All About You: Tance Hughes

Twenty-five year old Tance Hughes started a company back in 2008 when he was still in high school. Metal Unlimited began as a printing company that sold t-shirts, signs, and promotional products and has now shifted into a full-scale home decor manufacturing business. Hughes says they are projecting 271% revenue growth in 2016.

Find out all about Hughes through his All About You responses below:

What city or region do you live in?

Vidalia, LA

What is the most exciting thing you are working on right now?

We are introducing acrylic products to our lineup which is an exciting new twist on our brand.

If you wrote a regular column for Silicon Bayou News what would it be about and what would you name it?

I would write a column about entrepreneurship in rural areas. I don’t believe there is a lot of focus on entrepreneurs in our outer lying rural areas and there are many great stories out there that haven’t been told. The column would be called “Small Town Inc.”

If you could win any award in the world, which would you be most proud to possess?

Inc. 500 #1.

If you were stuck on an elevator for two hours, what one person (dead or alive) would you choose to be stuck with?


IYO, which institution is most due for disruption?


If you had to pick a drink to describe yourself (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) what would it be?


Tell us about your biggest failure.

We tried to launch a wholesale supply business in the screen printing business that just completely flopped. It wasn’t one of my proudest times, but I learned my lessons and moved on.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?

Nap or watch football.

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?


If you could live in any other time period, which would you choose?


What are you most excited about happening on the Silicon Bayou that you aren’t directly involved in?

I’m excited about new fiber lines being run in rural parts of the state, including here in my hometown of Vidalia, that are bringing high speed internet to areas that are traditionally underserved.

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