Beginning his career in Welding and Metallurgy, Phil started his training at Penta County Joint Vocational School in 1974. Once he received his certification, he began working as a freelance welder, completing various jobs for companies such as BP-Husky, and the Toledo Refining Company formerly known as the Sun Oil Refinery. During this time he passed many rigorous tests such as the Arkansas Bell. In 1979, he entered the Local Union 55 for Ironworking and began his training as an apprentice in metallurgical and steel work.
Upon completion of his apprenticeship, Phil was hired on at the Bechtel Corporation as an Ironworker. During his time at the company, he was responsible for basic laboring and welding tasks that coincided with the assembly of 16 transfer houses, renovation of outdated Ball Mills and assembly of a 114 Bay tripper gallery. He was also a part of changing out a General Electric and Westinghouse Generator weighing 1million pounds per piece.
After spending several years working from the Greater Detroit Area, Phil accepted a job as a Foreman at Art Iron in Toledo. For 10 years, he was an overseer for numerous large jobs within the city and the surrounding areas. Assembling fire escapes, stair cases, handrails and miscellaneous welding and erecting projects some of his most notable experiences were the initial construction and assembly of the Toledo Zoo Great Ape Exhibit, Hippoquarium and Carnivor Café, renovation of the St. Mary Church Steeple and roof reinforcement in Monroe, Michigan as well as the Handrail and Stair assembly at Burlington Terminal of Toledo Airport.
Shortly before taking over Drew Cartage, Phil was an employee under the previous owner, Dale Taylor. Upon Dale’s death, Phil purchased the company in 1992 and has been responsible for the rigging and erecting of several monumental jobs in Toledo and the surrounding areas.
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