jQuery(document).ready(function() { jQuery("#search-icon").click(function() { jQuery(this).hide(); jQuery(".elementor-search-form__container input").show(); jQuery(".elementor-search-form__container button").show(); }); }); (function(c,l,a,r,i,t,y){ c[a]=c[a]||function(){(c[a].q=c[a].q||[]).push(arguments)}; t=l.createElement(r);t.async=1;t.src="https://www.clarity.ms/tag/"+i; y=l.getElementsByTagName(r)[0];y.parentNode.insertBefore(t,y); })(window, document, "clarity", "script", "cuvejz4376");

Streamlining the Production Process with Phillips Opto

Our History

Company Overview

For more than 60 years, federal government, private sector and education leaders have trusted the experts at Phillips Corporation to solve their greatest manufacturing challenges. Phillips enjoys a 30-year global relationship with Haas Automation that has produced over 30,000 installed machines.  Phillips represents a robust combination of subtractive and additive solutions, applications expertise, and services that are well-suited to meet the growing range of present and future manufacturing applications requirements. 

Our Inception, Looking Back

Phillips Corporation was founded on March 1, 1961, by Albert Phillips.  Albert was the eldest son of Sam Phillips, an immigrant who came to America as a teenager with no money and no knowledge of the English language.  Sam crossed the ocean on a freighter to escape persecution in his home land.  Sam married Margaret, a first generation American, and they raised ten healthy children in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, a steel and mining town northeast of Pittsburgh.  The family prospered spiritually despite the depression of the thirties.  Albert, being an athletic and substantial young man, was able to go to college because of a football scholarship.  He attended the University of Pittsburgh his freshman year and then joined the Navy, serving on an aircraft carrier in W.W.II.

When he returned to Vandergrift he learned his football coach had a new job at the University of Maryland.  The coach successfully lobbied the Phillips family to transfer Albert to Maryland to play football.  Shortly thereafter a new, extraordinary football coach, Jim Tatum, took over the program at Maryland and quickly led the team to national ranking.  Coach Tatum’s philosophies added to Albert’s perspective and sense of what is possible.

Albert graduated the University of Maryland in 1949 with an accounting degree and married Jean Eskridge, of Cambridge, Maryland, whom he had met at the University.  Albert worked for two distribution companies and these experiences left him longing to fulfill a destiny where he had greater control of his circumstances.  In 1961, with a family of seven children, lots of ambition and no money, Albert decided to start a new business.  After dead ending with the local banks, he was able to borrow $25,000 from George Gianetti, a local artisan and father of his college roommate’s wife.  The company was named Phillips Machinery and Supply, “Partners in Industry,” and it sold industrial supplies and light machine tools to local industry.

The company has been very much a family business with considerable support from Jean, other family members, friends, and the children.  It was not uncommon for the Phillips kids, at nine and ten years old, to spend Saturdays boxing fasteners.  Alan Phillips, the current president, formally joined the company in 1968, working part time while attending the University of Maryland.  Alan has worked his way through many jobs at the company, including customer invoicing and payment collections, purchasing agent, inventory management, sales, accounting, general manager and vice president.

Our People: Our Partners

The Phillips culture is centered around its people (partners), Phillips greatest asset.  Phillips continues to invest in its people and bring new talent into the company that will take the company to the next level and support an accelerated growth strategy.  Its current people approach to support this rapid growth is to invest in people with a wide range of experiences with outside perspectives.  The key to this success is to ensure the growth of its people.   

Kelley Cressman, Vice President of Business Development, Federal Division, reflects on Phillips’ 60th year

In 1961, Albert Phillips created Phillips Machinery and Supply, “Partners in Industry.”

Growth of our Partners

The following are programs that Phillips launched in recent years to support the growth of its people. 


Phillips partners with Vistage, an organization that provides executive coaching in a unique way. For more than 60 years, Vistage has been bringing together successful CEOs, business owners, and key executives into confidential peer advisory groups.  Phillips encourages Executives to experience the benefits of the program. Data shows that Vistage member companies grew 2.2x faster than average medium sizes businesses. Several Phillips Partners have had the opportunity to experience the benefits of the peer groups and reap the benefits of gaining insight from peer leaders. 

Benchmarks on the Path to Virtuosity 

Virtuosity means, the quality of being extremely skilled at something. Partners at Phillips Corporation follow the path to virtuosity which helps them improve their contribution to not just Phillips’ growth but theirs too. When one starts being a virtuoso, their attitude improves, which then defines their performance. 

The path to virtuosity is a path to continuous learning & self-improvement. Whatever the mind of a human can conceive and believe it can achieve, therefore if one thrives to improve their domain expertise on a continuous basis they would truly embark on the path of becoming a virtuoso and a role model. 

Becoming ones best self is critical to being a role model, which one would see in everyone working with Phillips. We are a conscious mental companion to the journey of stakeholders at large; partners at Phillips constantly & quietly keep energizing and keep encouraging fellow partners to become a virtuoso. At Phillips, everyone works towards the common goal i.e. towards the Mission & Vision of Phillips Corporation. Partners co-exist by assisting and giving their expertise in improving the outcome, that is how strong the vibe is at Phillips. 

Gap International, Being a Breakthrough Organization 

Phillips Corporation has partnered with a breakthrough consultant firm, Gap International, for over a decade to always challenge the way we think! Gap International works with leaders in transforming organizations in a variety of ways, including consulting initiatives, breakthrough diagnostics, and measurement tools, as well as leadership and team growth and performance programs (both in-person and online).  The context of everything Gap does is breakthrough – breakthrough thinking, execution, leadership, strategy and performance – with an intense focus on outcomes. Transforming Phillips Leaders into constantly living in the possibility mindset.  


“At Phillips, we’re on a mission to make life immeasurably better.”

Ask Jason