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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

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.

VOTE for John & Joe Koss for the 2018 WCMA Distinguished Supplier Award - voting ends October 31, 2017

Founders Nominated For Distinguished Service Award

Founders Nominated For Cheesemakers Award!

John & Joe Koss:  2018 WCMA Distinguished Service Award Nominees

John & Joe Koss, founders of Koss Industrial, Inc., have been nominated together for the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association 2018 Distinguished Service Award! This award recognizes persons that have helped to grow the United States dairy industry and are valued by cheesemakers as trusted partners.

VOTE for John & Joe Koss for the 2018 WCMA Distinguished Supplier Award - voting ends October 31, 2017
VOTE for John & Joe Koss for the 2018 WCMA Distinguished Service Award

Koss Industrial would greatly appreciate it if you would vote for John & Joe. Please let your WCMA connections know that the founders of Koss Industrial are on this year’s ballot and encourage them to vote as well. Our team and family hope that John & Joe to receive this award; the brothers have each dedicated over 50 years to cheesemaking – serving applications throughout the dairy industry. With your help, we can make this happen!

WCMA FRIENDS, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VOTE before midnight on Tuesday October 31, 2017 (please note WCMA’s limit of 10 individual votes per one company)

Part of WCMA’s mission is to recognize those in the industry who were instrumental in building a foundation for the future success of the dairy industry. They depend on members to help them in this effort, by nominating peers and friends for recognition. Koss Industrial’s founding brothers are grateful to have been nominated for this award, along with so many other valued industry partners.

Congratulations John & Joe Koss – what an honor to be nominated; the Koss Industrial Team is proud to have founders like you, who’ve worked alongside us for so many years!

Happy Holidays 2013

Happy Holidays 2013 from all of us at Koss Industrial - Celebrating 35 Years

“Happy holiday, happy holiday
May the calendar keep bringing
Happy holidays to you”  (Irving Berlin)

All of us here at Koss Industrial, Inc. would like to wish you a safe & happy holiday season. We look forward to another wonderful year filled with terrific relationships & innovations!

Season’s Greetings ~ Koss Industrial, Inc.

  • Closed December 24th & 25th, 2013
  • Closed January 1st, 2014

Shop KOSS Components, Equipment & Systems Online: Anywhere, Anytime

KOSS is now Optimized for Mobile Devices

Koss Industrial’s website / online store is now optimized for mobile devices!

Did you find it difficult to navigate our site while using your smartphone or tablet in the past?  Us too.  That’s why we made it easier to browse, buy and configure the products you need on your mobile devices, check it out: www.KOSSindustrial.com

Speaking of touchscreens… keep our skilled electrical department in mind this holiday season – consider gifting your Process & Team with a Touchscreen Production Line Automation solution!  Or browse our Holiday Pump Pricing (good thru 12/31/2013), and save as much as *58% on select Stock Pump Purchases, and save up to 35% off new Pump Orders!

*offer valid until 12/31/2013 11:59pm CST, while supplies last

Why Attend the 2013 Dairy Show

Why attend the Dairy Show?  Co-located with the PROCESS EXPO in Chicago, IL — NOV 3-6 — this show provides numerous benefits for you & your team!  Attendees share the benefits in this great video.

Attend Learning Sessions with great speakers, network with other industry professionals, and access over 700 exhibitors — the co-located 2013 International Dairy Show & PROCESS EXPO bring opportunities together for you in one location, Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Find Koss Industrial in booth 354, click here for —>  Free Dairy Show Registration.

Attend the 2013 International Dairy Show

This November 3-6, Koss Industrial invites you to visit our BOOTH 354 when you’re checking out the latest food & beverage processing & packaging technology at the 2013 International Dairy Show, co-located with the PROCESS EXPO, at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.  Take part in cutting-edge workshops and state-of-the-art, cost-saving technology demonstrations.

Koss Industrial would like invite all of our loyal customers to click on this link and Register to Attend the 2013 Dairy Show using Koss’ Complimentary Code.

Get connected with thousands of food processing, packaging, transportation, ingredients and safety industry experts from around the world—all in one place and one time. It only happens once every two years so don’t miss it!

Koss Industrial Booth 77 at the 2013 WCIC

2013 WI Cheese Industry Conference

Only one more day before the 2013 Wisconsin Cheese Industry Conference at the La Crosse Center!

Koss Industrial Booth 77 at the 2013 WCIC
Come visit Koss Industrial, Booth 77, at the 2013 WCIC Tabletop Mini-Expo Wednesday April 17 (12:30 to 5pm) at the La Crosse Center

The conference takes place in La Crosse, WI from April 17-18.  Koss Industrial is in Booth #77 in the 2013 WCIC Tabletop Mini-Expo is Wednesday April 17 (12:30 to 5:00 pm). Stop by our booth to learn more about Koss’ capabilities – we’re able to provide complete custom stainless solutions for the dairy industry and a variety of other industries.

Be the first to check out component, product and test videos and learn more about Koss Industrial – an Alfa Laval Authorized Master Distributor and Pump Super Center in Green Bay, WI.