Company to close manufacturing plant and lay off St. Helens workforce by May 31

SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Armstrong World Industries, a ceiling tile manufacturing company with a plant in St. Helens, notified state officials last week of the closure of the plant and layoff of 136 employees.In the wake of an announcement of the closure of its St. Helens plant, Oregon's Office of Workforce Investments and Higher Education Coordinating Commission issued a WARN notice Monday, March 25, regarding Armstrong World Industries.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 requires companies to notify the state if a large-scale layoff is planned.

Armstrong World Industries, a ceiling tile manufacturing company, publicly announced the anticipated closure of the St. Helens plant in November. The closure is expected to take place by May 31, the WARN notice states, resulting in 136 people being laid off.

Of the 136 employees, 36 of them work as fabrication technicians, with another 22 working as boardmill technicians, the Armstrong WARN notice states. Mechanical technicians and distribution center technicians make up for an additional 28 jobs at the site.

Armstrong World Industries Inc. is a Pennsylvania-based corporation specializing in ceiling and floor products with 26 facilities globally.

Columbia County tax records show Armstrong is the ninth highest taxpayer in the county, contributing $402,677 in 2017.

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