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Unique Fabricating to Close Fort Smith, Arkansas Manufacturing Facility

Feb 13, 2018

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Unique Fabricating, Inc. (NYSE MKT: UFAB) which engineers and manufactures multi-material foam, rubber, and plastic components utilized in noise, vibration and harshness management and air/water sealing applications for the automotive and industrial appliance market, today announced it will close its manufacturing facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas to further streamline the company's operations, improve efficiency and better position its production assets geographically to support growth.

The company expects to close its Fort Smith manufacturing facility in June 2018 and plans to transfer scheduled production to the company's other existing manufacturing facilities, including plants located in Evansville, IN and Monterrey, MX. The decision will impact approximately 20 employees. Unique Fabricating has committed to providing severance and transition assistance to all affected employees.

In connection with this closure, the company expects to incur charges of approximately $150,000 - $250,000 related to severance costs and approximately $400,000 - $500,000 related to equipment relocation, and other closing considerations. The cost savings to be realized as a result of the closure are expected to be approximately $600,000 - $700,000 annually. The Company will provide an update to investors during their fourth quarter and year-end 2017 earnings conference call.

Following the closure, the company expects to market the facility, which currently has a net book value of approximately $700,000, for sale.

"The contributions from the Ft. Smith team played a key role in the Prescotech integration effort, and I would like to thank each of our employees at this facility for their commitment, service and ongoing support," said John Weinhardt, CEO of Unique Fabricating. "The consolidation of this facility into existing plants will help us to further streamline our manufacturing operations and better position us to grow profitably. I am confident this rationalization of our production facilities will make us a stronger organization overall and is the best long-term solution for Unique Fabricating and our shareholders."

About Unique Fabricating, Inc.

Unique Fabricating, Inc. (NYSE MKT: UFAB) engineers and manufactures components for customers in the automotive and industrial appliance market.  The Company's solutions are comprised of multi-material foam, rubber, and plastic components and utilized in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) management, acoustical management, water and air sealing, decorative and other functional applications. Unique leverages proprietary manufacturing processes including die cutting, thermoforming, compression molding, fusion molding, and reaction injection molding to manufacture a wide range of products including air management products, heating ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), seals, fender stuffers, air ducts, acoustical insulation, door water shields, gas tank pads, light gaskets, topper pads, mirror gaskets and glove box liners. The Company is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. For more information, visit

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