Cozzini Bros, Inc., the leading cutlery sharpening and exchange services company in the United States, recently announced a strategic partnership with Maestranzi Brothers Grinding & Supply, L.L.C., a leading cutlery, sharpening services and food equipment machine repair company servicing customers in the Midwestern United States. The joint company will operate under the Cozzini Bros. name.
Maestranzi Brothers, which also operates under the trade name Wisconsin Cutlery, is based in Harwood Heights, Illinois. Giustino Maestranzi immigrated to the United States in the early 1920s and eventually found his way to Chicago where he began sharpening knives. The company has been providing exceptional cutlery sharpening and machine repair services to local businesses ever since. Maestranzi Brothers is today owned and operated by two fourth-generation brothers, Bart and Vince Maestranzi, and their brother-in-law, Vince McEnaney (“Mac”). All three will be joining Cozzini to continue providing exceptional service to customers.
“We have long respected Maestranzi Brothers as a formidable competitor providing excellent customer service in the greater Chicago market, where both of our companies were founded generations ago” said Ed Finnegan, CEO of Cozzini Bros. “Joining forces will strengthen our ability to service the ever-growing needs of our customers and to provide additional relevant services, including repairing slicer machines and various food processor machines and refurbishing meat grinder cylinders, rings and worms. Cozzini Bros. will benefit tremendously from the expertise and leadership of Bart, Vince and Mac, and we are honored to partner with them and their entire team.”
“Maestranzi Brothers is thrilled to partner with Cozzini Bros.,” noted Bart Maestranzi. “We have been impressed with Cozzini’s many investments in sharpening technology and software to streamline its customer routing, customer invoicing and general business operations.” Added Vince Maestranzi, “I am excited to be part of the largest, most sophisticated sharpening company in the U.S. and look forward to working with the Cozzini team to now service customers on a nationwide basis. The transaction with Cozzini is a significant milestone in the tremendous history of Maestranzi Brothers, and my great grandfather would be proud of the legacy he created.”
In addition to its machine repair capabilities, the partnership brings Cozzini long-term customer relationships, particularly in the grocery store market where, given the increased focus on prepared foods, the need for cutlery sharpening services is ever growing. Maestranzi Brothers will maintain its existing operations and employees in Harwood Heights, Illinois.