PHD celebrates 60 years in manufacturing
By Lisa Esquivel Long | The News-Sentinel
PHD, which designs and makes pneumatic, electric and hydraulic machine parts for industrial automation, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
Founded in May 1957, the first product it developed, the Tom Thumb pneumatic cylinder, remains popular today. PHD makes a variety of products, including cylinders, clamps, grippers and slides. These parts provide the motion to push, pull, lift, rotate, turn, grip, and orient parts or materials in a variety of manufacturing processes. PHD says it prides itself on manufacturing high-precision and extremely long-life components that meet the needs of its customers.
The company employs over 300 people in the Fort Wayne and Huntington facilities. The Fort Wayne campus at 9009 Clubridge Drive, includes administrative offices, a technology and training center and an 85,000-square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing and assembly center. It also is the home of YRG Robotics, PHD's master distributorship of Yamaha brand robotics for North America. The Huntington facility is a 76,000-square-foot machining and manufacturing facility.
“PHD is honored to have worked with such wonderful customers, distributors and vendors over the past 60 years,” Gary Murphy, senior vice president of global sales and engineering, said in a news release. “Our partners and our dedicated employees really have been the reason for our success. We are very proud of what we have contributed to our communities, and we will to continue to provide for a very long time.”