PHOENIX Opens State-Of-The-Art Firebird Design and Innovation Center in Aurora, IL

PHOENIX Opens State-Of-The-Art Firebird Design and Innovation Center in Aurora, IL

Aurora, IL – April 30, 2024: PHOENIX is excited to announce the opening of their design and innovation center at the company’s national headquarters in Aurora, Illinois. This state-of-the-art center gives customers an opportunity to explore the closure manufacturing process from ideation to production.

“When we opened our new corporate headquarters in 2022, we knew dedicating a space that encourages collaboration with our customers throughout the product development process was imperative,” said Alby Miller, PHOENIX Co-President.

20240425_064202_edit“For over 130 years, PHOENIX has maintained a high standard for packaging innovation. With a customer-first approach, we outperform others in our industry by accelerating product development and market entry without sacrificing quality,” said Darin Paul, PHOENIX Vice President, Engineering and Innovation.

3D Printers2When customers visit the PHOENIX Firebird Design and Innovation Center for a project, they will experience a customized tour. Tours begin in the Ideation Room where customers can collaborate on ideas and review market research findings. From there, guests will visit the design studio to participate in an interactive session with research and development engineers to conceptualize designs with new technologies, while keeping sustainability a priority. “We are giving our customers a peek inside the minds of our designers and engineers,” said Paul. “We are excited to highlight the comprehensive process our team employs to design, test, and create exceptional packaging from art to part.”

The next stop on the tour includes the PHOENIX Metrology Lab. The lab equips the Quality Team for root cause analysis, troubleshooting, and recommendations for process improvements to ensure customer success. Tour participants will witness live demos of specific tests that the Quality Team deploys to ensure high packaging standards.

injection-molding-machine2The tour concludes with the proof-of-concept phase where visitors watch their parts manufactured on a prototyping press. By having numerous machines and testing equipment in one location, this unique area helps the team gain efficiencies, providing fast response times to customer requests.

Additionally, the PHOENIX Firebird Design and Innovation Center is used for focus groups, ideation sessions, and training new employees. “Our design and innovation center supports the development of products for our customers and validates the design, form, fit, and function. We are thrilled to share this space with our customers and suppliers,” said Miller.



PHOENIX is a sixth-generation, family-owned, packaging provider of injection molded plastic closures. Led by Co-Presidents, Alby and Giles Miller, PHOENIX has become a world leader in packaging innovation, providing closures and technologies across multiple markets for over 130 years.

More than 100 patents and billions of packages later, the company stays ahead of industry changes and challenges. They continue to be future-focused by expanding into new markets, supporting unique customization options, and developing new technologies.

PHOENIX is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois. The company operates production facilities in Bloomington, Indiana, Greencastle, Indiana; Newport, Tennessee; and Davenport, Iowa; with a distribution facility in Ontario, California.

To learn more about PHOENIX’s full line of packaging solutions, visit or call 630-420-4750.