The Holmes County company and its popular Berlin Flyer Wagon will be featured on the children’s show "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood" on PBS Wednesday morning.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is an animated spinoff of the long-running "Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood," which first aired on PBS in 1968.
Pittsburgh PBS affiliate WQED reached out to the business, said Kevin Miller, chief financial officer for HCM.
"I think they just found us through our website," Miller said. "They’re from Pittsburgh, so they’re looking for something that’s in driving distance. They basically just said, ‘We produce this kids show and we’re looking for something that involves putting wagons together.’ "
The show is made for preschoolers ages 2 to 4 and features Daniel Tiger, the son of the original program’s Daniel Striped Tiger puppet. Each episode contains two stories that center on a theme, like dealing with disappointment, for example.
HCM’s Berlin Flyer Wagon will be featured on episode 414 called "Daniel Likes to be with Dad; Daniel Likes to be with Mom," where Daniel and his mother turn her old wagon into a trolley. The live footage from HCM will tie into that portion of the episode.
Producers came out a few days before filming was scheduled to learn about the process and decide what they wanted to focus on when cameras arrived, Miller said. The day before, crews came out to decide on lighting. The whole episode was filmed in one day on Aug. 13, 2018.
"I’m not quite sure how long it’s going to be, the clip, if it’ll be five minutes or if it’ll be one minute," Miller said. "But it’s hard to fit in the entire process of manufacturing a wagon in that amount of time."
The production of the wagon is fairly complicated, said department manager Benjamin Hershberger Jr., and the amount of time it takes usually varies.
"It’s complicated because first, we make all the parts," Hershberger said. "There’s steel parts and there’s wood parts. There’s bolts and screws, obviously we have to buy that. But all the other stuff, we manufacture in our facility. We just buy the raw steel and it goes through a punch press. We do all the forming and fabricating ourselves and then we paint it."
CEO Wayne Hershberger makes an appearance in the show explaining the process to viewers. The company plans to stream the episode for employees, Miller said.
This isn’t the first time HCM has been a part of a TV show. In August 2015, the wagons were featured on the Canadian show, "Home Factory," which tours manufacturing facilities in North America to discover how everyday items are made.
The Berlin Flyer Wagon also made news in June 2015, when then-First Lady Michelle Obama gifted the P-Wee Wagon model for newborn Princess Charlotte and her brother Prince George during a visit to London.
HCM is on pace to make about 6,500 wagons in 2019, Miller and Hershberger said. There are four models of the wagon available, but the original flyer is the most popular, Hershberger said. While the wagon only comprises about 7 percent of the company’s sales, it is the only product it offers that goes directly to the end consumer, Miller said. HCM’s other products are mainly wholesale, Hershberger said.
Berlin Flyer Wagons are available at several locations in the area, including Kauffman Lawn Furniture, Millersburg True Value, the Village Toy Shop, Orme Hardware, Keim Lumber and Yoder Home & Hardware. Larger retailers like Tractor Supply, Home Depot and Amazon also carry the wagons.
HCM’s episode of "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood" will air on PBS at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The show is also available to stream online at pbskids.org.
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