Vermont Teddy Bear Company


In 1981, John Sortino was playing with his son and his collection of teddy bears when he discovered that all of the toys had been made in foreign countries. Inspired to bring the American tradition back to its roots, he began to make bears in his wife's sewing room. In 1992, after achieving success as a direct-response gift delivery business, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company opened a facility designed and engineered so visitors could watch the step-by-step process by which the jointed teddy bears are made.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Industrial & Manufacturing
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The Vermont Teddy Bear Company ships its furry friends in colorful packaging. To complete the illusion, the package contains airholes and a candy treat, to provide sustenance for the bear's journey.