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Phillips Industries celebrating 90th year in business

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

As it celebrates 90 years as a company, Phillips Industries operates three manufacturing facilities in California, Mexico and China staffed with more than 1,000 employees. (Courtesy: PHILLIPS INDUSTRIES)
As it celebrates 90 years as a company, Phillips Industries operates three manufacturing facilities in California, Mexico and China staffed with more than 1,000 employees. (Courtesy: PHILLIPS INDUSTRIES)


SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. — Phillips Industries has embarked on a year-long celebration of their 90th year in business during a recent press conference.

Rob Phillips, president and COO, detailed historical milestones and cultural principles important to the formation and development of the company into the premier innovator of commercial vehicle electrical and air brake components and global supplier that it is today.

Phillips emphasized that “throughout our history, Phillips Industries has focused on listening – to our customers as well as to our employees because both are critical to our success.  We’re a 4th generation family business that strives for quality in absolutely everything we do - it’s the only way we’ve gotten to where we are today.”

From its beginning in 1928 as a Los Angeles auto and truck parts distributor, to a global business, manufacturing and distributing over 8,000 products in more than 40 countries, Phillips Industries has stayed true to the family values of taking care of customers and employees, a can-do solve it attitude for any problem, determination and reinvesting in the business.

 Phillips Industries operates three manufacturing facilities, in California, Mexico and China staffed with more than 1,000 employees.

Today, some facts about Phillips Industries include:

  • Every truck that is manufactured in North America has Phillips products on it.
  • Mercedes trucks manufactured in Europe are standard with Phillips products.
  • Over 55 percent of North American produced trailers are shipped with Phillips components.
  • The largest trailer manufacturer in China uses Phillips harnesses as their standard.

“While we’re exceedingly proud of our history, we’re even more excited about our future” Phillips said.  “We are not going to concede our position simply because the commercial vehicle industry is changing.  We’ve identified, through listening to our fleet contacts as well as other component suppliers, what the future needs are for communicating and analyzing the data generated through the increasing number of sensors in a user-friendly way.  PCT is working today with fleets to fully develop and launch this new capability.  Stay tuned.”

Some key milestones in the 90-year history of Phillips Industries:

  • 1928 – H.W. Phillips began as an auto and truck parts distributor in California.
  • 1936 – Hugh Phillips designed and patented the first reflective directional signal arm for trucks.
  • 1968 – Straight 7-way electrical assemblies were manufactured and introduced by Phillips Industries.
  • 1976 – Bob Phillips, currently CEO, designed the SUPERCOIL™, the industry’s first 7-way coiled electrical assembly in North America.
  • 1982 – Phillips introduces STA-DRY® weather-proof socketbreakers to fight corrosion, soon to become the standard at major trailer OEM’s.
  • 1985 – The distribution business was sold to focus on manufacturing due to increased demand from fleets and OEM’s.
  • 1991 – Phillips acquired and opened an Electrical Harness Division (EHD) dedicated to manufacturing sealed modular trailer harness systems. EHD would expand in production relocating twice in the next 20 years to accommodate its growth.
  • 1999 – New 130,000 square foot headquarters and manufacturing facility is constructed in Santa Fe Springs, California.
  • 2001 – The QCS (Quick-Change Socket) becomes standard at 80% of North American truck OEM’s.
  • 2010 – Phillips Industries begins production of 12v and 24v products in China for the global trucking market.
  • 2013 – Rob Phillips takes the helm of Phillips Industries.
  • 2013 – The STA-DRY QCMS2 is introduced as the industry’s first 7-way electrical assembly with a plug and socket hybrid connection.
  • 2014 - PERMALITE XT lighting with BOARDFREE technology is introduced.
  • 2015 – The Electrical Harness Division (EHD) moves to its current location in Arteaga, Mexico on Avenida Bob Phillips.
  • 2016 – Phillips China moves to new 8.5-acre site.
  • 2017 – A new division, Phillips Connect Technologies (PCT), emerges with the advancement of technology, to develop solutions for future intelligent commercial vehicles.

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Phillips Industries is a manufacturer of advanced electrical and air brake system components, as well as electronic solutions for communicating vehicle data to fleets and their drivers for the commercial truck and trailer industry.



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