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2019 Power 50: Bruce Platzman

Bruce Platzman 
  • President & CEO
  • AIS, Leominster
  • Residence: Bolton
  • College: Babson College

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Platzman has led furniture manufacturing firm AIS for 30 years, including its move to a formerly vacant 537,000-square-foot building in Leominster in 2017 after operating out of several smaller buildings in Hudson. Since that move, AIS has become a model of job creation, diversity, corporate giving and product diversity. More than 600 jobs have been brought to Leominster, and more than 200 of those are filled by women.

Over that time, the unemployment rate in Leominster has dropped from 11% to less than 5%. The company has served as a sponsor for the Fitchburg Art Museum and the Fitchburg Civic Day and held quarterly blood drives for the American Red Cross. Platzman serves on the board of Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and the company has donated nearly $700,000 in furniture for the remodeling of the Make-A-Wish Boston offices.

Where is the Central Mass. community headed? With the tax incentives offered to companies to move to Central Massachusetts, I see an influx of companies coming this way.

That’s 417 six-packs: I have a collection of 2,500 beer cans from around the world.

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