AIS Named to Inc. Magazine’s 2021 Best in Business list

AIS workers acting in teams to create its furniture products.

HUDSON, Mass. – AIS (Affordable Interior Systems), which ranks #42 on the FDMC 300 list, has been named to the Inc. 2021 Best in Business list and received a silver medal in the 2nd annual awards program’s manufacturing category.

AIS is the second woodworking firm named in the 2021 Best in Business ranking. Woodwrights Inc., a Wheatland, Wis.-based millwork company was also named to the Best in Business list.

The list, which can be found in the winter issue of Inc. magazine (on newsstands Dec. 14), recognizes small- and medium-size privately held American businesses that have had an outstanding influence on their communities, their industries, the environment or society as a whole in the past 12 months.

More than 2,700 businesses submitted applications to this year’s awards program. AIS was among the 147 companies to be named to the prestigious 2021 Inc. Best in Business list.

“AIS is so honored to receive this recognition,” AIS Co-Founder and CEO Bruce Platzman said. “I’m very proud of our team of more than 800 people who, during this particularly difficult year, met unexpected challenges with incredible courage, commitment and hard work.

Together, we pivoted to produce products that helped organizations and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic while fortifying the critical importance of manufacturing within our region’s economy.”


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Larry Adams is a Chicago-based writer and editor who writes about how things get done. A former wire service and community newspaper reporter, Larry is an award-winning writer with more than three decades of experience. In addition to writing about woodworking, he has covered science, metrology, metalworking, industrial design, quality control, imaging, Swiss and micromanufacturing . He was previously a Tabbie Award winner for his coverage of nano-based coatings technology for the automotive industry. Larry volunteers for the historic preservation group, the Kalo Foundation/Ianelli Studios, and the science-based group, Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST).