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Wicker, Hyde-Smith announce $261.7 million army contract to Louisville company

By: Anne Summerhays - November 23, 2021

Taylor Defense Products to produce commercial cranes for U.S. Army use

Today, U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) announced the award of a $261.7 million contract to Taylor Defense Products to provide cranes for the U.S. Army.

“Taylor Defense continues to deliver some of the best heavy-duty equipment in the world to our troops,” Senator Roger Wicker said.  “It is encouraging to see the Army recognize Taylor Defense with this contract award, which will support the hardworking employees that build these platforms here in Mississippi.”

“This contract is a huge vote of confidence in Taylor Defense and its employees to give the Army the equipment it needs to succeed logistically,” Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith said. “I commend Taylor on its successful bid, which will benefit our national defense and our state’s economy.”

In May, Taylor Defense Products was first awarded a $1.27 million contract to develop a modernized Rough Terrain Container Handler (RTCH) prototype. This prototype would replace outdated components with new technology that will increase RTCH capabilities and extend the system service life of the vehicles.

“The Taylor Defense team is so proud to continue to win contracts with the U.S. military and have the opportunity to show what we can do and always have done to provide the best products and long term support for our customers.  We thank the Mississippi delegation for their help in supporting Mississippi jobs,” Robert Taylor, president of The Taylor Group of Companies had said.


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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth.