OSI Industries began its run of success in the early 1900s. Otto Kolschowsky came to the United States from Germany with a dream of building his own company. He began the journey in the Chicago area. Otto worked slowly to develop relationships and establish his company within the local community. By 1928 the family-owned business known as Otto and Sons had spread out to include a new facility in another suburb of Chicago.
Otto and Sons would go on to build a working relationship with the McDonald’s Corporation. This came about in the 1950s when Ray Kroc was looking to move his empire into the Illinois area. Ray Kroc had founded the franchise business model in the United States and it was quickly taking hold in the fast food industry. The McDonald’s Corporation chose Otto and Sons to be there provider of meat within the area. The business was being led by Arthur and Harry who were the descendants of the original founder. The local family-owned company was about to experience a tremendous explosion of growth.
Otto and Sons rose to the occasion for the McDonald’s Corporation by bringing new innovation to the food manufacturing industry. They introduced cutting-edge technology such as a meat patty cutting machine and cryogenic freezing chambers. These tools revolutionized the fast food business by making products ready-made for the restaurants and easy to store large amounts.
In 1975 Otto and Sons became known as OSI Industries. The company was nearly seven decades old and had grown to an international level. OSI continued to change and evolve while the original owners were heading into retirement. Sheldon Lavin had been a longtime consultant with the organization and was prepared to guide the it to future success.
OSI Industries solidified its place in the food manufacturing industry by building a state-of-the-art meat processing plant in 1973. The plant was originally envisioned in order to support the tremendous demand put on the organization by the McDonald’s Corporation. The new factory would spark another level of growth around the United States. OSI Industries also began to spread in other areas of the world such as Brazil, Mexico, Hungary Poland and the Pacific Rim.
OSI Industries is an award-winning organization for its meticulous processes and attention to detail. It was given the Globe of Honor award by the British Safety Council in 2016. OSI is also the 58th largest privately owned company in the United States according to Forbes Magazine. This was announced in 2016. OSI is a believer in growth in order to provide the best product to his clients.