Who We Are

Everything we do at J.M. Cope is centered around Building Leaders Who Build Communities.

Who We Are

Everything we do at J.M. Cope is centered around Building Leaders Who Build Communities.

Building Leaders

Great people produce great results. We are truly blessed to have assembled a valuable team who not only cares about the quality of our work, but also about the quality of our relationships with clients and partners.

Building Projects

Our market diversity coupled with the values upon which we were founded is what sets J.M. Cope apart from others. Serving clients in the Commercial, Education, Faith-based, Historic Tax Credit, Hospitality, Industrial/Manufacturing, Interiors, Medical Office, and Municipal sectors for 40+ years, we truly understand what makes each market unique.

Building Communities

In order to be a light in our community, we seek to improve the lives of those around us. We believe in supporting our neighbors, through our work and clients’ projects and beyond. At J.M. Cope, we dedicate 10% of our profits to organizations that are taking a leadership role in helping others.

How We Serve Our Clients

As one of the largest local construction firms in the Carolinas, we offer our clients a variety of construction services – all centered around our client’s needs and their project goals.

Most of our team members have been in the construction industry for 20+ years; they understand how to manage projects in all stages of construction, address the needs of stakeholders and public interest, balance budget constraints, maintain construction schedules, and keep our team members and the public safe.

As part of our community commitment, we are dedicated to a future that preserves our natural resources and promotes the safety of our employees and neighbors. We take our role as a community leader seriously, recognizing the need for social responsibility and the importance of being a steward of our environment. Our approach to projects incorporates safety and sustainability into our decision-making processes at every level.

No matter the construction service we provide or the delivery method under which we provide it, our approach to client service is the same – we work to truly know and understand our clients, their goals, and their priorities – and we make those goals our own.

Our Impact

In order to be a light in our community, we seek to improve the lives of those around us. We believe in supporting our neighbors, through our work and beyond. At J.M. Cope, we dedicate 10% of our profits to organizations that are helping to improve the community around us and taking a leadership role in helping others.

J.M. Cope is proud to support many organizations and programs that make a significant impact within our community, including our recent involvement with the Black Economic Leadership League (BELL) XPrize and the Rock Hill Community Healing Initiative.

Our Values

putting the team first

“All In” Together

At J.M. Cope, it’s team first. We put our “all in together” mentality to work toward our client’s goal.

challenging ourselves

Dreaming Big and Pushing Ourselves

At J.M. Cope, Challenging Ourselves is just one way we continue to be successful. Dreaming big and pushing ourselves are at our core and how we successfully deliver challenging projects.

relentlessly improving

It means never taking your foot off the gas and working to constantly improve in business, leadership, and life.

being proactive

Run Toward the Problem

One of the things that sets us apart from other contractors, is our desire to run towards a challenge. Our constant team huddles allow us to stay proactive.

practicing humility

Create and Respond to Feedback with Candor and Vulnerability

In our industry, it is important to be able to create and respond to feedback with candor and vulnerability. Humility is what drives us to improve our community through the projects we build and the organizations we support.

Our Leaders

Our History

1972 – BEGINNINGS
1980 – LAYING DOWN ROOTS
1985 – STEPPING INTO NEW AGE
1992 – GROWING BANDWITH
2008 – PROJECT MILESTONE
2011 – THE NEXT GENERATION
2012 – EXPLORING NEW TERRITORY
2016 – GROWTH SPURT
2017 – PUTTING ON A FRESH FACE
2019 – HARD WORK RECOGNIZED
2020 – EXPANDING THE FIRM’S FOOTPRINT
NOW
After graduating from Clemson University in 1972, Marty Cope spent nearly 10 years in and around the Charlotte construction market before striking out on his own.
J.M. Cope was founded by Marty Cope, a firm founded on a solid foundation of integrity, quality, and faith.
The first computer was introduced into the office and was used only for accounts payable.
First $1M project awarded.
Largest Project to date at that time: Moss Justice Center Expansion/Renovation in 2008 – $11.3M.
After 30 years at the helm, Marty passes the reins to his son Andrew Cope. Andrew grew up in the business, learning from an early age what managing a successful company required, while also gaining invaluable real-world experience that sparked a life-long passion for the construction industry.
J.M. Cope expands into North Carolina.
Firm team grows to 50+ employees while remaining committed to values.
Firm rebrands to better reflect company’s innovative and family culture.
Charlotte Business Journal recognizes J.M. Cope as one of Charlotte’s largest general contractors.

Company opens offices in Charlotte, NC and Greenville, SC.

Now, as CEO, Andrew continues to affirm a commitment to the same core values his father embedded over 40 years ago. Supported by a strong leadership team led by President, Wesley Drummond, today, J.M. Cope is recognized as one of the region’s most well-respected commercial construction firms in the Carolinas.

Our History

1972
November 1980
2011
Now
After graduating from Clemson University in 1972, Marty Cope spent nearly ten years in and around the Charlotte, NC, construction market before striking out on his own.
In November 1980, he opened J.M. Cope Construction Company, Inc., a firm founded on a solid foundation of integrity, quality, and faith.
In 2011, after 30 years at the helm, Marty passed the reins to his son, Andrew. As the son of J.M. Cope’s founder, Andrew grew up in the business, learning from an early age what managing a successful company required while also gaining invaluable real-world experience that sparked a life-long passion for the construction industry.

Now, as CEO, Andrew continues to affirm a commitment to the same core values his father embedded over 40 years ago. Supported by a strong leadership team led by President, Wesley Drummond, today, J.M. Cope is recognized as one of the region’s most well-respected commercial construction firms in the Carolinas.

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