The Phillips Screw Company has promoted Gary Dilling to the newly created position of Director of Engineering.
Dilling has served the company as Fastener Engineer at Phillips since 2002 and in the new role will lead Phillips in new product and intellectual property development. The move comes as Phillips aims to continue serving the fastener industry with award winning designs, following its famous patented drive systems and thread innovations.
Phillips innovations are used by a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, and heavy industry. Technology developed by Phillips can be found on jet engines and floor boards of commercial aircraft, engines and transmissions of cars and even the windshield of the space shuttle. Having an experienced engineering staff is important to the long-term success of Phillips, the firm said.
“The lifeblood of any growth company is new products and services,” explained Ken Hurley, Phillips Screw Company CEO. “What keeps me up at night, is how we continue to keep the pipeline of innovation full. Gary is the right guy to lead our innovation and new product development process. He is a long-standing employee who continues to come up with key innovations and we believe he will help us accelerate at an even faster rate in this new position.
“We are forecasting the next ten years to be a boom time for us in terms of fastener growth. There is a lot of opportunity, but I don’t ever want to take that for granted. I look to our team to continue to innovate and Gary will be a key part of our future.”
Phillips latest innovations are Lightning™ Deck Screws and Lightning™ High-Performance Wood Screws. These products are currently being introduced into the North American lumber and DIY markets. In addition, Phillips has had equal levels of innovations in their UK division with multiple introductions of Bullet® and Ulti-Mate® branded screws. Gary Dilling took a lead role in the development of all of these items and continues in his research and development of further innovations.