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The Little Engine That Could: Erie Supply Manufacturer Grows With GE Transportation.
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AUGUST 27, 2012
Back in 1967 their operation amounted to a drill press in a garage, but Erie Pennsylvania’s ISM (Industrial Sales & Manufacturing) now happens to be one of GE Transportation’s most reliable cutting-edge parts suppliers. With GE’s unveiling Friday in Erie of its smartest, cleanest and most fuel-efficient locomotive yet, ISM is poised to continue that growth.
“We’re like a manufacturer’s buffet,” says Jim Rutkowski, Jr., son of ISM’s founder. “Our core competency is that we can machine, fabricate and assemble products under one roof, usually in a very short period of time.” That kind of vertical integration and quick turnaround time is part of what has made ISM invaluable to GE Transportation’s locomotive plant in Erie for some 45 years now. “They can call us up and we’re able to turn things around in one or two days,” Jim says, then adds with a laugh, “We’ve been GE’s guinea pig for some time.”
Jim Rutkowski Jr., Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and Charlie Rutkowski discussing 3-D laser manufacturing at ISM.
A cutting-edge family operation
After working at GE in the drafting department of its design group, Jim Sr. founded the company back in 1963, operating first as a manufacturer’s rep. ISM has since grown to more than 125,000 square feet in three facilities, with over 160 employees, but it’s still very much a family operation.
Jim Jr. began delivering parts to GE as soon as he was old enough to drive. His sister Ann Marx is the firm’s accountant, and brother Charlie runs the manufacturing side. Jim Sr., now 75, still comes to the plant every day, and on payday he personally hands a paycheck to each employee. “It’s great to be able to be with your family,” says Jim Jr. “We try to treat our customers like they’re part of the family; GE included.”
The Tier 4 Push
Locomotives are at the core of GE Transportation’s Erie operations, and suppliers like ISM are integral as GE gears up to produce the newest evolution of the ecomagination-qualified Evolution® Series locomotive line, which is expected to be the first in the industry to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s stringent new Tier 4 emissions standards. Effective in January 2015, all new diesel locomotives will have to meet a 76% reduction in NOx emissions and a 70% reduction in particulates emissions.
In that effort, GE has already invested $400 million developing the prototype locomotive announced last week, with $200 million more slated for the next two years of honing the design and engineering. ISM is right on pace, having recently invested $175,000 into development of new cleaning systems to help meet the more stringent quality tolerances.
Just in case you’re passing through Erie, PA, consider dropping by ISM. Jim Jr. says his dad hands a gold dollar to every person he meets.
The long-awaited GenV Kanzius RF Device arrived in Houston at the Kanzius/Curley lab at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
This enhanced radiowave generating (RF) machine is the fifth version of the late John Kanzius' original invention which emits a controlled radiowave proven to destroy cancer cells in prior studies funded by your donations through the Kanzius Foundation. GenV has the capacity of treating subjects up to 800 pounds.
"Today, the machine is in full operation and advanced testing began this morning," shared Dr. Steven Curley, lead investigator of the Kanzius team. "It is a dream come true and my team is extremely excited to move the research to the next level; ultimately an FDA approval for human trials."
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Larger Kanzius device set for testing
The next step in turning John Kanzius' cancer-killing dream into reality sits in a Millcreek Township laboratory.
A new, larger version of the late Millcreek inventor's external radio-frequency generator is finished and will be shipped in January to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
This fifth-generation device is big enough for M.D. Anderson researchers to use on larger animals and humans.
"It can support up to 800 pounds," said Charlie Rutkowski, plant manager at Industrial Sales & Manufacturing, the Millcreek company that manufactures the Kanzius devices.
Members of Therm Med, the company Kanzius created to promote his invention, unveiled the new device at a news conference Tuesday morning at ISM.
Kanzius' device works by emitting radio waves that heat and kill cancer cells targeted with nanoparticles, microscopic pieces of gold and other metals that are injected into the bloodstream.
The device has been proved to kill pancreatic cancer cells in live mice without harming healthy tissue.
A larger device was needed before Kanzius' invention could be tested on humans, lead researcher Steven Curley, M.D., has said. The earlier devices can only accommodate petri dishes and small animals like mice and rabbits.
Tests must be performed on larger animals, such as pigs, before the Food & Drug Administration approves clinical trials for humans. Therm Med has not formally approached the FDA to request clinical trials.
"This will mean we can begin large animal modeling studies that will be necessary to understand the RF dosing and treatment times in patients," Curley said Tuesday in an e-mail. "(I) can't comment on the time to clinical trials, that is up to the FDA."
Curley has waited several years for a larger device. One reason its development has taken so long is that Kanzius died from cancer-related pneumonia in February 2009.
Another reason is that the RF field generated by the larger device -- where the animal would be placed for treatment -- was not as uniform as it needed to be. It was doughnut shaped, Curley has said.
"This device is ready," said Mike Nelson, co-chief executive of Red Wind Innovations, which has been contracted by Therm Med to develop a business plan for the device. "Research of this nature takes capital and it takes time."
Nelson would not say how much it cost to build the newest Kanzius device. It is currently the only fifth-generation device. Work has begun on a sixth-generation model.
Besides being large enough to treat large animals and humans, the newest Kanzius device is also easier to operate, Nelson said.
Earlier versions must be fine-tuned constantly. The fifth-generation device is more automated.
"We are thinking about the caregivers who will be using this device," Nelson said.
Kanzius' widow, Marianne Kanzius, attended the unveiling. She said Therm Med has reached a research contract with one major research center and is negotiating with two others.
"This is the business end of John's dream," said Marianne Kanzius, who is Therm Med's managing partner. "I know John would be pleased with how things are going."
By DAVID BRUCE
Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Announces Council to Strengthen Manufacturing Sector
Recognizing the value of manufacturing to the state's economy............
Jim Rutkowski Jr. - Gannon Entrepreneurship Program - Jim Rutkowski Jr.is interviewed about the Gannon Entrepreneurship Program.
Erie PA Chamber Dinner - Video presentation about Industrial Sales & Manufacturing
ISM helps confirmation class build memorial to classmate - Bishop Trautman blessed the new “Butterfly Bench” created and dedicated in loving memory of Carli Cummings.
On The Edge - Jim Rutkowski Sr. - Maintaining updated technology is essential for compaies to remain viable in the ever-changing manufacturing industry.
Carrying Out a Dream - Erie-based manufacture Industrial Sales & Manufacturing, Inc. continues its work on the cancer-destroying developed by the late inventor John Kanzius
Govenor Tom Corbett Tours Industrial Sales & Manufacturing while in Erie
At a manufacturing plant in Millcreek, Gov. Tom Corbett offered a visual image to show what the state is up against with a $4.2 billion deficit heading into the 2011-12 budget year.
The governor said that someone could place $1,000 bills end to end from the Ohio line east across the Pennsylvania Turnpike and into New Jersey, near Atlantic City, before the bills totaling $4.2 billion would run out.
And Corbett said Thursday, there isn't a lot of "wiggle room'' in the proposed state budget, with mandated programs forcing tough choices in other areas.
Some of those tough choices are falling on subsidies for basic education and on state aid for higher education.
But when asked about the proposed 50 percent cut in state funding for higher education, Corbett said the budget process is still playing itself out.
"This isn't a done deal until I sign the budget,'' he said.
The new budget year starts July 1. The Legislature can suggest ways to move the money to lessen the effect on education, he said.
Corbett has taken to the road recently to sell his proposed state budget, which contains no tax or fee increases and would cut government spending by 3 percent.
That road trip took him Thursday to Industrial Sales and Manufacturing, 2609 W. 12th St., Millcreek, where he toured the plant, and made remarks about the business and the state budget.
Jim Rutkowski Jr., general manager of the company, led Corbett on the tour.
He showed the governor the company's various products, including housing assemblies for metering in the petroleum industry, components for locomotives, and internal components for Kold-Draft Industries' icemaker with an automatic bagging system.
Corbett also saw a small-scale model of an external radio-frequency generator that kills cancer.
The company builds the generators invented by the late John Kanzius. Tests done on small animals show the invention kills pancreatic and liver-cancer cells without damaging the surrounding healthy cells.
The company is building a generator for large animals or humans that could be ready by the end of the year, said Charlie Rutkowski, ISM plant manager and Jim Rutkowski Jr.'s brother.
Tests must be done on larger animals before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would approve the treatment for human trials.
The tour did not include a look at the larger generator.
Corbett said his proposed budget would grow the state economy and help employers such as ISM create more jobs. The company now employs about 135 employees.
"We want to make Pennsylvania as business-friendly as we possibly can. The first thing to do is get a budget through that is not pretty,'' he said, an acknowledgment of the cuts he's proposed.
"It's very difficult,'' he said.
But Corbett said there's a spending problem in Harrisburg that exceeds the revenue coming in.
Corbett's visit to the Erie area, which included a stop in Edinboro, was his first since he became governor.
May 1, 2011 GoErie.com Article - Govenor Tom Corbett visits ISM
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Tradition Catches the Wave of the Future
Governor Corbett Tours Industrial Sales and Manufacturing in Erie, Highlights Jobs and Economic Grow
Governor Tom Corbett today toured Industrial Sales and Manufacturing, Inc., where he highlighted his proposed budget's commitment to growing the state's economy and helping employers like ISM create jobs.
"My budget is a commitment to Pennsylvania's workers. It supports our future and makes sure that workers, whether they own their business or work for someone else, have a share in the economy we are looking to build," Corbett said.
Corbett's proposed budget contains no tax or fee increases and cuts government spending by 3 percent, most of which is done by consolidating programs, targeting inefficiencies and reducing or eliminating discretionary financial grants.
The budget refocuses and streamlines the state's support of free enterprise by supporting programs that will encourage economic growth and job creation, while supporting incentives for new and creative ideas to improve business and industry.
"Business leaders like Jim Rutkowski, general manager here at ISM, have to make tough decisions every day and especially during an economic downturn," said Corbett. "My administration has had to make hard choices to address a $4.2 billion deficit. Nobody likes to cut funding, but if we don't do it now, our deficit will double. There is no way to do it painlessly, but doing nothing is not an option."
Industrial Sales and Manufacturing offers a full range of services including machining, fabricating and assembling. It also specializes in welding, milling and other services. ISM has approximately 135 highly skilled employees. The company saw 16-percent revenue growth in 2010 and exports to Mexico, Canada, China, India, Kazakhstan, and Australia.
"My proposed budget supports companies like ISM that are investing in our communities and providing jobs for our neighbors. It supports programs such as the Job Opportunity Grant Program, Job Creation Tax Credits, and the Liberty Loan Fund," Corbett added. "Where the state can help, we're here to help. And where we can keep out of the way, we will."
Kold-Draft shows off new Erie assembly line, expanded work force
By JIM MARTIN
It's been seven months since the management of Kold-Draft Industries pledged from a vacant manufacturing floor to launch a new product and bring 100 new jobs to Erie. vertisement
On Monday, company officials opened the doors of 1525 East Lake Road for a follow-up visit to present evidence their predictions are being realized.
In January 2009, Kold-Draft had 24 employees. Today, there are 105, plus another 40 who have been added by local suppliers, including Sunburst Electronics, Fralo Industries Inc. and Industrial Sales and Manufacturing Inc.
Most of those jobs exist because of a new product being built in Erie in partnership with the In-Store Bagging Machine Co.
The machine, which combines an industrial icemaker with an automatic bagger and a retail storage freezer, sells for about $15,000 and is designed to allow retailers to replace deliveries from ice companies with their own icemaking equipment.
Just a month ago, Kold-Draft began building the innovative new baggers at a rate of six a day. Today, a daily average of 20 finished baggers roll off the assembly line. In another month or so, that number is expected to reach 30, said Martin Gardner, the company's president.
Gardner said he also expects that number to grow, based on the device's recent reception at a convenience store convention in Atlanta. About 200 stores and store chains expressed interest in the equipment, which can bag ice in bags bearing the store name or logo.
In fact, Leonard Kosar, chief executive of Erie Management Group, which owns Kold-Draft, said he envisions adding a second shift and another 75 employees who will likely be needed as the company ramps up production of its traditional icemaking equipment.
As he took visitors through the assembly line Monday, Gardner said he's been impressed by the quality of the workers the company has been able to hire. A full 75 percent of them, he said, have some sort of training or certification.
"These people bring skills," Kosar said.
Josh Chaney, 35, who joined the company in February, was one of the early arrivals. Chaney, who worked several years at 84 Lumber, said he's happy about the challenge of his new job and to be part of what looks like a success story in its early stages.
"To see it when I started here, it's been 100 percent transformed," he said.
The company has been transformed in other ways.
In December, for the first time since Erie Management Group took over Kold-Draft four years ago, the company is expected to turn a profit, Kosar said.
And while sales in the industry are up 10 percent this year, Gardner said his company's sales have risen 40 percent.
That's good news for Samuel P. "Pat" Black III, the chairman of Erie Management Group, which he launched in 2004.
Black, whose company sources more than 80 percent of the new machine's 1,500-plus parts from local suppliers, said he's committed to Erie-built machines.
Black, who was joined Monday by executives from three of his top suppliers, labeled as shortsighted companies that believe they don't pay a price for moving production to lower-cost labor markets offshore. Before long, he said, jobs in engineering and research and design are often lost as well.
Black said his efforts at Erie Management Group are aimed ultimately at creating jobs.
"It's the main reason Erie Management Group exists," he said, explaining that studies have shown that in order to be successful, a region needs to derive more than half its income from manufacturing.
"We still have a strong base," he said. "But it has to be expanded in the right direction."
Erie County Executive Barry Grossman praised Black for helping to do just that in Erie. Along with Kim Green, the city of Erie's economic development director, Grossman praised the company for looking to local suppliers that are adding jobs of their own.
"This is good for everyone," Grossman said.
JIM MARTIN can be reached at 870-1668 or by e-mail.
SALES & MFG., INC. IS AWARDED ISO 9001:2008 REGISTRATION
(October 1, 2009)
INDUSTRIAL SALES & MFG., INC(ISM). , Erie, Pennsylvania has
announced that it has been awarded the ISO-9001:2008 registration.
ISM is located in
and has been a premier manufacturer and supplier of quality machined,
fabricated and assembled components since 1967.
ISO 9001:2008 applies to industries involved in the manufacturing,
installation, and servicing of products. The ISO certification process
ensures on-going compliance to standards of performance because, once
certified, companies are externally audited every year for continuous
execution of the standards. Conformance to ISO 9001:2008 quality
assurance standards required the implementation of procedural changes,
training, increased documentation, and adjustments to operating
systems on every level of the manufacturing process. Managerial,
engineering and customer service systems of ISM were identified for
process implementation and certification.
"ISO registration supports our pursuit of continuous improvement
and an on-going commitment to provide our customers assurance of
product quality", said Jim Rutkowski Sr., President of ISM. "Our
success in achieving this goal is due to the tremendous dedication and
teamwork of our employees".
For more than 42 years, ISM has been dedicated to
providing quality machined, fabricated and assembled components. As an
industry leader, we service a dedicated customer base accustomed to
quality and innovation in machined, fabricated and assembled
components. Industrial Sales & Mfg. (ISM) is a premier contract
manufacturer and supplier of quality machined, fabricated and
assembled components. With advanced technology and highly skilled
employees, ISM can produce a range of components and assemblies
ranging from a single prototype to millions, exactly as ordered, on
time, every time.
Toomey in Town
August 3, 2009
Former Congressman Pat Toomey, the likely republican candidate for U.S. Senator next year was campaigning today in our area. He toured Industrial Sales and Manufacturing in Millcreek. And later hosted a fund raising event. Toomey said he is not happy with the stimulus spending, bailouts and health care reform. A recent poll shows he is running neck and neck in a potential race with Senator Arlen Specter who is now a democrat. But Toomey thinks Specter could lose to Joe Sestak in the democratic primary next spring. Toomey said, "I think voters realize he is a democrat of convenience, not of any conviction and he is probably going to face a very tough democratic primary, and I don't know if he wins that primary. But I am ready to run against whoever the democrats nominate. And I'm very confident we will win." Toomey has raised about $1.6 million in the past 3 months.
The Kanzius Machine: A Cancer Cure?
Inventor Tells 60 Minutes He Hopes To Live Long Enough To See Machine Cure Humans
John Kanzius Cancer Research Fund Website Link Now Available.
The John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation is a leading organization in radio wave cancer treatment. Click here to visit.
"Fascinating" Possible Cancer Treatment.
CBS News Early Show - August 2007 interview with John Kanzius - Pennsylvania Patient Builds Machine Harnessing Radio Waves To Attack Cells.
Inventor may have breakthrough in killing cancer cells.
WKYC News Report - August 2007. The work has been quietly been going on for the last three years in a no-frills laboratory in Erie, Pennsylvania. Inventor, John Kanzius, working with Jim and Charlie Rutkowski, have been perfecting a device that will kill cancer cells with a radio frequency.
Can water fuel world?
WorldNetDaily.com - May 2007 - Man looking for cancer cure hopes to solve energy crisis.
In the midst of his experiments as he was trying to take salt out of water, Kanzius discovered his machine could do what some may have thought was impossible: turning water into fuel.
The common phrase "Necessity is the mother of invention" has become one of our all-time truisms.
Marco Island Sun Times - May 2007. While working with his associate, Charlie Rulkowski, in an attempt to desalinate water, they stumbled on another possible planet-saving invention. Mixing table salt with tap water and using radio waves to activate it, the result was an instant, intense flame, and perfect energy source.
John Kanzius News:Santorum promises to
seek help for research with
of people have fought for their lives at the Regional Cancer Center.One
of those people was John Kanzius.Kanzius has now moved his fight just
west of the treatment center, 2500 W. 12th St., to Industrial Sales &
Manufacturing Inc., 2609 W. 12th St.
Investment in technology yields competitive
edge for ISM
the tradition of excellence begun by Jim Rutkowski, Sr. in 1967, the future
of Industrial Sales & Manufacturing, Inc. is extremely exciting.
Patriot Award - James J. Rutkowski, Sr.accepts
Patriot Award on behalf of Industrial Sales and Manufacturing, Inc
21 December, 2005, members of the 1-112IN (SBCT) recognized Industrial
Sales and Manufacturing, Inc. of Erie, PA for their support of the National
Manufacturing Success - Industrial Sales
and Manufacturing named employer of the year for 2003
Economic Development Corp.of Erie County on Thursday named Industrial
Sales & Manufacturing its manufacturing employer of the year.
Proving Its Mettle - Manufacturer expands
company has outgrown its 40,000-square-foot Millcreek plant and is moving...
Updated January 2013