Maurice "Morry" Taylor Jr. (born August 28, 1944) is the President and Chief executive officer of Titan International, a tire and wheel manufacturing company. Taylor, nicknamed "the Grizz" for his bear-like gruffness, started in tool and die manufacturing before purchasing Titan Wheel International from Firestone.
Taylor gained brief fame outside the business world when he made an unsuccessful run for the Republican nomination in the U.S. presidential election of 1996, a campaign chronicled in his book Kill all the lawyers – and other ways to fix the government. He spent over $6 million, but received about 1% of the vote in all the primaries in which he ran. His campaign is featured prominently in the Michael Lewis book Trail Fever.
Taylor was one of the subjects on the 19th episode of PRI's This American Life entitled "Rich Guys", originally aired in 1996. Taylor was also featured prominently in 1997's Trail fever: spin doctors, rented strangers, thumb wrestlers, toe suckers, grizzly bears, and other creatures on the road to the White House by Michael Lewis, chronicling the 1996 Presidential republican primary.
In February 2013, Taylor met harsh criticism in France after a letter he wrote to the French minister of industrial renewal, Arnaud Montebourg. In that letter, he declined to invest in a Goodyear owned French tire factory  because he claimed the workers were unproductive, and insulting the French in general. He added that he would be better off hiring workers in China or India and "pay less than one Euro per hour wage". In response, Montebourg noted that the French tire producer Michelin is vastly larger and more profitable than Titan.
Taylor missed the opportunity to ask Montebourg: "So why the successful Michelin did not buy the French Goodyear factory ?". In February 2015, in an interview with the French TV about the closed Goodyear factory, Taylor said that "France is a ruined country" but Arnaud Montebourg could not respond again because he was fired from the French Government in August 2014.
- "POLITICS: A DEPARTURE;Morry Taylor, Tire Magnate, Stops His G.O.P. Campaign". The New York Times. 1996-03-09. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
- "Keep your so-called workers, U.S. boss tells France"
- "Original letter from Maurice Taylor Jr"
- "US boss berates French for 'three-hour' working day".
- "Response of French Minister (in French)".
- "Arnaud Montebourg vs "The Grizz"". The Economist. 2013-02-21. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
- "Tout est foutu chez vous". Broadcast on France 2 and published in Le Figaro. 2015-02-06. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
- "Morry Taylor, Tire Magnate, Stops His G.O.P. Campaign". New York Times. 9 March 1996. p. 8.
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