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Kowalski Celebrates 95th years

'Kowality' meats icon, not in its fourth generation, still calls Hamtramck home

Most people know the Kowalski Companies Inc. as the purveyor of “Kowality Since 1920,” a meat company whose cured hams, hot dogs and smoked kielbasa made it as iconic as Buddy’s Pizza and Better Made Potato Chips to generations of Metro Detroit customers. But as the historic sausage maker celebrates its 95th anniversary the Hamtramck-based business is honoring its past as one of the area’s most recognizable brands, while educating consumers, vendors and potential partners on its strength, thoughtfulness and strategic positioning as Michigan’s biggest family owned refrigerated food manufacturer and distributor. That means talking about how Kowalski is a 21st Century Company with deep roots and a bright future. With its fourth -generation owners – President and CEO Michael Kowalski and Corporate Secretary Linda Kowalski Jacob- the firm is growing in a measured but substantial way. Kowalski has been steadily improving its production facilities, expanding its market in terms of product and company acquisitions, as well as its geographic reach, along with preparing for the additional staffing and leadership it will need to sustain the company into its next century. “ Read More

The Kowalski Story

We put the Kowality in Kowalski

Emigrating from Poland to America was the way to a dream life. Agnes and Zygmund Kowalski both believed this and began their careers as owners of a small grocery store on Chene Street in Detroit, Michigan. Wanting to bring their favorite foods from the old country to the USA they added a smokehouse to the store and production of Polish Kielbasa and other sausages began. Demand grew and a factory was built in 1920 on Holbrook Avenue in Hamtramck, Michigan.

Kowality sets Kowalski product apart from the competition, as well as the continued use of hardwood chips to smoke our famous old-world recipes. In the 95 years Kowalski has been in business we have not changed our secret family recipes.