Paves The Way
For 4th Generation
Of Summers Family
To Lead Company
After 23 years of service at Summers-Taylor, Inc., President Billy Chandler retired April 27.
Chandler served as executive vice president for 22 years before becoming president last year.
Grant Summers, the fourth generation of his family to serve in a top leadership role at Summers-Taylor, Inc., has moved up to president to fill the position vacated by Chandler's retirement, a company news release reported.
Robert T. "Rab" Summers will continue to serve as chairman of the board, the title he took in 2012 when he named Chandler president.
Rab Summers has been with the company since 1970.
He graduated from Duke University with an engineering degree before receiving his master's degree in business administration from Emory University.
He assumed the role of president in 1990 following the retirement of longtime leader U.G. Whited.
ABOUT GRANT SUMMERS
After working summers during school in various jobs including laborer, grade checker, and asphalt lab technician, Grant Summers joined the company permanently in 2004, having received an engineering degree from Duke University.
He received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in 2007.
Grant Summers had served as executive vice president since his father moved to chairman of the board and Chandler became president in 2012.
BRYANT EXECUTIVE VP
Ted Bryant, of Greeneville, has been promoted to executive vice president.
Bryant was for a number of years an employee of Greeneville-based Malone Brothers Construction Company, and is a grandson of its founder, the late George A. Malone.
Bryant joined Summers-Taylor in 1990 when the company bought Malone Brothers, and has now been with Summers-Taylor for 23 years.
He served as vice president of the company's Greeneville office before being promoted to vice president of operations last year.
Scott Fuller, formerly general superintendent, will now oversee all field operations as vice president of construction.
Fuller, a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in civil engineering, joined the company in 1997.
Prior to joining Summers-Taylor, Fuller worked with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) from 1993 to 1997 in the Design Department and as an Operations Specialist I.
The company was established in 1932 by Grant Summers' great-grandfather, Lines Taylor, as Taylor Construction Company.
Taylor Construction Company was a general maintenance and construction contractor whose clients included the former American Bemberg Corporation and North American Rayon, both located in Elizabethton.
In addition to the work at the Rayon companies, Taylor Construction built local schools, hospitals and retail stores.
In 1945, Lines Taylor was joined by his son-in-law, Robert W. "Bob" Summers, who had extensive paving and public infrastructure experience he acquired during his previous work with TDOT.
The firm moved heavily into road construction at this time, while adding a subsidiary branch called Taylor Ready-Mix Co. for manufacturing concrete products.
In 1948, Summers also founded a paving business called Summers-Taylor Paving Company, which was extremely successful and grew rapidly.
All three businesses (Taylor Construction, Taylor Ready-Mix and Summers-Taylor Paving) were combined under the company's current name of Summers-Taylor, Inc.
In 1989 Summers-Taylor purchased the Greeneville-based paving contractor Malone Brothers Construction Co.