“We are committed to operating with integrity and showing support for our community. When our community is strong, we all benefit.”David C. Humphreys,
TAMKO President and CEO
TAMKO is more than just a business as we are also part of the community. Members of the TAMKO team live in the communities where we work; their children attend the schools and participate in local youth sports and other good causes. That’s why TAMKO and its shareholders give of their time and resources to support community organizations. We are grateful for our success and believe in helping improve the lives of those around us.

Community

Along with creating quality products, being good stewards in the community has been a focus of TAMKO’s for over 70 years.

Most recently, TAMKO has been a key supporter of the local American Red Cross. When the devastating EF-5 tornado hit Joplin in 2011, killing 161 people and causing nearly $3 billion in damages, TAMKO donated $1,000,000 to the Greater Ozarks chapter of the American Red Cross for cleanup and aid. In 2016, TAMKO sponsored the “Everyday Heroes” luncheon hosted by Joplin’s American Red Cross, honoring people who gave their time and talents to make a positive impact in the community. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey in Texas this year, TAMKO again donated to the Red Cross for aid, giving $100,000.

TAMKO has also been a yearly sponsor of the Big Red Shoe Run with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States in Joplin, where 100% of the proceeds go to benefit the House and the families who stay there. In 2017, the event exceeded its fundraising goal and raised more than $41,000, with more than 400 runners participating. Twenty TAMKO employees participated in the races and several were recognized with awards for their individual times.
TAMKO Community - Big Red Shoe 2016
TAMKO has been a longtime supporter of youth sports, a priority stemming from TAMKO’s earliest days. In 1947, the TAMKO Roofers basketball team formed as part of the YMCA Open League. The team was successful, and by their second season, the TAMKO Roofers got a chance to play against the Harlem Globetrotters. Today, TAMKO sponsors Little League, soccer, and football teams, as well as youth sports groups that cater to young women.
 
TAMKO also sponsors YMCA Family Reading Night, Neighborhood Adult Literacy Action, Walk to Defeat ALS, Boy Scouts, local law enforcement, summer bagged lunch programs, and other important initiatives in the communities where TAMKO operates.
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Non-profit

Charitable giving and supporting individual rights has been a decades-long priority for TAMKO

In 1960, the E.L. Craig Foundation was formed to honor the company’s founder, and the J.P. Humphreys Foundation was founded later to honor the company’s second CEO. Over the years, these non-profit foundations have given more than $50 million to support organizations that promote free exercise, individual rights, job training, and civic and community development endeavors.

Through the years, TAMKO has been a big supporter of local hospitals. Through the E.L. Craig Foundation and the J.P. Humphreys Foundation (both funded by TAMKO shareholders), Mercy Hospital in Joplin received help to rebuild after it was damaged by the 2011 tornado. In addition to helping Mercy Hospital, TAMKO has sponsored the Celebrating Freeman Nurses event, Breast cancer screenings and mammograms, and a “Stick it to Diabetes” event at Mercy Hospital.
TAMKO Non-profit - Red Cross Donation 2017
In Phillipsburg, Kansas—where TAMKO has a manufacturing facility—TAMKO participated in a variety of efforts to raise funds for individuals suffering from debilitating diseases in 2016. These included a local Hospice auction fundraiser, the Stacy Runnion fundraiser to support a local cancer victim, and the Blair fundraiser to support a TAMKO employee’s wife who suffered large medical expenses.

After the 2011 tornado, the Humphreys’ youngest daughter, Rebecca, started A Tree Grows in Joplin, a charity aimed at replacing some of the 15,000 trees that were lost in the storm. A Tree Grows in Joplin has now become Joplin Historical Homes, Inc., aimed at renovating and restoring three of the oldest, most historically significant homes in Joplin. When the renovations are complete, the homes will be developed into a museum celebrating the Victorian period of Joplin’s founding and its key citizens.

From supporting hospitals, helping rebuild after devastating natural disasters, and preserving Joplin’s history, TAMKO’s non-profit work benefits the community at large.
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Education

Education is central to TAMKO’s efforts to benefit the community.

In addition to sponsoring the Joplin Globe Spelling Bee, the Joplin High School Constitution team, and a School Fire Safety program, TAMKO is very proud of its 25-year involvement with the Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School.

In 1993, TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys and his wife Debra opened the Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin to give students in the community an opportunity to receive a first-class education. By 2012, enrollment had grown to almost 300 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12.

Enrollment is open to all students, and financial aid is available for those who qualify. The school awards more than $600,000 in financial aid annually to nearly half of the student population, and the Humphreys fund another $600,000 in scholarships every year. The merit-based E.L. Craig Scholarship also provides full tuition for as many as 12 students.
Since the school opened, 16 classes have graduated and nearly all of the students have immediately enrolled in four-year institutions.

“Being invested in the Thomas Jefferson school for 25 years has been such a wonderful experience—there’s nothing better than watching students flourish and enter society as responsible citizens,” says David Humphreys.
TAMKO Education - Students Thank You
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Veterans

TAMKO always has, and always will, express our appreciation for all those who put their lives on the line for others, many of whom are members of our TAMKO employee team.

“TAMKO so honors and values the character and skills military veterans possess that veterans make up more than 10 percent of TAMKO’s total workforce nationwide and an even larger percentage of our leadership team,” says TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys. TAMKO’s support extends into transporting wounded veterans for treatment on corporate aircraft, and sponsoring a variety of veteran-focused events and programs.

TAMKO has been a proud participant in the Veterans Airlift Command’s (VAC) Hero Flight program to provide free, private air transportation to post 9/11 combat-wounded veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. Since flying its first VAC mission in 2008, TAMKO has been able to support 13 of the organization’s missions through the donations of TAMKO’s private aircraft, pilots, and fuel, including two missions in 2016.

In addition to the Honor Flights, TAMKO was the food and beverage sponsor for the 2016 Run with the Heroes annual 5K race at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri during Veterans Week. The unique race honors military men and women by having active and reserve members of the nation’s military force run alongside the Run with the Heroes race participants.

Outside of Missouri, TAMKO’s facilities and employees in other states honor veterans as well. In 2016, TAMKO’s Frederick, Maryland manufacturing facility honored past and present military service members thanks to a donation from TAMKO for the Field of Honor event, where a display of 250 American flags stood in a solemn formation in front of the St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church in Ijamsville, Maryland. The display and individual flags sponsored by the community members served to honor past and present military service members and first responders.

The Field of Honor was put on by a local Knights of Columbus group and all of the proceeds from the event supported Building Veterans, a Brunswick, Maryland nonprofit that helps veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse and provides job and life skills training.

In West Virginia, Matthew Ziegler, an Asphalt Technician at TAMKO’s Inwood, West Virginia asphalt processing facility, serves as president of the nonprofit group Brothers Bound, a motorcycle club that holds fundraisers to support local veterans, people in need, and local hospitals. In 2016, Brothers Bound’s veterans event gave away more than $4,000 and a new motorcycle to a local veteran. The group also raised more than $1,600 for a young girl in the area suffering with a neurological disorder. They also donated funds to a local hospital to purchase equipment and to treat drug-addicted infants, as well as several truckloads of supplies for the children’s ward and nurses’ station.

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