AHF Products to close plant and shift production
September 1, 2022 | 10:20 am CDT
Armstrong Flooring

Mountville, Pa. -- AHF Products announced Sept. 1 that it will stop production at its Titusville, Pa., plant and will move manufacturing of the solid and engineered wood flooring products produced there to its facilities in Beverly, W.V., Somerset, Ky., and Only, Tenn., facilities.

The Titusville location employs fewer than 100 people and is scheduled to stop production on October 30. 

This change to the manufacturing footprint comes after extensive internal and external market analysis to align with the company's ongoing efforts to simplify the business model while improving both profitability and competitive positioning. The Titusville plant represented under 1% of the company’s manufacturing capacity.

"Unfortunately, the more expensive local lumber costs and the lack of equipment to dry lumber onsite does not allow us to scale production," said AHF Products president and CEO Brian Carson. 
AHF Products has finalized the planned closing of its Oneida, Tenn., which manufactures floor cleaners. The closure was announced in 2019 and is concluding in October 2022. There are currently four employees at this facility.

Acquires Armstrong Flooring assets
In July, AHF Products purchased certain assets of Armstrong Flooring, Inc., including the rights to license the Armstrong Flooring brand name as well as the purchase of three U.S. manufacturing facilities in Lancaster and Beech Creek, Pa., and in Kankakee, Ill. 

In the July 25 company statement, Carson said: “AHF is primed to benefit from a strong long-term outlook in both residential repair and remodel spend and new residential housing construction, and the benefits afforded by our strong domestic manufacturing capabilities. This purchase also significantly increases our position in the commercial flooring segment, which is expected to grow. We have seen incredible growth since our inception in 2019, and we are thrilled to be adding the venerable Armstrong Flooring brand to our powerful portfolio.”

Headquartered in Mountville, Pennsylvania, AHF Products is the largest hardwood flooring manufacturer in North America and has experienced rapid growth across a range of additional flooring categories, including vinyl plank, laminate, and commercial flooring products. With this purchase, AHF now operates 11 manufacturing facilities, ten in the U.S. and one in Cambodia, and four domestic distribution facilities to serve customers through a multi-channel strategy that includes dealers, home centers, and distributors around the world.

“Today AHF offers 14 brands, including Armstrong Flooring, which allow us to expand our customer base and grow these manufacturing facilities,” added Carson. “Purchasing these assets is important and transformative to AHF and to the people that work in the plant locations and those communities. With 11 plants and some of the best trade names in the flooring industry, we are going to continue to grow from here.”

AHF Products previously acquired LM Flooring in 2019, followed by Parterre Flooring and American OEM in 2021. The Armstrong Flooring assets and brand license is the latest for AHF Products as it continues to grow both organically and through acquisition, continuing a strategy of serving its customers through sought-after products, outstanding service, and innovation.
 

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