Armstrong floors some of its employees before letting them go

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Its one thing to lose a job, but its another to find out by reading it on a bulletin board.

That is how some, if not all 62 workers at Armstrong Manor in Lancaster County learned last week that they would be out of work by early 2011.

Armstrong Spokeswoman Beth Riley says it did not happen that way. “They were spoken to directly. It was subsequently after each of the employees were spoken to, it was posted to our Intranet.”

Riley said they don’t have physical bulletin boards, but as you will read in a minute — according to a company news letter they do.

Armstrong World Industries expects to save more than $2 million dollars a year with the job cuts and shuttering the 90-year-old manor.

Armstrong Manor

Armstrong manufactures flooring, cabinets and ceilings. Riley said sales on the residential side are extremely weak forcing its hand to pare its work-force and part with the manor.

According to a company letter, obtained by Rock The Capital, “the Manor had two main purposes: customers and vendors and its role in the Armstrong customer experience.”

“In these tough economic times it’s more economical and efficient for us to take advantage of the hotels and restaurants in Lancaster than to continue operating the Manor.”

Armstrong has not announced who will take over the department of facilities management, but as one employee notes, “it will not be any of the Armstrong associates…”.

According to the letter, “The goal is to transition to a new vendor by March of next year. We will post an article here on the Corkboard when a vendor has been chosen,” which, again, is the same way employees learned that they were being let go.

“It was a very difficult decision and we certainly regret the impact it has on those employees and their families,” said Riley.

Armstrong intends to sell the Manor, which was built in the 1860’s and Its one thing to lose a job, but its another to find out by reading it on a bulletin board.

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