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Five football fields of Armstrong flooring going to Texas

Lancaster County manufacturer teams with Washington D.C.-area nonprofit to help Harvey's victims

Armstrong Flooring is donating 250,000 square feet of flooring for Harvey storm victims.

The amount of flooring on its way to Texas and Louisiana by a major midstate manufacturer is nowhere close to covering the swath of destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, but it’s a start.

With Harvey carving its huge recent path of destruction, a top Lancaster County company is teaming with a suburban Washington D.C. nonprofit to help the recent storm’s victims.

Armstrong Flooring Inc. is donating 250,000 square feet of flooring, or five football fields worth, to Good360, a charitable organization based in Alexandria, Va., Armstrong corporate communications manager Stephen Trapnell said.

While some of the product Armstrong expects to donate was manufactured in Lancaster County, much of it will likely come from its plant in Stillwater, Okla., its officials said.

Good360 is a 34-year-old organization that aims to help individuals, families, and communities impacted by disasters or other challenging life circumstances by helping companies donate excess merchandise to charities.

“Good360 provides products for all stages of disaster recovery and works with its on-the-ground nonprofit partners to assess needs and respond accordingly,” Trapnell said.

Good360 has distributed more than $9 billion in donated goods around the world, he said.

Don Maier, Armstrong Flooring chief executive officer, said in a company statement that through the partnership with Good360, “We can focus on helping those who are most vulnerable to begin the recovery process and restore their homes.”

Based in Manor Township, Armstrong (NYSE: AFI) operates 17 manufacturing facilities in three countries, with some 3,900 employees company-wide.

It has 775 full-time local employees and 25 part-time, and had just under $1.2 billion in company-wide revenue the last two years, according to information it provided to the Business Journal.

Armstrong Flooring officials also expect that the new partnership with Good360 will help to make company products available for nonprofit organizations not only in disaster-recovery situations, but also for renovation and remodeling projects, Trapnell said Friday.

“While disasters only remain in the public eye for a few days or weeks, the recovery process for an event as devastating as this will take several years,” Richard Barney, executive vice president of partnerships for Good360, said in the Armstrong statement.

David O'Connor
Dave O'Connor covers York County, manufacturing, higher education, nonprofits, and workforce development. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at [email protected].

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