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AIS Provides Office Furniture for the Largest Build in ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition History

AIS, has partnered with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to provide office furniture to a newly rebuilt school in Washington D.C. The Emmy Award-winning reality TV series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EMHE) stormed the nation’s capital this week to begin filming its upcoming seventh season. The build benefits The Fishing School which offers after school programs to children ages 6-13, empowering the youth to dream big and provides the tools to make those dreams a reality. AIS’ donation includes the office furniture for 3 floors and installation services, provided by Maryland Office Interiors. Interior Architects (IA) of Washington, DC provided the design and planning resources.

AIS’ donation includes over 24 Matrix Workstations, 3 Private Offices, 4 Teacher’s stations, 1 Conference Room Table, 43 Element Chairs, and 80 Storage units, valued at over $275,000.

“This is the second time AIS has contributed to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. AIS is passionate about supporting its community. The Extreme build in Hawaii was such a success and inspiration for both the Keiki O Ka Aina Family and AIS, it was a simple decision to supply the requested donation of product and effort again to another encouraging project,” said Michael Dugally, Chief Strategic Officer, AIS. “We also could not have done this without the teams at Interior Architects and Maryland Office Interiors who provided ground level support to ensure this is a perfect build from start to finish,” continues DuGally.

In the 5th season premiere, AIS furnished over 20 office spaces in the rebuild of the Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Center located in Honolulu, Hawaii. This assignment represented the most traveled distance and largest build in the history of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. AIS manufactured, delivered and installed 22 workstations from Boston to Honolulu, HI in a week. The current build in Washington D.C. with the Fishing School now represents the largest build to date.

AIS Featured in Economic Recovery Segment on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams

AIS executive and corporate manufacturing facility were featured in an economic recovery segment on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams Friday, July 31, 2009. The story spoke of the positive turnaround being seen in the economy after the optimistic GDP (Gross Domestic Product) numbers just released.

AIS was represented by Michael Dugally, Chief Strategic Officer. Dugally spoke of optimism as being the key ingredient for turning this current economic climate around. The segment was filmed in the AIS New York Showroom.

News link can be viewed here: www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/ns/nightly_news_with_brian_williams#32243957

AIS Receives OFDA Manufacturer of the Year Award for 2nd Consecutive Year

The Office Furniture Dealer Alliance (OFDA) presented AIS with the prestigious Silver, Non-Aligned Manufacturer of the Year award at NeoCon 2009. AIS is the only systems manufacturer to receive recognition in 2008 and 2009.

Winning manufacturers are determined by the results of the Association’s annual OFDA Dealer Manufacturer Satisfaction Index Survey, a dealer poll designed to recognize best of class performance and topics of concern for the dealer community. This award represents excellence in six areas of performance including Training, Product Lines, Service and Support, Sales and Marketing, Management, and Technology, as voted on anonymously by dealers, given to both aligned and nonaligned companies.

“AIS is honored and delighted to receive this prestigious award for the 2nd year in a row. Leaving NeoCon with the Silver, Non-Aligned Manufacturer of the Year means everything to AIS. It’s a verification that we are doing exactly what we’ve set out to do; taking great care of our dealer community and providing the most effective and innovative marketing tools, support and product solutions possible. We’re committed to continuing down this successful path and providing our dealers with even more,” said Bruce Platzman, CEO/President of AIS.

AIS USS Intrepid project featured in OFDealer eZine from OFDA

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AIS Systems Aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum - 70 Stations of AIS Synergy on Historic WWII Aircraft Carrier

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum has selected AIS systems for employee workspaces aboard the historic World War II aircraft carrier, turned museum. The Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum closed in 2006 to undergo extensive repairs and improvements. Among the improvements, Intrepid chose AIS’ newest product, Synergy for the majority of workspaces to create an open, light environment within the confined space.

Working with AIS dealer, Charley Loughery from Total Office Interiors, PA, AIS was able to produce and deliver the project mock-up within a 5-day turnaround time, from the date of request. In comparison to competitive products, AIS’ freestanding desking solution was increasingly cost-efficient and could easily meet the strict project deadlines. AIS DiVi was also incorporated to create private spaces, where seclusion was important.

“We are honored to be able to assist with this remarkable project. When the Intrepid Museum contacted us, we were confident our new desking system would be the perfect fit,” said Michelle Warren, Executive VP of Sales and Marketing for AIS. “Utilizing furniture within a ship can be complicated. With Synergy we are able to create low, freestanding modular spaces that allowed light to filter throughout the workspace and fit perfectly within the confined areas.”

“The AIS team provided not only a quality product, but accomplished the job in an unusually tight time frame,” said Susan Marenoff, Executive Director of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. “The architecture of an aircraft carrier is so entirely unique and can pose challenges for mainstream projects, however it was seamlessly executed and the result is beautiful office space within the framework of the ship.”

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will reopen to the public on Saturday, November 8th. Tickets can be purchased online at www.intrepidmuseum.org.

AIS Offers GSA Disaster Relief Special Pricing Program for Hurricanes Ike & Gustav

In order to respond to the needs of those affected, AIS has prepared a Special Disaster Relief Program, to provide immediate systems furniture solutions to help re-develop those businesses displaced in the aftermath of Gustav and Ike. Click here for details.

AIS recognized as one of the Worcester Business Journal's Top Growth private companies for 2008.

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AIS to Exhibit at NeoCon East

AIS will exhibit this year at NeoCon East, the premier design exposition and conference for Commercial Interiors on the East coast, held October 29-30, 2008 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. AIS will showcase products in a 20’x30’ space configuration, booth #2123.

Products to be featured at this year’s show include Matrix and DiVi segmented, as well as our new free-standing desking system, Synergy. This year’s design features a cobalt blue theme with electric blue and ocean type hues, highlighting the diversity of AIS products.

For additional information on NeoCon East, please visit the NeoCon East website at www.merchandisemart.com/neoconeast/.

AIS Receives Manufacturer of the Year, Bronze – OFDA Dealer’s Choice Award

The Office Furniture Dealer Alliance (OFDA) presented AIS with the prestigious Bronze, Non-Aligned Manufacturer of the Year award at NeoCon 2008. AIS is the only systems manufacturer to receive recognition. The award comes after another record breaking year for AIS, reaching over 26% revenue growth in fiscal 2008.

"AIS is honored to receive this award from the OFDA organization and dealer community. We sincerely value our dealer relationships and make every effort to provide the best possible product, service, price, and marketing resources to make our dealer’s selling experience as easy and profitable as possible. AIS’ philosophy is to demonstrate continuous improvement, and winning this award confirms our enhancements are on the right track," said Michelle Warren, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for AIS.

In the last year AIS has paid special attention to better supporting its dealer distribution channels by adding additional sales, marketing and customer service staff, restructuring its organization to better meet company-defined goals, as well as introducing its newest product line, DiVi. With these initiatives, AIS continues to outperform the industry.

"We are coming off of a phenomenal year. Winning this award shows that we are paying attention to what matters. AIS has become a strong force in the industry, and we will continue to stay true to who we are and what we do best, which is manufacturing a value-based product that delivers the highest quality and service," said Bruce Platzman, CEO/President of AIS.

Catherine Daler Joins AIS Sales Team

AIS is pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine Daler as Territory Manager, supporting select dealers in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware region. Daler will be responsible for overseeing existing projects, generating new business opportunities and increasing the company's brand awareness in this market. The addition of Daler is the next phase in the expansion of this region and AIS’ overall presence in the NJ, PA, and DE markets.

"As AIS continues to expand its sales team, our focus remains on bringing in top-talent, experienced individuals," said Michelle Warren, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, AIS. "Our focus is on the future, and Catherine’s strong work ethic and industry reputation make her a perfect fit for the AIS team."

Daler brings to AIS 12 years of industry related experience from A&D, space planning, project management, and contract furniture sales, as well as her proven record of achievement, generating significant new business opportunities and established strong relationships with key clients.

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