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Armstrong Files for Voluntary Chapter 11

December 6, 2000
Lancaster, Pa. (PRNewswire) -- Armstrong Holdings, Inc. says its major operating subsidiary, Armstrong World Industries Inc., filed for voluntary reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in Wilmington, DE in order to resolve its asbestos liability. Armstrong Holdings, Triangle Pacific Corp., WAVE (Armstrong's ceiling grid systems joint venture with Worthington Industries), Armstrong Canada, Armstrong DLW AG and its other non-U.S. operating subsidiaries were not a part of the filing.

The company said that all its businesses are operating as usual and that it is maintaining its high standards of customer service. Suppliers will be paid on normal terms for goods delivered and services provided after the Chapter 11 filing. Employee pay and normal benefit programs will not be interrupted. Normal retiree and health benefits will also not be interrupted. Armstrong's pension plan is fully funded and qualified pension benefits are protected by law.

To enhance its liquidity, Armstrong said it had obtained a commitment for a $400 million debtor-in-possession facility with Chase Manhattan Bank, which will be submitted to the court for approval today.

Armstrong said that while operating in Chapter 11, it would have the resources it needs to continue to invest in its businesses and its customers growth programs. At the same time, Chapter 11 will give the company the opportunity to use the court-supervised reorganization process to achieve a binding, legal resolution to the asbestos situation and put this difficult issue behind it. This will enable Armstrong to emerge from Chapter 11 stronger and better positioned than it is today.

Also filing for relief were two of Armstrong World Industries wholly-owned subsidiaries, Nitram Liquidators, Inc. and Desseaux Corporation of North America, Inc.