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Armstrong to close Montreal plant

 29 November 2010      

MONTREAL (30 November 2010) - Armstrong World Industries has announced that it will permanent closed its flooring manufacturing facility here in December, a decision the company said was driven by market conditions.

The Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based, publicly-held flooring and tile giant idled the plant this past May, laying-off some 170 employees at its only Canadian facility.

The Montreal plant manufactured both resident and commercial vinyl floor tiles since it first opened in 1946. Armstrong has since shifted production to its owner vinyl flooring plants to fulfill North American demand.

Another seven employees will lose their jobs when the plant closes.

"Because market conditions have not improved, we have since decided to close the facility in early December," a company spokesperson told a U.S. business newspaper.

"We can't predict what the future holds," the spokesperson was quoted as saying. "We always need to look at ways to make our business more cost effective, and in this very tough global economy, it's even more critical."

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