Taylor Made Group, LLC has finalized its sale to Lippert Components, Inc., a recreational vehicle original equipment manufacturer component supplier.
Headquartered in Gloversville, N.Y., Taylor Made is one of the recreational marine industry’s largest, most diversified suppliers to boat builders and the aftermarket, as well as a key supplier to a host of other industrial end markets. Taylor Made operates out of 10 facilities, including two in Europe.
“This is a very exciting time for our people, customers, and partners as the business enters the next phase in the growth of the company. Over the past 110 years, we have grown the business to include facilities in the U.S., Ireland, and the U.K. and employ over 1,100 people worldwide. With this transaction we are positioning the company for continued long-term, sustained growth,” said Jim Taylor, owner of the Taylor Made Group. “I also thank my friend and colleague, [Chairman and CEO of Taylor Made] Dennis Flint, for putting his heart and soul into the success of our enterprise over the last 23 years.”
Taylor Made is very excited to join with Lippert — a combination that brings together leading brands, manufacturing expertise, and global capabilities, Flint said.
“We will work together to bring increased value and innovation to Lippert’s and Taylor Made’s mutual associates, team members, customers, and consumers,” Flint added.
President Jason Pajonk-Taylor will lead Taylor Made under the new ownership and work with the Lippert team to ensure a smooth transition into their business,
“Together, as one company, Lippert and Taylor Made will have more resources to fully serve our respective associates and customers. We will work with the Lippert teams to leverage the synergies in the businesses and take advantage of all of the growth opportunities that come from the combination of two industry leaders. Again, an exciting time for our business, and we are all looking forward to the opportunity that this will present to our people, customers, and partners,” said Pajonk-Taylor,
Nelson A. Taylor started Taylor Made in 1908 as a canvas business. From its very inception, it was his vision for the company to take an aggressive stance on product development — unveiling many uniquely creative and original canvas offerings.
Then in 1946, upon the founder’s passing, his son Bill Taylor was named company president. It was from this point forward and under Bill’s leadership that Taylor Made began to grow and expand rapidly.
The business directives initiated a century ago by Nelson A. Taylor have been carried on by the next generation of Taylors — Jim Taylor and John Taylor — as well as the current president of Taylor Made Group, Jason Pajonk-Taylor, and many other long-time, committed executives and associates.
From the introduction of the first wraparound acrylic windshield for motorboats in 1951; to the first curved, tempered safety glass windshield; to manufacturing the first vinyl fenders “guaranteed for the life of your boat;” to countless advancements in glass bending, stainless steel processing, and other technologies that have defined the modern era of boat windshield design; Taylor Made has addressed many unique challenges found within the marine market.
Over the last decade, Taylor Made has brought its engineering, design, and manufacturing expertise to the industrial and off-road recreational markets, with rapid growth in both of these segments. Over this time, they have developed a strong list of customers including many of the leading UTV, construction, and agricultural equipment brands in the U.S. and worldwide.
“We thank the generations of people who have worked with us and the communities we are a part of, for all their support over these years. Thank you to our customers and partners for all of the great work we have accomplished together. I know that you will be in great hands going forward and expect continued growth and success for all of our associates, customers, and partners,” said Jim and John Taylor, owners of the Taylor Made Group.