When it all began in a tiny two-man cork-cutting shop in 1860 in Pittsburgh, our national frontier barely reached beyond the western mountain ranges. Tom Armstrong's first deliveries of hand-carved corks were by wheelbarrow.He was a branding pioneer, too, stamping «Armstrong» on each cork as early as 1864. And soon he was tucking a written guarantee into the burlap sacks of cork shipped from a big new factory on a Pittsburgh riverbank.In the mid 1890`s «Armstrong» emerged as the world's largest cork company and was incorporated in 1891.The Armstrong formula for success became clear stick to your core business and your core values but adapt to changing conditions as the market and your customer demand a philosophy that’s alive and well in the company today.