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OSI Industries: From Small Town Provider To Global Producer

OSI Industries has evolved considerably from its humble beginnings as an immigrant owned corner butcher shop. Established in Chicago, Illinois in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant, OSI Industries was originally a modest market merchandising meat and providing butcher services for the community. Within 10 years the market expanded, becoming a wholesaler and moving it’s operation to the Chicago suburb of Maywood.

The business rebranded itself as Otto and Sons in 1928. The post World War II economic boom proved especially fruitful for the company when Arthur and Harry Kolschowsky (sons of Otto) entered into an agreement with Ray Kroc to be the fresh ground beef suppliers for a somewhat new franchise, family restaurant: McDonald’s.

In the late 1960’s the technology of flash freezing solidified Otto and Sons ability to not only provide a consistent, affordable product, but also expand their product offerings and reduced their costs. When McDonald’s consolidated it’s supply chain, Otto and Sons proven efficiency and historic ties to McDonald’s, the company became one of four primary suppliers to McDonalds.

The company has had significant growth. It was rebranded to OSI Industries in 1975 and has since became one of the largest companies in the United States. It was ranked #58 on the 2016 Forbes list of the largest private companies. OSI Industries is a prominent global food provider, with current operations in Brazil, Mexico, the Pacific Rim, Hungary and Poland. It’s most recent acquisitions have been in the European market, with the company acquiring Baho Foods in August 2016.

OSI Industries has managed to become one of the leading global food producers because the company understands the process of business and product evolution. They remain committed to changing with the times to provide products that meet or exceed the current population demand. The companies ability to create and maintain sustainable client relations as well as engage in technological advancement has allowed the company to evolve from its humble beginnings to the global food producer it is today.

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