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Reed's Metals: A true American success story in Lincoln County

Reed's Metals now has seven locations in seven states. Source: WLBT Reed's Metals now has seven locations in seven states. Source: WLBT
Reed's Metals now has seven locations in seven states. Source: WLBT Reed's Metals now has seven locations in seven states. Source: WLBT
Reed's Metals now has seven locations in seven states. Source: WLBT Reed's Metals now has seven locations in seven states. Source: WLBT
Reed's Metals now has seven locations in seven states. Source: WLBT Reed's Metals now has seven locations in seven states. Source: WLBT
Reed's Metals now has seven locations in seven states. Source: WLBT Reed's Metals now has seven locations in seven states. Source: WLBT
LINCOLN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) -

The Mayor of Brookhaven describes Bernie Reed's story as a "Great American Success Story".                 

The owner of Reed's Metals started his business in 1998 with a small shed and one employee.

Reed's Metals was named Industry of the Year by the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce last year.

"This is our first hand shear. We had this built in 1998," said Reed.

From a small green shed with one manual cutting tool in rural Lawrence County to a now 195-thousand square feet location. 

With seven other locations in seven states, Reed's Metals has grown into a major player in the metal roofing and building industry. Last year the company did $90 million in sales, and that one employee has become almost 300 hundred.

"You know our slogan is order today pickup today, it really should be order today pick up in 45 minutes," said Reed. "We have people walk in everyday, unannounced, they'll drive in from Mobile, New Orleans, way off, they'll pass a lot of our competitors and when they get here sit down, place their order, before they pull back to get it its already been sent down to be processed, they can get a custom cut roof for a house and leave within 45 minutes.”

The company has had much success in the past, but Reed believes the company's brighter days are still ahead, with their new ability to make industrial sized metal buildings.

“What that means to the customer and what that means to Reed's metals is we can actually build a 200 foot clear span building and ship them all over the United States, we can even ship them out of the country," said Reed.

Reed's Metals is also about to get some national television exposure.

“HGTV contacted us and wanted to know if we wanted to put a metal roof on one of their houses and we said absolutely," said Reed.

The episode aired Monday night, exposing Reed's Metals to the nation.

A good corporate community citizen, Reed's Metals has a campaign each year around Christmas time called Covering the Community. 

They take nominations from the community and donate and install a roof to someone in need in each area where they have a store location.

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