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AIS is the First Systems Manufacturer to Achieve CarbonNeutral® Status

Hudson, MA – 5/19/10 – AIS, a leading manufacturer of systems furniture, is proud to announce it has achieved CarbonNeutral® certification. AIS has strengthened its sustainability commitment by neutralizing unavoidable greenhouse gases produced in the manufacturing process at the company’s Hudson, MA facilities.

As the first systems manufacturer to make this strong commitment, AIS hopes to educate others and pave the way for increased responsible thinking in the contract furniture industry. “I firmly believe we all have to take responsibility for our CO2 footprint. The effects our future generations will endure due to social irresponsibility is avoidable. If we all join forces and take action, we can make a positive impact. By measuring and reducing our carbon emissions to net zero through carbon offsetting, we are enabling innovative, clean and renewable energy technologies to develop,” said Rob Lazarus, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, AIS.

To achieve CarbonNeutral® status, AIS is working with The CarbonNeutral Company, one of the world’s leading providers of carbon reduction solutions. The CarbonNeutral Company completed a program set out by The CarbonNeutral Protocol, the global standard for organizations to measure and reduce their carbon emissions to net zero. The program involved an independent assessment of the CO2 emissions produced from the manufacturing of AIS workstations in the Hudson, MA facilities. With this data, AIS was able to counter balance its emissions through carbon offsetting. This means that for every one tonne of CO2 that AIS produces, it pays to enable an equivalent amount of CO2 to be saved by an offset project somewhere else in the world. Without carbon financing, these projects would not be viable. Carbon financing also delivers added benefits at the project site, such as employment.

Mark La Croix, Executive Vice President of Business Development, The CarbonNeutral Company said, “By adopting a leadership position in achieving CarbonNeutral® certification, AIS is able to present a credible, low carbon alternative to customers seeking increasingly sustainable office furniture options.”

AIS has been an industry leader in implementing lean manufacturing philosophies. This commitment has led to receiving the Shingo Prize for lean excellence, as well as being recognized as one of the Top 25 manufacturing facilities by Industry Week Magazine. The company has instilled a philosophy of reducing waste from every possible aspect of its manufacturing streams, which include energy, greenhouse gases, raw materials and excessive man power. Because of this commitment, AIS is able to offer its products at a reduced cost with increased environmental attributes. After years of lean improvements throughout the company, it was a natural progression for AIS to begin researching and understanding its carbon footprint to offset the unavoidable emissions.

Continuing the lean and green journey, AIS is pulling its teams together to encourage employee-led Kaizens focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. “Kaizens are a part of AIS’ lean manufacturing philosophy. Kaizens are continuous improvements that identify and eliminate waste, helping us sustain natural resources and ultimately increase productivity. Encouraging our employees to think responsibly here in the workplace not only helps AIS but also educates our teams to utilize these tactics at home. It’s a way to help spread our message and make an impact beyond these four walls,” said Steven Savage, Chief Operating Officer, AIS.

To learn more about AIS’ CarbonNeutral® status, visit the AIS showroom at NeoCon – Suite 1082 or visit www.ais-inc.com.

Carbon Offsetting Projects:

AIS offsets its unavoidable emissions in three projects. The first being a forestry project in Mendocino County, California called the Big River/Salmon Creek Forests Project. The second, a methane capture project in Tieling, China, captures methane gas released in the coal mining process. The third, a renewable energy project, generates clean energy from 40 wind turbines in Mongolia, China.

ABOUT AIS:

AIS is a rapidly growing 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 320 people, with over 500,000 sq. feet of manufacturing and operations at three locations. For more information, visit the AIS website at www.ais-inc.com.

ABOUT THE CARBONNEUTRAL COMPANY:

The CarbonNeutral Company (www.carbonneutral.com) is a world leading provider of carbon reduction solutions. It works with over 300 major businesses and hundreds of small and medium sized companies in 32 countries to develop offset inclusive carbon reduction programs. Since 1997, it has purchased carbon credits from over 300 projects across six continents.

CarbonNeutral® is the registered trademark of The CarbonNeutral Company and is a global standard to certify that businesses have measured and reduced their CO2 emissions to net zero for their company, products, operations or services. Permission to display the CarbonNeutral® mark is only given to clients whose carbon reduction program is implemented in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol. The Protocol assures the quality of offset projects, carbon footprint assessments and communication and is regularly reviewed by an Independent Advisory Group. The company’s ‘audit trail’ includes an annual independent verification of CarbonNeutral programs – from contracts with carbon offset partners to contracts with clients and everything in between.

The CarbonNeutral Company has offices in New York, London and Singapore, with a network of associates in Japan and UAE. The CarbonNeutral Company is a founding member of The International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA), which provides leadership and a unified voice advocating for rigorous industry standards (www.icroa.org).

AIS Partners with Moore Solutions to Develop Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee & Florida Panhandle Markets

Hudson, MA – March 16, 2010 – AIS has partnered with Moore Solutions, a well-known and respected independent firm to represent the AIS product line and further develop Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Florida Panhandle territories. Moore Solutions holds over 10 years of experience. The family-owned company has excelled at building and maintaining lasting dealer and A&D relationships.

“In our hunt for sales coverage for the Southern markets, the name Moore Solutions continued to surface. After reaching out to President and Principal Sam Moore, it was clear from the onset that this was the firm we’d hoped to find. Their sales strength and valuable relationships they’ve built over time make them the perfect fit. Moore Solutions will be a great partner to AIS, helping us to develop and cultivate the marketplace in these Southern states,” said Rob Lazarus, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, AIS.

Moore Solutions’ official start date with AIS is April 1. To learn more about Moore Solutions visit: www.e-mooresolutions.com

ABOUT AIS:

AIS is a rapidly growing 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 320 people, with over 500,000 sq. feet of manufacturing and operations at three locations. For more information, visit the AIS website at www.ais-inc.com.

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

Hudson, MA – February 8, 2010 – AIS, has partnered with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EMHE) to provide office furniture to a newly rebuilt school in Washington D.C. The amazing transformation will be aired Sunday, February 14th 9pm EST on ABC. The Emmy Award-winning reality TV series stormed the nation’s capital to rebuild 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 and all panel fabric was donated by DesignTex.

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.

“The moment we heard about The Fishing School, our design team called AIS, as we were confident they could pull this off. From the space planning and design concept stages, to the production and install, AIS truly took the design and functionality of the new Fishing School to the next level. We are beyond grateful for their generosity, support and dedication to this amazing organization,” said Kim Lewis, Art Director, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

“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 Rob Lazarus, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing, 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 Lazarus.

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. At the time, the 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.

About “The Fishing School”
The Fishing School is a nationally-recognized youth development organization that provides children and families with academic and parental support through its community-based centers located in Washington, DC. The philosophy of TFS is inspired by the adage, “If you give a man a fish, you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will feed himself for a lifetime.”

About AIS
AIS is a leading manufacturer of commercial and government 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 sustainability, lean manufacturing, lead-time and manufacturing flexibility. To learn more about AIS visit: www.ais-inc.com

About Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now in its 7th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Anthony Dominici. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8-9p.m., ET on ABC.

Media Contact: Erin Torres – Marketing Director – 978.562.7500 – etorres@ais-inc.com

Sid Meadows Rejoins AIS as Regional Vice President of Sales

AIS announces the addition of Sid Meadows to the AIS sales team. Meadows will resume the role of Regional Vice President of Sales responsible for sales activity in the South Central, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida markets. Meadows was a previous employee at AIS for nearly 2 years responsible for the South Central market. During his employment he grew this developing region to unprecedented levels for AIS. To continue this trend, Meadows was rehired to further expand AIS’ presence and success.

“Sid is the kind of sales person we need to bring these emerging markets to new heights. His perseverance and hands-on work ethic will produce positive growth for AIS. We are happy to have him back and a part of the AIS team once again,” said Rob Lazarus, Executive Vice President of Sales, AIS.

Meadows holds over 16 years experience having worked for Haworth, Eisys and Innovative Office Solutions. His official start date is January 4, 2010.

AIS Promotes Rob Lazarus to Executive Vice President of Sales

AIS announces the promotion of Rob Lazarus to Executive Vice President of Sales. In his new role, Lazarus will be responsible for implementing sales strategies and working closely with AIS Senior Sales VPs, Regional Sales VPs, Territory Managers and Independent Sales Representatives to create growth centric marketing distribution plans and goals for each region.

With AIS for over 8 years, Lazarus previously worked in the roles of Senior Vice President of Sales and Regional Vice President of Sales for the Western Region of the United States. Offering over 20 years of experience at both the dealership and manufacturing levels, Lazarus excels at building a strong distribution network working with both direct and independent sales representatives. “Rob’s knowledge, passion and positive energy make him a valuable asset to the Executive Management team,” said Bruce Platzman, President/CEO, AIS.

“Over the years, Rob’s hard-work, perseverance and the passion to ‘make-it-happen’ have fueled AIS to strive and better ourselves as a company overall. His dedication to AIS and forward-thinking abilities make him the perfect fit for this role. We look forward to Rob leading the sales team into the future and expect great things from him”, said Platzman.

AIS to Exhibit at NeoCon East October 28-29 - Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD

AIS will exhibit at NeoCon East, the premier design exposition for commercial interiors with a focus on the Federal Government, October 28-29th at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD. The company will display its newest commercial office furniture system enhancements in booth #2123.

This year AIS will feature its Matrix product line with integrated benching components for an updated modern look that addresses the need for enhanced storage and guest seating space in a modest footprint. AIS’ most cost-efficient product line, DiVi, will also be present illustrating the system’s strengths and aesthetic options.

Making its debut at NeoCon East, the AIS Technical Table will available for demonstration and customer feedback. The Technical Table features enhanced electrical and data capacity and is offered at an attractive price point; it is ideal for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity applications.

For more information and registration details for NeoCon East, visit: www.neoconeast.com/attenttheshow/registration/

AIS to Exhibit at OFDA 2009 Dealer Strategies Conference October 4-6 - Austin, TX

AIS will exhibit at the OFDA (The Office Furniture Dealer Alliance) 2009 Dealer Strategies Conference October 4-6 at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Austin, TX. The company will display its Matrix frame and tile panel system enhancements in booth # 13.

AIS has been a long-time supporter of OFDA. Earlier this year, OFDA presented AIS with the prestigious Silver, Non-Aligned Manufacturer of the Year award at NeoCon 2009. This marked the second consecutive year the company received recognition. AIS is the only systems manufacturer recognized in 2008 and 2009.

For more information and registration details for the OFDA 2009 Dealer Strategies Conference visit: www.iopfda.org/index.asp?bid=2621

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.

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