Severance Agreement

Exhibit 10.1

Executive Employment Agreement

This Executive Employment Agreement (the “Agreement”) is entered into between Polymer Group, Inc., (“PGI”) a Delaware corporation, and Veronica M. Hagen (“Executive”) effective as of April 23, 2007 (the “Effective Date”).  PGI and Executive agree as follows:

ARTICLE 1:  EMPLOYMENT, COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

1.1           Term and Position.  PGI agrees to employ Executive and Executive agrees to be employed by PGI as Chief Executive Officer of PGI.  As Chief Executive Officer, Executive shall be a member of PGI’s Board of Directors (the “Board”).  Executive shall have the normal duties, responsibilities, functions and authority of the Chief Executive Officer and shall devote full working time to the successful conduct of the business of PGI; however, Executive shall be permitted to serve on the board of directors of one for-profit corporation (provided such corporation is not in competition with PGI) and one not-for-profit corporation.  Executive will report directly to the Board and Executive’s specific duties shall be determined by the Board.  The term of the Agreement shall be for a period of 3 years, commencing on April 23, 2007 and ending on April 22, 2010 (the “Term”); provided, however, that the Term shall be automatically extended for additional one (1) year periods commencing on the third anniversary of the Effective Date unless written notice of termination of the automatic extension is provided by either the Executive or PGI at least three months prior to the third anniversary of the Effective Date, or each successive anniversary, as applicable; provided further, that if a “Change in Control” of PGI (as defined below) occurs during the Term (including any extension thereof), the Term shall automatically extend to the third anniversary of the Change in Control.

1.2           Compensation.

a.             Base Compensation.  For all services rendered by Executive during the Term, Executive shall receive base compensation at a rate of $650,000 per annum (“Base Compensation”), payable in accordance with PGI’s then existing payroll practices, less such deductions as are authorized or required by law.  Executive’s Base Compensation shall be subject to review and potential increase (but no decrease) annually by the Board.

b.             Bonus. Executive shall be entitled to participate in the Polymer Group, Inc. Short-Term Incentive Compensation Plan (the “Bonus Plan”).  Executive’s annual target cash bonus potential under the Bonus Plan will be, and shall not exceed, 100% of Base Compensation, and shall be based on annual performance goals to be mutually agreed upon by the Board and Executive.  Notwithstanding the preceding to the contrary, Executive’s full annual target cash bonus (without pro-ration) for the fiscal year ending December 29, 2007 shall be guaranteed (the “2007 Bonus”) provided Executive is an employee in good standing on the Payment Date (as defined in the Bonus Plan).

c.             Equity Compensation.  On the Effective Date, PGI shall grant Executive 100,000 restricted shares (the “Initial Grant”) of PGI common stock pursuant to and in accordance with the Polymer Group, Inc. 2005 Employee Restricted Stock Plan (the “Equity Plan”).  The Initial Grant shall vest as follows:  (1) 50,000 of the 100,000 restricted shares shall vest based on service at a rate of 25% per year on the first four anniversaries of the award date, and (2) the remaining 50,000 restricted shares

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shall vest over a period of 4 years, at a rate of 25% per year, provided certain performance goals are met as established by the Board over the 4 year vesting period.

On the first, second, and third anniversaries of the Effective Date, and upon the satisfaction of certain performance goals established by the Board for fiscal years 2007, 2008, and 2009 respectively, Executive shall be eligible for an annual target award of 50,000 (with a minimum of zero and a maximum of 100,000) restricted shares of PGI common stock under the Equity Plan, provided, that for the equity award opportunity on the first anniversary of the Effective Date (i.e., fiscal year 2007 performance), Executive shall receive no less than 50% of the target award (i.e., 25,000 restricted shares) (the “Guaranteed Shares”).  The equity awards, if any, for the first, second, and third anniversaries of the Effective Date shall vest over a period of 4 years, at a rate of 25% per year, provided certain performance goals are met as established by the Board over the 4 year vesting period; provided further, the Guaranteed Shares shall vest based on service at a rate of 25% per year on the first four anniversaries of the award date.

Sale restrictions and other terms and conditions for equity awards under the Equity Plan, shall be detailed in a restricted stock grant agreement to be executed at the time of an equity award issuance.  If, prior to full vesting of any equity award, (and regardless of whether the Term has then expired), Executive is terminated by PGI without “cause” (where “cause” is defined in Section 2.1.a. of this Agreement), Executive terminates for “good reason” (where “good reason” is defined in Section 2.2.a. of this Agreement), or Executive’s employment terminates due to her death or her “disability” (where “disability” is defined in Section 2.1.c.ii of this Agreement), Executive shall become fully vested in all restricted shares previously granted to her.  In the event of a “change in control” of PGI (defined below) at a time while Executive remains Chief Executive Officer of PGI, Executive shall become fully vested in all restricted shares previously granted to her as of the date of the “change in control,” such vesting to occur upon the later to occur of (i) the date of the “change in control” or (ii) the date upon which Executive completes at least 30 months of continuous employment with PGI.

For purposes of any equity awards, “change in control” shall mean that term as it is defined in the Equity Plan.  For all other purposes of this Agreement, Change in Control means any of the following events:

(i)            if any “person” or “group” as those terms are used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Exchange Act or any successors thereto, other than an Exempt Person, is or becomes the “beneficial owner” (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act or any successor thereto), directly or indirectly, of securities of PGI representing (A) 50% or more of the combined voting power of PGI’s then outstanding securities or (B) 30% or more of the combined voting power of the PGI’s then outstanding securities if at such time, such person or group also beneficially owns more of the combined voting power of the PGI’s then outstanding securities, other than an Exempt Person; or

(ii)           during any period of two consecutive years, individuals who at the beginning of such period constitute the Board and any new directors whose election by the Board or nomination for election by PGI’s stockholders was approved by at least two-thirds of the directors then still in office who either were directors at the beginning of the period or whose election was previously so approved, cease for any reason to constitute a majority thereof; or

(iii)          the consummation of a merger or consolidation of PGI with any other corporation, other than a merger or consolidation (A) which would result in all or a portion of the voting

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securities of PGI outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being converted into voting securities of the surviving entity) more than 50% of the combined voting power of the voting securities of PGI or such surviving entity outstanding immediately after such merger or consolidation or (B) by which the corporate existence of PGI is not affected and following which PGI’s chief executive officer and directors retain their positions with PGI (and constitute at least a majority of the Board); or

(iv)          the consummation of a plan of complete liquidation of PGI or consummation of the sale or disposition by PGI of all or substantially all PGI’s assets, other than a sale to an Exempt Person.

(v)           For purposes of this Agreement, the term “Exempt Person” means (1) MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Fund L.P., MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners, L.P., MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners B, L.P., MatlinPatterson LLC, MatlinPatterson Asset Management LLC, MatlinPatterson Global Advisers LLC, MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners (Bermuda), L.P., MatlinPatterson Global Partners LLC and any of their respective affiliated entities, (2) any person, entity or group under the control of any party included in clause (1), or (3) any employee benefit plan of PGI or a trustee or other administrator or fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan of PGI.

d.             Reimbursement of Expenses.  During the Term, PGI shall reimburse Executive for all reasonable business expenses incurred by her in the course of performing her duties and responsibilities under this Agreement which are consistent with PGI’s policies in effect from time to time with respect to travel, entertainment and other business expenses, subject to PGI’s requirements with respect to reporting and documentation of such expenses.

e.             Relocation.  PGI shall pay all costs of relocation of the Executive and her husband to the Charlotte metropolitan area in accordance with PGI’s relocation policy supplemented as follows:

(i)            PGI shall reimburse the Executive for reasonable temporary living expenses (including reasonable travel expenses between the Executive’s primary residence as of the Effective Date and the Charlotte metropolitan area) for the Executive and her husband in the Charlotte metropolitan area for a period not to exceed three months from the Effective Date;

(ii)           PGI shall provide Executive with a miscellaneous non-accountable relocation allowance equal to $25,000; and

(iii)          Relocation payments and benefits will be fully grossed-up for any applicable taxes with respect to any reportable income, except for any payments and benefits pursuant to Section 1.2.e.(ii)).

1.3           Paid Leave.

a.             Vacation.  Executive shall be entitled to 4 weeks vacation per calendar year, without carryover, which vacation shall accrue ratably during the year in accordance with PGI’s policies.

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b.             Sick Leave. Executive shall be entitled to sick leave in accordance with the policies adopted from time to time by PGI for its employees.

c.             Holiday Leave.  Executive shall be entitled to paid time off on such holidays for which PGI is closed for business.

1.4           Benefits.  Executive shall be entitled to participate in the various employee benefit programs (including health, life, retirement and disability) which PGI may establish and modify from time to time for the benefit of all its employees, if and when Executive satisfies the eligibility requirements for such employee benefit plans.

PGI retains the right to amend, modify or terminate any employee benefits from time to time in its discretion.

1.5           Company Automobile.  PGI shall provide for Executive’s use a 2006 Infiniti Q45 (the “Infiniti”).  When the lease on the Infiniti expires on or about April 24, 2009, PGI shall provide for Executive’s use an automobile of comparable value.  PGI shall maintain automobile insurance on the automobile, will cover the cost of general maintenance on the automobile, and reimburse Executive for fuel.  To the extent Executive uses the automobile for personal purposes, the value of such personal use shall be included in Executive’s income in accordance with applicable tax law.

ARTICLE 2:  TERMINATION BEFORE THE TERM EXPIRES AND EFFECTS OF SUCH TERMINATION

2.1           Termination By PGI.  PGI may terminate Executive’s employment before the Term expires for the following reasons:

a.             Cause.  For “cause” upon the determination by the Board that “cause” exists to terminate Executive.  “Cause” means (i) a material breach of this Agreement by Executive; provided, that if such breach is capable of being cured, Executive shall be provided 15 days written notice to cure such breach, (ii) a breach of Executive’s duty of loyalty to PGI or any of its subsidiaries or any act of dishonesty or fraud with respect to PGI or any of its subsidiaries, (iii) the commission by Executive of a felony, a crime involving moral turpitude or other act or omission (excluding business acts or omissions in the ordinary course) causing material harm to the standing and reputation of PGI and its subsidiaries, (iv) Executive reporting to work under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, the use of illegal drugs (whether or not at the workplace) or other repeated conduct (excluding business conduct in the ordinary course) causing PGI or any of its subsidiaries substantial public disgrace or disrepute or economic harm, or (v) any willful act or omission by Executive aiding or abetting a competitor, supplier or customer of PGI or any of its subsidiaries to the material disadvantage or detriment of PGI and its subsidiaries.  The burden for establishing the validity of any termination for Cause shall rest upon PGI.  No termination shall be deemed to be for Cause unless and until there shall have been delivered to Executive a copy of a resolution duly adopted by the affirmative vote of not less than three-quarters of the entire membership of the Board called and held for such purpose (after reasonable notice is provided to Executive and Executive is given an opportunity, together with counsel, to be heard before the Board), finding that, in the good faith opinion of the Board, Executive is guilty of the conduct described above, and specifying the particulars thereof in reasonable detail.  If PGI terminates Executive’s employment for Cause, Executive shall be entitled only to the pro rata Base Compensation through the date of such termination, and all future compensation and benefits shall cease (except for those benefits vested per plan terms).

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b.             Involuntary Termination Before a Change in Control.  Involuntary termination at PGI’s option may occur for any reason whatsoever, including termination without cause, in the sole discretion of the Board (“Involuntary Termination”).  Upon an Involuntary Termination before the Term expires, Executive shall be entitled to receive from PGI as severance payments, in lieu of severance payments under any other plan or program of PGI, an amount equal to (i) two times the sum of (A) her Base Compensation, plus (B) her annual target bonus opportunity, each as in effect immediately prior to the date of her termination (the “Severance Amount”), (ii) any annual bonus for a completed fiscal year of PGI that has not yet been paid to Executive (the “Prior Year Earned Bonus”), and (iii) her annual target bonus opportunity for the fiscal year in which the termination date occurs, multiplied by a fraction equal to the number of days of employment completed by Executive during the fiscal year in which the termination date occurs divided by 365 (the “Pro Rata Bonus”), in each case if and only if Executive has executed and delivered to PGI the General Release substantially in form and substance as set forth in Exhibit A attached hereto and only so long as Executive has not breached the provisions of Article 3 or Section 4.1 hereof and does not apply for unemployment compensation chargeable to PGI during the period equal to the 24 month anniversary of the date of termination (the “Severance Period”).  Executive shall not be entitled to any other salary, compensation or benefits after termination of the Agreement, except as specifically provided for in PGI’s employee benefit plans or as otherwise expressly required by applicable law.  The Severance Amount payable pursuant to this Section 2.1.b. for the first six months of the Severance Period, the Prior Year Earned Bonus and the Pro Rata Bonus payable pursuant to this Section 2.1.b. shall be paid to Executive in a lump sum on the first day of the calendar month following the six month anniversary of the termination date, and the Severance Amount payable pursuant to this Section 2.1.b. for the remainder of the Severance Period shall be payable in regular monthly installments.  The amounts payable pursuant to this Section 2.1.b. shall not be reduced by the amount of any compensation Executive receives with respect to any other employment during the Severance Period.

For twenty-four months following the date of Executive’s termination, PGI shall, at its expense, continue on behalf of the Executive and her dependants and beneficiaries, the medical, dental and hospitalization benefits provided to the Executive immediately prior to the date of termination.  The coverage and benefits (including deductibles and costs) provided in this Section 2.1.b. shall be no less favorable to the Executive and her dependants and beneficiaries, than the coverage and benefits provided to other salaried employees under PGI’s benefit plans, as such plans may be amended from time to time.  PGI’s obligation hereunder with respect to the foregoing benefits shall be limited to the extent that the Executive obtains any such benefits pursuant to a subsequent employer’s benefit plans, in which case PGI may reduce the coverage of any benefits it is required to provide the Executive hereunder so long as the aggregate coverage and benefits of the combined benefit plans is no less favorable to the Executive than the coverages and benefits required to be provided hereunder.  This Section 2.1.b. shall not be interpreted so as to limit any benefits to which the Executive, her dependants or beneficiaries may otherwise be entitled under any of PGI’s employee benefit plans, programs or practices following the termination of employment of the Executive, including without limitation, any applicable retiree life insurance benefits.  Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, all of Executive’s rights to salary, bonuses, employee benefits and other compensation hereunder which would have accrued or become payable after the termination or expiration of the Term shall cease upon such termination or expiration, other than those expressly required under applicable law (such as COBRA); provided, that for purposes of determining Executive’s rights under COBRA, the date of the later to occur of (x) the date of the termination or expiration of the Term or (y) the date of the final payment of any severance payments made pursuant to Section 2.1.b. above, shall be deemed to be the qualifying event for such purpose.  PGI may offset any amounts Executive owes it or its subsidiaries against any amounts it or its subsidiaries owes Executive hereunder.

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c.             Involuntary Termination At or After a Change in Control.  In the event that Executive incurs an Involuntary Termination hereunder after a Change in Control and before the Term expires, the Executive shall receive the benefits described in Section 2.1.b above, except that the Severance Amount shall be equal to three times the sum of (A) her Base Compensation plus (B) her annual target bonus opportunity, each as in effect immediately prior to the Change in Control (or, if greater, immediately prior to the date of her termination), in each case if, and only if, Executive has executed and delivered to PGI the General Release substantially in the form and substance as set forth in Exhibit A attached hereto and only so long as Executive has not breached the provisions of Article 3 or Section 4.1 hereof and does not apply for unemployment compensation chargeable to PGI during the Severance Period.  The Severance Amount payable pursuant to this Section 2.1.c. shall be paid in a single lump sum at the earliest date that will not result in the imposition of the additional tax on Executive described in Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”).  In addition, the period of benefit continuation described in Section 2.1.b shall be for thirty-six months rather than twenty-four months.

d.             Death/Disability.  Upon Executive’s (i) death, or (ii) becoming incapacitated or disabled so as to entitle Executive to benefits under PGI’s long-term disability plan, or (iii) becoming permanently and totally unable to perform Executive’s duties for PGI as a result of any physical or mental impairment supported by a written opinion by a physician selected by PGI, Executive or Executive’s heirs shall be entitled to Executive’s pro rata Base Compensation through the date of such determination, any annual bonus for a completed fiscal year of PGI that has not yet been paid to Executive and the Pro Rata Bonus.

2.2           Termination By Executive.  Executive may terminate the employment relationship before the Term expires for the following reasons:

a.             Good Reason.  For “good reason.”  A termination for Good Reason shall be deemed to be an Involuntary Termination and shall mean a termination as a result of:

(i)            A material breach by PGI of any material provision of this Agreement which remains uncorrected for  30 days following Executive’s written notice to PGI of such breach;

(ii)           The assignment to Executive, without her express written consent, of any duties reasonably inconsistent with Executive’s position, duties, responsibilities and status with PGI as of the Effective Date, or a change in Executive’s titles or offices (if any) in effect on the Effective Date, or any removal of Executive from, or any failure to reelect Executive to, any of such positions, except in connection with Executive’s termination for Cause, death, disability, or as a result of Executive’s retirement after attaining age 70; or

(iii)          A reduction by PGI in Executive’s Base Compensation as in effect on the Effective Date, or as the same may be increased from time to time thereafter; or

(iv)          The failure of PGI to continue in effect any material compensation, welfare or benefit plan in which Executive is participating at the time of a Change in Control of PGI, without substituting therefor plans providing Executive with substantially similar benefits at substantially the same cost to Executive; or the taking of any action by PGI which would adversely affect Executive’s participation in or materially reduce Executive’s benefits or materially increase the cost to Executive

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under any of such plans or deprive Executive of any material fringe benefit enjoyed by Executive at the time of the Change in Control of PGI; or

(v)           Any purported termination for Cause or disability without grounds therefor; or

(vi)          A requirement that Executive relocate Executive’s principal residence at least 50 miles from PGI’s headquarters in effect on the Effective Date to continue to provide services PGI.

b.             Voluntary Termination.  For any other reason whatsoever, in Executive’s sole discretion.  Upon a Voluntary Termination before the Term expires, all of Executive’s future compensation and benefits shall cease as of the date of termination (except benefits vested as of the termination per plan terms), and Executive shall be entitled only to pro rata Base Compensation through the termination date.

2.3           Certain Obligations Continue.  Neither termination of employment nor expiration of the Term terminates the continuing obligations of this Agreement, including obligations under Articles 3 and 4.1.

2.4           Employment Beyond Term.  Unless the parties hereto mutually agree otherwise at a later date, should Executive remain employed by PGI after the Term expires, such employment shall convert to an employment-at-will relationship, terminable at any time by either PGI or Executive for any reason whatsoever, with or without cause.

ARTICLE 3:  CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION; POST-EMPLOYMENT OBLIGATIONS

3.1           This Agreement.  The terms of this Agreement constitute confidential information, which Executive shall not disclose to anyone other than Executive’s spouse, attorneys, tax advisors, or as required by law.  PGI may disclose the terms of this Agreement as required by law.

3.2           PGI Property.  All written materials, records, data, and other documents prepared or possessed by Executive during Executive’s employment by PGI are PGI’s property.  All memoranda, notes, records, files, correspondence, drawings, manuals, models, specifications, computer programs, maps, and all other documents, data, or materials of any type embodying such information, ideas, concepts, improvements, discoveries, and inventions are PGI’s property.

All information, ideas, concepts, improvements, discoveries, and inventions that are conceived, made, developed, or acquired by Executive individually or in conjunction with others during Executive’s employment (whether during business hours and whether on PGI’s premises or otherwise) which relate to PGI’s business, products, or services are PGI’s property.  Executive agrees to make prompt and full disclosure to PGI or its subsidiaries, as the case may be, of all ideas, discoveries, trade secrets, inventions, innovations, improvements, developments, methods of doing business, processes, programs, designs, analyses, drawings, reports, data, software, firmware, logos and all similar or related information  (whether or not patentable and whether or not reduced to practice) that relate to PGI’s or its subsidiaries’ actual or anticipated business, research and development, or existing or future products or services and that are conceived, developed, acquired, contributed to, made, or reduced to practice by Executive (either solely or jointly with others) while employed by PGI or its subsidiaries and for a period

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of one (1) year thereafter (collectively, “Work Product”).  Any copyrightable work falling within the definition of Work Product shall be deemed a “work made for hire” under the copyright laws of the United States, and ownership of all rights therein shall vest in PGI or its subsidiary.  To the extent that any Work Product is not deemed to be a “work made for hire,” Executive hereby assigns and agrees to assign to PGI or such subsidiary all right, title and interest, including without limitation, the intellectual property rights that Executive may have in and to such Work Product.  Executive shall promptly perform all actions reasonably requested by the Board (whether during or after the employment period) to establish and confirm PGI’s or such subsidiary’s ownership (including, without limitation, providing testimony and executing assignments, consents, powers of attorney, and other instruments).

At the termination of Executive’s employment with PGI for any reason, Executive shall return all of PGI’s property to PGI.

3.3           Confidential Information:  Non-Disclosure.  Executive acknowledges that the business of PGI and its subsidiaries is highly competitive and that PGI has provided and will provide Executive with access to Confidential Information relating to the business of PGI and its subsidiaries.  “Confidential Information” means and includes PGI’s confidential and/or proprietary information and/or trade secrets that have been developed or used and/or will be developed and that cannot be obtained readily by third parties from outside sources.  Confidential Information includes, by way of example and without limitation, the following:  information regarding customers, employees, contractors, and the industry not generally known to the public; strategies, methods, books, records, and documents; technical information concerning products, equipment, services, and processes; procurement procedures and pricing techniques; the names of and other information concerning customers, investors, and business affiliates (such as contact name, service provided, pricing for that customer, amount of services used, credit and financial data, and/or other information relating to PGI’s relationship with that customer); pricing strategies and price curves; plans and strategies for expansion or acquisitions; budgets; customer lists; research; weather data; financial and sales data; trading terms; evaluations, opinions, and interpretations of information and data; marketing and merchandising techniques; prospective customers’ names and marks; grids and maps; electronic databases; models; specifications; computer programs; internal business records; contracts benefiting or obligating PGI; bids or proposals submitted to any third party; technologies and methods; training methods and training processes; organizational structure; salaries of personnel; payment amounts or rates paid to consultants or other service providers; and other such confidential or proprietary information.  Executive acknowledges that this Confidential Information constitutes a valuable, special, and unique asset used by PGI or its subsidiaries in their business to obtain a competitive advantage over their competitors.  Executive further acknowledges that protection of such Confidential Information against unauthorized disclosure and use is of critical importance to PGI and its subsidiaries in maintaining their competitive position.

Executive also will have access to, or knowledge of, Confidential Information of third parties, such as actual and potential customers, suppliers, partners, joint venturers, investors, financing sources and the like, of PGI and its subsidiaries.

Executive agrees that Executive will not, at any time during or after Executive’s employment with PGI, make any unauthorized disclosure of any Confidential Information of PGI or its subsidiaries, or make any use thereof, except in the carrying out of her employment responsibilities hereunder.  Executive also agrees to preserve and protect the confidentiality of third party Confidential Information to the same extent, and on the same basis, as PGI’s Confidential Information.

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3.4           Non-Competition Obligations.  Executive acknowledges that PGI is providing Executive with access to Confidential Information. Executive’s non-competition obligations are ancillary to PGI’s agreements provided in Article 2 and agreement to disclose Confidential Information to Executive.  In order to protect the Confidential Information described above, and in consideration for Executive’s receiving access to this Confidential Information, right to compensation and benefits upon certain terminations as provided in Article 2, and receiving other compensation provided in this Agreement, PGI and Executive agree to the following non-competition provisions:

During the greater of the Severance Period or the twelve (12) month period following Executive’s date of termination with PGI, Executive will not, directly or indirectly, for Executive or for others in any geographic area where PGI or its subsidiaries engage or plan to engage in business:

a.             engage in any business competing with any businesses in which PGI or its subsidiaries currently engage in business, has plans to engage in business, or has engaged in business in the 12-month period preceding the date of termination (a “Competing Business”);

b.             perform any job, task, function, skill, or responsibility for a Competing Business that Executive has provided for PGI in the 12-month period preceding the date of termination; or

c.             render advice or services to, or otherwise assist, any other person, association or entity in the business of “a” or “b” above.

Executive understands that the foregoing restrictions may limit her ability to engage in certain businesses and during the period provided for above, but acknowledges that these restrictions are necessary to protect the Confidential Information PGI has provided to Executive.

Executive agrees that this provision defining the scope of activities constituting competition with PGI is narrow and reasonable for the following reasons:  (i) Executive is free to seek employment with other companies providing services that do not directly or indirectly compete with any business of PGI or its subsidiaries; (ii) Executive is free to seek employment with other companies that do not directly or indirectly compete with any business of PGI or its subsidiaries; and (iii) there are many other companies that do not directly or indirectly compete with any business of PGI or its subsidiaries.  Thus, this restriction on Executive’s ability to compete does not prevent Executive from using and offering the skills that Executive possessed prior to receiving Confidential Information, specialized training, and knowledge from PGI.

3.5           Non-Solicitation of Customers.  During the greater of the Severance Period or the twelve (12) months following the termination of employment for any reason, Executive will not call on, service, or solicit competing business from customers of PGI or its subsidiaries whom the Executive, within the twenty-four (24) months prior to termination of employment, (i) had or made contact with, or (ii) had access to information and files about.  These restrictions are limited by geography to the specific places, addresses, or locations where a customer is present and available for soliciting or servicing.

3.6           Non-Solicitation of Employees.  During Executive’s employment and during the greater of the Severance Period or the twelve (12) months following the termination of employment for any reason, Executive will not, either directly or indirectly, call on, solicit, or induce any other employee or officer of PGI, or their affiliates whom Executive had contact with, knowledge of, or association with in

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the course of employment with PGI to terminate his or her employment, and will not assist any other person or entity in such a solicitation.

3.7           Arbitration.  Except with respect to disputes or claims under Article 3 or Section 4.1 hereof (which may be pursued in any court of competent jurisdiction as specified herein and with respect to which each party shall bear the cost of its own attorney’s fees and expenses except as otherwise required by applicable law), each party hereto agrees that the arbitration procedure set forth in Exhibit B hereto shall be the sole and exclusive method for resolving any claim or dispute (“Claim”) arising out of or relating to the rights and obligations acknowledged and agreed to in this Agreement and the employment of Executive by PGI and its subsidiaries (including, without limitation, disputes and claims regarding employment discrimination, sexual harassment, termination and discharge), whether such Claim arose or the facts on which such Claim is based occurred prior to or after the execution and delivery of adoption of this Agreement.  The parties agree that the result of any arbitration hereunder shall be final, conclusive and binding on all of the parties.  Nothing in this paragraph shall prohibit a party hereto from instituting litigation to enforce any Final Determination (as defined in Exhibit B hereto).  Each party hereto hereby irrevocably submits to the jurisdiction of any United States District Court or North Carolina state court of competent jurisdiction sitting in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and agrees that such court shall be the exclusive forum with respect to disputes and claims under this Agreement and for the enforcement of any Final Determination, and irrevocably and unconditionally waives (i) any objection to the laying of venue of any such action, suit or proceeding in such court or (ii) any argument, claim, defense or allegation that any such action, suit or proceeding brought in such court has been brought in an inconvenient forum.  Each party hereto irrevocably consents to service of process by registered mail or personal service and waives any objection on the grounds of personal jurisdiction, venue or inconvenience of the forum.

3.8           Warranty.  Executive warrants that Executive is not a party to any other restrictive agreement limiting Executive’s activities in her employment by PGI.  Executive further warrants that at the time of the signing of this Agreement, Executive knows of no written or oral contract or of any other impediment that would inhibit or prohibit employment with PGI and that Executive will not knowingly use any trade secret, confidential information, or other intellectual property right of any other party in the performance of Executive’s duties hereunder.

ARTICLE 4:  MISCELLANEOUS

4.1           Mutual Non-Disparagement.

a.             Executive shall refrain, both during and after her employment, from publishing any oral or written statements about PGI, any of its respective subsidiaries, or any of such entities’ officers, employees, agents, or representatives that are slanderous, libelous, or defamatory; or that disclose private or confidential information about their business affairs; or that constitute an intrusion into their seclusion or private lives; or that give rise to unreasonable publicity about their private lives; or that place them in a false light before the public; or that constitute a misappropriation of their name or likeness.

b.             PGI shall refrain, both during and after Executive’s employment, from publishing any oral or written statement about Executive that are slanderous, libelous, or defamatory, or that disclose private or confidential information about her personal business affairs; or that constitute an

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intrusion into her seclusion or private life; or that give rise to unreasonable publicity about her private life; or that places her in a false light before the public.

4.2           Notices.  Any notice provided for in this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be either personally delivered, sent by reputable overnight courier service or mailed by first class mail, return receipt requested, to the recipient at the address below indicated:

Notices to Executive:

Veronica M. Hagen
1 Avery Street
Boston, MA  02110

Notices to the Company:

Polymer Group, Inc.
9335 Harris Corners Parkway
Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28269
Attn:  General Counsel

With a copy to:

J. René Toadvine
Littler Mendelson, PC
Bank of America Corporate Center
100 North Tryon Street, Suite 4150
Charlotte, NC 28202

or such other address or to the attention of such other person as the recipient party shall have specified by prior written notice to the sending party.  Any notice under this Agreement shall be deemed to have been given when so delivered, sent or mailed.

4.3           No Waiver.  No failure by either party at any time to give notice of any breach by the other party of, or to require compliance with, any condition or provision of this Agreement shall be deemed a waiver of any provisions or conditions of this Agreement.

4.4           409A Compliance.  This Agreement and any amendments thereto shall, to the extent applicable, comply with and be interpreted in such a manner as to be consistent with the provisions of Section 409A of the Code, and any Treasury regulations or other Internal Revenue Service guidance promulgated thereunder.  In addition, notwithstanding any provision herein to the contrary, because Executive is a “specified employee” (as such term is defined in Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code), any payment due and payable hereunder as a result of Employee’s separation from service shall not be made before the date which is six (6) months after Executive’s date of separation from service.

4.5           Assignment.  This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of PGI and any other person, association, or entity that may acquire or succeed to all or substantially all of the

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business or assets of PGI.  Executive’s rights and obligations under this Agreement are personal, and they shall not be assigned or transferred without PGI’s prior written consent.

4.6           Excise Tax Gross-Up.  In the event that the aggregate of all payments or benefits made or provided to, or that may be made or provided to, the Executive under this Agreement and under all other plans, programs and arrangements of PGI (the “Aggregate Payment”) is determined to constitute a “parachute payment,” as such term is defined in Section 280G(b)(2) of the Code, PGI shall pay to the Executive, prior to the time any excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code (“Excise Tax”) is payable with respect to such Aggregate Payment, an additional amount which, after the imposition of all income and excise taxes thereon, is equal to the Excise Tax on the Aggregate Payment.  The determination of whether the Aggregate Payment constitutes a parachute payment and, if so, the amount to be paid to the Executive and the time of payment pursuant to this Section 4.6 shall be made by an independent auditor (the “Auditor”) jointly selected by PGI and the Executive and paid by PGI.  The Auditor shall be a nationally recognized United States public accounting firm which has not, during the two (2) years preceding the date of its selection, acted in any way on behalf of PGI or any affiliate thereof.  If the Executive and PGI cannot agree on the firm to serve as the Auditor, then the Executive and PGI shall each select one accounting firm and those two firms shall jointly select the accounting firm to serve as the Auditor.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that the amount of the Executive’s Excise Tax liability is subsequently determined to be greater than the Excise Tax liability with respect to which an initial payment to the Executive under this Section 4.6 has been made, PGI shall pay to the Executive an additional amount with respect to such additional Excise Tax (and any interest and penalties thereon) at the time and in the amount determined by the Auditor so as to make the Executive whole, on an after-tax basis, with respect to such Excise Tax (and any interest and penalties thereon) and such additional amount paid by PGI.  In the event the amount of the Executive’s Excise Tax liability is subsequently determined to be less than the Excise Tax liability with respect to which an initial payment to the Executive has been made, the Executive shall, as soon as practical after the determination is made, pay to PGI the amount of the overpayment by PGI, reduced by the amount of any relevant taxes already paid by the Executive and not refundable, all as determined by the Auditor.  The Executive and PGI shall cooperate with each other in connection with any proceeding or claim relating to the existence or amount of liability for Excise Tax, and all expenses incurred by the Executive in connection therewith shall be paid by PGI promptly upon notice of demand from the Executive.

4.7           Indemnification, Liability Insurance.  PGI agrees to indemnify the Executive and hold the Executive harmless to the fullest extent permitted by PGI’s certificate of incorporation and under the bylaws of PGI against and in respect to any and all actions, suits, proceedings, claims, demands, judgments, costs, expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees), losses, and damages resulting from the Executive’s good-faith performance of the Executive’s duties and obligations to PGI.  PGI shall cover the Executive under directors and officers liability insurance both during and, while potential liability exists, after the Term of this Agreement in the same amount and on the same terms as PGI covers its other active officers and directors, if such coverage is obtainable, but in all events such coverage shall be at least in substantially the same amount and on substantially the same terms as PGI covers its other active officers and directors.

4.8           Other Agreements; Inconsistency.  This Agreement replaces and merges any other previous agreements and discussions pertaining to the nature of, term, and termination of Executive’s employment relationship with PGI, and this Agreement constitutes the entire agreement of the parties with respect to such subject matters.  No representation, inducement, promise, or agreement has been made by either party with respect to such subject matters, and no agreement, statement, or promise

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relating to the employment of Executive by PGI that is not contained in this Agreement shall be valid or binding.  Any modification of this Agreement will be effective only if it is in writing and signed by each party.  In the event of any inconsistency between this Agreement and any other agreement (including but not limited to any profits interest, long-term incentive or other equity award agreement), plan, program, policy or practice (collectively, “Other Provision”) of PGI, the terms of this Agreement shall control over such Other Provision to the extent that the terms of this Agreement are more beneficial to the Executive.

4.9           Survival/Severability/Headings.  It is the express intention and agreement of the parties that the provisions of Article 3 and Section 4.1 shall survive the termination of employment of Executive.  In addition, all obligations of PGI to make payments, and to provide for equity vesting, under this Agreement shall survive any termination of this Agreement on the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any one or more provisions of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of the other provisions of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect.  Article and section headings contained in this Agreement are provided for convenience and reference only, and do not define or affect the meaning, construction, or scope of any of the provisions of this Agreement.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, PGI and Executive have executed this Agreement in multiple originals to be effective on the first date of the Term.

PGI

 

VERONICA M. HAGEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

 

Name

 

 

 

Title

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dated this the ___ day of _______________, ____

 

Dated this the ___ day of ___________, ____

 

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Exhibit A

GENERAL RELEASE

I, Veronica M. Hagen, in  consideration of and subject to the performance by Polymer Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation (together with its subsidiaries, the “Company”), of its obligations under the Employment Agreement, entered into on April 23, 2007, (the “Agreement”), do hereby release and forever discharge as of the date hereof the Company and its affiliates and all present and former directors, officers, agents, representatives, employees, successors and assigns of the Company and its affiliates and the Company’s direct or indirect owners (collectively, the “Released Parties”) to the extent provided below.

1.                                       I understand that any payments or benefits paid or granted to me under paragraph 2(b) of the Agreement represent, in part, consideration for signing this General Release and are not salary, wages or benefits to which I was already entitled. I understand and agree that I will not receive the payments and benefits specified in paragraph 2(b) of the Agreement unless I execute this General Release and do not revoke this General Release within the time period permitted hereafter or breach this General Release.  Such payments and benefits will not be considered compensation for purposes of any employee benefit plan, program, policy or arrangement maintained or hereafter established by the Company or its affiliates.  I also acknowledge and represent that I have received all payments and benefits that I am entitled to receive (as of the date hereof) by virtue of any employment by the Company.

2.                                       Except as provided in paragraph 4 below and except for the provisions of my Employment Agreement which expressly survive the termination of my employment with the Company, I knowingly and voluntarily (for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns) release and forever discharge the Company and the other Released Parties from any and all claims, suits, controversies, actions, causes of action, cross-claims, counter-claims, demands, debts, compensatory damages, liquidated damages, punitive or exemplary damages, other damages, claims for costs and attorneys’ fees, or liabilities of any nature whatsoever in law and in equity, existing or hereafter arising, based in whole or in part upon any act or omission, transaction, agreement, event or other occurrence taking place from the beginning of time through the date this General Release becomes effective and enforceable and whether known or unknown, suspected, or claimed against the Company or any of the Released Parties which I, my spouse, or any of my heirs, executors, administrators or assigns, may have, which arise out of or are connected with my employment with, or my separation or termination from, the Company (including, but not limited to, any allegation, claim or violation, arising under: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; the Civil Rights Act of 1991; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended (including the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act); the Equal Pay Act of 1963, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993; the Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act; the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974; any applicable Executive Order Programs; the Fair Labor Standards Act; or their state or local counterparts; the North Carolina Equal Employment Practice Act, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 143-422.1, et seq.; the North Carolina Persons With Disabilities Protection Act, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 168A-1 et seq.; and the North Carolina Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 95-240 et seq. or under any other federal,

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state or local civil or human rights law, or under any other local, state, or federal law, regulation or ordinance; or under any public policy, contract or tort, or under common law; or arising under any policies, practices or procedures of the Company; or any claim for wrongful discharge, breach of contract, infliction of emotional distress, defamation; or any claim for costs, fees, or other expenses, including attorneys’ fees incurred in these matters) (all of the foregoing collectively referred to herein as the “Claims”).

3.                                       I represent that I have made no assignment or transfer of any right, claim, demand, cause of action, or other matter covered by paragraph 2 above.

4.                                       I agree that this General Release does not waive or release any rights or claims that I may have under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 which arise after the date I execute this General Release.  I acknowledge and agree that my separation from employment with the Company in compliance with the terms of the Agreement shall not serve as the basis for any claim or action (including, without limitation, any claim under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967).

5.                                       In signing this General Release, I acknowledge and intend that it shall be effective as a bar to each and every one of the Claims hereinabove mentioned or implied. I expressly consent that this General Release shall be given full force and effect according to each and all of its express terms and provisions, including those relating to unknown and unsuspected Claims (notwithstanding any state statute that expressly limits the effectiveness of a general release of unknown, unsuspected and unanticipated Claims), if any, as well as those relating to any other Claims hereinabove mentioned or implied. I acknowledge and agree that this waiver is an essential and material term of this General Release and that without such waiver the Company would not have agreed to the terms of the Agreement.  I further agree that in the event I should bring a Claim seeking damages against the Company, or in the event I should seek to recover against the Company in any Claim brought by a governmental agency on my behalf, this General Release shall serve as a complete defense to such Claims. I further agree that I am not aware of any pending charge or complaint of the type described in paragraph 2 as of the execution of this General Release.

6.                                       I agree that neither this General Release, nor the furnishing of the consideration for this General Release, shall be deemed or construed at any time to be an admission by the Company, any Released Party or myself of any improper or unlawful conduct.

7.                                       I agree that I will forfeit all amounts payable by the Company pursuant to the Agreement if I challenge the validity of this General Release. I also agree that if I violate this General Release by suing the Company or the other Released Parties, I will pay all costs and expenses of defending against the suit incurred by the Released Parties, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, and return all payments received by me pursuant to the Agreement.

8.                                       I agree that this General Release is confidential and agree not to disclose any information regarding the terms of this General Release, except to my immediate family and any tax, legal or other counsel I have consulted regarding the meaning or effect hereof or as required by law, and I will instruct each of the foregoing not to disclose the same to anyone.

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9.                                       Any non-disclosure provision in this General Release does not prohibit or restrict me (or my attorney) from responding to any inquiry about this General Release or its underlying facts and circumstances by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD), any other self-regulatory organization or governmental entity.

10.                                 I agree to reasonably cooperate with the Company in any internal investigation or administrative, regulatory, or judicial proceeding. I understand and agree that my cooperation may include, but not be limited to, making myself available to the Company upon reasonable notice for interviews and factual investigations; appearing at the Company’s request to give testimony without requiring service of a subpoena or other legal process; volunteering to the Company pertinent information; and turning over to the Company all relevant documents which are or may come into my possession all at times and on schedules that are reasonably consistent with my other permitted activities and commitments. I understand that in the event the Company asks for my cooperation in accordance with this provision, the Company will reimburse me solely for reasonable travel expenses, including lodging and meals, upon my submission of receipts.

11.                                 I agree that as of the date hereof, I have returned to the Company any and all property, tangible or intangible, relating to its business, which I possessed or had control over at any time (including, but not limited to, company-provided credit cards, building or office access cards, keys, computer equipment, manuals, files, documents, records, software, customer data base and other data) and that I shall not retain any copies, compilations, extracts, excerpts, summaries or other notes of any such manuals, files, documents, records, software, customer data base or other data.

12.                                 Notwithstanding anything in this General Release to the contrary, this General Release shall not relinquish, diminish, or in any way affect any rights or claims arising out of any breach by the Company or by any Released Party of the Agreement after the date hereof.

13.                                 Whenever possible, each provision of this General Release shall be interpreted in, such manner as to be effective and valid under applicable law, but if any provision of this General Release is held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect under any applicable law or rule in any jurisdiction, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not affect any other provision or any other jurisdiction, but this General Release shall be reformed, construed and enforced in such jurisdiction as if such invalid, illegal or unenforceable provision had never been contained herein.

BY SIGNING THIS GENERAL RELEASE, I REPRESENT AND AGREE THAT:

(a)                                  I HAVE READ IT CAREFULLY;

(b)                                 I UNDERSTAND ALL OF ITS TERMS AND KNOW THAT I AM GIVING UP IMPORTANT RIGHTS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, RIGHTS UNDER THE AGE DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT ACT OF 1967, AS AMENDED, TITLE VII OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964, AS AMENDED; THE EQUAL PAY ACT OF 1963, THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; AND THE EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ACT OF 1974, AS AMENDED;

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(c)                                  I VOLUNTARILY CONSENT TO EVERYTHING IN IT;

(d)                                 I HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY BEFORE EXECUTING IT AND I HAVE DONE SO OR, AFTER CAREFUL READING AND CONSIDERATION I HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO DO SO OF MY OWN VOLITION;

(e)                                  I HAVE HAD AT LEAST 21 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF MY RECEIPT OF THIS RELEASE SUBSTANTIALLY IN ITS FINAL FORM ON _______________ __, _____ TO CONSIDER IT AND THE CHANGES MADE SINCE THE _______________ __, _____ VERSION OF THIS RELEASE ARE NOT MATERIAL AND WILL NOT RESTART THE REQUIRED 21-DAY PERIOD;

(f)                                    THE CHANGES TO THE AGREEMENT SINCE _______________ ___, _____ EITHER ARE NOT MATERIAL OR WERE MADE AT MY REQUEST.

(g)                                 I UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE EXECUTION OF THIS RELEASE TO REVOKE IT AND THAT THIS RELEASE SHALL NOT BECOME EFFECTIVE OR ENFORCEABLE UNTIL THE REVOCATION PERIOD HAS EXPIRED;

(h)                                 I HAVE SIGNED THIS GENERAL RELEASE KNOWINGLY AND VOLUNTARILY AND WITH THE ADVICE OF ANY COUNSEL RETAINED TO ADVISE ME WITH RESPECT TO IT; AND

(i)                                     I AGREE THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS GENERAL RELEASE MAY NOT BE AMENDED, WAIVED, CHANGED OR MODIFIED EXCEPT BY AN INSTRUMENT IN WRITING SIGNED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMPANY AND BY ME.

DATE:  _____________                                                                   ____________________________________

 

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Exhibit B

ARBITRATION PROCEDURE

1              Notice of Claim.  A party asserting a Claim (the “Claimant”) shall deliver written notice to each party against whom the Claim is asserted (collectively, the “Opposing Party”), with a copy to the persons required to receive copies of notices under the Agreement (the “Additional Notice Parties”), specifying the nature of the Claim and requesting a meeting to resolve same.  The Additional Notice Parties shall be given reasonable notice of and invited and permitted to attend any such meeting.  If no resolution is reached within 10 business days after delivery of such notice, the Claimant or the Opposing Party may, within 45 days after giving such notice, invoke the arbitration procedure provided herein by delivering to each Opposing Party and the Additional Notice Parties a notice of arbitration which shall specify the Claim as to which arbitration is sought, the nature of the Claim, the basis for the Claim and the nature and amount of any damages or other compensation or relief sought (a “Notice of Arbitration”).  Each party agrees that no punitive damages may be sought or recovered in any arbitration, judicial proceeding or otherwise.  Failure to file a Notice of Arbitration within 45 days shall constitute a waiver of any right to relief for the matters asserted in the notice of Claim.  Any Claim shall be forever barred, and no relief may be sought therefor, if written notice of such Claim is not made as provided above within one year of the date such Claim accrues.

2              Selection of Arbitrator.  Within 20 business days after receipt of the Notice of Arbitration, the Executive and a duly authorized representative of PGI shall confer, whether in person, by telephone or in writing, and attempt to agree on an arbitrator to hear and decide the Claim.  If the Executive and the Board cannot agree on an arbitrator within ten business days, then they shall request the American Arbitration Association (the “AAA”) in Charlotte, North Carolina to appoint an arbitrator experienced in the area of dispute who does not have an ongoing business relationship with any of the parties to the dispute.  If the arbitrator selected informs the parties he cannot hear and resolve the Claim within the time-frame specified below, the Executive and the Board shall request the appointment of another arbitrator by the AAA subject to the same requirements.

3              Arbitration Procedure.  The following procedures shall govern the conduct of any arbitration under this section.  All procedural matters relating to the conduct of the arbitration other than those specified below shall be discussed among counsel for the parties and the arbitrator.  Subject to any agreement of the parties, the arbitrator shall determine all procedural matters not specified herein.

(a)           Within 30 days after the delivery of a Notice of Arbitration, each party shall afford the other, or its counsel, with reasonable access to documents relating directly to the issues raised in the Notice of Arbitration.  All documents produced and all copies thereof shall be maintained as strictly confidential, shall be used for no purpose other than the arbitration hereunder, and shall be returned to the producing party upon completion of the arbitration.  There shall be no other discovery except that, if a reasonable need is shown, limited depositions may be allowed in the discretion of the arbitrator, it being the expressed intention and agreement of each party to have the arbitration proceedings conducted and resolved as expeditiously, economically and fairly as reasonably practicable, and with the maximum degree of confidentiality.

(b)           All written communications regarding the proceeding sent to the arbitrator shall be sent simultaneously to each party or its counsel, with a copy to the Additional Notice Parties.  Oral

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communications between any of the parties or their counsel and the arbitrator shall be conducted only when all parties or their counsel are present and participating in the conversation.

(c)           Within 20 days after selection of the arbitrator, the Claimant shall submit to the arbitrator a copy of the Notice of Arbitration, along with a supporting memorandum and any exhibits or other documents supporting the Claim.

(d)           Within 20 days after receipt of the Claimant’s submission, the Opposing Party shall submit to the arbitrator a memorandum supporting its position and any exhibits or other supporting documents.  If the Opposing Party fails to respond to any of the issues raised by the Claimant within 20 days of receipt of the Claimant’s submission, then the arbitrator may find for the Claimant on any such issue and bar any subsequent consideration of the matter.

(e)           Within 20 days after receipt of the Opposing Party’s response, the Claimant may submit to the arbitrator a reply to the Opposing Party’s response, or notification that no reply is forthcoming.

(f)            Within 10 days after the last submission as provided above, the arbitrator shall confer with the parties to select the date of the hearing on the issues raised by the Claim.  Scheduling of the hearing shall be within the sole discretion of the arbitrator, but in no event more than 30 days after the last submission by the parties, and shall take place within 50 miles of the corporate headquarters of PGI at a place selected by the arbitrator or such other place as is mutually agreed.  Both parties shall be granted substantially equal time to present evidence at the hearing.  The hearing shall not exceed one business day, except for good cause shown.

(g)           Within 30 days after the conclusion of the hearing, the arbitrator shall issue a written decision to be delivered to both parties and the Additional Notice Parties (the “Final Determination”).  The Final Determination shall address each issue disputed by the parties, state the arbitrator’s findings and reasons therefor, and state the nature and amount of any damages, compensation or other relief awarded.

(h)           The award rendered by the arbitrator shall be final and non-appealable, except as otherwise provided under the Federal Arbitration Act, and judgment may be entered upon it in accordance with applicable law in such court as has jurisdiction thereof.

4              Costs of Arbitration.  Each party shall bear its own costs of conducting the arbitration, and administrative fees shall be shared equally among the parties.

5              Satisfaction of Award.  If any party fails to pay the amount of the award, if any, assessed against it within 30 days after the delivery to such party of the Final Determination, the unpaid amount shall bear interest from the date of such delivery at the lesser of (i) prime lending rate announced by Citibank N.A. plus three hundred basis points and (ii) the maximum rate permitted by applicable usury laws.  In addition, such party shall promptly reimburse the other party for any and all costs or expenses of any nature or kind whatsoever (including attorneys’ fees) reasonably incurred in seeking to collect such award or to enforce any Final Determination.

6              Confidentiality of Proceedings.  The parties hereto agree that all of the arbitration proceedings provided for herein, including any notice of claim, the Notice of Arbitration, the submissions of the parties, and the Final Determination issued by the arbitrator, shall be confidential and

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shall not be disclosed at any time to any person other than the parties, their representatives, the arbitrator and the Additional Notice Parties; provided, however, that this provision shall not prevent the party prevailing in the arbitration from submitting the Final Determination to a court for the purpose of enforcing the award, subject to comparable confidentiality protections if the court agrees; and further provided that the foregoing shall not prohibit disclosure to the minimum extent reasonably necessary to comply with (i) applicable law (or requirement having the force of law), court order, judgment or decree, including, without limitation, disclosures which may be required pursuant to applicable securities laws, and (ii) the terms of contractual arrangements (such as financing arrangements) to which PGI or any Additional Notice Party may be subject so long as such contractual arrangements were not entered into for the primary purpose of permitting disclosure which would otherwise be prohibited hereunder.

 

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EX-10.3 4 a06-9411_1ex10d3.htm EX-10.3

Exhibit 10.3

February 24, 2006

[Name and Address]

 

Re:  Change in Control Severance Compensation Agreement

Dear  ________:

 

The board of directors (the “Board”) of Polymer Group, Inc. (the “Company”) has determined that it is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders to assure the continued dedication to the Company of certain senior management personnel, notwithstanding any possibility, threat or occurrence of a Change in Control of the Company (as defined below). Accordingly, in order to encourage your continued attention and dedication to your assigned duties regardless of any such possibility, threat or occurrence, the Board has authorized the Company to enter into this “Change in Control Severance Compensation Agreement” (the “Agreement”) in order to provide you with certain compensation and other benefits in the event that your employment with the Company is terminated as a result of a Change in Control of the Company.

The terms and conditions of this Agreement are as follows:

1.     Term of the Agreement. (A) The Term of this Agreement shall commence on the date executed by the Company below and shall end on December 31, 2007; subject to any extension under Paragraph 1(B) below. In addition, the Term of this Agreement shall automatically end upon the occurrence of any of the following:

(i)            Your death or receipt of a Notice of Termination due to Disability;

(ii)           Your attainment of your Retirement Date; or

(iii)          A determination by the Board that you are no longer eligible to receive the benefits set forth in this Agreement in connection with your Termination prior to a Change in Control of the Company due to performance-related matters and your receipt of notice of any such determination; provided, that such a determination shall have no effect if made in anticipation of a Change in Control of the Company and for the sole purpose of avoiding application of this Agreement to your Termination, in which case your Termination shall be deemed to have been a Termination without Cause pursuant to this Agreement and, if the Change in Control of the Company occurs during the Term and within twelve (12) months of your Termination, you shall be entitled to the benefits pursuant to Paragraph 4 payable on the later of (i) the first business day of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the Termination occurs and (ii) five (5) days following the date of the Change in Control of the

 



Company, but in any event no later than the last day of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the Termination occurs.

(B)           In the event of a Change in Control of the Company, subject to Paragraph 1(A), the Term of this Agreement shall be automatically extended to the earlier of:  (i) the date that is one year from the date such Change in Control of the Company occurred; or (ii) the occurrence of an event described in Paragraph 1(A)(i) or 1(A)(ii) above.

2.     Change in Control of the Company. For purposes of this Agreement, a “Change in Control of the Company” shall mean any of the following events:

(A)          if any “person” or “group” as those terms are used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Exchange Act or any successors thereto, other than an Exempt Person, is or becomes the “beneficial owner” (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act or any successor thereto), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing (A) 50% or more of the combined voting power of the Company’s then outstanding securities or (B) 30% or more of the combined voting power of the Company’s then outstanding securities if at such time, such person or group also beneficially owns more of the combined voting power of the Company’s then outstanding securities than an Exempt Person; or

(B)           during any period of two consecutive years, individuals who at the beginning of such period constitute the Board and any new directors whose election by the Board or nomination for election by the Company’s stockholders was approved by at least two-thirds of the directors then still in office who either were directors at the beginning of the period or whose election was previously so approved, cease for any reason to constitute a majority thereof; or

(C)           the consummation of a merger or consolidation of the Company with any other corporation, other than a merger or consolidation (A) which would result in all or a portion of the voting securities of the Company outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being converted into voting securities of the surviving entity) more than 50% of the combined voting power of the voting securities of the Company or such surviving entity outstanding immediately after such merger or consolidation or (B) by which the corporate existence of the Company is not affected and following which the Company’s chief executive officer and directors retain their positions with the Company (and constitute at least a majority of the Board); or

(D)          the consummation of a plan of complete liquidation of the Company or consummation of the sale or disposition by the Company of all or substantially all the Company’s assets, other than a sale to an Exempt Person.

(E)           For purposes of this Agreement, the term (i) “Exempt Person” means (a) MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Fund L.P., MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners, L.P., MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners B, L.P., MatlinPatterson LLC, MatlinPatterson Asset Management LLC, MatlinPatterson Global Advisers LLC, MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners (Bermuda), L.P., MatlinPatterson Global Partners

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LLC and any of their respective affiliated entities, (b) any person, entity or group under the control of any party included in clause (a), or (c) any employee benefit plan of the Company or a trustee or other administrator or fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan of the Company, and (ii) “MP and its Affiliates” shall mean MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Fund L.P., MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners, L.P., MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners B, L.P., MatlinPatterson LLC, MatlinPatterson Asset Management LLC,  MatlinPatterson Global Advisers LLC, MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners (Bermuda), L.P., MatlinPatterson Global Partners LLC and any of their respective affiliated entities.

3.     Termination of Employment Following Change in Control of the Company.

(A)          Termination. If a Change in Control of the Company occurs, you shall be entitled, upon the subsequent termination of your employment (but only if the “termination of employment” also constitutes a “separation from service” as defined in Proposed Treasury Regulation §1.409A-1(h), as amended or supplemented from time to time) with the Company (“Termination”), to the benefits described in Paragraph 4 below, unless such Termination is:  (i) by you other than for Good Reason; (ii) by the Company for Cause or because of your Disability; or (iii) because of your death or attainment of your Retirement Date. Any Termination (except a Termination resulting from your death) shall be made by written Notice of Termination from the party initiating such Termination to the other party to this Agreement.

(B)           Notice of Termination. A Notice of Termination shall mean a written document stating the specific provision in this Agreement upon which a Termination is based and otherwise setting forth the facts and circumstances which provide the basis for a Termination.

(C)           Date of Termination. The Date of Termination shall mean:  (i) if the Termination occurs as a result of Disability, thirty (30) days after a Notice of Termination is given; (ii) if the Termination occurs for Good Reason, the date specified in the Notice of Termination; and (iii) if the Termination occurs for any other reason, the date on which the Notice of Termination is given.

(D)          Good Reason. A Termination for Good Reason shall mean a Termination as a result of:

(i)            The assignment to you, without your express written consent, of any duties reasonably inconsistent with your position, duties, responsibilities and status with the Company immediately prior to a Change in Control of the Company, or a change in your titles or offices (if any) in effect immediately prior to a Change in Control of the Company, or any removal of you from, or any failure to reelect you to, any of such positions, except in connection with your Termination for Cause, death, Disability, or as a result of your attainment of your Retirement Date; or

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(ii)           A reduction by the Company in your base salary as in effect on the date hereof, or as the same may be increased from time to time thereafter; or

(iii)          The failure of the Company to continue in effect any material compensation, welfare or benefit plan in which you are participating at the time of a Change in Control of the Company, without substituting therefor plans providing you with substantially similar benefits at substantially the same cost to you; or the taking of any action by the Company which would adversely affect your participation in or materially reduce your benefits or materially increase the cost to you under any of such plans or deprive you of any material fringe benefit enjoyed by you at the time of the Change in Control of the Company; or

(iv)          Any purported Termination for Cause or Disability without grounds therefor; or

(v)           A requirement that you relocate your principal residence at least 100 miles from that in effect prior to the Change in Control to continue to provide services to the Company.

(E)           Cause. A Termination for Cause shall mean a Termination as a result of one or more of the following:  (i) a material breach of this Agreement by you; provided, that if such breach is capable of being cured, you shall be provided 15 days notice to cure such breach, (ii) a breach of your duty of loyalty to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or any act of dishonesty or fraud with respect to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, (iii) the commission by you of a felony, a crime involving moral turpitude or other act or omission causing material harm to the standing and reputation of the Company and its Subsidiaries, (iv) reporting to work under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, the use of illegal drugs (whether or not at the workplace) or other repeated conduct causing the Company or any of its Subsidiaries substantial public disgrace or disrepute or economic harm, or (v) any act or omission aiding or abetting a competitor, supplier or customer of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to the material disadvantage or detriment of the Company and its Subsidiaries. The burden for establishing the validity of any termination for Cause shall rest upon the Company. No Termination shall be deemed to be for Cause unless and until there shall have been delivered to you a copy of a resolution duly adopted by the affirmative vote of not less than three-quarters of the entire membership of the Board called and held for such purpose (after reasonable notice is provided to you and you are given an opportunity, together with counsel, to be heard before the Board), finding that, in the good faith opinion of the Board, you are guilty of the conduct described above, and specifying the particulars thereof in reasonable detail.

(F)           Disability. A “Disability” shall mean that, as a result of your incapacity due to physical or mental illness, you shall have been unable to perform your duties with the Company for a period of six (6) months, and have no prospect of returning to employment with the Company within an additional six (6) months; provided, that the Company shall have made a reasonable accommodation of any such incapacity pursuant to, and shall otherwise have complied in all respects with, the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or any successors thereto.

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(G)           Retirement Date. Your “Retirement Date” shall mean the date on which you attain age 70-1/2.

4.     Benefits. Subject in each case to Paragraph 3(A),

(A)          The Company shall pay to you in a lump sum payment within five (5) business days following the Date of Termination, an amount that is [twelve (12)] [twenty-four (24)] times the sum of (i) your monthly base salary at the rate in effect at the time a Notice of Termination is given and (ii) the greater of (x) your annual bonus earned for the most-recently completed fiscal year of the Company and (y) your annual target bonus for the year which includes the Date of Termination; provided, that you shall have executed a reasonable and customary release in favor of the Company and its subsidiaries releasing all claims related to or arising out of the termination of your employment.

(B)           In addition to any rights you may have under the 2005 Employee Restricted Stock Plan, all of your then-unvested shares of Restricted Stock issued under such Plan shall vest as of the Date of Termination and, 90 days thereafter, you shall be free to sell such shares without restriction.

(C)           The Company shall maintain in full force and effect, for a period of twelve (12) months following your Date of Termination, all life insurance and medical insurance plans and programs (the “Company Programs”) in which you are entitled to participate immediately prior to the Date of Termination; provided that your continued participation is possible under the terms and provisions of such Company Programs. In the event that your participation in any Company Program is not permitted under the terms and provisions thereof, the Company will use its commercially reasonable efforts to provide you with, or arrange coverage for you which is substantially similar to (including comparable terms), the coverage that you would have received under the applicable Company Program. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company’s obligations under this Paragraph 4(C) shall terminate with respect to any Company Program on the date that you first become eligible, after your Date of Termination, for the same type of coverage under another employer’s plan.

(D)          The Company shall pay all reasonable legal fees and expenses incurred by you as a result of your Termination (including all such reasonable fees and expenses, if any, incurred in contesting or disputing your Termination or in seeking to obtain or enforce any rights or benefits provided by this Agreement).

(E)           The Company shall pay the costs of reasonable outplacement services until you are employed on a full-time basis; provided that payment by the Company of such costs shall not exceed $15,000.

(F)           You shall not be required to mitigate the amount of any payment provided for in this Paragraph 4 by seeking other employment or otherwise, nor shall the amount of any payment provided for in this Paragraph 4 be reduced by any compensation earned by you as a

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result of employment by another employer after the Date of Termination, or otherwise, except as specifically provided in Paragraph 4(C).

(G)           Notwithstanding the above and unless exempt under Proposed Treasury Regulation §1.409A-1(b)(9), if you are a “specified employee” within the meaning of Code §416(i) and Proposed Treasury Regulation §1.409A-1(i), no payments may be made under this Agreement before the date that is six months after the Termination (or, if earlier, the date of death of the specified employee). In such case, all payments to which you are entitled during the first six months shall be accumulated and paid on the first date of the seventh month following Termination.

(H)          If it is determined that any payments hereunder, either separately or in conjunction with any other payments, benefits and entitlements received by you hereunder, would constitute an “excess parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), and thereby be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code (the “Excise Tax”), then in such event, the Company shall be obligated to pay to you promptly following such determination and upon notice thereof a “gross-up” payment in an amount equal to the amount of such Excise Tax, plus all federal and state income or other taxes with respect to the payment of the amount of such Excise Tax, including all such taxes (including any additional Excise Tax) with respect to any such gross-up payment.

5.             Confidential Information.

(A)          Obligation to Maintain Confidentiality. You acknowledge that the continued success of the Company and its Subsidiaries, depends upon the use and protection of a large body of confidential and proprietary information. All of such confidential and proprietary information existing prior hereto, now existing or to be developed in the future will be referred to in this Agreement as “Confidential Information.”  Confidential Information will be interpreted as broadly as possible to include all information of any sort (whether merely remembered or embodied in a tangible or intangible form) that is (i) related to the Company’s or its Subsidiaries’ current or potential business and (ii) is not generally or publicly known. Confidential Information includes, without specific limitation, the information, observations and data obtained by you during the course of your performance under this Agreement concerning the business and affairs of the Company and its Subsidiaries, information concerning acquisition opportunities in or reasonably related to the Company’s or it Subsidiaries’ business or industry of which you become aware during your employment, the persons or entities that are current, former or prospective suppliers or customers of any one or more of them during your course of performance under this Agreement, as well as development, transition and transformation plans, methodologies and methods of doing business, strategic, marketing and expansion plans, including plans regarding planned and potential sales, financial and business plans, employee lists and telephone numbers, locations of sales representatives, new and existing programs and services, prices and terms, customer service, integration processes, requirements and costs of providing service, support and equipment. Therefore, you agree that you shall not disclose to any unauthorized person or use for your own account any of such Confidential Information

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without both Board’s prior written consent, unless and to the extent that any Confidential Information (i) becomes generally known to and available for use by the public other than as a result of your acts or omissions to act or (ii) is required to be disclosed pursuant to any applicable law or court order. You agree to deliver to the Company at the end of your employment, or at any other time the Company may request in writing, all memoranda, notes, plans, records, reports and other documents (and copies thereof) relating to the business of the Company or its Subsidiaries (including, without limitation, all Confidential Information) that you may then possess or have under your control.

(B)           Ownership of Intellectual Property. You agree to make prompt and full disclosure to the Company or its Subsidiaries, as the case may be, of all ideas, discoveries, trade secrets, inventions, innovations, improvements, developments, methods of doing business, processes, programs, designs, analyses, drawings, reports, data, software, firmware, logos and all similar or related information (whether or not patentable and whether or not reduced to practice) that relate to the Company’s or its Subsidiaries’ actual or anticipated business, research and development, or existing or future products or services and that are conceived, developed, acquired, contributed to, made, or reduced to practice by you (either solely or jointly with others) while employed by the Company or it Subsidiaries and for a period of one (1) year thereafter (collectively, “Work Product”). Any copyrightable work falling within the definition of Work Product shall be deemed a “work made for hire” under the copyright laws of the United States, and ownership of all right therein shall vest in the Company or its Subsidiary. To the extent that any Work Product is not deemed to be a “work made for hire,” you hereby assign and agree to assign to the Company or such Subsidiary all right, title and interest, including without limitation, the intellectual property rights that you may have in and to such Work Product. You shall promptly perform all actions reasonably requested by the Board (whether during or after your employment) to establish and confirm the Company’s or such Subsidiary’s ownership (including, without limitation, providing testimony and executing assignments, consents, powers of attorney, and other instruments).

(C)           Third Party Information. You understand that the Company and its Subsidiaries will receive from third parties confidential or proprietary information (“Third Party Information”) subject to a duty on the Company’s and its Subsidiaries’ part to maintain the confidentiality of such information and to use it only for certain limited purposes. During your employment and thereafter, and without in any way limiting the provisions of Paragraph 5(A) above, you will hold Third Party Information in the strictest confidence and will not disclose to anyone (other than personnel of the Company or its Subsidiaries who need to know such information in connection with their work for the Company or such Subsidiaries) or use, except in connection with his work for the Company or its Subsidiaries, Third Party Information unless expressly authorized by a member of the Board in writing.

6.     Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation.

(A)          In further consideration of the compensation to be paid to you hereunder, whether under Article 4 or Paragraph 6(E), you acknowledge that during the course of your employment with the Company and its Subsidiaries you shall become familiar with the

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Company’s trade secrets and with other Confidential Information concerning the Company and its predecessors and its Subsidiaries and that your services shall be of special, unique and extraordinary value to the Company and its Subsidiaries, and therefore, you agree that, during the time you are employed by the Company and for a period of time equal to [twelve (12)] [twenty-four (24)] months thereafter (the “Noncompete Period”), you shall not directly or indirectly own any interest in, manage, control, participate in, consult with, render services for, or in any manner engage in any business competing with the businesses of the Company or its Subsidiaries, as such businesses exist or are in process during your employment on the date of the termination or expiration of your employment, within any geographical area in which the Company or its Subsidiaries engage or plan to engage in such businesses. Nothing herein shall prohibit you from being a passive owner of not more than 2% of the outstanding stock of any class of a corporation which is publicly traded, so long as you have no active participation in the business of such corporation.

(B)           During the Noncompete Period, you shall not directly or indirectly through another person or entity (i) induce or attempt to induce any employee of the Company or any Subsidiary to leave the employ of the Company or such Subsidiary, or in any way interfere with the relationship between the Company or any Subsidiary and any employee thereof, (ii) hire any person who was an employee of the Company or any Subsidiary at any time during your employment or (iii) induce or attempt to induce any customer, supplier, licensee, licensor, franchisee or other business relation of the Company or any Subsidiary to cease doing business with the Company or such Subsidiary, or in any way interfere with the relationship between any such customer, supplier, licensee or business relation and the Company or any Subsidiary (including, without limitation, making any negative or disparaging statements or communications regarding the Company or its Subsidiaries).

(C)           If, at the time of enforcement of this Paragraph 6, a court shall hold that the duration, scope or area restrictions stated herein are unreasonable under circumstances then existing, the parties agree that the maximum duration, scope or area reasonable under such circumstances shall be substituted for the stated duration, scope or area and that the court shall be allowed to revise the restrictions contained herein to cover the maximum period, scope and area permitted by law.

(D)          In the event of the breach or a threatened breach by you of any of the provisions of this Paragraph 6, the Company would suffer irreparable harm, and in addition and supplementary to other rights and remedies existing in its favor, the Company shall be entitled to specific performance and/or injunctive or other equitable relief from a court of competent jurisdiction in order to enforce or prevent any violations of the provisions hereof (without posting a bond or other security). In addition, in the event of an alleged breach or violation by you of this Paragraph 6, the Noncompete Period shall be tolled until such breach or violation has been duly cured. You acknowledge that the restrictions contained in Paragraph 6 are reasonable and that you have been given the opportunity to review the provisions of this Agreement with legal counsel.

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(E)           Absent a Change in Control of the Company, you shall be entitled, upon your Termination (unless such Termination is (i) by you other than for Good Reason; (ii) by the Company for Cause or because of your Disability; or (iii) because of your death or attainment of your Retirement Date), to those Company benefits to which you would otherwise be entitled; provided that you shall receive an amount of severance pay equal to no less than the amount set forth in Paragraph 4(A); provided further that the benefits set forth in this Paragraph 6(E) will not be available to you if you have been offered the opportunity to relocate to the Company’s new headquarters office in the Charlotte, North Carolina region and you have refused to relocate.

7.     Miscellaneous.

(A)          Limitation of Effect. Except as may otherwise be provided in Paragraph 1(A)(iii) or Paragraph 6(E), notwithstanding any other provision in this Agreement, this Agreement shall have no effect on any Termination of your employment prior to a Change in Control of the Company, or upon any Termination of your employment at any time as a result of your Disability, attainment of your Retirement Date, or death; and upon the occurrence of any such events, you shall receive only those benefits to which you would have been otherwise entitled prior to a Change in Control of the Company.

(B)           Successors. (i)  The Company will require any successor (whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business and/or assets of the Company, to assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform this Agreement if no such succession had taken place. Failure of the Company to obtain such assumption or agreement prior to the effectiveness of any such succession shall be a breach of this Agreement.

(ii)           This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by your personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs, distributees, devisees and legatees. If you should die while any amounts would still be payable to you hereunder if you had continued to live, all such amounts, unless otherwise provided herein, shall be paid in accordance with the terms of this Agreement to your devisee, legatee or other designee or, if there be no such designee, to your estate.

(C)           Notice. Notices provided for in the Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when delivered in person or mailed by United States registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, to you at the address set forth on the first page of this Agreement, or to the Company at Polymer Group, Inc., 4055 Faber Place Drive, North Charleston, S.C. 29405, Attn: Vice President, Human Resources, or to such other address as either party may have furnished to the other in writing, except that notices of change of address shall be effective only upon receipt by the other party.

(D)          Modifications. No provision of this Agreement may be modified, waived or discharged unless such modification, waiver, or discharge is agreed to in writing and is signed by you and the Company. No waiver by either party hereto at any time of any breach by the

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other party hereto of, or compliance with, any condition or provision of this Agreement to be performed by such other party shall be deemed a waiver of similar or dissimilar provisions or conditions at the same or at any prior or subsequent time.

(E)           Interpretation. The validity, interpretation, construction and performance of this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of South Carolina. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provisions of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect.

(F)           Other Agreements. This Agreement shall supercede all other agreements, arrangements, understandings or policies, related to the payment of severance amounts between you and the Company that are in existence on the date hereof, and shall be the exclusive agreement between you and the Company with respect to the subject matter hereof; provided, that if you would otherwise be entitled to receive any payments in the nature of severance or separation pay from the Company, whether by separate agreement, Company policy, statutory provision or otherwise, any amounts otherwise to be received hereunder shall be reduced on a dollar-for-dollar basis by the amount of such other payments you receive.

(G)           Consequences of Termination or Expiration. The provisions of this Agreement that by their nature are intended to survive termination or expiration of this Agreement shall survive termination or expiration.

If you agree that the foregoing correctly sets forth the agreement between us, please sign both copies of this Agreement in the space indicated below and return both copies to the Company. This Agreement will not become effective until signed by the Company in the space indicated below. Following proper execution of this Agreement by you and the Company, the Company will return one fully-executed copy to you for your files.

Very truly yours,

Polymer Group, Inc.

Bruce Rockenfield
Vice President, Human Resources

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Agreed to as of the date executed by Polymer Group, Inc. below:

EMPLOYEE

 

POLYMER GROUP, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name:

 

Name:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date Signed:

 

 

Title:

 

 

 

 

 

Effective Date:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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