LANCASTER, Pa. - Armstrong World Industries has selected its Lancaster, Pa., facility for a $41 million investment in the manufacture of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) announced in July. This decision reflects the cooperation and support of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Lancaster plant employees. This marks the company's second investment in the Lancaster operation since 2008, when it added fiberglass-backed sheet vinyl manufacturing to that plant's production portfolio, and demonstrates its confidence the plant will continue to be competitive on cost and quality.

Armstrong Flooring CEO Frank Ready said, "We thank the commonwealth and our employees for their support of this investment. By bringing this manufacturing to the U.S., we leverage our manufacturing expertise and create a strong cost, quality and service position for a very exciting product category."

The LVT market is experiencing double-digit growth in North America, largely because of product performance, appearance and ease-of-installation. By on-shoring LVT manufacturing from China, Armstrong expects to realize a more competitive cost structure with shorter lead times and improved customer service.

Construction is scheduled to start the first quarter of 2014, with projected completion in early 2015. The company expects to add 57 employees to the plant, starting in early 2015, as a result of this investment.

"We have a workforce in Pennsylvania that is committed to excellence and hard work," said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. "The addition of 57 new jobs at this site in Lancaster County continues the progress towards our goal of making Pennsylvania a national model for job creation and innovation."

Armstrong World Industries, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of floors and ceilings. In 2012, Armstrong's consolidated net sales from continuing operations totaled approximately $2.6 billion. Based in Lancaster, Pa., Armstrong operates 34 plants in eight countries and has approximately 8,800 employees worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.armstrong.com/.

Source: Armstrong World Industries

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