BROOKHAVEN — Reed’s Metals has received the last shipment of equipment for its new purlins mill.
Getting the 65,000-pound component for Reed’s Metals’ new purlins mill would be no easy task. A coordinated effort involving four wrecker service trucks’ tow cable systems was needed to get the heavy equipment lowered from the delivery truck to the ground.
“This is the last piece of equipment we need to be able to do everything for a metal building in-house from start to finish,” said Bernie Reed Reed of Reed’s Metal. “That’s why I’m so excited.”
The purlins mill came to the Lincoln County business in four shipments from Broussard, La. The heaviest component came this past week.
Reed said a new purlins mill costs around $1.3 million, but he was able to find one at the Louisiana auction for about half that amount. The cost of the equipment was one factor in getting the four trucks from Davis Wrecker Service involved in the delivery process.
“It’s the only safe way to get it off without bending one of the shafts,” Reed said.
Reed said he hopes to have the purlins mill, which is used to make certain support beams for a building’s roof, up and running in about three weeks.
The mill will eventually have its own building, which Reed hopes to have constructed in about four to six months. For now, the mill will be housed elsewhere at the company on U.S. Highway 84.
“We’re knocking out some walls and going to make it work until we can get a new building to house it,” Reed said.
Reed said the mill is about 175 feet in length from start to finish and will need 6 feet of foundation because of the weight. Soil testing is currently under way on the planned location for the new mill.
A purlins mills was in his long-range plans, but Reed said getting it now will allow the company to speed up those plans by about three or four years.
Reed was unsure if the mill would lead to any new jobs, but he was optimistic it would boost the company’s efforts to surpass $5 million in annual sales next year.
“We’re not banking on it, but that’s what we hope,” Reed said.
Reed said his would be the only purlins mill he knew of in Mississippi south of U.S. Highway 82. Others are in Pontotoc, Batesville and Oxford.
“There’s nothing around here close,” Reed said.
Reed said the mill would allow the company to minimize inventory space. He said orders for purlins, which can be formed in the shape of a C or a Z, could be done the day before they are to be shipped.
“You feed the material in one side and it’ll come out a finished product on the other,” Reed said.
Cliff Brumfield, Brookhaven-Lincoln County executive vice president, applauded the new addition to Reed’s Metals. He said the company has seen “phenomenal” growth since it started in 1998.
“Reed’s Metals continues to be well-equipped to provide quality services to its customers, which in turn brings in dollars to Lincoln County,” Brumfield said.
Brumfield said it is exciting to see the company grow, especially in light of current economic conditions around the country. He expected continued growth from the company.
“Reed’s Metals is definitely on the right track and one to watch in the coming years,” Brumfield said.