PlayPower® Introduces Solar-Powered PlaySoleil™ Lighting for Playgrounds at NRPA Annual Conference

Easily installed on new and existing playground structures, PlaySoleil is affordable, aesthetically pleasing and helps address the security concerns of those who oversee parks

 

NASHVILLE, TN, Sept. 21, 2021 — PlayPower, the world’s largest commercial playground and recreational equipment manufacturer, today introduced PlaySoleil, a patent-pending, solar-powered light durably designed to easily fit into the posts of new and current playground structures. Shining light in a downward trajectory from atop the equipment, PlaySoleil illuminates playgrounds, discouraging unwanted after-hours activity without the need to run electricity.

PlayPower launched PlaySoleil today at the 2021 National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Annual Conference, held at the Music City Center in Nashville. The product is available to view and order in these three booths: Little Tikes Commercial® (Booth No. 1201), Miracle® (Booth No. 1400) and Playworld® (Booth No. 1001). The conference exhibit runs until 3:30pm tomorrow, September 22nd.

“Security and safety are huge priorities for anyone maintaining a commercial space, and PlaySoleil provides an affordable, aesthetically pleasing way to help address those concerns,” said Todd Brinker, PlayPower senior vice president, commercial growth, for outdoor play. “When the sun goes down and play areas are unsupervised, they can become gathering spaces for older children and adults. Parks are seeing more off-hours traffic, particularly during the pandemic, and lighting helps deter vandalism to the substantial investments that are our community playgrounds.”

Unlike existing solutions that create unwanted light pollution in public parks, PlaySoleil shines downward onto the structure and does not illuminate the surrounding area, limiting light pollution.

The product is crafted to work seamlessly with most playgrounds, as its stair-step design can be secured to 3.5”, 4” or 5” diameter posts. Its cylindrical base allows for easy integration, simply taking the place of the dome-shaped caps that would otherwise be atop the posts.

PlaySoleil is more efficient and more affordable than previous outdoor lighting options and can be added to playground equipment at any time. Many parks do not have playground lighting due to the cost of running electricity, which often includes digging a trench and burying wires underground. The most common method of lighting playgrounds today is with bollard lights or streetlights, which can be very expensive.

Recent advancements in LED and battery technology allow PlayPower to deliver this product that will, when fully charged, shine from sundown to sunup, discouraging vandalism or other destructive behavior and making patrolling easier for security guards and local police.

Charging typically requires two hours of direct sunlight.

“Our team at PlayPower understands our role in helping customers protect their investments, to ensure playgrounds bring joy to generations of children and families,” said Brinker. “When playgrounds are damaged or vandalized, they can be out of commission. The introduction of PlaySoleil demonstrates our commitment to listening to our customers, investing in new technology that meets their needs, and the needs of kids.”

For more information about PlaySoleil, visit PlayPower.com/PlaySoleil.

About PlayPower®

PlayPower, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial indoor and outdoor recreation equipment, including playgrounds, surfacing solutions, floating dock systems and lifts for boats and personal watercraft, shade solutions and site furnishings. The company is headquartered in Huntersville, North Carolina, with offices and manufacturing facilities in Aneby, Sweden; Dallas, Texas; Englewood, Colorado; Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; Monett, Missouri; Nogales, Mexico; Perth, Scotland; Selby, England; and Sosnowiec, Poland. PlayPower’s goal is to lead the market in all areas in which it competes and to continue to bring innovation and fun to the marketplace. PlayPower.com.

PlayPower® Announces First Major Attraction Protected by Antimicrobial Coating PlayArmor™

PlayArmor Helps Keep Popular Space Coast Play Space Safe From Germs

 

Orlando, Fla., July 13, 2021 – PlayPower®, the world’s largest commercial playground and recreational equipment manufacturer, has announced that Planet Play at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is the first interactive attraction treated with PlayArmor™, an industry-first antimicrobial coating specifically targeted for use on playgrounds.

Introduced by PlayPower last November for use on the company’s brands of indoor and outdoor play equipment, PlayArmor is based on technology that’s scientifically proven to create an effective, safe and active surface barrier against germs. Registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the antimicrobial coating withstands pressure washing and remains on playground surfaces to which it is applied for up to 90 days.

“Safety is absolutely vital to PlayPower, so adding antimicrobial protection to our products through PlayArmor is a perfect fit for us and for our customers’ venues,” said Ken Schober, vice president of PlayPower’s Indoor Play division. “It is our hope that, like Planet Play, tourist destinations and community playgrounds everywhere will turn to PlayArmor to keep play equipment safe.”

PlayPower is the exclusive distributor of PlayArmor, made by Clearstream® Technologies. In addition to its application on commercial playgrounds, PlayArmor can be applied to site amenities such as picnic tables and benches.

Planet Play, which debuted in January, is a fully immersive, multiple-story play experience for space explorers ages 2-12. Children can explore and learn as they play among replicas of planets and enjoy numerous interactive gaming and artistic components designed to create a deeper understanding of space. Kids have the chance to map a constellation, climb a worm hole, walk on Saturn’s rings, slide through an asteroid field and more.

Soft Play, a division of PlayPower, collaborated with Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to design some of the interactive components and manufactured physical activities. Additionally, the venue’s giant planets, Sun, satellites, Mars rover, Moon rocks and lunar module were produced in the Soft Play fabrication studio. Our artists’ goal was to create a truly memorable learning experience.

PlayArmor, which is safe for people and the environment, was applied to equipment in Planet Play and will be reapplied several times per year, as part of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s commitment to being a Trusted Space.

“PlayArmor is a great product that has allowed us to safely operate Planet Play and allow kids the space to creatively play and learn among the planets,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “We are committed to providing a safe, trusted space for our visitors, and future explorers of all ages.”

For more information about PlayArmor, visit PlayArmor.com.

 

About PlayArmor™

The active ingredient in PlayArmor is categorized as a silane quaternary ammonium. This is a well-established class of antimicrobials that enact a “mechanical kill” rather than a “chemical kill.” In effect, PlayArmor penetrates the cell wall of the microbe, killing it by rupturing the cell membrane. Other antimicrobials on the market poison cells to kill them, creating the potential for antimicrobial-resistant superbugs. That is not possible with PlayArmor. PlayArmor does not protect against airborne transmission of viruses. Therefore, mask wearing, social distancing and other protective measures are still recommended during indoor and outdoor play, and standard cleaning protocols should continue.

PlayArmor.com

 

About PlayPower®

PlayPower, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of outdoor recreational products and is the world’s largest, fully integrated manufacturer of commercial playground equipment, surfacing solutions, floating dock systems and lifts for boats and personal watercraft, shade solutions and site furnishings. The company is headquartered in Huntersville, North Carolina, with offices and manufacturing facilities in Monett, Missouri; Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; Englewood, Colorado; Dallas, Texas; Nogales, Mexico; Selby, England; Perth, Scotland; Sosnowiec, Poland; and Aneby, Sweden. PlayPower’s goal is to lead the market in all areas in which it competes and to continue to bring innovation and fun to the marketplace.

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PlayPower® Announces Merger of Soft Play™ and PLAYTIME™ Brands

Combined businesses will maintain Soft Play name, expand the possibilities of imaginative indoor play environments

 

Huntersville, North Carolina, June 16, 2021 — PlayPower, the world’s largest commercial playground and recreational equipment manufacturer, announced the merger of its Soft Play and PLAYTIME brands, combining two industry leaders under the Soft Play name to help customers transform play environments into true brand experiences, increasing visitations wherever families go to shop, dine, be entertained and have fun.

PlayPower understood the collective strength of the two brands when it acquired PLAYTIME in 2018 and envisioned merging PLAYTIME’s sculpted product line with Soft Play’s contained indoor play business to create turnkey solutions and improve efficiencies. Now operating with a new logo, the brands will be fully integrated over the next 12 months.

“Soft Play and PLAYTIME are both trusted, high-performing businesses, and their combination as a unified PlayPower brand enables us to bring our complete portfolio of creative, custom design solutions to bear for our clients,” said Ken Schober, PlayPower vice president of entertainment solutions. “Working as one global brand will accelerate the front end of the concept-to-play process, allowing our customers to realize the benefits of play earlier. One designer carries a customer’s brand through every element of a project, and one team ensures its seamless completion.”

Unstructured play is vital to the physical, social and emotional well-being of children, and product design is critical to ensuring an engaging, safe environment. When establishments craft custom play experiences, consumers are more likely to stay, have fun and create memories associated with the brand.

Soft Play and PLAYTIME are powerhouses known for helping customers drive foot traffic and loyalty through the creation of inventive, custom play spaces. Pioneers in marketing activation through play, they work with some of the most recognized companies — including most recently the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex — to create immersive, themed experiences and interaction points that are true brand extensions. Combining brands will yield efficiencies for clients throughout the creative, manufacturing and installation processes.

Soft Play, founded in 1984 and acquired by PlayPower in 1996, is a global leader in contained indoor playground equipment and, among other areas of focus, a mainstay in the quick-serve restaurant industry. PLAYTIME, founded in 1991, transformed retail shopping by inventing mall play areas.

“Together, the new Soft Play will build on those legacies and meet the future needs of customers who are seeking more adventurous concepts that include custom towers, sculpted elements and immersive environments,” said Schober. “The future of indoor play is about excitement for all ages. We are beyond thrilled to take Soft Play to amazing new heights.”

For more information, visit softplay.com.

 

ABOUT SOFT PLAY

Soft Play, a PlayPower brand, is a global leader in the creation of unique, adventurous towers and sculpted play structures, gamified and immersive entertainment environments for indoor, outdoor and waterplay locations. Serving shopping destinations, restaurants, family entertainment centers, museums, amusement parks and attractions, recreation facilities, child-watch areas and much more, we craft customized worlds of fun that stir imaginations and drive loyalty-building brand extensions. With a collaborative, turnkey design process, safety-first engineering and hassle-free installation, we ensure visitors won’t just see your brand; they’ll experience it. For more information, see SoftPlay.com.

 

Media contact:

Rosemary Ostmann
RoseComm for Soft Play
(201) 615-7751
rostmann@rosecomm.com

PlayPower® Introduces PlayArmor™, First Antimicrobial Protective Coating Introduced Exclusively for Application on Commercial Playground Equipment & Site Furnishings

Trusted by Hospitals and Restaurants, PlayArmor Provides an Antimicrobial Biostatic Finish That Neutralizes Microbes

  • PlayArmor is available now for use exclusively on PlayPower’s brands of indoor and outdoor play equipment, and in early 2021 for its treated site amenities such as picnic tables and benches
  • Cleaning with a disinfectant only lasts until the next person touches the equipment; registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, PlayArmor takes safety to the next level, with no need to reapply for up to 90 days to help protect playgrounds and site furnishings between cleaning and disinfecting
  • With many playgrounds closed temporarily due to the pandemic, the company launched PlayArmor to help create an even safer environment as playgrounds reopen

HUNTERSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, November 17, 2020 — PlayPower, the world’s largest commercial playground and recreational equipment manufacturer, today introduced PlayArmor, an antimicrobial coating specifically targeted for use on playgrounds to add a barrier of protection to the surfaces that children touch. PlayArmor is available in the U.S. for exclusive use on PlayPower’s brands of indoor and outdoor play equipment.

Registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PlayArmor is based on well-established technology that’s scientifically proven to create an effective, safe and active surface barrier.

“PlayPower has a legacy of doing things the right way, so the safety of our brand product lines — and of play itself — is always our priority,” said Todd Brinker, PlayPower senior vice president of sales and marketing for outdoor play. “At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we began talking to customers about how we could help keep their play equipment safe. We set a goal to make play environments as germ-free as possible and PlayArmor is the result of that focused effort.”

PlayPower is the exclusive distributor for Clearstream® Technologies, the specialized chemical company that makes PlayArmor for application on commercial playgrounds and site amenities, such as picnic tables and benches.  No other playground equipment manufacturer has access to the PlayArmor brand.

Representatives for the PlayPower brands Little Tikes Commercial®, Miracle®, Playworld®, and Soft Play® will make PlayArmor available for application to existing and newly purchased play equipment after installation. PlayPower brand Wabash Valley, makers of high-end commercial site furnishings, will begin coating new products during manufacturing in the first quarter of 2021.

PlayArmor, which bonds to the playground surface, remains effective for its intended purpose with no need to reapply for 90 days. PlayPower recommends reapplication every 90 days, which maximizes product surface protection throughout the year.

“Whether indoors or outdoors, it’s impossible to keep playgrounds germ-free just with daily cleaning and disinfection, because they are only effective until the next child or parent touches the equipment,” said Ken Schober, vice president of PlayPower’s indoor play division. “PlayArmor helps protect surfaces between cleaning and disinfecting.”

PlayPower will offer commercial-grade labels that let visitors know the playground has been treated with PlayArmor. The labels will also direct people to further information about the antimicrobial coating via a website link or QR code.

PlayArmor is safe for contact with humans, animals and the environment. The technology is used throughout hospitals, including in surgical theaters, isolation wards, medical research facilities and intensive care units.

For more information about PlayArmor, visit www.PlayArmor.com.

About PlayArmor

The active ingredient in PlayArmor is categorized as a silane quaternary ammonium. This is a well-established class of antimicrobials that enact a “mechanical kill” of pathogens rather than a “chemical kill.” In effect, PlayArmor penetrates the cell wall of the pathogen, killing it by rupturing the cell membrane. Other antimicrobials on the market poison cells to kill them, creating the potential for antimicrobial-resistant superbugs. That is not possible with PlayArmor. PlayArmor does not protect against airborne transmission of viruses. Therefore, mask wearing, social distancing and other protective measures are still recommended during indoor and outdoor play. www.PlayArmor.com

About PlayPower®

PlayPower, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of outdoor recreational products and is the world’s largest, fully integrated manufacturer of commercial playground equipment, surfacing solutions, floating dock systems and lifts for boats and personal watercraft, shade solutions and site furnishings. The company is headquartered in Huntersville, North Carolina, with offices and manufacturing facilities in Monett, Missouri; Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; Englewood, Colorado; Dallas, Texas; Nogales, Mexico; Selby, England; Perth, Scotland; Sosnowiec, Poland; and Aneby, Sweden. PlayPower’s goal is to lead the market in all areas in which it competes and to continue to bring innovation and fun to the marketplace. The Company’s website is www.PlayPower.com.

PlayPower Bolsters Senior Executive Team

Dallas, TX (June 25th, 2020) – PlayPower, Inc., a leading manufacturer of outdoor recreational products, today announced several appointments to its executive team during the first half of 2020. Bryan Yeazel, PlayPower’s Chief Executive Officer noted “Since joining the company a year ago, I have worked to attract action-biased change agents to our great company to complement the exemplary talent on the team. I am pleased to announce these new colleagues who join our efforts at creating legendary recreational experiences for our customers.” The appointments include the following, in chronological order of date of hire:

  • Earl Jewett joined as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Jewett joined PlayPower in March 2020 and leads the Company’s global manufacturing operations and sourcing, supply chain and logistics functions. Prior to joining PlayPower, Mr. Jewett served as the Chief Operating Officer of LBP Manufacturing, a leading global food and beverage packaging producer. Mr. Jewett was responsible for LBP’s operations in the USA, Poland and China. Prior to joining LBP, Mr. Jewett served as the Vice President of Manufacturing for Klein Tool. Before working at Klein Tools, he was COO of WS Packaging, where his responsibilities included leading manufacturing plants, the IMPACT business system, manufacturing engineering, leading the implementation of Lean, supply chain performance management, and quality control related processes. Prior to joining WS Packaging in 2010, Mr. Jewett held various leadership roles at Danaher Corporation including Vice President of North American Operations for Apex Tool Group. Mr. Jewett began his professional career with Trane, Inc., then an American Standard company. Mr. Jewett received his bachelor’s degree from Mercer University.
  • Cary Glay joined as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Glay joined in April 2020 and leads the Company’s finance and information technology teams. Prior to PlayPower, Mr. Glay served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Q Holding Company, a globally diversified manufacturer. Prior to that, he was the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Master Chemical Corporation, a global specialty chemical company. Before Master Chemical, Cary worked in a variety of leadership roles with Eaton Corporation and Avery Dennison Corporation. Prior to his career in finance, Mr. Glay was in the U.S. Army and served as a crew chief for a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter serving in combat operations in Operation Desert Storm. Mr. Glay received his undergraduate degree in finance from Ohio University and his MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
  • David Starr joined as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Mr. Starr joined in April 2020 and leads the PlayPower’s legal and corporate secretarial function. He was most recently Vice President, Chief Counsel (Litigation, Employment and Risk) and Chief Compliance Officer of Dean Foods Co., the largest dairy processor and distributor in the country. Prior to joining Dean, Mr. Starr was the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of The LaSalle Group, Inc., a developer and operator of assisted living communities around the United States. Before LaSalle, David spent thirteen years with Belo Corp., a nationwide television broadcasting and newspaper company, and started his in-house career with American Airlines. Prior to American, Mr. Starr was in private practice with the international law firm of White & Case in both New York City and Los Angeles. Mr. Starr received his bachelor’s degree from New York University and his juris doctorate from Duke University.
  • Danielle Garde appointed as Chief Human Resources Officer. Ms. Garde joined in May 2020 and leads the Company’s global human resources team. Prior to joining PlayPower, Ms. Garde was the Vice President of Human Resources at KidKraft, Inc., a private-equity backed manufacturer of children’s toys and furniture with operations in the United States, Europe and Asia. Before KidKraft, Ms. Garde held senior human capital roles with Danone North America, J.P. Morgan, Unilever Cosmetics International, American Express, and Deloitte. Ms. Garde is a broad-gauged human capital leader who has focused on talent development, acquisition diligence and integration and HR strategy. Ms. Garde received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.

Bryan Yeazel, PlayPower’s Chief Executive Officer, stated: “These four leaders are driven, impact players. I am excited to welcome Danielle Garde, Cary Glay, Earl Jewett, and David Starr to PlayPower. Each has a strong track record of accomplishment and is a results-driven executive with a rich and diverse career history. These are marvelous additions to our executive team and each will add significant value to the Company’s growth and strategic initiatives. We have built an exceptional team and are fortunate to have each join us at this important inflection point in the Company’s future.”

About PlayPower, Inc.

PlayPower, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of outdoor recreational products and the world’s largest, fully integrated manufacturer of commercial playground equipment, surfacing solutions, floating dock systems and lifts for boats and personal watercraft, shade solutions and site furnishings. The company is headquartered in Huntersville, NC, with marketing, sales and manufacturing facilities in Monett, MO; Lewisburg, PA, Englewood, CO, Silverlake, IN and Dallas, TX; Nogales, Mexico; Selby, England; Perth, Scotland; Sosnowiec, Poland; and Aneby, Sweden. PlayPower, Inc’s. goal is to lead the market in all areas in which it competes and to continue to bring innovation and fun to the marketplace. The Company’s website is www.playpower.com.

Media Contact:
Nathaniel Garnick
Gasthalter & Co.
(212) 257-4170