Armstrong acquires Simplex Ceilings

Lancaster, Pa.-based Armstrong World Industries has acquired Intalite Inc., operating under the name Simplex. The acquisition will strengthen Armstrong's capabilities in the North American specialty ceiling market and supports the company's growth strategy, including the expansion of its global leadership and manufacturing presence in targeted markets.

Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. Simplex will become part of the Armstrong Building Products division.

"The acquisition of Simplex expands our technical capabilities, broadens our extensive specialty ceilings portfolio and improves our service and lead times for customers in North America,” said Mike Shirk, VP of Armstrong Architectural Specialties Worldwide. “Simplex is a respected company in specialty metal ceilings with a strong team that understands the importance of responsiveness and practical design solutions. That's what our customers are telling us they need. Simply put, our strategy is to offer the broadest set of innovative ceiling solutions with market-leading service and quality. Simplex is a great fit."

Montreal, Quebec-based Simplex designs, develops and manufactures specialty metal ceiling systems for a variety of market segments and applications, with sales primarily in the United States and Canada.

Armstrong World Industries designs and manufactures floors, ceilings and cabinets. In 2010, the company’s consolidated net sales were about $2.8 billion.