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In its 85th year, McCoy’s to open 84th unit

BY Ken Clark

San Marcos, Texas-based McCoy’s Building Supply announced plans to open its first new location since 2007, with a store in Taylor, Texas. 

The store will mark the regional company’s 84th unit overall as it celebrates its 85th anniversary.

“We’re passionate about our business and proud of our success, but we never want to lose the special ‘hometown feel’ you experience as a McCoy customer,” said president and CEO Brian McCoy. “The innovations we’ve implemented over the past 85 years are never a substitute for the hands-on customer service.” 

The new store will also feature a new store design that focuses on energy conservation. VP store development Art Johnson explained: “We’ve simplified our floor plan, increasing its energy efficiency while decreasing its construction timeline.” 

A smaller, more efficient store further supports McCoy’s fundamental belief that its “Born-to-Build” customers want to get in, get out and get back to building as quickly as possible, the company said.

Construction on the store broke ground in August. The new store in Taylor will be McCoy’s first since Alpine, Texas, in 2007. 

“We’ve often been asked how we’re able to compete in these tough economic times,” said McCoy. “It’s simple. We concentrate on doing the things they can’t, like loading your lumber for you and having a manager on the floor. And if you’re a repeat customer, we’re probably going to know what project you’re working on and be able to greet you by name.” 

McCoy’s, the 2009 Home Channel News Pro Dealer of the Year, hosted a yard tour of a San Antonio location during the 2011 ProDealer Industry Summit

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HD Supply brings focus to power solutions

BY Ken Clark

HD Supply launched a new division that combines its utilities and electrical businesses into a single business named HD Supply Power Solutions.

“While our name has changed, our commitment is stronger than ever when it comes to driving customer success,” said Rick McClure, president, HD Supply Power Solutions. “The alignment of our businesses will allow us to provide our customers with additional products, solutions and enhanced services — ensuring they have what they need, when they need it, where they need it.” 

HD Supply Power Solutions offers a portfolio of products, services and solutions for the public power, investor-owned utilities (IOU), construction and industrial vertical markets.

To enhance customer service, HD Supply Power Solutions United States sales force will be organized into three geographic regions: the East, led by Robert Joseph, VP; the North, led by Timothy Mills, VP; and the South, led by Jason Herin, VP. 

Each region will have four vertical market teams, focused on accelerating growth in each specific customer segment. In addition, each region will have dedicated regional sourcing, operations, inventory control and process improvement leaders.

“Our regional approach will allow us to continue to provide exceptional customer experiences,” said Steve Margolius, chief operating officer, HD Supply Power Solutions.

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Incoming chair advances the mission of NLBMDA

BY Ken Clark

During the 2012 ProDealer Industry Summit in Savannah, Ga., Oct. 24 to 26, Chuck Bankston of Bankston Lumber will be inaugurated as National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) chairman during the annual Officers Installation Dinner.

Here are some of the fourth-generation pro dealer’s thoughts on the importance of the national group:

On the priorities of the NLBMDA:

“As of right now, I think the most important way we can represent our members is by encouraging our government to lift unnecessary regulatory burdens on our industry. From overreaching environmental regulations to taxes, these costly burdens continue to stifle growth in the building supply industry.”

On the people of the NLBMDA:

“I’ve really enjoyed meeting other dealers and suppliers from across the country. Our members care deeply about our industry, and I get a lot of personal satisfaction out of working with them to benefit our industry.”

On reasons to join and participate:

“This industry has been very good to my family for decades. I think most of us owe it to our industry to give something back, whether it’s time or money. Speaking of money, most people don’t realize that the yearly NLBMDA membership dues cost less than sponsoring a Little League baseball team in their hometown. NLBMDA members get a lot of bang for their buck. However, it also takes involvement to make sure our voice is heard in Washington."

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