Our History

Armstrong’s history dates back more than 155 years. The company began in a tiny two-man cork-cutting shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, when America’s national frontier barely reached beyond the Rocky Mountains. 

Thomas Armstrong, the son of ordinary Scotch-Irish immigrants from Londonderry, started Armstrong Cork Company in 1860. Four years later, he was putting his name on every bag of Armstrong corks with a written guarantee tucked inside – branding his product and standing behind it.  That philosophy has always been at our core. It’s an attitude and way of doing business set forth by our founder that thwarts the maxim, “Let the Buyer Beware,” and replaces it with trust and integrity: “Let the Buyer Have Faith.”

That resilience of spirit and commitment to customers is in our DNA.  We have not only endured, we have flourished, in times of prosperity but also crisis, because we continue to be the company that can be trusted to deliver quality products when we say we will.  It set us apart then, and it sets us apart now, along with our ability to collaborate with and innovate for the people we’re here to serve – our customers, our shareholders, our communities and our employees

Learn about Our Values