Brothers Fran Patch and Bryce Patch owned a printing company that printed products for other companies, including boards for Trivial Pursuit and Cabbage Patch doll sticker books
Fran Patch and Bryce Patch decided to sell their own line of products and formed Patch Products, Inc.
Obtained national puzzle distribution at Walmart
Obtained the rights to sell and distribute TriBond®
Blurt!® and TriBond Kids introduced
Expanded sales beyond the United States to include Canada
Mad Gab® introduced
Expanded into foreign markets via licensing, including New Zealand and Australia
Patch was the #3 manufacturer of adult board games
Acquired Just Kid'n™, New York foam ball company, to launch Zoam® products
Opened new corporate headquarters in Beloit, Wisconsin
Won the Business of the Year Award for commitment to the stateline area represented by the new Corporate Headquarters of Patch Worldwide, and for a business culture that honors and involves employees and community
Expanded Zoam line of foam balls to include Light Tracker® products
Patch was the #2 manufacturer of adult board games
Won the Sam Walton Business Leader Award for service to customers, respect for the individual and commitment to strive for excellence
Secured board game rights to *NSYNC, Backstreet® Boys™ and 98°
*NSYNC Backstage Pass™ and Big Deal® card games introduced
Backstreet® Boys™ Around the World™ and 98° Play for Keeps™ tween games introduced
Line of licensed McDonald's® games, Tiny Tins® children's games and Choo Choo Training™ Sticker Coloring books introduced
Wymer Distribution Center opened, expanding distribution facilities to a total of 218,000 sq. ft.
Collegiate foam balls and Great Big Sneaky Puzzles® introduced
Buzzword®, Swap!® and A to Z Puzzles™ introduced
Line of Imperial™ playing cards, dice, poker chips, chess, checkers and backgammon introduced
Line of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® games and puzzles introduced
Won the Corporate Contributor Award for commitment and initiatives to develop and maintain a women-friendly business environment
Mad Gab®, TriBond®, and Blurt!® brand rights sold to Mattel, Inc.
Toss Up!® introduced
Won the Women of Distinction Corporate Award for demonstrating a responsiveness to the needs of women, or implementing innovative practices that encourage and enable women employees to develop their leadership potential.
Licensed Jeff Foxworthy™ brand for “You Might Be A Redneck If…”™ Game
What’s Yours Like?® added to the party game line
Roll-It Tic-Tac-Toe™ and Farkle released as new family games
Launched new card games Go Ape!® and Tastes Like Chicken™
Introduced Buzzword® Junior, A fun family version of Buzzword, for younger players
Reached the milestone of selling more than 100 million puzzles since the founding of the company
Acquired Smethport Specialty Co., a leading manufacturer of toys and specialty line products, including the Lauri® brand. Smethport's primary products included educational games and activity sets. One of its best-known products is the classic toy, Wooly Willy®
Added 100 Really Dumb Things™, Now What?™, Know It or Blow It™ and Buzzword® Bits to the line of family games
Became the exclusive U.S. distributor of Überstix™, encouraging kids to Build it-Float it-Fly it™
Lauri® and Smethport™ brands grew with additions to lines such as Tall-Stacker™, lacing, Peel & Stick™, magnetic playsets and pocket charts
Gained the Garanimals® license rights for Walmart exclusive games and puzzles, launching ABC Games, 123 Games, Matching, Fun at the Zoo™ and card games
Gained license rights to Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?® and produced an updated board game based on the new syndicated show, with new questions and new game play
Celebrated the exciting accomplishment of having sold one million copies of Buzzword®
Introduced innovative new line of 3D Sneaky Puzzles® featuring vibrant images that "pop out" when you look at them with the included 3D glasses! Titles include Singin' Sea Creatures™, Midnight Safari™ and Lightening Bugs All Around™. Patent Pending
Expanded the Lauri® Tall-Stacker™ line with Mighty Monkey® pegs - fun characters that add personality to pegging and work with all Tall-Stacker pegs
Developed the new Patch games 5 Second Rule®, Stir 'em Up!® and Word Shout®, as well as Lauri® early construction set Locktagons™ and the new Lacing & Learning™ line.
The Take 'N' Play Anywhere™ line came to life with classic titles of play-anywhere games featuring big magnetic playing pieces that are easy for kids to use and hard for kids to lose
Redesigned the Lauri® Crepe Rubber Puzzle line to feature larger pieces for younger puzzlers
Gained the rights from The Jim Henson Company™ for the popular preschool licenses Sid the Science Kid™ and Dinosaur Train™, producing preschool science kits and fun Take ‘N’ Play Anywhere™ activities and a puzzle
Celebrated Wooly Willy®'s 55th birthday
Developed a new Treasured Toys® line consisting of old favorites brought back for present-day fun: Bed Bugs™, Shark Attack!™ and Yakity-Yak®
The party game 5 Second Rule® was nominated for Game of the Year by the Toy Industry Association’s Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY)
Took the popular game Farkle to a whole new level with Farkle Frenzy®, a new way to play Farkle using simultaneous play and a funky bubble hub device housing a common die
Added Swivel™ and 100 Wacky Things™ to the line of family games; and added Love It! Hate It!® to the line of party games
Expanded the Take ‘N’ Play Anywhere™ line with magnetic activity tins featuring cool graphics and creative fun
Made Lauri® Tall-Stacker™ Mighty Monkey® even more fun with a new creative playset featuring a swing, elevator, movable monkey figures and more
Added to the Treasured Toys&rade; game line with Dizzy Dizzy Dinosaur™
Developed an all-new way to play with dry-erase and magnets together. Design ‘N’ Doodle™, part of the Take ‘N’ Play Anywhere™ line, allows kids to draw on backgrounds and color magnets
Gained Nickelodeon® licenses Dora the Explorer™ and SpongeBob SquarePants™ for Design ‘N’ Doodle™ and 3D Sneaky Floor Puzzles®
The party game Love It! Hate It!® was nominated for the People’s Play Awards.
Gained Sesame Street® license for Design ‘N’ Doodle.
Gained the rights to the Blunders® line of products, which includes the fun and educational board game, as well as the tear-off activity Manner Mats™. The line was created by Aimee Symington, children’s etiquette expert, to offer an engaging and entertaining way for children to learn about manners.
Made Lauri® Tall-Stacker™ Mighty Monkey® even more fun with a new creative playset featuring a swing, slides, movable monkey figures and more.
Created fun action games Cluck ‘N’ Chuck™ and Don’t Rock the Boat™ to expand our children’s games category.
Developed a line of toy-like games that are compact in size and price, but big on fun and value: Big Little Games™ features three titles that will keep children busy and amused!
Revolutionized the world of Farkle by taking a well-loved dice game and turning it into an innovative new card game, Farkle Flip™.
Expanded the Wooly Willy® family with festive mini characters for Halloween and Christmas.
Joined in the 50th anniversary celebration of Clifford the Bog Red Dog® by gaining the license for a Tales To Play® game, birthday board game, card game, Design ‘N’ Doodle and 2-sided Sneaky Puzzle®!