The Many Expansions of OSI Industries

OSI Industries began as a small, family owned operation, but over the years, it has grown into an international supplier of food goods. The company now has 20,000 employees stationed over 17 countries. They have a total of 65 operational facilities.

Otto Kolschowsky was the founder of the OSI Industries, creating Otto & Sons in the early 1900s. The company was created during a time when the German immigrant population in Chicago was booming: German immigrants made up 25% of Chicago’s total population. The city was the perfect place for a German immigrant to create a business, and Otto took full advantage of the culture of the city at the time: Otto created a butcher shop.

It took a few decades for Otto & Sons to catch their first big break. A new restaurant had just opened in Illinois and Otto & Sons was tasked with supplying the meat for the restaurant. This restaurant was McDonald’s.

The first McDonald’s restaurant was opened in 1955, and as McDonald’s grew so did Otto & Sons.

The years following the partnership with McDonald’s, Otto & Sons became an well known entity. When new technology enabled food supplier to flash freeze their products, Otto & Sons became one of McDonald’s main four suppliers of hamburger meat, further cementing the company’s place in history.

Otto & Sons created a plant purely to produce McDonald’s goods in 1973. The plant was located in West Chicago, Illinois. Two years later Otto & Sons changed name to OSI Industries. The name changed officially marked the transition of the company from being a local supplier of meat to a national audience. The leadership of the company also changed at this time, as Sheldon Lavin took on more responsibilities in the company.

After Lavin moved up in the company meat production increased. In 1977, OSI Industries officially began to expand on its own. OSI was already distributing all over the United States, but this was the first time they opened a building outside of Illinois. OSI opened a facility in Utah.

In modern times, OSI Industries is continuing to expand. They have recently purchased Baho Foods and Flagship Europe, further expanding their operational territory.

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