Armstrong Honored as “Employer of the Year” for Workforce Development

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Armstrong Honored as “Employer of the Year” for Workforce Development

Charleston, W.Va. – Armstrong Hardwood Flooring was recently named an “Employer of the Year” by WorkForce West Virginia for its outstanding commitment to developing a skilled workforce. The awards were presented during the Building Workforce Success Together conference sponsored by the United States Department of Labor.

Armstrong produces hardwood flooring for construction projects around the country. The plant in Beverly is the largest producer of prefinished hardwood flooring in the United States and employs approximately 650 people. The company utilizes WorkForce West Virginia programs to make sure these workers can compete in the global economy.

“Armstrong has built strong partnerships to provide West Virginia workers with the skills needed to be productive and competitive,” said Russell L. Fry, acting executive director. “In addition, these employers are involved in their communities as good corporate citizens.”

“Armstrong is well-deserving of this honor,” said Rick Bennett of WorkForce West Virginia, who nominated the company for the award. “Company leaders care about both their employees and the community in which they live.” 

Armstrong is a leading contributor to the Randolph County United Way. Each year employees buy Christmas gifts for needy children and participate in the Kiwanis Shoebox drive to help those less fortunate. The company sponsors a recycling program that helps fund the Randolph County Animal Shelter and contributes food to the local homeless shelter.

WorkForce West Virginia is a cooperative effort to provide one-stop delivery of career services to job seekers, employers and other interested individuals. More information is available online at

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Pictured are Rick Bennett, WorkForce West Virginia; Russell L. Fry, Acting Executive Director of WorkForce West Virginia; Greg Nealis, Human Resources Manager,  and  Ken McBride,  Plant Manager, Armstrong Flooring in Beverly. Photo courtesy WorkForce West Virginia.