DiRusso’s Sausage Company is founded to supply the rapidly expanding concession business and to sell fresh Italian sausage to retail and foodservice customers.

The business, located on Washington Street in Lowellville, Ohio, is a state inspected facility and can only sell to customers in Ohio. Augie DiRusso starts to produce portioned sausage links which replaces rope sausage in the concession stands. Starting in 1972, all products are fresh frozen to ensure product quality.

DiRusso’s® Real Italian Sausage is now being sold at over 50 fairs and festivals and in many grocery stores in the Youngstown area. DiRusso’s sausage becomes the #1 selling Italian sausage in Ohio.