OSI Group Spreads Across the World

OSI Group Spreads Across the World

In the beginning, every company starts out as a small store in a small community. Rarely does a new business start out big and end big. OSI Group is no different from any other worldwide conglomerate. When OSI was first founded, it was a tiny meat market in the cozy community of Oak Park, Illinois in Chicago. Founded by Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant, in 1909, OSI was never predicted to become a global juggernaut. Mr. Kolschowsky opened his business as a way to fit into the community. As he settled in and started a family, more locals took notice of his quality meats.

Before long, his operations had to be moved to a larger facility in Maywood, a more spacious community on the other side of town. Once resettled, he continued growing his business reputation and winning over more corporate clients in the region. In 1928, nearly 20 years later, his sons, now older enough to work, joined the family business, and Otto rebranded the store – Otto and Sons. As World Wars came and went, Otto & Sons thrived in the Midwest, quickly becoming one of the top food suppliers of high-quality meats in the region. When their father retired, the brothers continued his legacy while looking to make their mark on the industry.

In 1955, an enthusiastic entrepreneur approached the brothers about supplying his chain of restaurants. While opening a restaurant chain doesn’t sound outrageous today, back then, supplying any one client with that much product was unheard of in the food industry. Despite the risk, the brothers went into business with Ray Kroc, and the first McDonald’s opened in Des Plaines, Illinois later that year. In the early days, McDonald’s had over 100 suppliers, but that number quickly dropped, as many suppliers couldn’t keep up with demand. As Otto & Sons and McDonald’s succeeded together, OSI Group was born. Today, OSI Group has facilities all over the world and is a major player in the value added food supplying business.

 


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