Our Story

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.

The explosive prosperity and expansion of post-war America continued well into the 1950s and built a strong foundation for a heavy civil construction company. In 1952, Ted partnered with his high school friend Ted Jordan to form P&J. In 1953, they earned their first big break when the company was awarded the ROW clearing for sections of the West Virginia Turnpike.

The 1956 Federal Aid Highway Act called for the construction of more than 41,000 miles of highways, and this swift development throughout the Southeast required the TVA to rapidly clear thousands of acres of land. This expansion of civil infrastructure would prove to be an immense amount of land clearing and earthwork, and P&J was able to build on this work.

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 one of P&J’s clients.

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 being a proven innovator, a proven leader, and a proven solution. We invite you to be part of our story.

Our History

2018
November 22

2018

Ted Phillips, Founder
William “Ted” Phillips, Sr. Passes; P&J establishes flagship office in Sacramento, CA
2017
January 22

2017

P&J establishes its Charleston, SC office
2016
January 22

2016

Avis Phillips becomes Chairman of the Board
2015
January 22

2015

P&J purchases all Avisco’s assets
2014
January 22

2014

Industrial & Commercial and Water Resources Groups formalized; P&J establishes its Douglas, WY, and Austin, TX, offices
2013
January 22

2013

Patrick McMullen becomes President of P&J
2011
January 22

2011

P&J creates and implements an in-house automated debris-management system for emergency response work; P&J establishes an office in Williston, ND
2009
January 22

2009

The Power Delivery Group is formed; William “Teddy” Phillips, Jr. becomes CEO; Relocation of Akiachak Airport in Alaska
2005
January 22

2005

P&J establishes its Raleigh, NC, office
2002
January 22

2002

P&J’s 50th Anniversary; U.S. Army Corp of Engineers gives P&J Contractor of the Year Award
2001
January 22

2001

Response and Recovery Efforts for WTC Terrorist Attack
1997
January 22

1997

P&J establishes its Zephyrhills, FL, office
1994
January 22

1994

Patrick McMullen joins P&J
1993
January 22

1993

Construction of the Javors J. Lucas Lake Dam in Georgia
1989
January 22

1989

P&J creates Disaster Recovery Group; William “Teddy” Phillips joins P&J; Avis Phillips hires Patrick McMullen at Avisco
1987
January 22

1987

Construction of the Ray Roberts Dam in Texas
1986
January 22

1986

Ben Turner establishes the P&J Florida Group; Avis Phillips starts Avisco, Inc.
1985
January 22

1985

P&J is repurchased by William “Ted” and Avis Phillips
1980
January 22

1980

Knoxville Shop
P&J moves its headquarters from Robbinsville, NC to Knoxville, TN
1979
January 22

1979

Construction of the Tombigbee Waterway canal in Tennessee
1978
January 22

1978

P&J’s Heavy Earth Moving Division is formed
1970
January 22

1970

P&J is sold to publicly-traded Kaneb Services, Inc.
1959
January 22

1959

Incorporated in the state of North Carolina; Land clearing for the Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Wyoming, still the largest reservoir in the state
1953
January 22

1953

Land clearing for a large portion of the West Virginia Turnpike; Ted buys P&J’s first Cat D-4
1952
January 22

1952

Ted Phillips and Ted Jordan start P&J
1949
January 22

1949

William “Ted” Phillips gets his first TVA clearing contract