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Brothers open Moffett Productions in Tomball to fulfill father's dream

Brothers open Moffett Productions in Tomball to fulfill father’s dream

By Melanie Feuk, Staff writer

 

Published 8:28 am CST, Sunday, February 3, 2019

Photo: Jerry Baker, Houston Chronicle / Contributor

Chris Wohrer, left, and his brother Jeff, co-owners of Moffett Productions, share a photo in their new business during their grand opening in Tomball on Feb. 1, 2019.

Ask a native Houstonian who “The Texas Hammer” is and they can probably tell you it’s “Jim Adler, the tough, smart lawyer.” Sing the first words of the jingle, “Classic Chevrolet, relax…” and a Houstonian may chime in, “…enjoy the difference.”

These two businesses have more in common than their local renown. Both have recorded commercials at Moffett Productions.

Moffett Productions, an audio and video production company, celebrated the grand opening of their new facility in Tomball on Friday, Feb. 1.

Chris and Jeff Wohrer — sons of the company’s founder and Houston radio personality Bill Moffett — had been working since last year to transition their business to downtown Tomball from Kuykendahl Road in Klein.

“From August to now, we’ve been getting things set up — finishing and finalizing construction and all the little things that we needed to make the place perfect,” Chris Wohrer said. “Now, we’re ready to have that big opening and reveal. The studio is fully functional now.”

The brothers greeted guests and offered tours of the 5,300-square-foot building, which houses a video production facility, audio production recording studio, open waiting area, offices and editing suites.
Finally owning their own facility has special significance to the Wohrer brothers, whose father passed away three years ago.

“It was always one of his dreams to own our own facility,” Wohrer said. “Even though he had a lot of success with Moffett Productions throughout the years, he never really got to build his own facility. So, this has been cool because it’s a tribute to him. We’re dedicating this building to him.”

Their father founded Moffett Productions in 1988. Over the years, Moffett Productions has seen many clients pass through their studios to record television and radio commercials, training videos, audiobooks, music videos and even Netflix documentaries.

“I guess the most well-known people that we work with would be Jim Adler and Associates; we work with Gillman companies — you know those ‘Gillman Guy Rule’ commercials; Classic Chevrolet; First Community Credit Union; and we’ve worked with national brands like Mitsubishi Motors in North America, we did training videos for them,” Wohrer said.

The Wohrers grew up in the Spring area and attended Klein Oak High School.

When deciding where to relocate their business, they prioritized locations with which they were familiar.

“We wanted to stay in the general area,” Wohrer said. “My brother Jeff actually moved out here and we grew up coming to Tomball. We grew up eating at Mel’s. …It’s a nice, beautiful, developing community. We wanted to be a part of a place that was growing and had the same wholesome values and approach to life that we did.”

They found a building in a residential area just one block off Main Street in downtown Tomball. Wohrer said they worked closely with the city to bring the studio to Tomball. It was a difficult process, he said, but a good one.

“They had this piece of property that was dilapidated and it had been turned into a junk yard, or like a repo yard, and there were a bunch of complaints from the neighbors,” Wohrer said. “They got it shut down and then we purchased it. …The city was able to place certain parameters on us so that protected the community and now we have a beautiful fully-developed piece of property that’s adding to their community and not subtracting from it.”

Wohrer wants Moffett Productions to continue being a boon for the Tomball community.
In addition to joining the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce and working with the Tomball Economic Development Corporation, they have also begun offering tours to college students majoring in radio, television and film. They hope to extend their educational initiatives to Tomball-area students as well.

“We want to do internships and work with the local schools and local kids and let them know what’s available to them; what’s here,” Wohrer said.

“We want to show people that this is approachable. It’s something that is in your own backyard. It can be affordable and fun and it can be something that everybody in this community can have access to.”
Moffett Productions is located at 509 Clarence Street in Tomball.

For more information, visit www.moffett.com.