OSI Group began as a meat market in Illinois. Otto Kolschowsky was a German immigrant who launched his company in the early nineteen-hundreds. He started by supplying quality meat to individual customers around the Oak Park, Illinois area. He soon grew the business into a provider for other food organizations. Local restaurants and supermarkets relied on the upstart company for quality service. Otto named his company Otto and Sons in 1928.
Over the years the meat provider developed a solid reputation around the area for being the best in the industry. Some years later Otto and Sons would cross paths with Ray Kroc. Ray Kroc was the head of a fast-growing restaurant chain known as McDonald’s in the 1950s. Crop was looking to establish a presence in the Chicago, Illinois area and called on Otto and Sons to support him in his efforts. The relationship between the two companies grew strong over the years and eventually Otto and Sons became the primary meat supplier for the McDonald’s operation.
Otto and Sons eventually changed its name to OSI Group. The company has worldwide interests and is an equal opportunity employer. They have grown to acquire other companies such as Tyson Foods, Baho Foods and Flagship Europe. Their client base includes major chains such as Papa John’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Subway and Starbucks. Forbes listed OSI Group as one of the country’s largest private businesses with a revenue stream of over three billion dollars. OSI Group operates in several different areas with plants in Riverside, California, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, Iowa and West Chicago.
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