The Company Melissa and Doug started in 1988. And most of there toys are educational,also they are located stores in 39 country's.They where founded in there basement! They are a American manufacturer meaning that all of their products are made in the United States of America.They have over 2,000 how amazing is that!! All of their products are made in the U.S.A . The philosophy is to: Make each and every customer happy and a permanent member of the Melissa & Doug Family.