State Rep. Perry Warren (D-Bucks) has introduced a “Made in PA” bill encouraging consumers to buy Pennsylvanian products. And he’s working with Slinky’s makers to promote it.
The Slinky is one of the most famous classic toys in America. Known for its ability to “walk” down flights of stairs, the Slinky has a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame.
These days, the Slinky is made right in Newtown Township. Just Play, headquartered on Terry Drive, acquired the Slinky and Shrinky Dink last year. The iconic toy is now made in Lower Bucks.
If Warren’s bill becomes law, the Slinky’s packaging would get an official Made in PA logo. Plus the toy would get a spot in a publicly-searchable website for consumers to find PA products.
The logo would be available to any of the many products manufactured in the Commonwealth. UTZ potato chips, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and Hershey’s chocolates would also be eligible.
In announcing the bill, Warren called manufacturing “critical to the Pennsylvania economy.”
“Pennsylvanians want to support Pennsylvania companies and their friends, family and neighbors who work for them,” said Warren. “This bill would help promote these businesses that employ more than 500,000 residents in manufacturing products and provide jobs and goods right here in Pennsylvania.”
“Pennsylvania offers great natural resources, talent, and transportation options that make it an ideal location to design, manufacture, and distribute our toys,” said James Chang with Just Play.
Similar legislation dates back at least to 2013. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported at the time the proposal had bipartisan support. However, the bill never became law.
Like the old bill, Warren’s proposal would complement, not replace, the PA Preferred program. PA Preferred makes it easier for consumers to identify Pennsylvanian agricultural products.
Warren formally introduced House Bill 1930 this past week. It has been referred to the PA House Commerce Committee. State Rep. John Galloway (D-Bucks) is the committee’s Democratic Chair.