LEOMINSTER – Massachusetts-based AIS, the largest manufacturer of commercial office furniture and seating in New England – a historic area where factories and factories ushered in the American Industrial Revolution some 200 years ago – celebrated the National Manufacturing Month in October by honoring the region’s manufacturing heritage and championing modern practices and opportunities.
The manufacturing sector today accounts for 9% of Massachusetts’ total economic output and comprises 7.8% of the Commonwealth’s workforce (about 250,000 people in the state work in manufacturing), according to Manufacturing in Massachusetts.
Manufacturing Month – officially known as MFG Day – focuses on events to promote careers in modern manufacturing to students, parents, educators, and community leaders. As manufacturers nationwide seek to fill 4 million highly skilled, high-tech, well-paying jobs over the next decade, MFG Day enables manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so that they can help their communities and future generations to prosper. Events usually take place on the first Friday in October, but can take place throughout the month.
For AIS, Manufacturing Month began several days earlier with business leaders attending two community events in September.
On September 28, AIS Vice President of Human Resources Deanna Zarrella was a panelist at the Manufacturing Mash-Up, an event hosted by the Massachusetts Center for Advanced Manufacturing. Zarrella shared ideas on recruiting talent for manufacturing jobs and promoting a culture of employee retention.
“We have a lot of passion at AIS – an enthusiasm for our business that we are all creating something together. Enthusiasm is evident to those we hire, and it is contagious when people join our team, ”said Zarrella. “Our passion rests on a foundation of stability and adaptability, which allows us to adapt with confidence to the current needs of our employees and customers, and to anticipate for the future. “
Also on September 28, AIS Human Resources Manager Erika Kundhart attended a recruiting event hosted by the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce where she shared information about the manufacturing industry and permanent jobs on time. full available on a variety of production lines in the 600,000 square foot AIS facility.
AIS has reportedly created more jobs in central Massachusetts over the past five years than any other company. More than 300 women work at the AIS site in Leominster. In total, the company employs more than 800 people with backgrounds representing 32 countries, making AIS one of the most diverse employers in Massachusetts.
On October 6, AIS CEO Bruce Platzman was interviewed by veteran radio host Hank Stolz on WCRN-AM in a segment presented by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Platzman, who co-founded AIS in 1989 and grew the company to over $ 220 million in annual sales, shared his thoughts on the current challenges manufacturers face – including the labor shortage. as well as supply chain and transportation issues – and how AIS is tackling those challenges. Platzman also spoke about the importance of supporting regional businesses and giving back to the community through a variety of programs.
“Our AIS story is the result of hard work, an exceptional team, an understanding of the market and a love of the community,” said Platzman. “While we are not immune to market pressures, we continue to be successful because of our employees and customers. AIS is today the largest manufacturer and employer in Leominster and one of the largest in our region. We are growing, hiring, and proud to be a Massachusetts-based manufacturer.
Additionally, as part of Manufacturing Month, AIS hosted more than 50 professionals at company headquarters for a Business After Hours event presented by the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce on October 13.
AIS’s newly renovated and expanded office furniture showroom within the sprawling head office provided ample space for networking, group discussions and one-on-one conversations. A tour of the factory, also within the same facility, offered guests the chance to see manufacturing in action as team members from different lines assembled tables, chairs, desks and other AIS products.
“Events like these give us the opportunity to showcase the products we make, and factory tours allow visitors to see our manufacturing process firsthand,” said AIS President Nick Haritos. “We were very pleased to partner with the Chamber and welcome the business community to AIS, and we were especially honored to celebrate Manufacturing Month. “
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