FLIGHT DEPT PROFILE

McCoy's builds trade with bizav

Citation duo propels success of lumber company.

By Jim Gregory
Contributing Writer


McCoy's relies on Citation service centers at ICT and SAT for all but minor maintenance, performed locally at HYI. (L–R) FBO Barry Aviation Line Technician Chris Bagnall, McCoy's Chief Pilot Bill Moore, Gafford Aero Mx Tech Michael Medcalf, McCoy's Av Mgr Al Marciniak and Gafford Aero Mx Mgr Ken Medcalf with McCoy's Pres & CEO Brian McCoy with Citation Mustang.

In 1961, Hurricane Carla smashed into the Texas gulf coast, destroying lives and thousands of structures from Galveston Island all the way inland to Dallas. Carla generated a devastating storm surge of 22 ft and spawned 26 tornados, wreaking havoc on a wide swath of Texas life.

Rebuilding efforts began almost immediately and, inevitably, some companies engaged in opportunistic pricing. But one family-owned lumber company refused to take advantage of its neighbors in such trying times and stood head and shoulders above others in helping fellow Texans reclaim their lives.

Today that family company treasures its principled heritage. McCoy's Building Supply has grown into a $500-million company with 1700 employees spread over 85 communities throughout Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

Overseeing the company legacy and the vast business is Brian McCoy, a 3rd-generation leader who carries on the tradition of fair dealing and ethical business practices. The company president and CEO makes it a point to close the stores on Sundays so employees can enjoy time off for their faith and families.

From the company's San Marcos TX headquarters, he also makes it a point to visit each facility at least once a year, relying on the McCoy flight department's Cessna 525 CitationJet and Cessna 510 Citation Mustang to deliver him, other company executives and managers to smaller airports all across a region that is always subject to imperious Gulf weather patterns.

McCoy Roofing Company, 1930.

McCoy's Building Supply is a 4th-generation family-owned supplier of lumber, building supplies and farm and ranch equipment.

The company began in 1927 in Galveston as a roofing supply company headed by Frank McCoy. In the 1940s Frank's son, Emmett, took an active interest in the family business and McCoy's entered the retail business with the McCoy Supply Company.

When Frank retired, Emmett became president of both McCoy Roofing and McCoy Supply and expanded the product mix at the McCoy Supply Company. He then opened a 2nd store near Texas City TX in 1960.

In 1961 Hurricane Carla hit the Gulf Coast. In the aftermath of Carla, redevelopment sent McCoy's sales above $1 million for the first time.

In 1964 Emmett discontinued the contract roofing business and with it the roofing company.

At the same time, he added lumber to the company's inventory, making the McCoy Supply Company a true building supply center. Not long after, Emmett added a 3rd store to the chain and McCoy's Building Supply Centers were born.

As one of the largest family-owned businesses in the building supplies industry, the company is a community leader in the towns and cities where it is has stores.

Chief Pilot Bill Moore explains, "Most of our airports are smaller, because most of our stores are not in the major cities. Most of our airports have runways between 3000 and 5000 ft long.

And a lot of these airports don't have ILS approaches. They're places like CRS (Corsicana TX), TRL (Terrell TX) and 6R3 (Cleveland TX)—little airports."

Moore and Aviation Mgr & Pilot Al Marciniak have been flying the McCoys for well over 20 years, long enough to have flown 4 generations of the family. Both pilots have accumulated more than 15,000 hrs throughout their flying careers.

Their office is in the hangar at HYI (San Marcos TX) with the airplanes, just minutes from the headquarters of McCoy's Building Supply.

McCoy's Aviation Dept has propelled much of the company's success, according to CEO & Owner McCoy. "My father's first Cessna in 1974 was a Skymaster. And within a year or two we had a Skymaster and a 182. And through the years, gosh, we've been through a lot of equipment."

The company has owned a succession of Cessna products—that 337 Skymaster and 182, followed by a Cessna 210, a 340, two 414s, two 425 Conquests, and even a Beech Baron 58. Today the Aviation Dept operates a straight CitationJet that it has flown for 18 years and a 2-year-old Mustang, both based at HYI.

"We're flying this 18-year-old Citation­Jet and then we've got the new Mustang, and I'll tell you—that's a great combination from my standpoint," says McCoy. In the many years since delivery of Citation­Jet serial number 0018, McCoy's jet has missed just 2 trips for mechanical reasons.

Both airplanes operate about 300 hrs annually. Recently, after years of continuous wear and tear on the interior, McCoy felt it was finally time to refresh the CJ's interior with new carpet, sidewalls, overhead, seats, drapes and wood.

"The interior held up very, very well," he says. "The only place it really showed a lot of wear was like the insides of the seat corners, and of course the carpet. We'd had it cleaned and cleaned, but it was getting a little dingy," he said. "Now it looks brand new."

While the Aviation Dept had the CJ at Cessna's ICT (Mid-Continent, Wichita KS) factory service center for the interior redo and a major 3-year inspection, the company decided to add the Garmin G1000 with WAAS because of the many remote airports without ILS that the airplanes frequent.

"As an example," says Moore, "ever since the latest hurricane hit in 2008, the ILS has been down at GLS (Galveston TX). So the minimum to get in there without the WAAS certification is 800-and-something feet. But with the WAAS capabilities of the Mustang, you can get in with 254 ft.

"WAAS certification has really made the CJ capable of getting in airports that we couldn't before," Moore continues. "I've always liked to fly the CJ a little bit better than the Mustang. But the CJ had the old radios in it. I always liked the Mustang because of the avionics. Now we've got the best of both worlds."

Owner McCoy was also behind the CitationJet upgrades. "The utility of getting the maximum life out of the airplane with the avionics upgrade and the interior upgrade is really special," he says. "Typically, we'll use the Mustang now as kind of our workhorse because an awful lot of time we're just not flying that many people.

But on longer flights, or when we've got a little bigger group, the CitationJet's going to do a great job, too."

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