OSI Group is an industry-leading food manufacturer. The company has been in business for over 100 years and continues to deliver the excellence that it was noted for from the very beginning. OSI Group has its roots in the Chicago area. It began as a family-owned organization that was founded by a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky. Otto called his company Otto and Sons. They supplied meat to local food businesses. Over the years Otto and Son gained notoriety and became a trusted provider of product.
In the 1950’s Otto and Sons was discovered by McDonald’s Corporation CEO Ray Kroc. Ray Kroc was moving his enterprise into the Illinois area and needed a meat supplier. He chose Otto and Sons to be one of several hundred suppliers for his nationwide organization. Otto and Sons stepped up to the challenge and immediately set themselves apart from its contemporaries in the industry. Before long Ray Kroc selected Otto and Sons to be the number one supplier of meat to his organization.
Otto and Sons built a state-of-the-art meat processing plant in order to accommodate the responsibilities of the McDonald’s contract. The facility featured several innovative touches such as the meat patty cutting machine and cryogenic freezing chambers. These were two innovations that catered to the specific needs of the McDonald’s Corporation. They saved the restaurant giant a tremendous amount of man hours. The cryogenic freezing chambers also allowed Otto and Sons to store large amounts of product to supply the massive needs of McDonald’s.
Otto and Sons became known as OSI Group by the 1960’s. The company began making international business transactions outside of its relationship with McDonald’s. It currently has working relationships with other food franchises such as Papa John’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Subway. There are 65 facilities operating in 17 countries around the world. OSI Group was ranked as the 58th largest privately owned company in the world by Forbes Magazine.