1950S: OMAS AND THE CLASSIC S9, THE FIRST F LYWHEEL SLICER
Omas snc (Officine Meccaniche Affettatrici Santo Stefano) was founded in 1950 by Carlo Rabolli and two associates. Oggiona’s territory and its surroundings were traditionally known for producing balances and scales: Carlo saw a chance to start building and marketing slicers alongside the already established balance and scale production. It seemed commercially appealing to provide groceries and butchers with both scales and slicers. Carlo’s entrepreneurial experience in the slaughtering field and his clear and innovative vision, between 1949 and 1950 allowed him to design the S9 model, the first flywheel slicer to be produced in the area.
THE 1960S BOOM
Omas slicers and machinery keep on evolving. By now the company has already become an international reality, not only in Europe: in 1962 Omas breaks into the Far East and Australia. Such is the increase in production that in 1964 the company opens an aluminum foundry to better monitor the fusion and quality of the metal that Omas uses to make machine parts. The foundry is still growing alongside Omas.