Phil Enegren Obituary

Phillip Enegren
June 30, 1942 - December 5, 2020

Wichita, Kansas - Phillip Dean Enegren, 78, was born in Wichita, KS to Vivian (Kuhns) Wilson and Paul Enegren. He passed away peacefully at home on December 5, surrounded by loving family. Phil grew up on a farm near Ashland, KS, and graduated from Ashland High School in 1960. While in high school, his math teacher Ken Swanson recognized Phil’s giftedness in mathematics, and mentored him, urging him to seek further education. Phil attended Kansas State University on an academic scholarship where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1964, graduating at the top of his class. While at K-State he was a founding member of a chapter of Triangle Engineering Fraternity. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Purdue University in 1965. After working in California and abroad, he returned to Wichita to enter the field of manufacturing. In 1977 he founded L.S. Industries, a local manufacturing company that produces heavy equipment.

Phil and his wife of 46 years, Linda Weir-Enegren, built a large family through birth and adoption. His greatest joy and his legacy, was his family. The family home was on a pond, and winters brought great adventures on the ice with Phil leading the way. He taught children and grandchildren ice skating and “ultimate sledding” at home, and skiing from the earliest ages on family trips. He cared little to not at all about material goods and had an adventurous spirit, crisscrossing the globe with his family for business and leisure. There were many adventures across six continents (and misadventures in the days before map apps).

Over the years he received much recognition for his generous heart and compassion, which were felt by all who knew him. He was honored with the Donna E. Sweet Humanitarian of the Year Award through the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2015. A particular business trip to China found him in a stranger’s residence, sleeves rolled up, using improvised tools to repair an outdated wheelchair for a disabled young man, whose plight had come to Phil’s attention in passing. In the business meetings the next day, the translator told them that Phil’s kind act had changed their perception of American businessmen.

To see Phil for five minutes was to see Phil. His genuine kindness was constant; he was as courteous to an agitated child as he was to his best customer. A friend who worked with him said, “On a regular basis I saw Phil do for strangers what most people wouldn’t do for blood.” Neighborhood kids knew him as the “calm dad” and called on him to resolve their sticky situations. He always had a jar of candy to share, an ear to listen, and a shoulder to lean on. Not infrequently, Phil could be seen passing by the freezer for a spoonful of ice cream.

Preceded in death by his parents, sister Phyllis Newby, brothers John Wilson and Samuel Enegren, daughter Faith Campbell-Cox, son Pedro Benavides-Enegren, and daughter-in-law Carolina Enegren.

Survived by spouse Linda Weir-Enegren, children Mark Enegren of Coeur d’Alene, ID; Amanda Enegren, Paul Enegren (Yeni), Joy Morton (Jake), and daughter-in-law Beverly Benker of Wichita; Ken Enegren of Tulsa; Sasha Enegren (James Massol) of New York City; Michelle Foster (Matt) of Mountain Home, ID; grandchildren Caleb Morton, Melanie Morton, Naomi Morton, Rodrigo Enegren, Phillip Enegren, Nicolas Enegren, Dominic Benavides, and Linda-Paulina Enegren of Wichita; Emilia Enegren-Massol and Andre Enegren-Massol of New York City; sister Barbara Miller of Sacramento,CA; brother Dennis Enegren of Huntsville, AL; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Phil was a member of First United Methodist Church, Triangle Fraternity, the President’s Clubs at Kansas State University and Wichita State University, and an ardent supporter of Rainbows United. A memorial service will be held in the summer of 2021 when it is safe to be together to celebrate his beautiful life. A memorial has been established with Rainbows United.

Federal Grants For Equipment That Improves Safety


Some recent research on funding opportunities led me to grants available for workplace safety.  The Depart of Health and Human Services provides funding for new equipment that will lead to a safer workplace.  Some of the these grants can total up to $1,000,000. LS Industries manufactures equipment that significantly reduces the wear on employees and reduces opportunities for injury.

Because LS Industries specializes in machinery that automates processes, we can eliminate injuries caused by repetitive motion.  These can often occur from hand sanding, scrubbing, or deburring parts.  We can recommend the right equipment to improve the safety in your facility.


The automated shot blast systems eliminate completing the work by hand.  Some of the hazards associated with this would be metal dust inhalation, injuries associated with hand tools and lifting injuries among others.
BFC-XL Cylinder Blaster


LS Industries washers can potentially eliminate the need for handling toxic chemicals and breathing hazardous fumes.  Carts like the one seen below transfers the table directly into the washer insuring safe handling of parts eliminating lifting injuries.  Other systems include conveyors or monorail systems for safe handling.


LS Industries vibratory equipment will give you a consistent finish on your parts without time consuming handling. Deburring parts by hand can easily cause cuts to the hands and other dangers of using hand tools.
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The LS Industries dust collectors will improve the air quality in your manufacturing facility so that employees will be safe from harmful airborne particles. The filter media used is very efficient, approaching 97% on 0.8 micron and 100% on 2 micron particulate. If you add an additional HEPA filter the dust elimination is even greater.
Dust Collector 50 in black metal material


Our equipment can lead to a safer more productive facility and thanks to grants provided by the federal government you could potentially add these improvements at no cost to you.

We will be happy to discuss the grant opportunities with you.  We will be happy to provide some of the information needed for the grant application. Don't wait, deadlines for application submission are approaching. Let us help you reap the maximum benefits of investing in your business and your employees.

Call 800-835-0218 today!


1. Increase profitability!
2. Increase you capacity and delivery time.
3. Provide a cleaner more consistent finish than your competitors.
4. Our equipment is designed and built in the USA.
5. Our satisfied customers agree!
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6. LS builds the most reliable equipment in the market.
7. Parts and service available directly from LS at any time.
8. In house engineering and talented fabricators can create custom solutions to your particular need.
9. Most competitive prices in the market for quality equipment.
10. Dedicated sales team for machines and parts ready to serve you.

BFCLP-XL Flow Thru Cylinder Blaster

New Table Blaster and Washer Out for Delivery

LS Industries specializes in building machines that make companies more productive.  This customer purchased a shot blast table and a rotary table washer.  Both of them have an impressive 72" diameter table.  These machines will significantly cut down on the amount of time employees spend getting difficult assemblies clean.

LSTB72The LS TB72 Table Blaster has a 10,000 lb weight capacity and uses 2 of our LS SureShot(TM) Direct Drive Blast Wheels with 10HP motors.






RWB72The LS RWB72 Rotary Table Washer has a 75 HP Gusher pump for the wash with a 525-gallon tank and reaches 140 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.  The system also includes a fresh water rinse.






We hope that our customer will have many successful years of operation on their new LS Equipment!

Machine delivery


FabTech 2019LS Industries recently returned from exhibiting at the FabTech Expo in Chicago, IL. In our display, we had the BH-4 Fixtured Basket Blaster. This is a very versatile batch style blaster designed for blasting parts that shouldn't be tumbled. The fixed rod setup allows for a variety of fixturing options for parts of many shapes and sizes. The parts receive a full 360-degree blast without tumbling that could cause damage. This machine is a great solution for customers that have lower volumes of diverse products.

Also, on display was the LS Mini Blaster. Our small workhorse tumble blaster is great for small parts that can be tumbled for a quick blasted finish. Save time and money by loading the basket, setting the timer and walking away.

Our team is following up with all of the prospects that we connected with in Chicago but if we have missed you please feel free to reach out to us, 1-800-835-0218. Or complete the quote request at Here.

New Equipment Purchase Tax Deductions - Section 179

Section 179 Tax Deduction (capital equipment investment deduction)


The section 179 tax deduction is designed with businesses in mind. It is meant to be an incentive to encourage businesses to invest in themselves, with new equipment. It allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying new and used equipment up to $1,000,000 purchased or financed in the tax year. The code states that equipment must be placed into service between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, to qualify for the deduction in the 2020 tax year.


Why am I telling you all of this? 

Our current orders are being quoted out to November meaning that if you plan to take advantage of the write-off, you’ll need to get your orders in soon.

LS Industries wants to help you save money not only on your taxes but in your production.  Our automated blasters, washers and vibratory equipment will significantly increase your productivity and reduce your labor costs.

Find out more about new equipment tax deductions at or consult your tax accountant.

Please contact LS Industries to see how we can help you.

Need to finance your equipment? We have lending partners as well that can help you move forward with your new equipment needs today as well. Financed equipment is still eligible for the Section 179 tax incentive for new equipment deductions.

Need a custom solution to get your production moving smoothly? We still have time to build the new equipment before the end of the year but you need to act fast!

We do also have some stock solutions available for increasing your productivity tomorrow. Take a look at some of the end of the year offers we have available on new and used equipment. New Equipment or Used Equipment


At LS Industries we specialize in manufacturing automated machines that will save you time and money in your production processes.  Our airless blasting machines will pay for themselves in less than 1 year over air blast systems.  If you’re currently sanding by hand you can pay for a blasting machine in less than 4 months.  And you will achieve a much more consistent finish on every part.  Similar savings can be found in automated washing machines and shakers.  Taking out the hand labor on these dirty jobs can make your shop much more productive and it will also keep your workforce happier.

Cost Savings with LS Industries

Savings of Shot Blast over Air Blast


Manganese steel, also known as Mangalloy or Hadfield Steel, is steel that has been combined with 11 – 15% manganese. Manganese is a natural element that is very hard and brittle. Once combined with steel the material becomes very hard and durable, it will lose the brittle nature. The manganese steel is a non-magnetic steel with extreme anti-wear properties. The material is very resistant to abrasion and will actually gain strength upon impact. These conditions make it the perfect material for holding up against wear in the blast cabinet and for our blast wheel blades.

1. Manganese steel is a combination of the alloy manganese with steel at about 11- 15% manganese.
2. Manganese steel has extremely durable properties and actually becomes harder upon impact. (like that of a steel shot blast)
3. Manganese steel can be cut with a plasma laser.
4. Manganese steel plates are welded together using low temperatures.


Mangenese Steel