The history of OSI Group / Industries dates back to a German immigrant, Otto Kolschowsky, arriving to the United States in 1907 and two years later, in 1909 started his family meat market business in Oak Park, Illinois. Eight years later, in 1917, he expanded his business to include wholesale meats and relocated his family startup to Maywood, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago). This family business was called Otto & Sons as of 1928 and over many years hence became known as having a great reputation for selling quality meat products.
McDonald’s startup opened in Des Plaines, Illinois in 1955 and chose Otto & Sons as their sole meat supplier. The deal was sealed with a handshake between Ray Kroc, McDonald’s founder and CEO, and the “Sons” of Otto and Sons. Such a deal not only established a business relationship between the two parties but a personal one as well.
As the years progressed, Otto and Sons’ primary business was to supply McDonald’s with high quality beef patties to all of their restaurants nationally and internationally as well.
Nearly twenty years later (1973), Otto & Sons established its first leading, high quality, high-volume, meat plant using Cryogenic food processing where liquid nitrogen is used for freezing and preserving fresh foods. This process was discovered in the 1960’s and enabled McDonald’s to continue high quality production with minimal amount of meat suppliers. Otto & Sons continued to be one of McDonald’s suppliers and changed their name from Otto & Sons to OSI Group Industries.
To date, OSI Group Industries had over sixty five locations in approximately seventeen countries. This enables OSI to provide a world of food solutions as needed.
OSI also provides products and services for Subway, Starbucks, Pizza Hut just to name s few. In addition, OSI delivers more than just beef patties. They also deliver pork, poultry, fish, and other meat products (not just patties). For more info about us: https://www.linkedin.com/company/osi-industries click here.
Lastly, OSI buys and sells globally and has locations in Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, Hungary, The Netherlands, The Philippines , United Kingdom and the United States.
The OSI Group Industries believes in and is driven by the need to provide excellence to their customers and facilities. This is done with the use of Global Councils where ideas are expressed, advice and suggestions are communicated globally and solutions are delivered worldwide. OSI Group will continue to thrive and expand and improve in the food industry all over the world.