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Armstrong announces freight rate increase

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 5.02.03 PMLancaster, Pa. – Armstrong will initiate an average 5% increase to its freight programs for commercial and residential floor products, effective Dec. 1, 2014.

The company cited the record amounts of freight and a continued, national driver shortage that have affected supply-demand balances and have caused significant inflationary pressures on transportation networks despite the moderations in fuel costs.

“The North American trucking industry continues to be challenged by unprecedented conditions,” said Dominic Rice, vice president, commercial, Armstrong Floor Products. “Carriers are passing on rate increases to Armstrong, and while we continue our best efforts to mitigate costs wherever possible, we are no longer in a position to keep absorbing these increases. We understand the burden this places on our customers and we are committed to ongoing efforts to defray costs wherever possible.”

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Armstrong announces flooring organizational changes

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 9.07.06 AMLancaster, Pa. — Armstrong World Industries today announced personnel changes in its flooring business intended to strengthen its capabilities to deliver industry leading quality, innovation and service in North America and around the world.

Effective June 1, Kevin Biedermann, currently vice president and general manager, North America Residential Flooring, is taking on the role of vice president, Global Sales Excellence, a new role created to drive a more global selling capability.

Joseph Bondi succeeds Biedermann effective May 19.  Bondi joins Armstrong from North American Specialty Products where he was vice president and general manager of the North American Pipe Corporation division. He is experienced in general management, manufacturing/operations improvement, selling through distribution and through big box retail, product development, marketing, brand management, sales management, supply chain and strategic planning.

Effective May 15, Dominic Rice, vice president and general manager, North America Commercial Floor Products, is assuming manufacturing responsibility for North America commercial resilient products, and Charles (Chuck) Grogan becomes vice president, Global Floor Operations.   

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Armstrong announces price increase on commercial vinyl sheet, linoleum

Armstrong newArmstrong newArmstrong newarmstrongfloors_1327767050_600Lancaster, Pa. — Armstrong announced it would initiate a 4% price increase in the U.S. and Canada on commercial vinyl sheet and linoleum products, effective with shipments on April 28, 2014.

“Raw material cost increases and underlying inflation of wages, benefits, energy and transportation has necessitated a price increase to ensure we can continue to deliver quality, innovation, and service that drive growth for our customers,” said Dominic Rice, vice president, Commercial Flooring.


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Armstrong Commercial named a favorite of TFM readers

Armstrong Commercial Flooring  STRIATIONS and MIGRATIONS BioBased Tile T3611Lancaster, Pa. — Armstrong Commercial Flooring won a 2014 Readers’ Choice Award from Today’s Facility Manager (TFM) magazine, as announced in the January/February 2014 issue.  For the eighth straight year, TFM readers chose Armstrong as the leading flooring brand delivering high quality, cost-effective, easy-to-implement solutions.

“Each year, Today’s Facility Manager asks our readers to vote for their preferred vendors in a variety of categories. The survey really focuses on a company as a whole — their products, customer service, etc. — and readers indicate what company they rate highest based on product aesthetics, product reliability, value, and customer service,” said Anne Vazquez, editor-in-chief, TFM. “TFM readers know what works best for them, so it’s an accomplishment for Armstrong to be rated as among the best suppliers.”

”Facility managers continue to face tough challenges and many flooring companies offer products and services to members of the FM profession,” said Armstrong vice president Dominic Rice. “Our team is continuously working to provide a great product and high-quality, convenient customer service, so being recognized by the people who work most closely with our products signals a strong vote of confidence.  We partner with facility managers to create smart flooring solutions, because we stand behind the belief that it’s not just a floor, it’s about putting the right floor in the right space.  We stand behind our commitments to help facility managers place quality, durable, easy to maintain products in their facilities.”

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Resilient’s green message keeps growing

by Matthew Spieler

While the carpet industry gets the bulk of the headlines when it comes to environmental stories, it doesn’t mean the rest of the flooring industry is standing by and watching. The resilient category, for instance, has plenty to offer in the way of eco-friendly programs, from incorporating various types of post-consumer materials into products to using alternative energy sources to power factories, the industry is leading by example and architects and designers in general are taking notice. Continue reading Resilient’s green message keeps growing

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ReSource Commercial Flooring Network changes name to Fuse

Aims to ‘ignite’ business moving forward

Stone Mountain, Ga.—What’s in a name? Well, if you were to ask members of the ReSource Commercial Flooring Network (RCFN), their answer would probably be, “a lot.” That’s how it seemed as members responded with applause to the announcement at the group’s Network Exchange 2012 convention here that ReSource will now be known as the Fuse Commercial Flooring Alliance. Continue reading ReSource Commercial Flooring Network changes name to Fuse