The birth of ISM, Industrial Sales and Manufacturing, Inc. actually started in 1963 when Jim Rutkowski, Sr. started Industrial Sales Company providing manufacturer’s representative services. Jim Sr. sold a variety of products to manufacturing firms throughout northwest Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and western New York. His interaction with customers uncovered an opportunity to fill a need for drilling services for one of his customers. The opportunity lead to the purchase of a drill press and Industrial Sales and Manufacturing was born. Like many companies ISM got its start in the family garage which was not much bigger than Jim’s current office. That was nearly 50 years ago. Today ISM stretches over three facilities with a total floor plan encompassing over 125,000 square feet. Over 160 employees provide Machining, Fabrication, Assembly, Testing and Finishing services for some 750 customers.
ISM remains a family owned and operated business. Jim’s sons, Jim Jr. and Charlie and daughter Ann now handle daily operations under dads’ watchful eye. Over the years the company has grown into a multi-million dollar corporation. High-tech, state of the art machines such as 3D Laser Cutters, CNC Flexible Machining Systems, Plasma Burners and Robotic Welders have joined the old #1 drill press to provide a full range of services for customers. ISM parts can now be found in products around the world in everything from locomotives to windmills.
The company got its start by providing drilling services for a customer that needed a better solution. ISM grew by continually adding capabilities and a commitment to excellence in everything they do for some of the world’s most demanding companies. Through all the changes, one thing remains the same; a commitment to high quality work and the success of their customers.
as Industrial Sales Company - a manufacturer's representation firm. Original office in the Commerce Building on 12th and State Street
because we could not find good manufacturing support. Our facility was the family garage on 631 Connecticut Drive
and formed a partnership with Al Neidzielski
at 2715 West 15th Street
purchased Al Niedzielski's interest in the company.
Purchased 3750 Sq. Ft. facility on 2719 West 15th Street and combined facility to have 10,000 Sq Ft. Facility
Working with John Kanzius, ISM produced the first working prototype for the Kanzius RF System
We manufacture in three facilities in Erie, PA with over 125,000 Sq. Ft and have 160 associates that work at ISM