Unrivaled Quality – It’s What We’re MADE of!
What started out as a local mom-and-pop canopy shop in Gloversville grew into a multinational corporation and one of the leading suppliers of recreational boating parts and aftermarket accessories to the marine industry.
Taylor Made Group, LLC produced residential and commercial awnings for half a century before expanding into the manufacture of parts and components for boating and off-road vehicles, including windshields and aftermarket products. The company distinguishes itself by engineering innovative products “constructed by boaters, for boaters,” earning dozens of patents for its original creations.
Taylor Made continued its expansion over the past century, opening facilities in Indiana, Ohio, and Florida as well as the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. The company had licensed affiliates in Australia, New Zealand, and Poland.
In 2000, with the assistance of a grant from New York State, Taylor Made added 50,000 square feet to its Gloversville facility, enlarging it to a total of 120,000 square feet. This provided the company the space to grow its offerings of cutting-edge products.
When Lippert Components, Inc., an Indiana-based recreational vehicle parts manufacturer, was looking to expand into the boating market, Taylor Made was its choice. After acquiring Taylor Made in January 2018, Lippert sought to build on Taylor Made’s brand recognition, a nod to how Taylor Made has distinguished itself in the industry.
In 2019, the company purchased an additional 80,000-square-foot facility so that it could relocate its distribution and shipping center and use its original building to expand its manufacturing capabilities. The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth helped to work out an agreement so that the building’s seller, Swany America Corporation, could lease back 38,000 square feet from Taylor Made, an example of the cooperation between businesses in the county.
Even more growth is on the horizon. “We want to expand the distribution center again,” said Jason Pajonk-Taylor, president of Taylor Made. “We view this as a great location because we have a team here already, and it’s a great northeast distribution place for not just Taylor products, but for our corporate parent,” he said, noting that Taylor has “incredible longevity” for employees at both of its plants.
According to Pajonk-Taylor, the company is committed to remaining in Gloversville where his great-grandfather, Nelson Taylor, founded the business.