A Company with a History 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. William R. ran 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.
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.