Burke Playgrounds in the 1960s
In 1966, J.E. passed away, and his sons were poised to take over the reins of the company. He had ingrained his first-rate work ethic and genuine values into his sons, and the business thrived under their leadership as a result. Ethlyn remained on as secretary/treasurer with Bill as president and John as vice president and general manager. Patty also stayed on to help in the office for some time.
Business surged, and early in 1968, the headquarters in Fond du Lac expanded with a 64,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse addition.
During the psychedelic late 60s, Bill and John began inventing more colorful play equipment. Slides and climbers transformed from silver galvanized steel to bright colors with roofs in a kaleidoscope of colors. With the first moon landing July 20, 1969, space ships and rockets became enormously popular. The company met this demand by producing a variety of play events with a space theme to allow boys and girls alike to pretend they were astronauts.
J.E. Burke Company adds more colorful equipment and a rocket, 1960s