OSI Group has been a leader in meat manufacturing for decades. The company exploded on to the international scene when they began a business relationship with the McDonald’s Organization. They were known as Otto and Sons at the time. Otto Kolschowsky had founded the company in the early nineteen hundreds. By the 1950s it was being run by his children. Otto Kolschowsky’s sons developed the relationship between Otto and Sons and Ray Kroc of the McDonald’s Organization. They would go on to implement innovative ideas such as the meat patty cutting machine and cryogenic freezing chambers. This set them apart from the hundreds of other meat manufacturers at McDonald’s was using at the time.
Investors soon recommended that Otto and Sons become the primary meat supplier for McDonald’s. Otto and Sons became known as OSI Group shortly after. The company rapidly grew over the years alongside McDonald’s. They eventually developed relationships with other major restaurant organizations such as Papa John’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Subway. OSI has been listed as high as 58th on the Forbes largest privately owned companies list. It has several plants operating internationally. Areas of interest include the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific.
OSI Group has developed its hiring practices over the years to accommodate its tremendous growth. Their sophisticated recruiting system has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Poland, Hungary and the Asia-Pacific. The process is designed to bring in the kind of talent that is going to be with the company for a long time. OSI has a very low turnover rate in its employee base because of this. Leaders at OSI Group look to invest in individuals that they can develop as leaders within the organization.
OSI demonstrated its willingness to provide opportunities for others when it acquired Tyson Foods. Tyson Foods is a Chicago-based food manufacturer that was looking to close its doors. The closing of Tyson Foods would have led to hundreds of jobs being lost. OSI’s acquisition of Tyson Foods saved these jobs and breathed new life into the Tyson Foods operation. Many of the Tyson Foods employees were offered positions with the OSI team.
OSI Group has also made moves to strengthen its influence in Europe. They were able to make the key acquisitions of Flagship Food Group and Baho Foods. The purchase of these companies will give OSI multifaceted operating capabilities within the region. Both Flagship Food Group and Baho Foods are growing companies. Each of them have strong consumer bases already and possess unique skills that will help expand OSI Group’s overall impact within the region.
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