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With decades of experience, the designers at Herndon & Merry excel in their understanding of an ancient art, carrying on the craft of the greatest wrought iron designers in the tradition of Samuel Yellin, Edgar Brandt and Poillerat.

As President of Herndon & Merry, Bill Merry, Jr. has a broad range of responsibilities, but he’s quick to tell you that metalwork design is his favorite part of the job. He is an accomplished designer and is personally involved in every project undertaken by H&M, one of the customer benefits of dealing with a small, family-owned-and-operated company.

Bill wasn’t always President. In fact, his first job at Herndon & Merry was sweeping floors. He began working in the family business at age 15, after school, on weekends and during summer vacation, eventually working at every job in the shop, including welding, grinding, cutting steel, sandblasting and painting.

After graduating from Tennessee Technological University with a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1981, he worked in related fields for several years, then rejoined his family at Herndon & Merry in 1991 as President of the company. Under his leadership, additional emphasis has been placed on the firm's design capabilities, and that has become the special advantage for which Herndon & Merry is best known.

Growing up in his family’s architectural metalwork company, Keith was exposed to all aspects of the business from an early age. But what excited him most was discovering that Herndon & Merry was, in effect, continuing the tradition of the highly detailed, artistic work of the master craftsmen of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the heyday of grand design in American ornamental ironwork.

A graduate of the O'More College of Design, Keith combines his study of the masters with his nuts-and-bolts knowledge of metal fabrication. Keith not only designs elegant gates, railing, stairs and fencing... but he has also created more than 1000 one-of-a-kind of pieces of custom furniture which have appeared in publications such as Architectural Digest, El Décor, House & Garden, Southern Accents, Southern Living, Renovation Style, Colonial Home and on HGTV