The TAMKO® Story

 

Since 1944, the TAMKO story has been one of innovation, quality and long-standing customer relationships. Though a lot has changed since we introduced our first shingle over 70 years ago in Joplin, Missouri, one thing remains the same: our commitment to constantly moving the industry forward with a wide variety of building products.

Our seven decades of success is the direct result of teamwork, enduring relationships with customers, suppliers and employees, and our company-wide commitment to continuous improvement, including the Six Sigma program, a business strategy and management philosophy designed to improve our processes and products.

Vertical integration is also a key part of TAMKO’s success. We are a vertically integrated company, owning and operating several of our own raw materials plants. Maintaining greater control over the entire manufacturing process allows us to deliver consistent supply by reducing shortages and delivery times.

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Today, TAMKO remains headquartered in Joplin—the very place it first began—and operates additional manufacturing facilities and warehouse facilities across the country in order to serve its customers with roofing and building products.

Take a look below at our latest innovations in building products, and discover how each innovation set the foundation for where we are today.


TAMKO Founders

 

E.L. Craig

E.L. Craig

In 1944, at the age of 69, E.L. Craig began a roofing business in an old streetcar barn in Joplin, Missouri. Mrs. Mary Ethel Craig named the company TAMKO — from the first letters of the five states the company anticipated as its sales territory: Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. She later assumed the leadership of TAMKO in 1954 due to Mr. Craig's health. The Craigs' daughter, Ethelmae, directed TAMKO's operations during the '50s and has continued as TAMKO's chairman to this day. In 1960, Ethelmae's husband, J.P. (Jay) Humphreys, became TAMKO's president.


Jay Humphreys

Jay Humphreys

Over the next 33 years, Jay Humphreys led TAMKO's success with his entrepreneurial vision of growth for TAMKO with the addition of manufacturing plants in Phillipsburg, Kansas (1969); Tuscaloosa, Alabama (1975); Knoxville, Tennessee (1976); Frederick, Maryland (1978); and Dallas, Texas (1985). Mr. Humphreys set the course for TAMKO's continued success with his vision of quality process management built on the continuous quality improvement principles of Dr. W. Edwards Deming.


David C. Humphreys

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Following Jay's death in 1993, David Craig Humphreys (Jay and Ethelmae's eldest son) assumed TAMKO's leadership in 1994 — the same year the company name changed to TAMKO Roofing Products, Inc. to reflect the company's focus on roofing products. Since 1994, TAMKO's expansion has continued at a dramatic pace, expanding TAMKO's production capabilities for additional products.



TAMKO Leadership

 
Ethelmae Humphreys

Ethelmae Humphreys

Chairman of the Board


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David C. Humphreys

President and
Chief Executive Officer



Timothy Whelan

Timothy Whelan

Executive Vice President


Robert L. Bradley

Robert L. Bradley

Vice President and
General Counsel


Jeff Beyer

Jeff Beyer

Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer


Kent Blanchard

Kent Blanchard

Vice President of
Roofing Manufacturing


Stephen A. McNally

Stephen A. McNally

Vice President of
Sales and Marketing


Sandy Betebenner

Sandy Betebenner

Assistant Vice President
and Treasurer


David Jones

David Jones

Vice President of
Shareholder Services


Through the Years

 
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Building Products

 
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As TAMKO has continued to grow, so has our product line. On June 1, 2006, TAMKO Roofing Products Inc. changed its name to TAMKO Building Products, Inc. to more accurately reflect that TAMKO manufactures more than just shingles.

We offer a complete line of accessories to help support our roofing and decking products, as well as building materials that include waterproofing, window and door wraps, asphalt cements and coatings, insulation facer and many of our own raw materials, such as glass mat, dry felt, processed asphalt, paper cores, polyester mats and crushed limestone. From start to finish, TAMKO has the right products for any project.

Residential Roofing

 
Residential Roofing

TAMKO has come a long way in the roofing industry over the last seven decades. What started as a single line of asphalt shingles in Joplin, Missouri, has blossomed into a large-scale manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing products serving customers across the nation.

TAMKO laminated asphalt shingles are designed to complement the architecture of any home. Our residential product line includes a variety of styles and hues that bring beauty and color home. TAMKO also offers additional accessories that are designed to lie beneath the shingles. Together, TAMKO shingles and accessories help craft beautiful roofs for homes across the country.

Commercial Roofing

 
Commercial Roofing

TAMKO's line of commercial products can be used for a variety of low-slope roofing applications. We offer a wide variety of low-slope base and cap sheets that work together to help provide a framework for commercial roofs.

Waterproofing

 
Waterproofing

TAMKO offers a range of above- and below-grade SBS-modified waterproofing products. From foundations to balcony and breezeways, windows, doors and the roof, TAMKO has waterproofing products for every application.

Decking and Railing

 
Decking and Railing

Beginning in 1999, TAMKO entered the composite decking business with its purchase of composite manufacturing equipment in Lamar, Missouri. Since then, TAMKO has rapidly expanded its production of decking and railing products. Our line of products includes composite deck and railing products to enhance the beauty, performance and enjoyment of outdoor living spaces.