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Phillips Connect expanded its business facilities to accommodate explosive growth since 2020. The new capacities in manufacturing, R&D, warehousing, and a new headquarters complex reflect the increasing recognition of its intuitive and scalable telematics solutions by major transportation and logistics companies.
In the last five years, Phillips Connect leveraged long-standing relationships from Phillips Industries with trailer OEMs and fleets to develop trailer telematics solutions that best complement the new technology standards in the trucking industry. Phillips Connect understood early on that smart trucks need smart trailers to perform at their best, so they began the process that would later make them the segment’s leader. Founder and CEO of Phillips Connect, Rob Phillips noted, “From the rate that our company is growing and the feedback we’ve gotten from the largest trailer fleets in North America, I can confidently say we’re on track to meet our goal.”
Phillips Connect’s recent expansion includes:
- A 10,000 square-foot headquarters and testing/development lab located at the University of California at Irvine (UCI) Research Park. The employee count at its headquarters complex doubled by the end of 2021 and is expected to double again by the end of 2022.
- Phillips Connect established a warehouse with assembly, software provisioning, quality control, and environmental testing capabilities. A smart trailer used for testing and a full-feature scale model are held in both Irvine facilities to offer visitors an immersive experience into Phillips Connect.
Phillips Connect also has plans to expand to the European market, with its initial touchpoint through a partnership with Phillips Europe in Poland.