Recently, Mannington Mills hosted its Centennial Gala at The National Constitution Center on December 28, which was the exact date that the company was founded by John Boston Campbell. About 450 family members, close friends, and business partners attended the Gala to honor the legacy started in 1915 in Salem, New Jersey. The company has been family-owned and run for five generations.
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On December 11, Armstrong World Industries said that it will exit its European flooring business and cease further funding of its DLW subsidiary. Armstrong CEO Matthew J. Espe said that this decision was because of the years of disappointing results, multiple restructuring initiatives, and significant financial investments. Espe also said that this decision does not reflect on the dedication, effort, and commitment of the DLW employees.
Armstrong World Industries expects all operations at the two DLW manufacturing plants in Germany, as well as at the DLW administrative offices across Europe, to continue in the normal course for the near term. Armstrong will classify the results of the European flooring business as discontinued operations starting in the fourth quarter.
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On November 5, 2014, Armstrong Flooring’s Kankakee, Illinois manufacturing facility received the 2014 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award. The Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award, which is presented by the Illinois Sustainability Technology Center, honors organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices. The Armstrong Kankakee Manufacturing Facility was giving this award for their efforts to reduce waste, both internally at the manufacturing facility and externally through the Armstrong Recycling Program for Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) Flooring.
The Armstrong Recycling Program for VCT is designed to reduce environmental impacts by keeping flooring products out of the landfill through a closed-loop recycling process. Armstrong flooring and qualifying competitors’ flooring can be recycling through the program. The Armstrong Recycling Program also helps reduce environmental impacts by decreasing energy consumption, which means fewer natural resources are consumed and fewer greenhouse gas emissions are produced compared to the use of virgin raw materials. So far, the Armstrong Recycling Program has recycled over six million pounds of post-consumer VCT in North America through its closed-loop process.
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Armstrong announced on October 6,2014 that it will initiate a price increase in the United States and Canada. The price increase will be on commercial vinyl composition tile and BioBased Tile by 4%, commercial wall-base by 4%, and select residential tile products including Units, Afton, and Classic tile by 5%, which will be effective on January 1, 2015.
Richard Born, vice president of Armstrong commercial sales said that during 2014, the industry was impacted by the rising cost of raw materials, transportation, and labor, which is why Armstrong is increasing the prices for the product lines listed above. Click here to see our collection of Armstrong commercial products.
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Armstrong Flooring received the 2014 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for its reclamation program for vinyl composition tile. The award was presented to the company by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. The Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence is the highest Pennsylvania statewide honor bestowed upon a business for environmental performance and innovation.
Armstrong recycles reclaimed vinyl composition tile, which they get from multiple manufacturers. They recycle the reclaimed VCT into new flooring products. Armstrong has been recycling reclaimed vinyl composition tile since 2007.