Our Mission & History
Taylor Technologies: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going
The mission of Taylor Technologies is to develop, manufacture, market, and support the production of innovative, quality test kits and reagents to be used wherever water is tested, and this mission is supported by a rich history of customer-centered, state-of-the-art advancements.
The year 1930 was quite a year for new product introductions. For the first time, windshield wipers, camera flashbulbs, and Taylor test kits were on the market. Servicing mostly industrial accounts, W. A. Taylor & Company was the brainchild of Dr. William Taylor, Fred McCrumb, and Dr. George Miller. The trio began production with a strong knowledge of chemistry, a handful of employees, and a lofty goal—to manufacture the world's best water analysis products.
In the early '40s, Dr. Taylor relocated the business from downtown Baltimore to the corner of Stevenson Lane and York Road in Towson—more rural than suburban at that time. One three-story building did it all: The basement acted as the warehouse, the office and production operations were on the main floor, and the owners resided upstairs. A streetcar line running along York Road made the thriving young business accessible. A double door for receiving allowed Railway Express easy access for pickup and delivery. At times, the chemists used this same area to mix reagents. The limited space of what was once a private home posed challenges; however, the team took full advantage of all that the building had to offer.
This was a prosperous period for the test kit manufacturer. In only a short time, the number of employees doubled. One newcomer was a man named John Lambrecht. He would dedicate his career to the company and help to shape its future.
We Go Nationwide
After Drs. Taylor and Miller retired in 1967, Mr. Lambrecht became Taylor's president. His ownership brought about many changes for the company, which was now named Taylor Chemicals, Inc. It was under his leadership that Taylor entered the pool/spa market.
Business boomed. One building level was no longer sufficient for housing both production and office operations. The residence on the second floor was converted to offices as more responsibilities and positions, including accounting and sales, were added.
Taylor's visibility, particularly in the pool/spa market, steadily increased throughout the '70s. Part of the company's success stemmed from its creation of liquid DPD, a chemical used to measure chlorine's effectiveness as a sanitizer.
We Enter World Markets
Becoming an international competitor in the water analysis marketplace was important to Paul F. Wooden Jr., who purchased the firm in 1980 and renamed it Taylor Technologies, Inc. Besides investing in modern equipment to improve quality control and turnaround times, Taylor's new president established the network of distributors that now supplies our test kits worldwide. He also moved the business 10 miles north to its present base of operations, an industrial park in Sparks, Maryland, conveniently located near a major north-south interstate. Since then, the plant has seen two major expansions in order to meet the growing company's needs.
Taylor Technologies presently occupies a modern 60,000-square-foot plant in the Loveton Business Park; features state-of-the-art management information systems, a sophisticated call center for sales and customer service; and a skilled workforce to design its products and operate complex machinery for molding plastic components, filling and labeling reagent bottles and kits, and shipping the products around the globe.
While still manufacturing test kits for swimming pools and spas and industrial boiler and cooling systems, Taylor's product line now includes kits for numerous other uses: Paper manufacturing and surface finishing; municipal water and wastewater treatment; storm-water monitoring and related water pollution control activities; residential and commercial water conditioning; food and beverage production; turf maintenance; and teaching aids for high school ecology classes.
"What I've sought to do is grow the business, but in doing so, I haven't altered what's always been at the heart of Taylor—treating employees and customers with respect and consideration," says Paul Wooden." And we still hold the same goal as our founders did in 1930: To manufacture the best water analysis products around."