John Jacobs, who has spent the past 32 years as vice president of engineering for Phillips Industry, has announced his retirement. His last day was July 1.

Jacobs was instrumental in designing and developing many of the products introduced by Phillips since he joined the company in 1982, the company said. He holds 10 patents for products. 

Jacobs has worked with industry organizations including the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and the Technology Maintenance Council (TMC).

“John has really made Phillips what it is today” said Bob Phillips, past president and CEO of the company. “His skill at intuitively seeing product solutions to everyday problems facing commercial vehicle operators has built the Phillips brand for innovative technology.  He will be missed by everyone at Phillips and all those in the industry who have crossed paths with him over the years. We wish him well in retirement.” 

In May, Phillips announced the hiring of Dave Lajeunesse as director of engineering to move into the role held by Jacobs.  Lajeunesse came to Phillips from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC where he was director of advanced manufacturing engineering and engineering services.