OSI Industries has been around since 1909. It was established in the city of Chicago on the city’s westside. OSI Industries was originally name after Otto Kolschowsky. This man was a German immigrant who wanted to serve his community with great tasting meat products. Otto’s butcher shop was a huge success and it allowed him to earn a living and to support his family.
Eventually, Otto had children and they grew up into adults. Once they were of age, his two sons joined their father’s business. At this point, the small butcher shop’s name became Otto and Sons. This name would stick with the business until the 1970s. OSI Group acquires Baho Food.
From the late 1940s until the 1950s, Otto and Sons were doing great business. Their big break eventually came in 1955 when a guy named Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s restaurant. Kroc needed a persistent supplier that could make the same great tasting burger products for his consumers. This was going to be an essential part of the McDonald’s brand. He eventually discovered Otto and Sons and realized they might be able to provide him with the meat products that he needed to be successful.
This partnership proved to be extremely fruitful for Otto and Sons. As McDonald’s grew in popularity and financially – Otto and Sons experienced growth as well. While they did not receive all of the glory and fame associated with McDonald’s name, they did so much business that they had to continuously to expand just to keep up with their achievement.
Otto and Sons continued with their partnership with McDonald’s and they also expanded into other parts of the grocer, restaurant and OSI Industries food service industries. They started to manufacturer products for various restaurants and for local grocery stores. In the mid-70s, Otto and Sons was officially a major corporation and they were called OSI Industries.
The company had aggressively expanded during the 80s and 90s. They steadily gained more market share of the food service industries. Many food suppliers were falling to the wayside but OSI was steadily progressing. The company now has 65 locations spread out in 17 different nations. They employ over 20,000 people. Forbes dubbed this organization the 58th best company in the world. OSI Industries generates over $6 billion a year in revenues. OSI Industries experience and longevity has truly made this company a superstar in the food service industry.
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