The growth of OSI Group

OSI Group is a leading food manufacturing company in the world. The company has headquarters in Chicago, Illinois and a presence in over 17 countries. OSI Group has risen from a small butcher shop in Chicago into now a multinational worth over $6 billion. The company has been around since the early 1900s when a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky established it. From the butcher shop, the company expanded slowly inspired by the emergence of retail food supply franchises such as McDonald’s. In fact, it is the McDonald’s which have contributed largely to the success of OSI Group.

Around the 1950s, back then called Otto & Sons, the company was contracted by the newly established McDonald’s restaurant in Illinois to supply them with beef products. From the management of the founder- Otto, subsequent managers have not let down the dream of the founder. They have made the company what Otto himself would have loved to accomplish. The current management is headed by CEO Sheldon Lavin and President David McDonald.

The success of the OSI Industries can largely be attributed to two things. One is the establishment of food retail chain businesses in the country and the second is a revolution in technology. As the food business for McDonald’s grew so did the pressure on OSI industries to supply food products. It reached a point where they had to supply food products to far places. Food preservation and mass production became a necessity. Luckily at the same time, more advanced methods of food preservation were introduced. This meant the company would supply food products to all areas where McDonald’s had restaurants.

The management of OSI Group has been instrumental in the growth of the company. Right from the founder and his two sons, they took advantage of the deal established with the McDonald’s to boost their growth. Since this deal, it has been a continuous process of development. The company started building its food manufacturing plant to meet the huge demand for products. The first plant was built in Illinois in 1975. Others have been opened in different parts of the United States and now in other regions. There are some in Europe and China. In total, the company has 65 facilities all dedicated to food supply. OSI industries major in protein foods such as pork, beef, and chicken products. They do not normally sell their products in retail; they supply food chain companies.

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