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Harry's is a family owned and operated business.
Harry S. and Wife Magoline H. Tosh began the operation in 1955. After World War II Harry was an FHA & VA Real Estate Appraiser. He also was a builder at the time. He was having difficulty in getting his building supplies from the local dealers. This is where he got the idea to start Harry's building materials. In 1960 their son Harry R. Tosh (Bobby) began work full time and became manager in 1964.
In 1974, Bobby and his Wife Hazel purchased his fathers interest in the business and began a partnership with his mother, Magoline H.Tosh. In 1974 the business was incorporated with Bobby Tosh President, Johnny R. Sanders who joined the company in 1964, became Vice President, and Magoline H. Tosh Secretary-Treasurer until her retirement in 2003.
Bobby and Hazel have three children. Harry R. Tosh II (Robby) is a Vice President with the company, their oldest daughter Tammy Tosh Garcia worked in the Rusk store until she received her teaching degree. Their youngest daughter Teresa Tosh Langley is Secretary-Treasure of the corporation. One of their son-in-laws Billy Langley works in the Central Purchasing Office.
From one small store in Rusk that opened in 1955, Bobby has expanded Harry's Building Materials, Inc. to five stores, that are located in Jacksonville in 1983, Troup in 1990, Nacogdoches in 1992, and Palestine in 1998.
The company now has over thirty delivery trucks, a door unit manufactoring facility, "Your Home" by Harry's Show Room and over one-hundred employees.
"Not many small businesses make it in business for fifty years", said Bobby Tosh, President and CEO of Harry's Building Materials, Inc. Bobby believes that one of the main reasons for the success of the company is the ability of his key people to respond to whatever needs to be done. He said, "None of us are afraid of hard work!" We do what it takes to get the job done."
As Bobby likes to say, "At Harry's it's never-not my job! Here at Harry's our slogan says "Nobody Beats Our Price With Our Service"! Bobby also pointed out that a number of his key people have been with the company a long time. Executive Vice President, Johnny Sanders, joined the company in 1964. Senior Vice President, Harvey Merrill III and Vice President David Slaton joined the company in 1976. Vice President Harry R. Tosh II (Robby) came on board in 1982, Vice President Rodney Norman started in 1992, and Secretary-Treasurer Teresa Tosh Langley started in 1990.
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