About America’s #1 Selling Horse & Livestock Trailer Company
Success Begins with Determination, Contract Manufacturer, LLC. when it began manufacturing trailers under the trade name CM Trailers in January of 1990. Contract Manufacturer, LLC. saw a need within the industry for a quality built, economically priced trailer, that was also durable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing; CM felt that they could produce a trailer to fill that gap. Today, the success of the company and the recognition and loyalty to the CM brand name testify to that fact.
Instill a Passion for Progress. Located in Madill, Oklahoma, the “trailer capital of the world,” CM prides itself on a trailer product line that fits all needs and wants. As one of the highest volume producers of diversified trailer lines in the industry, CM Trailers manufacturers an all steel line of horse, stock, cargo, and utility trailers; aluminum exterior steel frame horse and cargo trailers, all aluminum horse, stock and utility trailers, and a complete line of truck beds. Optional equipment is available to customize each model to suit individual needs.
During mid-summer of 1999, CM Trailers began production in a new 243,735 sq. ft. manufacturing facility that streamlined the assembly process. In order to strive for even better and more efficient manufacturing methods, in the spring of 2004, CM began implementing the “World Class Enterprise” philosophy throughout its entire corporate and manufacturing facility.
Located next to the trailer manufacturing facility and corporate offices, the new CM Truck Beds manufacturing facility, completed in June of 2008, utilizes over 98,000 sq. ft. on 24.55 acres. With this new facility came opportunities for enhanced capacity, efficiency, and productivity, so that CM Truck Beds can even better serve their dealer and retail customer base.
Provide a Wealth of Experience. CM was founded by a pioneer in the trailer industry who instilled his production and industry knowledge into CM’s key operations staff. Today, almost twenty years later, that same trailblazing spirit and most of those same staff members, along with a few additional seasoned trailer industry veterans, are still the cornerstones of CM. In November 2007, CM Trailers became a part of the Big Tex family. With this change in ownership, CM intends to continue “business as usual” to ensure the continued growth and success they have exhibited in the past, all while paying attention to the rich heritage that has made the CM name one that stands for innovative, high quality products produced by great people.
A Little Recognition Doesn’t Hurt. CM has proven that quality products, fair pricing and a good working relationship with their dealer network promotes rapid growth. For the first four years of existence, CM Trailers was listed as a member of the INC 500 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in the United States. INC Magazine’s September 1992 cover story, “Great Companies that were started with $1,000 or less” highlighted the Madill, OK, based company. CM Trailers has been recognized by Statistical Surveys as the #1 manufacturer of horse and livestock trailers in the US for the last serveral years.
Don’t Neglect to Listen. CM attributes much of their success to a strong dealer network; consequently, CM insists on and maintains a good working relationship with their dealers. They value each dealer’s input and consider each dealer to be an integral part of the winning team. Along with their dealers, CM knows that the satisfaction of the end user is of primary importance. Consequently, the CM team also puts great importance on the feedback their customers give about the CM product, and most of CM’s designs and new product ideas are inspired by the end user.
Have a Strong Backbone. Of course, no success could be obtained without a productive, loyal workforce. Accordingly, CM displays a strong commitment to their employees. This commitment comes in the form of competitive wages, lucrative benefits, and an encouragement of training and knowledge. All of these actions help attract and retain quality employees, thus providing for consistent, quality workmanship in each product.
Never Forget to Reflect. CM has had an exciting history thus far, and they anticipate what the future will bring. With every success story, though, there are people to credit, and CM gives that credit where it’s due. In the words of one of their ads:
“Every once in a while, it’s nice to do a little bit of reflecting. To think back on where we’ve been, where we’re going, who has taken us along for the ride, and how to reach the next destination. At CM, we reflect a lot. Because we know that without our workforce, our product, and our customers, we would be nothing. So thanks – to everyone out there who has made us what we are, and to all those who’ll be on board with us for future journeys.”