The History Of
orgins of Columbus Foods Company can be traced back to the mid-1930's.
An Italian immigrant named Michael Gagliardo opened a grocery
store in the street level unit of his apartment building at Chicago
and Howe Avenues in Chicago. The senior Gagliardo and his son,
Michael V. Gagliardo, soon expanded operations by employing a
can fabricating machine resurrected from a fire at the Continental
Can Company. The father and son team rebuilt the machine, set
it up in the basement, and formed the "Eagle Can Company",
which rapidly became a formidable supplier of cans to local oil
a shortage of cooking oil developed during World War II, the Gagliardos
were able to secure a source, and the result was a flourshing
oil packaging company which became known as "Columbus Packing
Company". The Gagliardos selected the name "Columbus"
because of the explorer's reputation for being the first to discover
America. This pioneer's name symbolizes the leadership and spirit
that has become synonymous with the Columbus Foods Company of
these modest yet auspicious beginnings, the company has moved
several times, finally settling into its present location, a 310,000
sq. ft. facility in DesPlaines. Ownership and control
has passed through three generations of Gagliardos, and is currently
in the capable hands of the founder's granddaughter,
the company continues to wear the "Columbus" name well,
and stands among the leaders in the shortening and oil industries.
Sales have expanded to all 50 states as well as international
locations, and the product line now includes approximately 100
quality items. Product options range from highly competitive commodity
oils to the most exotic specialty oils, in packages ranging from
bulk tankers to 24 oz. retail sizes.
competitive pricing, and breadth of our product line continue
to be our greatest strengths. We have continued to build on these
traditions, providing a comprehensive line of shortenings and
oils to the retail and food service industry, and for a variety
of chemical and manufacturing applications.
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