WestPoint Stevens To Close Hickory Plant

WestPoint Stevens Inc., West Point, Ga., plans to close its Longview Plant in Hickory, N.C., at the
end of this year. The plant fabricates bedding accessory products. “The decision affects
approximately 300 associates employed there.We greatly appreciate the associates at Longview ,”
said M.L. Chip Fontenot, president and CEO. “[W]e regret that demands of the global economy make
such changes necessary.

November 2004