mid-size company to work for in IL and to be recognized for outstanding positive employee engagement and commitment to the well-being of all employees. We live the Little Red Rule, "Every time we touch people's lives, they will feel great about Radio Flyer” as an employee this means that Radio Flyer provides an environment where everyone can LOVE their job and have fun living our values every day!

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Jan - 2009

Radio Flyer Pulls Through Tough Economy

Despite its humble beginnings on the city's West Side, the Radio Flyer wagon is proving to be recession proof.

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Dec - 2008

Classic Radio Flyer Wagon updated for 2.0 World

Radio Flyer, the maker of the classic red wagon, is creating a high-tech new product. The little wagon has gone 2.0.

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Dec - 2008

Still Flying - How materials, development strategies and production approaches have kept "the Little Red Wagon" company relevant.

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Nov - 2008

Crains 40 under 40

As the grandson of the founder of Radio Flyer, Robert Pasin always knew how important the company was to his family. What he didn't realize was how much the bright-red wagons meant to generations of other families.

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2008 Winning Workplace Finalist
Oct - 2008

Collaboration a common thread in award-winning workplaces

Leadership development training at the maker of the popular red wagons.

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Oct - 2008

Little Wagon, Big Changes

Radio Flyer updates classic for the 21st century.

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Oct - 2008

You’re Kidding Me

Boys who never grew up show off their outer child.

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Oct - 2008

Opinion: Radio Flyer is pimpin' its wagons

Few toys scream Americana more than a little red Radio Flyer wagon being pulled behind a kid in Smalltown, U.S.A. It's one of those icons that you just didn't expect to change all that much, even with all the technological advances of our times. Simple just seems better sometimes.

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Dec - 2007

Engineering detoured by design

Interview with Tom Schlegel, product development vice president at Radio Flyer.

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Oct - 2007

Chicago Innovation 2007-Honoring the New & Improved

As designers, that's the key thing we do-we pull out the latent needs of consumers.

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Mar - 2007

I don't wanna grow up

One of the coolest offices in Chicago!

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