OSI Industries: The rise to the top of the meat processing market

From humble beginnings in the year 1909, an immigrant of German origin, Otto Kolschowski opened the doors to his small meat selling outlet in Oak Park, Illinois. Over the years, Otto grew his butchery into a wholesale meat supplier that is gradually evolving into the large company it is today. With 65 outlets spread across seventeen nations of the world, OSI industries employ over 20000 people.

OSI Background Information

OSI Group acquires Baho Food. Kolschowski immigrated to Chicago in the early 1900’s, at a time when German immigrants comprised approximately a quarter of the population in Chicago. He settled for a small family meat market in a little room to supply meat to his neighborhood, two years after his arrival.

Kolschowski would later on at the end of the First World War grow his business from retail to wholesale. Consequently, he moved on to bigger premises in another suburb of Chicago, Maywood. The company rebranded to Otto & sons in 1928, when Kolschowski involved his sons in the running and management of the company.

The big break

In the year 1955, Ray Kroc opened the first Mcdonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois. In what would prove to be a defining moment for Otto & sons meat processing venture, they signed on as the supplier of fresh ground beef patties. Otto & sons accepted Ray’s offer to be among the four meat suppliers for Mcdonalds.

Exponential Growth

The growth of the Mcdonalds chain of restaurants to global heights would propel Otto & sons to the next level. Demand for hamburgers and other meat products was on the rise, prompting the Company to acquire a new plant in West Chicago. It was fitted with cutting-edge technology and specially developed machines for meat preservation and packaging. Inspired by the rapid expansion of the company, Otto & sons changed the name to OSI industries in 1975.

Under sound management and increase in profits, OSI industries later moved on to acquire more meat processing plants in the United States. It was only a matter of time until they expanded into Eastern and Western Europe, Asia-pacific region and South America.

OSI’s products include Bacon, fish, pork, meat patties, pizza, vegetable, and dough products. Today, there are approximately 11 meat plants in the USA alone.

Awards and recognition

The British safety council awarded OSI industries the Globe of Honor award in 2016. The BSC also recognized OSI in 2018 with an Award of Merit at the International Safety Awards.

Bigger Than Ever: OSI Food Solutions

Have you ever heard of a company that’s known as OSI Food Solutions? Are you generally interested in professional food services? If you haven’t heard anything about this company, then you’re totally not alone. OSI Food Solutions may not be a household name, but it has probably provided some of the food that’s consumed at your home. This particular company is definitely global thanks to its more than 60 factories and facilities. Test kitchens, pilot plants, offices and culinary-innovation centers is what this company is comprised of. Let’s dig in a bit deeper to see why OSI is bigger and better than ever.

OSI Food Solutions has found itself at the top of its class for a multitude of reasons. One of the more important reasons for the company’s success has come from evolution. OSI has certainly been able to evolve with the times, and it’s always updating its structure to meet the demands of today’s society. At the company’s Spain location, OSI has been able to successfully boost its output in chicken production. Higher output is definitely an important metric of any company. By implementing high-capacity production lines into its system, OSI has gone from producing 12,000 tons of chicken to producing over 24,000 tons of chicken. This particular output has occurred in only a year’s time. The company spent $17 million euros to accomplish this feat. More production can mean more jobs in the future.

In 2016, OSI Food Solutions purchased one of Tyson Foods’ Chicago-based plants for more than $7 million. This purchase has awarded the company with an extra 200,000 square-feet of space. In addition to that, the former Tyson’s plant is located in close proximity to other OSI plants. This was surely a brilliant move, and OSI Food Solutions was able to retain many of the plant’s former employees.

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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.