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A Party in the Clouds… at the Willis Tower!

Hudson, MA – May 16, 2014 – How do you top two incredible NeoCon showroom parties, so incredible that your showroom has been threatened to be SHUT DOWN for the past two years?

Easy. You throw a kick a%$ party in the clouds, 99 floors above the city at the Willis Tower overlooking all of Chicago!

Join AIS from 7 to 10pm at the Willis Tower, Chicago for an unforgettable party like none other. What can you expect? Music, drinks, dinner, dancing, live performances, the ability to dance on top of clouds (for real), a photo of you and your friends overhanging the city on the Skydeck, and more!

Come join us for an epic party only AIS could throw!

Oxygen Product. Oxygen Bar. Oxygen Showroom.

Hudson, MA – May 16, 2014 – After two wildly successful NeoCon showrooms and a Best of NeoCon award in 2013, AIS is proud to present its theme for 2014 (drumroll please)…. OXYGEN.

Think bubbles – an ombré color spectrum of blue. An entirely new showroom, revamped from the floor up, creating a high-end modern feel, showcasing AIS’ new Oxygen benching line. And just to add an element of fun, let’s also add in an Oxygen Bar! AIS guests can select the flavor of their choosing, unwind, and de-stress. After five minutes, you’ll feel invigorated, the pain in your feet goes away and you’ll be ready to navigate the halls of the largest commercial building once again!

Be sure to stop by showroom 1086 June 9-10 from 9am to 5pm to learn more about Oxygen!

AIS Work Lab!

Hudson, MA – May 16, 2014 – AIS is showcasing their workstations, seating and casegoods in action at NeoCon at the “AIS Work Lab” in suite 1086! Workers are outfitted throughout the space bringing the showroom to life. Ask them where they stow their sneakers; how they plug in their devices or ask about their favorite features at their station. Discover the uniqueness of each workspace, witnessing real-life working teams in action.

Work hours are June 9-10, 9am to 5pm.

AIS Hires Brett Stortz, Associate Territory Manager of Sales - Midwest

Hudson, MA – April 24, 2014 – Brett Stortz has joined the AIS sales team as Associate Territory Manager for the Mid-West Region. Stortz comes to AIS from Global, where he served as a Showroom Manager and Product Specification Specialist.

Stortz will be working out of the AIS Chicago showroom and will be responsible for the continued development and support of the Midwestern market as well as supporting continued sales efforts within that region.

“Brett is an excellent addition to the Mid-West sales team. His experience in design will lend itself to his success in this position. I look forward to working with him and helping him build his career as a salesperson for AIS,” said Courtney Pirosko, Vice President of Sales - Midwest, AIS.

Stortz holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design.

AIS Hires Steve Husner, Vice President of Sales – Western Region

Hudson, MA – April 11, 2014 – Hudson, MA – AIS announces the hire of Steve Husner, VP of Sales – Western Region. Husner will lead dealer and A&D development for the Western Region of the United States, along with supervising and supporting the sales representation already in place. He brings over 10 years of sales experience, previously working for JANUS et Cie, K.I. and an Allsteel dealership.

“The Western Region is an area with tremendous growth opportunity for AIS. Steve's vast experience with other major manufacturers, as well as his knowledge of our distribution partners, allows him to leverage experience and relationships as he continues the pattern of growth in the western region. I’m excited to have him on board and expect to see tremendous market acceleration from his efforts,” said Rob Lazarus, Executive Vice President, AIS.

Husner holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University.

Leading Office Furniture Manufacturer to be Featured on 21st Century Television

Hudson, MA – April 14, 2014 – 21st Century Television is pleased to announce that AIS, a leading manufacturer of commercial office furniture and seating, will be featured on 21st Century Television.

AIS is a leading manufacturer of commercial office furniture and seating. Their growth and success is astounding, and it's all the result of thinking about office furniture differently. They are proof office furniture can have charisma. The company has been recognized with a number of notable awards, including OFDA Manufacturer of the Year and Best of NeoCon, both in 2013.

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.

This company is one of the first to attain the Carbonneutral Certification stating that the company leaves a minimal carbon foot print making for an incredibly effective and eco conscious company. Customers can be assured that every piece they receive from the company is 100% certified, that it has a lifetime warranty, and that it has been created with the environment in mind.

For more information on this company and the products they offer, check out the full interview on 21st Century Television on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:30pm PST on CNBC.

Check out the video here: 21st Century Business

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.

ABOUT 21st CENTURY TELEVISION

21st Century Television is an award winning business and health program that is independently produced by MMP (USA), Inc. The show provides its viewers with an in depth opportunity to find solutions to the industry problems with advice from some of the top business leaders from across the world. With more than 5,000 companies participating on over 500 shows, 21st Century Television continues to be the premier and targeted outlet for the latest business and health stories. 21st Century Television airs on cable networks to over 100 million viewers.

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 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.

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