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AIS Receives Two OFDA Dealer Choice Awards for Workstations/Systems and Casegoods

Hudson, MA – June 15, 2016 – AIS is the proud recipient of the Office Furniture Dealer Alliance (OFDA) 2015 Dealers’ Choice Survey for two categories; Workstations/Systems and Casegoods. This marks AIS’s ninth consecutive year being recognized by OFDA for excellence.

The Dealers’ Choice Manufacturer of the Year Awards were presented to AIS CEO/President, Bruce Platzman and Executive Vice President, Rob Lazarus on June 14th in the AIS Chicago Showroom during the NeoCon show. Over 1,100 Dealers responded to the Manufacurer of the Year survey. AIS received awards in two of six categories.

“The OFDA Dealers’ Choice Survey Award is so important to AIS because it comes from the voice of our dealer community. The feedback we receive keeps us focused on providing our dealers with what matters the most to them; superior customer service, high-quality products with fast lead-times and competitive pricing. The award for Casegoods was especially important to us as it recognized our expanding product line with our full range of systems, seating, desking and casegoods,” said Rob Lazarus, Executive Vice President, AIS.

About the Dealer Manufacturer Satisfaction Index Survey Introduced in 2012 as an upgrade to the Dealer Manufacturer Satisfaction Index Survey (DMSI), the revamped survey aims to provide product-category-level feedback from dealers of all sizes on the full range of support they receive from their primary non-aligned suppliers, including more specialized furniture manufacturers. Dealers were asked to rate their top-volume non-aligned suppliers in each of six product categories recognized by the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA).

The award is based on a carefully structured, an anonymous dealer poll that measures six functional areas of manufacturer performance that are of greatest importance to a diverse cross-section of dealers throughout North America. The award program recognizes those manufacturers that deliver the most consistent and effective overall support to dealers in all of those areas in each of size product categories.

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 has over 600,000 sq. ft of manufacturing space and operates at three locations. For more information, visit the website at www.ais-inc.com.

AIS Supports Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island with Office Furniture Donation Valued at $155K

Hudson, MA – January 22, 2016 – AIS donates office furniture valued at $155,000 to the recently renovated Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island office in downtown Boston.

AIS provided design, project management and installation services for workstations, chairs, tables, storage and a private office in December 2015. This donation helped offset remodeling costs, providing the organization with the ability to grant approximately 20 more wishes in 2016.

“We are sincerely grateful to AIS for the remarkable donation of office furniture. This generous donation has created such a positive change to our work environment in the Boston office, while allowing us to maintain low overhead costs and keep our focus on granting wishes for children with serious illnesses,” said Charlotte Beattie, Chief Executive Officer, Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

In January, Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island hosted an open house at their renovated office. The event allowed AIS employees involved with the project to meet the Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island team. At the event Bruce Platzman, AIS President and CEO, commented, “We’re thrilled to assist Make-A-Wish in any way we can to help bring positive energy to the lives of children one wish at a time. We will always cherish the great work that Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island does and we’re honored to contribute.”

About Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island grants wishes for children between the ages of 2½ and 18 years of age with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. For a child with a life-threatening illness, a wish fulfilled provides profound joy and lasting hope to keep fighting and dreaming for the future. In its 28-year history, the organization has granted more than 7,000 wishes for children in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Visit Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island at www.massri.wish.org for more information, to make a donation, or to learn about volunteer opportunities. Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/MassRIWish, Twitter at Twitter.com/MakeAWishMassRI and Instagram at Instagram.com/MakeAWishMARI.

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, with over 588,000 sq. feet of manufacturing and operations at two locations. For more information, visit the website at www.ais-inc.com.

AIS Hosts Manufacturing Day at New State of the Art Facility

Leominster, MA – October 2, 2015 – AIS, an award-winning manufacturer of commercial office furniture based in Leominster, Massachusetts will open its doors to the public on October 2nd in celebration of Manufacturing Month. The company is a Shingo Prize award winner, recognized as an early innovator in sustainable, lean manufacturing. The event is part of an effort to show the importance of manufacturing as well as to draw attention to the outstanding career opportunities that manufacturing can provide. Facility tours, demonstrations, presentations and discussions are planned for the event. Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor, Karyn Polito, and City of Leominster Mayor, Dean J. Mazzarella, will be in attendance at the event.

The event will be held at AIS’ new consolidated facility, “Tucker,” located on Tucker Drive in Leominster, MA. The 588,000 square foot plant is a state of the art manufacturing site, which allowed the company to consolidate five Massachusetts locations into one, increasing efficiencies and lead-times. The facility currently houses the warehouse, distribution, shipping, receiving, woodshop, assembly, engineering and management. Approximately 400 employees are currently working in this location, with an additional 200 relocating into the building within a year.

“We are excited to open our doors and show the public how manufacturing can thrive here in Massachusetts,” said Steve Savage, COO of AIS. “As a Massachusetts-based manufacturer for over 25 years, AIS has grown from just a handful of employees and customers to a $140M company with nearly 500 employees in Massachusetts and customers world-wide. It’s something we are very proud of and we always welcome the opportunity to share with others how we’ve succeeded, in an effort to boost manufacturing as a whole in North America.”

Manufacturing Day is an annual national event executed at the local level supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. The Baker Administration and the Massachusetts Legislature are expected to declare October as Manufacturing Month in Massachusetts.

Registration for the event is required, to register or for more information please visit www.mfgday.com.

AIS Wins Award at IIDA Fashion Meets Finish Show

Hudson, MA – July 29, 2015 – AIS is the proud winner of the “Runway to Street Chic” award at the fourth annual International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Fashion Meets Finish Show in Union, New Jersey.

The “Runway to Street Chic” award was presented to AIS and Ware Malcomb Architects for creating the best wearable garment at the show. Participating contestants were required to design an outfit based on the “Seven Deadly Sins.” AIS Territory Manager Cathy Daler teamed up with design firm Ware Malcomb Architects New Jersey to create a dress representing the deadly sin of “lust.” Taking approximately two months to make, the design was constructed with materials that are used directly in AIS’ manufacturing process. The outfit included a hat, dress and jewelry that were made from seating mesh, Momentum Silica fabric, seating foam, copper wire, tubing and plastic grommets. New York actress, Alison Saltz, wore the completed design down the runway during the judging process.

Sixteen teams from the manufacturing and A&D community participated in this year’s show. IIDA presented four award categories including “Best Use of Material,” “Best Interpretation of Theme,” “Runway to Street Chic,” and “Best Construction.” This year’s celebrity judges included Tyler Wisler of HGTV Design Star, Vanessa Deleon from Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible and Helen Castillo from Project Runway. The runway fashion show was hosted on June 25, 2015 in the Kean State STEM Building. Proceeds raised from the event went to local design programs at Kean University, Brookdale Community College and New Jersey Institute of Technology.

AIS Ipsen Bioscience Project wins IIDA Best Research Lab Design

Hudson, MA – April 27, 2015 – AIS is proud to announce that its Ipsen Bioscience project was named “Best Research Lab Design” at the 2015 IIDA New England Interior Design Awards. The design included the AIS Matrix panel system within the new Ipsen headquarters located in Cambridge, MA. AIS won the bid with Peabody Office due to lead-time, price and quality of the product.

Ipsen Bioscience’s state-of-the art research environment features AIS Matrix system with ergonomic calibrate components and height adjustable surfaces. The Matrix design fit nicely with the overall green, light-filled and open space. The furniture was installed during the summer 2014 and Ipsen officially opened Ipsen Bioscience in early april 2015.

“Peabody worked with Payette and Ipsen to address the change from high paneled, larger work stations and offices to a more efficient use of space for all departments. Work stations were developed to maximize a smaller footprint with creative and functional storage solutions. AIS’ Matrix with height adjustable work surfaces, dual monitor arms and other ergonomic tools made spaces more flexible and functional,” stated Christopher Peabody, President of Peabody Office Furniture.

ABOUT IIDA Design Awards The Design Awards event was created in 2007 to celebrate teamwork and showcase interior design projects throughout New England. The event has successfully attracted an audience of key decision-makers from all aspects of the design, real estate, construction, and engineering industries. Interior design firms from all over the region competed in this year’s event.

AIS Receives Prestigious ADEX Award

Hudson, MA – March 30, 2015 – AIS’ Oxygen is the proud recipient of the Design Journal’s prestigious 2015 Award for Design Excellence (ADEX).

Oxygen is best recognized by its award-winning features. In 2013, AIS’ Oxygen received the Best of NeoCon Silver award for the design and aesthetic of the benching system. Features noted in the ADEX nomination include: • Structural spine beam that accommodates electrical needs • Easy access to power and data • Steel framework and telescoping rails • Rail system houses fabric screens, glass screens, monitor arms and accessories • Simplicity to specify and install, saving time and cost

“It is a great honor to receive the ADEX award. We are very proud of our Oxygen system and its market success. It has been well-received since its launch in 2013,” stated Rob Lazarus, Executive Vice President of AIS.

ABOUT OXYGEN Oxygen benching brings both form and function to the workplace in a package that is as high-tech and multi-functional as it is stylish. From open, collaborative spaces to focused environments, Oxygen is designed to meet the demands of any workplace. Engineered for the way you work today, and designed to adapt with you in the future, Oxygen meets the needs of a diverse and ever-changing work environment.

ABOUT ADEX ADEX (Awards for Design Excellence) is the largest and most prestigious award competition for excellence in product design of furnishings and building materials marketed to the design trade, with over 600 companies participating this year. For over 20 years, ADEX Awards has recognized products demonstrating superior innovation, function and aesthetics.

Nearly 3,000 judges serve on the ADEX global advisory board, which consists of internationally renowned architects and interior designers who actively specify the product categories they evaluate. A rigorous classification process ensures that nominated products reach the right audience and compete fairly. One of the first awards to acknowledge sustainability a decade ago, ADEX reports that 90% of this year’s award entrants spotlight products or processes that benefit the environment.

AIS and ANEW Team Up for an Impactful CEU

Hudson, MA – March 26, 2015 – AIS was proud to host two CEUs featuring ANEW’s Founder and CEO Rose Tourje in their brand new showroom in Washington D.C. AIS has been a sponsor of ANEW for the past three years.

Rose Tourje lead two CEU courses tailored to designers and buyers from the commercial office furniture industry. Her class titled “W.A.S.T.E.” is an acronym for We Are Stewards of the Earth. She started both sessions by saying, “we want to educate and raise awareness about the severity of our waste stream within our industry alone. This is not a doomsday presentation.” The underlying message of the class was to see office furniture through a different lens and take into consideration the “afterlife” of a product through responsible design.

Following the 45 minute presentations were engaging question-and-answer sessions. Some attendees stayed nearly an hour after the class sharing ideas on reducing waste, their experience donating or repurposing excess furniture and the challenges still left to overcome.

During the question-and-answer session, Rob Lazarus, Executive Vice President at AIS, provided input to AIS’ involvement with ANEW’s mission. “AIS has done some really nice projects that were based around simply donating product to places in need. There is a good feeling that comes along with charities that come out and say ‘thank you.’ It is really rewarding and the right thing to do.”

Rose Tourje began ANEW after a successful career in the commercial interior design industry. After witnessing mass destruction of perfectly reusable furniture when a large company relocated to new space Rose found a bigger purpose for herself. She started ANEW on a mission to educate people and industries in their disposal practices and how these practices impact the world.

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.

AIS Hosts Showroom Grand Opening Event in D.C.

Hudson, MA – March 26, 2015 – AIS hosted a well-received Grand Opening event on Thursday, March 19th. The spring-themed soirée attracted over 150 guests from Washington D.C. and surrounding areas. The brand new showroom is located at 1400 I (Eye) Street NW in D.C.’s historic East End, steps from the White House. AIS has had a presence in DC however the lavish affair allowed AIS to officially introduce the brand to members of the DC office furniture community.

Upon entering the space, guests were immediately greeted by the sultry sounds of Karla Chisholm’s three-piece jazz band. Servers tempted guests with a variety of hors d’oeuvre while the guests socialized around AIS’ Oxygen, Matrix, Divi, Calibrate, Compete, and Compete Plus. The space showcased a large countertop near the center of the showroom featuring a sushi bar where guests could order rolls of their choice. The AIS Compete conference room sat next to the band and displayed Spanish tapas and an array of sweet treats. In addition to local wine and beer, the cocktails for the evening included a Spring-Tini and the AIS Mojito. Also, walking through the crowd was a speed-caricaturist who provided a humorous portrait to every guest upon request.

“This event was a great start to our long-term commitment to the DC Market. There was a lot of work put into this space and our grand opening. From the impressive wall decal built into the space to the event signage our great team at AIS that thought of every detail. Guests were very impressed with the space and left with a better understanding of the AIS brand,” stated Rob Lazarus, Executive Vice President at AIS.

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 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.

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