|Universal Fibers Receives United Way Top Giver Award - Wednesday, July 3, 2019|
The United Way of Southwest Virginia honored Universal Fibers with their Top Giver Award for going above and beyond donation and program support. As sponsors of Backpacks Unite and Careers Expo for Youth, Universal Fibers was also recognized for employee giving and the storage of thousands of children’s books.
Community outreach supports Universal Fibers’ sustainability commitment to social responsibility and has been a proud corporate partner of the United Way since 1996. As environmental stewards, we believe true sustainability means more than resource conservation and begins in the communities in which we work and live.
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Pictured: Phil Harmon, President of Universal Fibers accepts Top Giver Award from United Way of SWVA President and CEO, Travis W. Staton
|Universal Fibers Expands Finished Yarn Capabilities in Europe and Asia - Thursday, June 20, 2019|
Universal Fibers, Inc. advanced its commitment in Europe and Asia with the acquisition of twisting and heat-setting assets for its production facilities in Gorzow, Poland and Taicang, China. Both plants are fully integrated from extrusion to finished yarns in multiple chemistries including type 6 and 66 nylon, and serve carpet manufactures in commercial, residential and automotive segments.
“This marks another investment in our commitment to provide the highest level of quality and service to our customers,” said Phil Harmon, President of Universal Fibers. “As an expanding global company we continue to add resources and invest in our business to meet the unique and varied needs of our markets throughout the world.”
Universal Fibers offers premium solution-dyed fiber in styled finished yarns including Helix®, Silkworks® and Revolve®. These proprietary ready-to-tuft technologies are highly valued in the market and require various finish techniques including twisting and heat-setting. By expanding capacity in these areas, Universal Fibers assures the highest standards of quality and service its customers have come to expect.
|Universal Fibers Opens New Plant Facility in Europe - Wednesday, May 15, 2019|
(Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland) – Universal Fibers, Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its new plant in Europe on May 13, 2019. The event was attended by Universal Fibers’ global customers and industry partners as well as leaders and officials from Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland.
“In support of our honored customers in Europe, we are thrilled to be opening our newest manufacturing facility here in Poland”, said Marc Ammen, CEO of Universal Fiber Systems. “This aligns with our strategy for global growth which began in 2009 with expansion into Asia and later in the U.K. Since then, customer response has been tremendous and we are winning in partnership with our industry leading products, quality and service.”
The plant is fully integrated from extrusion to finished yarns in multiple chemistries including type 6 and 66 nylon, and serves Europe carpet manufactures in commercial, residential and automotive segments. “This new facility marks another investment in our commitment to provide the highest level of quality and service to our customers,” said Phil Harmon, President of Universal Fibers. “As a global company, our leading technologies from the U.S. and Asia are now deployed locally in the European market. We couldn’t be more pleased with this investment and the platform it provides Universal Fibers to expand in the region.”
“Universal Fibers is one of two business units within Universal Fiber Systems,” said Marc Ammen. “As our corporate portfolio continues to expand, this plant furthers synergy opportunities currently in place in the U.S., Europe and China for our second business unit, Premiere Fibers.”
|Celebrating International Women's Month - Thursday, April 11, 2019|
International Women’s History Month is a global recognition of women's cultural and professional achievements from past to present while promoting equality and advancement for the future. Throughout the month of March, Universal Fibers® celebrated this very worthy initiative at our facilities, worldwide. In support, various activities and events took place which were highlighted by honoring Minnie Carr, Jayne Clark and Fonda Eldreth for their more than 40 years of dedicated service.
|Lucy Scott - Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing Finalist - Friday, April 5, 2019|
Universal Fibers is proud to announce Lucy Scott as finalist for Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing, SVAM. The honor seeks to recognize women in leadership making significant contributions to manufacturing in southwest Virginia and to encourage women to pursue and develop careers in manufacturing. Lucy has been with Universal Fibers for 13 years and manages purchasing for all facilities in North America.
|April 2019 Color of the Month in Universal Color - Monday, April 1, 2019|
Universal Fibers® has named Sunflower (Universal Color® 3-236) as the color of the month for April. Refined and modern, Sunflower is nature’s bounty with a bloom of cheer…just for fun.
|Universal Fibers® launches Engage with our Thrive® Value Guide - Friday, March 1, 2019|
Whether you are guided by leading green rating systems or sustainable eco-commitments, Universal Fibers® invites you to engage withThrive®, LEED® + Beyond, an enlightening interactive value guide designed to inform what matters most to you. Learn more.
|March 2019 Color of the Month in Universal Color® - Friday, March 1, 2019|
Universal Fibers® has named Oceanic (Universal Color® 4-281) as the color of the month for March. Dreamy and illusive, Oceanic harnesses the natural soothing spirit of the ocean. It inspires truth, trust and a spirit of letting go.
|Happy Chinese New Year! - Tuesday, February 5, 2019|
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year from our proud Associates at Taicang Universal Fibers and Universal Thai Fibers! We wish you great happiness, health and prosperity throughout the "Year of the Pig."
|Ranae Anderson of Universal Fibers Receives Women in Sustainability Leadership Award - Thursday, November 15, 2018|
Universal Fibers® is proud to announce Ranae Anderson, Global Sustainability Leader, as recipient of the Green Building & Design (gb&d) Women in Sustainability Leadership Award (WSLA). The WSLA recognizes the outstanding achievements of women who are making a positive impact in sustainability and strive to identify, support and foster opportunities for future women in leadership.
Ranae is one of eleven esteemed leaders to be recognized from more than 100 global candidates for this very prestigious honor. All winners were celebrated at gb&d’s annual WSLA gala which took place during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Chicago, Illinois.
|Universal Fibers Wins Environmental Excellence and Community Impact Awards - Tuesday, October 9, 2018|
(SVAM Awards, 2018-Abingdon, Virginia USA) – Universal Fibers® was awarded best of honors for Environmental Excellence and Community Impact by the Southwest Virginia Alliance of Manufacturers. In an effort to strengthen its position as a world-leading region of advanced manufacturing, the SVAM is a collaborative non-profit organization dedicated to uniting educational institutions, workforce development boards and state organizations with partnered manufacturers based in Southwest Virginia.
For nearly 50 years, Universal Fibers has taken great pride in its position as world leaders in sustainability. “More than our eco-processes in manufacturing and sustainable products, we believe true sustainability begins by ensuring safe practices and healthy environments for our dedicate Associates and local communities in which we live and serve,” said Ranae Anderson, Global Sustainability Leader. “We are thrilled to be recognized an wish to thank the SVAM for honoring Universal Fibers with these two very prestigious awards consistent with EnLIST®, our four point commitment to environmental stewardship.
|Universal Fibers, China - RESET™ - Wednesday, August 8, 2018|
Universal Fibers® is proud to provide safe and healthy workplace environments for its valued customers, guests and Associates throughout the world. In support of this commitment and in an effort to deliver positive environmental impact, we are pleased to announce RESET™ as the air quality rating system for our exciting new Customer Care Center in Taicang, China. The effort is led by marketing specialist Winnie Huang who recently achieved professional accreditation as RESET AP. Congratulations Winnie!
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|Virtual Zero Waste to Landfill - Wednesday, August 1, 2018|
Universal Fibers® has achieved Virtual Zero Waste to Landfill at its manufacturing facility in Taicang, China. In support of EnLIST®, Universal Fibers’ four point commitment to environmental stewardship, this completes a two year commitment to develop new processes designed to reduce landfill waste with the ultimate goal of virtual zero waste by 2018. (ISO 14021 Type II)
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|Universal Fibers® Runs in Support ALS Research and No Child Left Unfed - Thursday, June 28, 2018|
From our home in Bristol, Virginia US, Universal Fibers® joined forces with other area businesses for the 10th annual 5K run benefiting ALS research and No Child Left Unfed. As defined by EnLIST, our for point commitment to environmental stewardship, our community outreach support was on full display. Representing the largest group of contestants, more than 46 Associates from Universal Fibers proudly prevailed in cool rainy conditions and were honored to participate in this very worthy effort.
|Teeing It Up for Backpacks Unite - Thursday, June 28, 2018|
Universal Fibers® was proud to host its annual golf outing benefiting Backpacks Unite, a collaborative effort between United Way of Southwest Virginia, community organizations and area businesses. The event was attended by more than 76 participants consisting of company Associates, family, friends and industry partners. Proceeds from the event helped provide nutritious meals to more than 114 area students and we were honored to provide support.
|Water Initiative Delivers Annual Savings of 22% - Friday, May 11, 2018|
In support of EnLIST, a four point commitment to environmental stewardship, Universal Fibers® established an initiative to reduce water use in the production of its sustainable fiber products. New processes were implemented in 2016 which resulted in an annual water savings of approximately 22%. As an added positive, water returns were reduced by 17% and energy was reduced for water treatment.
|Support sustainability with Universal Color® - Friday, May 11, 2018|
More than an incredible standard palette of 284 trend-setting hues, Universal Color® is scientifically developed as a base from which virtually any color is possible. Best of all, since Universal Color is solution-dyed, minimal water is used in the coloration process and less energy is required for drying.
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|Thrive®: Lowest CO2 emission in the world - nylon 66 - Friday, April 20, 2018|
|Refresh®: Highests recycled post-consumer content - nylon 66 - Friday, April 20, 2018|
|Universal Fibers®, Europe - Friday, April 20, 2018|
New facility construction is underway using locally sourced repurposed building material.
|EnLIST with Universal Fibers® - Friday, April 20, 2018|