OSI Group is a leading international manufacturing and food processing company.
Two centuries and two generations down the line, OSI Group is now a leading international manufacturing and packaging company dealing meat and food services. The firm was founded by an immigrant from German Otto Kolschowky in 1909 and was a family business by then. The company was named Otto & Sons and made a name for themselves for providing quality meat products for Illinois. In 1955, the company became the primary supplier of ground beef patties for the newly opened branch of McDonald’s in Des Plaines.
The founder of McDonald’s Roy Kroc formalized the deal with a handshake between him and the two sons of Otto Kolschowsky. The relationship between the heirs of the two firms was a highly valued one. In 1960 the fresh food business experienced a revolution because of the introduction of cryogenic food processing method. Otto & Son’s was among the four leading companies to supply beef to the McDonald’s restaurants. In the year 1975, the company changed its name to OSI Group after Sheldon Lavin joined the executive leadership of the firm.
In the same period, a different unit for supplying meat to local restaurants and supermarkets was formed. Also, the company exclusively provided their products to McDonald’s, and both companies expanded their wings hand in hand. OSI Group has been featured in the Forbes magazine with the evaluation of their revenues as of 2011 cumulatively adding up to $3 billion and being listed as the 136th largest privately owned organization in America.
Since then, the company has achieved tremendous growth, and as of 2016, the company was listed as #58 o Forbes with a net worth of $6.1billion. The firm has its operations based in areas such as Utah, Chicago, California, Lowa and West Jordan. OSI group also has their facilities in other continents with most of their facilities located in continents such as Asia-Pacific, North America and the regions of western and Eastern Europe.
The products of the OSI Group include pizza, poultry, fish, vegetables, meat patties and products of dough. OSI Group has been a crucial supplier to other fast food brands of western roots in China such as Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza, Starbucks, and Subway. OSI Group has been recognized for their achievements over the years and has been honored with several awards. The awards the company prides itself on are those associated with the managing of safety and health risks and also the diligent management of the environment.
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