Am I Next? Armstrong World Industries. Closure and Layoffs at St. Helens, Oregon plant.

In a move announced last year, Armstrong World Industries Inc., based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is proceeding with the closure of their St. Helens, Oregon mineral fiber ceilings manufacturing facility with a permanent layoff of 126 employees.

Armstrong CEO Vic Grissle said the St. Helens plant was “simply no longer required in our system” and that operations were being transferred to other facilities.

Armstrong spokesperson, Jennifer Johnson highlighted a number of manufacturing and distribution issues which impacted the decision to close the facility. According to Johnson, “The market is changing and our customers are demanding higher-end acoustical laminated products that St. Helens can’t make without significant investment in the facility, and after looking closely at that route, it became clear it was cost prohibitive.” Additionally, the distribution function was impacted by the area’s logistics capabilities, specifically the lack of carrier availability centralized routing, and transportation costs.