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Gordy International
Las Vegas, NV
1970 - Current

 

Aliases

 

Henry Gordy Inc.

Gordy International

EXX, Inc. (parent company)

 

Locations                                                                                         

 

Yonkers, NY

Las Vegas, NV

History

 

Gordy International is run as a division of EXX, Inc., of Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

In 1970, SFM Inc. (founded in 1899 as Seneca Falls Machine Company in that New York village) acquired Howell Electric Motors of Plainfield. Howell is a manufacturer of specialty motors used in the blowers of air conditioning systems, floor scrubbing and polishing machines and motor pumps used in food processing machinery.

 

The headquarters of the relatively small SFM was then moved to Plainfield. In 1984, David A. Segal, who owned 10 percent of the company's stock, took control of the company as CEO.

 

In 1987, SFM acquired Yonkers-based Henry Gordy, Inc., a manufacturer, importer and marketer of toys, changing its name to Henry Gordy International and moving the firm to Plainfield, where the title on the North Avenue building says it was 'Plant No. 1'.

 

In 1994, SFM bought Colorado-based Hi-Flier, a major manufacturer of kites and model airplanes. Whether or not Hi-Flier actually moved operations to Plainfield (I have no evidence), its name appears in the faded window signs at 900 North Avenue.

 

Also in 1994, SFM changed its name to EXX, Inc., which is the name of the holding company currently owning both Gordy International and Howell Electric Motors as well as other divisions. In 2010, Segal took EXX, Inc., private, buying up all the outstanding Class A and Class B shares.

 

The vacant industrial property on North Avenue, which stretches from the 700-block to the building at 900 North Avenue is currently on the market, and I understand from sources that there is actually some interest by a potential buyer. Tax records show the property as being owned by Howell Electric Motors in Hermann, Missouri, which is now the only physical plant location for that division of EXX.

 

As for Gordy International, it seems to have devolved into an importer of toys exclusively, with an office address only listed in Las Vegas and no American manufacturing facilities.

 

Along the way, Gordy produced at least one crayon product.

 

Known Crayon Boxes

                                                                                                                                                                                          

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

Alf Pocket Coloring Set

GDY0012

HPP

4

4

White

Alf

Visible crayons

1987

7

$10

Bugs Bunny Stamp & Color Set

GDY0015

HPP

4

4

White

Bugs Bunny

Visible product

1989

7

$10

Crayons No 592

GDY0001

HPP

16

16

Black, Yellow

Angled Text

Yellow box in black hanger

1986

6

$3

Flintstones

GDY0002

TT

8

8

Yellow

Spotted

Fred on rock

1990

5

$5

Flintstones

GDY0004

TT

8

8

Yellow

White Banner

Barney in circle

1992

6

$5

Flintstones Coloring Set

GDY0005

HPP

8

8

Brown

G logo bottom

Visible boxes, Barney crayons

1992

6

$10

Flintstones Stamp & Color Set

GDY0014

HPP

4

4

Blue

Flintstones

Visible product

1992

7

$10

Go Bots Stamp & Color Set

GDY0016

HPP

4

4

Blue

Go Bots

Visible product

1984

8

$12

Gumby Stamp & Color Set

GDY0017

HPP

4

4

White

Gumby

Visible product

1988

8

$12

Marvel Super Heroes TV View n’ Color

GDY0013

HPP

4

4

Multicolor

Marvel logo

Visible product

1990

7

$10

Power Rangers Stamp & Color Set

GDY0009

HPP

4

4

Green

Power Rangers

Visible crayons

1993

7

$10

Punky Brewster

GDY0003

TT

8

8

Green

Angled

Pink lined rectangle

1984

7

$7

The Real Ghostbusters

GDY0011

TT

8

8

Blue

White Banner

Ghost in “No” circle

1986

6

$5

The Real Ghostbusters Coloring Set

GDY0010

HPP

8

8

Blue

Ghostbusters

Visible crayons

1986

6

$10

The Real Ghostbusters Pocket Coloring Set

GDY0006

HPP

4

4

Blue

Ghostbusters

Visible crayons

1987

5

$7

The Real Ghostbusters Trace and Color Set

GDY0007

HPP

6

6

Blue

Ghostbusters

Visible crayons

1987

6

$10

Teenage Ninja Turtles Stamp & Color Set

GDY0008

HPP

4

4

Blue

Turtles logo

Visible product

1990

6

$10

World Wrestling Federation TV View ‘N’ Color

GDY0018

HPP

4

4

Blue

WWF

Visible product

1990

6

$10

 

Photos

 

 

 

GDY0001

GDY0002

GDY0003

GDY0004

 

 

 

GDY0005

GDY0006

GDY0007

GDY0008

GDY0009

 

 

 

GDY0010

GDY0011

GDY0012

GDY0013

GDY0014

 

 

 

GDY0015

GDY0016

GDY0017

GDY0018