Phillips-Medisize Corporation (beginning life as Phillips Plastics Corporation) success story began in 1964 in a northern Wisconsin creamery, when co-founders Robert Cervenka and Louie Vokurka had a vision for a plastic injection molding company. This vision, along with a press dubbed “Lester” and a handful of people, helped create what has become one of the most respected companies in the global medical, pharma and commercial outsource services markets.
Today Phillips-Medisize, is the partner of choice to some of the largest and most respected multi-national companies in each of the market segments that we serve, with annual sales exceeding $700 million, employing over 4,300 people in 17 production locations around the world.
Robert Cervenka and Louie Vokurka establish Phillips Plastics Corporation in Phillips, Wisconsin on October 20, 1964, with the first production run dedicated to the manufacture of white plastic calendar frames. Within the first year, annual sales reach $250,000.
Phillips is hired to produce thousands of Batman action figures for the promotion of the Adam West – Burt Ward television series.
Ground is broken for the 12,000 square foot, original Custom facility in Phillips, Wisconsin where 30 people work producing control knobs for automobiles, dishwashers, fans, dehumidifiers, and dryers
Precision Decorating opens in Medford, Wisconsin — the first expansion outside of the corporate hometown — providing full-service design, manufacture, decoration, and assembly of high volume, injection molded components. This facility later becomes known as Phillips Automotive.
Annual sales exceed $5 million.
The Design Development Center opens in Hudson, Wisconsin, specializing in part design and development, design evaluation, prototype tooling and molding, and model making.
Annual sales rise to $26 million
Multi-Shot opens in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, concentrating on multiple-shot injection, and plastic-to-plastic and plastic-to-metal insert molding.
Operations expand to the eastern half of Wisconsin with the acquisition of Graphic Technologies in Fredonia, Wisconsin — producing decorative overlays, formed appliqués and trim using screen-printing and die-cutting processes.
Short Run opens in New Richmond, Wisconsin, focusing on low-volume manufacturing.
Annual sales increase to $100 million.
Phillips first dedicated medical plant opens in a 20,000 square foot leased facilitiy in Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Phillips Plastics receives the C.L. Greiber Award for Merit for outstanding contribution to vocational education in Wisconsin.
Origen® Center opens in Menomonie, Wisconsin, to support training, new business incubation, and advanced manufacturing capabilities.
Metal Injection Molding opens in Menomonie, Wisconsin, specializing in metal injection molding technology to produce complex metal components.
Another Design Development Center opens in Santa Clara, California providing design, prototyping, and program management services.
Medical Molding and Assembly opens in Menomonie, Wisconsin, focusing on high-volume medical device molding and assembly.
Magnesium Injection Molding opens in Menomonie, Wisconsin, concentrating on manufacturing parts that are higher quality than die-cast magensium.
Custom facility operations move into a new, state-of-the-art building in Phillips, Wisconsin, to provide services for medium to high volume injection molded components and assemblies.
Annual sales top $216 million.
Phillips employes 2,000 people.
Phillips Plastics Corporation celebrates 40 years of custom injection molding.
Magnesium Injection Molding moves to a new location in Eau Claire.
Micro Molding begins in Menomonie, creating part sizes no larger than .150" x 150" (3.81mm x 3.81mm).
Phillips is the first company to receive Eli Lilly's "Supplier Relationship Management" award.
Recipient of the 2007 Excellent Supplier Award from the American Purchasing Society.
Receives "Partner Level Status," the highest level rating a supplier can achieve, from John Deere for the seventh consecutive year.
Phillips Medical's 30,000 square foot expansion is complete.
Phillips Plastics acquires European-based Medisize Corporation.
Phillips Plastics changes name to Phillips-Medisize Corporation and launches new logo and tagline — Partnerships Built on Innovation.
An expansion for cold chain storage is added to Menomonie, and the 10,000 sq. ft. (1,000m2) expansion is completed in the Czech Republic.
60,000 sq. ft. (6000 m2) expansion of Kontiolahti, Finland site is completed.
Full service turnkey facilities in Mexico and China are acquired from Adval Tech Group.
Phillips-Medisize celebrates 50 years in business.
Phillips-Medisize receives the President's "E" Award for Exports.
Company receives Green Master distiction from Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council for the third consecutive year.
Phillips-Medisize acquires Medicom Innovation Partner, a leading provider of device strategy, product design and development services with particular focus on personal connected health drug delivery device solutions.
Injectronics is acquired to broaden Phillips-Medisize's reach into the Northeastern U.S.
Phillips-Medisize completes expansions of its Metal Injection Molding facility, as well as its 17,000 sq. ft. dedicated clinical and pilot facility.