OSI Industries evolved from a small meat market in the Chicago area during the early 1900s. The company was known as Otto and Sons. It was founded by a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky. Otto Kolschowsky ran the business with his family and established it as a reliable source of meat products for every type of food organization within the area. Otto eventually turned the operation of the company over to his sons. His children continued the methods of success that made the company respected in the very beginning.
The sons later met Ray Kroc. Ray was a leader of the fast-growing McDonald’s Corporation. He was looking to expand his restaurants in the Chicago area and needed a meet provider that could handle the workload. He made a business arrangement with Otto and Sons and the relationship grew to an international level. Otto and Sons introduced several innovative business practices that made them stand out from the other meat suppliers that McDonald’s was using at the time. They were the first to bring cryogenic freezing into the fast food industry. Otto and Sons also introduced the meat patty cutting machine.
The patty cutting machine catered to the specific needs of the McDonald’s Corporation. Cryogenic freezing allowed them to store large amounts of product and deliver them freshly to their number one client. Otto and Sons went so far as to build an entire factory dedicated to the meat patty forming machine and cryogenic freezing tunnels. Before long they were tapped to be the exclusive provider of meat to the McDonald’s Corporation. The relationship with McDonald’s took the company to an international level. Soon after they became known as OSI Industries.
In 2011 OSI Industries was named the 136th largest privately owned company in the United States with an annual revenue of 3 billion dollars. This position rose to number 58 on the list by 2016 with annual revenue of 6.1 billion dollars. The company continues to grow and make acquisitions that spread its influence throughout the world. It acquired European food manufacturers Flagship Food Group and Baho Foods in an effort to solidify its operating capabilities in the European region. Both of these companies have subsidiary companies of their own which will help OSI Industries develope a unique place within the market.
OSI Industries operates plants in 17 different countries. It is spread throughout the United States and exist in different areas such as Oakland, Riverside California, Utah, Wisconsin and Chicago. OSI also acquired the chicago-based food manufacturer Tyson Foods. This purchase was made in order to save nearly 500 jobs at Tyson Foods. Many of the employees at the longtime Chicago meat manufacturer were offered jobs at OSI Industries.