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McCoy's Building Supply Turns 90

2017 marks McCoy’s 90th year in business. The look of a McCoy store may have changed over the years, but the way the family does business has not. Since our beginnings in 1927 McCoy's has been dedicated to dealing fairly and respectfully with their employees, customers and vendors and without those relationships, McCoy’s Building Supply would not be the company that it is today.

McCoy's: Founded in 1927

In 1927 Frank McCoy moved his family and a small contract roofing business from the big city of Houston to Galveston, Texas and the McCoy Roofing Company was born. In the 1940s, Frank's son, Emmett, took an active interest in the family business with a vision of selling roofing and other building materials directly to the general public and McCoy's entered the retail business with the McCoy Supply Company. When Frank retired, Emmett became president of both McCoy Roofing and McCoy Supply. He promptly expanded the product mix at McCoy Supply Company and opened a second store near Texas City, Texas in 1960. “This was a new and untested business model,” says current CEO Brian McCoy, “but I witnessed firsthand my Dad’s will to make it a success.”

McCoy's Evolution - The Next 60 Years

In 1961 Hurricane Carla hit the Texas Gulf Coast and caused millions of dollars worth of damage. While many businesses engaged in opportunistic pricing in the period that preceded and followed the storm, Emmett McCoy refused to take advantage of his customers. Emmett's fair dealings furthered McCoy's position as a community pillar, a standard to which the company still holds itself today.

In the aftermath of Carla, redevelopment caused McCoy's sales to reach the $1 million mark for the first time. Emmett discontinued the contract roofing business in 1964 and with it the roofing company. At the same time, he added lumber to the company's inventory, making McCoy Supply Company a true building supply center. Not long after, Emmett added a third store to the chain and McCoy's Building Supply Centers were born.

The McCoy family relocated to San Marcos in 1972, and by the mid 1970s, Emmett’s three sons, Michael, Brian and Dennis, joined their Dad in the company’s expansion. “After graduating from college in the mid ‘70s, my brothers and I became the third generation to lead McCoy’s,” recalls Brian. “I’m so glad my older brother Mike, had a passion for the business. My younger brother Dennis and I simply followed his lead.” McCoy’s continued to flourish, and when Emmett retired in 1997, he had grown the company to over 100 locations in Texas and beyond.

McCoy’s enjoyed much growth and success in the ‘80s and 90’s but by 1995 the incredible expansion of Home Depot and Lowes threatened the company’s very existence. “We adjusted our business plan and dug in for tough times,” explains Brian, “and we persevered.”

Brian McCoy became CEO and President of the company in 2001 when Mike retired after 30 years of full-time service, having helped prepare McCoy’s for the New Millennium. In 2007 Meagan McCoy Jones joined her father as the fourth generation to be involved with in company’s leadership. 

McCoy's Enters Its Ninth Decade

The company currently operates 86 Building Supply locations, two McCoy’s Millworks facilities and five internal distribution centers within a five state area. In 2015, Brian’s son Reid joined the company full-time, taking a more active role on McCoy’s Board of Directors and concentrating on the family’s ranch property and operations, other real estate holdings and business interests like the McCoy Foundation. Meagan now serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Today we are still family-owned, strong, growing and relevant,” shares Brian McCoy. “With both Meagan and Reid’s involvement, we have the next generation deeply involved and charting our company’s path into the future.”

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