2015 Tegu Year in Review

2015 has come and gone, and while we at Tegu are planning for an even more ambitious 2016 we wanted to take a look back at what made 2015 a great year for us. We could not have accomplished what we did without the wonderful support of our customers and retail partners, and we hope to have your continued support as we grow into 2016 and beyond!

Check out our 2015 Year in Review:

 

Building the Business, The Tegu Team |

A Letter to our Retail Friends and Partners

Dear Retail Friends and Partners,

 

I hope this letter finds you well and prepared for the most exhilarating time of year.  For those of you that I have yet to meet, I am Will Haughey, one of the brothers behind Tegu.  Chris and I started on this adventure together as founders 6 years ago and we could not be more grateful for the journey it has been thus far.  Now, I am well aware that the fourth quarter is upon us, and every minute counts more than ever, so in that spirit I will be brief.

 

I am fresh off a trip to our manufacturing headquarters in Tegucigalpa, Honduras with our entire Tegu team.  As most of you know, we made Honduras our wholly-owned factory home to bring lasting change to the Country, the third poorest in the Western Hemisphere.  Tegu was born out of the question, “Could we create a for-profit company based in Honduras that would foster a positive social impact through its business?”  I have come back to this question countless times over the past 6 years and to be completely transparent with you, there have been days where this ambition has felt unattainable.  There have been days where Chris and I have looked at each other and asked, “Are we crazy to try to achieve this?”  But, those dim moments shrink into the shadows when considered amidst the week we just had in Honduras.  I am elated to share that we just celebrated two major milestones that would not be possible without you:  1) we’ve now hired over 200 workers earning living wages in Honduras, and 2) we’ve planted over half a million trees in connection with our product sales.  The joy we find in these incredible markers must be shared with you, so please take a moment and be encouraged by the direct impact of your partnership.

 

While there are many inspiring stories to share from our time in Honduras, one specific event stands out.  Tegu hosted a ‘family night,’ where we invited our entire staff and their families to a carnival of sorts.  A delicious meal was shared, faces were painted, soccer was played, laughter was overflowing and most importantly, friendships were born and joy abounded.  This massive congregation of over 500 Tegu family members gave us a snapshot into what the next generation of our company looks like.  I share this image with you as a partner on this journey.  I share this vision to inspire you.  Lives change when we reach more customers; thank you for helping make this change real.  Again, please take a moment and digest what this means: the joy your customers experience with Tegu is simply the beginning of a bigger, life changing story for proud, hardworking families in the impoverished nation of Honduras.

 

I am honored to call you a partner in Tegu’s story.  And, in closing I want to thank you for your support, commitment and passion for Tegu.  Our team can have all the passion in the world, but if it doesn’t translate to you, our mission is lost.  I wish you the very best this holiday season and again I thank you for the space you have given us in your store (and in your heart).  You can sell Tegu with as much confidence as you’ve ever placed in any toy; we’re an authentic story of unlocking good through play.  And, we will be cheering you on from a distance—please know that we love hearing from you, we delight in serving you and we look forward to connecting when the fourth quarter dust settles!

 

All the best,

 

Will and Chris Haughey

 

Building the Business, Honduras Social Initiatives, Profit Attacking Poverty, The Tegu Team |

Birthdays are important

Birthdays are important.

Building the Business |

Tegu is growing! Now hiring in Tegucigalpa and NYC area

It’s been almost exactly 5 years since Tegu Honduras sent out its first shipment of Magnetic Wooden Blocks to stoke the fires of our entrance to the USA toy market.  That shipment had one and a half pallets of Tegu toys in it and took almost 3 months from production startup to get made and packaged!  As a measure of our growth, just yesterday Tegu Honduras shipped a full container of product (20 pallets’ worth) to our operation in Europe, which is growing in leaps and bounds.  Those toys will end up in stores, classrooms, playrooms and museums across the UK, Germany, Scandinavia and a handful of other countries.

All that to say, our factory has grown incredibly, from the first 4 people hired at the end of 2009 to whip machines into shape and start production to the 150+ people that now make up our Production, Maintenance, Supply Chain and Administrative teams.  We are incredibly proud, excited, and humbled at the same time to see our mission of job creation in Honduras come to fruition and to be able to continue to deepen our impact.  In fact, the growth continues, and we are looking for a fresh group of strong functional leaders and team members to join our team at the factory.  We would love to entertain applications and interest from experienced, capable and hungry Hondurans looking to contribute to a meaningful enterprise in their country and have the opportunity to grow and take on new professional challenges together with Tegu.  Note that we’d also be happy to entertain interest from folks living outside Honduras, but they would need to want to live in Tegucigalpa and of course robustly meet the other requirements of the roles (which in almost all cases includes fluency in Spanish).

These positions range across the functional areas at the Tegu factory, from Production to Engineering to Supply Chain to Administration.  In some cases, certain roles involve significant interaction with our broader global team in the US and Europe.  We’re excited to be expanding so significantly, and without further ado, please find below the positions for which Tegu Honduras is currently seeking qualified and highly motivated candidates:

Finally, we are currently also recruiting for the following positions which would most likely be located with our team in the USA:

Thanks in advance for your personal interest and/or forwarding any of these positions to folks you know either in Honduras or with connections to Honduras who can pass the word on to the right people.

Building the Business, The Tegu Team, Uncategorized |

Introducing the FUTURE Magnetic Wooden Blocks from Tegu!

The Future Collection is Tegu’s first “theme-based” sets, an exciting new frontier for the multiple award-winning magnetic wooden blocks. This innovative line (initial offering includes four sets) includes 14 new, original shapes and uniquely combines print graphics with beautiful hardwoods. This customized application allows for the wood’s natural beauty to shine through, while adding a fun pop of color. The combination of whimsical graphics paired with contextualized shapes brings more personality to the play experience and helps seed the imagination. FUTURE draws upon many of the same shapes in Tegu’s “Classics” line, and is based on the same patent-pending magnetic wooden building system meaning it is fully compatible.

As always, all finishes and color applications are non-toxic, and Tegu is committed to sustainable wood-sourcing practices for it’s beautiful hardwoods.

Fast-forward your play into the next millennium with Tegu FUTURE!

Visit here to see the collection.

Building the Business, Children's Play Time |

Tegu is growing! Now Hiring Inside Sale Representatives Darien, CT

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

– Primarily responsible for improving, growing and extending Tegu’s established Wholesale selling efforts

– The Company will look to you to develop great reach and coverage across the United States in the Specialty Channel

– Use your sales abilities to help the Company reach its brand, product and financial objectives

– You will also be expected to familiarize yourself with Tegu’s social impact objectives, and all selling efforts will be expected to conform to those standards and values as well

– Make phone calls, take inbound calls, send out e-mails to secure sales with existing customers and new customers

Requirements

– Must have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

– Confident and persuasive in oral communications

– Must be proficient in Excel, Power Point and Word

– Must be a Team player and adapt to change

Location: Darien, CT

Send e-mail with resume to pat@tegu.com

Principal only.  Recruiters, please do not contact this job poster

Tegu Team Magnetic Blocks

 

Building the Business, The Tegu Team, Uncategorized |

Tegu is Hiring an Operations Manager!

Tegu Magnetic Wooden Block Company is hiring an Operations Manager

Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks Honduras Hiring Operations Manager

Operations Manager Tegu Wooden Blocks Hiring in Tegucigalpa Honduras

Are you interested? Please contact us!

Maria Alejandra Suazo Peña (RH)

Email- mariale@tegu.com

Cell Phone: (504) 3190-4802

Building the Business, The Tegu Team, Uncategorized |

From Our Original Wooden Block Set to Many

Did you know Tegu started with just one set, the ORIGINAL SET? Look how much we’ve grown! We’ve expanded our color selections, block shapes, and product lines. And we are going to keep expanding! Tegu is a system to keep building on to.

Today only, to celebrate how much our product portfolio has grown, get a FREE Pocket Pouch Prism Jungle when you buy any ORIGINAL SET!

Use code: THEORIGINALONE

Valid March 15, 2013 on http://www.tegu.com/blocks

Tegu 2012 Product Portfolio

View our 2012 Annual Report here: http://www.tegu.com/annual-report-2012/

All Things Design, Building the Business, Children's Play Time, Continuous Improvement, Our Annual Report |