May 13, 2016

Allied Industrial Sales Corporation

Allied Industrial Sales Corporation was a company created in the early 1970s by John Gaspari and Imre Adler in Quebec, Canada. The company operated until it’s bankruptcy in 1976.

The story of AISC:

After a rift develops between inventor Anthony Gaspari and PALL (Canada), Gaspari secretly creates new design and letter master templates, including new versions of 6 popular alphabet styles for his son, John. Taking the templates, John Gaspari partners with Imre Adler to begin producing stencil press designs and alphabets under the name Allied Industrial Sales Corporation. The two leverage Imre’s years of plastic molding experience along with his plastics company, Associated Crafts, to produce the plastic cutting dies. At the outset, the AISC alphabets and designs are distributed by a newly formed company called New Era, under the leadership of the former president of PALL (Canada), Edward R. Adams. Adams named the new distribution company after a marketing phrase printed on the first page of the original PALL Memorial Design binder, “A new era”. After a short time, the relationship between New Era and AISC collapses, and Gaspari and Adler begin selling directly to monument dealers by mail order.

During the mid 1970s AISC is failing to become profitable, so the two partners bring in accountant Jerry Kawalek as a third partner. Before long there is a falling out between the original two partners, and Gaspari and Kawalek attempt to push out Imre and gain control of the business. The result is a business that quickly becomes financially unviable. By 1976, AISC goes bankrupt, and as a result Imre’s son Fred is able to gain control of the company’s assets. Fred Adler begins producing the AISC cutting dies under the name Cutrite Systems, distributing them with his new plastics company, PMD International.

* Original List of AISC Alphabets:

Modified Roman

Condensed Roman

Vermarco (same as PMD Cutrite Vermarco)

Gothic Block

Raised Roman

Double Outline

* This list was derived from the original New Era mailing packet. More AISC alphabets may have been created after this point. If you have any later New Era or AISC catalogs or materials, please contact the MLC.