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Oct 26, 2018

AIA Learning Day in North Jersey

October 26th, 2018|Categories: MRS News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

On October 25, 2018, Manufacturers Reserve Supply hosted their second AIA Learning Day in North Jersey.  Once again the response from the architects was overwhelming, with an RSVP list of over 70 architects from the entire tri-state area.  Six courses were offered by Trex, James Hardie, Maibec, Benjamin Obdyke, Jeld-Wen & Aeratis with state-of-the art audio visual.  The architects all presented positive feedback and were very happy with the venue, the speakers, and the courses. If you would like to be a part of our next AIA training day, or you know of an architectural firm who would be interested in receiving our information, please contact Georgette Ponticello at [email protected] or 973-508-1103.  Would you like us to host a seminar in your town? Reach out to us and we will work hard to accommodate.  We will be posting information on future seminars at our website www.mrslumber.com.

Oct 31, 2017

Watch the MRS “World’s Greatest!” Video

October 31st, 2017|Categories: MRS News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Irvington, NJ — Manufacturers Reserve Supply (MRS) was recently featured on the popular “World’s Greatest!” television series. We are excited to share our segment with you. Here you can view the video online.
Jul 14, 2017

Internships Make a Difference at MRS

July 14th, 2017|Categories: MRS News|0 Comments

As education is an important element to us as a company in all aspects, MRS would like to introduce you to our 2017 summer interns. Every summer we hire students looking for experience in all different fields and educate them through various departments of our company. Our interns have worked on projects in operations, marketing, accounting, and sales. We are always looking to include our interns in on meetings and introduce them to important business people we work with on a day- to-day basis. We use our resources to include our interns in as many aspects of the business as we can, so they are able to learn and understand how we operate as not only a business, but a wholesale distribution center. Meet our interns!

Our Office Interns: Kate Jepson & Autumn Wickstrom

Kate is a rising junior at the University of South Carolina, she came to us the summer of 2016 and since being here has worked closely with our Accounting Manager, Sandra in various accounting tasks as Kate is pursuing a degree in Accounting and Finance. In addition to working with Sandy, Kate works with our dispatcher and our inside salesmen in preparing our daily routes and prepare paperwork for our shipments.

Autumn is also a rising junior at East Carolina University. Autumn is pursuing a degree in construction management and business administration and joined the MRS team this May. After working outside in our warehouse for a week to understand our products and operations, she has transitioned into the office working on our small orders and UPS shipments. She has also helped in various other office projects.

Our Warehouse Interns: Peter Jepson, Michael Gordon, Mark Kinol, and Chris Colon

Peter, Mike, and Mark are returning warehouse interns, the boys joined our ops team June of 2016 and since then have been given more responsibilities in the warehouse. After graduating from the Delbarton School this May the boys are all preparing for college. Peter is headed to Virginia Tech to participate in the Corps Cadets. Mike is headed north to Tufts to compete on their hockey team, and Mark is headed west to pursue an engineering degree at the University of Southern California. It is our hope that the boys will return to help us outside on their college breaks and vacations. Wish them luck as they embark on this new chapter of their lives.

Chris joined the boys this year, also a graduate from Delbarton, Chris joined us at the beginning of the month and has been getting accustomed to the operations of our warehouses. He has helped with shrink wrapping and cutting samples. The boys also are a big help in keeping things smooth outside in our busy season in order to maintain error free order pulling and cleanliness, as customers are frequently coming by to pick up orders. Chris will be leaving for the University of Michigan in August and we wish him luck as well. We hope he returns with the other boys, as his hard work around the warehouse has not gone unnoticed this summer.

Jun 16, 2017

Manufacturers Reserve Supply Now Offers Grayne™ Engineered Composite Shingles

June 16th, 2017|Categories: MRS News|0 Comments

IRVINGTON, NEW JERSEY, JUNE 16, 2017 – Manufacturers Reserve Supply (MRS), premier wholesale building materials distributor to lumber yards, specialty dealers and home centers, today announced the addition of Grayne Engineered Shingles to their roster of siding options. Dedicated to offering customers best-in-class building materials, MRS recognizes the value Grayne provides as natural cedar replacement, making it easier than ever to achieve an authentic cedar wood look – without the maintenance.

Available in 5″ White Cedar and 7.5″ Red Cedar composite shingles, and in multiple pre-finished color variations, Grayne features true-to-life graining patterns and a high-performance, moisture and weather-resistant surface. This ensures the highest durability and lowest upkeep for beauty that withstands time, and the elements. And to capture cedar’s exact on-house aesthetics, Grayne can be installed in the same layout as cedar shingles with no keyway stacks thanks to its patent-pending, dual-offset installation method.

“We are excited to partner with The Tapco Group on their Grayne product line” says Brian Boyd, General Manager of MRS. “With the addition of Grayne’s line of revolutionary engineered shingles, we will now stock over 100 SKUs of shingles and shakes. Until this point our siding offering has only been wood, so we are excited to expand into a quality composite product.”

MRS seeks to distribute materials upon which relationships may be built. At Grayne, an extension of The Tapco Group, maintaining relationships with customers and vendors is part of its long-standing history of high-performance products and outstanding service.

“We are looking forward to a successful partnership with MRS” said Jeff Relken, Regional Business Manager for the Mid-Atlantic. “MRS is a clear market leader in channel education and value added customer service. Both of these attributes will greatly benefit the launch of Grayne and generating sales with both new and existing customers.”

For more information on the Grayne siding selection at MRS, visit www.mrslumber.com

About MRS

MRS is family owned and operated since 1931, and rooted in Irvington New Jersey.  Specializing in distribution of roofing, siding, trim, housewrap and decking materials.  The company’s vision is to be recognized as the leading distributor of building products in our market. MRS distributes in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, and Connecticut.

About Grayne

Grayne™ engineered composite shingle siding, the industry’s ultimate solution for natural cedar replacement, is a product of The Tapco Group. For more information, call 1-888-269-1169 or visit www.grayne.com

About The Tapco Group

A leading provider of easy to install, premium innovative exterior products, The Tapco Group has served the building industry since 1961, specializing in the manufacturing of shutters, siding accessories, trim, siding, decking, railing, tool systems and egress systems. The products combine versatile applications, durability, vast color pallets and uncommon authenticity to exceed the expectations of contractors and homeowners. The Tapco Group – Genuinely Better Building Products. For more information, call 800.521.7567 or visit www.thetapcogroup.com

May 31, 2017

Our Commitment to Education

May 31st, 2017|Categories: MRS News|0 Comments

MRS is motivated to keep our employees educated in important facets of business that are instrumental for the success of the business. MRS recognizes the importance of employee professional development, and the value of continuously educating its employee base. Long-term individual development yields the true value of professional development, culture, innovation, and creativity. This past winter, we required all employees to take a class in a field that will help them grow as an employee and a person.   All inside sales reps attended exceptional customer service, human resource and Microsoft Excel classes.  The accounting department attended customer service and human resource seminars.  Our foreman, Jasin attended a meeting that helped him transition from a co-worker to a manager, OSHA and how to be an effective communicator.  Each employee received a specific tool to be used on the job.

Our inside sales team; Aaron Paolella, Weiss Froogh, and Kaitie Oringer attended a seminar about “How to build exceptional customer service.” They expressed that the class was an overall beneficial experience to the company and to themselves.  They learned that in just seven seconds customers will form eleven impressions about you and your organization.  Some of the key impressions were responsive, punctual, confidence and more. It’s important to display these qualities when communicating to clients since clients should trust you with their business. Sales people need this seminar more than everyone else because they have to attract large orders to increase company revenue.

Microsoft Excel is software that is used frequently in the office. People need to understand the program to complete spreadsheets. Excel indicates various products and the revenue produced for each. Sales employees Marcus McCallum, and Chris Dorman took a seminar on Excel.  The MRS employees quoted “it was interesting and worthwhile to go to.”  They learned ways to dramatically decrease time spent on projects, and learned how the program can better help them analyze sales. They used their new techniques immediately, and saved about an hour and a half overall. Now that’s progress!

Anita Phillips, one of our accounting personal, attended a customer service seminar which focused on helping employees to stay consistent, be more diplomatic, and not being repetitious in dealing with customers and co-workers to make everyone’s job easier.  To build stronger relationships while increasing satisfaction with the customer and in the workplace.

Sandra Coutinho, Accounting Manager attended a Human Resource seminar for people who were newly assigned to a position in Human Resources. The seminar was very impressive, and it gave a lot of real life examples that could related to the company.

Our very own president, Stephen Boyd, also went to a Human Resource seminar which enhanced his knowledge of how to deal with exempt employees, employee files, interviewing, company policies, disciplinary actions, and respect in the workplace.  Steve is excited to implement new ways to organize data, and keeping files together in an orderly matter.

MRS has quality standards, such as accuracy, responsiveness, friendliness, expediency, and knowledge. The key point for our organization is that we must cultivate good internal customer service, which will result in more customers, increased revenue and employee satisfaction.

May 31, 2017

Leading on Leadership

May 31st, 2017|Categories: MRS News|0 Comments

Appeared in the May Issue of LBM Journal

Stephen Boyd has led Manufacturers Reserve Supply (MRS) as President since 1983. Although he has no desire to slow down, knowing who will take over the helm of the family- owned, fourth-generation company—whether the circumstances are planned for or unexpected—has always been at the top of his mind as well as the rest of the leadership team.

Even though Boyd has two children, how succession would unfold at the Irvington, N.J.-based wholesale distributor was never set in stone. His daughter, Nancy, went into pharmaceutical sales and his son, Brian, went to work for another building material distributor after college for five years.

Brian did decide to join the company, returning to MRS in 2010. Like Stephen, who also spent some of his early years outside the family business, Brian’s experience brought a different level of work ethic, knowledge, sales experience, and vendor management, helping him fully understand how businesses operate. It also gave him unique perspectives to bring back into the MRS fold that allowed him to establish his own worth beyond his lineage.

Upon his return, Brian entered into a multi-year program in which he immersed himself into two-year stints in different areas of the company, ensuring he understood every element, from cleaning the warehouses to dealing with financial matters. Six months ago he was promoted to General Manager and is surrounded by a strong leadership team that MRS carefully built and is working together to define the company’s future.

As such, Steve’s own role has gradually changed. Today he’s more focused on strategic issues, including mentoring and training, rather than the day-to-day operations. It’s a role he’s not only enjoying, but also allows him to keep a gentle but hands-off eye on the leadership team while fostering programs within the company that engage employees and increase their investment and loyalty. In other words, he’s continuing his career-long efforts to keep the company on a strong footing and growth path.

Throughout the process, planning and communication have been key. “Some of the things employees are always cautious about is the movement of succession planning and how it’s going,” Steve notes. “It’s incumbent upon the owner to over-communicate the process, how it’s going to look, and how it’s going to evolve. Current management also needs to understand that their job is not threatened, that their job is whole and their loyalty will be rewarded.”

Outside partners also need to know what’s going on, he notes. “You need to take a proactive approach to discussions, whether managers, employees, customers, or suppliers, which I don’t think everyone does.”

Boyd and the managers meet with a business coach every six months, which includes occasional evaluation of their skill sets to determine where there are weaknesses or vacancies that may need addressing through new executives. The management team also is continually evaluating its “catastrophe” succession plan, which is in place to guide the company in the event of Steve’s unexpected departure.

Thirty-four years after he took the helm, Steve has no desire to slow down, continuing to work up to 60 hours a week and still loving the action each day brings. If and when he decides to pull back, he’s ensuring he’ll leave the company in the well-prepared and capable hands of a thoughtfully curated leadership team that will continue the MRS legacy.

Katy Tomasulo is a Seattle-based freelance writer, editor, and content marketer with 17 years of experience covering the LBM industry.

Aug 17, 2016

MRS Welcomes Kaitie Oringer to Our Sales Team

August 17th, 2016|Categories: MRS News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

kaitie-oringer

Manufacturers Reserve Supply is pleased to welcome Kaitie Oringer to our team of inside sales professionals. Kaitie’s experience includes 10 years in customer service and 3 years in inside sales.

MRS is currently training and educating Kaitie on our product lines in an effort to provide you with the customer service & product information you expect from MRS. Kaitie’s strong work ethic will make her a great addition to our team.

Kaitie received her BA in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice and a minor in Business, from Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ. She enjoys reading, volunteering, and animals. Kaitie has competed in both horseback riding and figure skating.

We are confident that Kaitie’s background and dedication will provide exemplary customer service to you. Please help us welcome her to the MRS team.

May 16, 2016

MRS is pleased to welcome Marcus McCallum to our team in the position of Buyer

May 16th, 2016|Categories: MRS News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Marcus McCallum

Marcus has 20 years experience working in our industry and with his strong sales, purchasing, and management skills he will be an excellent fit to MRS. His high levels of customer service, positive attitude, and product knowledge will add to the great relationships we have with our customers. We are looking forward to leveraging Marcus’s experience to serve you even better.

Marcus’s experience in the Building Materials industry began back in 1996 when he worked for a lumber yard in Colorado. This included working in the yard, helping customers, pulling orders, and then eventually driving a truck. In 1998 he decided to move back to New Jersey and continued working in the industry. For the next 17 years Marcus’s hard work ethic and eagerness to learn raised him through the ranks from yard foreman, dispatcher, operations manager, buyer, general manager to finally vice president. His final stop on the retail side of the business was opening a new location as a store manager.

We are confident that his background and dedication will provide outstanding customer service to you. Please join us in welcoming Marcus as a member of our M.R.S. team.

Aug 01, 2015

College of Product Knowledge Sessions 2016

August 1st, 2015|Categories: MRS News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

College of Product Knowledge Sessions 2016

Jul 23, 2015

MRS Announces Partnership With Ply Gem

July 23rd, 2015|Categories: MRS News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Supplier Ply Gem

Irvington, NJ — Manufacturers Reserve Supply – MRS and Ply Gem have partnered to enhance the distribution of Ply Gem PVC trim in the mid-Atlantic market place. Ply Gem’s products provide builders and architects with products they can have confidence in.

Steve Boyd, President of MRS, said “We are very excited to announce this partnership with Ply Gem on our PVC trim. This has been the most extensive research that I have done on any product line in 35 years. We looked at 11 different manufacturers from around the world and found that the Ply Gem product had all the best qualities: density, tight tolerances, consistent quality, on time shipping, marketing, promotion and dedication to growing the product line. Additionally, these are the same machines with the same people in the same location as we have been buying from for the last 8 years. Ply Gem purchased the Simonton Window (Fortune Brands) operation and the Simex plant in St Mary’s, West Virginia. This is the same plant that made the product for Fypon (another Fortune Brands company). This will make a smooth transition as nothing will change except the name on the unit wrapper”

Shane Short, General Manager of Ply Gem Trim & Mouldings: “It’s my pleasure to announce that Ply Gem trim products will now be available through Manufacturers Reserve Supply. MRS is an outstanding supplier of building products in the markets they serve, and this partnership will strengthen our platform for growth in the years to come.”
About MRS: Family owned and operated since 1931, and rooted in Irvington New Jersey. Specializing in distribution of roofing, siding, trim and decking materials. The company’s vision is to be recognized as the leading distributor of building products in our market.

MRS distributes in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, and Connecticut territories.