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!
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
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
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:
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”.
Custom manufacturing your Custom Valve Clusters.
Sanitary Valve Clusters are uniquely configured – as a custom manufacturer, we can Design, Engineer & Fabricate a custom Sanitary Valve Cluster (Valve Manifold/Matrix); configured, pre-assembled, hooked up and ready for action.
Custom is what we do best.
Trust Koss Industrial, Inc. when you need a reliable, sanitary solution that meets/exceeds standards. We’re an experienced manufacturer, providing hygienic products and services. Every application is different, so we understand that every project needs to be approached with a fresh eye to determine needs and provide an innovative solution that maximizes effectiveness & efficiency while it minimizes costs (saving on initial fabrication costs and saving time & money in the future, by designing products for ease of serviceability or expand-ability).
Supplying & Servicing from a wide range of brands and manufacturers, Koss Industrial, Inc. is an Alfa Laval Authorized Master Distributor (and Pump SuperCenter). We can Modify, Repair, or Recondition products (components, parts, equipment, or systems).
Here in Green Bay, WI we maintain a large and varied inventory of new, used, and refurbished Valves, Parts & Seal Kits (and many other components, parts, spares, and equipment – we can provide SAME DAY SERVICE).
Valves. What do we offer?
- A Comprehensive Range of sanitary valve equipment to meet virtually any requirement (avail. both to buy in-stock and to order)
- Competitive pricing & special project pricing
- Authorized Alfa Laval Master Distributorship (other brands/manufacturers avail. as needed to meet & exceed customer goals).
- New, Used, or Refurbished Stock (including both assembled Valves & Valve Parts, Positioners, Control Tops…)
- We Modify, Repair, or Recondition valves & other components (we even custom build here in our shop)
- Custom Sanitary Valve Manifolds – a custom manufacturer, we can Design/Engineer & Fabricate a custom Sanitary Valve Manifold, or supply an Alfa Laval Valve Cluster (pre-assembled, pre-tested, wired up and ready for action)
- Experience – partner with us for our knowledge of systems & flows, we know the unique requirements present in sanitary, and especially dairy, environments
- Save Time & Money – we help you bring simple or complex configurations online ASAP!
Consider KOSS. Call today (920-469-5300) for more information!
Spring Has Sprung – Say farewell to snow gear and hello to seasonal allergies – it’s the first day of spring! Although we will keep our winter coats a bit longer; being located in Wisconsin, we’re sure to see another snowstorm or two. We are ready to help customers shake off those winter blues and get refreshed & ready for new growth!
Want To Spring Into Spring?
We can help you “spring into spring” literally, with a spring check valve! The LKC Non-return Valve from Alfa Laval is specially designed for use in stainless steel pipe installations, LKC-2 non-return valves prevent the reverse flow of fluids. Found in many different processes in varied sanitary industries, these standard non-return valves are safe and highly reliable.
Koss Industrial, Inc. is an authorized Alfa Laval Master Distributor and Pump SuperCenter – with the ability to supply, modify, repair and customer-build components & parts from a wide range of brands and manufacturers.
Did You Automate Spring Cleaning?
Do you have the four basic ingredients needed to achieve a sanitary level of cleanliness when you are Cleaning-in-Place?
- Time is at a premium, but cutting wash time too short may result in a less-than-sanitary clean.
- Temperature must be carefully controlled; not too high, not too low, and specific per the wash cycle needs.
- Flow needs to be at a high enough velocity to effectively scour clean those pesky fats & oils (or whatever your dirt may be).
- Solution won’t help anything if it’s too weak, ensure your alkaline and acid solutions are at the proper strength to function.
If you worry that your system might not be meeting one or more of these needs, contact KOSS. You can trust in our experience. We can modify, repair, and refurbish equipment & systems. If you’re looking to improve an existing system or considering implementing a new CIP System, we’d love to hear from you – Koss Industrial, Inc. can help you innovate & optimize.
Get custom, not ‘canned’ CIP Systems – designed by our engineering group.
Want to save time & enjoy more consistent, efficient cleaning? Start considering KOSS’ custom Cleaning-In-Place (CIP) Systems today! Learn more about how KOSS can help you negate threats, save time and improve efficiency by utilizing an easy to use, custom automated cleaning system to better control your process with less downtime spent manually cleaning. Consider a custom CIP System from Koss Industrial, Inc. – call today 1.800.844.6261 or 920.469.5300 – we’d love to learn more about your process and your unique needs!
Dumping & Grinding (your barrels) may be just what the doctor ordered.
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.
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!
FIND STAINLESS STEEL OVERHEAD CONVEYORS & TROLLEY SYSTEMS
High quality, Overhead Conveyor Systems by Koss Industrial, Inc. are available in many styles & configurations…because they’re custom. KOSS even designs & fabricates Sanitary Stainless Steel Trolley / Track Systems!
Design – Movement
Custom Overhead Conveyor Trolleys are available in styles that either:
- Trolleys Ride Atop a track (sanitary designs possible, as the trolley wheels glide atop a diagonally mounted square tube), or
- Trolleys Ride Inside a track (non-sanitary design, trolley wheels glide inside a c-channel / rectangular enclosed track).
Direction – Route
We’re able to help you convey your materials overhead along the necessary path.
- Straight Track
- Curved Track
Motion – Power
- Free Systems (manual, moving the trolley along the track by hand)
- Power Systems (mechanical, not moving the trolley along the track by hand)
- Fully Automated: improves efficiency and drastically reduces the risks of human error (automation helps reduce the risk of potential injury by minimizing exposure/human contact)
- Power Assisted: reduces physical strain on personnel, allowing the operator to safely manually handle a larger and/or heavier load (via mechanical assistance)
Get Trolley/Track Systems On Other Machines
KOSS even integrates custom Trolley/Track Systems as optional “adder” features for other equipment and systems!
Why integrate a Trolley/Track System? Safety first! Reduce physical strain on personnel. Help eliminate the risk of an employee dropping a heavy, sharp, or otherwise-potentially-hazardous item. Plus, an integrated trolley is typically beneficial to preserving the longevity of the machine it is on.
What would a Trolley/Track System get integrated onto? Across COP Tanks (possibly with integrated hoist/lifting mechanism), onto Grinders as a swinging Trolley Arm (hinged to allow safe face plate disassembly for auger removal), …there are innumerable ways to integrate .
When should I consider integrating a Trolley/Track System? Integrate it anywhere you need to move anything that is either heavy and/or awkward to either grasp or maneuver. Stay safer by limiting and controlling movement with trolley/track systems.
Sick of Worrying About Food Safety & Plant Safety? Partner With an Experienced, Innovative Supplier.
Save time and eliminate some of what’s making you stress – consider KOSS quality. Our innovative solutions are custom – that means we can create pretty much anything you dream up, and with our vast industry experience, we’re also able to make suggestions. From the classic tried-and-true safety features, to the-latest-and-greatest gadgets that can sense danger and take immediate action – KOSS can provide safety solutions that meet your requirements.
SAFETY OPTIONS (including, but not limited to): CUSTOM GUARDING, HOODS, CAGING, PROX SWITCHES, LIGHT CURTAINS, ….
Discover equipment that makes you feel confident about maintaining food safety excellence. KOSS has been providing sanitary custom products and services since 1978. Founded in the Dairy State, and serving Wisconsin Cheese Makers from the very beginning, we understand the unique challenges faced by dairy and food applications. Trust in our experience, consider KOSS’ innovative, high-quality custom services, systems, equipment, components & parts!
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 custom solutions 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).
Troubled with finding Curd Blowing Equipment? Consider contacting KOSS about custom Sanitary Pneumatic Conveying solutions, learn what your options are to Blow Curd in the way to best complement your unique application needs.
Trust experience, consider KOSS.
Innovative Curd Blowing Solutions.
Separate air from blown curd – air escapes through the breather atop the cyclone while curd drops into the cooker (forms, or other machine at end of blower line). Stainless steel Cyclone Curd Collectors’ CIP-able configurations feature a Spray Ball Hook-up which clamps to the Cyclones Curd Inlet. Stands and mobility options available!
Curd Unloaders / Auger Conveyors feed CIP-able Curd Air Lock Assemblies from Tables. The Double Helix Ribbon Auger feeds toward the center, dropping curd into the Star-Wheel whose rotating vanes introduce curd into the Blower Line.
AIR LOCK ASSEMBLIES
Introduce curd into Blower Line, and are fully customizable (Teflon coating available, as well as other options). Curd drops into Star-Wheel (between the vanes), rotating into Blower Line. These CIP-able mobile assemblies can be modified to feed an Auger Conveyor or Curd Mill.
Whether you need a little Field Piping, a Full Plant Installation, or Emergency Services (+beyond), consider KOSS for high quality, experienced on-site service. KOSS DOES: Troubleshooting, Breakdowns, Startups, Maintenance, Modifications, Additions, Removals, Piping, Automation, and more – CALL TODAY FOR PRICING & AVAILABILITY! 1.800.844.6261
AIR FILTER HOUSING ASSEMBLIES
You’re Blowing Curd. How clean is your air? Don’t sweat the small stuff – have more faith in your utilities by relying on KOSS systems & equipment, such as Hot Water Sets and Air Filter Housing Assemblies. High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filters remove 99.97% of airborne particles. Easy access HEPA and Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) Filter Housing Assemblies by KOSS feature durable stainless designs, custom sizes and configurations available. Stay safe and sanitary, trust in KOSS quality.