Play-Mor Trailers builds custom trailers for film, TV productions

WESTPHALIA, Mo. — In June, the CBS series NCIS was named the most popular drama in the world with more than 57 million viewers in 2013.

One company in Missouri played a small but important role in that success.

Play-Mor Trailers in Westphalia builds custom trailers for film and television productions. In recent years, the trailers have been used on popular shows such as NCIS, CSI, Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, and many other productions that can’t be named due to non-disclosure agreements.

“We know we’ve had a lot of stars in them, but we can’t always say who is in them,” says company owner John Willibrand.

The company started building trailers in 1964. It was 20 years before the film industry became a customer. Today, producing trailers for film productions makes up a significant part of Play-Mor’s business.

Willibrand says Play-Mor, with 35 employees, has built a strong reputation in the industry for creating heavy-duty trailers that are well-suited for the rigors of a busy production schedule. Play-Mor also stands out thanks to the company’s ability to customize its trailer designs.

“We have always been known for being able to do a lot of specialty things,” Willibrand says. “The big companies run a fast-paced production line, whereas we have people who are craftsmen who can do a lot of different things other than just screwing in the same cabinet every day.”

Play-Mor generally builds for rental companies that provide trailers and other equipment for film productions. These rental companies need a wide variety of trailers to support various television and feature film productions.

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Article courtesy of Jacob Luecke, Missouri Business Magazine

Source: Missouri Chamber of Commerce

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