Otto Kolschowsky, an immigrant from Germany launched a family meat company based in Illinois in 1909. He named it Otto and Sons. Soon after, the company expanded its operations to trading wholesale meat and opened a branch in Chicago. When the McDonald’s launched their brand, Otto and Sons were their suppliers of meat. The business kept expanding year after year and by the year 1973, they opened a West Chicago meat plant and installed liquid nitrogen freezing tunnels for preservations as well as patty machines and branched out to selling to other clients other than its previous solo clients McDonalds’s.
The company began supplying to supermarkets and established restaurants. In 1975, Otto and Sons changed its name to OSI Industries and signed a deal to become an exclusive supplier to the McDonald’s brand. As the brand grew, so did OSI Industries. By the year 2011, OSI was ranked 136 by Forbes on its list of largest private entity companies in America earning revenue of 3 billion every year.
Currently, the OSI Industries have expanded their operations beyond America to countries like China Shanghai and most recently Spain. The company has grown from simply supplying meat to general food processing, supplying value-added protein goods, branding and providing all other kinds of food services. Their products include vegetable products, beef and pork products, raw and processed poultry products and wheat products like bread and pizzas just to mention a few.
OSI Industries owns several manufacturing facilities in different parts of the globe and employs close to twenty thousand employees of different nationalities. Sheldon Living, the current Chief Executive Officer and owner of OSI is fully dedicated to expanding the brand more and has recently foreseen the acquisition of food companies like Flagship Europe, Baho and Tyson Food as part of their development project.
OSI recently received the British Award for safety and health management and an additional award for an environmental award. The 2016 Forbes recognized the growth of OSI and ranked it 58th on its list of largest private companies with annual revenue of 6.1 billion dollars.
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Aurora, Illinois based company OSI Industries is one of the leading meat processing operations in the world. The company supplies some of the largest retail and food service companies in the industry. The company got its start over 100 years ago when German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky opened his family operated meat market in Oak Park, Illinois. Otto originally called his business Otto & Sons and he steadily expanded his business over its first few decades of operation. In 1955 Otto & Sons became the supplier of ground beef patties for McDonald’s restaurants during the restaurant chains expansion into the Midwest. OSI continues to supply McDonald’s to this day as well as fast food icon KFC. In 1970, Otto & Sons hired financial consultant Sheldon Lavin. Sheldon would go on to become OSI’s Chairman and CEO and his vision for the company has helped it to grow into a global powerhouse. The company changed its name to OSI Industries in 1975. The 1970s and 1980s were a time of huge expansion for OSI Industries as the company expanded its operations to countries all over the world. Today’s OSI operates in 17 countries worldwide and has recently expanded their operations in Europe through investment in current facilities as well as the acquisition of several great European companies that have been added to the OSI family.
Major upgrades have recently been made to OSI’s facility in Toledo, Spain. The company has made a €17 million investment in the facility that has seen the production of processed chicken expand from 12,000 tons to 24,000 tons per year. Overall meat production of beef, pork and chicken products is up to 45,000 tons per year. The goal of this expanded production is to add new products to the company portfolio. OSI predicts that these upgrades will help to garner the company new foodservice customers and help them better serve their current customer base.
OSI has made several key acquisitions of successful European food operations in order to increase the company’s ability to meet customer needs. Dutch company Baho Food was one of these acquisitions. Baho Food produces convenience food, deli meats and snacks. OSI has also acquired Flagship Europe, a producer of frozen poultry, pies and condiments. These acquisitions are another boost to OSI’s already robust profile and similar to the upgrades made in Spain, will ensure that the company continues to remain a leader in food distribution and customer service.
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