Where Are We

MRS is located in Irvington, NJ, where we have four warehouses with a combined inside storage capacity of 150,00 square feet. We currently serve lumber yards, roofing & siding one-steppers, specialty dealers, and home centers in New Jersey, Eastern PA, lower New York (including Long Island), Connecticut, Northern Delaware & Maryland.

90 years and running

Our Roots

MRS was born in 1931, amid the Great Depression. Robert A. Boyd Sr. rented a warehouse in Paterson, New Jersey, and sold wood from southern mills on consignment. He called his business Manufacturers Reserve Supply, Inc. (MRS). He built a reputation with suppliers and lumber dealers based on trust and service. MRS evolved into a premier wholesale building materials distributor based out of Irvington, NJ, family-owned and operated by four generations of the Boyd family.

first founder of MRS Lumber holding a sign black and white photo

Manufacturers Reserve Supply

Established 1931

1931

MRS is founded

Robert A. Boyd, Sr. opens a warehouse in Irvington.

MRS founder Robert A. Boyd, Sr., standing at the right of the sign, opens for business in 1931.

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1939

Product line expansion

Robert A. Boyd, Sr. expands MRS product lines by pioneering a line of lumber specialties called Early American.

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1947

Robert A. Boyd, Jr. joins MRS

At the end of World War II, Robert A Boyd, Jr. joined his father in the family enterprise.

Bob Boyd, left, shows a customer plywood paneling samples.

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1950

Fire destroys original warehouse

On January 17, 1950, the company suffered a devastating fire loss to its headquarters and primary warehouse at 75 Woolsey Street. The entire facility was destroyed, along with the firm’s profitable insulation production operation.

wood warehouse destroyed by fire

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1959

Robert A Boyd, Jr. becomes President

In 1959, Bob Boyd took over as President from this father and worked hard to keep MRS in step with the late 50s market changes and challenges for lumber wholesalers.

Left to right - Roy McClean, Sales Manager, Robert A. Boyd, Jr., President, and Herb DeRoth, General Manager, reviewing new marketing strategy.

Left to right – Roy McClean, Sales Manager, Robert A. Boyd, Jr., President, and Herb DeRoth, General Manager, reviewing new marketing strategy.

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1970

MRS initiates expansion of marketing territories

During the 1970s, the boom in home improvement, fueled by the DIY movement, created positive market conditions. These were reflected in the company’s dramatic rise in revenue during this decade as well as expansion of its territory to include Long Island, NY (1976) and Southwest Connecticut (1977).

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1979

Stephen Boyd joins MRS

As MRS neared its 50th anniversary, Steve Boyd, the third generation of the family to join the business, came on board in 1979 after a successful career in the packaging industry. Steve brought new ideas, significant corporate experience, and valuable insights into operational efficiency.

Steve Boyd, second from right, at an industry convention in the late 1970s.

Steve Boyd, second from right, at an industry convention in the late 1970s.

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1982

MRS builds a 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse

Activity at MRS during the 1980s included the addition of new lines, expanded service, customer education and construction of a new 40,000 square-foot warehouse on the Irvington site.

MRS executives break ground for a 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse

MRS executives break ground for a 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse

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1988

MRS expands lines to include engineered products

1990

MRS expands its territory to include southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware

1998

Stephen F. Boyd named President of NAWLA

As trends and events unfolded in the late 1990s, the company’s management team exhibited a vision of the industry’s future that would prove to be accurate. Recognizing this vision, the North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) names Steve Boyd as its Chairman in 1998.

Stephen F. Boyd

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2004

MRS further expands its territory to include northeastern Pennsylvania

mrs lumber office

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2008

MRS builds a 41,000 sq. ft. warehouse and new office building

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2010

Brian Boyd joins MRS

Brian Boyd started with MRS in 2010 and is the fourth generation of the MRS family business. His sales experience includes four years working in the millwork department of Guardian Building Products. Before leaving Guardian, Brian was responsible for all direct sales of the window division.

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2018

Brian Boyd is named President of MRS

After a precisely designed 8-year succession plan, Brian Boyd is named President of MRS, succeeding his father, Stephen Boyd. After 33 years at the company’s helm, Stephen takes on the role of Chairman.

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2019

MRS expands its capacity and service with a new 73,000 square-foot warehouse

The new warehouse significantly increases MRS’s capabilities. Prior to the new facility, MRS had about 90,000 square feet of warehousing. Today the company has a total of over 150,000 square feet located in 4 warehouses.

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2021

MRS marks 90th anniversary

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What We Value

Vision

To be recognized as the leading distributor of building products in our markets.

Mission

To provide extraordinary service and exceptional value of a preeminent distributor, and to develop a strong business partnership among our valued customers, suppliers, community, staff and owners through the endorsement of good business practices and the encouragement of sound business ethics.

Forklift loading a truck with building materials at MRS open warehouse

Why We’re Here

We are genuinely conscious of the role we play in the success of lumber retailers. Service excellence is a continuous goal and is approached in eight key ways:

Zero errors

90-92% Fill rate

95% Cycle count accuracy

A day’s work in a day’s time

100% On-time shipment

Immediate reconfirmation of all orders and details with customers

Call backs to customers for any service deviation

Correcting mistakes as fast and as cheerfully as possible

Our People

This is our team, a fun and talented group of people who are great at what they do and work hard to make MRS shine.

Our Leadership Team

These well-seasoned and devoted folks have helped built and maintain the MRS we know today.

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Steve Boyd

Chairman

Steve has worked at MRS since 1979 and represents the 3rd generation of Boyd’s at MRS. He has had every job from forklift operator (still seen today on the lift occasionally), inside sales, outside sales, dispatch, inventory control, buyer, President and now Chairman and still buyer of WRC shakes and shingles.

He is very proud of the culture at MRS and the “can do” attitude of all the employees. He’s convinced that our culture is what sets us apart from our competitors.

Steve was honored to serve as the President/Chairman of the North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) in 1999-2000 and served on their Executive Committee for 14 years. At the time he served, NAWLA had 685 members and about $6 billion in sales.

When he’s not dropping knowledge in the office or helping out in the warehouse, you can find Steve out on the golf course perfecting his game. He’s an avid golf player and still plays competitively from time to time. He served as the President of the Metropolitan Golf Association from 2014-2016 representing over 500 golf clubs in the Metropolitan NY, NJ, CT area.

Steve also serves on various Boards of Directors inside and outside of the industry.

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Brian Boyd

President

As President, Brian supports our managers in their quest to always improve our customer’s experience. He began working in the building materials industry in 2006 after graduating from Furman University in Greenville, SC with a B.A. in Business Administration. After working in the millwork department for what was Guardian Building Products, now Cameron Ashley, for two years, he then started the window department at Guardian where he worked for another two years. Through predominantly phone sales, Brian sold millwork products: windows, doors, moulding, skylights, garage doors, and storm doors to lumber dealers across 10 US states. In 2010, Brian left Guardian to pursue a career at MRS. Since joining the MRS team, Brian has held positions as Sweeper / Summer Help, Inside Sales Representative, Inside Sales Supervisor, Operations Manager, General Manager, and now President.

When he’s not at the office optimizing MRS’ operations, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife Kati and cat Gatsby. He is also passionate about volunteering through an organization in Hoboken NJ called TRUE Mentors. Since joining the organization in 2013, Brian has enjoyed leading children’s activity groups, completed two individual mentorships to help the children discover their potential, and now sits on the Board of Directors. At MRS, Brian loves striving to improve processes to maximize efficiency and working with Managers to better our teams of people.

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Tina Breen

VP, Sales & Marketing

Tina Breen attended college at Raritan Valley Community College, Rutgers University, and Purdue University Global. Her first professional industry was in “wholesale automotive” at ADESA, where she started off managing an inside sales team, leading the marketing department, and next moved to the company’s corporate offices in Indianapolis, Indiana. She travelled the US, Canada, and Mexico, teaching car auctions how to sell cars online. She was part of the team that pioneered online car sales in the United States. She was at ADESA for ten years before moving to the Lumber and Building Materials Industry. Tina started working in the LBM Industry in 2006 as the Sales Manager at Manufacturers Reserve Supply. She implemented strategies to turn a “relationship-based sales force” into a “consultative high performing sales team.”

Through the years, she took the marketing department under her wing and was promoted to General Sales Manager and then Vice President, Sales & Marketing. In these roles, she is focused on the strategic direction of MRS, developing her team to operate at their personal best, and negotiating programs for her customers that grow business and profits. Tina is a seasoned expert in sales strategy, change management, and leadership development. Tina is the chair for NAWLA’s group “WIN: Women In NAWLA” and is passionate about helping women support women in business.

In her spare time, Tina enjoys going on camping adventures with her family and friends aboard the family camper. Tina also focuses time on developing young women into leaders through Girl Scouts, an area in which she is passionate.

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Marcus McCallum

Buyer

As Buyer, Marcus is responsible for all inventory purchasing and analysis.  He also coordinates logistics, special orders, replenishment, accounting, pricing, and programs as it relates to the inventory at MRS.  Marcus works very closely with the inside and outside sales teams to communicate product training and acts as the lead for most MRS product lines.  As a part of the senior management team, Marcus is a key contributor to the strategic direction of the company and handles all new product analysis and vetting.

Marcus has over twenty-five years in the industry.  Twenty of those are in the retail sector, and five are in the wholesale sector.  His roles have spanned many departments and functions in our industry including forklift operator, yard foreman, logistics coordinator, general manager, and vice president.  Marcus is a member of NYLIE, NADRA, and NADRA industry organizations which helps him stay abreast on current affairs as well as act as a contributor of his knowledge to member associates.

In Marcus’ personal life, he adores his wife and son and spends as much time with his family as he can. He also enjoys coaching his son’s soccer teams as well as training in Taekwondo.

Marcus is inspired at work by his constant desire to outperform his competition.  Marcus is a goal-oriented person and sets both personal and business goals every year and works hard to smash them.  MRS is grateful for this trait in Marcus and it benefits not only MRS but our customers as well.

Sandra Coutinho

Accounting Manager

As an Accounting Manager, Sandra is responsible for the overall accounting and financial functions at Manufacturers Reserve Supply.

Sandra joined the MRS team in 2016.  Prior to that, she has over 15 years of experience providing privately held companies with auditing and accounting services.  Sandra is well-practiced in working with wholesale/distribution, employee benefits, not-for-profits, and housing and urban development.

Sandra earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Rutgers University.

Sandra is a proud mom of two. When she is not in the office, you will find her volunteering at her children’s school functions, watching her son’s soccer games, or watching her daughter dance on stage, cheer and play volleyball/basketball.

Careers

Work With Us

Being good is acceptable, but striving to do better is our perpetual goal. MRS acknowledges hard work and effectiveness. This is demonstrated by our “best practices” methodology, our use of the latest technologies, and our constant striving to improve through education and training.

Come On In

We love to give in-person tours of our facilities to our customers, but if you can’t make it, here’s a virtual tour so you can learn a little more about our operations.

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