Panhandle Slim is a division of Westmoor Mfg. Co., founded in 1946 in Minneapolis, Minnesota by brothers Martin and Ernest Hochster. In 1975, the headquarters moved to Fort Worth, Texas where it has remained since. The family-owned company, now in its third generation, continues to be a major force in the western apparel industry. Today, Westmoor Mfg Co. owns and distributes six major premium clothing brands: Panhandle Slim, Rough Stock, 90 Proof, Powder River, Rock and Roll Cowgirl, and Rock and Roll Cowboy.
Panhandle Slim is proud to provide clothing to real cowboys, legends and future champions alike. Notable examples include Jesse Kruse, world champion saddle bronc rider; Pistol Robinson, professional bull rider; Todd Suhn, PRCA Steer Wrestler; Joe Gunderson, PRCA Bareback Rider; and JJ Elshere, PRCA Saddle Bronc Rider. Team Tuff is comprised of legendary world champion Tuff Hedeman and some of the up-and-comers in the world of bull riding, including Clayton Williams, Reese Cates, Corey Montana Davis, Caleb Sanderson, Cody Nance, and Sterling Furr.
Along with these great rodeo professions, Panhandle Slim sponsors some of the top country artists that Nashville and Texas have to offer. From Brooks and Dunn to the Randy Rogers Band, you will see many musicians in action in their favorite Panhandle Slim clothing. Panhandle Slim clothes look great on everyone - whether you’re a bullrider, roper, rancher, rodeo fan, race car driver, musician, actor, or computer jockey.
The history of Parris Manufacturing Company is a very interesting one. At the start of World War II, when draftees by the thousands were being sent to the Army and Navy training camps, there were no rifles available for training purposes.
Parris Manufacturing Company, already expert in woodworking, was asked by the Department of Defense to make dummy training rifles for new recruits to use until real rifles could be made available. More than 2 million of these training rifles were made for the Army and Navy and the Company earned the coveted Army-Navy "E" Award for its contribution to the war effort.
After the war was over, the company switched its production lines over to manufacturing toy rifles and pistols. These toy guns were made with the same skill and care that the company had used in making the Army and Navy training rifles. Parris Manufacturing Company officials did not want to manufacture only military toy guns, so they quickly added frontier and cowboy style rifles, pistols and pistol holster sets. Every replica in the company's line is based on a rifle, musket or pistol that played an important part in our country's history.