Parkman sells Ruston’s Arkla Taylor forklift company
Longtime Ruston business owner George Parkman has sold his company, Arkla Taylor Inc., to a buyer in Arkansas.
The company, headquartered on East Reynolds Drive, sells large forklifts for the lumber, steel and oil and gas industries, as well as concrete port facilities.
In 1966 Parkman, his wife and 4-month-old daughter moved from Louisville, Miss., to Louisiana. At this time he was selling equipment for Louisville’s Taylor Machine Works.
After 16 years as a salesman, Parkman in 1980 opened Arka Taylor, which is a dealer for Taylor Machine works.