OSI Group remains an example of American business success. The company has its roots in very humble beginnings. It was a street corner meat market in the early 1900’s. Otto Kolschowsky came from Germany and founded the organization with his family in the Chicago area. He called his company Otto and Sons and they began to establish a working relationship with local businesses throughout the area.
Otto and Sons continued to develop throughout the years. In time it was known as the premier meat manufacturer of the area. The company was eventually discovered by Ray Kroc of the McDonald’s Corporation. Kroc was looking to expand his business into the Illinois region and needed a meat supplier that could be counted upon. The relationship between Otto and Sons and the McDonald’s Corporation became extremely successful. Otto and Sons was offered the opportunity to be the sole provider of meat to the McDonald’s Corporation.
Otto and Sons became known as OSI Group in the 1960’s and began to do international business. It currently has over 20,000 employees that operate 65 facilities in over 17 countries throughout the world. OSI Group prides itself on maintaining quality control throughout the organization on a global scale. It has implemented hiring practices that bring in the type of employees who belong at OSI Group. The leaders at OSI point to the fact that there is a very low turnover rate within its rank. Recruiting stations are set up in the United States, Germany, Poland, Asia-Pacific and United Kingdom.
OSI Group is currently one of the largest food manufacturers in the world producing products such as fish, poultry, ground beef, and hot dogs. It has a client list that includes Starbucks, Subway, Papa John’s Pizza and Pizza Hut.
OSI has made key mergers in order to strengthen the company’s presence throughout the industry. Flagship Food Group, Baho Foods and Tyson Foods were all purchased recently. Each will bring a unique element to an operation that is ready to expand.