Rainbow Play Systems was founded in Minnesota in 1985 by Gregory Foster. The company manufactures and distributes wooden children’s outdoor playgrounds.
The company started off very small, but quickly became popular around the world for their old fashioned playground type of equipment which can include swings, ladders, rope climbing, and slides. Some plastic items, such as liners for slides, are made in China, but the majority of the equipment is made in South Dakota at a 1.3 million square foot factory. At its peak the company employed more than 500 persons and had several shifts, but today it has been downscaled to approximately 125 persons and 1 shift. President Obama had a Rainbow Play System installed at the White House for his daughters.
Rainbow Play Systems are sold at stores around the world, including Toys R Us and Amazon. Company headquarters remain in Brookings, South Dakota.