OSI Group is a large company that supplies food products to its huge customer base that exists all around the world. The company rose from a small meat market and butcher shop that was created by Otto Kolschowsky who was a German immigrant to Chicago, Illinois. Eventually, Otto began to offer wholesale services and and within ten years, he renamed his company Otto & Sons to recognize his two sons who had come aboard. It wasn’t long before Otto seized a huge opportunity, and this was to become one of McDonald’s first beef suppliers. Back then, McDonald’s was just getting started, so the two companies grew together over the years afterwards.
OSI Group, which was still named Otto & Sons at the time, slowly grew out of its role as a regional supplier and began the process to becoming a worldwide enterprise. It didn’t happen right away, but the relationships with McDonald’s moved the company in that direction, because it challenged Otto & Sons to come up with more innovative ways of transporting and producing the amounts of beef that the company required. Flash freezing-cryogenic food processing became a real thing during these times, and then the company decided to build a facility that was, exclusively, dedicated to McDonald’s.
In 1975, Otto & Sons officially renamed itself to OSI Group, and this happened during the time when the family-run business decided to hire outside help. This outside help came in the form of Sheldon Lavin who was originally an investment consultant for the company. The company opened its first facility outside of the Chicago area in 1977, and this facility was located in West Jordan, Utah. Many other facilities were opened in the United States after this, and then OSI made its first move to become a global company by opening a facility up in Germany as well as Spain.
OSI Group quickly expanded into a force to be reckoned with, and with Sheldon Lavin at the helm as CEO, there was no stopping it. Today, OSI is one of the largest food supply company’s in the world. It is listed as being a $6.1 billion company that is ranked in the 58th spot on the Forbes list of the largest private companies. Not only does the company plan on continuing its expansion all over the world but also in the United States where an abandoned Tyson Foods plant was recently.
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