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Industrial Sales and Manufacturing Inc.

Jim Rutkowski Sr. started
Industrial Sales and Manufacturing
(ISM) Inc. with a single drill press in
a one-car garage in Erie, Pa. The
company's current facilities are only
five blocks away, but that's no indication of how far the company actually has come since 1963. Jim
Rutkowski Jr., the company's general manager and treasurer, says ISM
has grown into a major contract
manufacturer of components for
OEMs across multiple sectors, and
credits its flexibility, skilled workforce, diverse equipment capabilities and services for that success.
According to Rutkowski, ISM has
worked with more than 800 OEMs
throughout its history, with nearly 50
years of experience in fields ranging
from medical to transportation to
power generation to recreation. With

its distinct capabilities and vast
knowledge base, ISM has manufactured more than 20 million parts
based on more than 15,000 distinct
drawings over the years.
A major part of the reason why
ISM has thrived for so long is
because it has the ability to be practically all things to all customers. The
company provides machining, fabrication, assembly and finishing services under one roof, with some of the
most state-of-the-art technology in
the industry. Among the components manufactured by ISM are
machined components such as bearing caps and housings, machined
fabrications and weldments, piping
assemblies, numerous engine components, custom fasteners and complex mechanical and electrical
assemblies. The diversity of the

Northeast

company's output also is reflected in
its ability to manufacture virtually
any number of components in
almost any grade of material.
"We can truly make from one piece
to 250,000 pieces," Rutkowski says.
"Think of ISM as a manufacturer's buffet for OEMs with virtually everything
needed to produce their product."

People Power
Despite the company's large scale -
with more than 160 employees and
125,000 total square feet of production space - Rutkowski says one of
ISM's biggest areas of focus is making sure each and every person it
works with feels valued. "We're a
true family business in that our customers and our employees are treated like family," he says.
People are the backbone of any

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