AIS furniture continues churning out face masks, donates 25,000 more
March 11, 2021 | 11:14 am CST
Through its Sew The Masks campaign, AIS has been producing face masks since the pandemic began.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Massachusetts-based commercial office furniture specialist AIS has donated 25,000 face masks to the city of North Charleston, South Carolina. The company has been producing masks for communities in need since the pandemic began.
“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of AIS and its President and CEO Bruce Platzman, as there is no question that this nationwide charitable initiative has saved lives,” said North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey. 
“We hope the vast majority of our region and country has the opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the near future, but until then, making testing readily available, social distancing, washing hands, and wearing proper face coverings remains imperative,” he said.
AIS began making facemasks – using antimicrobial fabrics and other premium materials – when the COVID-19 pandemic intensified in April. In May, the company established the nationwide Sew the Masks initiative – activating internal production lines and a thousand volunteer 'Rosies' in 45 states to create masks at their home sewing machines for donation and distribution to first responders, frontline workers and other people in need. 
It also produced a mask for every Massachusetts poll worker for the previous election day.
“No citizen should be worried about access to personal protective equipment as we continue to fight this pandemic,” said AIS President and CEO Bruce Platzman. “We are grateful to the City of North Charleston who partnered with us to be able to support the community with these high-quality, comfortable and reusable masks.”

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