Leigh Fibers To Expand Plant, Add 40 Jobs

Leigh Fibers Inc., a Wellford, S.C.-based supplier of reprocessed and raw fibers, plans to invest
$10.1 million to expand its manufacturing plant, with the expectation of adding 40 new employees to
its workforce over the next five years.

As part of the expansion, the company will invest in new equipment that will enable it to add
to its product line, which includes fibers made from reprocessed textile waste. Markets served
include automotive, construction, erosion control, home furnishings, nonwovens and traditional
textiles. Leigh Fibers operates globally, with import and export activities in 25 countries.

“We continue to see an increase in demand for our products and services, and this expansion
will help us better serve our customers as well as position us for future growth,” said Keith
Taylor, president, Leigh Fibers. “Our plans to invest in the Wellford facility will not only
promote job growth, but will also have a positive environmental impact on our county and state by
minimizing waste going to landfills. We believe these investments will foster an entrance into a
Green Economy less impacted by foreign imports and support the manufacturing base within the

March 30, 2010