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American Fibers & Yarns Acquires Culp Polypropylene Operation

HIGH POINT, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE )--Aug. 16, 2005--Culp, Inc. (NYSE: CFI ) today announced a plan to reduce the company's U.S. yarn manufacturing operations. Culp has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the company's polypropylene yarn extrusion equipment located in Graham , North Carolina , to American Fibers and Yarns Company, one of Culp's suppliers based in Chapel Hill , North Carolina , for $1.1 million payable immediately.

As a result, Culp will close this operation during the company's second quarter ending October 30, 2005 . Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, the company has a long-term supply contract with American Fibers and Yarns Company to continue providing Culp with polypropylene yarn.

The company also announced further reduction of the company's yarn operations by closing Culp's facility in Shelby , North Carolina , and consolidating the chenille yarn operations into the Lincolnton, North Carolina , facility. The company will now outsource the open-end yarns previously produced at Shelby . Culp will then have one yarn plant in Lincolnton for producing chenille and wrap-spun yarns and a small texturizing yarn operation in Graham .

Overall, these actions will reduce the number of Culp associates by approximately 100 people. The company expects total pre-tax charges of approximately $5.9 million, of which $5.1 million is expected to be non-cash items. The charges are expected to be recorded in the second quarter of fiscal 2006.

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