At Home Builders Supply, we treat you like family

70 Years of Family-Owned Service

Home Builders Supply Co. Inc has been blessed with loyal and hardworking employees who make up its family. Home Builders takes great pride in its relationship with its employees, customers, and the surrounding community. This has been achieved by the grace of God, the combined efforts of the Staff, Stockholders, Officers and Directors and our faithful customers

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On November 26, 1946

Stockholders met for the first time, after incorporation. The Stockholders were Marvin K. Blount Sr. Dr. John D. Messick, Mr. E. Hoover Taft Jr, Mr. HA Lane, and Mr.Thompson D. Litchfield.


Home Builders Supply Co. purchased May Building Supply from Greenville businessman, Reynolds May. Ford McGowan and Edward C. Harris were designated as co-managers.


Mr. H.V. Elks joined the company and was for many years a loyal and valuable employee later becoming President. Business was good during the fifties through the sixties. HBS Co. supplied some labor and building materials for their contractors to develop properties owned by some of the Stockholders.

October of 1966

William Gray Blount Sr., son of Marvin Blount Sr, became a stockholder.At WG Blount's suggestion, J.B. Surles III was promoted to VP and General Manager.

The Taft family was an integral part of the success of the company from its inception, but through a division of several companies they sold out in 1975 to the Blount Family.

The 1980s saw the Savings and Loan crisis and a marked slowdown in the finance industry and the real estate market. The late Mr. Frank Layne joined the company as credit manager and led HBS Co. through this difficult period.

October of 1980

The 1980s saw the Savings and Loan crisis and a marked slowdown in the finance industry and the real estate market. The late Mr. Frank Layne joined the company as credit manager and led HBS Co. through this difficult period.


The Builders Bargain Center was started by A.L. Perry and Malcolm Perry of Goldsboro Builders; JB Surles III and W.G. Blount.


David Perry joined as a director upon his father death. The Bargain Center began as a business selling seconds in lumber and shingles and was a cash only operation. Mark Case, a most valuable employee was General Manager during that time.


Builders Bargain Center merged with Home Builders and became Home Builders Do-It Express.


The third generation of the Blount family, William Gray Blount Jr., came into the company. He purchased Mr. Surles' stock and became Vice-President of HBS. He remains in that position today.


A devastating fire in the spring destroyed the entire showroom, administrative offices, and the warehouse. Temporary office space was set up, and soon the rebuilding was underway.


Following the fire in 1998, Mr. Don Wilson was made General Manager and had a critical role in rebuilding the business back from the ground up. Mr. Wilson's significant contributions to the business were realized immediately and kept HBS growing in the right direction even through his retirement in 2006.

October of 2000

The Company Moved back into the New space with a Grand-Re-Opening.


As the company focus began to shift to the professional contractor, it was decided to close the Home Builders Do-It Express. In that same year, HBS Co. opened a stand-alone paint store in November. The Inner Banks Paint Decorating store, located at 2025 Eastgate Drive, features Benjamin Moore paints. It offers expert color-matching service as well as an array of paint accessories and supplies. Inner Banks Paint is a signature Ben Moore store.

To grow our business, the company expanded to include a new Home Builders Supply Company in Wilson, NC. The former Stock Building Supply plant houses the new operation.Our company completes a new design center this spring, featuring windows, doors, and cabinets]

There have been some improvements over the years since our building burned in 1998. The new design center is our last step to complete an amazing renovation, said Vice President Gray Blount.Home Builders Supply, being a local business, has always sought to give back to the community that supports it. When the new heart center was built at the then PCMH, now Vidant Health, Home Builders endowed a room in the center in honor of its employees. Also, the company funds a scholarship in the school of Construction Management at East Carolina University to promote young men and women planning to make a career in the building industry.