Finding the next generation of deck builders
By Melissa Dunson, TAMKO Building Products, Inc.
Appearing in Deck Specialist Magazine’s Winter 2018 Edition
He’s sometimes called the rocket scientist who builds decks, but Florida deckbuilder Robin Lopez’s unlikely background could make him the posterboy for the future of the skilled trades industry.
Growing up, Lopez realized he loved making things with his hands. By age 12, he had a small business building skim boards and selling them to his friends. But, as a young adult, Lopez figured he should go to college and pursue a high-tech degree. He spent years in a vault as an aerospace engineer designing top secret propulsion systems. He was living his career dreams. There was just one problem: he wasn’t really happy.
“I sat in a windowless room all day – I didn’t know if it was a beautiful day in Florida or not,” Lopez said. “And I couldn’t talk with anyone about my work. No one ever saw what I did.”
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – January 9, 2018 – TAMKO® Building Products, Inc.’s Envision® decking is made in the heartland of the USA. For the past nearly two decades, TAMKO® has been producing composite decking at its Midwestern facility in Lamar, Missouri.
“Our Envision® decking product is uniquely beautiful and proudly made by our hardworking employees, right here in the USA,” said TAMKO®’s Executive Vice President Tim Whelan.
Even American musical artist Darryl Worley, well known for his numerous hit songs, including his latest single, “Lonely Alone”, and those that reached number one on the Country music charts, “I Miss My Friend”, “Have You Forgotten” (a 9/11 tribute ballad) and “Awful, Beautiful Life”, recently chose Envision® to beautify his home in Tennessee.
“I enjoy relaxing outdoors and taking in the view from my back deck,” said Worley. “I chose Envision® decking because I wanted a good-looking, low-maintenance product that would give me more time to enjoy those relaxing moments with my family. The fact that it’s an American made product is important to me.”
According to the Alliance for American Manufacturing, “Buying American-made is the most direct way anyone can support American manufacturing and manufacturing jobs”.1
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – October 26, 2017
In response to contractor input, TAMKO® Building Products, Inc. officially announces its new Envision® Registered Contractor Program. It is free to register for the new program, which includes benefits like free Envision® gear and marketing tools showing off the beauty of Envision® decking, while offering the potential to increase a contractor’s business through industry affiliation with both the Envision® and TAMKO® brands.
“Many of our clients view their deck or dock as an extension of their home, so it has to be beautiful, and Envision® does that,” said Robin Lopez, owner of Summertime Deck and Dock in Florida, one of the first to join TAMKO®’s new Envision® decking contractor program.
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®’s 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.
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. With more than 70 years in the industry, 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 superior product support.