OSI Industries is perhaps one of the largest meat processing manufacturing serving the retail market in the US with a total production output of 45000 tons of meat products that include pork, chicken, beef among others. OSI Industries prides itself on 65 facilities across 17 countries and nearly 20000 employees. The company has made a mark in the history of modern economy by rising steadily from the grassroots level.
It was in 1909 that Otto Kolschowsky a German immigrant opened up a retail meat shop, barely two years after arriving in the US to serve a quality market experience to the community in Chicago. After the end of the First World War, the business experienced a remarkable growth into the commercial enterprise, and in 1928 it was rebranded into Otto and Sons which is compatible with its family involvement.
Mainly, following the economic growth after the end of World War, the company witnessed significant progress, and Otto’s sons entered into a fateful deal with McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc to supplier beef to the franchise. In few years, Ray Kroc acquired the McDonalds business rights becoming the CEO of the currently McDonald company.
Notably, over two decades, Otto and Sons transformed from regional supplier to international corporation OSI Group. This is evident by its expansion of production capacity, launching meat processing plant in, for instance, the Philippines, acquiring Hynek Schlachthof GmbH, beef slaughter regions, supplying its poultry products to the UK and acquiring Baho food in Germany.
Following the invention of flash freezing technology in the 1960s, there was a reduction in cost and convenience of supply which enhanced OSI and McDonald’s. The method involves food processing by freezing with liquid nitrogen. Subsequently, OSI Industries became the key supplier to McDonalds and the rest of the market.
It was in 1973 that Otto and Sons constructed the first plant in Chicago, Illinois committed to McDonald’s line of production with advancement in freezing processing technology. Two years later, Otto and Sons witnessed a change of leadership and management from Kolschowsky family. Notably, Sheldon Lavin joined the company, having been a consultant in financial matters. He is currently the chairman and CEO of OSI industries.
OSI continued growth along with McDonald’s saw it open its first facility outside Chicago in West Jordan and North America during 1977 to 1980s. A joint venture between the two companies was established in 1978 in Germany.
Markedly, OSI Industries is the largest company in the US, ranked 58 on the 2016 Forbes list of leading private companies with $6.1 billion in sales. This is credited much to the expansion and joint ventures specifically in Brazil, Austria, Mexico, Hungary, Poland and the Pacific Rim. Also, a partnership agreement was sealed with Nation Pizza and Foods established in 1994; new processing plant opened in Chicago in 1986 and a facility acquired in Oakland in 1996. The company ventured in poultry processing in 2000 which began with the acquisition of UK Moy Park Company.
During the onset of the second decade of 21st century, the company was operating a chain of processing plants though still located in Chicago. It has diversified its product into high protein products such as pizza, hamburger among others. It has expanded made significant acquisitions in Europe creating a million jobs. The success is part of partnering with clients in offering quality products coupled with the latest technology and minimizing the environmental impact of food production.