Mississippi Valley State University (MSVU) is a small university in Itta Bena, Mississippi, with a history of accomplishments that would be the envy of much larger institutions. For example, MVSU’s most famous alumnus is Jerry Rice, who entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and the National Football League Hall of Fame in 2010, the same year the NFL Network chose him as the “NFL’s greatest player of all time.”
Rice’s success on the football field began on the natural grass turf of the stadium that now bears his name as well as that of teammate Willie “Satellite” Totten on the MVSU campus. A few years ago, when Rice-Totten Field was renovated from the ground up the project was executed with the same kind of team effort that made MVSU a football powerhouse.
Tommy Verdell, Jr., director of MVSU’s Department of Facilities Management, was at the center of the renovation project and saw first-hand what can be accomplished when “everyone is on the same page and there’s no us-versus-them.”
A family-owned company, Taylor Machine Works was founded in 1927 and Taylor Power Systems in 1986.The company builds a range of standby and prime power generator sets with engine options that run diesel or natural gas.
“The growth we have seen since our inception to today has been astronomical, and especially in the past five to six years,” said Nicholas. “That growth has required us to move our manufacturing three times in the past three years. We are now on a 65-acre campus with a state-of-the-art facility that has 300,000 sq. ft. under one roof.”
“Taylor Power Systems takes care of customers in the Southeastern United States from multiple facilities strategically located throughout the region that are fully staffed. We have a combined team of nearly 100 dedicated to this region alone consisting of sales, service, parts and support personnel. In other regions of the country and the world Taylor Power Systems sells and supports our products through a growing distribution network.” said John Scarborough, General Manager, Taylor Power Systems.
“This keeps us in touch with the units that we build from how they perform to how they stand up to the conditions. We see it first-hand,” said Steve Duke, general service manager, Taylor Power Systems. “That allows us to never lose sight of what the dealer or distributor deals with on day-to-day basis in order to keep customers happy. It is a nice feather in our hat that keeps us in check with our products and not just from a manufacturer’s standpoint."
The biggest message to get carried from the field technicians to the engineers is to ensure the units are service-friendly, said Duke. “One big benefit that we offer is that the software for the controllers is not proprietary. We designed it so any customer can support the generator on an emergency basis. With 24/7 phone support from Taylor we can walk somebody through it. We are also careful with the design of the generator, such as ensuring that when the doors open there is easy access to components and that the oil and coolant drains are in the right location and service-friendly.”
On the Rice-Totten Field, the Taylor generator set gets tested every week. “It’s started and run under full load including the lights, strobes, alarms, and even the PA system,” said Verdell.“It’s just like throwing the ball to Jerry Rice. Every time we push the start button, it delivers.”
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