MSU Historical Equipment Restored by Local Company

Taylor Logging Dream Lift
MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss.—A 66-year-old piece of forestry equipment on display at Mississippi State University is being restored by the company that built it.

The Logger’s Dream is a 1948 log loader manufactured by Louisville, Mississippi-based Taylor Machine Works. The equipment has been on display at the biennial Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show at the university’s John W. Starr Memorial Forest since 2005.

J. D. Massey of Starkville was the loader’s original owner and operator. His son Paul donated the loader to the equipment show.

“I suggested they put that old loader next to the modern equipment so that people would know how it was done back in the early days,” Paul Massey said.
Each year, event organizers park the loader, mounted on a 1955 model Chevrolet truck, at the entrance to the show site and use it to display a list of exhibitors.

Taylor Machine Works began as a small machine shop in 1927. When the company moved to its present location in north Louisville in 1946, the Logger’s Dream was their major product.

“Restoring this Logger’s Dream loader takes us back to our roots,” said Robert Taylor, vice president of operations for Taylor Machine Works.
“It demonstrates our dedication to and respect for the forest products industry, an industry that helped us grow into one of the largest manufacturers of heavy industrial lift trucks in the world.”

The remodeled Logger’s Dream will be on display at the 2014 Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show scheduled for September 19-20.

“We are so appreciative of the talents and generosity of the team at Taylor Machine Works and the Massey family,” said Misty Booth, show manager and MSU forest supervisor. “The Logger’s Dream is a historical treasure that represents our common heritage in the rich forest resources of our area.”

Charles E. Burkhardt Pavilion and Site

30 Years Strong!

MSFS 30th Anniversary Logo

  • ORGANIZED IN 1984 - Longest-running live logging/biomass event in the country and only such venue located in the heart of the South's forest industry.
  • GOOD MOMENTUM - Rock-solid, stronger than ever.
  • GOOD TRACK RECORD - Strong, consistent show-to-show draw of attendees, who come from multiple states.
  • GREAT VALUE - Affordable rental fees; low-cost lodging.
  • GREAT MANAGEMENT - Experienced team that's easy to work with.
  • THE RIGHT BLEND - Free continuing ed sessions for loggers, foresters, landowners; skidder/loader contests; on-site cooking allowed; Log-A-Load for Kids fundraisers.
  • FAMILY & HANDICAPPED FRIENDLY - Special activities for kids; golf cart transportation.
  • NETWORK OPPORTUNITY - On-site Miss. Loggers Assn. banquet Friday night.

Charles E. Burkhardt Pavilion and Site

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Opportunities Abound In Starkville

Expect a few new wrinkles at this year’s family-friendly Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show, which gets underway for two days on October 5 just south of here. The October time frame itself is new, a departure from the September and June dates of the past. That means more comfortable conditions.Continued