Latest Press Releases

The Toy Industry Association (TIA), the not-for-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in creating and delivering toys and youth entertainment products for kids of all ages, congratulates the membership of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) for voting last week to ratify a five-year labor agreement, expiring in June 2019. The ratification of the contract provides much-needed stability for toy companies shipping through the West Coast ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
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The results of testing by an independent, federally approved testing laboratory have found that toys cited in a report by Clean and Healthy New York and the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund are completely safe. The test results prove the toys are fully compliant with all U.S. toy safety requirements and underscore the egregious inaccuracy of information released by these groups and the false claims that have led to calls for unnecessary state and local legislation banning the sale of safe toys.
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The Toy Industry Association today voiced its support of a lawsuit filed in Albany County, New York by the “Safe to Play Coalition” against the passage of a law that would make it illegal to sell most children’s toys in the county. The Coalition’s lawsuit alleges that Albany County Local Law No. J is unnecessary, ineffective, and illegal, because it bans and criminalizes the sale of toys and children’s products that otherwise meet federal safety laws and violates the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution.
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The U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA), the not-for-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in creating and delivering toys and youth entertainment products for kids of all ages, has announced that Stephen J. Pasierb will join TIA at the end of April as President & CEO. In his role, Mr. Pasierb will be responsible for leading the growth, development, and oversight of the Association, whose more than 750 member companies account for 90% of U.S. domestic toy sales. Mr. Pasierb will succeed current President & CEO Carter Keithley, who will retire at the end of April.
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The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced a tentative agreement last night on a new five-year labor contract, ending several months of significant back-ups and costly delays at 29 West Coast ports.
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At its Annual General Meeting held earlier today, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced the election of three new members to the TIA Board of Directors for two-year terms of office expiring in February of 2017.
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Creative toys that epitomize the Maker Movement, innovative “smart” playthings, and toys that make a “splash” are among the top toy trends of 2015, according to experts at the U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA). The trade group announced this year’s hottest trends in toys and play during a packed seminar held this afternoon for media and buyers at TIA’s 112th North American International Toy Fair.
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The equivalent of more than seven football fields filled with brand-new toys and games were unveiled in New York City this morning at the 112th North American International Toy Fair – the Western Hemisphere’s largest and most important toy show – taking place February 14-17, 2015 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
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Hundreds of global toy executives and guests gathered in New York City this evening to pay tribute to the toy industry’s best and brightest toys, games and individuals at the 15th Annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards and Toy Industry Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
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According to retail sales data from global information company, The NPD Group, U.S. retail sales of toys generated $18.08 billion in 2014 compared to $17.46 billion in 2013, an increase of 4%.*
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Paul Vitale, Senior Vice President, Finance & Operations of the Toy Industry Association (TIA), has been named one of the 2015 Nonprofit CFO Transformational Leaders. He will be honored at the 2015 Nonprofit CFO of the Year Awards Luncheon on March 13 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.
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The Toy Industry Association (TIA), in partnership with toy design and manufacturing firm Peru Meridian Studios, announced today that a special screening of the documentary I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story will take place on the evening of Monday, February 16th during the 112th North American International Toy Fair in New York City.
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As part of its ongoing efforts to provide parents and caregivers with accurate information about safe play, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) recently conducted an in-depth review of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) “Trouble in Toyland” reports issued from 2008 through 2013. The analysis found that U.S. PIRG’s reports were based on improper testing methods that are not approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the federal regulatory agency charged with toy safety oversight, and fail to support PIRG’s allegations that the identified toys (defined as objects designed, manufactured or marketed as playthings for children under 14 years of age) present any danger to children at play.
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The Toy Industry Association (TIA) is pleased to share the following member news for the month of November 2014.
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The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced today the 83 finalists for the prestigious 2015 Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY) – also known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry. Between now and January 11, 2015, toy lovers of all ages can visit www.ToyAwards.org to vote for their favorite toys, games and properties across 12 categories and enter to win exclusive prize packages!
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