Taylor Group of Companies Announces 2 Leadership Promotions

Taylor Group of Companies

The Taylor Group of Companies has promoted Matt Hillyer to vice president of manufacturing and engineering of Taylor Machine Works and Zach Taylor director of Taylor Power Systems, part of the Taylor Group of Companies.

Matt’s tenure with Taylor for over 28 years has allowed him to bring new insight and direction for the future of Taylor products. We look forward to the new innovations Matt and his team will bring in manufacturing and engineering to the Taylor Group of Companies, said Robert Taylor, president and chief operation officer. I also am excited about Zach’s intensity and leadership he has shown over these past few years. It is really exciting for another of the fourth-generation to lead Taylor Power, and we look forward to great things under Zach’s leadership.

Hillyer began working on the Taylor team as a design engineer in the front-end attachment group. He was promoted to product assurance in 2011 and became director of engineering in 2017. In Product Development, Hillyer has led a department of more than 45 employees separated into disciplines specializing in attachment design, chassis design, powertrain systems, BEV systems and power systems, electronics, vehicle controls, analysis, and testing and certification. Hillyer, who graduated from Mississippi State University in 1995, is a licensed professional engineer.

After high school, Taylor began Taylor’s Management Training Program, which gave him extensive work experience in many areas of the Taylor Group of Companies. After graduating college, Zach moved into an intensive training program, working through every manufacturing area within Taylor Power Systems, including sales, engineering, purchasing, and product support.

Taylor follows in the 96-year legacy of the Taylor family business as one of the fourth generation moving into senior management within the Taylor Group of Companies, an associate member of the Southern Forest Products Association. He attended Delta State University before completing his education at Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in marketing.

Taylor Machine Works and the Taylor family have provided me with the opportunity of a lifetime, Hillyer said. The chance to work with and for people of great integrity and genuine concern for each team member, all across the nation and world, and to work on the greatest products in the industry, is something for which I will always be thankful.