Armstrong World Industries Inc.
Tuesday September 08, 2009
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This brief look at Armstrong World Industries is part of our new weekly series highlighting flooring manufacturers from
around the country. Each week we will take a look at the brief history of a variety of floor covering manufacturers in our
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Armstrong World Industries, Inc. is a leader in floor products. From its base in Lancaster, PA it oversees the operations
of 37 plants spread over nine countries and the 11,700 employees they employ. In 2008 the company recorded revenues of 3.4
Along with its associates, Armstrong offers an exhaustive portfolio of flooring products for both residential and
commercial applications. Its range includes laminates and linoleum, hardwood, tile and resilient sheet.
Armstrong's birth was in the humble premises of a two man cork–cutting shop in Pittsburgh in 1860. The initial
products were hand carved corks delivered by wheelbarrow. The company was started by Thomas Armstrong of Scottish–Irish
descent. He steered its fortunes, with old fashioned ethical values, through the uncertainties of the Civil War, factory
fires, financial panics and fierce competition. In five generations, Armstrong has grown into the large publically traded
company that it is today.
Armstrong's initial foray into flooring products was in 1906 when it ventured into manufacturing linoleum in a new factory
built in Lancaster, PA. From then on it was one long success story with corkboard and fiberboard being added to its product
range progressing to cork tiles, linoleum and vinyl flooring. Armstrong’s strength lay in constant research, development and
diversification into its core strength of flooring products.
Today the company has diversified into acoustical ceilings and suspension systems, fine kitchen and bath cabinets. In
flooring innovations it manufactures ToughGuard™ vinyl sheet flooring with improved durability and SwiftLock™ and
ArmaLock™ locking laminates.
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