TAMKO Building Products celebrated the 45th anniversary of its Knoxville, Tenn. plant, along with the retirements of Steve Russell and Arnold “Scott” Newby, two TAMKO leaders who both achieved 44-year careers and were instrumental to the long-term success of the Knoxville facility.
Russell was among the first TAMKO employees who worked at the Knoxville plant, following TAMKO’s purchase in 1976. His positions at the facility included various engineering roles and then several promotions across the company before being named senior director of Integrated Products, a senior leadership position for multiple TAMKO manufacturing locations, including the Knoxville facility.
“Steve has been instrumental in TAMKO’s success with earlier roles and more recently in the leadership of TAMKO’s glass mat, dry felt, and polyester mat operations,” TAMKO Chairman and CEO David Humphreys said. “We will miss Steve’s leadership, work ethic, and 44 years of genuine loyalty to the company and his fellow employees.”
Newby spent the majority of his time at TAMKO as the GM of the Knoxville facility, a position he held for 33 years before being named Knoxville advisor just before his retirement. To recognize his leadership and career achievements, TAMKO officially named one of the Knoxville production lines “Arnold,” in honor of Newby’s service to TAMKO.
“In Scott’s 44 years of service to TAMKO, 41 of those years have been dedicated to the Knoxville facility,” Humphreys said. “Scott helped lay a strong foundation of Continuous Improvement at the facility and we’re proud to name a production line after him, in honor of his dedication and achievements.”