Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Severance Expense

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Severance Expense
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2019
Restructuring and Related Activities [Abstract]  
Other Severance Expense SEVERANCE EXPENSE
In the second quarter of 2019, we recorded $2.9 million in SG&A expenses for severance and related expenses to reflect the separation costs for our former President and Chief Executive Officer.
In connection with the divestiture of our North American wood flooring business we announced a cost optimization plan in 2018 to improve our existing cost structure by eliminating essentially all shared costs that will not be covered by transition service agreements with AIP. The new structure was expected to better reflect the simplification of our operations as a purely resilient flooring company. We eliminated approximately 45 positions, and the impacted employees received severance benefits. We recognized charges of $2.4 million in SG&A expenses in the fourth quarter of 2018.
In the first quarter of 2018, we announced that we were changing our residential go-to-market strategy and empowering our distributors with the responsibilities of marketing, merchandising and direct sales representation. The new structure was designed to provide enhanced support and responsiveness to retailers. As a result of the reorganization, approximately 70 positions were eliminated, and the impacted employees received severance benefits. We recognized charges of $3.1 million primarily in SG&A expenses.

In the first quarter of 2017, we announced the combination of our commercial and residential go-to-market structures and related organization. The new structure was designed to provide enhanced support and responsiveness to retailers and contractors and to foster greater alignment with distributors, which cover both commercial and residential markets. As a result of this reorganization, approximately 40 positions were eliminated, and the impacted employees received severance benefits. We recognized charges of $4.6 million in SG&A expense as a result of this reorganization.