Modern Builders Supply, Inc. was founded in 1944 in YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO. What, today, has become the foremost independent building supply wholesaler of t.. read morehe Midwest, was started in a one-room rented building by Nathan LaTuchie. By the late 1960's the company added branches in AKRON, CANTON, CLEVELAND, and TOLEDO, OHIO. In addition to the distribution branches the company had begun to manufacture window and door products in YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO.
In 1977 Nathan LaTuchie retired, turning the business over to his son Herbert. In 1979, MBS became one of the first companies to embrace the all new solid vinyl window and began fabricating the product in Youngstown, Ohio. MBS soon became an industry leader in innovation and technology in the manufacturing of vinyl windows. By the mid-1980's MBS had opened additional branches in COLUMBUS, DAYTON, AND CINCINNATI, OHIO, as well as PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA. In 1986, Herbert LaTuchie retired, and MBS was acquired by two of its key employees LARRY LEGGETT and Richard Fredecker. Five years later, on December 31, 1991, Mr. Fredecker retired and LARRY LEGGETT became sole owner of MODERN BUILDERS SUPPLY, INC.
After entering the market as a fabricator of the Certainteed window for some 10 years, Modern Builders Supply decided that it was time to present customers with additional choices and alternative selections. So during the early 1990's MBS began manufacturing the Alcoa/Mastic vinyl window and PROUDLY introduced it's own designed vinyl window, which is marketed to this day under the name of POLARIS. Today, THE POLARIS WINDOW AND DOOR SYSTEM is recognized as one of the leading window and door systems in the industry. POLARIS TECHNOLOGIES occupies nearly 400,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space in the Boardman and Austintown, Ohio area.
In the ensuing years MBS added distribution branches in INDIANAPOLIS and FORT WAYNE, INDIANA; * MENTOR, FINDLAY, MANSFIELD, FAIRFIELD, CAMBRIDGE, CHILLICOTHE, NORWALK, DEFIANCE, LIMA and BRUNSWICK, OHIO; * JACKSON, MICHIGAN; ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA; FLORENCE, KENTUCKY and MINERAL WELLS, WEST VIRGINIA. In all MBS has 24 branches across 6 states making MBS the premier distributor in the Midwest. Larry's son KEVIN is the President and CEO while his youngest son ERIC is the ExecutiveVice-President and COO. With over 40 years service with MBS Larry Leggett remains Chairman of the Board.