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BUILDERS FACING LABOR SHORTAGE CAN TURN TO ENVISION DECKING FOR UNIQUE COST AND TIME SAVING PRODUCT FEATURES

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – October 10, 2018 TAMKO Building Products, Inc. highlights the unique features of its Envision® composite decking that can provide real solutions for builders and contractors facing a skilled labor shortage. The brand is calling out these features in a newly-released chart comparing Envision to three of the other top composite deck boards on the market.

“This really highlights what we’ve been saying all along – Envision is not only a superior product in terms of beauty and appearance, but also in some of the unique features of its construction,” said Shara Gamble, director of Envision Decking sales and marketing. “Compare Envision for yourself and you’ll see its beauty goes deeper than the surface.”

Homeowner appeal 

Envision’s specially-blended colors and an enhanced warranty continue to make it a top choice among homeowners for its beauty and durability. Its unique compression-molded construction creates deep-grain patterns you can feel and bold color blends that call to mind the beauty of exotic hardwoods. Both the grain and color patterns are random, never repeating across a single board, providing a more beautiful and natural looking deck. A leading competitor’s pattern repeats up to five times on each 16-foot board. 

Envision is also the only choice of the four brands featured in the comparison chart that, in addition to its 25-year limited warranty, offers a 5-year full-start warranty period, during which labor costs are also covered.

Contractor appeal

New this year for Envision is highlighting the product’s unique construction and dimensions that can make installation faster and potentially more profitable for contractors and builders. In a year when labor shortage is the biggest issue facing most installers, choosing Envision Decking can help. 

  • Wider boards – Envision’s larger, 5.5-inch width requires fewer boards to complete the job than several other brands on the market and can speed installation. 
  • No sorting required – Envision’s unique compression-molded construction and specially blended colors means no two Envision boards are the same. This eliminates the need for contractors to sort boards or pre-lay the deck, saving time and money.  
  • Better options for fastening – Envision boards are full, with no scalloped edges, making installation faster and easier. Additionally, Envision boards have a long list of approved fastening systems, including most of the major fastener brands. 
  • Better warranty – Envision is the only brand with a 25-year limited warranty not only for residential installation, but commercial as well, making it an attractive choice for businesses and multi-family construction. Additionally, the 5-year full start period of the warranty also applies to commercial applications – providing unrivaled coverage in the industry.
  • Wider stair stringer spacing – Compared to several competitors, Envision has significantly wider stair stringer spacing requirements (12-inches, compared to 7- and 9-inches), also reducing installation time. 

TAMKO invites Remodeling Show/Deck Expo attendees to see and feel the Envision difference for themselves through a product comparison station at TAMKO’s Envision® booth # 2000, October 10-11, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. You can also learn more about Envision Decking and locate a dealer near you by visiting www.EnvisionDecking.com. 

About TAMKO® Composite Lumber

From decking to railing, TAMKO’s composite lumber offerings provide homeowners with exceptional options to create a beautiful outdoor space where beautiful things happen. These offerings include Envision Distinction®, Envision Inspiration®, Envision Expression®, EverGrain®, Marquee Railing® and TAM- RAIL®. For more information, visit our website at www.EnvisionDecking.com.

Note to editors and writers – The correct capitalization of the company name is TAMKO, due to the fact that it is an acronym.  The letters stand for Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma – the company’s original trade area when founded in 1944.  TAMKO’s trade area is now all 50 states.

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EXPANDING FLEET FARM CHAIN SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH TAMKO’S ENVISION DECKING

Rapidly growing distributor opening five new stores this fall and seven more in 2019

JOPLIN, MISSOURI – September 4, 2018 – TAMKO Building Products, Inc. is proud to announce a new agreement with Minnesota-based retail chain Fleet Farm to distribute Envision® composite decking. Fleet Farm has nearly 40 locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North Dakota, and recently broke ground on its first store in South Dakota.

“Fleet Farm is a great cultural fit for us as a business,” said TAMKO’s Executive Vice President Tim Whelan. “Fleet Farm started their business in 1955 – TAMKO started in 1944. Fleet Farm’s core values are ‘Honesty, Integrity and Value’ – TAMKO’s are ‘Honesty, Integrity and Compliance.’ We already mirror and respect so much of Fleet Farm’s past, and we’re excited to see what we can achieve together in the future.”

Fleet Farm is distributing TAMKO’s Envision Inspiration® capped composite decking in the colors Tangled Twine and Weathered Wicker, and EverGrain® uncapped composite decking in the colors Cape Cod Grey and Weathered Wood. These products are available at Fleet Farm in 12- and 16-foot lengths, in both grooved and square profiles. Coordinating skirting is also available at Fleet Farm for these product profiles.

“Fleet Farm customers are known to say, ‘If Fleet Farm doesn’t have it, I don’t need it’,” said Envision Decking Director of Sales and Marketing Shara Gamble. “We believe Envision is a product that can improve people’s lives by giving them an extraordinary space where beautiful things happen, so we knew that our products needed to be in Fleet Farm.”

Fleet Farm just opened its 38th and 39th locations in August, with new stores in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin and Sioux City Iowa. The chain has been on a major expansion push since 2017, with plans to open three additional new locations by October 2018, and several locations in 2019.

Fleet Farm will hold a Grand Opening celebration for their newest location in Eau Claire, Wisconsin this Saturday, September 8, from 6:45 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 3165 Old Town Hall Road, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 54701.

Click here to download photos of TAMKO’s Envision composite decking.

About Fleet Farm

Fleet Farm has served hardworking Midwestern families since 1955, offering a unique mix of high-quality, value-priced merchandise and services for active, outdoor, suburban and farm communities. Customers can find fishing, hunting and outdoor products, auto parts, farm and pet supplies, home improvement and household goods, clothing and footwear, toys and food, plus services like gas, car wash and auto repair. Fleet Farm has 39 stores located across the Midwest. The company’s headquarters is in Appleton, Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.FleetFarm.com

About TAMKO® Composite Lumber

From decking to railing, TAMKO’s composite lumber offerings provide homeowners with exceptional options to create a beautiful outdoor space where beautiful things happen. These offerings include Envision Distinction®, Envision Inspiration®, Envision Expression®, EverGrain®, Marquee Railing® and TAM- RAIL®. For more information, visit our website at www.EnvisionDecking.com.

Note to editors and writers – The correct capitalization of the company name is TAMKO, due to the fact that it is an acronym.  The letters stand for Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma – the company’s original trade area when founded in 1944.  TAMKO’s trade area is now all 50 states.

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TAMKO RELEASES LATEST COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP REPORT

TAMKO and the Humphreys family provided more than $3.2 million to local charities in 2017

JOPLIN, MISSOURI – July 31, 2018 TAMKO Building Products, Inc. has published its latest Community Stewardship Report reflecting its commitment to integrity and support for the communities in which it operates. The report sets forth TAMKO’s financial and volunteer investments.

“Charitable giving and supporting human dignity has been a decades-long priority for TAMKO,” said TAMKO’s President and CEO David Humphreys. “We aim to benefit the communities in which we operate in a way that reflects our vision, philosophy and values. As a result, our contributions focus especially on education, community organizations, healthcare, youth sports and veterans.”

In 2017, TAMKO and the Humphreys family, which owns and operates the company, provided more than $3.2 million in charitable donations and sponsorships. Among these, Debra and David Humphreys established the Humphreys Scholars Excellence Award with a $1 million-dollar gift to Missouri Southern State University in Joplin for academic scholarships for students majoring in math, science, technology, and teaching. Also, TAMKO donated $200,000 to the American Red Cross to help aid long-term recovery efforts in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Maria. Additionally, TAMKO donated building materials to a Homes for Heroes project in Colorado that benefited Sergeant Kristie Ennis, a Marine Corps veteran who was seriously injured while serving in Afghanistan in 2012.

TAMKO employees volunteered more than 20,000 hours of their own time in 2017 at events such as: The Red, White & Blue Banquet in Joplin, Missouri honoring more than 400 local firefighters, EMTs and law enforcement; Field of Honor in Frederick, Maryland which honors those who have died serving our country; and in the Walk to Defeat ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in Green Cove Springs, Florida where TAMKO employees walked to honor their general manager who is battling ALS.

“As demonstrated by the Community Stewardship Report, TAMKO and the Humphreys family are dedicated to doing the right thing, and a large part of that includes helping our communities to flourish and prosper” said Humphreys.

To learn more about TAMKO’s giving, you can view or download a copy of TAMKO’s latest Community Stewardship Report at TAMKO.com/about/giving.

 

About TAMKO

TAMKO Building Products, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest independent manufacturers of residential and commercial roofing products (including Heritage® Asphalt Shingles and MetalWorks® Steel Shingles), decking and railing products, waterproofing, cements, and coatings. Since 1944, TAMKO’s success is the direct result of teamwork and enduring relationships with customers, suppliers and employees. Privately owned, TAMKO is committed to producing top-quality products with excellent product support. For more information about TAMKO, visit our website at www.TAMKO.com.

Note to editors and writers – The correct capitalization of the company name is TAMKO, due to the fact that it is an acronym. The letters stand for Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma – the company’s original trade area when founded in 1944. TAMKO’s trade area is now all 50 states.

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Envision® Decking Announces Distribution Agreement With Guardian Building Products

TAMKO® Building Products, Inc. is excited to announce a new agreement with Guardian Building Products (GBP) to distribute Envision® Decking in the eastern United States.

“As Guardian strives to expand its presence in the decking category, we look for companies who not only solve real industry problems, but also provide a complement to us culturally,” said Vendor Program Manager for GBP, Dan Parmelee. “We were fortunate to already have a great relationship with TAMKO® for roofing, so it was a natural choice to look to them when we wanted to add a new composite decking line for several of our eastern branches.”

Executive Vice President for TAMKO®, Tim Whelan said, “We have a long history of working with Guardian and we are thrilled about this recent distribution agreement which provides a new channel for TAMKO®’s Envision® decking to reach customers as we look to continue our growth and success in the composite decking market.”

Guardian will stock TAMKO® Envision® and EverGrain® composite decking lines in its Cleveland, Ohio; Waterville, Maine; Baltimore, Maryland and Charlotte, North Carolina locations.

About Guardian Building Products
Guardian Building Products, a wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian Industries Corp., is a leading two-step distributor of exterior building products. Through its network of distribution centers strategically located throughout the United States, as well as an established direct-from-manufacturer business model, Guardian Building Products serves pro dealers in the lumber and building materials industry.

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TAMKO® Introduces Envision Inspiration® Composite Lumber

Inspiration is the third offering in TAMKO®’s Envision® Collection of capped composite lumber.

TAMKO® Building Products, Inc. introduces the newest member of its Envision® Collection of capped composite lumber: Envision Inspiration®. The rare beauty of this unique decking board will be revealed to the public at the International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida on January 10, 2017.

Envision Inspiration® takes a que from nature with softly blended hues creating warmth and a one-of-a-kind character that is reflected in the name of its three new colors – Weathered Wicker, which incorporates a spectrum of relaxing darker browns; Tangled Twine, which captures shades of light brown; and Barnwood Plank, which balances deep gray tones.

TAMKO®’s Senior Director Decking, Brian Lowry, said, “Inspiration has softer highlights than the bold look of TAMKO®’s Envision Distinction®, but a definite two-tone color that sets it apart from the recently introduced, solid color Envision Expression® board.”

Inspiration is the third offering in TAMKO®’s Envision® Collection of capped composite lumber, which offers something for homes of every style and customers at every price point.

One look at TAMKO®’s striking Envision® Collection when installed sets it apart from the sea of same looking boards offered by the competition. The difference is TAMKO®’s exclusive compression molding process that produces deep grain wood-like textures and more random patterns of rich color, creating a matchless beauty.

According to TAMKO®’s Executive Vice President, Tim Whelan, “Inspiration is the culmination of a challenge to our Six Sigma and manufacturing organizations to design a product with incredible beauty, character and warmth, distinct from anything in the market. I believe they hit it out of the park. Inspiration is an amazing looking product, and I expect it to be an outstanding success in the market.”

With the addition of Inspiration, TAMKO® rounds out its family of capped decking boards with an array of solid, muted and bold tones designed for people who want to Envision® life on their decks.

Inspiration is available for customer orders now and will begin shipping in January.

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