OSI Industries a Leading Global Supplier of Meat Products

OSI Industries is a privately held food processing corporation that was founded by a German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky in 1909. The international company headquarters is based in Chicago Illinois and for over a century now has grown to be a leading meat processing firm. OSI today boasts of tremendous growth in its operations and has a presence in over 17 countries, provides employment to more than 20,000 people and operates more than 65 facilities globally. OSI specializes in the production of value-added protein products such as sausages, Pizzas, and hamburgers among others. The firm’s products are packaged and sold to leading retail and food services companies such as supermarkets and restaurants.

OSI Industries has continued to show tremendous growth with a broader range of products coming under its banner such as non-meat products. The people behind OSI success are the firm’s Chairman and CEO Sheldon Lavin and David McDonald who serves as the firm’s President. The two are the brains behind OSI recent new acquisitions and expansion plans both locally and internationally.

OSI industries as part of its local expansion strategy recently acquired Tyson Food Plants at a tune of 7.4 million dollars. Tyson Food was about to close its operation as a result of it going bankrupt. The closure of the plant would lead to massive loss among the local community as the plant provided employment to more than 500 people. OSI Group rescued the closure through the acquisition of the firm and promised to retain the majority of the workers. The purchase was significant to OSI as the 200,000 square foot facility proximity was close to the other Chicago facilities. In a statement after the acquisition OSI North America senior executive vice president Kevin Scott said the facility would help enhance the firm’s capabilities of meeting the rapidly growing needs of OSI customers. Scott added that the firm is excited to have purchased the facility as it will help expand OSI manufacturing network.

Besides Tyson Food Plant acquisition OSI Industries has also made several other international acquisitions which include the Dutch-based Baho Foods. The purchase of Baho Food is meant to open the OSI market in Europe.

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OSI Group McDonalds: The History of a Modern Franchise

Currently, the OSI Group McDonalds is celebrating over 100 years of food processing innovation, a journey that started from a corner butchery shop to becoming a leading multinational food provider that has 65 facilities and over 20,000 employees in 17 countries. The rise of OSI Group McDonalds is part of the American Economic History of the 20th Century.

People of German descent at the turn of the 20th century made up a quarter of the Chicago, Illinois population. It is through Otto Kolschowsky, a member of the thriving German Community in Chicago at the time, that the OSI Group McDonalds is deeply rooted in the American Immigrant history. The city at the time of review was serving as an entry point of immigrants and as a center of industrialization for the nation.

Two years after arriving in the U.S, Kolschowsky opened a retail meat market and butcher shop aiming to serve his community. The business thrived, and in 1918 he expanded to wholesale and moved the enterprise to Maywood, a Chicago suburb. Two decades after its inception the enterprise was to follow a family-business immigrant specific trend and be renamed, Otto & Sons.

The sprouting of the modern suburbs brought about by the post-war economic expansion across the U.S released the held in demand and inventiveness in businesses. This lead to two small sized family businesses coming together, with Ray Kroc opening the first McDonalds in 1940 as an agent franchise for Richard and Maurice McDonald. The “Des Plaines” was the first expansion move by McDonald’s using the franchise model, and at the time, the concept was only taking hold in the US.

Before Kroc’s opening of the OSI Group McDonalds, he had made a previous agreement with Otto Kolschowsky’s sons to be the franchise’s first suppliers of fresh ground meat. This development in a few years would lead Kroc to buy out the McDonalds and go on to become the Chief Executive Officer of the McDonalds corporation, establishing the modern blueprint franchise model known today. Having Otto and Sons on board as the primary suppliers, the company was to become the current well-recognized brand.

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