Backyard Products, a portfolio company of Atlanta based Source Capital LLC, today announced its acquisition of Swing-N-Slide from parent company PlayCore.
MONROE, Mich., Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Backyard Products is North America's largest manufacturer of wood storage sheds, recreational buildings and installed play sets. The Company entered the residential play set category in 2006 and expanded its product assortment by acquiring Kids Creations, a specialty redwood play set manufacturer, in 2011. Today's acquisition of Swing-N-Slide, one of the leading consumer playground equipment companies, moves Backyard Products towards its goal of becoming the leading provider of residential wood play sets and accessories.
Backyard Products is headquartered out of a 200,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Monroe, Michigan and added its second manufacturing location with Swing-N-Slide in Janesville, Wisconsin. While many competitors have moved manufacturing to China, Backyard continues to manufacture high-quality, residential wood play sets in the USA. Our domestic manufacturing combined with our nationwide installation capabilities, provides a unique platform for future growth in the category.
"We are very excited about the addition of Swing-N-Slide to the Backyard Product's family," said Backyard's CEO Thomas van der Meulen. "Swing-N-Slide has a long history of providing safe, innovative, high quality products and we're pleased to join forces with such an outstanding organization. The combination of these two companies is a very logical strategic fit on all fronts".
About Backyard Products
Backyard Products is the leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of ready-to-assemble do-it-yourself and professionally installed wood storage buildings, gazebos, pergolas, play sets and other outdoor structures. The company has a 38-year operating history and its products are marketed under the following brand names: Heartland, Handy Home Products, Yardline and Kids Creations. Backyard's products are sold through big-box retailers and a variety of smaller retailers and dealers nationwide.
Swing-N-Slide was established in 1985 as America's first do-it-yourself wooden playground manufacturer. Based in Janesville, Wisconsin, Swing-N-Slide is one of the leading consumer playground equipment companies in the United States. The company designs, manufactures and distributes DIY play sets to major home centers, hardware stores and play set retailers across the nation. Swing-N-Slide's commitment to safety and quality has been the cornerstone of its mission to provide families with the safest, most reliable play sets available in the market.
PlayCore helps build stronger communities around the world by advancing play through research, education, and partnerships. The company infuses this learning into its complete family of brands. PlayCore combines best in class planning and education programs with the most comprehensive array of recreation products available to create play solutions that match the unique needs of each community they serve. Learn more at www.playcore.com