Play Mart is a woman-owned / family-owned small business manufacturing recycled playground equipment in rural Somerset, Kentucky, providing jobs in our local community while offering “green” products on national and international levels. Our products are 100% made in the USA, and manufactured primarily from recycled materials, averaging 75% recycled content per structure, by weight.
Play Mart’s Mission:
THE PRODUCT: To maintain a high level of integrity, dependability and quality while producing a world class product at affordable prices to the consumer. To provide children the opportunity of experiencing a safe, environmentally friendly, and creative place in which toplay and grow.
THE EMPLOYEE AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: To work together with our employees to create a safe, environmentally friendly and creative place in which each person has freedom to use his or her God-given gifts and abilities.
THE INCREASE: To use the increase to reinvest in Play Mart’s growth, to improve the quality of the lives of all employees, and to use a portion of the increase to advance God’s kingdom around the world.
At Play Mart, our green-ness is more than skin-deep. Yes, our playground equipment is made from recycled materials. Our mission encompasses providing environmentally friendly products for the consumer, but beyond that, and more importantly, Play Mart provides a healthy work environment for all employees and holds firmly to principles of corporate integrity – ethically, socially and environmentally.
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Years ago, Dennis and Rebecca Beach slept on a pull-out couch while their five children bunked in “cozy” quarters elsewhere in their two-bedroom trailer. The rolling hills and creeks of Woodstock, Kentucky had become home to the Beach family after migrating from Boulder,Colorado in 1978. Dennis’s Landscape Architect degree and construction experience afforded him opportunities in a variety of carpentry odd-jobs. When a local PTA requested he build a playground, he undertook the project with characteristic energy and innovation. The Beach children helped to develop the mission, vision and heart of this unique, family-owned and operated company.
Rebecca Beach’s passion for connecting young children with nature in all its marvelous forms – by growing, observing and providing habitat for living things – has spilled over into our Nature of Early Play product designs. She raised five children in rural Kentucky and home-schooled them through high school and knows that children must develop their relationship with the natural world at an early age. It is her mission to help caregivers to provide small children with genuine experiences in nature, creating a foundation for their entire lives. Rebecca is the major stock holder and operates as the company CEO directing the company’s daily operations, keeping a pulse on the market and working with Dennis to keep products fresh and updated.
Design Passion: Dennis Beach
Play Mart’s Co-Owner, Dennis Beach, is the definition of design and environmental conservation passion. His mind is continually challenged by redesigning everyday objects to make them more user friendly, more efficient or more aesthetically pleasing. He is the driving force behind Play Mart’s streamlined play equipment, efficient use of materials and anatomical products. His second passion – photography – is evident throughout the pages of our catalogs. His obsession with cutting edge design renderings combines his detailed, technical knowledge with his practiced eye for beautiful images. Dennis and Rebecca’s California home is nearly fully sourced by collected rainwater. Dennis enjoys teaching anyone who will listen about recycling and energy efficiency. Not surprisingly, all his children and grandchildren share his love for “tools”.