Universal Fibers Celebrates Four Decades, Honors Employees

Universal Fibers, Inc. hosted more than 550 of their associates, and their families at a special 40th anniversary event at the corporate headquarters in Bristol, VA last week.
The company also has manufacturing operations in Thailand and China.

Universal Fibers a multi-platform producer of solution-dyed synthetic yarns for the commercial, residential, transportation and textile markets and is ISO 14001 certified. 

The company is considered a pioneer in sustainable efforts in the fiber industry and was the first in the industry to produce post-consumer Nylon 6,6 fiber.

The celebration was split between two days, Thursday, July 8 and Saturday, July 10. Total attendance for the two days was more than a thousand people on the company's grounds at the Washington County Industrial Park.

Universal Fibers celebrates a long history of excellence since production began at the company's Bristol headquarters in 1970, known at the time as CAMAC. The name was changed to Universal Fibers in 1999 and in the past decade the company has lived up to its name by opening plants in both Thailand and China and being a world leader in the solution dyed fiber industry.

"I'm honored to have shared the last decade with Universal Fibers," says Marc Ammen, CEO of Universal Fibers, Inc. "I have learned that machines, although important, don't make a company. People make a company and make products. That's why we are still in business and still growing, and that's what this celebration is about: our associates."

"We wanted this to be a memorable event for not only the associates, but their families," says Howard Bartholomay, director of human resources at Universal. "With our recent expansion we have more than 175 new associates hired in the past five months. All of our associates have done a tremendous job meeting the demands of our customers and we want to show them we appreciate their hard work"

Also at the event, long-time associates were honored with 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service awards.

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