Armstrong Flooring bought by the McKendrick family

The Australian business of vinyl flooring manufacturer Armstrong Flooring will continue its operations following an agreement for purchase by Cowes Bay Group (CBG).

Armstrong has operated in Australia since the 1960s with the sale stemming from the reorganisation of US-based Armstrong World Industries.

The company is one of Australia’s largest users of post-consumer PVC, and its Braeside, Victoria factory produces a wide range of products for the healthcare, education, retail, and hospitality sectors.

CBG was established by the McKendrick family known for their experience in the manufacturing and distribution of residential and commercial flooring products and the purchase of related assets in the flooring industry across Australia and New Zealand.

Kim McKendrick, the former chairman and owner of Godfrey Hirst carpets, is the company’s managing director.

The McKendrick Family successfully grew Godfrey Hirst to be Australia and New Zealand’s largest manufacturer and exporter of residential and commercial carpets, before selling to the world’s largest flooring company Mohawk Industries.

In a statement Armstrong Flooring ANZ general manager Rob McLorinan said: “Kim, along with son Hamish and the CBG team, are excited to be involved with Armstrong Flooring and look forward to further developing the business with the acquisition of new plant equipment and expansion of the product range.

“Thank you for your continued support as we have navigated through the wave of speculation and misinformation that has been spread across the industry in recent months.

“After 53 years of local manufacturing, we look forward to soon being Australian owned and continuing our journey with you long into the future.”

Picture: Armstrong Flooring

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