Universal Fibers Wins Inaugural Bloom Award For Sustainable Flooring

Bristol, Va.-based Universal Fibers Inc., a manufacturer of solution-dyed man-made-fiber carpet
yarn, has received the first annual Bloom Award for ReFresh Fibers®, its brand of nylon 6,6 fiber
products manufactured from post-consumer carpet. The Bloom Award – presented by the American
Society of Interior Designers in partnership with Interiors & Sources magazine – recognizes
interior commercial design products that exemplify environmental stewardship.

“There are more than one billion pounds of used nylon 6,6 carpet coming up off the floor
every year, and Universal has developed the technology to turn that back into a quality usable
product,” said Bill Goodman, vice president of sales and marketing, Universal Fibers. “It’s just
part of our commitment to eliminating waste and be a better steward of the environment while still
creating a superior product for our customers.”

ReFresh Fibers is a component of Universal Fibers’ EarthSmart Technology®, the company’s
environmental stewardship program that covers production processes and equipment, waste reduction
and conservation, and recycled and recyclable products; as well as a corporate culture that
supports environmental and social concerns.

“We are very honored to be awarded The Bloom Award,” Goodman said. “We like taking the lead
to sustainability in fiber, and we sincerely hope others in the industry will commit to a
sustainable business strategy as well.”

March 24, 2009