OSI Industries is Vital in U.S. History from its Immigration Heritage to its Global Success

OSI Industries is considered one of the largest internationally. In over 17 countries, OSI Industries has 65 facilities and 20,000 employees. The OSI company started small, and it is vital to the economy in the 20th centruy. OSI Industries is deep rooted with the American Immigrantion history.

Chicago, Illinois became the bustling town that thrived in German Immigrant deet. Otto Kolschowsky opened a small meat market having only lived in the United States for 2 years. Within a decade after the First World War, the small meat market had evolved into the wholesale food sector. By 1928, the successful family run business changed its name to Otto and Sons. For decades to come, Otto and Sons continued success even after the Second World War.

Post war times opened a new era for modern suburbs to sprout across the nation. The first McDonald’s opened in 1955 by Ray Kroc. An alliance was formed and Otto and Son’s became one of the first suppliers of McDonald’s. The premise with the McDonald’s Franchise was to supply the customers needs with a consistent product and McDonald’s is famous for their burgers. That put a great deal of pressure on Otto and Son’s. Thankfully in the late 1960’s, tbe flash freezeing process came into play and frozen foods could make it longer distances so that supply and demand is met.

As Otto and Sons success was running rampant, the company transitioned and evolved becoming OSI Industries in 1975. Over the course of several years, the companies leadership changed hands as they welcomed aboard Sheldon Lavin. OSI Industries reached international levels and become one of the largest food suppliers in the world. This transition led to substantial growth as the companies sales reach over $6 billion.

OSI joined K&K foods located in Taiwan. This move opened another door for OSI as OSI Asian-Pacific was born. Once China initiated discussions into the World Trade Organization, OSI seen this as a major opportunity to expand their business even further. China became the boost OSI needed for a lucrative international expansion.

OSI is still located in the metropolis where it begin many decades ago. But now it’s roots extend far beyond Chicago and internationally as OSI paved the way for other franchises to expand globally.

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Why OSI Group Buys Companies Across Chicago And Europe

When it comes to processing beef, poultry, fish and other delicious meats few companies have met the taste and production standards of OSI Group.

OSI Group is one of the world’s largest distributors in the meat market and they’ve maintained their success through remaining true to company values. They’ve also acquired several other distribution companies and processing centers over the last few years including Tyson Food Plant, Baho Food and Flagship Europe.

Tyson Food Plant was struggling to keep its south Chicago factory open this last year and its workers were being told they’d have to look for other jobs soon, but OSI Group decided to purchase the plant and told all the workers they could remain if they wished. OSI Group’s acquisition of Baho Food also allowed several factories across France and the Netherlands to remain open and Baho now can supply even more chain markets and restaurants. Flagship Europe was grateful for the acquisition by OSI Group which has allowed them to keep their brand name and will leave CEO Russell Maddock to manage the company as well.

OSI Group has changed in size and scope over the years but they strive to treat every employee as part of their family. This is because they started as a family company run by Otto Kolschowsky who together with his sons turned a small butcher shop into a prominent meat processing and prepared foods company. OSI Group was one of the first McDonalds restaurant suppliers, but they’ve now expanded to include Pizza Hut, KFC, Wendy’s and many others. They have built operations reaching all the way from Chicago to China.