Kossen drops Kohler line, picks up Taylor
by MBJ Staff
Published: August 21,2011
LOUISVILLE and JACKSON — Kossen Equipment Inc., an emergency power supplier and one of the Southeast’s largest distributors of emergency generators, has signed an agreement with Taylor Power Systems Inc. to represent Taylor products in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, the Florida Panhandle and East Texas.
Taylor Power Systems, part of the Taylor Group of Companies, based in Louisville, manufactures and distributes precision industrial engines and generators.
“Customers in this area need equipment housing that can handle hurricane winds of 175 miles per hour or mor, as well as equipment that’s designed to withstand the region’s triple-digit heat, high humidity and, even wildlife,” said Tom Kossen, president of Kossen Equipment. “And we believe Taylor Power Systems is the absolute expert at developing equipment specifically for the southern United States.”
After 33 years as a generator distributor for Kohler Power Systems, Kossen Equipment is changing product lines.
“We believe that by aligning ourselves with Taylor Power Systems, a Mississippi manufacturer, we will be able to provide more input into the products and services that we deliver to our customers,” said Kossen. “Very frankly, over the past several years, we had seen that Kohler’s business plan and priorities were evolving in a direction that differed significantly from ours, and we needed to focus on the needs of our regional customers.”
Both companies see this partnership as a development opportunity for their businesses and believe that it will have considerable economic advantages.
“This is a tremendous growth opportunity in terms of sales and employment for Taylor Power,” said Robert Taylor, president of Taylor Power Systems. “We believe that growth from this venture will lead to more opportunities and the continued expansion of Taylor Power.”
Both Kossen and Taylor are in the process of building larger plants. Kossen Equipment is currently building a new 84,000-square-foot plant in Richland, which is scheduled for completion in late 2011. Taylor Power Systems is doubling the square footage of its Richland plant with completion scheduled in the near future.
“Last year Taylor Power Systems moved into a new facility utilizing five acres, and already we’re bursting at the seams. We’ve leased another warehouse and are now doubling our size and developing another five acres,” said John Scarborough, general manager of sales for Taylor. “Additionally, we anticipate adding 30 percent – 40 percent to our workforce as the impact of this venture is fully implemented.”
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