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Kolcraft started in Chicago in 1946 when Leo Koltun made playpen pads out of cotton batting and oilcloth covers for post World War II babies. In 1949, he found himself with surplus padding and used his ingenuity to invent the all-around crib and playard bumper pad.
A period of rapid growth followed as the company expanded into manufacturing other types of pads including Crib Mattresses in 1951. Since that time, Kolcraft has become America's #1 Crib Mattress manufacturer. In 1979, Kolcraft began making plastic products with the introduction of the innovative Carri-Cradle; the first combination plastic infant carrier and rocker with a carrying handle. Kolcraft continued its expansion into the manufacture and distribution of other product categories including: playards, high chairs, walkers and strollers. By 1994, Kolcraft became one of the nation's leading suppliers of strollers.
In the late 1990's, Kolcraft continued to grow by entering into additional new categories with quality, innovative children's products. These new areas included bassinets, bouncers, swings and juvenile furniture.
Kolcraft continues to be the #1 Crib Mattress manufacturer and is now the market leader in bassinets. In addition to the Kolcraft Brand, they are now also partnered with recognizable brand names such as Sealy®, Sesame Beginnings™ and Jeep®, leaders in their industries, to produce a variety of children's products.
As Kolcraft continues into the new millennium, it also continues its commitment to quality, value and service. Kolcraft's continuity of family ownership sets them apart--it allows them to have an entrepreneurial approach and be able to provide the right merchandise, at the right price, at the right time.