Our History

Playworld was first founded by the Miller family in 1952 as QE Manufacturing, producing precision machine parts in central Pennsylvania. Seven years later, we began supplying products to other playground companies. As our reputation as a quality supplier grew, so did our passion for play.

Playworld is born
In 1971, we introduced our own brand of commercial playground equipment and became Playworld. We've spent the last 40+ years refining the world's best play experiences for you, one playground at a time. Today we create commercial play and fitness equipment for people of all ages and all abilities.


Proudly made in the U.S.A.
Playworld products are made in the U.S.A., in our central Pennsylvania manufacturing facility, from domestic and foreign content. Only a few parts are purchased from trusted international suppliers:

  • Ropes used in our play equipment have been developed through a partnership with Berliner Selifabrik in Germany.
  • Some miscellaneous hardware and mechanisms are made in modern factories in Germany and China, which are purchased through U.S. companies.

Taking play around the world
Believing that play is a fundamental right of all people we've set out to bring play to communities around the world. Through our office in Paris, France, we manage a network of global representatives throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America.

Local pride
Though global in size, we remain loyal to our roots. Since the start, our headquarters have remained in central Pennsylvania, and 95% of our suppliers are within driving distance. This allows us to continue giving back to the economy, communities and families that have always supported us.

Playworld is founded on the mission to promote play by delivering an excellent experience to every customer.

We reinvent modern playground design with
Playmakers®, the safer, and more durable and value-engineered post-and-platform playground system.

We deliver play where it's needed most through partners like KaBOOM!, the non-profit leader in community-built playgrounds.



We launch exclusive fitness-forward products like NEOS®, the world's first electronic playground, and LifeTrail®, the outdoor wellness system ergonomically designed for older adults.

We reinforce our commitment to the environment—becoming the first and only playground manufacturer to take aggressive action to eliminate PVC and have most of our products Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Bronze.