PlayCore Keeps Adding On

PlayCore Inc., a Chattanooga, Tenn.-based playground equipment maker owned by BSMB, has acquired Everlast Climbing Industries Inc., a Mendota, Minn.-based maker of climbing walls. No financial terms were disclosed.  

 

PRESS RELEASE

PlayCore Holdings, Inc. (PlayCore), a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of a broad range of play and recreation products, and a portfolio company of BSMB, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Everlast Climbing Industries, Inc. Everlast Climbing is a leader in the climbing wall industry and is dedicated to enhancing the fitness of our youth. Since 1991, the Company has offered a comprehensive line of climbing wall systems for indoor and outdoor use as well as a complete selection of educational support services that include grant and fundraising support, additional value-addedwall features/enhancements, activity and assessment guides, cross-curricular programs, and individually tailored staff training.  Everlast Climbing is committed to the development of science-based best practice fitness programming and the creation of environments that encourage educational excellence.

 

Everlast Climbing will continue as an operating division of PlayCore in Mendota Heights, MN. Tim Sudeith will continue to serve as the company's General Manager. 

 

“We are excited about the addition of Everlast Climbing to the family of PlayCore brands and the resulting expansion of our offerings. The Company provides the start of a new platform in youth fitness that is very exciting. Additionally, the partnership provides many opportunities to support the Company's growth while also fulfilling PlayCore's mission of providing leadership in the important area of play, recreation, and fitness products that enrich childhood,” said Bob Farnsworth, President and CEO of PlayCore. “We see this partnership as a significant step forward in the development of Everlast Climbing and PlayCore's future growth potential and we look forward to working together with Tim and the management team.” 

 

“We believe that our shared passion and innovation will enable us to expand our core mission of enhancing youth fitness. Just as children can find success in play, all children can find a measure of success in climbing,” said Tim Sudeith, Everlast Climbing General Manager and PlayCore Vice President. “We are looking forward to working with PlayCore's talented team and believe that collectively, we will be able to continue strengthening the company, our innovative products and educational resources, and our commitment to outstanding customer service.” 

 

About PlayCore

PlayCore is a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of a broad range of commercial and consumer playground and park equipment, surfacing, site amenities, fitness, and related play products. The business operates under the GameTime, Play and Park Structures, and Ultra Play commercial brands, the award-winning consumer brand of Swing-N-Slide, the surfacing brand of Tot Turf, and the fitness brand of Everlast Climbing Industries. PlayCore's corporate headquarters are located in Chattanooga, TN. More information is available about PlayCore at www.playcore.com.

 

About Everlast Climbing Industries, Inc.

Everlast Climbing Industries is a leader in the youth fitness industry and is committed to the development of best practice fitness programming and the creation of environments that encourage educational excellence. The company is headquartered in Mendota Heights, MN. More information is available about Everlast Climbing Industries, Inc. at www.traversewall.com.

 

About BSMB

BSMB invests private equity capital in compelling buyouts, recapitalizations and growth capital opportunities alongside superior management teams. Since its formation in 1997, BSMB has been an investor in 67 portfolio companies including Doral Financial Corporation (NYSE: DRL), MC Shipping Inc., Multi Packaging Solutions, New York & Company (NYSE: NWY), Universal Hospital Services, Inc., and The Vitamin Shoppe. BSMB manages nearly $5 billion of private equity capital. More information about BSMB is available at www.bsmb.com.