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.

JOPLIN, Mo. - 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’s President and CEO, presented the check to a representative of the Greater Ozarks Chapter on May 24.

“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.”

TAMKO has been part of the Joplin community for nearly 67 years since it was founded in Joplin in 1944. The company also recently donated $250,000 to the West Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross to assist the Tuscaloosa, Ala., community region in recovering from the catastrophic tornadoes of late April. TAMKO has been part of the Tuscaloosa community for nearly 40 years since constructing its production facility there in 1973. For more information, visit www.tamko.com.