It is said that gold is where you find it. For Poly-Wood, Inc. it was found in the mountains of recycled plastic created by government recycling programs. Director of Sales and Marketing, Megan Pierson, says the company’s founders saw a great opportunity in that overabundance of recycled materials and started using it to create extruded plastic lumber in their garage that became the foundation for the company’s first samples of outdoor furniture. After exhibiting these initial products at a furniture show in Chicago, Poly-Wood Inc. drew the attention of a company called The Sharper Image, which first purchased Poly-Wood recycled plastic furniture and featured it in its catalog and retail locations. From there, the rest is history. Today Poly-Wood remains the leader in the recycled plastic outdoor furniture category.
“We’re doing really well,” Pierson says. “We’re the originators of the category, and have spent 25 years pioneering.”