OSI Group is the example of a company that has embraced change and evolved with the times. It began as a family-owned business in the early nineteen hundreds. OSI was originally known as Otto and Sons. Otto Kolschowsky founded the organization and ran the business with his family. It was a meat market operating out of the Chicago area that supplied local food service establishments with their product. Otto and Sons became a standout organization over time. Otto Kolschowsky eventually passed the business over to his children. In the 1950’s Otto and Sons was discovered by McDonald’s Corporation CEO Ray Kroc. Ray Kroc was ready to expand his restaurant business into the Illinois area and needed meat supplier that he could trust. He chose Otto and Sons.
This turned out to be a working relationship that would last for decades. Otto and Sons experienced tremendous growth along with McDonald’s. Their success paralleled one another. The former meat market would go on to produce groundbreaking technology such as the meat patty cutting machine and cryogenic freezing chambers. Otto and Sons became the primary supplier of meat to McDonald’s. There production soon reached a national level. The original founders of Otto and Sons settled into retirement. In the 1960’s and 70’s the company started to take on international business. At this point Otto and Sons became OSI Group and started to spread its influence throughout the food manufacturing industry.
OSI Group now has several other major restaurant chains as clients such as Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza, Subway and Starbucks. There are 65 plants operating in 17 different countries. OSI has maintained a steady pace of expansion for over 100 years. The company was listed by Forbes as the 58th largest privately owned company in the world. Leaders at OSI believe that the company’s private status allows it to make the kind of moves that set it apart from other food manufacturing organizations. OSI Group leaders take their hiring process very seriously. They are interested in people who want to be with the company long term. Trustworthy staff is the backbone of longevity and success at OSI Group.