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Armstrong invests $41 million in Lancaster, Pa., plant

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Armongstrong World Industries is investing $41 million in its Lancaster, Pa. facility to promote the manufacture of luxury vinyl tile (LVT). The company had announced its plans to make the investment back in July, but had yet to choose a location.

"We thank the commonwealth and our employees for their support of this investment," said Armstrong Flooring CEO Frank Ready. "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."

Construction is scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2014 and end in early 2015. Once completed, Armstrong expects to hire 57 new employees.

"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."

According to the company, LVT is experiencing double-digit growth in North America. With shorter lead times and improved customer service, Armstrong expects its on-shore operations to compete well with that of China’s.

This will mark Armstrong’s second investment in the Lancaster plant since 2008, when it expanded operations to include fiberglass-backed sheet vinyl manufacturing.

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ABC Supply finds new role for Money

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Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. appointed Brad Money VP divisional operations. 

Money joined ABC Supply in 2004 and most recently had been VP of manufacturing. In his new role, he will be responsible for the ABC Catalog Division, Amcraft Building Products Co., and Town & Country Industries. In addition, he will continue to oversee the ABC Supply manufacturing group, including American Construction Metals (ACM) and Mule-Hide Manufacturing. 

“There are many areas where our manufacturing operations and strategic business units overlap,” said Keith Rozolis, president and chief operating officer of ABC Supply. “Under Brad’s leadership, we expect to attain new synergies in multiple operations, including sourcing, logistics and marketing, and optimize the opportunities for growth of these strategic divisional operations.”

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Lumber Liquidators responds to federal investigation

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Lumber Liquidators spokesman Clint Roberts responded to HCN’s requests for comment regarding the ongoing federal investigation into its sourcing practices. Multiple reports have suggested that the investigation is linked to the Environmental Investigation Agency, which claims the retailer is purchasing wood illegally in protected forests in Far East Russia.

“We are reviewing the report and, while we cannot yet comment specifically on its contents, we believe there are numerous inaccuracies and unsubstantiated claims," said Roberts. "Lumber Liquidators is committed to uncompromising integrity in how the Company operates, across all areas of the business. The Company has policies and procedures in place for the sourcing, harvesting and manufacturing of all of its products, monitored by professionals located around the world. Quality and sustainability are key components of Lumber Liquidators’ value proposition, and the Company invests significant time and resources to safeguard quality control and compliance. Lumber Liquidators seeks to ensure that the Company conducts business ethically and acts in all arenas as a superior corporate citizen. We support the protection of the environment and responsible forest management, and if we find that any of the Company’s suppliers are not adhering to our standards, we will discontinue sourcing from those suppliers.”

Evidence gathered by the EIA alleges that Lumber Liquidators was aware of the wood’s origins.

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