OSI Group is a producer of value-added food. It has headquarters in Aurora, Illinois. The company currently in 17 countries across different continents. The company has been dealing with production of protein products for a long time but in the recent times, it has started venturing into others products such as vegetables and convenience foods. OSI has built 65 food processing plants in different countries and employs over 20,000 employees. Anytime you are buying processed food from the supermarket, probably it is coming from this company. The company is ranked as one of the best on the world. The Forbes ranks it among the top 100 private companies.
Looking at the background of OSI Group, this is company that has had a very long history. It was started in 1909 as a butcher shop in Chicago by a German immigrant known as Otto Kolschowsky. When he was creating the butcher shop, he never expected it would grow into this titan in the foods industry. However, the business gained steam from the first day from day one. It turned into a wholesale business after a few years and even changed its location to accommodate the growth that it was witnessing.
The birth of Otto & Sons
The meat business was doing very well and Otto Kolschoswsky brought his two sons- Arthur and Harry into the management. The business was named Otto & Sons. Reflecting a family name. It continued being a family business until 1975 when it changed to OSI Industries. Otto & Sons however did a great job of preparing the way for the company we know today. An early partnership between Otto & Sons and McDonald’s played a critical role in the rise of this company. The partnership made Otto & Sons to grow so much that it could no longer be a family-owned business.
The emergence of OSI Group
The partnership between Otto & Sons brought so much success for the meat business that it had to expand its operations to nationwide and later internationally. In the 1970s the company established its first food processing plant to supply food product to McDonald’s. The company also brought more leaders. Sheldon Lavin who is the current leader of the company joined the management then. He has made sure that the company has grown to the level it is today. OSI Group is now an international brand that has an excellent reputation among the consumers.
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