published Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Chattanooga-based PlayCore sells Swing-N-Slide to Backyard Products

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    Bob Farnsworth is president and CEO of Playcore
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PlayCore Holdings Inc., a Chattanooga-based designer, manufacturer, and marketer of a broad range of play and recreation products and a portfolio company of Irving Place Capital, has signed a definitive agreement to sell its consumer division, Swing-N-Slide, to Backyard Products.

Backyard Products is North America's largest manufacturer of consumer wood storage sheds, recreational buildings, and installed playsets. The transaction allows PlayCore to continue expanding its commercially focused play and recreation business.

"As a consumer-focused company, Backyard Products has a strong connection with Swing-N-Slide and already has working relationships with many of Swing-N-Slide's accounts. As a result of this transaction, PlayCore will be able to intensify its commercial market focus," said PlayCore Chief Executive Bob Farnsworth.

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Yellen made clear during a confirmation hearing last week that she's prepared to support the Fed's extraordinary efforts to bolster the economy until there are more signs of a sustained rebound in growth.

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