Pittsburg chamber kicks off Business Expo

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business Expo will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Meadowbrook Mall.

Vendors will showcase a wide variety of products and services. Industries represented will include health care, media, realty, banking and retail.

The first 250 attendees will receive a gift bag from Custom Awards, and all attendees who visit every booth will be entered into a drawing for a $50 chamber community gift certificate.

TAMKO kicks off 75th anniversary celebration

TAMKO Building Products Inc. this week officially kicked off its 75th year in business at the 75th National Association of Home Builders International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

During 2019, TAMKO will celebrate two important anniversary dates:

• March 9 is the day in 1944 that TAMKO founders E.L. and Mary Ethel Craig bought an old streetcar barn and shingle-making equipment in Joplin. The business would eventually become TAMKO Building Products.

• Sept. 5 is the day the Craigs officially named their new roofing company TAMKO, an acronym of the first letters of the states they believed would be their sales territory — Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

TAMKO Chairman Ethelmae Humphreys, 92, is the daughter of the company’s founders and a TAMKO employee for more than 70 years.

“TAMKO is more than a business — it’s a family,” said TAMKO president and CEO David Humphreys, the third generation of the Craig-Humphreys leadership. “Over the years, my mother (Ethelmae) has compared the business to having a younger sibling — we care for it, we love it, we do whatever is necessary for it to thrive."

Herron Dental Center donates equipment

Herron Regional Dental Center, with offices in Pittsburg and Columbus, Kansas, recently donated a much-needed piece of dental equipment to Labette Community College’s dental assistant program.

The donated equipment, the iTero Intraoral Scanner, is designed to scan patients’ mouths, replacing the need for impressions. It is used for crowns, bridges and Invisalign images. The practice donated the equipment to help ensure the school’s dental assistant students are trained in the latest technology and have an advantage in the job market upon graduation.

“Labette Community College has a quality dental assistant program. Students that get to use technology like the iTero will be better trained for entering the workforce,” Dr. Robert Herron, of Herron Regional Dental Center in Pittsburg, said in a statement.

Disco Expo Inferno planned for March 2

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Area businesses and vendors will showcase their products and services at the upcoming Disco Expo Inferno, hosted by the Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Aire Internet.

The business expo will get started with a business mixer from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 1. The general public is invited to attend free of charge from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2. All events will be housed at the Chamber building, 303 N. Main.

In addition to some 60 vendors, there will also be giveaways, attractions and family activities.

Details: 417-649-8846.