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Marx Factory Employee Day

14-May-2016

Marx Toy Museum in Moundsville, WV, is hosting a Marx Employee Day!!!

The Marx Toy Museum in Moundsville, West Virginia, will host a special event for former employees and family members of those who worked at the Marx Toy Company in Glen Dale, WV. Marx Employee Day will be held at the museum on Saturday, May 14th from 11 am until 5 pm to celebrate the men and women who had a hand in producing some of the most iconic toys ever made in America!


Louis Marx & Co was a major manufacturer of children’s toys from 1919 to 1980 - and considered the world’s largest toy producer during the 1950s. In 1955, Time Magazine reported that one-in-three toys sold in the United States was made by Marx!

If you were a child during the generations of Marx production, some of your most cherished and memorable possessions could very well have been the whimsical tin wind-ups of the 1930s & 40s, toy soldier playsets of the 1950s & 60s, or the western action figures and thrilling ride-on racers of the 1960s & 70s – Just about EVERYBODY had a Big Wheel, right?!

Today, Marx is recognized as one of the most popular brands in toy history and credited with some of the most iconic toys ever produced - including the Big Wheel cycle, Johnny West western action figure, Rock’em Sock’em Robots action game, Fort Apache playset, the wind-up Merrymakers mouse band, Jocko the Climbing Monkey, and many more.

In the United States, Marx toys were produced at three primary facilities: a factory in Erie, PA, which focused on metal toys and wind-ups; another in nearby Girard, PA, dedicated to toy train production; and finally, the largest toy manufacturing plant in the world, in Glen Dale, West Virginia.

The cavernous Glen Dale building was originally used to construct Fokker aircraft, which failed at the beginning of the Depression; in 1934, the facility was sold to Marx for the assembly of toys. Initially, the factory produced metal toys dipped in paint, and shortly after, lithographed tin toys. The Glen Dale factory added a plastics department in 1947, expanding exponentially in the 1950s with the addition of a state-of-the-art facility (the South Building) designed to meet the growing consumer demands of the Baby Boomer generation.

At its peak, the Glen Dale factory employed over 2,000 people, and its assembly lines were in constant motion until the company ceased operations, in 1980. Over the years, thousands of workers, spanning multiple generations, found their employment at Marx Toys. Throughout the Ohio valley, retirees of Marx continue to reminisce fondly about their years of labor as ‘Santa’s Helpers.’ Families of employees who are no longer alive hold on dearly to the legacy of their loved ones, and continue to pass down stories and experiences of what it was like to work at Marx -- as told by parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and neighbors.

Located just over a mile from the Glen Dale factory, in historical Moundsville, West Virginia, the Marx Toy Museum will host a Marx Employee Day to celebrate the men and women who produced the toys of generations around the world. The museum invites all former Marx employees, their families, and guests to participate in the event. Those attending are welcome to bring along old factory-related photos, paperwork, and memorabilia to share with others in attendance.

Marx Employee Day will take place on Saturday, May 14th, from 11 am until 5 pm, at the Marx Toy Museum on Second Street, in Moundsville, WV. At 1 pm, the museum will take a group photo of Marx employees. There is no admission charge for former employees; family members and visitors are asked to make a small $3 donation (per) to support the mission of the organization. For more information on the event, please visit the Marx Toy Museum website at www.MarxToyMuseum.com, or call the museum at (304) 845-6022.




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