Craft in the City

OSI INDUSTRIES THE DOMINANT FOOD PROVIDER

During the twentieth century, Otto Kolschowsky was part of the thriving German immigrant community-based in Chicago, Illinois, who comprised a quarter of the city’s during that time. Chicago was booming as a result of it being a center of industry for the country and an entry point for migrants whose primary interest was to set up farms on the plains. In 1909, two years after moving to the United States, Otto Kolschowsky established a small retail meat market and a butcher shop in Oak Park on the west part of Chicago to supply community.

The business was doing very good and within a decade(as soon as the First world war concluded) Otto had widened into a wholesale business. This was inclusive of transferring its operations to Maywood, a Chicago suburb. In 1928 the business was rebranded to Otto and Sons as it followed a path of family-based immigrant businesses. Otto and Sons progressed to be steady and a prosperous local business for decades to come.

Ray Kroc started up the first McDonald’s restaurant in the year 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois. Kroc entered into a handshake agreement with Harry and Arthur (Sons of Kolschowsky) to be a supplier of fresh beef. After a few years, Ray Kroc bought McDonald’s from Richard and Maurice McDonald to become the Chief Executive Officer of the Present McDonald ‘s corporation. Symbiotically Otto and Sons had joined the modern franchise model as their primary duty was to supply the sprouting McDonald’s restaurants.

In 1975 Otto and Sons made a transition to become OSI industries to perceive the nature of its business better. This name change classified the about 75-year progress from a family butcher shop to a technically advanced organization working on the size of a producer. OSI also made leadership changes as Otto and Sons were in their retirement years. Mr. Sheldon Lavin who served as OSI investment consultant contributing in OSI capitalization efforts was asked to join OSI as a partner.

This change prompted a generous development stage that proceeds right up until today. It has made OSI industries one of the largest organizations in the United States. OSI was ranked at position 58 on the 2016 Forbes list of the largest private organizations with sales amounting to 6.1 billion dollars. OSI industries was operating a global network of processing plants by the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century. In 2016 OSI purchased a processing plant from Tyson Foods in Chicago to provide room for development and product diversification. OSI also acquired a stake in Baho Food, a Dutch producer of meat.

OSI Industries has recently won various awards including The 2016 Globe of Honour from the BSC, The 2016 California Green Business Award and 2018 Environmental Recognition Award from NAMI. Today OSI industries has 20,000 employees at 65 facilities in 17 countries worldwide.

 

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