Innovation and resourcefulness are in our blood.
In 1949, Ted Phillips, an enterprising 17-year-old, partnered with his cousin Clyde Phillips on a $495 Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) land clearing job in Mississippi. Ted borrowed his dad’s car, loaded cross- cut saws and axes, and carted Clyde and two other men down the narrow two-lane roads more than 450 miles from the mountains of Robbinsville, North Carolina, to Philadelphia, Mississippi. It was hot, exhausting manual labor. Yet, despite its small scope, the team took pride in a job well done and managed to net a good profit. They didn’t know it at the time, but this laid the groundwork for P&J. Ted instilled in the foundation of P&J a respect for long term relationships. We take care of our clients, and after more than 60 years in business, TVA continues to be P&J’s single largest client. We continue to live by Ted’s values. His story inspires our growth and underscores our legacy. Now, led by Ted’s wife Avis Phillips, who is a long-serving board member and seasoned industry executive, P&J is a woman-owned business carrying on our commitment to quality both in our work and in our people.
We pride ourselves on our past and are always looking to the future. We invite you to be part of our story.
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