Universal Fibers® Garners Innovative Green Design Award For ReFresh® Fibers

Universal Fibers® Inc., a Bristol, Va.-based manufacturer of solution-dyed man-made-fiber carpet
yarn, has been honored by New York House magazine as a winner in its inaugural Innovative Green
Design Awards. Universal’s ReFresh Fibers®, made using a multi-step process that converts
post-consumer carpet into useable nylon 6,6 fiber, were recognized in the Flooring/Floor Coverings
category. Award recipients were selected based on a number of criteria including: use of greenest
materials and green innovation; most sustainable methods of production; energy efficiency; minimal
carbon footprint; and design appeal.

“The caliber of entries in our first-ever Innovative Green Design Awards was inspiring,” said
Jonathan A. Schein, CEO and publisher, ScheinMedia. “We at New York House celebrate not only the
winners, but all efforts to promote true sustainability.”

“We are so excited to be recognized by those in the industry who understand the importance of
improving our processes and products to be better stewards of our environment,” said Bill Goodman,
vice president of sales and marketing, Universal Fibers. “Universal Fibers strives to be a pioneer
in environmental stewardship while continuing to create a superior product for our customers. This
award confirms that we are achieving that goal.”

Universal manufactures its products based on a sustainable program called EarthSmart
Technology®, which promotes an attitude of environmental and social concern by the company and its
employees while maximizing manufacturing processes and equipment, developing waste-saving systems,
promoting facility conservation, and developing recycled and recyclable product.

June 9, 2009