TAMKO Celebrates 70th Anniversary in the Building Products Industry

This year TAMKO celebrates the major accomplishment of 70 years of success in the building products industry.

The TAMKO story is one of American entrepreneurialism, resilience and the belief that there is always room for improvement. In 1944, a 69-year-old E.L. Craig sold his share of a Kansas City shingle plant and moved to Joplin, Mo., to start another roofing business. On Sept. 5, 1944, Craig renamed the new business TAMKO in honor of the five states he expected his sales territory to consist of: Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Seventy years later, Craig would be pleased. What started as one small shingle plant is now the largest privately-owned roofing manufacturer in the United States. TAMKO’s original five-state territory has grown to national distribution with 12 manufacturing facilities and 13 warehouses located across the U.S.

“This is a very important milestone for us personally and for the entire TAMKO family,” says TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys, grandson of the company’s founder. “This year we celebrate our ability to survive, grow and be profitable year after year when dozens of other roofing companies have not.”

Over the years, TAMKO has survived and thrived in the midst of economic ups and downs. Part of TAMKO adapting to changes in the building products industry was expanding its product offering to include new forms of roofing (fiberglass and metal) and other types of building materials (composite decking, railing and cements and coatings). In 1994, the company officially changed its name to TAMKO Roofing Products Inc., and in 2006, the company changed its name once more to TAMKO Building Products Inc.

In the midst of such success, what makes TAMKO so unique is how the company has maintained its focus on quality and a small-town, family-owned business culture during decades of expansion. “I know my father would be proud of what this company has become,” says TAMKO Chairman Ethelmae Humphreys, daughter of TAMKO founder. “Our success has been possible because of the contributions of individual members of the TAMKO team over the years, as well as our customers who have been loyal throughout the years. Without them, this anniversary would not be possible.”

As part of its anniversary celebration, TAMKO is producing a colorful coffee-table book detailing its history, in conjunction with author Jeff Rodengen and publisher Write Stuff Enterprises. The book will be released later this summer and feature interviews with executives, employees, retirees, industry suppliers, TAMKO customers, historians and major competitors. It will also feature hundreds of historic photos of TAMKO employees, the Craig and Humphreys families, TAMKO construction, old documents, machinery, events and products, including some from the 1800s. The book will be available for purchase by the public after its release.

GAF Will Be on ‘Ellen’ Today

GAF will participate in today’s (Jan. 30) episode of the popular NBC daytime television show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”.

The show and its host, Ellen DeGeneres, have collectively won 33 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Talk Show in 2013, and average 4 million viewers per episode. Combining comedy, celebrity, musical guests and human-interest stories, the show has been helping consumers make choices for 11 seasons—and the brands that Ellen names on the show have proven to become known and trusted by her viewers.

“Being a part of a segment on The Ellen DeGeneres Show is an incredible opportunity,” explains Alyssa Hall, marketing communications manager at GAF. “She is so beloved by her viewers and they truly value any recommendations that she makes on products. And as a company that invests in our branding efforts, we know at GAF that aligning with a force like Ellen DeGeneres will only support our position as the industry’s premium brand, helping our contractors to create pull-through sales.”

After this initial airing, GAF will be featured in several follow-up episodes, which will each be mentioned on the GAF Facebook page.

ARMA Releases Educational Video

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association has produced a short, educational video, titled “Asphalt Roofing and the Science of Color”. It explains how manufacturers create different color shades and combinations. The video is designed to help homeowners choose the color that works best for their home. Watch the video on the association website or YouTube channel.

Shingles Feature Scotchgard

Atlas Pinnacle Pristine Shingles

Atlas Pinnacle Pristine Shingles

Atlas Roofing has introduced Pinnacle Pristine Shingles featuring Scotchgard Protector. Designed with the roofing contractor in mind,the shingles are oversized: 39 3/8 by 14 inches with a 6-inch exposure. They feature a true 1 1/4-inch-wide nailing area. Two FASTAC sealant lines adhere quickly and ensure a strong, long-lasting seal. The shingles have a 130-mph wind warranty with a standard four-nail application.