The OSI Group have become one of the largest food providers in the world as of 2018. They have utilized technological advances in the food industry to provide more than 20,000 jobs to employees at over 65 facilities in countries all over the world. Though they may be leaders in the food industry, they did not start out this way. The OSI group has a long and interesting history that can be considered an inspiration to any startup company. Here is a brief history on how the group became the pioneers of the food industry that they are today.
A German Immigrant named Otto Kotschowsky ventured to Chicago at the turn of the 20th century, and would open a small butcher shop in his community that would become a prized venue for quality meats. After a decade of growth, he would re-brand his shop as Otto & Sons in 1928. The shop would become very prosperous for the Kotschowsky family and would soon grow into something much larger than any of them could have ever imagined.
Once in a Lifetime Opportunity
Fast food history would be made in 1955 when Ray Kroc would open the very first McDonald’s restaurant. McDonald’s created a system to quickly produce hamburgers for their hungry customers called the “Speedy Delivery Line”. The idea was an immediate success and McDonald’s would soon take off financially. However, Kroc was missing a reliable meat distributor. Enter Arthur and Harry, the sons of Otto Kotschowsky. They had taken over the business for their father, and would soon make a deal to become Kroc’s trusted distributor. Now that McDonald’s had a supply of meat, the corporation would experience exponential growth over the next few years across America.
Otto & Sons would re-brand themselves as The OSI Group after they had grown in tandem with McDonald’s. However, The OSI Group would have to rely on advanced food production technology in order to meet production demands. A production plant specifically built for the group would appear in 1973 to help create quality beef for McDonald’s. The facility was built with state of the art production lines designed to withstand the massive workload the company had to endure. Today, the group still produces for McDonald’s, and has branched out to other food companies as well. The future is bright for The OSI Group and shows no signs of slowing down for the company that was built on integrity and more