OSI Industries came from a humble beginnings and is quickly becoming of the largest food providers across the world. The company employs 20,000 employees from 17 countries. In these 17 countries, they have 65 facilities. OSI Industries’ story starts with a man by the name of Otto Kolschowky. He moved from Germany to America. He opened a butcher shop in Chicago. He continued to see his business across Chicago. His business continued to grow and was rebranded as Otto & Sons. The Kolschowky’s sons, Arthur and Harry, joined into agreement with Ray Kroc to become the beef suppliers to his Illinois McDonald restaurant. Kroc bought out McDonald’s franchise rights and became CEO. The Kolschowky’s sons were now part of the McDonald corporation.
Kolschowky brothers continued to supply Kroc’s McDonald with fresh beef for their hamburgers. In the 1960’s, a new development was made in keeping food fresh. Food could be flash frozen with liquid nitrogen. This development would help the brothers to deliver fresh frozen beef to McDoanld restaurants. In 1975, the Kolschowky brothers opened up a food processing plant specifically to meet the needs of McDonald’s restaurants. Otto & Sons was quickly growing into a nationwide supplier. The name was changed to OSI industries in 1975. In that same year, Sheldon Lavin was hired as partner of OSI.
In the 1970’s, McDonalds continued to grow and OSI industries continued to grow right beside them. OSI built more facilities outside of Chicago to help keep up with McDoanlds growth. McDonalds was growing rapidly in the United States and started to globalize their brand. Both companies started opening in other countries, such as Germany (1978) and Spain (1980). As OSI continued to grow, Sheldon Lavin was Chairman and CEO of OSI Industries. OSI continued to growth and worldwide food industry. In 2016, Forbes listed OSI as 58th most profitable large company in the United States. They racked up $6.1 billion sales in that year alone. OSI continues to grow it brands outward with bussiness in South America, Asia and Europe. OSI is helping to create jobs in countries all across the world. OSI Industries is a symbol of hard work and planning ahead can pay off.