New Metal Decking Industry Opens In Sardis City

A new industry in Sardis City that opened this summer has created seven jobs and eventually could employ as many as 30 people, according to owner David Talley.

Premier Metal Deck Forms, which manufactures metal decking for bridge construction, shipped its first product on May 24.

The plant is at 185 Industry Drive. The building had housed Structural Dimensions.

“We’re very happy with what we have down there at Sardis City,” Talley said.

The Sardis City Council has approved non-education tax abatements for the industry.

Talley said the plant over the next two to three years could add 20 to 25 additional employees “depending on how quickly we grow sales.”

The company makes stay-in-place metal bridge decking. “We take different gauges of steel and cut it and bend it into different components of bridge building,” Talley said. “We supply the stay-in-place forms and the concrete people come in. It holds the concrete while it cures.”

Talley said the company invested about $850,000 in the building and equipment. It currently ships product to 10 states, and he said that number will increase

By Andy Powell
Times Staff Writer