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Koss Industial, Inc. est. 1978 - Celebrating our 40th Anniversary in 2018

Celebrating 40 Years of Innovative Design & Custom Manufacturing!

What happened 40 years ago?

  • “Space Invaders” arcade game launched the video game craze
  • The Garfield comic strip was first published in newspapers
  • The Illinois Bell Company introduced the first ever Cellular Mobile Phone System
  • …and Koss Industrial, Inc. was founded in 1978!

Koss Industial, Inc. est. 1978 - Celebrating our 40th Anniversary in 2018

We’ve passed a milestone and we’re celebrating 40 years of innovation!

Today marks the fortieth year that Koss Industrial, Inc. has been manufacturing custom stainless steel equipment in Green Bay, Wisconsin!

Recently retired co-founders of Koss Industrial, Inc. – Brothers John (former President) and Joe (former Vice President) have dedicated over 50 years of their lives to serving cheesemakers.  With business degrees from Green Bay Badger Business College, the brothers are also former licensed cheesemakers who worked in their family’s plant (Badger State Cheese) until about 40 years ago. That’s when the brothers decided they liked building & improving equipment better than making cheese.

The business the brothers created in 1978 now employs a team of over 75, serving customers both locally and internationally.  Koss Industrial, Inc. is now providing superior quality sanitary equipment, systems, and services throughout & beyond the dairy industry; food, beverage, pharma, industrial, and now contract manufacturing.

Celebrating 40 Years of Innovation - Koss Industrial - est 1978

Koss Industrial, Inc. was founded on January 17, 1978

Season’s Greetings!

Wishing you and your families a joyous holiday season – Happy Holidays, and may all your days be merry & bright!

Season's Greetings from all of us at Koss Industrial!
Season’s Greetings from all of us at Koss Industrial!

Please note that Koss Industrial is closed today for the holiday, we will be open again tomorrow 12/26.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…in our shop (a parody)

Read our attempt at a humorous re-telling of a Christmas classic below, and remember – just like St. Nick, you too can get inside our shop…by watching this video!

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…in our shop (it’s a parody)

A Caricatured Christmas Classic, this spoof has been brought to you by Koss Industrial, Inc.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through our shop

Not a machine was stirring, not even a mop;

The tools were waiting on their benches with care,

In hopes that our fabricators soon would be there;

 

Stocked items were nestled all snug on their shelves,

While visions of installation & servicing danced in their heads;

Engineering and Sales, and I in my cap,

Lay down in our homes for a long winter’s nap,

 

When from the security system there arose such a clatter,

I sprang to my smartphone to see what was the matter.

Away to the shop I flew like a flash,

Grabbing my car keys and candy from my stash.

 

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to our shop’s shipping door,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a semi-sized sleigh, led by eight brawny reindeer,

 

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

 

“Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!

On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONNER and BLITZEN!

To the loading dock, quick! To unload it all!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”

 

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,

So to our loading dock the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of tools (and St. Nicholas too).

 

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the ground,

The prancing and pawing of each brawny hoof.

As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,

Through the shipping door St. Nicholas came with a bound.

 

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of tools he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

 

His eyes — how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

 

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

 

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

 

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

Filling the fabricators’ benches with tools, he turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, out the shop door he goes;

 

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And that semi-sleigh flew away like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!

A Caricatured Christmas Classic, this spoof has been brought to you by Koss Industrial, Inc.

Happy Holidays, and remember our shop is closed Christmas Day (12/25) and New Year’s Day (1/1)!

Trick-or-Treat: Is Your Supplier Giving Out Treats?

Trick-or-Treat!

We’re full of treats without the tricks, see the funny note and see why we’re a safe & ideal choice to be your supplier. So click this and see if we’re the sanitary stainless OEM for you – Happy Halloween!

Trick-or-Treat?

Creepy Crawlies? Control or kill your bugs with Koss Industrial as your OEM!

Creepy Crawlies? Control Or Kill Your Bugs!

The right bugs need to carefully cared for, the wrong bugs needs to exterminated.  Click the link to scroll through this seasonally-funny story to learn how Koss Industrial can help with pasteurising bacterial microbes and also with safely developing and maintaining your starter cultures in tanks, or in fully or partially automated systems!
Creepy Crawlies?

Do You Have Mad Scientists?

They’re fun Halloween costume ideas…Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde, Lex Luthor, Doc Brown, and so many other rabidly driven scientists, eccentric engineers, crackpot inventors, or indefatigable innovators – they’re all great, but we want to know about your Mad Scientists.

Do you have actual scientists who are angry? …or are your “Mad Scientists” impulsive experimenters on the plant floor?

Whether your plant has upset scientists or an exuberant innovator on the floor (who is filled with unbridled passion to experiment and try new things) – Koss Industrial can help you optimize your process and work with your Mad Scientists.

…if your scientists are truly mad (…as in insane, unhinged, deranged, or just plain loopy), then you have our sympathies (and you should probably try to stay on their good side)!

Manage the Mad Scientist on your floor.

Prevent the “Mad Scientists” on the floor from following ineffective impulses and ideas – record & report chemical use.

You see it happening…again.

Your “Mr. Clean” has the best intentions…his logic appears to be:
“If I use a half gallon today, then a whole gallon tomorrow will work even better! Probably twice as fast!!”

Sound familiar? We know what happens. Adding more cleaning solution is rarely the answer. If we use twice as much detergent, our clothes aren’t twice as clean after washing, but your “Mr. Clean” doesn’t  believe that…and you’re buying twice as much chemical.

Whether you are making ice cream or you’re cleaning equipment – KOSS can help you work with your innovative, impulsive machine operator (a.k.a. Mad Scientist). Don’t stifle their creativity, control your innovator’s environment. You can even empower their experiments by monitoring, recording, and reporting the results. “Why was this batch bad? Why is this one better?” Give them the tools they need to succeed and protect your batches by controlling their “experiments.” Unlock the secrets of your Mad Scientist’s success – partner with Koss Industrial’s Electrical Dept. for chemical monitoring with controls. Automation, Controls, Reporting and more – trust us to optimize your Mad Scientist’s top-secret laboratory.

Appease your (literally) Mad Scientists.

If they’re literally unhappy or upset, we have a few ideas on how to help your scientists find happiness.

Scientists & Laboratories – okay, so we all agree that they go together like peanut butter & jelly, cheese & crackers, a DeLorean DMC-12 & time travel…so what’s our solution to keeping your scientists happy?  A totally wicked laboratory (wicked as in awesome, not wicked like witches). You can’t be a great Mad Scientist without an awesome Secret Laboratory.

5s-10 Table Top Cooker (3534) is ideal for research and development with batches under 10 pounds!

Koss Industrial’s superior Lab-sized Equipment and Lab-scale Plants / Production Lines feature craftsmanship that meets & exceeds standards (3A, WDA, USDA, sanitary, pharma, etc.).

We’re an excellent choice for your original equipment manufacturer. Our design & engineering services are top-notch. Our fabrication & finishing quality is the stuff of dreams, and our modification & reconditioning services will let you drift off to sleep in a cocoon of safety and satisfaction. Totally custom is what we do, which is why we are a perfect fit for outfitting your Mad Scientist’s Laboratory.

Lab-Size Process Cheese Line by Koss Industrial
Lab-Size Process Cheese Line by Koss Industrial (contains Grinder, Cooker, Hopper, and platform)

Not quite ready to invest in lab-size equipment or plants? You could try appeasing your scientists with smaller gifts, trinkets and flowers; but Koss Industrial might still be able to help you. PLAN B, we recommend you try humor on your actually-angry Mad Scientists; maybe say something like “Don’t trust atoms…they make up everything.”  …unless you have a lot of employees named Adam, then that is probably not a good joke for you to be using in the workplace.

Prevent & protect personnel - stay safer with Koss Industrial.

What Scares You? Fight Fright, Stay Safer.

Your heart is pounding as adrenaline courses through your veins. You can’t catch your breath, your skin is cold and clammy as you realize what almost happened. That was close…too close.

What are you afraid of?

Spiders, bats, rats, black cats, CLOWNS, commitment… the list of things you can fear is endless – so why add to it?

Fear public speaking. Worry about walking under ladders. Avoid abandoned buildings in the woods, but we don’t want you losing sleep worrying about your machine operators and maintenance personnel working on your equipment.  Koss Industrial, Inc. can help you prevent accidents and protect your team.

“Why are they looking at me like…WHERE ARE MY CLOTHES?!”

Have you had that nightmare where you’re standing in front of a crowd in your underwear? It’d be awful to end up at work wearing nothing but your briefs. In an episode of the popular 90s tv sitcom Home Improvement, Tim Taylor has his shirt ripped off by a rotating shaft on a machine that his mild-mannered assistant and friend Al Borland demonstrates on their show Tool Time. Although it’s funny to watch, most of us know that the shirt would not have safely (and hilariously) flown right off of Tim Allen’s back.

Having your clothes torn off by a rotating shaft is a real fear, but you’ll likely lose more than just your shirt if you become caught. Reduce the risk to life and limb, protect your people with custom Guarding, Caging, Modifications, and Safer Equipment Designs. Reduce contact (and risks) when you put a physical barrier between personnel and the machine. When you have Guards in place they can’t put their fingers in, their shirt can’t get caught in the spinning shaft, they won’t bump into a hot surface. Be on guard at all times with KOSS custom Guarding.

“Did that just move?”

Is everything in its place? Did I leave the door open? Paranoia isn’t always a bad thing. Imagine how many accidents begin with Jane Doe saying to Mr. Smith “Hey, wait a second – I wanna tighten this a little bit more” …but Mr. Smith didn’t hear Jane Doe.

The statistics, facts and figures tell us that far too many preventable accidents happen. Be  paranoid in a good way, utilize Prox Switches and Programming you can trust.  Let us help you plan for possibilities and prevent disasters. Knowledge is power – know when something is out of place, prevent a machine from turning on when guarding is not in place, stop a machine when something is out of alignment. The Electrical Department at Koss Industrial can help automate entire lines or integrate additional safety solutions into existing equipment.

“NO! DON’T GO IN THERE!!!”

Custom 11GS Grinder (20hp) with safety curtain, prox switches, e-stops, additional guarding/hood (#6787)
Custom 11GS Grinder (20hp) with safety curtain, prox switches, e-stops, additional guarding/hood (6787)

Use Safety Light Curtains and you can’t go in there – nothing can go in there, and nothing can come back to haunt you.

Use a Light Curtain to sense anything going in or out. When something enters the infrared light field, KOSS can custom program the equipment to do an emergency stop, flash lights, sound alarms, or even start playing the Imperial March over your speaker system… Whatever it is that you need sensed and triggered – trust the Koss Industrial Electrical & Automation Team to make it happen.

Don’t spend sleepless nights worrying over the “what-ifs” – invest in prevention.

We want you to sleep soundly at night, resting easily because you trust in your KOSS equipment to perform exactly as you intended.

Designed and built for your needs, Koss Industrial’s custom equipment & modifications offer the exact degree of safety you desire for your product, your plant, and your people. Services, Systems, Equipment, Components & Parts:  Get what you need  with Koss Industrial, Inc. (manufacturer/supplier in Green Bay, WI).

The Brothers Who Created Koss Industrial

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about how Koss Industrial began and about the founders responsible for creating the company, then you’re in the right place! Discover more about the brothers who created Koss Industrial, Inc.

John & Joe Koss

Professional Biography / Origin Story

John and Joe Koss

Recently retired co-founders of Koss Industrial, Inc. – Brothers John (former President) and Joe (former Vice President) have dedicated over 50 years of their lives to serving cheesemakers.  With business degrees from Green Bay Badger Business College, the brothers are also former licensed cheesemakers who worked in their family’s plant (Badger State Cheese) until about 40 years ago.

That’s when the brothers decided they liked building & improving equipment better than making cheese.

John was always more passionate about building the equipment and modernizing the plant; with his innovative ideas on how to improve equipment and processes, John & Joe began working from John’s garage, then from inside Wisconsin dairy plants.  As Koss Industrial began, John designed and fabricated the equipment – doing the welding, programming, electrical, and mechanical functions along with installs & start-ups.  Joe called on the plants, doing sales; his major focus was servicing sanitary valves, as well as polishing equipment and even scaling walls during a project install.  Joe’s passion was

John and Joe Koss with their family at Koss Industrial (2017)- from L to R: Amanda, Nicole, Adam, John and Joe, Connie, Jason, and Joey.  Photo courtesy of Cheese Reporter.

attending auctions from Boston to California, obtaining equipment to refurbish and provide affordable sanitary solutions.

Together with help from their families, neighbors, and friends – the business the brothers created in 1978 now employs a team of over 75, serving customers both locally and internationally.  Koss Industrial, Inc. is now providing superior quality sanitary equipment, systems, and services throughout & beyond the dairy industry; food, beverage, pharma, industrial, and now contract manufacturing.

When asked for what advice or values they’d share with future generations:

Joe and John Koss –
founders of Koss Industrial, Inc.

John Koss believes hard work is the key to success, “you have to build good, solid equipment, do what you say you will do, and be honest in the way you do business”.

Joe Koss believes that hard work & customer service are vital to success in today’s market, to sum it up he recalled a phrase from an old calling card “early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise”.

Discover KOSS: See Our Shop In Action!

Watch Our Manufacturing Capabilities Video and Discover Koss Industrial!

NEW in 2017 – Watch Our Skilled Team In Action!

In less than 4 minutes speed your way through our shop, seeing Process & Mechanical Engineering, Electrical (Engineering, Automation, and Controls), Waterjet Cutting, Precision Machining (Multi-Axis CNC Milling & Turning), Component Services & Supplies, Fabrication & Finishing, and On-Site Services.