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And we don't out of Joplin Missouri Sunday's tornado there was the deadliest since 1950 and the eighth deadliest in US history -- shots are extraordinary.
Confirmed fatalities and those grim numbers.
Could keep rising -- -- building products is based right in Joplin it's actually been making shingles and roofing products there since 1944.
They're three facilities in Joplin somehow were spared by the vagaries of this.
Tornado but -- go itself was had already been hit this unprecedented tornado season on April 27.
They're Tuscaloosa Alabama manufacturing plant was hit hard.
-- in Joplin Missouri a long time local company that makes building materials is now helping its own community rebuild and Ken Blanchard.
Is vice president of roofing manufacturing for camp so he joins us now candy it's extraordinary as we look at the damage right around you.
That your facility -- -- was -- how did that happen.
Well we were very fortunate our facilities are in the northern part of city and as you know the tornado hit here in the southern part of job on so it's a total devastation and that we're very lucky.
But we're more concerned about our people on all our people were safe and that was.
Grilling her and that's extradition -- -- none of your employees was hurt or or killed it in this day and a tornado.
Now we spent the last few days trying to find out where all of our employees war and make sure that they were safe and we did have over twenty employees who lost their homes and in this devastation but everybody is safe and sound and that's it wasn't -- -- it is a blessing and everybody's saying but again as you mentioned people who lost their houses people's lives are upturn.
And it's because of that you guys are chipping in with about a million bucks going through the Red Cross directly to -- right.
Yesterday we made a donation to the those -- chapter of the American Red Cross here and job one.
And it really is just a small dance and what's going to be required down here in Joplin over the years to come -- we're right away if she if -- kidding but we're looking at at your Tuscaloosa.
Tell us exactly what happened there because that predates the what happen in Joplin.
As you said about a month ago.
An F four -- -- went through Tuscaloosa and it -- our property and it destroyed some of our warehouses but again all of our people were -- and that was what was important.
Incredible how have how are you gonna go about rebuilding what evident Tuscaloosa.
Well -- -- asset because just today our people then in Tuscaloosa have started -- one of our production lines and we expect two more to start up next week so -- believe it's really a testament to the people here in Joplin that that week you can come back and they just everybody in Tuscaloosa has pulled together.
And we've seen the same thing here in job on the outpouring of volunteers have been.
Great you know can we we as a country we as a nation are always tested by by.
Tragedies like this or when were attacked or whatever we do except tend to rise to word -- -- best.
When faced with the disaster like this when when put up against the wall don't -- You seen that here and we -- in Tuscaloosa and it's amazing and it's very encouraging.
If it's a personal tragedy for somebody or a big disaster like this you -- -- see people.
Friends and family pulled together.
You guys your whole philosophy -- -- -- has been sort of centered to ever since you you you began back in 1940 -- a small company of Joplin on this idea.
Of self reliance effect here you have your philosophy and some -- your company documents work hard.
Do your best be fair and honest and believe in those around you I can't think of a better velocity for a company.
Honesty and integrity as our core and and it and it's all about.
A hard work and freedom of the individual and so that's why the donation to that to the Red Cross because it's that type of a local and national outpouring that's gonna help -- -- god bless you really are the -- of our economy of our whole nation I I I just have to ask you though they've.
We were talking the other night with congressman Billy long I'm sure you know represents a district.
In the course of that conversation.
A lightning bolt actually struck right in the middle of our conversation our interview.
Why have a great versatility -- -- -- judgment.
I mean these storms are could come back at any moment how are you preparing for the now knowing what devastation they can cause.
Governmental agencies have been right right on top of that.
There's a local radio stay -- of a group from radio stations here and they've been.
I'm broadcasting and so why everybody's looking out for one another and by the way tell ship don't stay out -- storm.
OK I certainly will tell him that well can once again you really do represent what's best about America all our best do you.
To the other managers and of course to the employees who were suffering there thanks for the work that you're doing -- Well thanks for helping us get the message out about the help that's needed here and jobless.
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