The Xccent Story
Founded in 1976, Xccent, Inc. began as a company offering customized solutions for plastisol coated and molded products. Xccent’s core focus expanded to the playground Industry when it became the first manufacturer to coat steel fabricated playground components, such as a deck, in plastisol. It gave the component strength, durability, and more importantly, a much safer and forgiving surface for children to touch and play on. The growing commercial playground industry immediately recognized the value of the process and Xccent, Inc. quickly became the major supplier to most playground manufacturers. In 2006, the Xccent Play business unit was created and its first product, the X-Wave, was launched in a small park in Osceola, WI. The X-Wave, an innovative see-saw that held 22 children at one time with a revolutionary polymer hinge that gave safe no-pinch motion to the product. The technology used to design and create this motion was later named Playmotion Technology. The playground product offering was quickly expanded into innovative independent pieces and then further expanded into systems that no other manufacturers could imagine beyond the normal traditional structure.
Pat & John
Xccent owners, John Mathiesen and Pat Mathiesen, attended their first NRPA (National Recreation & Park Assoc.) Show in 2004 to thank all the playground manufacturers for their business. John quickly noticed something was missing in this industry. What followed was a string of play innovations beginning with the X-Wave, John’s personal take on what a see-saw could be; a 22-child sensation with no waiting and no pinch points. At that point it was clear that Xccent was on mission to change the perceptions of what a play system could be.