Phil Brown Welding Corp
Phil Brown Welding officially started business in 1964, after some years as an unofficial provider of specialized fruit industry equipment. `My dad was a fruit grower,` Phil said. `We started building machines for our use, and then began building stuff for the neighbors. It just got out of hand.` His brother, Vince, who early on worked with Phil, took over the family farm, and Phil continued with the company he founded. The company builds about 35 machines on a regular basis and has 18 people on the payroll. Personnel include Phil`s wife, Dorothy, two sons, Brian and David, and daughter, Melissa. Melissa helps run day-to-day operations, and Brian and David are involved in design and manufacture of new equipment.
In addition to the man-positioning systems like the Brownie, a three-wheeled, hydrostatically driven swing boom bucket with pedal controls that leaves hands free for pruning or picking, the company has the Brownie II platform system, a box shuttle, brush sweepers and pushers, a box handler and dumper, a peach blossom thinner, and other machines.
The company also builds for the greenhouse and nursery industries and for wineries, building conveyors and sorting tables and working extensively in stainless steel.