OSI Industries is a worldwide empire that rose from humble beginnings. It originated in the Midwest of the United States as a family-run operation. The company was originally known as Otto and Sons and operated as a meat market in the Chicago area. Otto Kolschowsky was a German immigrant who came to the United States with the idea of establishing himself as a prominent businessman. Otto worked his way from the bottom of food manufacturing to establish himself as a major figure in Chicago. The business opened a second facility in 1928 in a suburb of Chicago.
In the 1950’s Otto and Sons was discovered by the McDonald’s Corporation. Ray Kroc needed a meat supplier he could trust as he began to push his enterprise into the Illinois region. He selected the family owned manufacturer to be his trusted supplier in the area. Otto and Sons stepped up to the challenge and was prepared to meet the needs of the food chain. The company was being run by Arthur and Harry at the time. These are the sons of Otto Kolschowsky.
As McDonald’s grew in success so did the business of Otto and Sons. After many successful years of working with the McDonald’s Corporation they were selected to be one of its 4 exclusive suppliers of meat. Otto and Sons was able to meet this challenge by bringing new innovation to food manufacturing such as the meat patty cutting machine and cryogenic freezing chambers. These new pieces of technology would revolutionize the way all food manufacturers conducted business.
Otto and Sons went on to become OSI Industries in 1975. After almost seven decades of operation the company was poised for international success. The founding members were prepared to move into retirement when Sheldon Lavin was selected to be Chairman and CEO. Sheldon provide the vision that pushed OSI to its worldwide prominence.
OSI Industries established itself as a major player in food manufacturing in 1973 by building a state-of-the-art meat processing plant. The project was originally developed to support the needs of the McDonald’s Corporation. However, this sparked even more growth throughout other areas of the business. The company opened facilities across the continental US in areas such as West, Jordan Utah. International locations included Brazil, Mexico, Hungary, Pacific Rim and Poland.
OSI Industries is considered the 58th largest privately owned company in the United States according to Forbes Magazine. It is an award-winning organization that has been recognized on many levels. OSI has spread its influence by acquiring other food manufacturing organizations such as Baho Foods and Flagship Food Group.