OSI Group is a leading organization within the food manufacturing industry. The company has been in business for well over one hundred years and continues to push the line of excellence. Leaders at OSI are committed to growth and believe that constant expansion creates opportunity for its employees as well as its customers. OSI Group began as a family owned organization in the early 1900’s. Otto Kolschowsky was a German immigrant who came to the United States with the dream of launching his own enterprise. He called his business Otto and Sons and slowly built it into one of the most trusted meat distributors in the Chicago area. Otto settled into retirement and his children took over the company. In the 1950’s Otto and Sons developed a working relationship with the McDonald’s Corporation.
The company fit well with the business model of McDonald’s as the restaurant giant exploded during this time period. Otto and Sons is credited with a great number of innovations that made it stand out among all of the other meat manufacturers that McDonald’s was using at the time. They implemented cryogenic freezing chambers in order to store large amounts of product and deliver them freshly to the McDonald’s Corporation. Otto and Sons also introduced the meat patty cutting machine. This gave them a higher rate of efficiency than any other meat supplier in the country. Eventually Otto and Sons became the sole supplier of product to the McDonald’s Corporation.
The company experienced tremendous growth and continued to use these types of techniques to push the business to amazing success. Otto and Sons eventually became known as OSI Group and began conducting business internationally. It currently has other major restaurant chains on its client list including Papa John’s, Pizza Hut Starbucks and Subway. OSI Group is an international operation that features 65 plants operating in 17 countries. The workforce has grown to well over 20,000 personnel. Leaders at OSI Group credit their workforce as a foundation of the company’s ability to spread from Nation to Nation. The extremely low turnover rate gives OSI a level of consistency that separates them from the competition within the industry. Learn More.