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Armstrong World Industries kicks off $41M Lancaster expansion project

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Armstrong World Industries kicked off construction Friday of its new $41 million Lancaster facility, where it is expanding its manufacturing capability to include luxury vinyl tile.

Armstrong CEO Matthew J. Espe has said the company is bringing production of the tile back to the U.S. from China. The company will modify part of its existing 600,000-square-foot flooring factory at 1067 Dillerville Road to include the luxury line, according to a news release.

The work there will add about 57 jobs to the Lancaster production staff. Work on the factory is expected to wrap up next year, with production moving over and starting in mid-2015.

"We thank the commonwealth and our employees for their support of this investment," Espe said in the release. "Through application of our extensive manufacturing technology, we will be better able to cost-effectively serve our North American customers with high-quality, in-market production. This investment will create local jobs and allow us to continue to grow share in this exciting product category."

The decision to expand the plant and onshore production from China suppliers was announced in October. It marks the company's second investment in the Lancaster operation since 2008, when it added fiberglass-backed sheet vinyl manufacturing to the plant.

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