Phifer, AF&Y Team To Develop Green Outdoor Fabric Collection

Phifer Inc., Tuscaloosa, Ala., has launched its Phifertex Marquesa Green collection of eco-friendly
outdoor deep seating fabrics made with Marquesa® solution-dyed filament yarns produced by Chapel
Hill, N.C.-based American Fibers and Yarns (AF&Y).

According to AF&Y, Marquesa yarns are made from a by-product of industrial waste and,
when compared with other man-made fibers and filaments, offer several green benefits including
lower energy requirements for production; and lower waste generation, with no harmful industrial
waste. Marquesa also provides inherent performance benefits including antimicrobial resistance,
stain resistance and colorfastness; and the fabrics can be recycled via AF&Y’s own recycling
system and regenerated into other products.

“Designing and creating fabrics for today’s leisure lifestyle also means taking into account
the impact they have on the environment,” said Hugo Benitez, national sales manager, designed
fabrics, Phifer. “With great success in our Marquesa Blends collection, introducing a 100-percent
Marquesa fabric was the next logical step for us.”

September 11, 2007