Gypsum Management and Supply Inc. has made another ambitious move by entering the California and Hawaii markets by acquiring San Diego-based J&B Materials Inc. and its affiliated Hawaiian operation, Pono Building Materials LLC.

“We are pleased to bring J&B Materials and Pono Building Materials into the GMS family,” said Mike Callahan, president of GMS. “Their commitment to delivering exceptional service, knowledgeable personnel, and an expansive product suite with a focus on safety fits well within our culture. This partnership provides us with an excellent opportunity to expand our service area into California and Hawaii while enhancing our West Coast coverage.”

J&B Materials has been a building materials supplier for more than three decades. With locations in El Cajon, Escondido, Riverside, and El Centro, Calif., and one in Honolulu, Hawaii, J&B offers a wide variety of building products including drywall, stucco, lath and plaster, and fasteners, among others.

J&B Materials also provides timely delivery and stocking, but it’s much more than that for them. “We go above and beyond customer expectations and strive to get the job done right the first time,” said J&B President Bob Young. “We have a quality, trained staff to provide the best possible services and products. Partnering with GMS, one of the most outstanding and respected distributors in this industry, is going to serve us and our customers very well.”

Don Taylor, the GMS vice president of operations for the Western Region, sees the acquisition as a key step in growing the GMS footprint in California and the whole southwestern U.S. “We feel J&B with its exceptional customer relationships and strong brand name will be a key component to further expansion. With Bob and Jeff Young joining our team this will give us the additional management depth to continue our growth.”