The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 22, 2013

TAMKO restructuring to result in 2 percent workforce reduction in Joplin, elsewhere

From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — One of Joplin’s larger employers has announced a restructuring that will result in a workforce reduction and the elimination of some positions in Joplin and elsewhere. The cuts are effective immediately.

TAMKO Building Products on Saturday confirmed that a 2 percent cut is slated for its Joplin workforce, which includes corporate offices in downtown Joplin on west Fourth Street, plants on High Street and Range Line Road, and a plant in Columbus, Kan.

The layoffs also will affect some of the company’s 13 production sites around the country.

Ron Cook, TAMKO’s director of communications, said the company is not releasing any additional details, such as the size of the workforce in Joplin, or the specifics for any individual plant, beyond a brief statement.

In that statement, TAMKO officials said they were “sorry and disappointed,” but said business conditions are such that the workforce reduction is the only course of action the company could take. In the statement,  TAMKO officials said they saw “no reasonable alternative but to adjust our staffing to fit the anticipated demand for our product.”

TAMKO also owns a plant in Lamar that manufacturers composite decking and railing.

TAMKO opened its doors with a single asphalt shingle line in 1944 and has since grown to become one of the nation’s largest independent manufacturers of residential and commercial roofing products, composite decking and railing, waterproofing, cements and coatings.

TAMKO is privately held company and no other information was being provided at this time.