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October 6, 2020

AIS donates face masks to poll workers around the state

Photo | Courtesy Gov. Charlie Baker with Steve Savage of AIS and Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella

Leominster commercial office furniture manufacturer AIS will provide facemasks to every poll worker needing one on Election Day, covering needs for up to 351 cities and towns in the state, the company announced on Tuesday.

"Our democracy relies on the ability of all citizens to be able to freely and safely cast their votes in person on Election Day,” Bruce Platzman, CEO of AIS, said in a press release. “These dedicated poll workers in each municipality – many of whom have served their communities for years – are in every way the frontline essential personnel that make the democratic process function.”

So far, more than 200 cities and towns have requested masks from AIS, in quantities ranging from 10 to 1,500, according to the company.

AIS anticipates delivering over 20,000 masks ahead of Nov. 3, when Massachusetts voters will head to the polls. 

The initiative was launched after Leominster City Clerk Katelyn Huffman approached the company to ask for help in August.

“We saw an opportunity to support cities and towns in Massachusetts on Election Day, at a time when that support is badly needed, by leveraging our inventory of masks and our distribution capacity,” said Platzman.

AIS pivoted to making face masks using antimicrobial fabrics and other materials in April, as the coronavirus pandemic bore down on Massachusetts and the country.

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