JOPLIN, Mo. – May 24, 2011 – TAMKO Building Products, Inc. is donating a restricted gift of $1 million to the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross for support of efforts to help Joplin recover from the May 22 tornado. David Humphreys, TAMKO president and CEO, will present the check to a representative of the Greater Ozarks Chapter at 11 a.m. this morning.
"The widespread devastation is truly heartbreaking," Humphreys said. "We want to support the recovery efforts that are required to alleviate the suffering caused by this massive disaster. Having just rebuilt our Tuscaloosa plant that was severely damaged by an April tornado, we know the impact of these storms on our own employees and others."
TAMKO's Joplin-area manufacturing facilities and corporate headquarters were not damaged by the May 22 tornado, but a number of the company's employees have lost their homes from the storm.
"We are pleased to make this donation in support of our employees and all residents of Joplin," Humphreys said. "We are hopeful that other Joplin businesses and community members will also make significant donations to help our hometown."
The Red Cross has already played a critical role in the relief effort from this disaster. Red Cross representatives have been in the neighborhoods where TAMKO employees and their families are rebuilding. The organization's help is appreciated and TAMKO is pleased to be able to support their efforts.
TAMKO has been part of the Joplin community for nearly 67 years since it was founded in Joplin in 1944.