Innovation has always been at the forefront at OSI Group. From its humble beginnings in 1909, when German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky opened a family meat market in Oak Park, Illinois, to today’s sprawling corporation ranked number 63 on Forbe’s list of American’s largest private companies in 2018. The company today operates at over 65 facilities in 17 countries with annual revenue of $6.1B. It’s international headquarters in Aurora, Illinois is the center of the action for the corporation which handles meat processing for the retail and food service industries.
The story of OSI cannot be told without the fateful merging with one of the most famous American corporations: McDonald’s. Ray Kroc did not open his first McDonalds until the mid-1950’s but well before he entered into an agreement with the sons of Otto Kolschowsky which eventually led to OSI becoming the first supplier of fresh beef to the fledging behemoth. As McDonald’s took off towards becoming one of the most famous franchises ever developed, Otto& Sons joined the ride and reaped the massive rewards.
Over the next 10 to 20 years, Otto & Sons expanded towards becoming a global entity. This was carefully intertwined with the booming McDonalds. The initial success of the hamburger giant was the consistency it promised with each and every sandwich. Therefore, as Otto & Sons became the global OSI Group, its goal was to provide McDonald’s with the best and most affordable product and stand-out in the busy food supplier business.
OSI continued to explore and became an important food provider all over the world. Through the 1980s and 1990s, expansion moved the company into South America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim.
More recently, the OSI Group has become a champion of value-added protein products, including pizza, all the while remaining loyal to its hamburger eating base. The OSI Group further expansion, including China, has also led the company to add some non-meat products to its resume.
The OSI Group is an American success story. From humble beginnings to worldwide dominance. The corporation’s story owes itself to being true to its initial values of excellent client relationships, investing in technology and understanding the global market.
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