In 1909, German immigrant Otto Kolscholsky opened a meat market and butcher shop in the city of Chicago. His business slowly expanded over the next five decades. Expansion included wholesale, location change, family and product line.
In the late 1920s, family role became vital. His business became known as Otto and Sons, and would bear that name until the mid 1970s. Today, the acronym OSI – somewhat reflects the original name of Otto and Sons, though OSI Industries is the official name. A turning point was gradual but steady for Otto Industries when they formed an alliance with the CEO of McDonald’s as it became a corporation. Otto and Sons was the first supplier of fresh ground beef to the McDonald’s chain in the mid 1950s, and this escalated as the franchise experienced exponential growth over the years to come.
One of the reported challenges facing suppliers to McDonald chains near and far involved delivering a similar product that was fresh and affordable regardless of distance. This challenge was aided with the development of cryogenic food processing in the early 1960s. This process involves the use of liquid nitrogen to quickly freeze food.
In the 1970s, Otto and Sons transitioned from a company that solely provided ground beef to the McDonald’s chain, to a company that provided ground beef to the McDonald’s chain and also established another brand providing food to the food industry at large. As a result of this, Otto and Sons took on the name, OSI Industries. It has always remained based in Chicago. In 2016 the company purchased the former Tyson Chicken Food Plant, which would be used to accommodate anticipated expansion for OSI Industries.
At present, OSI Industries has an estimated 20,000 employees. There are over 60 facilities in 17 countries besides the USA. It is in the top 100 companies for continued business growth according to a recent estimate by business industry insider, Forbes.
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