WE ARE A COMPANY WITH A HISTORY
and we are meeting the future head-on…
PARKHURST COMPANY STARTED IN GARAGE IN 1946 was the headline of the Sedalia Chamber of Commerce paper in August 1966 featuring Parkhurst Manufacturing.
In 1946, after serving in the U.S. Navy, a young and determined William R. Parkhurst, founded the PARKHURST MANUFACTURING COMPANY in a borrowed two-car garage and built his first two-wheeled utility trailer. Late that year, the company relocated to a newly constructed 4,000 square foot building and started producing what would become the mainstay of the company…..the Parkhurst Farm Truck Body. In 1948, a new addition was underway doubling the square footage of the factory to keep up with production as the “Parkhurst” name was now appearing on stock racks, wagon boxes, van bodies, truck bodies, and utility trailers throughout Central Missouri.
During much of the 1980’s, Richard Parkhurst, son of the founder, presided over the company. When he left to pursue other business interests, William R. came out of retirement to run the company until his death in 1991.
From 1991 until his sudden death in February 2012, Rob Parkhurst managed the company. Rob was the grandson of William R. Parkhurst and grew up being educated by his grandfather in all aspects of the company. Rob managed the corporation utilizing progressive technology while keeping the same values and standards of its founder—to build a quality product at an affordable price. At the time of his death, Rob was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board.
Intent on keeping the business operating according to the Parkhurst family tradition and goals envisioned by Rob, the stockholders placed their confidence in Mike Harris who held the offices of Chief Executive Officer and President until his retirement in December 2016.
At that time, the Parkhurst family placed the company under the leadership of Sam Trelow as Chief Executive Officer and President. Sam worked closely with Rob and Mike for many years as Vice President of Sales and with Sam’s leadership and progressive thinking, Parkhurst continued its tradition of quality and integrity.
In March 2017, a new era of Parkhurst Manufacturing was born. The Parkhurst family sold the company to long-term employees Sam Trelow and Toby Pierce, along with Sam’s son James Trelow. The same core values established so many years ago continue to influence the direction of the company.
Today, Parkhurst Manufacturing is well-positioned to advance its commitment to its employees and customers, and produce the highest quality products that will lead the industry today and into the future.
Parkhurst Manufacturing is as much about people as it is about building truck bodies. After all, it’s people who engineer, manufacture and market them. The team at Parkhurst Manufacturing is made up of hard-working Americans who take great pride in their work. They have the skills, experience, and commitment to providing the quality and value that you’re looking for.
Sam is chairman of the board and president of Parkhurst Manufacturing. He manages day-to-day operations and oversees the strategic direction of the organization. Sam has over 33 years of experience with the company and is knowledgeable in every area of the business.
He is married to his wife Patty of 38 years and has three sons and ten grandchildren. Sam has lived his entire life around Sedalia, Missouri and appreciates the strong work ethic and strong connections with family, friends, and community that seem to be more easily developed and maintained in a rural setting.
In his free time, Sam is an auctioneer and an avid outdoorsman. He loves hunting, fishing, and anything else that gets him out into the woods. He shares that passion of the outdoors with his grandchildren and lets them tag along every chance he gets.
Laurie has 40+ years of experience with Parkhurst Manufacturing. She is responsible for the overall financial stewardship of the company, along with Human Resources and facilitating the company manufacturing software in each area.
She and her husband Dutch, a pastor of a local church, have five children and eleven grandchildren. They both grew up and received their education in the Kansas City area, but after moving to Sedalia they grew to love the area and consider it home.
In their free time, they love to take road trips exploring the country, whether a one day 250 mile trip or a weeklong 3500 mile trip. They just enjoy being on the road.
Toby is a vice president and co-owner of Parkhurst Manufacturing helping oversee that the sales and operation goals that have been set forth by the company are accomplished. Toby has over 20 years of experience at Parkhurst and has worked in all areas, making him knowledgeable in every aspect of the business.
Toby grew up in Sedalia, MO and graduated high school from Smith-Cotton. After high school, he went on to receive an Associate of Arts degree from SFCC before getting a B.S. in geology from UCM. Toby is married to Missi, his wife of 15 years, and they have one son.
Toby is an avid outdoorsman and likes to hunt and fish. He also plays a variety of sports. When not working or spending time with his family and friends, you can bet that you will find him in the timber, on a lake, or on a field or course.