D. C. Taylor Co. Mourns the Loss of Beloved Founder Dudley Taylor
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (May 20, 2014) – It is with great sadness that D. C. Taylor Co. announces that the company founder, Dudley Claude Taylor, passed away on Friday, May 16. William (Bill) Taylor, Dudley’s son and the current President and CEO, stated this about his father, “Dudley was known as an entrepreneur, but those who were most affected by him were motivated by his lack of concern about failure. He believed in people, and always told us, ‘You can do anything you put your mind to.’ He made us believe in ourselves through his positive reinforcement and encouragement.”
D. C. Taylor Co. began as Taylor Tuckpointing in 1949 when Dudley lost his job as a bricklayer during a strike. Until 1982, much of the company’s revenues were earned performing masonry repair, the trade in which Dudley was an expert and had the most experience. Dudley was most well-known for the project he performed repairing the Washington Monument in 1964, the success of which was due to his rigging knowledge and skills.
Dudley hired his father, Claude Joseph Taylor, who was employed by the company during its early years. Dudley retired in 1986 and was particularly proud that the generation that followed him, including his daughter Mary Suess and her husband Phil, sons Ben and Bill Taylor, and then a fourth generation (grandson Brent Taylor), are as enthusiastic as he was about the employees of the company.
About D. C. Taylor Co.
D. C. Taylor Co. is a Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based roofing contractor with more than 60 years of experience installing, repairing, and maintaining roofs at commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities. With service centers in six states and more than 60 service and roofing crews, D. C. Taylor Co. is poised to respond to customer needs quickly and efficiently. For more information on D. C. Taylor Co., visit www.dctaylorco.com.