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Posted: Tuesday, Jul 9th, 2013

photo by Jon Stinnett Ron and Carolyon Taylor (far left) pose with members of their crew.

Driving an automobile means dealing with the constant possibility that any number of calamities could occur. In the Cottage Grove area, though, there’s a good chance that when trouble finds you, you’ll recognize the name on the truck that arrives to help out.

It’s been that way for over four decades, since July of 1969, when husband-and-wife team Ron and Carolyon Taylor moved the towing business begun by Ron Taylor after he finished high school from Seal Beach, Calif. to Cottage Grove.

Over the ensuing years, Taylor’s Towing and Auto Wrecking, Inc. has grown from a mom-and-pop operation that started with two towtrucks and both Taylors working around the clock to include a wrecking yard, a used auto parts store and a fleet of red trucks.

“We’ve prospered here,” Ron Taylor said. “We’ve gotten to know the community. It’s grown, but there are still a lot of people we know. The area has been very good to us.”

And there’s still someone working around the clock at a business that has no real down time.

“It’s 24/7, and you get no holidays at all,” Carolyon Taylor said. “It’s constant; either we’re here or our youngest son (Tim) is here to answer the phone. It’s a frame of mind that you have to have. A lot of people don’t have the dedication, and they don’t understand that if you’re going to serve the public, you have to be able to respond and get them on their way. You don’t get a day off.”

It’s a grind that once found Carolyon Taylor answering late-night calls for a towtruck (with three children in tow) with her husband away on a fire call, which happened often in Ron Taylor’s 30-plus year tenure as a firefighter. Ron Taylor’s father is credited with starting the wrecking yard, which operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We’re surprised at how many people still don’t know the wrecking yard is here,” Carolyon Taylor said.

“It’s not your typical wrecking yard,” Ron Taylor said. “It’s not all greasy and dirty like they typically are. It’s a place that guys don’t mind sending their wives to get parts.”

Taylor’s ships parts to locales throughout the country, though they’re always ready for the next call for help.

“You never know how it’s going to be,” Carolyon Taylor said. “Some days, all the trucks are gone. But when there’s a dog locked in a car, somebody who needs a jump start, someone who’s locked their keys in their car, we need to get there right away.”

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