Metal fabricator Viking Metal will locate metal building materials manufacturing operations in Philadelphia, Mississippi. The $908,000 project is expected to create 15 jobs.
The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for building improvements. The city of Philadelphia has provided a lease-purchase agreement for Viking Metal to lease the city-owned building with the option to purchase from the city. The city also has supplied financial support for the project.
“This project has been a dream come true, and we are excited to be open in Philadelphia, Mississippi,” Viking Metal CEO Barry Clark said.
Viking Metal was started by General Contractor Barry Clark in response to metal building materials supply issues. The company now manufactures high-quality metal materials in house, including siding, roofing and trim for buildings, shops, barns and houses.
“Manufacturers, large and small, drive community economies throughout the state, including in Philadelphia. Viking Metal’s new Neshoba County operations will provide over a dozen great jobs for the area’s workforce, which in turn will have a lasting positive impact on the region’s economy. MDA appreciates the Community Development Partnership of Neshoba County for working to bring this project full-circle,” noted MDA Executive Director John Rounsaville.
“We want to thank the Mississippi Development Authority, city of Philadelphia, Wells-Lamont, East Central Planning and Development District and City Building Official Jay Eakes for working with Barry and Viking Metal to complete this project,” added Community Development Partnership President David Vowell.