History


1892

The Beginning

George Wordingham stops in Milwaukee to visit family and decides to settle there. Phoenix Printing is founded on North 2nd Street, specializing in printing and packaging for the laundry and dry cleaning industry.

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1916

Relocation

To accommodate the growing company, its headquarters moves to the corner of East Chicago and North Jackson in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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1921

Name Change

Phoenix Printing becomes Phoenix Products.

1922

Little Mill in the Prairie

The company purchases a veneer mill in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin to support plans to diversify.

1926

Adding On

A manufacturing plant is constructed in Oakland, California to make paper products. This stays in operation until 1939.

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1936

Family Matters

George Wordingham passes leadership of the company to his son, Maurice G. Wordingham.

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1940

On the Move

As business expands, Phoenix Products relocates to North 27th Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1942

The Foundation

The Barker Metal Spinning Company is purchased to lay the groundwork for the Metal Products Division.

1943

First Edition

The first Sturdilite® is produced.

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2015

Great Vision

Phoenix Terminal Solutions teams up with LASE to bring laser positioning products to the terminal market.

2015

And the Winner Is...

Phoenix Terminal Solutions wins the International Bulk Journal award for its work in customer service for the bulk handling industry 

 

2016

Our Legend Lives On

The Phoenix Company is formed as the corporate brand encompassing Phoenix Lighting, Phoenix International and Phoenix Terminal Solutions.

2018

Legendary Leadership

Fourth generation owner and president, George J. Wordingham, announces his retirement. He is the great-grandson of the company’s original founder and had worked for Phoenix for 52 years.

2018

A New Chapter of Growth

Phoenix Teams Up with JMC Capital Partners to Expand Presence in the Lighting Industry.

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2019

Growth Is In The Air

Phoenix acquires Bright Light Systems - a U.S. company with a state-of-the-art lighting controls system, expertise in high mast applications and numerous installations worldwide.

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Our History

1892

The Beginning

George Wordingham stops in Milwaukee to visit family and decides to settle there. Phoenix Printing is founded on North 2nd Street, specializing in printing and packaging for the laundry and dry cleaning industry.

1916

Relocation

To accommodate the growing company, its headquarters moves to the corner of East Chicago and North Jackson in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1921

Name Change

Phoenix Printing becomes Phoenix Products.

1922

Little Mill in the Prairie

The company purchases a veneer mill in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin to support plans to diversify.

1926

Adding On

A manufacturing plant is constructed in Oakland, California to make paper products. This stays in operation until 1939.

1936

Family Matters

George Wordingham passes leadership of the company to his son, Maurice G. Wordingham.

1940

On the Move

As business expands, Phoenix Products relocates to North 27th Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1942

The Foundation

The Barker Metal Spinning Company is purchased to lay the groundwork for the Metal Products Division.

1944

First Edition

The first Sturdilite® is produced.

1951

Come Together

Welding rod ovens and commercial lighting products are brought into the mix.

1959

Take the Lead

John M. Wordingham takes over the company.

1961

Beginning of an Era

The first docklite® is sold, and so begins the high industry recognition and regard of Phoenix dock lighting.

1974

More Power

Marine floodlights and interior lighting for nuclear power plants are introduced.

1976

Spun Out

After being in the spinning industry for 34 years, the operation is sold.

1978

In Good Health

The Health Care Products Division is created to serve medical packaging markets.

1983

New Additions

Explosion-proof and fluorescent fixtures are introduced to the product line.

1985

Passing the Torch

Having worked for the company since 1966, George J. Wordingham becomes president of the company.

1988

Moving Up

Ever expanding, Phoenix relocates to North 64th Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1993

Strong Hold

P-H-X, Inc. evolved out of the Health Care Products Division to become a quality supplier of water-based adhesives and cohesives serving various industrial markets.

1998

Keeping the World Welding

Phoenix International, Inc. evolves out of Phoenix Products Company Inc. to grow the DryRod® and dryWIRE® line of welding electrode and wire holding ovens. P-H-X, Inc. is sold to Northwest Coatings.

1998

World Wide Web for Ovens

Phoenix International launches its first website.

1999

Get Out and Grill

The management team at Phoenix hosts its first annual Bratfest - a tradition that is carried on to this day to celebrate all employees.

2000

Lighting Meets the Internet

Phoenix Lighting launches its first website!

2002

Next Chapter

Phoenix Health Care Products, LLC is sold to Pechiney Plastic Packaging, Inc.

2002

A Safer Place

In support of the Navy's anti-terrorism efforts following the USS Cole bombing, Phoenix designs a hull perimeter light fixture to dramatically increase security on and around ships.

2003

Slimming Down

Phoenix makes the transition from traditional to lean manufacturing, allowing operations to move from its 98,000 square-foot building to its current 68,000 square-foot facility on Port Avenue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

2004

A Better Way

Phoenix implements a QRM (Quick Response Manufacturing) program companywide to increase efficiency and service excellence.

2004

Biking for a Cause

Phoenix participates for the first time in the annual Best Dam Bike Ride in support of MS.

2006

Career Building

Phoenix begins its engineering internship program giving a path to many of the industry's most successful product development engineers.

2007

Lighting the Way

Phoenix installs its first LED product.

2011

The World's First

Phoenix becomes the first lighting company to fully outfit a dragline using LED technology.

2011

Seeing the Light

Phoenix hosts its first on-site lighting demo bringing together industry professionals from around the world.

2011

Stamp of Approval

Phoenix earns ISO certification.

2012

The Big 6

Phoenix installs its first lights in Africa expanding its presence to six continents.

 

2012

Just How Durable Are Our Fixtures?

Phoenix Lighting released its first durability video after the infamous "Ben from Phoenix" drops a ModCom LED floodlight 25 feet in the Phoenix parking lot to demonstrate its durability. This video started a tradition of many durability video that are still being regularly released!

2013

Around the World

Phoenix opens remote offices in Taiwan, the Netherlands and Egypt in response to growing worldwide demand.

2013

A Special Event

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker recognizes Phoenix’ contribution to the mining market with a visit to the facility to discuss pending mining legislature.

2014

Fresh Face

Phoenix introduces its new look.

2014

Let's Get Physical

Phoenix starts the tradition of incorporating a 5K run/walk into its annual Bratfest festivities.

2015

Continued Growth

Phoenix segments its offerings and launches a new brand, Phoenix Terminal Solutions, the industry's first and only global sales agency exclusively serving container, intermodal and bulk terminals.

2015

Great Vision

Phoenix Terminal Solutions teams up with LASE to bring laser positioning products to the terminal market.

2015

And the Winner Is...

Phoenix Terminal Solutions wins the International Bulk Journal award for its work in customer service for the bulk handling industry.

2016

Greater Heights

Phoenix Terminal Solutions teams up with Midstream to bring high mast lighting to the terminal market.

2016

Our Legend Lives On

The Phoenix Company is formed as the corporate brand encompassing Phoenix Lighting, Phoenix International and Phoenix Terminal Solutions.

 

2018

Legendary Leadership

Fourth generation owner and president, George J. Wordingham, announces his retirement. He is the great-grandson of the company’s original founder and had worked for Phoenix for 52 years.

 

2018

A New Chapter of Growth

Phoenix Teams Up with JMC Capital Partners to Expand Presence in the Lighting Industry.

 

2019

Growth Is In The Air

Phoenix acquires Bright Light Systems - a U.S. company with a state-of-the-art lighting controls system, expertise in high mast applications and numerous installations worldwide.