Today, OSI Group is one of the greatest food companies in the world, and it has been recognized as so by Forbes and many other organizations. The company employs more than 20,000 people all over the world and operates its plants out of 65 facilities that exist in 17 different countries. While it is a global force to be reckoned with today, it started out as a humble meat market and butcher shop in the west side of Chicago. OSI was founded by Otto Kolschwosky who was a German immigrant that came to the United States with hopes of creating a successful business. It wasn’t long before Otto Kolschowsky’s company began to grow, and its popularity caused him to get into the wholesale side of the business.
After this, he struck up a deal with McDonald’s before the company became the fast food giant that it is today. The deal made Kolchowsky’s company one of the earliest meat suppliers for McDonald’s. Kolchowsky’s company became Otto & Sons once his sons became involved in running it, and it began to grow right alongside McDonald’s, which also began to take off around that time. By the 1970’s, Otto & Sons decided to build a plant that would be dedicated only to providing McDonald’s with meat products. During the 1970’s, Otto & Sons rebranded as OSI Group, and the company also hired on Sheldon Lavin. This move proved to be a good one, because over the following decades, Lavin helped to expand the company within the United States and overseas.
One of the moves that OSI Group made was to build another plant overseas that would supply McDonald’s with food products. This happened just as McDonald’s expanded its operations overseas. OSI Group also built several other plants in America and in different countries around the world.Today, OSI Group is working to become a more sustainable company through new technology and guidelines it is following. It has won awards for its willingness to pay closer attention to environmental standards and has pledged to continue this work. Its leadership has been the main driving force for its success, and the future is looking brighter and brighter for the food giant.