For more than 100 years, OSI Group has been on the forefront of providing a world of food solutions to its customers. Truly the company is a world of food innovation and solutions. It is an incredible achievement of this group to have more than 20,000 employees and over 65 processing facilities in over 17 countries in its first century. It has turned out to be an example of how and what a modern and globalized company ought to be in the 21st century.
OSI Group dates back to 1909 when a German immigrant started to a butcher shop in Oak Park in Chicago. Otto Kolschowsky opened the small retail butchery to serve his community; this was after only two years of arriving in Chicago. By the end of the First World War, that’s was after a decade in operation, the retail shop became a wholesale and expanded a branch to Maywood. After another decade, the expansion of the business was enormous and was branded Otto & Sons by 1928. By the end of 2nd World War, the business had penetrated into the American community and it had become a well-established business.
By this time the market was growing rapidly and Arthur and Harry, sons of Otto entered into an agreement with Ray Kroc who was an agent of a couple that had opened a restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois. The sons were to supply fresh meat to Ray Kroc who was running the restaurant. Later Kroc bought the McDonald restaurant and became the CEO. The more the McDonald grew, the more the OSI Group developed. McDonald was mainly dealing with hamburgers.
In 1973, there was an establishment of a facility in West Chicago by Otto & Sons that catered only for the McDonald which had now grown to be a global supplier. In 1975, the company was rebranded OSI Industries and due to the growth, the leadership changed from the family and was laid upon Sheldon Lavin who became a partner and an investment custodian in the company. As McDonald went international, OSI followed them closely by establishing joint businesses in Germany and Spain. This made Lavin become the Chairman and CEO of OSI industries.
OSI Group has become one of the leading and largest private food companies in the US. It has acquired various companies like Flagship Europe which is known as Creative Foods Europe, Baho Food, and Tyson Foods. It has entered into joint ventures with Select Ready Foods, JC Comsa in China, K&K Foods and GenOSI among others.