Since 1944, TAMKO Building Products has remained committed to providing its customers with building products. Along with producing roofing, decking, railing and cements and coatings, TAMKO has also maintained its involvement in the communities where it is located. TAMKO believes that it is the contributions of engaged individuals that binds the ties of a community. TAMKO’s owners value community stewardship and have a history of philanthropic involvement.
In 2012, the company joined the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a non-profit organization that works with employers to find viable jobs for veterans. The organization was founded in 2011 with the goal to create 100,000 jobs for U.S. military veterans within nine years, which means securing 11,111 jobs each year for military veterans. Before TAMKO’s involvement with the non-profit group, the company already had a large number of past and present military employees. As a partner of 100,000 Jobs Mission, TAMKO’s goal was the same: to continue hiring professionals who fit the TAMKO culture and can contribute to the company’s success.
TAMKO’s corporate office and some of its individual manufacturing facilities also sponsor a number of youth teams and organizations in the local communities. TAMKO believes youth sports and organizations teach children important character skills, such as responsibility, teamwork, dedication and innovation. Some of the organizations TAMKO has sponsored include the Columbus, Kansas High School; Columbus, Kansas-Area Football Program; Joplin, Missouri Globe Spelling Bee; Carthage, Missouri Youth Baseball; Philipsburg, Kansas Youth Recreation; Lamar, Missouri High School Booster Club; Lamar, Missouri Parks and Recreation; and Girl Scout Troop 430 in Green Cove Springs, Florida, among many others.
TAMKO has also sponsored the Race 4 Hope in Joplin, Missouri, with a goal of raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research. The company has also provided financial support for Habitat for Humanity, as well as the Ronald McDonald House in Joplin, Missouri and Dallas, Texas. The company donated its EverGrain composite decking and Tam-Rail railing for a new community pool in Philipsburg, Kansas, as well as donating a lifeguard CPR training dummy to the community pool.
Additionally, TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys and his wife Debra founded the Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (TJIDS) in Joplin, Missouri, which has around 300 students enrolled in grades Pre-K through 12th grade. The school first opened in August 1993. David and Debra Humphreys also helped fund the school’s new Performing Arts and Student Life Complex. Their donation sparked a number of donations from other families within the community. The complex doubled the school’s space and is used for student concerts and musicals, graduations, honors celebrations, and other events.
To learn more about TAMKO’s community involvement, please visit www.tamko.com.