David Humphreys TAMKO

 

Since becoming President and CEO of TAMKO Building Products in 1994, David Humphreys has led the company during the introduction of many new and innovative products and programs.

New Products

A variety of new products were introduced under David Humphrey’s leadership. TAMKO diversified its product lines and expanded to include: cements and coatings; EverGrain and Envision composite decking; Heritage Vintage laminated shingles; MetalWorks steel shingles; polyester mat; peel-n-stick felt; Tam-Rail tri-layer railing; waterproofing; Marquee composite railing; and a variety of roof vents.

Innovative Programs

David Humphreys integrated anti-tampering and automation, Six Sigma, and vertical integration into TAMKO’s operations.

  • Anti-tampering and automation: David Humphreys implemented anti-tampering and automation companywide to reduce variation and bring uniformity to the company’s processes. Anti-tampering reduces human interference in an automated process.
  • Six Sigma: Six Sigma solidified TAMKO’s attention to quality by instituting increased measurement and accountability and provided a methodology to identify the root cause of variation and create a plan to address it.
  • Vertical Integration: Vertical integration practices were implemented by David’s predecessors, but he took them a step further. He expanded the company’s production of dry felt and glass mat, introduced limestone crushing and asphalt processing plants, and invested in polyester mat production. Additionally, he started a joint venture to produce glass fiber.

To learn more about David Humphreys and TAMKO Building Products, visit www.tamko.com/AboutUs.


Founded in 1944, TAMKO Building Products, Inc. has provided building products for the professional for more than 70 years. The company, which started out as a small shingle manufacturer in a streetcar barn in Joplin, Missouri, has grown into one of the largest privately-owned manufacturers of building products in the United States. Today, TAMKO has manufacturing plants and offices located across the country, with a product line that has expanded to include commercial and residential roofing products, composite decking and railings, waterproofing, and cements and coatings. Read on to learn about TAMKO’s leadership, which has made the company what it is today.

E.L. Craig founded TAMKO in 1944 in an old streetcar barn on High Street in Joplin, Missouri. The company began production with a single shingle line. When it was founded, TAMKO employed 35 people but was already planning to employ up to 75 people. By 1946, the company started to expand when E.L. purchased Joe Jones Refinery to produce asphalt for the High Street plant.  That location quickly expanded into a felt mill to produce the other major raw material used in shingles at the time.

E.L.’s wife, Mary Ethel Craig, is responsible for naming the company TAMKO. The name came from the first letters of the five states the couple anticipated as the company’s sales territory— Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. In 1954, Mary Ethel assumed the leadership of TAMKO due to E.L’s health. The couple’s daughter, Ethelmae, led TAMKO’s operations in the 1950s and continues today as the company’s chairman.

In 1960, Ethelmae’s husband, Jay Humphreys, became president of TAMKO and led the company for the next 33 years. Under his leadership, TAMKO added manufacturing plants in Phillipsburg, Kansas; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Knoxville, Tennessee; Frederick, Maryland; and Dallas, Texas, as well as expanding its product line.

After Jay’s death in 1993, David Humphreys, Jay and Ethelmae’s oldest son, was named President and CEO of TAMKO. Under David’s leadership, TAMKO continues to grow at a rapid pace and expand its production capabilities for additional products.

To learn more about TAMKO Building Products, please visit www.tamko.com.


TAMKO Building Products, Inc. recently made a donation to the Carl Junction Middle School (CJMS) Archery Team, so the team could participate in a world archery tournament. The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Tournament was held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from June 23-26, where more than 4,000 student archers from the United States, Canada, and Mongolia competed for prizes and scholarships.

The CJMS Archery Team, which is comprised of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders, qualified for the world competition, though only being in its second year. Prior to the world competition, the team competed locally, regionally, and nationally. The team competed in local tournaments in January and consistently took first, second, and third place. Then, the archers placed second out of nine teams at the Southwest Missouri Regional Tournament in February. They advanced to the state competition, to the national tournament, and finally to the world tournament, where the team successfully finished 34th out of 79 teams.

TAMKO’s $2,500 donation helped the team travel to the world tournament in South Carolina.

“None of these amazing endeavors would be possible without our community and the businesses that see value in the National Archery in the Schools Program,” said CJMS Volunteer Coach Tami Fredrickson.

“It’s a joy to see local teams rising to this impressive level of competition,” said TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys. “TAMKO has always been a big supporter of local youth and their sports teams. This donation is a reflection of our continued commitment to our local community and youth.”

Recently, the company also donated $1,000 to the Joplin Softball Little League team. The donation was to help the team fund their travels to a state tournament held in St. Louis, Missouri.

“TAMKO has been a part of Joplin and the surrounding communities for more than 70 years,” David Humphreys said of the donation. “Youth sports are an important part of our community, which is why we are pleased to make this donation.”

To learn more about TAMKO, please visit www.tamko.com.


TAMKO Building Products, Inc., one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of commercial and residential roofing products, recently signed an endorsement agreement with John Isner, the top-ranked American male tennis player on the ATP World Tour. TAMKO announced the agreement on January 26, 2016.

“We are excited to have American tennis star John Isner become our brand ambassador,” said TAMKO President and Chief Executive Officer David Humphreys. “His ability on-court, his pursuit of success and his passion for the game make him an excellent representative for TAMKO.”

Isner is known for having one of the most powerful and quickest serves in the sport. At the time of the endorsement agreement, Isner was ranked the #11 player on the ATP World Tour and the highest ranked American male tennis player for the fourth consecutive season. He was also ranked 10th for the most aces in the history of the ATP World Tour and had played the longest match in the history of tennis, in 2010 at Wimbledon.

Isner started playing pro tennis in 2007 and has achieved 10 ATP singles titles and three doubles titles. He earned the highest ranking of his career in 2012 when he was ranked #9.

“TAMKO has such a distinguished past in construction and I am excited to begin my partnership with the brand,” said Isner. “My dad has used TAMKO products for years for his business, Greensboro Contracting, and to be partners with a brand that has been instrumental in the success of my family’s business means a lot to me.”

About TAMKO Building Products:

TAMKO Building Products, Inc. is one of the largest privately-owned manufacturers of commercial and residential roofing products, railing and decking products, waterproofing, cements, and coatings in the country. Based in Joplin, Missouri, TAMKO has manufacturing facilities and offices across the continental United States. Founded in 1944, the family-owned and operated company has been providing outstanding products and service for more than 70 years. To learn more about TAMKO, please visit www.tamko.com.


TAMKO Building Products, a Joplin-based privately-owned manufacturer of roofing and building products, recently sponsored the American Red Cross “Everyday Heroes” luncheon, which honored people in the Joplin, Missouri community who went above and beyond to make the community a better place. This year’s award recipients were all inspirational. They ranged from a group of former foster kids who provide care packages for children entering foster care, to a group of police officers who replaced a 5-year-old’s bicycle after it was destroyed by a suspect fleeing police.

In total, five awards were distributed to Joplin’s Everyday Heroes. As the keynote speaker, TAMKO Executive Vice President Tim Whelan recognized these individuals for their selfless and heroic behavior.

“One of the traits I think heroes hold that sets them apart, and that challenges and inspires us, is selflessness,” Whelan said. “Heroes are selfless. They focus on others and not on themselves. These stories inspire us.”

This year’s Everyday Heroes included:

  • Mason Hymer, Mackenzie Hymer, Abbey Goebel, and Mati Goebel, former foster kids who created Bundles of Hope, a nonprofit that has collected and distributed 1,500 new-home kits to kids entering the foster care system. The kits include blankets, stuffed animals, pajamas, toiletries, and other items to help them and their foster parents. The bundles also include a note of encouragement to help kids adjust and feel more comfortable.
  • Jim Whitney, a Joplin High School coach, who accepted the award on behalf of his students, who wanted to remain anonymous. His students founded an organization called “Doulos” in 2008, which provides students with basic needs, such as clothing, coats, and shoes.
  • Becky Graves, who created the Baby and Infant Loss Support Group and the 5K “Kiss Me Goodnight” Twilight Run to support families who suffered the loss of a baby.
  • A team of Joplin Police Department officers who replaced a bicycle for a 5-year-old boy whose bike, a Christmas gift the previous day, was destroyed when it was run over by a fleeing suspect.
  • Joplin Police Department detectives Adam and Amy New, who rescued two sisters, ages 3 and 5, from a pond near their home on December 22.

 

 


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TAMKO Building Products, Inc., one of the nation’s largest privately-owned manufacturers of building products recently announced it has signed an endorsement agreement with John Isner, the ATP Tour’s #1 ranked American male tennis player.

“We are excited to have American tennis star John Isner become our brand ambassador,” said David Humphreys, TAMKO President and Chief Executive Officer. “His ability on-court, his pursuit of success and his passion for the game make him an excellent representative for TAMKO.”

John Isner is the top ranked American male tennis player on the APT World Tour and the #16 ranked player overall. Isner became a pro tennis player in 2007 and is known for having one of the most powerful and quickest swings in the sport. Since going pro, he has accumulated 10 ATP singles titles, as well as three doubles titles. He accomplished his highest ranking on the ATP World Tour in 2012 at #9. Isner currently has the most aces in ATP World Tour history. At Wimbledon in 2010, Isner played the longest match in the history of tennis.

“TAMKO has such a distinguished past in construction and I am excited to begin my partnership with the brand,” said Isner. “My dad has used TAMKO products for years for his business, Greensboro Contracting, and to be partners with a brand that has been instrumental in the success of my family’s business means a lot to me.”

Founded in 1944, TAMKO Building Products is a leading manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing products, including Heritage® Asphalt Shingles and MetalWorks® Steel Shingles, as well as decking and railing products, waterproofing, cements, and coatings. Family owned and operated, TAMKO has been committed to providing outstanding products with excellent product support for more than 70 years. To learn more about TAMKO Building Products, visit www.tamko.com.