An article in the New York Times examined the impact of natural disasters on local economies, as the story in the tornado-ravaged Midwest turns to one of reconstruction.
Spending on building materials is a natural outgrowth of the horrible damage sustained by cities such as Joplin, Mo., headquarters of Tamko Building Products.
Tamko donated $1 million to the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross.
The impact of demand for home products also brought Home Depot into the story, which is setting up a 30,000-sq.-ft. temporary store in Joplin, according to the article. The Atlanta-based retailer's store in Joplin was destroyed by a May 22 tornado.