Amantea Nonwovens Breaks Ground For New Facility

Cincinnati-based Amantea Nonwovens LLC has begun construction of the first United States-based
minority-owned nonwoven fabrics manufacturing plant. Located in the TechSolve Business Park in
Cincinnati, a federally designated empowerment zone neighborhood, the 77,000-square-foot facility
will employ about 30 people in a $20 million-per-year operation. Amantea’s owners include CEO Kevin
Lynch, COO Sorin Crainic, Partner Ernie Green and Italy-based nonwovens manufacturer Albis S.p.A.
The company initially served as Brentwood, Tenn.-based BBA Fiberweb’s distributor of nonwoven
fabric to Cincinnati-based Procter and Gamble. Upon completion of its plant, Amantea will produce
the fabric under contract with Procter and Gamble, and also will explore other commercial and
consumer nonwovens markets.

April 2005