Washington, DC (July 17, 2017)
It is not every day that you get a call from the White House. It all began late last Wednesday afternoon. Taylor Machine Works, Inc. (TMW), one of the last American manufacturers of heavy industrial lift trucks, received a call asking if Taylor would like to showcase their products at the White House. The "Made in America" event that President Trump was hosting on Monday, July 17th, at 3 p.m. EST was having one representative from each state, and TMW was a chosen company. This event was a continuation of Trump's "Putting America First" campaign. Robert Taylor, Chief Operating Officer of Taylor Machine Works, remarked, "This is a great honor for all of us as the Taylor ‘Big Red’ team, to have one of our forklifts representing our great state of Mississippi. What a great day when our nation's leaders salute manufacturing and those who do the manufacturing job in the USA."
After being elated and humbled by the experience of being chosen to represent Mississippi, the ‘Big Red’ team began working to make this happen. Luckily, our Taylor dealer, Taylor Northeast, Inc., had a truck being rented just a few blocks away at the Smithsonian. With the help of Taylor Northeast, Inc., our service rep, Barry Rhodes, from our factory direct location in Richmond, VA, and Michael Cravens, a previous Taylor employee who is now Chief of Staff for Congressman Gregg Harper, the truck was hand polished made ready to move to the White House.
After a trip by the Department of Commerce, going through the White House Security and being checked out by a bomb sniffing canine, the Taylor Forklift was moved directly in front of the White House and parked by "Marine 1". President Trump viewed the ‘Big Red’ machine along with the other products representing each state before making his speech.
Lex Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of the Taylor Group of Companies told the news stations during an interview on Monday, "It is important to (US) jobs and our communities for products to be made in America. At the end of the day, if the product is built in America, then it is providing jobs for Americans. That is very important."
Along with Taylor Machine Works, Inc. celebrating this monumental event at the White House, they are also proudly celebrating 90 years in business. Not only are 3rd and 4th generations of this company now at the helm of management, but also can be found in the Taylor employee workforce. The Taylor company story is symbolic of what the President is trying to revitalize in America.
Taylor has created an album of memorable pictures taken before, during, and after the event,
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Richland, MS (July 12, 2017)
The event was highlighted with a special lunch and an appreciation visit from the Louisville corporate staff which included Safety, Operations and Human Resources. Plant Manager Glen Carroll shared his appreciation with his team and challenged a repeat performance for 2018. The facility houses state-of-the-art stamping, welding, and painting processes and approximately 25 skilled employes who produce Lift Truck and Power Generation parts.
Left to Right:
• Glen Carroll - Plant Manager
• Justin Detreich
• Jeremy Barnes
• Jason Turner
• Ashley Barr
• DeArcher Perry
• Henry Bond
• Bernie Gonzales
• Jeremy Burnham
• Frank Reed
• Ryan Wood
• Ken Holliday
• Barb Davis
• Robert Milton
• Nnamdi Nwagboso
• Dylan Dupre
• Jaylen Hudson
• Daniel Troutt
• Chris Schoeck
Louisville, MS (June. 13, 2017)
Sudden Service, Inc. (SSI) welcomes Jeff Stalnaker as the new Service Center Manager for the Richmond, VA. Stalnaker joined the Taylor group in June 2016 as a Senior Technical Support Representative, working out of Richmond location as well as the Service Supervisor for the Virginia Region. Stalnaker brings with him an extensive work history ranging from shop Foreman to Assistant Service manager.
Louisville, MS (May. 12, 2017)
Recently Taylor Machine Works, received a letter from Mississippi Governor, Phil Bryant. In the letter, Governor Bryant congratulated Taylor Machine Work on its 90th Anniversary. We would like to thank Governor Bryant for his kind words and look forward to our 100th Anniversary also.Letter from Governor Bryant
Louisville, MS (April 26, 2017)
Hugg & Hall Equipment Co., with locations in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma, has been awarded the Chairman's Club Award for being the number one dealer in both whole goods and parts sales in the same year.
Left to Right:
• Robert Taylor - Taylor Machine Works, Inc.
• Robert Hall - Hugg and Hall Equipment
• John Hugg- Hugg and Hall Equipment
• Lex Taylor - Taylor Machines Works, Inc.
Louisville, MS (April 25, 2017)
The Board of Directors of the Taylor Group of Companies (TG) announced the promotion of Robert D. Taylor, Sr. to President and Chief Operating Officer of The Taylor Group, Inc. "Please join me in congratulating Robert on this prestigious promotion." W. A. (Lex) Taylor, III, announced to the Taylor employees late Tuesday afternoon. This position is responsible for oversight of all operations of the Taylor Group, Inc. and all its subsidiaries.
To view the official press release please, Click Here
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX (April. 18, 2017)
Sudden Service, Inc. (SSI) welcomes Kevin Trahan as the new Service Center manager for the Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas area. Trahan joined the Big Red team after working for an authorized Taylor dealer. Trahan has over 10 years experience in the heavy equipment industry.
"Kevin will be an asset to the Taylor Sudden Service team," Davis Taylor, Assistant General Manager of Sudden Service, Inc. in Louisville, MS, stated as he welcomed him onboard. Trahan will be responsible for overseeing the new Sudden Service facility in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
West Memphis, AR (April. 18, 2017)
Sudden Service, Inc. (SSI) management welcomes Randall Griffin as the new Service Center manager for the West Memphis, Arkansas facility. Griffin brings with him over 15 years of experience where he worked for an authorized Taylor dealer.
"We are pleased to have Randall join us," Davis Taylor, Assistant General Manager of Sudden Service, Inc. in Louisville, MS, stated as he welcomed Griffin. Griffin will be taking the position of Service Center Manager after the retirement of Mary Gibbs' 40 year tenure.
Pasadena, TX (April. 18, 2017)
Sudden Service, Inc. (SSI) announced Rob Anatra as the new warehouse manager for the branch in Pasadena, Texas. Anatra joined the Big Red team in 2017 after working for an authorized Taylor dealer in the service division.
"We welcome Rob to the 'Big Red' team and are excited about our new warehouse in the Pasadena area," Davis Taylor, Assistant General Manager of Sudden Service, Inc. in Louisville, MS, stated. Anatra will be responsible for overseeing the new Sudden Service facility in Pasadena, Texas.