When The Victor L. Phillips Company opened its doors in 1911, improvements to construction technology were moving fast. Started as a used construction equipment sales company, its founders, Victor L. Phillips and W.C. Jones, quickly discovered that innovation would be the key to their success. Initially, the company sold equipment like used concrete mixers and tip-over, horse-drawn concrete carts. But there was high demand for new, more advanced equipment, so the pair added new products to their inventory, including an asphalt kettle that Phillips designed and built himself. This willingness to get his “hands dirty” and fulfill the needs of his customers put The Victor L. Phillips Company on the map as the Midwest’s premier construction equipment dealer.
Celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2011, the heavy equipment company boasted six locations and over 100 employees in Kansas and Missouri. While technology has certainly changed over the last century, the company’s foundation has not. Jim Foreman, the company’s owner from 1978 to 2017, had a hands-on approach to common-sense customer satisfaction.
As of 2020, EquipmentShare, the fastest growing construction equipment rental and technology solutions provider in the U.S., recently reached a deal to collaborate with the The Victor L. Phillips Company (VLP), a heavy equipment company. EquipmentShare closed on this agreement on February 28, 2020. The deal covers the five existing VLP locations within Missouri and Kansas.
EquipmentShare’s wholly-owned subsidiary will be an authorized Case Construction Equipment, Epiroc, and Sennebogen dealer at all five aforementioned locations. All five locations will offer EquipmentShare’s standard equipment rental and retail sales services, as well as equipment repair and maintenance services, and parts support and sales.
Established in 1911 as a heavy equipment dealer, VLP has a long history of serving mid-Missouri construction and heavy equipment markets.
“EquipmentShare is proud to build on the legacy of innovation, reliability and strong, long-lasting customer relationships that VLP has sustained for more than 100 years,” EquipmentShare CEO Jabbok Schlacks said. “This acquisition will allow us to build on this foundation, expand our reach in these markets and best serve the long-time customers of The Victor L. Phillips Company.”