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From the perspective of Shara Gamble, marketing manager for TAMKO’s Envision line of decking products, today’s palette of colors is more than broad enough to help solve some of the indooroutdoor transition needs of clients seeking to visually merge indoor and outdoor living spaces. After spending months listening closely to their customers—both deck builders and remodelers— the real need is how best to meet the homeowners’ desired personalized touches for their deck design.
“Their needs are being met with the current color palette. But many of them expressed that they are running into some needs and demands from homeowners for personalization, and to meet the requests for some of the new ways that people are using these outdoor spaces,” Gamble says. “How can I install differently? How can I make things unique? How can I personalize them to this particular client?”
Following this response from its customers, the TAMKO Envision decking division wanted to make sure that all its newly expanded lines were interoperable for the deck builder. They recently came out with its Distinction line, which was extended to the Inspiration line and the Expression line. “It was important to us that a contractor could take an attribute from one of those lines and marry it to another to give an unique look. Those unique looks might be achieved by installing an accent or an inlay, as well as some different methods for installation to make curves. Homeowners want their decks to be new and modern and fresh.”
“[WE ARE] MOVING AWAY FROM THE TRADITIONAL LOOK AND FEEL OF A COMPOSITE BOARD.”
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.”
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.
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.
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® 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.