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Ben Franklin and His Crazy Socks

In In the News, RADIUS on May 23, 2017 at 9:17 am

 

 

In March, the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania announced their winners of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Innovation Awards, naming RADIUS the victor of the Innovative Application of Technology category.

The Innovative Application of Technology award highlights a company that strongly demonstrates a “break-the-mold” approach to integrating new or existing technology into its business. Ben Franklin recently published an award press release with the following company description explaining why RADIUS was honored with the Innovative Application of Technology award.

RADIUS designs and manufactures premium personal care products including eco-friendly toothbrushes, molded travel cases, dental floss, and organic toothpastes. The completely solar-powered, certified woman-owned company is committed to ongoing R&D to identify innovative and sustainable manufacturing approaches to make everyday products distinctive. Its Source Toothbrush uses replacement head technology with a handle made from recycled dollar bills, paper, and wood, reducing waste by 93%. Through Ben Franklin funding and connections, RADIUS received marketing and strategy support, teamed with the Plastics Manufacturing Center at Penn College to address a breakage problem with toothbrushes, and more recently worked with Lehigh University’s Enterprise Systems Center on facility optimization. Since last year, RADIUS has increased employment from 30 to 35 and in the past five years’ company revenue has increased by 3½ times. RADIUS will soon purchase, renovate, and relocate into a larger building to respond to burgeoning demand.

The purposes of the innovation awards are to recognize winners for their success and achievement, to highlight the effectiveness of the Ben Franklin program, and to inform entrepreneurs and established manufacturers about the resources that are available to them in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Awards were presented to seven recipients, companies or individuals who have achieved business success through Ben Franklin funding and assistance, have helped others to achieve success, or have improved their businesses through innovation. Each award recipient exemplifies outstanding achievement in that category.

Photo credit: Ryan Hulvat

Winners were honored at the Ben Franklin iXchange event on Tuesday, May 9th at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA.

RADIUS President and CEO, Saskia Foley, accepting the Innovative Application of Technology award. Photo credit: Ryan Hulvat

The award presentation was followed by a keynote presentation by Dustin Garis focusing on Disruptive Innovation. Preceded by a surprise (and rather impressive) break dancing performance, Dustin – who after graduating college, decided to turned down multiple job offers and travel the world instead – encouraged guests to break of out their routines to stimulate innovation. Dustin pointed out that autopilot doesn’t inspire creativity, which is an interesting idea considering 90% of our daily activity is exactly the same every day. Dustin told guests to rebel and break the mold and one small way to “revolt against routine” was to wear crazy socks. Ben Franklin staff, award winners, and other guests were encouraged to wear the craziest socks they could find to the iXchange event. Wearing a dress? Who cares? Wear those crazy socks with heels and pride. Revolt against the routine.

RADIUS Founder, Kevin Foley, and his daughter and RADIUS President/CEO, Saskia Foley, after accepting the Innovative Application of Technology award. Photo credit: Ryan Hulvat

 

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RADIUS Named a 2016 National Parenting Product Award Recipient

In In the News on August 16, 2016 at 2:16 pm

 

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August 16, 2016

 

Kutztown, PA – Founded in 1990 by LA Parent Magazine, the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) has been the “go-to” source for parents and professionals who are seeking the best children’s products available for the past 26 years. NAPPA, which is celebrated as being one of the longest running and most respected awards programs in the country, has recognized the RADIUS Totz Plus™ Toothbrush as a 2016 NAPPA recipient.

Introduced in 2015, the Totz Plus Toothbrush represents the next stage in RADIUS’ innovative, age-specific approach to the changing needs of children as they move through oral care growth stages. With a cool, non-slip rubber grip and the same ambidextrous handle as the Totz™ Toothbrush, the new Totz Plus is designed to support the next phase of a toddler’s oral care needs as they learn to brush on their own.

“RADIUS has always taken our customers’ demands and feedback into account when designing new products. We heard a huge cry from parents for quality children’s toothbrushes that are made in the USA and we’re thrilled to be able to offer that to our loyal consumers. To have our efforts recognized by such a respected awards program is a great honor and we’re very proud to receive the NAPPA seal of approval,” CEO and President, Saskia Foley said.

NAPPA has a very comprehensive and selected judging criteria and is more than just a seal of approval. Winning products have been rigorously assessed and deemed “best in its class” by a panel of expert judges, testers, and reviewers. NAPPA judges are industry experts who have extensive professional experience working with children and parents.

About RADIUS®

RADIUS, established in 1983, is a certified women-owned consumer products company. It is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of specialty toothbrushes, toothpastes, and complementary personal care products, including travel cases and dental floss. RADIUS is a leader in the natural products industry in personal care and is renowned for its combination of innovative designs, premium materials, and eco-conscious manufacturing that redefines ordinary personal care products with the goal of enhancing the quality and enjoyment of everyday routines.

Today RADIUS is proud to be one of the only toothbrush manufacturers still operating in the United States that still manufacturers on its own injection molding and bristling machines. RADIUS is now certified women-owned and completely vertically integrated; designing, manufacturing, and inspecting all of its products by hand. RADIUS operates and manufactures in a restored feed mill in Kutztown, PA on solar powered machines. Parallel goals of promoting energy-efficient manufacturing and a focus on a clean and cutting-edge design presence sets Radius apart from the rest.

For more information visit www.madebyradius.com

RADIUS MEDIA CONTACT:
Amanda Stimpfl
astimpfl@madebyradius.com
Direct – (484) 641-8081
Company – (610) 683-9400 x 105

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Whole Foods Spends the Day at RADIUS

In RADIUS on June 17, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Last week we were very excited to welcome the Whole Foods Market Mid-Atlantic Regional Whole Body Team and the Whole Body Team from Whole Foods Market South Street in Philadelphia! They took a tour of the RADIUS HQ, learned all about our manufacturing process, and joined us for some lunch. Here’s a glimpse into their day at RADIUS!

A Case For Every Occasion

In RADIUS on May 27, 2016 at 8:34 am

 6 Ingenious Travel Case Hacks

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Traveling can be full of adventure…and stress. Here at RADIUS we design our products to make things easier – and that includes our Travel Cases. Whether you’re traveling to a tropical island or a winter wonderland our travel cases have got you covered.

 

1. Original/SCUBA Toothbrush Travel Case – Initially designed to fit our world famous Original® Toothbrush, this travel case can do it all. It can carry your Original or SCUBA® Toothbrush – whether it be right or left handed – and it can also hold your totally trendy spectacles.

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Try this case for:

RADIUS Original and SCUBA Toothbrushes

RADIUS Pure Baby® & Totz® Toothbrushes

Eyeglasses

ChapStick®

Children’s Fork & Spoon

Bracelets

Make-up sponges

2. Standard Toothbrush Travel Case – If you’re a RADIUS Source™ Toothbrush fan you know this case pretty well. Made to fit the Source and most other toothbrushes this slender case is a must-have for stress-free travel. Perfect for a woman-on-the-go you can keep those expensive make-up brushes safe while still keeping your purse light and organized.

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Try this case for:

RADIUS Source Toothbrush

RADIUS Totz Plus™ Toothbrush

Most Ordinary Toothbrush Brands

Strawesome® Reusable Glass Straws

Make-up brushes

Colored pencils

Knitting needles

Nail Files

3. Razor Travel Case – Keep yourself well-groomed and your razor sharp with this travel case designed to fit most brands. Not taking a razor? Use it for your jewelry and make sure your favorite pearls get where you’re going intact.

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Try this case for:

RADIUS Kidz® Toothbrush

Most Brands of Razors

Necklaces

Bracelets

Rings

Make-up sponges

Cotton Balls

Q-tips®

4. Soap Travel Case – We’re all about keeping it clean here at RADIUS so it’s no surprise we went ahead and designed a case to fit your favorite soap. But if bar soap’s not your thing, you can use this case to stow and go many other necessities.

Make sure your child is happy and keep their favorite cereal locked away in your purse ready to go for snack time or anticipate all life’s bumps and travel with a mini-sewing kit.

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Try this case for:

Most Brands of Soap

Cereal or Granola

Sewing Kit

Make-up sponges

Cotton Balls

Q-tips®

Face wipes

Tweezers

5. Small Tampon/Condom Case – An everyday essential that was made to discreetly store one or two tampons or condoms this case is as functional as it is tiny. Designed to easily fit into clutches on date night, this case is also perfect for your other everyday necessities.

Make sure your EarPods™ don’t get tangled and never forget to take your vitamins again by storing them in your cute, little travel case.

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Try this case for:

Small/Compact Tampons

Condoms

EarPods™/ Earbuds

Medication

Vitamins

Stamps

Earrings

Hairpins & Hair Ties

Rings

Cufflinks

Matches

Batteries

Safety Pins

6. Large Tampon Travel Case – Never have crushed and loose tampons floating around your purse again with this ingenious idea. Made to fit standard tampons this case is an essential for your daily life.

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Try this case for:

Tampons

Hairpins & Hair Ties`

Bracelets

Tweezers

Pens

Crayons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Choose the Right Toothbrush

In RADIUS on May 24, 2016 at 4:33 pm

Everybody’s mouth, teeth, gums and brushing techniques are different. So why, then, are most toothbrushes designed in a one-size-fits-all fashion?

When selecting a toothbrush, don’t just grab the first one you see in the drugstore aisle. Take a moment to think about which one will best fit your personal needs.

When you find the right toothbrush for you, you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes. Here are a few key considerations to help you find the best fit for you:

 

Effectiveness

A truly effective toothbrush should be able to remove plaque and other food debris that contribute to tooth decay without causing unnecessary damage to the delicate tissues of the gum. Medium and hard bristles push back the gum margins (where gum and tooth meet) exposing tooth surfaces, increasing sensitivity and causing irreparable damage including periodontal disease and cavities.

RADIUS® knows the best and most gentle way to clean is with softer bristles, which is why all of our toothbrushes are adorned with finer, longer, softer and more pliable bristles that reach every nook and cranny of your mouth without aggravating the gum line.

Comfort & control

We believe a toothbrush is no good if using it doesn’t feel good.

Making toothbrushes that provide a cleaning experience worth savoring is what we live for, because the bottom line is, when brushing becomes a pleasure not a chore, you’ll naturally start taking better care of your teeth.

 

Our toothbrushes don’t just clean your teeth. The softer bristles and unique brush head design massage and invigorate your entire mouth. And the smart handles are meticulously crafted for the perfect grip and reach.

Whether you’re one year old or 100, left or right handed, a vigorous brusher or a light touch — the RADIUS toothbrush provides you with a more customized and comfortable brushing experience for life.

Design

The architects who designed the RADIUS range of toothbrushes are professional sticklers for elegant design. Their unique aesthetic is more than a reflection of functionality — it’s a style statement. After all, you use your toothbrush twice a day, so why not feel a little more fabulous when you do?

 

As effective as they are beautiful, our unique products are defined by bright, bold colors and delightful details. In short, RADIUS products don’t just work better, they look nicer too. We want you to love them, because the more you love them, the more you’ll use them.

 

ADA acceptance

Did you know, ever since The American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance program began in 1931, toothbrushes in America have undergone a thorough screening process by the ADA?

Manufacturers voluntarily submit their products for testing by ADA laboratory staff, who evaluate them with the help of more than 150 scientists — experts in dental materials, microbiology, pharmacology, toxicology, and chemistry.

What are they looking for?

          • Objective clinical and/or laboratory studies that demonstrate safety and effectiveness
          • FDA-approved ingredients
          • Manufacturing standards that assure purity and uniformity
          • Packaging and advertising claims that are supported by the science.
After passing the stringent research tests they are awarded “ADA ACCEPTED” accreditation — the official dentist’s stamp of approval. We’ve put a great deal of thought into making our designs not just meet, but exceed, expectations, and we’re proud to say that most RADIUS toothbrushes carry the ADA seal.

Choose the right toothbrush for you at www.madebyradius.com.

Take a Tour of RADIUS

In RADIUS on May 18, 2016 at 7:22 pm

This is where we design, create, manufacture, and bring our innovative products to life. Take a tour of our historic factory and HQ and get an inside look at what makes RADIUS tick.

RADIUS Receives Presidential Award for Export Successes

In In the News, RADIUS on May 17, 2016 at 10:54 am

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Kutztown, PA — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today presented RADIUS Corporation with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

 “RADIUS has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The “E” Awards Committee was very impressed with RADIUS’ innovative dental hygiene products. The company’s pursuit of export markets as the key to its business growth was also particularly notable. RADIUS’ achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs,” said Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection as an award recipient.

RADIUS, established in 1983, is a certified women-owned consumer products company. It is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of specialty toothbrushes, toothpastes, and complementary personal care products, including travel cases and dental floss. RADIUS is a leader in the natural products industry in personal care and is renowned for its combination of innovative designs, premium materials, and eco-conscious manufacturing that redefines ordinary personal care products with the goal of enhancing the quality and enjoyment of everyday routines.

Today RADIUS is proud to be one of the only toothbrush manufacturers still operating in the United States that still manufacturers on its own injection molding and bristling machines. RADIUS is now certified women-owned and completely vertically integrated; designing, manufacturing, and inspecting all of its products by hand. RADIUS operates and manufactures in a restored feed mill in Kutztown, PA on solar powered machines. Parallel goals of promoting energy-efficient manufacturing and a focus on a clean and cutting-edge design presence sets RADIUS apart from the rest.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presents RADIUS CEO and President Saskia Foley with the President’s “E” Award in Washington D.C. on May 16, 2016

 

“RADIUS is incredibly proud and honored to receive the President’s E-award for excellence and stewardship of exporting to other regions around the world. RADIUS was the only company in the state of Pennsylvania to receive this prestigious award and is excited to have been recognized as one of a select number of companies truly impacting and growing the American economy with the export of its quality products. In an era of massive imports into the United States, RADIUS believes supporting America’s export economy is an incredibly important aspect of its business structure and will continue to grow in this area for years to come. The continued efforts of the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Commercial Service to aid American-made small businesses like RADIUS in exporting goods and services ab road and to create new trade agreements in an attempt to help sustain economic growth in exports is one example of what makes America great and we feel the support to the core of our business. We know we have support and that the more we export, the more jobs and skills it will bring to our local community and to USA overall. RADIUS has seen incredible exponential growth in its export channel and we truly believe that this is the way of the future. We believe that “made in the USA” is a true asset and the quality, uniqueness of design and craftsmanship of our products should be accessible to customers around the globe. We will continue on our mission to attain that goal,” CEO and President, Saskia Foley said.

In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters. Today, Secretary Pritzker honored 123 U.S. companies with the President’s “E” Award for their outstanding work to reduce barriers to foreign markets and to open the door to more trade around the world.

In 2015, U.S. exports totaled $2.23 trillion, accounting for nearly 13 percent of U.S. GDP. Nationally, exports contributed to the U.S. economy, supporting an estimated 11.5 million jobs.

U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Awards through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration, with offices in 108 U.S. cities and more than 70 countries.  Record years of successive export growth and an applicant’s demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan that led to the increase in exports is a significant factor in selecting the winners.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker addressing the audience during the President’s “E” Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. on May 16, 2016

 

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The President’s “E” Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. on May 16, 2016

 

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The President’s “E” Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. on May 16, 2016

For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit www.export.gov.

Vote for us! RADIUS is a Martha Stewart American Made Awards 2015 Finalist!

In In the News, RADIUS on September 23, 2015 at 11:10 am

RADIUS Martha Stewart American Made Awards

Exciting news for RADIUS this month — we’re proud to have been named a 2015 Style/Beauty Finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards.

Every year the awards celebrate homegrown makers in the crafts, design, food, and style industries. The aim is to support small businesses within our communities, and highlight the tenacious creativity of entrepreneurs across the country.

Martha and her discerning team will be judging the nominees on innovation and originality, workmanship, visual appeal and embodiment of the American Made theme — all of which are very much central to the RADIUS product and process. Should we win, Team RADIUS will be headed to New York City to attend the American Made event at the Martha Stewart Living headquarters. We’ll also receive $10,000 to grow the company and a chance to be featured in the American Made Market — the online store for handcrafted, artisanal products made right here in the USA.

Think RADIUS is a worthy winner? Visit Martha Stewart American Made Awards and vote for us in the Style/Beauty category.