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PlayCore Acquires Water Odyssey

  • Monday, 17 November 2014



Play leader adds to offerings with interactive fountain systems company

PlayCore Holdings, Inc. (PlayCore), a leading provider of play and recreation products and services, announced that they are acquiring Fountain People, Inc. and its aquatic playground division Water Odyssey.

Founded in 1987, Fountain People is a leading designer, manufacturer, and supplier of architectural and interactive fountain equipment and systems. Their Water Odyssey Division was established in 1996 to provide the market with the highest quality aquatic playground equipment available. As a result of the acquisition, Fountain People and Water Odyssey will become a part of PlayCore’s Aquatics Group. Day-to-day operations will continue from Fountain People’s office and manufacturing facility in San Marcos, TX.

Fountain People President Jerry Elbel will continue managing the business, supported by the Aquatics Group management team based out of Loveland, CO.  Elbel commented on the integration of both companies stating, “We are extremely excited to become a part of the PlayCore family. PlayCore’s commitment to quality, innovation, and excellence blends seamlessly with the core values that Fountain People and Water Odyssey were built on. We look forward to expanding their industry leading product lines as well as our capabilities in support of our distribution channels.”

Bob Farnsworth, President and CEO of PlayCore echoed Elbel’s sentiments and said he looks forward to the two companies aligning as one. “We are excited about the addition of Fountain People and Water Odyssey to the family of PlayCore brands as well as the opportunity to increase our product offering architectural aesthetic fountain solutions to commercial, recreation, and themed entertainment environments,” said Farnsworth, noting, “The company aligns greatly with PlayCore’s mission and values based culture. This expansion of our commitment to the aquatics industry is an important new opportunity for PlayCore and supports our mission of building communities through play and recreation.”

As a longstanding supplier of both PlayCore's GameTime and Water Odyssey divisions, Play! by Crozier will continue offering clients the same great products, now under the same umbrella. “We are thrilled to see these recognized leaders in the play industry merging together under the same roof,” said VP Iain Crozier. “We have tremendous respect for the culture and business that PlayCore has built and we are committed to providing the most comprehensive array of products to our clients.”

About PlayCore: PlayCore helps build stronger communities around the world by advancing play through research, education, and partnerships.

About Fountain People: Founded in 1987, Fountain People, Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of architectural and interactive fountain equipment and systems.

About Water Odyssey: Water Odyssey, by Fountain People, was established in 1996 with the goal of providing unique and leading edge aquatic playground equipment to the industry.





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