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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

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.

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.

Mixproof Valve Cluster Custom Stainless Steel Fabrication

Valve Clusters – Why choose a custom manufacturer for your manifold, matrix, or cluster?

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 into spring with KOSS

Spring Into Spring – Find Spring Check Valves or Save on Spring Cleaning (CIP-style)

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.

LKC-2 Non-return Valve
LKC-2 Non-return Valve
LKC-Drainable horizontal valve
LKC-Drainable horizontal valve

Did You Automate Spring Cleaning?

KOSS 3 Tank Dual CIP System
KOSS 3 Tank Dual CIP System

Do you have the four basic ingredients needed to achieve a sanitary level of cleanliness when you are Cleaning-in-Place

  1. Time is at a premium, but cutting wash time too short may result in a less-than-sanitary clean.
  2. Temperature must be carefully controlled; not too high, not too low, and specific per the wash cycle needs.
  3. Flow needs to be at a high enough velocity to effectively scour clean those pesky fats & oils (or whatever your dirt may be).
  4. 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.

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.

Do you have the four basic ingredients needed to achieve a sanitary level of cleanliness when you’re Cleaning-in-Place (CIP)?

  1. Time is at a premium, but cutting wash time too short may result in a less-than-sanitary clean.
  2. Temperature must be carefully controlled; not too high, not too low, and specific per the wash cycle needs.
  3. Flow needs to be at a high enough velocity to effectively scour clean those pesky fats & oils (or whatever your dirt may be).
  4. 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’re worried you might not be meeting one or more of these needs, contact KOSS.  If you’re looking to improve, we’d love to hear from you – Koss Industrial, Inc. can help you innovate & optimize.