November marks the 45th anniversary of Philippi-Hagenbuch Inc. which was co-founded by L.B. “Phil” Philippi (Pat Hagenbuch’s Father) and LeRoy Hagenbuch, P.E. Since its founding, PHIL has grown into an international company focusing on innovations for haulage equipment that has a wide reach, yet retains its modest, family owned footprint in Peoria, Ill.
It all started with two shoe boxes that led to the first prototype of what would become the company’s Autogate Tailgate; a need was presented and a dream was born. Forty-five years, more than a hundred patents, thousands of tailgates and hundreds of sideboards, truck bodies, water tanks, trailers and other specialty haulage equipment later and PHIL is going strong. From PHIL’s humble beginnings in the basement of the Philippi house on Millbrook Road to its current 50-acre campus, PHIL has grown from servicing Quarries to a diversified group of stable industries made up by the aggregates, mining, steel mill, landfill,power plant, oil refinery, heavy duty agriculture and forestry markets.
Today, PHIL is led by the third generation of the Philippi and Hagenbuch families, ushering in new technologies, business practices, and products in an effort to further establish PHIL in the industries we serve through the dedication of our highly motivated tight-knit group of associates.
To commemorate this anniversary, the Associates of PHIL are putting together a milestone memory book. If you would like to share a story, picture of your PHIL product or a note of congratulations that will be included in the book, please click here.