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AIS Earns BIFMA level 2 Certification

Hudson, MA – January 7, 2014 – AIS has attained Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association’s (BIFMA) level 2 certification from Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) for their systems lines: Divi, Matrix, MWall and Calibrate.

The four AIS system lines initially received level 1 certification in October of 2012. Within a 13 month timeframe, Divi, Matrix, MWall and Calibrate quickly advanced to level 2 certification. “We are very proud of our green journey and our leap from level 1 to level 2 certification. The speed at which we are achieving our sustainability goals is strong and we’re committed to reducing our environmental footprint,” said Rob Lazarus, Executive Vice President, AIS.

Created by the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA), level is the only multi-attribute sustainability standard and third-party certification program for the furniture industry. It has been developed to deliver the most open and transparent means of evaluating and communicating the environmental and social impacts of furniture products in the built environment. The level certification mark identifies that a product has been evaluated by an independent third-party certifier. AIS selected SCS because it is recognized as the industry leader of quality certifications.

ABOUT AIS

AIS is a leading manufacturer of commercial office furniture and boasts one of the most impressive stories of growth and success in the systems furniture market. The company is known for offering feature-rich product lines that entice designers and meet immediate and future needs of end-users while offering exceptional value. AIS is an innovator that leads the industry in sustainable, lean manufacturing, lead-time and manufacturing flexibility. AIS employs 490 people, with over 600,000 sq. feet of manufacturing and operations at six locations. For more information, visit the website at www.ais-inc.com.

AIS Promotes Courtney Pirosko to Vice President of Sales - Midwest

Hudson, MA – January 2, 2014 – AIS announces the promotion of Courtney Pirosko to Vice President of Sales - Midwest. In this new role, Pirosko will be responsible for the continued development and management of AIS’ Midwest region. Her responsibilities include directing Territory Managers along with the Chicago showroom and A&D effort.

The AIS Midwest team has made significant impact in the last year. Along with the efforts of Pirosko and A&D Development Manager, Erica Waayenberg, regional sales have more than tripled. Pirosko has built strong dealer relationships which have resulted in large client wins, all within a market that has been traditionally challenging.

“It was clear from the beginning of her career at AIS that Courtney would make a significant impact in this market. She is results-driven and team-oriented, making her an ideal Vice President and a strong mentor. We look forward to her navigating and expanding our Midwestern markets,” said Rob Lazarus, Executive Vice President, AIS.

With over ten years of experience in the contract furniture industry, Pirosko has worked for large scale, successful dealerships and manufacturers in Illinois and New York. She holds a BA in Communication from Purdue University.

ABOUT AIS

AIS is a leading manufacturer of commercial office furniture and boasts one of the most impressive stories of growth and success in the systems furniture market. The company is known for offering feature-rich product lines that entice designers and meet immediate and future needs of end-users while offering exceptional value. AIS is an innovator that leads the industry in sustainable, lean manufacturing, lead-time and manufacturing flexibility. AIS employs 490 people, with over 600,000 sq. feet of manufacturing and operations at six locations. For more information, visit the website at www.ais-inc.com.

AIS Receives 2013 OFDA Manufacturer of the Year Award for Systems and Workstations

Hudson, MA – November 11, 2013 – The Office Furniture Dealers Alliance (OFDA) has named AIS Manufacturer of the Year for systems/workstations. This marks the sixth consecutive year the company has been recognized and the fourth year receiving the top honor. AIS was presented the award on the opening day of NeoCon East, held in Baltimore, MD.

“We are honored to be receiving the OFDA Manufacturer of the Year Award for a fourth consecutive year,” said Bruce Platzman, President/CEO, AIS. “Dealers are an instrumental part of our success and this award illustrates our dedication to our dealers- providing them with the programs, tools and service needed to succeed.”

In an industry with exceptional manufacturing competition, AIS has been able to outperform the industry for 22 years. Applying lean manufacturing processes and implementing some of the most price and lead-time competitive programs in the industry, the company’s growth has propelled unprecedented levels. Committed to customer service and providing the best value product in the industry, dealers, designers and end-users have taken notice contributing to the company’s record progression.

ABOUT THE DEALER’S CHOICE AWARD

Winners of the OFDA awards are determined by the results of the Association’s new Dealers’ Choice Award Survey. This survey is open to all aligned and non-aligned dealers, asking them to rank their top-volume unaligned suppliers. This award represents excellence in six areas of performance including Training, Product Lines, Service and Support, Sales and Marketing, Management, and Technology.

OFDA established this annual dealer poll as a constructive tool to help improve dealer/manufacturer communications and relations. Survey results provide the basis for OFDA to recognize manufacturer excellence in their products, policies and procedures that impact dealers.

ABOUT AIS

AIS is a leading manufacturer of commercial office furniture and boasts one of the most impressive stories of growth and success in the systems furniture market. The company is known for offering feature-rich product lines that entice designers and meet immediate and future needs of end-users while offering exceptional value. AIS is an innovator that leads the industry in sustainable, lean manufacturing, lead-time and manufacturing flexibility. AIS employs 490 people, with over 600,000 sq. feet of manufacturing and operations at six locations. For more information, visit the website at www.ais-inc.com.

AIS Hires Meghan Buford, Territory Manager – Rocky Mountain Region

Hudson, MA – September 16, 2013 – Meghan Buford has joined the AIS sales team as Territory Manager, Rocky Mountain region. Bringing over 8 years of industry experience as a design professional in the contract furniture industry, Buford has worked for large scale, successful dealerships in Denver and most recently managed the design team at the largest Teknion dealership in Colorado.

Buford will focus on developing and implementing AIS strategies and building strong business connections within the region. She will utilize her significant network of industry professionals to further develop the AIS brand and increase market share in her territory. Buford holds a BS in Design from the Art Institute of Colorado.

AIS Hires Rep Firm, Interface Northwest

Hudson, MA – July 23, 2013 – AIS has formed a partnership with Interface Northwest to represent AIS in the Pacific Northwest markets.

Interface Northwest has a reputable track record for their time in market and their solid dealer and end user relationships. The firm boasts over 25 years of industry experience and consists of partners Mike Parrish and Bill Franz. Parrish is responsible for Eastern Washington, Portland and Alaska while Franz is responsible for Western Washington.

“Their representatives are responsive, knowledgeable and have significant and deep relationships with end users, A&D firms, and dealers,” said Frank Bucher, Senior Vice President – Western Region, AIS. “We’re excited to have them on board.”

ABOUT AIS

AIS is a leading manufacturer of commercial office furniture and boasts one of the most impressive stories of growth and success in the systems furniture market. The company is known for offering feature-rich product lines that entice designers and meet immediate and future needs of end-users while offering exceptional value. AIS is an innovator that leads the industry in sustainable, lean manufacturing, lead-time and manufacturing flexibility. AIS employs 490 people, with over 600,000 sq. feet of manufacturing and operations at six locations. For more information, visit the website at www.ais-inc.com.

AIS Hires Mandy Hert, Territory Manager – Los Angeles

Hudson, MA – July 9, 2013 – Mandy Hert has joined the AIS sales team as Territory Manager, Los Angeles, California region. Bringing over 10 years of industry experience as a designer and an independent sales representative, Hert previously worked for Ethan Allen, Paige & Coleman Interior Design, and most recently for The Grace Group.

Hert will focus on developing and implementing AIS strategies and building strong business connections within the region. She will promote the success and profit of AIS within dealer development and uphold vital connections for AIS as a whole. Mandy has a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Missouri State University.

ABOUT AIS

AIS is a leading manufacturer of commercial office furniture and boasts one of the most impressive stories of growth and success in the systems furniture market. The company is known for offering feature-rich product lines that entice designers and meet immediate and future needs of end-users while offering exceptional value. AIS is an innovator that leads the industry in sustainable, lean manufacturing, lead-time and manufacturing flexibility. AIS employs 490 people, with over 600,000 sq. feet of manufacturing and operations at six locations. For more information, visit the website at www.ais-inc.com.

AIS Clenches Its First Best of NeoCon Award

Hudson, MA – July 1, 2013 – AIS is ecstatic to announce Oxygen, the company’s new desking and benching line has won the Best of NeoCon Award, Silver, in the furniture benching category. This award is presented by Contract Magazine and voted on by the Best of NeoCon jury which is composed of 50 corporate, government, and institutional facilities management executives, interior designers, and architects responsible for selecting and buying furniture and furnishings for their specific organizations or clients.

Oxygen is a flexible system that caters to those seeking a modern, open office environment while still maintaining visual privacy for its users. Oxygen’s solid, flexible frame and innovative storage elements in conjunction with its value engineering were its stand-out features.

“We are honored to have received such a prestigious award. We're a company that has worked tremendously hard to demonstrate our strengths; we've been able to show through our hard work that great furniture doesn’t have to come with a high price,” said Bruce Platzman, CEO/President, AIS.

Bill Stewich, Vice President of Product Development, who led the innovation of this product line, worked diligently to find the perfect blend of a highly functioning system that is easy to install and at an attractive price point. “I’m pleased at the favorable response from such a diverse group of designers, architects and furniture industry professionals. We feel the product will serve well as a solid foundation for our freestanding, open plan business.”

ABOUT OXYGEN

Oxygen provides an unparalleled aesthetic and functional flexibility for customers that aspire to a modern, open workplace environment. Oxygen features a structural spine beam support which accommodates multi-circuit electrical as well as routing and termination for data cables, complemented by worksurface apertures for ease of user access. A rigid steel framework with telescoping rails supports worksurfaces and storage elements while minimizing the number of parts required by adjusting to different field conditions. Oxygen offers both contemporary and traditional aesthetics with its option of straight or angled legs and conservative solid gables. The offering also features a full line of visual screens and territorial dividers available in glass, fabric tackable, whiteboard or laminate. Innovative storage elements create privacy while efficiently sharing space and maximizing utility area. Oxygen made its product debut at the NeoCon 2013 tradeshow and is expected to be available to order Fall of 2013.

ABOUT AIS

AIS is a leading manufacturer of commercial office furniture and boasts one of the most impressive stories of growth and success in the systems furniture market. The company is known for offering feature-rich product lines that entice designers and meet immediate and future needs of end-users while offering exceptional value. AIS is an innovator that leads the industry in sustainable, lean manufacturing, lead-time and manufacturing flexibility. AIS employs 490 people, with over 600,000 sq. feet of manufacturing and operations at six locations. For more information, visit the website at www.ais-inc.com.

Shakin’ Up Office Furniture at NeoCon 2013

Hudson, MA – May 14, 2013 – AIS is ready to pump up the volume at NeoCon 2013! This year the company is toting the theme, “Shakin up Office Furniture”. Infusing an element of fun, AIS has transformed its showroom into a silent disco. The furniture manufacturer is not only creating a memorable experience for those entering the showroom, but it will also be debuting new additions to its product offering. Its newest and most exciting addition is a new benching line titled, “Oxygen’’. Accompanying this new system, three new chair lines and a variety of system enhancements will also be unveiled at the show on June 10th.

Showroom Details:

Who says office furniture has to be SO serious? Suite 1086 will be hopping with excitement. Imagine the coolest furniture accented in CMYK – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. AIS personnel will be outfitted in bright colored sneakers and T-shirts with jeans and a blazer. With our silent disco you’ll enter our showroom and see two glowing DJ booths. Pick up a pair of headphones, select which DJ you want to listen to and peruse the latest and greatest in the AIS showroom while listening to your favorite dance beats!

Be sure to stop by Monday at 3 PM for cocktails, entertainment, delicious food and more!

New Product:

Oxygen Benching Line

The AIS Oxygen Bench system provides unparalleled aesthetic and functional flexibility for customers that aspire to a modern, open workplace environment. Oxygen features a structural spine beam support which accommodates multi-circuit electrical as well as routing and termination for data cables, complemented by worksurface apertures for ease of user access. A rigid steel framework with telescoping rails supports worksurfaces and storage elements while minimizing the number of parts required by adjusting to different field conditions. Rounding out the Oxygen Bench is a line of innovative storage elements that create privacy while efficiently sharing space and maximizing utility. The Oxygen system has been entered into the Best of NeoCon contest!

Seating Enhancements:

AIS is enhancing its line of seating to include two new sleek task chair options, Harper and Shiloh. Harper is a fully upholstered task chair that hits the perfect value price. Shiloh is sleek mesh back task chair, also offered in a stool option. Lastly, the third new seating option is a line of nesting chairs titled, “Jiggy”.

ABOUT AIS

AIS is a leading manufacturer of commercial office furniture and boasts one of the most impressive stories of growth and success in the systems furniture market. The company is known for offering feature-rich product lines that entice designers and meet immediate and future needs of end-users while offering exceptional value. AIS is an innovator that leads the industry in sustainable, lean manufacturing, lead-time and manufacturing flexibility. AIS employs 490 people, with over 600,000 sq. feet of manufacturing and operations at six locations. For more information, visit the website at www.ais-inc.com.

AIS Expands Midwest Team

Hudson, MA – February 22, 2013 – AIS hires Courtney Pirosko as Regional Manager responsible for running the Illinois and Wisconsin markets for AIS. Pirosko rounds out the Midwest team, an area that AIS has invested heavily in to increase brand awareness and sales opportunities.

In the last nine months, AIS has expanded its reach into the Midwest market substantially. With the additions of Pirosko, a direct sales position in Michigan, an A&D Development Manager and the unveiling of a new 7,500 sq. foot Chicago showroom, AIS plans to gain significant traction in this developing market.

With over 10 years of experience in the contract furniture industry, Pirosko has worked for large scale, successful dealerships in Illinois and New York and most recently managed the Midwest market for Global Industries. She is highly active within the local architectural and design communities and has a background in commercial real estate. Pirosko holds a BA in Communication from Purdue University.

ABOUT AIS

AIS is a leading manufacturer of commercial office furniture and boasts one of the most impressive stories of growth and success in the systems furniture market. The company is known for offering feature-rich product lines that entice designers and meet immediate and future needs of end-users while offering exceptional value. AIS is an innovator that leads the industry in sustainable, lean manufacturing, lead-time and manufacturing flexibility. AIS employs 490 people, with over 600,000 sq. feet of manufacturing and operations at six locations. For more information, visit the website at www.ais-inc.com.

Office Furniture Goes Prime Time!

Hudson, MA – December 17, 2012 – AIS will be featured on an upcoming Fox Business Channel segment titled, “Manufacturing Marvels”. The segment will highlight the internal workings of the AIS factories as well as show a glimpse inside the corporate headquarters. The Massachusetts based manufacturer was selected for the segment based on its award winning manufacturing and rapidly escalating sales volume.

“We were delighted to have the camera crews come and film what goes on here. People always see the finished product but they rarely get a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes in the factories and in our offices. The segment will offer just a glimpse of what we’re all about,” said Bruce Platzman, President / CEO, AIS.

The segment will run Wednesday, December 19, at 9:35 PM, EST on the FOX Business Channel.

ABOUT AIS

is a leading manufacturer of commercial office furniture and boasts one of the most impressive stories of growth and success in the systems furniture market. The company is known for offering feature-rich product lines that entice designers and meet immediate and future needs of end-users while offering exceptional value. AIS is an innovator that leads the industry in sustainable, lean manufacturing, lead-time and manufacturing flexibility. AIS employs over 500 people, with over 600,000 sq. feet of manufacturing and operations at six locations. For more information, visit the website at www.ais-inc.com.

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