Philippi-Hagenbuch PHIL
Philippi-Hagenbuch is celebrating 50 years in the off-highway truck body and equipment business.

Truck body manufacturer PHIL celebrating 50 years

Philippi-Hagenbuch (PHIL), a Peoria IL-based manufacturer of off-highway truck enhancements, is celebrating 50 years of innovation.

The company was founded in November 1969.

“Our first innovation, the Autogate Tailgate, was the world’s first commercially available tailgate engineered and manufactured for off-highway haul trucks,” said Josh Swank, vice president of sales and marketing for PHIL. “From our humble beginnings in the basement of our founder’s home to the present, where we’ve invented countless technologies for the off-highway truck industry, we’re proud to be known for our engineering and innovation.”

Over the past fifty years, PHIL has pioneered more than 100 domestic and international patents and innovations relating to off-highway truck bodies, on-board weighing systems and black-box technology, as well as improvements in the safety of haul trucks through seat belt detection, water tank access, distribution and material confinement. Patented innovations surrounding ejector body and trailer technology, truck body volumetric capacity technology, bottom dump trailer technology, industrial strength hook-trucks and scissor lifts have assisted niche operations in maximizing their haulage efficiency while minimizing downtime.

PHIL helped its original client, a Wisconsin rock quarry, achieve the rated load of their haul trucks with the addition of tailgates and sideboards. Just three years after delivering their first product, PHIL established its first international distributor in Brisbane, Australia. From there, PHIL grew into the mining and power plant industries with truck bodies and trailers. In the early 1980s, as New York City was expanding their Fresh Kills Landfill, PHIL innovated with high-volume refuse bodies that helped the city maximize their trucks’ capabilities and haul their refuse as efficiently as possible. Water Tanks—and the inherent innovations PHIL developed around them—were added to the product line in the late 1990s, and 2000 ushered ejector body and trailer technology into PHIL’s repertoire.

“Over the last fifty years, the dedication and forward-thinking of our associates has led us to become a global leader in haul truck usage and innovation,” Swank said. “Everyone at PHIL contributes to our family environment with a willingness to do what’s right for the client.”

Founded by L.B. “Phil” Philippi and LeRoy Hagenbuch, P.E., the father and son-in-law team of sales and engineering resulted in a combination that worked well for the off-highway industry. Unfortunately, L.B. passed away in 1977. Remaining family owned and operated, Philippi-Hagenbuch is now led by L.B.’s granddaughter (LeRoy’s daughter) Danette Swank. LeRoy continues to serve as PHIL’s chief engineer, overseeing the engineering department and research and development.


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