OSI Industries: An American story

Beginning with its humble roots in the 20th century, OSI Group has captured the true meaning of making it in America. With the influx of German immigrants also came incredible talent. Otto Kolschowsky would find himself in Chicago Il during the best time in economic growth. Within two years Otto would open up his first meat shop in the city, not too long after the end of the post-war economic boom, the business took off expanding to other districts of the city and rebranding itself to Otto and Sons.

With OSI industries building itself a reputation of quality and respect it is no surprise why Ray Kroc (Founder of Mcdonalds) would seek the services of OSI industries. With a verbal agreement and a shake of a hand, OSI industries along with Mcdonalds hamburgers would together grow immensely in the following decades. Although providing food for the largest fast-food franchise in history wasn’t enough, OSI Industries would take it a step forward by implementing the latest food technology of its time in the form of cryogenic freezing. Due to this innovation, Mcdonalds was able to keep to their franchisees’ promise of delivering a consistent product.

Today, OSI Industries is led by (COO)David Mcdonalds. David grew up on an Iowa farm where he learned discipline and the meaning of days hard work. He would later go on to graduate from ISU with a bachelors in animal science and was recognized for his outstanding academic achievements and engagement in the community. David Mcdonalds sits at the top of OSI, however, he still takes time to give back to the community. With giving back to the University that educated him in actively involving himself in the school’s entrepreneurship programs to donating scholarship money for those in need, David Mcdonalds has lived up to the OSI name. When asked why the company doesn’t showcase their success and community outreach he simply said, “We are not a group that trumpets our own success, we enjoy supporting our customers and like to maintain a low profile”. OSi Industries truly demonstrates the humbleness and steadiness that they preach.