LANCASTER, Pa., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Armstrong World Industries Inc., today announced a strategic reorganization that combines its two major flooring operations. Armstrong Wood Products (AWP) and Armstrong Floor Products (AFP) become a single operation, with one management team, fully integrating all flooring products into AFP.

"We needed an integrated flooring business," says Michael D. Lockhart, Armstrong chairman and CEO. "The reorganization aligns Armstrong's vast product selections of wood, vinyl, linoleum, laminate and specialty carpeted floor products, into a single organization."

Chan W. Galbato, president and CEO of Armstrong Floor Products, sees tremendous potential in combining wood floors with the resilient floor business. "This is a great opportunity for global integration of these critical components of hard-surface floor coverings," Galbato says. "We are very excited about capitalizing on the synergies within Armstrong's extensive portfolio of floor coverings." Galbato concluded by saying, "The separate sales and distribution systems for wood and resilient floors will remain in place."

The wood cabinet business remains under the leadership of Chuck Engle, who will report directly to Mike Lockhart. Armstrong Cabinets is the fifth- largest cabinet company in the U.S. The cabinet business was a division of Armstrong Wood Products.

Wood is one of the fastest growing segments of the floor coverings industry. With Armstrong's major brands, Bruce, Hartco and Robbins, the company is the industry leader in the U.S. Armstrong entered the wood business in 1998 with the acquisition of Triangle Pacific, which was recently known as Armstrong Wood Products.