Playworld appoints director of product development and strategy
Industry Veteran Michael Laris Assumes Position
LEWISBURG, PA (April 4, 2013) – Playworld, a leading manufacturer of imaginative playground and fitness equipment, today announced that Michael Laris has been named director of product development and strategy.
Most recently Laris served as concept and design creation manager for Kompan. For nearly 15 years, Laris worked for the playground and play sports equipment manufacturer to provide inspiring products for children and adults.
Laris currently serves as a play/design specialist for Mali Kalanso, a non-profit organization that builds schools in Mali, Africa. He helps to organize the donation and construction of play equipment at the new schools.
“Michael’s proven experience and passion for developing playground and outdoor fitness equipment make him a great fit for our company,” said Matthew Miller, CEO of Playworld.
In his new role, Laris will focus on creating systems and processes that lead to innovative outdoor recreation products that respond to the needs of today’s children and adults in a meaningful way.
“I’m thrilled to join Playworld, a company that prides itself on delivering unique, inclusive and innovative play experiences for children and adults of all abilities,” said Laris. “The needs of children and families are changing and we need to change with them.”
Laris has a degree in architecture from the California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.
For more than 40 years, Playworld has delighted in igniting joy in people of every age and ability through play and fitness. Based on the belief that The World Needs Play®, Playworld turns dreams into reality with its imaginative, customized commercial playground and fitness equipment. Our innovative product lines – PlayDesigns®, PlaySimple®, Playworld®, Origins™, NEOS®, ENERGI®, and LifeTrail®, to name just a few – are designed to unleash the transformational power of play, and imaginations soar and bodies strengthen along the way. An industry leader, we are first and foremost a family-owned company that cares about our customers as if they were family. Our customers benefit from unparalleled personalized attention from our network of local distributors and our value-added services. We invest significant resources to measurably reduce our impact on the environment. Our aggressive action to eliminate polyvinyl chloride (PVC) helped Playworld become the first and only playground manufacturer to have its products Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM Silver. We are deeply committed to evolving the world of play by moving beyond accessibility to create truly inclusive play spaces. That’s why we developed the Inclusive Play Design Guide™, a free comprehensive resource that enables the creation of landmark inclusive play spaces