Phillips Tube Group traces its roots back to 1967 when the late Ralph Phillips opened a machine shop on the outskirts of Shelby, Ohio. Initially named Phillips Welding and Machine, Mr. Phillips realized the need locally for a machine shop. Within one year he secured a government contract and work with local businesses.
Over the years, his business in Shelby grew. First with the purchase of Barker Tower in 1974, a manufacturer of TV antennas, which was later renamed to Phillips Mfg. & Tower Co. In 1979 an addition was added to the facility that allowed tube mills to be brought on site. By 1984, the tube division of Phillips Mfg. & Tower Company became Shelby Welded Tube.
Phillips Tube Group is proud to be the number one fuel filler manufacturer in the world.
Mr. Phillips decided to grow the business in 1993 with the purchase of Armco LP’s Tubing Division, later to become AK Steel, and renamed the entity Middletown Tube Works. Mr. Phillips and his team immediately streamlined the company to provide highly formable coated and non-coated welded steel tube for numerous industries including automotive, HVAC, appliance, mining and construction.
Following the passing of owner and founder, Ralph Phillips, in 2009 operations were taken over by his daughter Angela Phillips. Following this transition, the companies received their WBENC certification in 2010, which showed their status as a woman owned business.
Deep South and Global Expansion
In 2016, the Phillips Tube Group purchased the assets of American Metal Technology, Inc. known as AMTECH. The new entity, now known as Phillips Tube Group of Alabama is in Pell City, Alabama. This new location opens up market opportunities in the south east region for the growing Phillips Tube Group.
Additionally, Phillips Tube Group has collectively shipped to numerous countries around the world including Mexico, Canada, Australia, Eastern Europe and China to name a few. Phillips Tube Group is also proud to be the number one fuel filler manufacturer in the world.
Phillips Tube Group continues to grow as a business and its capabilities. As some competitors cease operations, Phillips Tube Group facilities expand market share.