The story of OSI Industries is a real life tale of American possibilities and potential. It all began in the early 20th century, when a German immigrant from Chicago, Otto Kolschowsky, opened a neighborhood meat market and butcher shop. Several years later, he expanded the business into wholesale operations. Business continued to be good, and in 1928 was given the name, Otto and Sons. For decades, Otto and Sons served their local community as a dependable local business. The path of the company changed in the 50’s when Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s in Illinois. Kroc asked Otto and Sons to be the fresh ground beef supplier for his restaurant. While this probably seemed like normal business at the time, the future of this partnership was headed for greater success than either could have realized at the time.
As McDonald’s continued to grow into one of the most recognized brands in the world, Otto and Sons kept supplying the ever increasing demand. Eventually, keeping up with this demand became their main business. McDonald’s prided itself on providing consistent products to its customers, and long distance transportation of meat products began to be an issue. Fortunately flash freezing became an option around this time and saved the partnership that led to global success for both companies. In 1975, Otto and Sons became OSI Industries, a company under rapid expansion. Around this time, Sheldon Lavin joined the company, and later became chairman and CEO.
OSI was ranked number 58 on Forbes list of largest private companies in 2016.Today, OSI Industries is one of the world’s largest food providers, and continues to actively expand operations. In 2016, OSI purchased a new processing facility and storage warehouse to facilitate further growth, acquired a controlling stake in Baho Food, a convenience food manufacturer, and purchased Flagship Europe, a UK food service provider. The expansion continued in 2017 as OSI Industries added a high capacity production line to a facility in Spain, allowing increased production of chicken products, which are in high demand in the area. OSI has over 100 years of experience, and continues to adapt to meet the global product demand.