AHF Wins Use of Armstrong Brand, Sale to Close Today
Lancaster, PA, July 22, 2022--The bankruptcy judge ruled that Armstrong World Industries (Armstrong's ceiling business) must give written consent for AHF Products to use the Armstrong Brand name on flooring products, clearing the way for the sale of Armstrong Flooring to AHF Products, according to Lancaster Online.
At the 10:00 am hearing, Judge Mary Walrath said she would order the company to provide written consent because AWI had failed to formerly object in a timely manner. By default, the judge deemed that AWI had already consented.
AWI provided the consents by 3:00 p.m. Friday as required by the judge but had also said it planned to appeal Walrath's ruling. Just before 7:00 p.m., AHF Products and Armstrong World Industries issued a joint statement announcing the pending sale and and said they resolved the dispute over use of the Armstrong name.
“This is a result that satisfies both AWI and AHF Products,” the statement said. “Armstrong World Industries and AHF Products are both local Lancaster County businesses and have a vested interest in maintaining good paying, local jobs, as well as safeguarding the integrity of the Armstrong brand name.”
After the joint statement was issued, AWI spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson said AWI would not appeal the bankruptcy judge's ruling for the sale of Armstrong Flooring's North American assets. But she said the company has appealed the ruling as it relates to the sale of Armstrong Flooring's assets in China and Australia.
AHF Products is set to close on the Armstrong North America assets today.