The Story Of OSI Industries Is Also The Successful Story Of An Immigrant To The U.S.A.

In the last decade or so, OSI Industries has continued to grow as a leader in the food industry. From chicken products, pizza, hamburger and hamburger patties, sausage links, and many other kinds of foods, the company offers its clients range of customizable options to satisfy their customers. In 2010, the company opened up a new beef production plant in Japan and two new facilities in India. More recently, OSI expanded into the European market with its purchase of Baho Food and Flagstaff Europe. It also opened up a plant in 2013 in Poland and started a joint venture with EDEKA, which is a Gemran supermarket chain. In 2016, OSI opened up a regional office in the city of Gersthofen, which is in Germany, and the OSI Select Ready Foods brand was created in 2014 through a joint venture with Select Ready Foods in Edmonton, Alberta. Presently, OSI employs more than 20,000 people and operates 65 plants in 17 different countries.

No one would have imagined that OSI Industries would become the global force it is today when it first began. In fact, the company began as a small meat market and butcher shop in the west side of Chicago that was put together by the German immigrant, Otto Kolschowsky. It only took ten years or so before his business began to expand, and that expansion saw him get into the wholesale aspect of business. In 1928, he renamed the business Otto & Sons due to the fact that his sons had joined him in the operation. OSI Industries remained an important part of Chicago for many years and then began to expand at a faster pace after the fast food company McDonald’s began to purchase their meat products from it. OSI Group acquires Baho Food. Later on, innovations in the food industry allowed Otto & Sons to begin to store and transport more beef and a new plant was erected that was solely dedicated to the McDonald’s Corporation.

Around the same time period that the McDonald’s plant was built, OSI Industries decided to hire outside help. Before this, the company had been led solely by the two brothers and the father but now needed outside help as it was expanding quickly. They hired Sheldon Lavin, and he began to grow the company even faster. The company constructed its first plant outside of Chicago and built more of them later on. During the late 1970’s and 1980’s OSI built its first global facilities in Germany and Spain. Sheldon took over as the company’s CEO and Chairman in the early 1980’s, and the rest is history.

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