OSI Industries is a company with international influence that begin as a family-owned business. A German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky set up shop in the Chicago area. He started with a meat market. Otto quickly established a reputation for providing a great product. Soon he was able to expand from providing individual service to offering products to other food businesses. Restaurants and supermarkets began to rely on Otto Kolschowsky for his terrific work ethic. He called his company Otto and Sons and expanded throughout the region. OSI Group Acquires Flagship Europe.
By the 1950s, Otto Kolschowsky’s sons had taken over the business. They were introduced to a rising restaurant entrepreneur named Ray Kroc. Ray Kroc was the leader of the McDonald’s organization, which was expanding across the country. Kroc and his team were looking to enter into the Chicago region and needed a meat supplier that they could trust to handle their workload. Otto and Sons were selected for the job and soon became a standout from the hundreds of meat suppliers that were working with McDonald’s at the time. OSI Group Buys Former Tyson Foods Plant in Chicago.
Otto and Sons brought several innovations to the food manufacturing business that set them apart from other meat suppliers. They specifically catered to their number one client which was McDonald’s. The meat patty cutting machine put them ahead of the competition. It gave McDonald’s exactly what they needed and saved them a tremendous amount of time. Cryogenic freezing chambers allowed Otto and Sons to maintain large supplies of meat that could be provided in a ready-to-work manner for the fledgling McDonald’s franchises. Soon McDonald’s selected Otto and Sons as their primary supplier of meat. Sheldon Lavin, Chairman And CEO Of OSI Group, LLC
Otto and Sons became known as OSI Industries and went on to expand in the food manufacturing business. They maintain manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Asia. Their current list of clientele includes Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza Subway, and Starbucks.
OSI has also grown its worldwide reach by acquiring other companies. Baho Foods was an acquisition made to increase the company’s presence in the European region. Executives at Baho Foods are excited about the merger. Some of their leadership has been invited over to join the OSI team.
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