The meat processing has its players. OSI Group is one leading player in the processing. It started from a foundation that is shaky but rich. The history of OSI group is so humble that you cannot imagine how it is towering today. It such an inspiring and marvellous story of success. The company transitioned from the turmoil of the world wars up to the 21st century as it exists.
OSI has immigrant roots – the founders were German immigrants. One German immigrant – Otto Kolschowsky – from the community in Chicago, Illinois opened a butcher shop. He began this meat market to serve his community. He never knew this shop would sprout to be a top meat processor. With the successes of the shop, it expanded to transition into wholesale toward the end of the first world war.
In 1928 the shop rebranded to Otto & Sons following a common storyline of family businesses. The business continued to enjoy even in the second world war. And it played a major role in the American community. The is one particular business model and opportunity that gave it support to grow further. Ray Roc through the McDonald business gave a leaf on the franchising model and chance to be the supplier of beef to McDonald’s – an agreement between Otto & Sons and Ray Roc. With the growth of McDonald’s, there was a significant benefit of supplying beef.
The ties between the two businesses made Otto & Sons deliver consumer-driven products that are affordable and consistent. The pressure from McDonald’s pushed Otto & Sons to advance technologically and be efficient. So, the Otto & Sons transitioned to be one of the core suppliers of McDonald’s. In the seventies, Otto & Sons transitioned to OSI Group after major milestones like establishing a plant in West Chicago.
Marked with increased growth of the OSI Group, the company opened the first facility in Utah to meet McDonald’s demand. As McDonald’s moved to international space, OSI followed suit to address this need. In this symbiotic relationship, OSI had to increase production. With the associated move to global growth, OSI Group had to change tactic and expand and diversify to other products like sausages and pizza. The group also recruited an investment consultant to lead the firm in the retirement of Otto sons – changing leadership for the growth and continuance.
OSI Group now boasts of acquisitions like Amick Farms and Baho Food.
It has become a major food provider with over 20,000 employee base and 65 facilities shared across 17 countries.