-Identifying CD's Pressed At: Allied Record Company-
CD's pressed at Allied will have an "ARC" in the matrix. If there is both "ARC" and "SRC", then the CD was pressed at Allied but the glass master came from Specialty Records Corporation. CD's with an Allied Record Company logo means the glass master also came from Allied Record Company in the mid 90's before the plant was renamed WEA Mfg. Commerce around 1997.
-Identifying Records Pressed At: Allied Record Company-
Records pressed here can be identified by the Allied 'ɑ' logo stamped in the runout groove area usually followed by the manufacturer matrix number (B-00000 on LP/12" and R-00000 on 7", or K-00000 on 7" circa 1975). The processing of lacquer disc 'metalwork' / 'plating' was often subcontracted out to Sheffield Lab Matrix and is denoted by a "SLM △ 00000" / "SLM △ 00000-X" etching in the matrix/runout area (...sometimes appears without the SLM part).
NOTE: the Allied machine stamped logo in the runout etchings can be easily mistaken for a "Q" or a "Ω", but is actually lower case greek alpha, sometimes with a Warner "W" within. Add "[Allied 'ɑ' logo]" on it's position in the matrix string.
Additionally identification can be made as follows;
1.) A lone "A" embossed in the label area like this would indicate it was pressed at Allied Record Company.
2.) An "E A S T" embossed around the center hole like this would indicate it was pressed at Specialty Records Corporation using metal parts that were originally made for use at Allied Record Company based on the etchings.. NOTE that usually the "T" is the most visible, sometimes the only really visible letter.
3.) Records that have the "SRC" logo in the runout 'deadwax' were Processed & Pressed By Specialty Records Corporation, but records that have the "SRC" logo along with an "SPAR" etching "and" a "B-#####"-type matrix number in the runout 'deadwax' indicates that the Plating (Processing / Metalwork) was done at Specialty Records Corporation but the record itself was actually Pressed at Allied Record Company. In such cases with the "SPAR" and "B-#####" etchings, add Specialty Records Corporation as 'Mastered At' and also add Allied Record Company as 'Pressed By'.
Some Atlantic/Warner Bros. related releases (including sublabels and partner labels) with often have an "-AR" at the end of the printed matrix numbers on the center labels indicating Allied Record Company as the pressing plant.
-Identifying Cassettes Manufactured At: Allied Record Company-
Cassettes made at Allied will have an 'AR' printed on the cassette itself like in this example (as opposed to a printed 'SR' on the cassette which would be for Specialty Records Corporation).
This plant was originally the first of two pressing plants owned by Allied Record Manufacturing Company (Allied Record Manufacturing Company was bought by Precision Radiation Instruments (PRI) in 1961).
Allied Record Company was formed & (re)established in 1962 when Draken Broadhead (former owner of Allied Record Manufacturing Company) bought back the Allied name, this one pressing plant* and 'Allied Record Sales' from Tops Records' parent company P.R.I. (Precision Radiation Instruments) *(the other former Allied Record Manufacturing Company pressing plant in Belleville N.J. remained under PRI's ownership.)
Allied Record Company remained an independent pressing plant until it was purchased by Warner Communications Inc. in 1979, becoming a branch of WEA Manufacturing Inc.
The Allied Record Company / ARC name was phased out by WEA at the end of 1996.