Rob Phillips

Phillips Industries looks back at 90 years in business

Jan. 25, 2018
Phillips Industries celebrated 90 years of business with a celebration at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week,

LAS VEGAS. Phillips Industries used Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week as the start of a yearlong celebration marking its 90th year in business.

Rob Phillips, president and chief operating officer, said 2017 had ended on a high note with the company winning a contract with Daimler AG to provide electrical/trailer cables for Mercedes-Benz trucks in Europe.

Phillips is the fourth generation of the family to lead the company, which was founded by H.W. Phillips in 1928, the year before the stock market crash and the beginning of the Great Depression.

In 1936, Phillips designed and patented the first reflective directional signal arm for trucks. It was one of several pieces of memorabilia the company displayed at its HDAW booth.

Today, Phillips has more than 1,000 employees and operates manufacturing facilities in California, Mexico, and China. It manufactures and distributes over 8,000 products in more than 40 countries.Every truck and more than half of all trailers manufactured in North America have Phillips products on it, the company said.

During 2017, the company started the Phillips Connect Technologies division to become more involved in connected technologies.

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Neil Abt

Neil Abt, editorial director at Fleet Owner, is a veteran journalist with over 20 years of reporting experience, including 15 years spent covering the trucking industry. A graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., he began his career covering sports for The Washington Post newspaper, followed by a position in the newsroom of America Online (AOL) and then both reporting and leadership roles at Transport Topics. Abt is based out of Portland, Oregon.

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