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November 17th, 2008
Building on the past: McCoy’s headquarters takes shape



The new McCoy’s Building Supply corporate headquarters, shown here under construction in August, is near the old main office on Interstate 35 in San Marcos. Started in 1927 as a roofing contract company, the company has 84 stores in five states.

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Long before McCoy’s Building Supply grew into the largest privately owned business in Central Texas, the construction material empire outgrew its squat, corrugated metal headquarters on Interstate 35 in San Marcos.

Built in 1970 when the company’s sales were somewhere in the range of $14 million a year, the old building was framed by employees including Brian McCoy who is now president of the company started as a roofing contract business in 1927. Brian McCoy’s father, Emmett McCoy, took the helm in the mid-1950s and the company started its trajectory of phenomenal growth in 1961 when Hurricane Camille devastated the Texas Gulf Coast. By 2005, the company reached annual sales of $565 million with 84 stores in five states, according to Pro Sales magazine.

“We know we are beating some pretty big odds with a family-run business in the fourth generation. So much of our industry is a family business. It’s getting a little rarer all the time, but it’s still a family business,” Brian McCoy told the magazine.

The 85 employees who work at the main office won’t have to wait much longer for better digs. Less than a half-mile up the interstate access road from current headquarters, construction is humming along on a three-floor, 73,400 square foot building scheduled to be occupied in January.

About 30 percent of the new building is reserved for future growth, evidence of the company’s intentions to thrive in a building supply market increasingly dominated by giants like Home Depot and Lowes. McCoy’s has survived the onslaught of big box dealers by burrowing deeper into its communities and emphasizing customer service.

“We look past the customers as being dollars and cents. You have to create an atmosphere where we are doing business with friends, we are serving friends. We have so many regular customers that we want it to be like coming into “Cheers” — and we get to pull that off in a lot of our locations,” McCoy said.

The new headquarters is also evidence of the company’s deep roots in San Marcos, a relationship undergirded by tens of millions of dollars in philanthropy. The family gave $20 million to Texas State University in 2000 to establish the Emmett and Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration and $360,000 to help by the 251-acre Spring Lake Preserve on land formerly slated for development as a hotel. The McCoys also gave $500,000 — and pledged $500,000 in matching funds — to fund a new building for the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Shelter, now under construction across Davis Lane from the new McCoy’s headquarters.

Said Brian McCoy, “Sometimes people in business have to get inspired by others, they have to look at the ways they can give back. I know I was inspired by my parents.”

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