About Niagara Tying Service, Inc History: Albert J. Baratto was born into the sausage industry. Growing up under the tutelage of his father, who owned Cortina Brand Sausage Company, Albert developed a keen interest in the methods and process of sausage making, particularly methods of closure and stuffing. Albert realized that a machine that could place a metal cap at one end of an artificial casing so the casing could be stuffed with various products, such as bologna, hams, salami and capicolla, could substantially increase efficiency. The Tipper Tie Corporation designed that machine, and on September 1, 1964, Albert J. Baratto and his future wife Antoinette M. Fennie founded Niagara Tying Service, Incorporated. In 1964, there were approximately 27 tying services throughout the United States. By 1974, there were only 15. Today, there is only one Niagara Tying Service. NTS offers a full line of conversions, not only to meat packers, but also to other segments of the food industry. In 1998, NTS purchased all parts and assets of Tipper Tie's capping machines and capping equipment to continue offering capping as a primary option closure to artificial casings. Along with capping, NTS offers an impressive range of first closures to the food and packaging industry: clipping, string tying, cutting, sewing, looping, presticking, moisturizing and shirring.