About Armstrong


" Let the buyer have faith " Thomas Morton Armstrong, 1860
The old business maxim Caveat emptor - "Let the buyer beware" - was turned on its head by Armstrong's founder. Five simple words... a profound belief. Down through the years, the company has continued to prove itself worthy of that customer faith - through the respect shown to individuals in all its dealings; through the high moral and ethical standards consistently maintained; and in the integrity, reliability and forthrightness reflected in all its relationships.

Armstrong World Industries:

  • is a global leader in the design and manufacture of floors, ceilings and cabinets
  • The amount of net sales world-wide in dollars in 2004 totaled more than $3 billion
  • The number of employees world-wide 15,000
  • The number of manufacturing plants world-wide 42 plants in 12 countries

Armstrong Building Products Operations:

  • is a world-wide leader in the manufacture and marketing of acoustical ceilings and suspension systems for commercial and residential applications
  • The amount of net sales world-wide in dollars in 2004 $971.7 million
  • The number of employees world-wide 3,650
  • The number of manufacturing plants world-wide 11 plants worldwide

Key Dates:

  • 1860 Opening of a small cork-cutting shop by Thomas Morton Armstrong in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • 1890 Armstrong is the largest cork company world-wide.
  • 1900 Expansion to linoleum, ceiling board, vinyl floors, furniture, ceramic tiles...
  • 1952 Opening of the Research and Development Centre in Lancaster.
  • 1966 Opening of the first manufacturing unit in Europe (United Kingdom).
  • 1996 Opening of the first manufacturing unit in Asia
  • 1998 Acquisition of Triangle Pacific and DLW
  • 2000 With the acquisition of Gema, a leading metal ceiling manufacturer in Europe, Armstrong offers custom solutions in metal
  • Today Armstrong is a world-wide family of 15000 employees who manufacture and market hundreds of products.

European Factories – Key Dates:

  • 1966 Team Valley (United Kingdom) - mineral plant
  • 1972 Münster(Germany) - mineral plant
  • 1987 Pontarlier (France) - mineral plant
  • 1994 Wave (France) - grid plant
  • 1996 Stafford (UK) - metal plant
  • 1997 Team Valley (United Kingdom) - grid plant
  • 1997 Madrid (Spain) - metal grid plant
  • 2000 Gema (Switzerland) and Rankweil (Austria) - metal plants

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