Ryan Melin, president, Building Component Supply, Jacksonville, Fla., a 2018 ProSales 100 newcomer
Building Component Supply photo Ryan Melin

Ryan Melin
Building Component Supply
Jacksonville, Fla.
PS100 Rank: 89

Building Component Supply (BCS) is a North Florida dealer specializing in roof and floor trusses, wall panels, and lumber and engineered-wood products. It led the 2018 ProSales 100 list in sales increase, climbing 104.8%.

A hefty chunk of that growth came from the merger of BCS with president Ryan Melin’s former company, Innovative Construction Group. The latter business started as a labor provider, using building materials bought from other dealers. BCS manufactures and sells its own products, Melin explains, so a merger “just made sense for us in terms of efficiency.”

BCS is a vertically integrated turnkey operation, serving the residential, multifamily, and commercial market. “Anything that’s wood-framed, we do, including independent living, facilities, and churches,” Melin says. “No job is too large for our team and affiliated manufacturing facility.”

While things haven’t changed from the customers’ perception, the merged operation allows Melin and his team to take control of the process and add more value to it, he says. Part of that taking control was building a truss and wall panel facility in nearby Green Cove Springs in 2014. That 128,000-square-foot plant also serves as the company’s lumber distribution hub.

“We’ve become an integrated part of our customers’ business,” Melin says. “We control the schedule, so we know what’s coming up around the corner. We’re controlling the takeoff. Failed inspections and warranties are taken care of. We have a lot of supervision out in the field. If something is a 911, we can react.”

As labor continues to be a concern nationwide, Melin predicts builders will become increasingly willing to embrace components. This year, Melin plans to focus on streamlining BCS’s manufacturing process by installing a new automated wall panel line that will triple the company’s capacity, plus relocate the facility’s truss equipment to eliminate the majority of the material handling.