OSI Industries started as a family-owned business in the early 1900s. It was founded as a meat market by Otto Kolschowsky. Otto was an immigrant from Germany who had a vision about the meat supply industry. He began simply by serving individual customers. This idea soon evolved into working with other food industry businesses and providing them with the meat product that they needed. Eventually he became a trusted supplier of meat to restaurants and supermarkets throughout the region. Otto Kolschowsky continued to run the business with his children and thus named the company Otto and Sons.
Otto and Sons thrived over the next few decades. By the 1950s Otto’s children were running the company full time. They eventually met with a business man named Ray Kroc. Ray Kroc was the CEO of the McDonald’s Organization. He was looking to expand his franchises into the Chicago, Illinois area and needed a meat supplier that he could trust to handle the McDonald’s workload. McDonald’s was using hundreds of meat suppliers to operate its nationwide business at this time. Otto and Sons joined the team and quickly stood out with the innovations that they brought to the meat manufacturing industry. They developed a division dedicated strictly to the needs of McDonald’s. This technique brought about the meat patty cutting machine and cryogenic freezing chambers. These tools allowed Otto and Sons to provide the production that was needed to support the huge operation that McDonald’s was running. Otto and Sons was then able to supply the product freshly to many locations.
Over time Otto and sons became McDonald’s number one meat supplier. This put them on an international level with the growing McDonald’s Organization. Around this time Otto and Sons would become known as OSI Industries. OSI Industries was listed by Forbes Magazine as the 58th largest privately owned company in the United States. They have a diverse client base that includes Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza, Starbucks and Subway. The growth of OSI Industries has forced them to implement an intricate hiring practice in order to keep the company on par with its worldwide clientele. There are talent recruiting bases in Poland, the Asian-Pacific, Hungary, United Kingdom and the Americas.
OSI Industries continues to show its willingness to push for growth. They acquired local meat manufacturer Tyson Foods. Tyson Foods had been a Chicago based operation for many years. The move prevented the company from shutting its doors, which would have cost nearly 500 people their jobs. OSI Industries was able to save these people from unemployment. Many of them were offered lateral positions on the OSI team.
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