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Volvo Construction Equipment has entered into an international supply agreement with Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc. (PHIL) to offer its customized products and technology including their proprietary ejector bodies, water tanks, J-Hook systems, sticky material carryback solutions in addition to other articulated hauler customizations. This agreement spans the entire Volvo CE articulated hauler product line which includes the A25F, A30F, A35F, A40F standard and full suspension (FS) versions. A Volvo articulated hauler with Philippi-Hagenbuch technology is recognized as an asset in certain construction and mining applications.

PHIL patented ejector body and trailer technology is known for its simplicity and durability to stand up to the demanding environments that articulated haulers encounter. The standard capacity ejector bodies provide a similar volumetric capacity to the Volvo end-dump body. Custom high-volume designs are available for applications that transport lighter density materials such as landfill and refuse operations.

This relationship will allow Volvo Construction Equipment dealers the opportunity to offer customers a wide variety of super-structures for their Volvo articulated haulers in a variety of industries. For more information, please visit

A video has been published of a PHIL Autogate® Tailgate with Fluidic Seal operating on a Volvo A25F articulated hauler. This video shows how liquid wood / paper pulp is being hauled with minimal leaks* from the loading point to discharge location.

*PHIL does not guarantee a 100% water tight seal. Many factors go into the actual seal provided including the tailgate design, installation, viscosity of material being contained, minor differences in the OEM body, etc. PHIL Autogate® Tailgates with Fluidic Seals will largely contain most liquid materials, but may leak. As the seals themselves are wear items, replacement of the seals and additional maintenance to maintain the seals including calking of small gaps will be necessary over time. 

For more information on our Autogate Tailgates, click here.

Danette Swank Announced as President

July 1, 2013: The Hagenbuch Family today announced that Danette Hagenbuch Swank will asume the role of President of the Peoria, Illinois based engineering and manufacturing firm. As the third generation of the Philippi and Hagenbuch family's to occupy this role, Dantte is excited for the challange.


Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc. is pleased to announce the issuance of Australian Patent No. 2008316558 for a "Method and apparatus for transitioning a heavy equipment hauling rear loading trailer between transport and loading positions".

The addition of this patent, which is part of Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.'s family of Lowboy Trailer patents builds upon the technologies utilized in PHIL's high-capacity, rear-loading Lowboy Trailers.

For more information on Intellectual Property maintained by Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc., please contact Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc. at (309) 697-9200.

PQ Hall of Fame

Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc. is pleased to announce the induction of LeRoy G. Hagenbuch P.E. into the inaugural class of the Pit & Quarry Hall of Fame.

The Pit & Quarry Hall of Fame recognizes, celebrates and preserves the history of outstanding leaders in the aggregates industry. The Hall of Fame seeks to create a wider public understanding and appreciation of the industry's role - not only in the past but for the future - in global economic and social prosperity.

"Experimenting started at an early age for me; in fact, my mother once commented that I was their (my parents) first experiment!" said LeRoy Hagenbuch during his acceptance speech. "Growing up on a farm requires you to be creative. One of my fathers principles was "If you need one of something, buy it; if you need two or more, make it. This has always stuck with me."

Hagenbuch went on to discuss his support structure: "One is only able to reach this level of achievement with a lot of SUPPORT!. The support I have, which includes my family and our company associates is what has led to my personal and our company success over the past 44 years."

LeRoy G. Hagenbuch, P.E. is the Chief Engineer and Co-Founder of the engineering and manufacturing firm Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc. of Peoria, IL. His patent for the first commercially available tailgate designed for off-highway haul trucks was only the beginning. He is now credited with over 80 patents in the US and internationally. The most recent patent improves access to the inside of water tanks, allowing personnel to enter the water tank and traverse through its bulkheads easily and unencumbered with the addition of full-sized access doors, which is an industry first. To advance the process of quarry efficiency, he developed many products to efficiently haul rock and overburden while minimizing material carryback.

Mr. Hagenbuch has made outreach and industry progress a mainstay of his career. He has written white papers on vital industry topics, spoken at conferences and trade shows worldwide, and been active with many associations on behalf of the industry.

His operating philosophy has been to extend the safety focus beyond training and awareness; each Philippi-Hagenbuch engineer is challenged on the safety of their product designs. In addition, each staff and production meeting at the company starts with a discussion of a critical safety topic.

Mr. Hagenbuch is a member of many state and national business and industry associations. He is currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA), a past Chairman of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association's Small Manufacturers Council (IMA-SMC), a past member of the Board of Governors for the National Mining Association Manufacturing Council (NMA), and a past member of the Board of Directors for the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association Manufacturers and Services Council (NSSGA). Additionally, he participates the Wyoming Mining Association (WMA), the Mining Associates of Wyoming (MAW), the Association of Equipment Dealers (AED), the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute (RMCMI), the Association of Iron and Steel Technologies (AIST), the Master Mechanics, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and the American Society of Mining Engineers (SME).

In addition to Mr. Hagenbuch, the following industry pioneers were inducted this year:

Emil Deister Sr., Deister Machine Co.
Charles W. Ireland, Vulcan Material Co.
Charles Luck Jr., Luck Stone
Samuel Calvin McLanahan, McLanahan Corp.
Paul C. Mellott Jr., Mellott Co.
Arthur Taggart, Columbia & Yale Universities

For more information on the Hall of Fame, please visit

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