02-14-07
PHENIX Truck Bodies

Phenix Truck Bodies - Truck Bodies & Equipment


  Phenix Enterprises, Inc.

A MANUFACTURER of firefighting vehicles is finding more work building specialty trucks for California utility companies that are preparing to compete in a deregulated environment.

"As their fleet sizes diminish, utility companies need to do more work with fewer trucks," says Todd Davis, director of sales and marketing at Phenix Enterprises Inc in Pomona, a suburb of Los Angeles, California. "Utility fleets are adding more equipment to trucks so they can be used to do two jobs instead of one."

For example, Southern California Edison equipped trucks used to repair downed power lines with digger derricks so that damaged telephone poles could be replaced at the same time. In the future, utility companies will need to be more efficient because they will be competing with each other under deregulation. In 1996, the PUC choose one of several proposals that would deregulate all electric utilities in the state beginning in 1998.

This new business climate for utilities has created an increased demand for a variety of specialty trucks. Phenix has long been established in this niche as a manufacturer of custom fire trucks, utility trucks, and other vehicles.

Phenix was started in 1978 by Ben Albertini, whose sons Rick and Paul now run the company. The company began by building large line bodies with backhoes and underdeck PTO-driven air compressors for the Southern California Gas Company. Another truck body Phenix built for the Sparkletts and Arrowhead water companies carries five-gallon bottles of drinking water.

As the company grew, it began building more truck bodies for fire departments, utility companies, and municipalities, says Rick Albertini. Today, Phenix concentrates chiefly on building firefighting trucks and specialized trucks for local utility companies at its 4 acre plant and main office in Pomona, CA.

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PHENIX Truck Bodies & Equipment - 1785 Mt. Vernon Ave. - Pomona, CA 91768
(909)469-0411 - (800)736-9790  Fax: (909) 469-1064