Our History

A lot has happened since 1971—read up on Playworld's history and see how our company has grown over the years.

1952

QE Manufacturing Company Opens Its Doors

Bob Miller (1st generation) starts a precision machine part manufacturing company in central PA.


1959

Our Passion for Play Is Born

We begin supplying products for other playground companies.

1971

Dale Miller Establishes Playworld Brand

Dale Miller (2nd generation) establishes his own commercial play equipment manufacturing company and begins to build a distributor network.

1977

We Begin Producing Wooden Play Structures


1985

We Reinvent the "Traditional" Play System

Q-Series (now Playmakers) becomes a safer, more durable, value-engineered post-and-platform playground system.


1985

Early Childhood Brand is Established

PlayDesigns (now PlayExplorers) is created to meet the developmental needs of children five and under, using details like texture, bright colors, lower steps and smaller handholds.


1987

Challengers Product Line is Introduced

A post-and-platform system is created specifically for smaller footprint playgrounds and modest budgets.

1993

New Plant Opens in New Berlin, PA

This facility later becomes the Playworld Rotomold plant.

1999

KaBOOM! Partnership Begins

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve, filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive.


1999

Lewisburg Corporate
Headquarters is Established


2004

LifeTrail Brand is Introduced

A low-impact, functional fitness, outdoor wellness system is created to help older adults stay fit, prevent injury, and maintain an independent lifestyle.

2008

NEOS Brand is Established

An outdoor electronic playground is created to combine the appeal of video games with the explosive movement of aerobic exercise.

2008

Our Products Become 99.999% PVC-Free

Instead of PVCs, we use Eco-Armor, a durable, thermoplastic, polyethylene (PE) coating that is phthalate free, lead free, and cadmium free, and averages a 38% lower carbon footprint.


2010

ENERGI Total Body
Fitness System Introduced

Determined to join the country in the fight against obesity, we design ENERGI to provide playful, progressively challenging exercises that support cardiovascular and muscular health.


2010

Let Kids Play! Partnership Begins

Playworld partners with Mara Kaplan, founder of Let Kids Play!, to optimize equipment for children with disabilities and increase efforts to create more inclusive playgrounds.


2011

PlaySimple Brand is Created

When budgets across many markets got tighter, we designed PlaySimple: an affordable line of professional-grade playground products.


2012 - Playworld Introduces Proprietary Inclusive Play Design Guide

The guide was created by a cross-functional committee of child development, inclusive advocacy, landscape architecture and playground industry experts to offer inspiration and guidance in designing inclusive, outdoor playgrounds.

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2014

Unity Collection is Introduced

The collection continues with twists on the classics of freestanding play—reimagined to promote even more interaction and cooperation.

2015

Play Sculpture is Invented

In an effort to rethink playground design and reunite communities in outdoor play, Playworld combined public art and play equipment to create its first play sculpture: PlayForm 7.

2016

Branch Out Gives New Life to Post-and-Platform

Branch Out offers the appealing scale and features of nature play in an efficient, open layout that creates endless new possibilities for post and platform playgrounds.


2016

PlayCubes are REintroduced by Playworld

Originally introduced in the 1960s by Architect Richard Dattner, an exclusive partnership between Dattner and Playworld gave new life to the once popular playground equipment.


2016

PlayPower® Acquires Playworld

PlayPower, Inc. is the world's largest, fully integrated manufacturer of commercial playground equipment, shade structures, and floating dock systems and lifts for boats and personal water craft.