Phillip Moen was born November 13, in Wilna, New York.
The Moen family settled in Brooklyn, New York.
Phillip Moen enrolled in Columbia College but had to quit school
because of eye problems. He began to work for his father to learn the
fundamentals of business.
Phillip married the eldest daughter of Ichabod Washburn of Worcester,
Massachusetts. Washburn was the founder of a wire production facility.
Moen and his wife moved to Worcester where he became a partner in a
firm to construct a rolling mill.
Moen purchased a half interest in the Washburn Company. Washburn
appointed Moen vice-president.
Moen’s first wife dies
Moen married Maria Grant.
To raise capital and increase capacity the Washburn Company
incorporated under the name of Washburn & Moen Wire Works.
The firm developed a process to manufacture crinoline wire and steel
wire to make sewing machine needles.
The company continued to expand with new plants in South Worcester and
Quinsigamond, Massachusetts, and re-organized under the name of
and Moen Manufacturing Company.
Moen became president and treasurer of the company upon the death of
The company established a rolling mill and barbed wire producing plant
in Waukegan, Illinois.
Phillip Moen died April 23, 1891. Moen was survived by his wife, one
son, and two daughters.
The Washburn and Moen Manufacturing Company was producing 100,000 tons
of barbed wire annually.