2019-2020 Chair
Mississippi Economic Council

Chairman of the Board & President
The Taylor Group, Inc.


William A. “Lex” Taylor III will serve as 2019-2020 MEC Chair.

Lex is Chairman of the Board of The Taylor Group, Inc., and serves as President of The Taylor Group, Inc., Taylor Machine Works, Inc. and Taylor Holdings, Inc.

Lex was born December 28, 1955, in Louisville, Mississippi. He is married to Margaret Dodd Taylor of Fort Walton Beach, Florida. They have two daughters and one son.

Lex joined the family-owned business, Taylor Machine Works, at the age of 15 and learned all aspects of the heavy lift equipment industry before entering into the company’s management trainee program. He earned the Bachelor of Science degree in General Business from Mississippi State University in 1977. He worked as a Systems Coordinator and as the Assistant to the President of Manufacturing. In 1982 he was promoted to Vice President and General Manager and was elected President on July 14, 1982. Elected to the Board of Directors in 1981, Lex was named Chairman of the Board in July 2008.

Lex serves on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Economic Council, BIPEC (Business & Industry Political Education Committee), MMA (Mississippi Manufacturers Association), and is Chairman of MFEP (Mississippians for Economic Progress). He serves on the College of Business Advisory Board at Mississippi State University, the Board of Directors of Winston Medical Foundation, and is Treasurer of the Mississippi State University Foundation.

Under his leadership, Taylor Machine Works has followed a course of diversification resulting in the formation of The Taylor Group, Inc. Lex Taylor is always open to innovative ideas. The addition of compatible products has resulted in the continued growth of a domestic-based, privately owned manufacturer competing on a worldwide basis.

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