OSI Food Solutions was recently named as one of Forbes’ top privately-held companies in the United States. The company specializes in the production and processing of quality meats, including pork, beef, sausage and poultry. The company was founded by Otto Kolschowski in 1901. Kolschowski was a German immigrant who initially founded the company as a meat market that sought to provide the neighborhood with a higher quality of meat than what was currently available. OSI, which is based in Illinois, got a huge break when the company was selected to supply the beef patties for McDonalds during the company’s early stages of growth.
Over one hundred years later OSI Food Solutions now works in several countries and proudly boasts over 20,000 employees in those markets. The company has over sixty facilities located in 17 countries throughout the world. The company now specializes in the production of poultry, beef, fish, bacon, pork products and hot dogs. OSI works not only with large distribution companies but with food service and retail companies throughout the world. The company is also now a global leader in the meat production industry and is primed to become the frontrunner in meat provision through continued expansion. It is a major supplier of quality meat to various chains in China that were established in the United States. These chains include Pizza Hut, Subway and Starbucks, among others.
OSI Solutions is one of the United States’ largest privately-held companies in the world and boasts annual worldwide sales exceeding $6 billion. It was also named to the exclusive list of America’s Top 100 Companies. While the honors and sales volume are important, OSI places the most importance on sticking to the values that it established in 1901. Those values include providing the best quality meats, providing excellent customer service and to always keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive.
The company recently made several large acquisitions that have grown its stronghold in Europe and the United States. The company acquired Baho Foods, based in the Netherlands and Germany. The company also bought a Tyson Food Plant, located in Chicago. The acquisition of the Tyson Food Plant saved several hundred people from losing their jobs. In addition to the acquisitions, OSI Food Solutions also recently invested $17 million to expand its facility in Spain. The facility will now be able to produce double the amount of chicken that it had previously produced.
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