William A. “Lex” Taylor III
2019-2020 MEC Chair
Chairman of the Board & President
The Taylor Group, Inc.
William A. “Lex” Taylor III is the 2019-2020 MEC Chair.
Taylor has been involved all of his life in the family-owned business, Taylor Machine Works. He learned all aspects of the heavy lift equipment industry before entering into the company’s management trainee program. He earned a 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, Taylor was named Chairman of the Board in July 2008. Under his leadership, Taylor Machine Works has followed a course of diversification resulting in the formation of The Taylor Group of Companies, Inc.
Taylor is on the Board of Directors for the Business & Industry Political Education Committee, Mississippi Manufacturers Association, College of Business Advisory Board Mississippi State University, and Winston Medical Foundation. He is Past Chairman of Mississippi Manufacturers Association, Mississippians for Economic Progress, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.
Taylor and his wife, Margaret, have three children.