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Taylor Devices Inc.

Northeast

sive	motion.	This	earned	it	the	nickname	"the	Wobbly	
Bridge,"	Taylor	recalls.
	 "They	came	to	us	and	we	said,	'We	can	fix	it,'"	he	recalls,	
noting	 that	 the	 company	 installed	 hermetically	 sealed	
dampers	that	it	originally	developed	for	NASA.	"We	put	
37	of	these	special	dampers	on	the	bridge	and	it	was	fixed	
essentially	overnight."
	 A	 crowd	 of	 2,000	 people,	 along	 with	 helicopters	 and	
Her	Majesty's	Coastguard	ships	witnessed	the	final	test.	
"The	 test	 went	 perfectly	 and	 it	 no	 longer	 wobbled,"	 he	
says.	"We	expect	the	dampers	to	last	at	least	50	years."
the company provided seismic
dampers with 300 tons of
force for seattle's light rail
system bridges.

"our goal has been to grow with
our own cash at a rate of roughly two to three times the rate of
inflation. we exceeded the goal
over the years at a pretty good
amount."

Exceeding its Goals
Taylor	 Devices	 plans	 for	 expansion,	 Taylor	 says.	 "Our	
goal	has	been	to	grow	with	our	own	cash	at	a	rate	of	roughly	two	to	three	times	the	rate	of	inflation,"	he	says.	"We	
exceeded	the	goal	over	the	years	at	a	pretty	good	amount.
	 "There's	always	funding	going	on	for	new	programs,"	
Taylor	 says.	 "We're	 constantly	 being	 asked	 to	 develop	
new	programs	by	the	aerospace	industry."	mt

	 Most	 of	 its	 commercial	 work,	 he	 notes,	 consists	 of	
earthquake	dampers,	which	can	range	up	to	45	to	50	feet	
long.	 "Buildings	 and	 highway	 bridges	 all	 over	 the	 world	
[use	them]	with	the	purpose	of	damage	reduction	and	life	
safety	if	they	have	an	earthquake,"	Taylor	says.
	 The	dampers,	he	adds,	can	require	significant	customization.	"Everything	has	to	be	worked	out	to	get	the	damper	inside	a	building	or	bridge,"	he	says.	"We're	probably	
the	only	firm	in	the	world	that	does	this."

Built to Last
Taylor	 Devices'	 customer	 base	 includes	 nearly	 every	
branch	of	the	U.S.	Department	of	Defense,	Taylor	says.	
"On	the	commercial	end,	our	customers	are	the	building	 owners,"	 he	 says,	 noting	 that	 this	 is	 an	 ever-expanding	base	for	the	company.
	 Whenever	 a	 project	 is	 at	 work	 in	 a	 high-seismic	
zone,	 "They've	 got	 a	 need	 for	 our	 products,"	 he	 says.	
"Obviously,	 we're	 real	 active	 in	 California,	 Washington	and	Oregon."
	 The	 company's	 work	 also	 has	 taken	 it	 overseas,	
which	 has	 included	 providing	 dampers	 for	 London's	
Millennium	 Bridge.	 When	 it	 originally	 opened,	 the	
bridge	 had	 to	 be	 closed	 48	 hours	 later	 due	 to	 excesSEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016		 manufacturing-today.com			131


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