It began as a meat market in the early 1900s. Otto Kolschowsky was a German immigrant who came to the United States with a very specific vision. He opened his company in the Chicago area and began to provide meat to individual customers, as well as other food businesses within the region. Otto soon became a trusted supplier of meat to restaurants and supermarkets alike. By the 1950s Otto Kolschowsky had turned the business over to his sons.
Otto and Sons maintained a presence in the industry. Their work soon drew the attention of Ray Kroc, who was leading the McDonald’s franchise operations at the time. McDonald’s was looking to expand its business into the Illinois region and needed a meat supplier that they could trust. Otto and Sons got the job. Their innovations over the years set them apart from many of the other meat manufacturers that were being used by McDonald’s at the time. Equipment such as the meat patty cutting machine catered to the McDonald’s objective. Otto and Sons were also able to implement cryogenic freezing, which allowed them to store large amounts of product that could be delivered to McDonald’s on a timely basis. Eventually, Otto and Sons became McDonald’s primary supplier of meat. OSI Group Buys Former Tyson Foods Plant in Chicago.
Otto and Sons later became known as OSI Industries. OSI Industries has expanded its operation and now manufactures many different food products, including hot dogs, pizza, poultry, fish, and vegetables. Their client list consists of major food chains such as Pizza Hut, Subway, Papa John’s, Pizza and Starbucks. The company’s presence is worldwide in terms of manufacturing. There are plants throughout the United States and the Asian Pacific. OSI Group Acquires Flagship Europe.
OSI Industries practices a hiring process that allows them to bring in talent from all over the world. There are recruiting bases in the Asia-Pacific, the United States, Hungary, Germany and the United Kingdom. Hiring methods are designed to keep the company on the cutting edge of ideas within the industry.
OSI Industries was ranked the 136th largest privately owned company in the United States by Forbes magazine in 2011. By 2016 Forbes had placed them at number 58.
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