For nearly 40 years, Thrifty Building Supply has been the Mid-South’s preferred building supplier. Thrifty was established by Farrell Evans in 1984 to meet the demand for building products for simple structures like sheds and barns. We have grown and changed since our inception from a small building supply company to the premier building supply provider of the Mid-South; but one thing that will never change about the company is our ability to put our customers’ needs first.

We have provided countless contractors the building materials they need to meet their deadlines. Our commitment to our clients has gone beyond supplying materials. We partner with them to ensure their projects run smoothly. No other supplier goes to the lengths we do through every phase of the construction process. Contractors know we have gone and will continue to go the distance for them, so they hit their project goals on time and within budget. That’s the kind of service we provide, and it’s why we’ve gained their trust.

As we continue to provide quality supplies and unmatched service, we’ve found our current name does not completely align with our commitment and standing in the industry. So, we embarked in a rebranding exploration. It’s an undertaking that was harder than it seemed, both in a practical and emotional sense. After all, the name Thrifty has been with us from the beginning, and it has name recognition. But for us to grow and be true to who we are as a company and how we want to be perceived, we believe it was time for a change. A change that will project our brand going forward, embodying the strength and loyalty we’ve exhibited for nearly 4 decades.

Going forward, we will be known as Maximus Building Supply.

Why Maximus?
Maximus is the Latin word for “greatest”. The name Maximus was first given to the owner’s dog, a Cane Corso, who then became the inspiration for Maximus Building Supply. Maximus fits our company well because we believe we have the greatest team assembled — a team who provides the greatest service to our clients. And we’re not just talking about our sales team or our executive team, we mean everyone — our drivers, yard guys, warehouse workers, administrators, and coordinators. Our team is the greatest because we all have one thing in mind, servicing our clients’ every need.

Maximus is a name that exhibits strength, loyalty, intelligence, and hard work. These attributes also describe the character of everyone in the company. We will not rest until every client is happy with the products and service we provide. Because we are a company that is small enough to provide the customer service our clients deserve and appreciate, while being big enough to handle every kind of project they have. Maximus is synonymous with our abilities, character, and culture.

The hallmark of the Maximus Building Supply logo is, not surprisingly, a Cane Corso. The Cane Corso is a hard-working, powerful, and intelligent breed that exhibits strength and loyalty. Like the name Maximus, the Cane Corso is there to serve because it loves having a job to do. All these qualities also fit the character and culture of our company: there is almost nothing we won’t do to see our clients succeed. Just as dogs are our companion through life, we hope to be a partner for all our clients during the lifecycle of their project.

Building Relationships. Delivering Value will continue to be our tagline because the meaning still holds true to what we strive for every day. While we may have a new name and a new logo to better represent the company moving forward, the foundations of building relationships and delivering value to our clients will always remain.


Farrell Evans started Thrifty Building Supply in 1984 in Collierville, TN after spending the first part of his career working for a building products distributor. At that time, Farrell sold discount, shop-grade materials for sheds and similar structures. Since then, we expanded our product offerings and some of the biggest home builders in west Tennessee and north Mississippi have trusted us to help them deliver on their commitments to their clients.

While you can find lumber and supplies anywhere, what you won’t find is the high quality of service you get from the Thrifty team. Our personable and professional team goes above and beyond our customers’ expectations daily. In addition to our industry knowledge (over 1,000 years combined), our associates are with you every step of the way – from initial design to project completion – providing personalized service with customized solutions.

Our sales staff can act as on-site superintendents to help you concentrate on building. They’ll help make sure you have all the materials you need precisely when you need them so that you can complete your project on time, on budget and to your customers’ expectations.

While our business focus has changed from a small, discount (thrifty) building supply company in Collierville, to being the premier provider of building supplies in the Mid-South, one thing will never change — our ability to put our customer’s needs first.



We’ve built our business over the past three decades by focusing on our values of:

Our faith in God is central to who we are and how we conduct business. We strive to honor God in everything we do.

We strive to conduct business with the utmost honesty and integrity towards our customers and employees. We are committed to doing what is right and will be respectful of others.

You can count on us to fulfill our obligation as a supplier of the highest quality building materials; and that we meet the high standard that we set for ourselves.

Our business is built on service — to our customers, employees, families and community. Here to serve others for the glory of the Kingdom of God.

We value the family unit in its most basic form and try to create a familial and welcoming atmosphere in the workplace — for both our employees and our customers