The 41,350-square-feet plant, which is under construction at Hillwood's Skyline Business Park in Mesquite, will employ as many as 30 people and will ship product throughout Texas and to parts east, according to Gerard Papazian, president of Gerard. Gerard
, a division of publicly traded Metals USA (NYSE: MUI) in Houston, has a plant in Los Angeles that employs 100.
"This is a product that's unique for Texas," said Papazian
, noting that the shingle is made of steel and stone and baked in an oven, thereby offering tough resistance against hail."We've been shipping it for the last decade to Texas, but now the volume justifies a new plant."
The 30-year-old company is the second-largest metals processor and distributor in North America, with revenue of more than $2 billion. Gerard
is taking space in a 258,448-square-foot industrial building that Hillwood
is contructing in the 112-acre Skyline.
said Skyline is an excellent location, not only because it's close to major highways, but because it's located just a couple blocks from a second plant owned by Metals USA.