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Eugene F. Phillips Papers

A description of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Phillips, Eugene F.
Title: Eugene F. Phillips Papers
Inclusive Dates: TBD
Quantity: 30 linear ft. (estimate)
Abstract: American mechanical engineer; colletion includes papers, research files, samples of plastic and plastic products, and memorabilia
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Eugene F. Phillips (1930-??) was an American industrial designer and engineer.

Born on September 7, 1930, in Derby, CT Phillips graduated from Crosby High School in Waterbury, CT in 1948. He served his country aboard the USS Gherardi (DMS-30) from 1951-1955, as a welder and then a First Class Petty Officer. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, with a BS in Mechanical Engineering (1961) and an MBA (1966).

In 1961, he joined Plax Corporation in Hartford, Connecticut as a Development Engineer; Plax was subsequently acquired by Monsanto Corporation in 1963. Mr. Phillips worked out of Monsanto’s Research and Development (R&D) packaging facility in Bloomfield, Connecticut, and regularly interacted with other Connecticut locations including Deep River, Stonington and South Windsor. There he worked on films, foam boards, AstroTurf, and rain flap products. He also worked side by side with notable and talented colleagues like Michael Gigliotti (Gloucester, MA) and Puru Agrawal (Akron, OH).

Most notably, he played a key role in developing blow molding technologies for bottles as part of the LOPAC (Low Oxygen PACkaging) project for carbonate bottles made from acrylonitrile, specifically polyacrylonitrile styrene. The bottling polymer was more pliable and safer than glass, and it was both recyclable and refillable. As a result he worked with a number of major beverage companies such as Anheuser-Busch, Coors, Dr. Pepper, PepsiCo. and Coca-Cola. Monsanto officially rolled out its Cycle-Safe campaign in 1975. Coca-Cola began advertising the bottle as the “Easy Goer” and “Lift it - You’ll Love it” because the containers were much lighter than current glass.

During the development of Cycle Safe plastic bottling technology an issue was noticed with the screw top cap. During the unscrewing action the cap could rapidly spin free causing the carbonated beverage to spray its pressurized contents. Recognizing the issue his team of engineers were instrumental in developing in a mold with straight slots features to relieve pressure within the bottle by allowing the gas to escape the perpendicular grooves in the threads thereby giving a type of audile indication that the beverage was under pressure. Phillips is listed on patent 3,722,725, "Package for Pressurizes Fluent Materials," dated March 27, 1973.

As Director of International Licensing for Monsanto, Mr. Phillips traveled the world working with multi-national corporations like Metal Box and Yoshino Corporation. After retiring from Monsanto in 1988 he established a private consulting company, Phillips International, which specialized in packaging of consumer products with clients in several countries.

Phillips married Elizabeth Huber on December 4, 1954. He and his wife had four children: Beth Ann, Lugene, Donna, and Paul.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Eugene F. Phillips Papers includes samples of plastics and plastic products, researh files, patent notes, and memorabilia.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is unprocessed and remains in original order.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is currently unprocessed and not available for research. Please contact SCRC for more information.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has extensive holdings related to plastics and industrial design, in both manuscript and print collections. Please search our collections to find related manuscript material, and refer to SUMMIT, our main catalog to locate cataloged items.

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Subject Headings


Phillips, Eugene F.

Corporate Bodies

Monsanto Company.
Plax Corporation.


Beverage containers -- Design and construction.
Blow molding.
Manufacturing processes.
Plastic containers -- Specimens.
Plastics -- History.
Plastics -- Molding.
Plastics industry and trade -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Technical reports.



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Eugene F. Phillips Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Beth Ann, Lugene, Donna, and Paul Phillips, 2020.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 14 Jan 2021
Revision history:

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