Ty is an American plush animal company based in Westmont, Illinois. The company was founded in 1986 by current owner and CEO Ty Warner. Mr. Warner is considered an unusually private and secretive man, but the popularity of his toys is certainly no secret. By far, Ty Inc.’s most famous line of products are the Beanie Babies, which were first introduced in 1993 and have since become one of the biggest fads in American toy history.
Since 1993 Ty has produced more than 370 different Beanie Babies with colorful names such as Pablo the penguin (current) and Cheeks the baboon (retired). Other products include Beanie Buddies (bigger versions of traditional Beanies), Ty Classics (stuffed animals), Ty Girlz (cloth dolls), and Bow Wow Beanies (pet toys).