Passing of Don Springer: Phoenix Contact announces the loss of founder and former president of U.S. Subsidiary



Middletown, Pa. – It is with great sadness that Phoenix Contact shares the loss of Don Springer, the founder and former president of its U.S. Subsidiary. After a distinguished leadership career at AMP Incorporated (now part of TE Connectivity), Don was chosen by Gerd Eisert, one of the owners of Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG in Blomberg, Germany, to found the U.S. Subsidiary in 1981 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Under Don’s thoughtful and dedicated direction, the company grew rapidly and now has become the U.S. Group Center of Competence with more than 800 employees nationwide. Don retired in 2004, after more than two decades of accomplishment and service to Phoenix Contact.

“At Phoenix Contact, we share the loss of Don with the Springer family and stand firmly rooted in his visionary leadership of our U.S. Subsidiary,” said Jack Nehlig, president of Phoenix Contact USA. “Don’s positive outlook, coupled with his deep and impactful personal relationships throughout our industry, have left a legacy of success and prosperity for our company, our distributors, and our customers. He will be missed by so many.”

About Phoenix Contact
Phoenix Contact develops and manufactures industrial electrical and electronic technology products that power, protect, connect, and automate systems and equipment for a wide range of industries. Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, Blomberg, Germany, operates more than 50 international subsidiaries, including Phoenix Contact USA in Middletown, Pa.

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