The history of the Irex Contracting Group can be traced to the early years of the twentieth century when the Armstrong Cork Company started installing its cork insulation products in cold storage facilities. During the 1920's and 1930's, Armstrong built this operation into a national insulation contracting business through the acquisition of a number of local insulation contracting companies. In the process, Armstrong extended its range of contracting capabilities to include medium and high temperature insulation products for commercial and industrial applications.
Armstrong eventually operated this business through a wholly-owned subsidiary called Armstrong Contracting and Supply Corporation. The business proved to be successful, and the principles of increased specialization, decentralization, and local management empowerment became ingrained in the company's culture.
In the late 1960s, a group of employees, through their holding company, Irex Corporation, acquired Armstrong Contracting and Supply Corporation, which was renamed ACandS, Inc. During the ensuing years, Irex has continued to expand its capabilities and scope through the establishment of several new subsidiaries and several strategic acquisitions.
In total, Irex and its subsidiaries employ over 1,450 men and women working out of 35+ office locations throughout the United States and Canada. The Irex Contracting Group has become one of the 50 largest specialty contracting organizations in the United States and is a recognized leader in its fields, committed to providing superior service to its customers and growth opportunities for its employees in a safe working environment.