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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.

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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.

AIS Announces Addition of New Manufacturer’s Sales Representative: Company hires Jeff Leist & Associates

Jeff Leist & Associates has teamed with AIS to expand market leadership in Montana, Idaho, eastern Washington state and western North Dakota.

"AIS’s theme for 2008 has been all about enhancements – from the products we sell, the tools we offer dealers and end-users, to the strong sales team we continue to build. Our alignment with Jeff Leist & Associates is just another example of how we (AIS) continue to grow our business and penetrate new market opportunities," said Michelle Warren, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. "Jeff and his team share the same vision and values as AIS: to offer exceptional levels of customer service and satisfaction, partnered with providing a superior product at an exceptional value."

Jeff Leist & Associates is well regarded in the business and A&D communities, and has established a record of solid performance in the systems furniture industry. Working with his wife, Cindy, and sales representative Doug Flament, who covers eastern Montana & western North Dakota, Jeff brings over 25 years of contract furniture experience, managing his own rep firm since 1994.

AIS Announces Promotion of 3 Regional VP’s to Senior Vice President Roles

AIS announces the promotion of Ben Maxwell, David Morales, and Jeff Bohn to Senior Vice President roles as part of the company’s executive management team realignment.

In this role, Maxwell, Morales and Bohn will be responsible for the daily business operations in their assigned regions, serving as the primary contact for Regional VP’s and the Sales team. Each will be working in the field with the AIS Rep community developing strategy to facilitate future growth in the systems furniture market, reporting directly to Michelle Warren, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

"At AIS, we are continually looking for ways to make organizational improvements that will ultimately benefit our growth so AIS can continue to remain an aggressive and competitive player in the systems furniture market," said Michelle Warren, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. "These individuals will be leading the strongest team AIS has ever comprised as we continue our robust growth in the upcoming fiscal year."

With AIS for the past 8 ½ years, Maxwell held the position of Regional VP of Sales for the Northeast. During this time, he helped grow AIS sales and distribution by developing and managing new business channels while building and nurturing key customer relationships. Maxwell will now be responsible for the New England/New Jersey/Upper Mid-Atlantic and International regions.

For the past year, Morales has worked in the capacity of Regional VP of GSA Sales- Mid Atlantic, responsible for sales coverage in the South Virginia market and helping to fuel AIS’s strong growth in the GSA sector. Morales will now oversee the Mid-Atlantic/Southeast/South Central US markets.

Prior to the promotion, Bohn worked in the capacity of Regional VP of Sales for the Mid-West where he was responsible for the development of new business opportunities and expanding AIS visibility in the Midwest market. In this new role, Bohn will be responsible for the Midwest/West region as identified by AIS.

Kathy Maslowska Joins AIS New York Team

Kathy Maslowska has joined AIS as Sales Representative and New York City Showroom Manager. Previously, Kathy worked with AIS Rep Firm, Bill Gross & Associates. Kathy will work in the AIS Showroom at 257 Park Avenue South, 6th Floor.

Kathy joined AIS in October and represents the first piece of a new sales team formulated to work along with Bill Gross’ organization. Over the coming months you will see additional AIS hires in New York, as we continue to invest in the marketplace.

AIS Awarded New York State Contract for Office Furniture and Seating

AIS announced today it has been awarded the New York State Contract for Office Furniture and Seating. The new state contract allows end-users to choose their dealer, unlike previously where a specific dealer held the contract for the manufacturer. This translates into further savings for end-users should they choose AIS dealers/products, as AIS systems are lower priced over the competition.

"We’re very excited to be participating on the New York State Contract. Contract furniture buyers utilizing AIS through the contract will realize significant savings on Systems Furniture and Office Seating products," said Michael DuGally, President of AIS.

"The Office of General Services (OGS) has produced a very well thought out contract. Buyers can now choose a dealer, giving them greater selection and in the end a more competitive offering. The previous contracts were dealer controlled, and manufacturers had to rely on one or two dealers to cover the entire State. This new contract really levels the playing field for mid-size companies like AIS, and exposes our incredible value proposition to more NY State customers," continued DuGally.

AIS Announces Partnership with Audax Group

AIS, Inc announced it has completed its partnership with Audax Group. The senior management team of AIS, including Arthur Maxwell, Chairman and Co-Founder, and Bruce Platzman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, will continue to own a significant position and lead the company. Headquartered in Hudson, Massachusetts, AIS is a manufacturer of high quality, value-priced office systems furniture. Products include monolithic and segmented panel systems, tile-based stacking panel systems, floor-to-ceiling systems, panel and beltline raceway systems, and panel systems.

Arthur Maxwell, Chairman and Co-Founder of AIS, said “We are excited to have Audax Group as our partner. Their experience sourcing and integrating add-on acquisitions will be valuable as we continue to build our business.”

Bruce Platzman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of AIS, said “The transaction positions AIS to build on our past success. Through our partnership with Audax, AIS will further expand product offerings, enhance marketing initiatives and invest behind manufacturing and sales support in the field.”

Geoffrey S. Rehnert, Co-CEO of Audax Group, said “AIS is a growing, niche, value-priced office furniture manufacturer with world-class operations and customer support. We look forward to working with Arthur and Bruce and the rest of the team to grow the company organically and through strategic add-on acquisitions.”

Ropes & Gray LLP advised Audax Group. Lane Berry & Co. International, LLC advised AIS. Sankaty Bank provided acquisition financing and Citizens provided a working capital facility.

AIS Furnishes Learning Center for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Season Premiere

AIS is pleased to announce the company is a proud participant of ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. 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 represents the most traveled distance and largest build in the history of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The season premiere will air September 30, 2007 7/6c.

AIS was contacted directly from the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team. AIS took on the daunting task of manufacturing, delivering, and installing 16 AIS Matrix workstations, 4 private office suites, 2 conference room tables, 15 training room tables, 45 filing cabinets, and 46 Element Task Chairs in under 10 days. The challenge was made all the more difficult by the simple reality of product having to travel from Boston to Honolulu, which even under ideal conditions takes 10-14 days in transit.

“We were both thrilled and somewhat terrified about committing to EMHE when the call came. We had to literally begin production within a day of getting the call, and that includes designing and layout of product for 26 employees of the Learning Center. When we heard the story of the Akana Family, and just how remarkable Momi Akana had been to the community through the Keiki O Ka Aina learning center, we decided to attempt the impossible,” said Michael DuGally, President of AIS.

Traveling to Honolulu, Hawaii, the Extreme Team decided to not only build a complete home for the Akana Family, but also a youth learning and community center run by Momi Akana called the Keiki O Ka Aina learning center. The makeover represents the most challenging construction conditions in the show’s 4-year history.

Working with The Systemcenter of Honolulu, an AIS dealer and one of the top installations companies in the state, product arrived from AIS to Hawaii just 48 hours before the infamous “Move that bus” was scheduled to take place. With the new community center still only partially complete, the AIS Extreme Team was the last major group allowed to work as carpeting, painting, and even power was not yet wrapped up.

“I was very nervous having myself and 10 installers sitting on 16 skids of workstations and private offices, not to mention less than 30 hours before the family was due to arrive,” said David Wilhelm, Project Manager of AIS. David along with Michael DuGally traveled to Honolulu to oversee the final installation. After a grueling 26 hours of working non-stop, the finishing touches were made and the entire installation complete.

"Along with our home builder, Brookfield Homes, AIS by far had the most difficult challenge in the entire Hawaii build. We are proud that AIS stepped up to make a difference not only for the Akana family, but the thousands of families that will be helped by the Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Center," comments Diane Korman, Senior Producer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

The 2-hour season premiere of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will air September 30th 7/6c. This marks the 5th season for the Emmy Award winning show.