The American company invests 180 million pesos, seeking to increase its harnesses production for tractors and trailers.
The American company, Phillips Industries dedicated to the production of harnesses for tractors and trailers, announced last November the expansion of its plant in Arteaga, Coahuila, which will be established thanks to an investment of 180 million pesos and will generate 120 jobs direct, adding to the more than 400 employees who currently have.
The announcement was made by executives of the American company Filiberto Coello, director of operations Phillips Industries Mexico, along with the former governor of Coahuila, Ruben Moreira Valdez; Victor Mohamar Servin, operations director of Davisa; Jose Antonio Gutierrez Jardon, Secretary of Economic Development, Competitiveness and Tourism; as well as Jose de Jesus Duran Flores, former municipal president of Arteaga, among other government representatives.
The facilities located in the Davisa Industrial Park, in the southeastern region of the State, are added to the plant that in 2015 started operations in Arteaga, which Phillips built replacing the property with which they began their activities in Derramadero, south from Saltillo.
Filiberto Coello, director of operations at Phillips Industries Mexico mentioned that this company started its activities in Coahuila with 108 workers and today the company has grown more than 600 %, which puts Coahuila’s worker as quality personnel.
For his part, Bob Phillips, founder of this international company, acknowledged the work of both, workers and suppliers; as well as of the former governor of Coahuila for making this expansion possible, he recalled that for more than eight years in which the company has been installed in this entity, he witnessed the great positive change that Coahuila has had.
“If we can get more employees like you, we would be very happy. It is a great honor to be here with you, I hope to see you soon with a new expansion. Cheers for Mexico!” said the manager effusively.
Philips highlighted the quality of the workforce in Coahuila, emphasizing that the company's goal is that the Arteaga factory be its main and most productive plant worldwide. Currently, only one plant produces more than the one established in Coahuila and it is in China, therefore the western bet on Mexican soil is ambitious.
SETTLING DOWN IN COAHUILA
The company that will now occupy 42,000 square meters at the Arteaga Industrial Park Industrial Center, started operations at La Angostura Industrial Park in Saltillo in 2008.
Mostly, thanks to the Saltillo Company Manufacturas Zapaliname is that Phillips is located in the southeastern region of Coahuila, as it manufactured for the American company. However, due to the expansion need, Phillips decided to establish its own plant and provide direct customer service to its automotive customers, among which are tractors such as Daimler, Navistar, Volvo, Hyundai, Hendrickson, among others.
Since the end of 2014 the plant currently operates in Arteaga, and it consists of two business units: the production of harnesses for tractors and trailers, divided into three production lines and another 11 production lines, fulfilling the weekly production demand of 35,000 to 40,000 parts of harnesses, supplying the Freightliner tractors produced by Daimler Trucks, its main customer, located in Derramadero, south from Saltillo.
“In 2008 we started producing 5,000 harnesses per week, and now we are manufacturing from 35,000 to 40,000, demonstrating the growth we have had over the years,” said Coello, who anticipates that the future projection is reaching 45,000 harnesses per week. .
THEY WILL NOT SETTLE
The director of operations of Phillips Industries Mexico said that despite the growth of more than 600 %, they are still 50 % of the size of the parent plant in California, United States; therefore it still needs expansion and extension in the future.
“We are more competitive than our plant in China, but we want to bring more product and we are evaluating to supply the market,” he said.
“We are a company that 100 % of the tractors you see in the United States have several of our parts and 40 % of the boxes carry our harnesses, therefore there is a lot of opportunity for expansion with the Coahuila’s workforce we have, they are very committed, responsible and capable,” he added.
While, former Governor Ruben Moreira thanked the Phillips family for their confidence in settling in the entity, and emphasized that “the workers of Coahuila are the best in Mexico, and it is a good place to do business, because the economy is going to keep growing.”
The Phillips Industries plant in Saltillo has obtained the Masters or Quality recognition awarded by Daimler Trucks North America more than five times.
The arrival of companies such as Phillips Industries is due to the confidence that investors have in Coahuila, the skilled workforce and the economic growth registered in recent years.
ALMOST A CENTURY
Phillips Industries recently celebrated its 89th anniversary as a leading supplier and manufacturer of parts for the road transport industry. The company was built with a signaling arm when a patent was granted to the founder of the company, Hugh Phillips, in 1928.
Today, Phillips Industries is an innovative distributor of a wide variety of commercial transportation products. The company supplies practically all the main tractors and trailers’ manufacturers in the United States. It is also a leader in the secondary parts market.