The OSI Industries is ranked among the largest providers in the world of perishable items. OSI Group is part of modern-day economy, and its meteoric rise to being one of largest providers of food should be credited to the 20K folks that are employed by OSI Group in over 65 warehouse centers in a little less than 20 different countries spread out globally. Many people ask whether OSI Industries can be traced back to immigrants who came to the United States and it must be admitted that its founders were German immigrants of Chicago. Chicago was a largely German population in 1914 and it was there that most German immigrants settled. OSI Group acquires Baho Food.
Otto Kolchowsky, only a couple of years after landing on the shores of America, settled into becoming a small meat packer in Chicago German immigrant community. It was Oak Park, Chicago neighborhood. Kolchowsky loved his work and took it up with a passion. For the next decade he expanded his business and grew into nearby Maywood. It was early 1909 and Kolchowsky worked throughout the end of the First World War to establish his meat packing business, never giving up on his dream that he could expand his small family business. Before 1930 Otto Kolchowsky had established what would later become OSI Industries as Otto & Sons, a dream come true for the German immigrant.
One of the stellar events between the sons of Otto Kolchowsky and Ray Kroc, would have a monumental effect on the history of OSI Industries and that was when Ray Kroc agreed to do business with Arthur and Harry Kolchowsky of before he opened his first McDonalds. OSI Industries would be the major providers for the budding global brand, McDonalds. In short, the Kolchhovsky brothers had placed the original business founded by their Father in an ever-growing expansion cycle with that one handshake with Ray Kroc.
Within a couple of decades of that first handshake with Ray Kroc the Kolchovsky Brothers introduced flash freezing into the mix of how the company did processing of food and allowed large amounts of meats they processed for the largest of consumer companies to be transported from one end of the country to the other.
When McDonald’s decided to consolidate his food chain from one hundred packers to 3-4, the Kolchovsky Brothers had made all the right steps in preparation for the consolidation and it was then that OSI International Group became a reality.
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