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Our Story

POLYWOOD Crew

Our story began in the late 1980s when the outcome of government recycling programs created steadily growing mountains of recycled plastics. We saw opportunity in this landscape of overabundance, and through creative ingenuity, POLYWOOD® was born. Our low-maintenance, recyclable lumber was welcomed as a premier wood alternative in outdoor furniture with its all-weather endurance, improved aesthetics and exceptional durability.

One of the first products developed was the Classic Adirondack, which remains a favorite among our customers today. Since then, we have expanded our product lines to include additional adirondack styles as well as dining, lounges, deep seating, benches and swings.

Our goal is to deliver a quality product our customers want in a timely fashion. To achieve this vision, we developed state-of-the-art technology and lean manufacturing processes that have minimized our waste stream and ensured our products are built quickly and accurately. Our products are assembled, packaged and delivered all within days of receiving an order, satisfying the customer while saving warehouse space.

Our continual growth and success is fueled by a highly collaborative culture. We support a cross-departmental atmosphere where employees are encouraged to utilize all of their skills to their full potential. Together, we keep a constant focus on the future and promise to create and deliver thoughtfully designed products made in the USA.

POLYWOOD By The Numbers

1990 the year two high school friends met in an Indiana garage to answer the question "what happens to all the milk jugs that get recycled?" These friends, Doug Rassi and Mark Phillabaum, had a vision for creating game-changing, high-quality outdoor furniture out of recyclable lumber. Out of that vision, POLYWOOD was created.

26 years in the same place. Since our founding, we’ve been a proud member of the Syracuse, Indiana business community, bringing lots of jobs to the area. As of 2016, our new, state-of-the-art production facility allowed us to double our workforce and increase our production capacity on all fronts.

28 seconds. We produce a new piece of furniture every 28 seconds. Our dynamic manufacturing process is a result of innovative, collaborative thinking from our talented team.

31,159 Adirondack chairs sold in a year span ending in May 2016, up 42% over the same period a year earlier. Our Classic Adirondack was one of the first products we created and remains a favorite with customers today.

42 different furniture types offered on our website. Choose a new dining set for your outdoor patio, rocking chairs for your front porch, or Adirondack chairs around your fire pit.

0 the number of times you will have to worry about the durability of your furniture. Our state-of-the-art technology allows us to build exceptionally durable and equally beautiful furniture that you’re sure to enjoy for years to come.

2014 The year we expanded our office space, focusing on creating an open concept environment to foster the collaborative, positive culture that is key to our success. The buzz in the air is undeniable, and employees often continue to hang out after work. We’re passionate about what we do and the people we work with.