OSI Industries: Recap Gazette Day Article

The Transformation of Otto & Sons

OSI Industries is a global food provider with facilities located in 17 different countries. The facilities combined have a 20,000-employee count. OSI Industries has not always been the large food supplier that they are today. This is a company that has been growing since the 1900s and is still on a continual up rise. The history of the company is deeply rooted in American immigration.

A German immigrant by the name of Otto Kolschowsky, began his business as a small retail store that provided meat for the community. In the year 1909, the company got its start in Oak Park, Chicago. After the start of the company, business thrived for ten years. As the decade came to an end Kolschowsky was able to expand his business into another Chicago suburb. By the year 1928, the family business was renamed Otto & Sons.

This small business was a very important component to the American community and it has thrived for decades. In 1955, the first McDonald’s restaurant was established in Des Plaines, Illinois. Before its grand opening, it was agreed that Otto & Sons would be the franchise’s ground beef provider.

As the McDonald’s franchise boomed in business, Otto & Sons followed close behind. The top priority of Otto & Sons had transformed into being the supplier for all regional McDonald’s restaurants.

Later Otto & Sons transitioned into the global corporation, OSI Industries. OSI Industries would be a supplier for both local and international food chains. Ray Kroc, the owner of the McDonald’s franchise, thought it was imperative that each restaurant’s food product was consistent from one franchise to the other. This would allow each customer to experience the same quality and favorable taste of food no matter which McDonald’s restaurant a customer chose to eat from.

With the integrations of modern technology, in an effort to ensure that the food is safe and produced at a high quality, OSI Industries has been able to develop high caliber client relations. Products are manufactured globally across the world to meet the needs of not only the McDonald’s franchise but other well known restaurant franchises as well.