A Company with a History Meeting the Future Head-On

Where it all started.

“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.‭

William R. Parkhurst

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. ‭

Rob Parkhurst

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.

Mike Harris

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.

Sam Trelow

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.‭

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18999 State Hwy Y
Sedalia, MO 65301

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