ORIGO, formerly Tri-State Grease & Tallow Co., Inc., was founded in 1967 by Lawrence Hippert, Jr. as a recycler of restaurant grease throughout Minnesota and surrounding states. From its humble beginnings, the company quickly grew into a major force in the grease recycling industry, which led to a sale of its accounts in 1978.

Immediately, the company shifted its focus to animal nutrition, where there was a growing need for fats and oils in livestock diets.  Sourcing and blending of different animal fats and vegetable oils grew quickly, and before long, ORIGO become a leading supplier to feed mills and farmers.  Working with world-renowned livestock nutritionists, ORIGO delivered advanced liquid fat supplements for swine, dairy and poultry producers by truck and rail.

In 1990, ORIGO’s management saw the need for fats and oils in dry formulations,  so a prilling tower was erected and product was offered in bags and totes to distributors and feed manufacturers.  With the passing of Lawrence Hippert, Jr. in 2000, his two sons took over management of the company.


Bruce Hippert



Michael Hippert

Chief Executive Officer

ORIGO president Bruce Hippert has worked for the company since he was 15 years old, and chief executive officer Michael Hippert joined the company in 1990. ORIGO continues to expand its product line as ongoing research brings about the need for new and improved formulations.  The company takes great pride in customer service and is committed to maintaining its reputation as an honest, innovative and price-competitive supplier.