Phoenix Contact announces the loss of founder Don Springer

June 7, 2021

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, Springer 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 Springer's thoughtful and dedicated direction, the company rapidly grew and has become the U.S. Group Center of Competence with more than 800 employees nationwide. Springer 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.”