Phillips Screwdriver

No, not exactly. But he did help make it better. Henry Phillips was a Portland businessman who came to Paul Brong Machine Works in the early 30s for the first manufactured prototypes of the now ubiquitous screw and screwdriver. It may be hard for us 21st century types to imagine just how revolutionary the Phillips head was. But its crosshead screw design gave it self-centering properties . . . useful on automated production lines, which of course used powered screwdrivers. This was particularly essential for the automobile factories of the time.

Some of the original prototype Phillips Head screwdrivers are still being used in our workshop today nearly 75 years later. Obviously Paul Brong is a great place to go if you need a prototype made right the first time.