The Growth And Expansion Of OSI Industries

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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