Sawyer Sparks, inventor of Soy-Year Dough. (Sawyer Sparks)Sawyer Sparks, inventor of Soy-Year Dough. (Sawyer Sparks)

“Being ‘Made in the USA’ was huge for me,” said Sparks. “My county, Greene County, was/is one of the highest in unemployment in the state of Indiana and I wanted to build something that would bring life back to my hometown.”

Soy-Yer Dough went from being sold in a handful of toy shops to more than 300 nationwide. Retailers and other toy companies contracted Soy-Yer Dough to private-label manufacture it under their brand name. Sparks started the company in 2008, making the dough in his kitchen.

“Children with Celiac Disease and many children with Autism avoid wheat products,” said Sparks. “Soy-Yer Dough allows all children to be able to use their imagination and not be left out in the classrooms during play dough activities.”

Written by Kendall Burch

Stimulus Engineering and WestGate Academy Conferencing and Training Center Intern