Daikin America Announces Multi-Million Dollar Expansion

Daikin America, Orangeburg, N.Y., has announced an expansion to its Decatur, Ala., manufacturing
facilities. The multi-million dollar investment will include a plant and the necessary equipment
for manufacturing Unidyne, the company’s fluorochemical fabric protector.

Scheduled for completion in October 2000, the expansion is expected to ensure stability of
supply as the company will be a true U.S. domestic producer rather than an importer of ingredient
chemicals. It will also provide an unparalleled level of support for the U.S. carpet, textile and
nonwoven markets and will allow Daikin to become a complete global supplier of Unidyne.

April 2000