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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.

The leadership of the Kowalski Sausage Company passed from generation to generation with Steve Kowalski, son of the founder, leading the company beginning in the 1950's and his son Ronald taking over in the 1970's, establishing Kowalski as on of Michigan's finest meat processing enterprises. Today, Michael Kowalski and Linda Kowalski-Jacob together continue to manage and uphold the traditions of Kowalski Kowality.

Over 100 employees assist in the preparation of fifty-five varieties of Kowalski products. With our growing distribution points people outside the metro area will know the taste of Kowality. Not only can you find our products in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne county delis, grocery stores, and markets, you can also find us in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. If you're not able to find us in your area visit our "Place An Order" page, we can ship product to you anywhere in the US.

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 100 years Kowalski has been in business we have not changed our secret family recipes.

You can also find our Kowality products at your favorite sporting events such as at Michigan State University, Oakland University, and West Michigan Whitecaps games.

"At Kowalski we have always met and exceeded the highest ingredient standards in the food business. 'Kowality since 1920' is more than a motto, much more. It's a fact, a philosophy established by my great-grandfather, Zygmund Kowalski. We sincerely pledge to maintain our own high standards of quality... and our standards are the highest." - Michael Kowalski, President

In 2002 Kowalski Sausage Company acquired Homestyle. This acquisition included 40 new items including salads, dips, and pierogies. Then in 2011 Dudek Foods was purchased adding a complete line of frozen pierogies. Shortly thereafter in 2012, Tasso Cuisine was added. This added twice baked potatoes to the growing list of items produced by the Kowalski Sausage Company. In 2015 Consumer Guild Foods was purchased, allowing us to provide several sauces to our costumers including Yia Yia's greek dressing and Just Sweet 'Nuff BBQ sauce.