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Albany International Down on Opening Korean Facility

Albany International Korea, Inc., an affiliate of Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN), announced today its plan to discontinue manufacturing at its operations in Chungju, South Korea, and to transfer production to other Albany International manufacturing facilities.

This action will enable the Company to align forming fabric capacity with the local market demand and the needs of customers. This initiative to streamline operations is driven by existing and anticipated market conditions, and in no way reflects on the performance of the 76 affected manufacturing employees, who will be offered separation and outplacement assistance. The company remains committed to the local papermaking industry and will continue to provide customers with strong expertise in Product Application, Sales and Marketing, Service through the current Sales, Service & Application teams located in South Korea.

The transfer of production will be supervised by technical and manufacturing personnel to ensure continuity of customer supply and will be completed by July.

Albany International is a leading developer and manufacturer of engineered components, using advanced materials processing and automation capabilities, with two core businesses.

Machine Clothing is the world’s leading producer of custom-designed, consumable belts essential for the manufacture of paper, paperboard, tissue and towel, pulp, non-wovens and a variety of other industrial applications.

Albany Engineered Composites is a growing designer and manufacturer of advanced materials-based engineered components for demanding aerospace applications, supporting both commercial and military platforms.

AIN shares moved lower 20 cents to $87.69.