The OSI company embodies the American dream perhaps more than any other company in existence today. It went from a small operation, founded by a German immigrant into a company that employs approximately 20,000 employees and 65 employees in 17 countries and has an OSI Group McDonalds partnership that has benefit both companies greatly.
In the early part of the 20th century, German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky opened a meat market and butcher shop in the Oak Park area of Chicago. By the end of the first world war he had moved into the wholesale part of the industry. The following decades were very successful for, what was now known as, Otto and Sons. They served the people of their community with a high level of quality and professionalism.
Otto and Sons saw another period of growth after the second World War. America’s suburbs were expanding and new businesses were thriving in the post-war economy. Ray Kroc began his enterprise around this time and fortuitously became acquainted with Otto Kolschowsky’s sons.
Ray Kroc was in the process of expanding a small, family run, restaurant named McDonald’s. Just before they opened the second location Kroc made a handshake deal with Otto and Sons to be the sole provider of fresh beef for all of the McDonald’s locations. The OSI Group McDonalds partnership began and grew from that handshake deal. The following decades saw great success for McDonalds and Otto and Sons, which was now known as OSI.
Advancements in technology allowed OSI to expand to supplying other types of food like sausage, pizza, and many more in addition to the OSI Group McDonalds partnership. Additionally, as McDonald’s expanded internationally OSI did as well. Their first international foray was into Germany which was followed by multiple subsequent expansions.
OSI Group has also won multiple awards for their environmental consciousness, including the 2016 California Green Business Award. OSI has adapted and thrived throughout its history and its leadership promises to continue that into the future. The OSI Group McDonalds partnership is one of the pinnacle partnerships in business history.