Billings Productions was founded by Larry and Sandra Billings in September 2003 at a warehouse in Larry's hometown of McKinney, Texas. In their first year, they built some 60-animatronic dinosaurs!
Larry Billings (1944-2007) had always been the company's public face as he had a hand in every aspect of the business. Trained as an engineer, Larry was a very hands-on kind of guy. He had a knack for building and fixing things. Not satisfied with the inferior design and movements of animatronic dinosaurs available in the market, he believed he could build them to look and move more realistically.
Thanks to Larry's innovative groundwork and our highly skilled team of designers, engineers, technicians and artists, our animatronic dinosaurs not only look and sound real, they are robust and reliable in both indoor and outdoor environments.
As a result, the Company's 200 robotic dinosaurs are in great demand not just across the United States but overseas in countries such as the United Arab Emirates, France and Singapore.
Beyond technical improvements, Billings Productions is constantly finding new ways to create and maintain interest in the prehistoric past. Our team continually researches to build new dinosaur species and incorporate new ideas to help clients make each dinosaur exhibition better than their last.
Sandra now runs the Company as President with her son, Trey, a business graduate from the University of North Texas assisting as Vice-President of Operations. Together, they continue to expand the business. Not surprisingly, Larry's passion continues to motivate them.
For Larry, the most enjoyable part of the business was seeing the joy the animatronic dinosaurs brought to children. For him, it was a perfect way to combine education with entertainment.
It had always been Larry's dream to build a larger facility where schools can take children to learn about real dinosaurs and how robotic ones are made. It's a vision that Sandra has pledged to see through, as a tribute to Larry. As Larry had always said:
“It's all for the kids.”