Today, OSI Group is one of the largest American food companies that serves a global audience. The company has 65 facilities in a spread of different countries and employs more than 20,000 people all over the world. It wasn’t always this way, though, and most people don’t know about the company’s humble beginnings. The story of OSI began in Chicago where a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky started a small meat market and deli in the west side of the city. The year was 1909, and his business began to do so well after a few years that he began to offer wholesale services, as well.
In 1928, he renamed the business Otto & Sons after his two sons joined him. Some years later, Kolschowsky was able to make a deal with McDonald’s early on in the fast food giant’s history and became one of McDonald’s first suppliers of meats and food products. This was well before McDonald’s expanded into what it is today, and by the 1960’s, technology came about that allowed Otto & Sons to produce, store, and ship more meat than ever. In 1973, the company constructed a plant that was dedicated to producing food products for McDonald’s, and by the mid-1970’s, Otto & Sons became OSI Group. Sheldon Lavin, the CEO and Chairman of the company, also joined up with OSI and began to expand its operations more than ever.
OSI Group then built its first plant outside of Chicago and began to expand into the global market. It joined forces with McDonald’s by expanding into countries and regions where the fast food king was expanding, too. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, OSI Group began to expand into Austria, Hungary, Mexico, Brazil, and the Philippines and began to earn profits like never before. At the same time, the company was growing larger than ever in the United States and increasing its offerings. Today, OSI Group is a company that is focusing a lot of its efforts on sustainability and ensuring that its operations are environmentally friendly. These efforts are being led by its executive members, and it is expected that the company will continue its growth over the following years.