Maness Rejoins Batson, Handles SMIT Sales Service

Patrick Maness has rejoined Batson Group Inc., Greenville, as a customer service representative
responsible primarily for spare parts sales and service for Italy-based SMIT S.p.A. equipment, as
well as for warp-tying equipment.

Maness has extensive experience as a technician in the field, having served as a Sulzer
technician for 16 years at Fort Mill, S.C.-based Springs Industries Inc.’s Lyman Plant, and as a
Tsudakoma technician for two years at Springs’ Wamsutta Plant.

March 1, 2005