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See how a small cork-cutting company, begun in 1860 in Pittsburgh, PA, grew to become one of the largest flooring manufacturers in the U.S.A.

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Armstrong Cork Company begins recycling cork waste for use in the production of corkboard insulation. Later, cork waste is used to produce cork flooring tile.
Armstrong builds a linoleum factory in Lancaster, PA.
1910s  1917
Armstrong national consumer advertising featuring linoleum appears for the first time in The Saturday Evening Post.
1920s 1925
Armstrong applies for patents covering the manufacture of embossed molded inlaids.
1930s 1937
Asphalt tile volume is booming. Armstrong builds a plant in South Gate, CA.
1940s 1946
Post-war expansion is under way with new asphalt tile plants in Kankakee, IL; Jackson, MS.; Team Valley, UK; and Montreal, Canada. A new fiberboard plant is built in Macon, GA. The company expands plants in South Gate, CA; Fulton, NY; Lancaster, PA; Beaver Falls, PA.; Camden, NJ; Gloucester, NJ; Pittsburgh, PA; Keyport, NJ; and Pensacola, FL.
1950s 1952
Armstrong opens a new Research & Development Center, the first of its kind in the industry.
1960s 1962
Montina Corlon vinyl launches to commercial and residential markets, followed by Coronelle Corlon. Both are huge successes.
1970s  1970
Armstrong introduces the world's first no-maintenance floor. Its surface, called Mirabond, is a urethane composition that eliminates the need for waxing.
1980s 1986
Armstrong purchases the W.W. Henry Company, manufacturer of adhesives for all types of flooring installations.
1990s 1993
Armstrong becomes a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council.
2000s 2000
Armstrong adds a polyurethane coating to all homogeneous sheet products, including ColorArt MEDINTONE Sheet and ColorArt MEDLEY Sheet lines. This addition addresses a recognized need in target markets for a floor that is easier to maintain.
Armstrong introduces BioBased Tile® bio-flooring with BioStride® polymer. This new composition tile is made with rapidly renewable materials, aiding in the conservation of precious resources.
Armstrong plants 500,000 trees in the United States -- more trees than used in the production of floors.
140,600 square meters of Armstrong product cover the floors and ceilings of the Beijing Olympic buildings. That’s equivalent to 112 Olympic-size swimming pools.
2010s 2010
Armstrong reaches a milestone: 150 years in business.
Armstrong operates 31 plants in 7 countries and offers products domestically and internationally.
All linoleum, luxury vinyl tile, and sheet products such as ColorArt MEDINTONE Sheet and ColorArt MEDLEY Sheet lines.have PUR for low maintenance.
STRIATIONS BBT Bio-flooring joins MIGRATIONS BBT Bio-flooring in the Armstrong bio-flooring category.
Launched VCT Recycling Program which reclaims post-consumer material and incorporates it into new flooring products.
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