Business Profile: Marjam Supply Co.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Penny Lumber/Marjam Supply manager Chip Penny (from left), with staff members Tina Vacey, Mike Maffetone and Eddie Khan.

Owner(s): Mark Buller
Year established: 1979
Location: Showroom, 67680 Main Road, Greenport; Yard, 12585 Sound Ave., Mattituck
Phone: 631-477-8900, 631-298-8559
Number of employees: 700
Yard: Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m.-noon. Showroom: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

In 2006, Marjam Supply purchased Penny Lumber, which had been founded in 1890 in Mattituck by George L. Penny, expanding to Greenport in 1961. Marjam continues to run the company with the same values — and many of the same faces.

Marjam Supply Company was founded in 1979, with the purchase of a warehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, a few thousand dollars in assets and the mission of providing a highly specialized, customer-service-driven distributor of lumber, plywood and other building materials to the trade. Since then Marjam has experienced continuous and sustained growth and now operates 28 “super centers” in 12 states that serve the entire East Coast of the U.S. and is one of the most respected businesses in the country’s competitive construction supply industry. It attributes this growth to the highly valued repeat business of their customers. The company makes sure that the individual attention that made its reputation remains the driving force behind every transaction, every day.

Today the company has grown to a dedicated staff of nearly 700 professionals known as Marjamers, who stand out in a highly competitive because they focus on the needs of the customers. Every customer’s order is viewed as an opportunity to solve a problem. Sales representatives will determine the customer’s needs and will then recommend the best products at the best prices to satisfy those needs. They will also inform about the manufacture’s specifications and warranties, and will suggest items that may have been forgotten in the customer’s planning.

Marjam Supply was named Home Channel News 2010 Pro Dealer of the year, which attests to the company’s dedication to its clientele. It continues to pioneer some of the most sophisticated information technology available, using powerful system tools, and are able to coordinate, source and deliver every type of job 24/7. The company’s proprietary inventory system can source orders from any one of its sites. The end result is a true one-stop shopping solution. Future plans include continual improvement, growth and development at existing service centers and expansion into new regional and overseas markets, South America, the Caribbean and Canada.

Some key products include FSC certified lumber and plywood, sheetrock, boom service, and major brands including Armstrong, USG, GAF roofing, Trek decking, Fry Reglet, Firestone roofing, EIFS products, architectural hardwood and plywood.

Its attention to service, quality and scope of materials and commitment to its clientele makes Marjam Supply true to its slogan, “The Northeast’s Leading Building Materials Distributor.”