LANCASTER, Pa./PRNewswire/ -- Armstrong Holdings, Inc. said today that its chief operating subsidiary, Armstrong World Industries, had eliminated 56 corporate and line-of-business staff positions as a result of streamlining the organization to more accurately reflect staffing needs for current business conditions. Most of the positions being eliminated are in Lancaster and come from the corporate, flooring and building products organizations.

``At the end of the third quarter of last year we began to see a slowdown in several of our key markets, a trend that we believe will continue for some time. At that time we began to reassess our corporate and line-of-business staffing to streamline and restructure functions in order to respond to these business conditions,'' said Chairman and CEO Michael D. Lockhart.

Affected employees will be offered severance packages and career counseling based on their length of service with the company.

Based in Lancaster, PA, Armstrong has approximately 3,200 employees in the county and 18,000 employees worldwide. In 1999, Armstrong's net sales totaled more than $3.4 billion.