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Taylor Devices Inc.
Northeast

www.taylordevices.com / HQ: North Tonawanda, N.Y. / Employees: 120 / Doug Taylor, CEO:
"We're working with NASA on the Orion program and the Space Launch System."

Problem Solvers

taylor devices designs its products to meet its
clients' specific needs. by alan dorich

taylor devices' products
were used in a seismic
upgrade to the portland
galleria in portland, ore.

Some firms offer only off-the-shelf
solutions, but Taylor Devices Inc.
thrives on doing custom work, CEO
Doug Taylor says. When a client approaches the company, it listens to
their problems.
"We have to decide what the solution would be," he explains, noting
that this can range from something
simple to the more complex. "You'd
be surprised at the number of the
customers that cannot use an off-theshelf product."
Based in North Tonawanda, N.Y.,
Taylor Devices specializes in shock

and vibration control products including shock absorbers, dampers,
buffers, isolators and springs. Taylor's father, Paul H. Taylor, started the
company in 1955.
"He had been an aeronautical engineer for the Curtiss-Wright company and worked his way up to vice
president of the Buffalo, [N.Y.],
plants," Doug Taylor says. But when
World War II ended, Paul Taylor was
laid off and tried working for the
tool and die business.
"He wasn't so happy with that and
wanted to get back into something re-

lated to airplanes," his son recalls. "He
said, 'I'm going to start a small company, make hydraulic parts and sell them
to the airplane companies.'"
One of the first inquiries Paul Taylor received was from the U.S. Navy
for an arresting hook centering spring,
which will snag the cable of a jet when
it lands on an aircraft carrier. After fixing it, Taylor Devices thrived.
"We ended up building 12,000 of
those for the U.S. Navy over the next
30 years," Doug Taylor says, noting
that the company makes them to this
day. "We still have some counSEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 manufacturing-today.com

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