By Builders, For Builders

 

If you want something done right, sometimes you just have to do it yourself.

 

That's why, back in 1972, a group of 10 Upstate homebuilders—ever in search of a better source for lumber, roofing, millwork and more—decided to construct a company of their own. Who better to run a supply business, they reasoned, than the very folks who purchase said supplies. 

And thus, under the leadership of R. Buford Landers, began Greenville Builders Supply.

The founding builders/stockholders—Landers along with M. Graham Proffitt III, John C. Cothran, Ellis Darby, David Balentine, Edward H. Hembree, W.N. Leslie, Alvin Trammell, Chester A. Reece and W.C. Balentine—intended the company to serve as their own supply source while also meeting the needs of all professional builders.

Construction broke ground in June 1972, under the watchful eye of R. Buford Landers, and by October of that year the original Mauldin location began delivering materials. From its earliest days, Greenville Builders Supply enjoyed a steady business.

Within five years the company expanded into Anderson. To ensure a name that embraced its growing geographical aspirations, Greenville Builders Supply became GBS Lumber in September 1979. Subsequent expansions included Hendersonville, NC, in 1981 and Six Mile in 2005; from its four strategic locations, GBS now serves both Carolinas and parts of Georgia.

Growing from a startup with just 10 workers to an employee-owned company with a staff over 100 strong, GBS has thrived thanks to strong executives and a supportive board of directors comprising pillars of the home-building community. Landers, the company’s first president, was followed by Jim Harrell, then Ron McNeely and, most recently, Bob Barreto. Two of the original board members—Graham Proffitt and John Cothran—continue serving to this day.

With our history of success as the most solid of foundations, GBS in mid-2011 laid plans for yet another expansion built on both new and enhanced products, services and solutions. Focused, as ever, on its building-based clientele, the company rebranded itself as GBS Building Supply, removing “Lumber” from its name to emphasize not only strength as a lumber yard but also expertise in installed sales, green products, remodeling/renovation design services and commercial applications.