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


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!


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.

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.

Be Mine - Will you be our Valentine? Consider Koss Industrial.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We’re looking for a long-term relationship, but we’ll settle for a first-date.  Partner with KOSS on your next project.  Give us a chance to supply your spare parts, or to design & manufacture your new plant/expansion.  Our process lines and plant designs are created custom; enjoy high-efficiency, flexibility, low-complexity and optimized maintenance!  So “swipe right” for Koss Industrial, Inc.  For turnkey project management, for process piping, or for a spare gasket – make us your sanitary supplier & manufacturer.

Roses are red, Maintenance is blue, To cheer them up, We have solutions for you!
Roses are red,  Maintenance is blue,  To cheer them up,  We have solutions for you!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Koss Industrial, Inc.
(your not-so-secret admirer)

Preventative Maintenance:

The Gift That Keeps On Giving.

Sick of the stress from problem-based maintenance?  Get proactive with help from KOSS!

Go from problems to prevention:

  • Stop being caught off guard.  Gain security, achieve better peace of mind
  • Servicing helps prevent bigger issues.  Reduce your spare parts consumption
  • Avoid unpleasant surprises.  Plan your budget and your downtime

Why make us your Valentine?

Be Mine…choose KOSS to help with your preventative maintenance program.
We can supply & service from a wide variety of brands and manufacturers.  Request your specific brand(s), or consider asking a Koss Industrial team-member for more information on Alfa Laval.  As an authorized Alfa Laval Master Distributor (and Pump SuperCenter), Koss Industrial, Inc. has the resources & experience to rock your world.

Not only a custom manufacturer – we supply, modify, repair & recondition too.
We stock spares & seal kits and have a varied inventory of both new and used parts for a variety of equipment – we can even modify parts or components!  The best part…you can trust us.  We are well-acquainted with the stringent guidelines and unique needs of dairy sanitation.  Koss Industrial, Inc. has years of experience serving varied industries:  Food, Beverage, Dairy, Pharmaceutical, Industrial…and many other industries.  We help customers meet & exceed standards and requirements.

We’d like to get to know you…will you be in touch?

1-800-844-6261 (toll-free) – connect with us on the phone, request a visit from KOSS to your plant, or consider scheduling a tour of our plant (in Green Bay, WI) if you prefer to see Koss Industrial, Inc. in action.  Fill out the contact form below to get in touch with our Inside Sales Team – they will be able to assist you directly, or in more technical cases, they will bring your inquiry to the attention of our appropriate tech-expert, engineer, or specialist here at Koss Industrial.  Happy Valentine’s Day – we hope to hear from you soon!


Dumping & Grinding (your barrels) may be just what the doctor ordered.

KOSS Custom Grinder with Chain Driven Dumper
KOSS Custom 11GT Grinder (motor guarding removed for picture) with Chain Driven Dumper and wheeled buggy

Load the Dumper manually, or automate it using a sanitary clamp (the claw may be your ideal barrel-handling option if you don’t want your personnel straining themselves, muscling the barrels in by hand).  Consider Koss Industrial, Inc.

Better Whey Drainage – Save Space Pressing Your Cheese

A-Frame Cheese Presses

KOSS A-Frame Cheese Press - vertical presses with better drainage
KOSS A-Frame Cheese Press – vertical presses with better drainage

Utilize less floor space than Horizontal Presses – “factory-friendly” mobile Vertical Presses are a preferred space-saver. When compared to vertical presses that stand straight up, our A-Frame Cheese Presses provide better whey drainage. KOSS A-Frame Cheese Presses provide a quality, lasting solution for your pressing needs – if you are searching for unique specifications, custom is what what Koss Industrial, Inc. does best.

What’s The Most Popular Configuration?

Empty A-Frame Cheese Press (double-row, 8 rows stacked 8 high) takes 64 Cheese Forms
Empty A-Frame Cheese Press (double-row, 8 rows stacked 8 high) takes 64 Cheese Forms

Most often seen on our shop floor in Green Bay, WI is the double-row mobile A-Frame Cheese Press, with 3 or 4 rows (or stacks of cheese hoops) on each side.  height varies, but each “row” is often stacked between 5-8 forms high (depending upon customer needs). The base of the press has a surrounding lip to safely keep the bottom forms contained, and to effectively drain the whey.  The whey drains easily to a center trough, towards an outlet at one end of the unit.

How Many Forms Does It Take?

How many cheese forms would you like it to take?  We have done single and double row units, standard double-row portable floor models and even single-row wall mounting styles.  KOSS can design and fabricate your cheese press to precisely your needs.  Whether it’s 64, 4, or more forms – we’ll help you find the ideal solution to press your number of forms (round or rectangular).  KOSS manufactures both 20 lb and 40 lb rectangular style Cheese Hoops.

KOSS 20 lb and 40lb Cheese Hoops with removable pins
KOSS 20 lb and 40lb Cheese Hoops with removable pins

How Safe Are Your Customers? Identify Threats To Your Sanitary Clean.

Scrub-a-dub-dub, are there pathogens in your tub (or rather, in your vessel, piping, or anywhere else in your plant)?! 

Koss Industrial Augers - agitating water - clean
You know that cleaning takes more than splashing some water around – getting a sanitary clean requires careful planning and execution.  KOSS understands sanitary needs.

Don’t risk your good name and hard-earned branding by placing your trust in a questionable “clean”.  Whether you’re Cleaning-in-Place (CIP) or out of place (COP), there’s always room to improve where product quality and safety are concerned!

Residual bacteria may be hiding in your process, there are a number of possible factors adversely affecting the cleanliness of your “clean”.  All it takes to damage your reputation and trust with consumers is to have an off-flavor, or for your product to spoil before it’s “Best By:” date!  Since 1978, Koss Industrial, Inc. has worked with Cheese Makers and others in the Dairy Industry, we are familiar with the stringent guidelines and unique needs.  Whatever your application, you can trust KOSS to understand that unique applications require custom, careful solutions.

How ‘at-risk’ is your process?

  • Dead Zones.  Or Dead Legs, or Dead Space, or Shadows, or “what-was-my-OEM-thinking-when-they-designed-this?!”…whatever you call these different types of awkward areas where cleaning doesn’t quite touch, the cleaning solution, the spray from your cleaning device, it doesn’t quite reach that entire surface.  Whether the spray is blocked by the angle of a ferrule or the shaft of an agitator, without direct spray contact, that section of surface is iffy-at-best (or, much more likely, it is filthy). 
    KOSS can help, modifying your existing products, or providing new components/equipment/systems, or otherwise servicing your plant!

    KOSS Curd Cyclone CIP-able Sprayball
    Cleaning-Devices, both in selection and placement, can make or break the cleanliness yielded by your cleaning process.  Do you trust your OEM?
  • Sloppy Slopes & Other Drainage Fails.  Whether your piping is just a little too flat, or totally flat, your situation is inadequate draining.  Maybe it’s sloppy slopes in your vessel bottom, or incorrectly mounted components (such as PD pumps needing to be vertical, both in design and in their placement…), or even process piping supports gone bad…these inadequate draining situations can give safe harbor to bacteria.Consider KOSS for new products & on-site services, we also provide modification services.
  • Poor Welds & Polishing Problems.  Superior quality continuous welds are absolutely necessary for sanitary components, equipment, and systems…that’s why Koss Industrial only brings in the best welders, fabricators, and finishers. Our craftsmen’s skills need to yield food-grade results, we’re serious about providing hygienic products and services to the Dairy Industry.

    A superior weld needs a superior finish. You can trust KOSS to provide a true sanitary weld and finish.
    A superior weld needs a superior finish. You can trust KOSS to provide a true sanitary weld and finish.
  • Sharp Corners.  Smooth product contact surfaces are the ideal, a nice radius provides a more cleanly surface, especially when  compared to square corners, or corners with welds, that are more difficult to clean and can provide a safe haven for undesirables (bacteria).

    Keep clean, avoid square corners, or corners with welds. KOSS knows sanitary design, as you can see in this image (our COP Tank agitation)
    Keep clean, avoid square corners, or corners with welds. KOSS knows sanitary design, as you can see in this image (our COP Tank agitation)
  • Slow Flow.  Maybe you’ve added additional piping, or perhaps your flow velocity has always been less than ideal, whatever the reason, if your flow isn’t turbulent enough to appropriately scour the surface, then you aren’t getting a truly sanitary clean.  Interested in ‘beefing up’ your pumps?  KOSS is an Authorized Alfa Laval Pump SuperCenter with a varied stock here in Green Bay, WI (we’re able to supply & service a variety of brands to meet individual customer requirements).
  • Tepid Temperatures.  Even if it’s not “tepid”, it’s still not hot enough, or maybe its too hot…identifying & adhering to the proper temperature for cleaning your process is necessary for you to clean effectively.  Monitoring & controlling is vital to maintain the necessary temperature – KOSS’ Electrical Dept. is experienced in providing sanitary control via proper instrumentation and automation.
  • Where’s the soap?!  Is your chemical really in your cleaning solution?  Or rather, is enough chemical in your cleaning solution for it to be effective?  Dosing Pumps are a great idea to control the instruction of chemicals into your cleaning solution.  Conductivity Transmitters/Probes/Sensors are quite helpful if you want to verify the strengths of your caustic and acid in your cleaning solutions.

Protect your customers and your brand!  Identify threats to your sanitary clean, contact Koss Industrial, Inc. when you’re ready to shore up the weaker points in your cleaning process.  Stay sanitary, and consider KOSS!

Discover Smaller Footprint Production Lines (For Custom Block & Barrel Handling)

Need to reduce the size of your blocks & barrels, without sacrificing all of your floor space?  KOSS Sanitary, Custom Grinders can help with that.  Other lines can be bulky, involving multiple steps and machines…KOSS Grinders can extrude barrels, directly into cookers or onto conveyors if desired.

Sick of harping?

Sick of harping on the same old issues when cutting your cheese barrels?  Cutting barrels can pose an enormous safety risk.  All of those moving parts can be an accident waiting to happen, and securing the area surrounding cutting machinery takes up a significant amount of space.  Instead of cutting product to reduce size, try a KOSS Grinder, or view some of our equipment tests in our Green Bay, WI manufacturing plant.  We’ve tested a variety of cheeses, in Grinders ranging from lab- to production-sized.  View some of our videos in the playlist below.  Can you see your product in a KOSS Custom Grinder?

Free up floor space!

Koss Industrial, Inc. believes your space is valuable, so why waste it?  Our production lines are custom designed to suit your space – whether you have limited floor space, or a height restriction, KOSS will find a way if there’s one to be found.

Sized to suit you, the biggest constraint on time for KOSS Grinders is load (feed) time…the standard “speed problem” is that our machines grind faster than they can be loaded.

Strong & sanitary, innovation is the name of our game – call us at 1.800.844.6261 and find out more about the Custom Grinder KOSS would recommend for your application!