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AIS Showroom Opening in Washington D.C.

Hudson, MA – March 5, 2015 – AIS announces the grand opening of their new showroom in Washington D.C., located at 1400 I (Eye) Street NW.

“AIS is pleased to have a presence in downtown DC. There were many reasons to open a showroom in Washington DC but the one that seemed to be most important was that our dealer community wanted us to. We are looking forward to providing a dynamic, high caliber solution to our Nation’s Capital,” said David Morales, Vice President of Sales at AIS.

Upon entering the 4000ft2 space, guests will be impressed by the bold, vibrant and inviting signage as seen through the floor-to-ceiling glass doors. The clean lines and light splashes of color give the space a cool corporate feel. From Matrix, Calibrate, Oxygen, Divi, Compete and Compete Plus, to the wide array of seating options available in task, conference and side seating, AIS’ latest products are featured throughout the newly constructed space.

On Thursday March 19th 2015, in true AIS fashion, the office manufacturer will host a spring-themed grand opening event. The guests will be greeted by the local sounds of Karla Chisholm and her three-piece band and amazed by the talents of Adam Pate, speed caricaturist. In addition, the event will be catered by a certified Green Restaurant®. Guests will enjoy a spring-themed spread including DC’s best sushi and specialty cocktails including a signature Spring-Tini.

Interested in Visiting? Touring the showroom is by appointment only. The showroom is located at 1400 I (Eye) St NW, Suite 750 Washington DC 20005. For more information regarding the showroom contact David Morales, Vice President of Sales by phone 202-216-0200 or cell 703-307-0955.

AIS Hosts ANEW for Waste Management CEU

Hudson, MA – March 5, 2015 – On March 19th AIS will host a CEU at their new showroom in Washington D.C. presented by ANEW’s founder Rose Tourje. The training sessions will kick off the AIS DC Showroom Grand Opening event which will run from 6 – 9pm.

Rose Tourje, founder of ANEW, will lead the CEU course in the new DC showroom. This course, titled "W.A.S.T.E.: Seeing the World Through a Different Lens" will cover lean and green office furniture manufacturing, it's effects on the environment, and what we can do to keep furniture out of landfills. To accommodate the high interest for this CEU course, Tourje will host two sessions: a 12pm "Lunch and Learn" and a 4:30pm "After Work" session.

ANEW (Asset Network for Education Worldwide, Inc.) is a public, non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, organizing and repurposing surplus furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) for donation to the underserved. For more information, visit www.anewfound.org.

To register for the CEU or for more information, please contact Jules Pearson at jpearson@ais-inc.com.

AIS Announces Addition of New Sales Representatives for Midwest: Select Design Group

Hudson, MA – February 3, 2015 – AIS is excited to announce the hiring of Select Design Group for the Midwest territory. Select Design Group, owned by Jim Perry and Brad Wuecher, will expand market leadership in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jim and Brad have over 40 years of experience in the contract furniture industry. Jim started his career delivering office supplies and furniture for a small family-owned company. He has worked in a variety of capacities in the industry, from OFUSA dealer operation management to Haworth dealership sales. Prior to starting the partnership with Jim, Brad worked as a Vice President of Sales for a Cincinnati dealership as well as a Business Development Executive, which allowed him to gain vast experience in the growth of new and existing businesses.

“We are extremely excited about the addition of Brad and Jim to the AIS family. This rep group brings excitement that AIS has always needed in this market. They are fun, lively and hardworking guys who think just like us. This is a recipe for tremendous success,” said Ben Maxwell, Senior Vice President of Sales for AIS.

Winter storm affects LTL shipments

Winter storms are in full force this year. Boston has experienced an unprecedented amount of snow over the past couple weeks, but we are doing everything possible to ensure this affects you as little as possible.

Due to dangerous road conditions and the concern for our employees, AIS has halted majority of our production departments. We expect normal shipping and production tomorrow and to be back on track by Wednesday.

Despite AIS' attempts to continue normal production, our local carriers are closed today and are still catching up from last week's snowfall and delays. Please expect a 2-4 day delivery delay for all non-local LTL shipments.

We appreciate your patience as we deal with these record-breaking snowfalls. If you have questions, please contact your Customer Service Representative.

Monday's winter storm affecting production and shipments

According to most recent weather forecasts, Massachusetts will be encountering another winter storm on Monday, February 2. Due to Monday's potentially dangerous driving conditions, AIS will close all factories. This closing will affect Monday's shipments and production, but we plan to be back on track by Wednesday. As a New England-based company, please understand that Mother Nature has final say in our day-to-day production capabilities. But, as AIS, please understand that we will work around the clock to ensure these unforeseen circumstances affect our valued dealers as little as possible. We will continue to update you with the latest shipment delay information as we receive it from our carriers. If you have questions, please reach out to your customer service representative. Sincerely, AIS

Notification Update (2) - Delayed shipping due to winter storm

As promised, we wanted to provide you with an update regarding your AIS shipments: FedEx: 1/28/15 and 1/29/15: Limited deliveries, normal pickups. Expect a 24-48 hour delay on deliveries picked up Monday. Estes: 1/28/15: possible pickup but no fright will move today 1/29/15: awaiting update Daylight: 1/28/15: closed 1/29/15: operating as normal Apollo: 1/28/15: closed 1/29/15: awaiting update AIS is running and we are working around the clock to make sure we’re doing everything to keep shipments on time and on schedule. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Based on the freight companies' limited operations and slow travel, we are anticipating a 24 to 48 hour delay on all shipments but our goal is to be caught up by Friday. If you have questions or are unsure of which company is handling your product, please reach out to your customer service representative. Thank you, AIS

Delayed shipping due to winter storm

We wanted to provide you with an update regarding your AIS shipments: FedEx: 1/28/15: FedEx Ground and FedEx Express plan a late afternoon pickup, weather-permitting. 1/29/15: no update at this time Estes: 1/28/15: trucks will be on the road by late afternoon, weather-permitting Daylight: status update expected Wednesday morning Apollo: no update at this time Due to the recent forecast, we expect AIS operations running normally at 12PM on Wednesday. AIS will be working around the clock to make sure we’re doing everything to keep shipments on time and on schedule. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Again, we are anticipating a 24 hour delay on all orders but our goal is to be caught up by Friday. Please expect another annoucement within 24 hours regarding Thursday's status and Wednesday's updates. If you have questions or are unsure of which company is handling your product, please reach out to your customer service representative.

AIS Hires Kees Breeuwsma as Vice President of Seating Products

HUDSON, Massachusetts – January 26, 2015 - AIS announces Kees Breeuwsma as Vice President of Seating Products. In this role, Breeuwsma will be working alongside Bill Stewich, Executive Vice President of Product Development, and the executive team to create a strategic seating portfolio demanding industry recognition.

Breeuwsma’s past work experience is notable and extensive, most recently holding the position of Vice President of Premium Marketing, International Office Seating Consultant and MMQB Contributing Freelance Writer. Breeuwsma held numerous executive roles both nationally and internationally at Teknion, Kimball and Steelcase. Breeuwsma is a graduate of Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and received in MBA from Michigan State University.

“I cannot explain how excited we are to have Kees on our team. Kees is one of the most respected voices in seating development and product line management in the industry. AIS is an award-winning mid-market systems and casegoods company and we couldn’t be happier to extend this success to our seating department. His extensive traveling and strong networking skills, business management, strategic planning, brand development and seating product development will drive AIS as an international force. We look forward to the great accomplishments Kees will encounter while here at AIS,” states Bruce Platzman, CEO/President of AIS.

AIS Promotes Bill Stewich to Executive Vice President of Product Development

HUDSON, Massachusetts – January 26, 2015 - AIS announces the promotion of Bill Stewich to Executive Vice President of Product Development. In his new role, Bill will continue to design and develop AIS products, with a focus on broadening product offerings, and developing the AIS’s vision, implementation and profitability.

With AIS for 23 years, Stewich began his career at 1992 as Installations Manager. Stewich’s work at AIS spanned multiple disciplines, from installation to space design, sales and marketing. In 2003, Stewich was promoted to Vice President of Product Development and Engineering. Stewich flourished in this role, serving as a creative force behind AIS’ product design, including Matrix, Divi, Calibrate and Oxygen, which earned the ‘Best of NeoCon – Silver’ award for benching.

“From creating our first product catalog to designing award-winning products, Bill has played a vital role in the success of AIS. His forward-thinking abilities and creative nature has propelled him to this well-deserved executive role. In his new role, he will further develop the company’s vision, implementation, profitability, and strength of the expanding product offering, with the ultimate goal of driving AIS to reach its highest potential. We congratulate Bill on his past successes and look forward to his future accomplishments,” said Bruce Platzman, CEO/President of AIS.

AIS Promotes Mike Sofos to Design Engineering Manager

HUDSON, Massachusetts – January 26, 2015 – AIS announces the promotion of Mikes Sofos to Design Engineering Manager. For the past eight years, Sofos has been an AIS design engineer and worked as a project manager for the Divi product line since its inception. Sofos will report directly to Bill Stewich, Executive Vice President of Product Development and oversee the responsibilities of the Design Engineering team.

Sofos began his career at AIS in 2005. Prior to AIS, Sofos worked as a mechanical engineer, product process engineer and mechanical designer. Sofos is a graduate of University of Massachusetts – Lowell and Technological Educational Institute of Athens (Gr).

“Mike has been an integral part of the AIS Engineering department for 8 years,” states Bill Stewich. “He is an excellent engineer and skillful project manager. Navigating product programs through the fast paced AIS process is not an easy task. These skills will serve him well in his new role.”

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