From the creation of the company’s first product from cork scrap, sustainability has been woven into Armstrong World Industries’ history. Learn more about our key milestones below.
1860 – Thomas Armstrong starts a cork stopper company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a promise of quality under the motto, “Let the buyer have faith.”
1890s – Armstrong is one of the largest cork suppliers in the world. Armstrong World Industries is formed after Thomas Armstrong realizes a 65% scrap rate, and recognizes an opportunity, since cork is acoustical and absorbs sound. He embraces what later comes to be referred to as the 3 R’s – reduce, reuse, recycle.
1909-1931 – Introduces innovations in employee benefits, including free dental services, extra pay for overtime, labor-management relations, paid vacations and group life insurance.
1963 – Introduces suspended ceiling systems.
1980 – Begins to use recycled streams of mineral wool and newsprint, instead of new materials, to make ceilings.
1993 – Becomes a founding member of U.S. Green Building Council.
1999 – Begins the ceiling-tile recycling program.
2007 – Obtains LEED Platinum certification for headquarters, recertified in 2014, Gold for 2020.
2009 – Becomes first ceilings manufacturer to close the loop, using recycled ceiling tile to make new products in Armstrong’s Ceiling-2-Ceiling™ program.
2012 – Obtains first ceiling-industry Environmental Product Declarations.
2016 – Launches SUSTAIN® product line, the industry’s first portfolio of high-performing, sustainable ceiling solutions. Armstrong World Industries and Armstrong Flooring, Inc. separate into two companies.
2018 – TECTUM® Wood Fiber Ceiling and Wall Panels, part of our SUSTAIN® product line, becomes the first and only acoustical solution to achieve Living Product Challenge™ Imperative Certification.
2020 – Launches Armstrong’s 2030 Sustainability Goals.
Please see the PDF report for a more detailed timeline.