Ahlstrom To Shutter Bellingham Facility

In an effort to become more
cost-competitive, Ahlstrom Corp., Finland, will close its manufacturing plant in Bellingham, Mass.,
and move some of the plant’s assets to the company’s operation in Darlington, S.C. Eighty employees
in Bellingham will be affected.

The closure and subsequent consolidation, which will begin early next year and finish by
July 2008, also will enable Ahlstrom to move its dust filtration operations closer to many of its
customers. The company does not anticipate that customer service will be disrupted.

“The consolidation allows us to improve our competitiveness by moving our most efficient
lines to our Darlington facility,” said Scott Murdock, vice president and general manager of
Ahlstrom’s Filtration North America unit. “Furthermore, the move will create some 50 to 60
positions at our Darlington, S.C., facility.”

July/August 2007