OSI Industries dates back to the 20th century’s turn in 1909 when Otto Kolschowsky, a German-immigrant in Chicago, opened a butcher shop and retail meat market to serve the community in Oak Wood. After doing good business, he expanded into wholesale and started operating in Maywood. In 1928, he rebranded the company as Otto & Sons which continued to be stable and prosperous.
In 1955, Ray Kroc, a franchise agent for the McDonald couple, opened the first Illinois McDonald’s restaurant. Before starting the restaurant, he had agreed with Otto’s sons that they would be the fresh ground beef suppliers of the franchise. Ray later became the CEO of McDonald’s after buying out the couple and as the restaurant grew, so did Otto & Sons as their primary task became that of supplying beef to the local restaurants. Otto & Sons built a factory solely dedicated to the product line of McDonald’s. In 1975, the advancement in technology that changed the butcher shop into a manufacturing venture resulted in Otto & Sons becoming OSI Industries. Still, in 1975, the leadership also altered and Sheldon Lavin, who had been an investment consultant at Otto & Sons, joined the firm as a partner.
They concentrated its manufacturing capabilities alongside McDonald’s growth and as the restaurant entered the international market, so did OSI Industries. Sheldon became CEO and Chairman of the company in the 1980s, and his experience has led to significant growth that continues to date. The expansion and joint ventures that dominated the firm’s strategic growth plan in the 1980s and 1990s have led to OSI’s recognition as being among the most crucial food providers worldwide.
In the 2000s, OSI Industries began a poultry processing product line which commenced with Moy Pak’s acquisition in 1996. It bought Amick Farms, another poultry company, in 2006. In China, OSI entered a joint venture with Weihai Poultry in 2010 as well as another in2011 in Fujian province that became SunOSI. In the last five years, OSI has focused its expansion on Europe with the establishment of a processing plant in Poland in 2013, and joint ventures started in the UK and Germany in 2014. In 2016, it obtained a controlling stake in a Dutch meat manufacturer Baho Foods. OSI also bought Flagship, rebranded in 2018 as Creative Foods Europe. OSI Industries has also opened a research and development and won awards for efforts in environmental impact.
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