OSI Group sets the example for other food manufacturers in the industry. The company is an example of the American Dream and has lasted throughout the years by embracing change and pushing for growth. OSI’s mission is to constantly evolve, which creates opportunities for its staff and options for clients. OSI is an international brand with facilities in 17 different countries. It was rated by Forbes as the 58th largest privately owned company in the world. There are more than 20,000 people working for OSI around the clock in many different nations.
OSI Group was originally a butcher shop known as Otto & Sons. It was founded by a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky in the early nineteen-hundreds. They operated out of the Chicago area. Otto ran the business with his family and developed an efficient method for supplying local food businesses with product. Otto and Sons earned a stellar reputation over the years and continued to grow from its inception.
By the 1950’s Otto Kolschowsky’s sons had taken over the business. During this time they were discovered by McDonald’s CEO Ray Kroc. Ray Kroc was setting up restaurants in the Illinois area and needed a local meat supplier. The McDonald’s Corporation was using hundreds of different meat suppliers around the nation at the time.
Otto & Sons became a standout supplier throughout the years. They secured an exclusive contract with the restaurant giant. This allowed them to build a state-of-the-art meat processing facility that featured several different industry changing innovations. Otto and Sons introduced the meat patty cutting machine. The meat patty cutting machine maximized the use of product and saved McDonald’s a huge amount of time in the restaurants. They also brought in cryogenic freezing chambers. The cryogenic freezing chambers allowed Otto and Sons to store large amounts of product, which helped McDonald’s expand its operation.
Otto and Sons began to make international business deals outside of its relationship with McDonald’s. At this point the company became known as OSI Group. OSI spread its reach throughout the Pacific Rim and developed working relationships with organizations such as K & K foods in Taiwan. The move eventually spawned the OSI Group Asia Pacific Division.
OSI Group has continued to expand over the years due to carefully diversifying its business model. The company brought in organizations such as Tyson Foods, Flagship Food Group, Baho Foods and Turi Foods. Each of these acquisitions were made to keep OSI at the front of its industry.