OSI, a name that you may not be familiar with, but has affected the food service industry significantly since its birth in 1907. Being the sole supplier of one of the largest names in fast food can certainly earn some influence in that specific industry, and grant a company many opportunities to branch it’s influence outwards. In 1907, Otto Kolschowsky never knew that his small meat market would blossom into a multi-million dollar company. An immigrant newly arrived from Germany, Kolschowsky immediately set about supporting his family with a small market, taking the name Otto and Sons for the upstart company. The small company quickly made a name for itself by supplying top quality meat products at an affordable price.
Otto and Son’s attracted the attention of a small burger chain owned by a pair of brothers by the name of McDonald. Otto and Son’s accepted the contract of supplying the restaurant with beef, and this decision would prove to be the making of the company. The implementation of cryo freezing food to ensure longevity in the 60s led to an explosion of growth amongst fast food, and McDonalds was at the forefront. Otto and Son’s was fortunate to remain with McDonalds, as all but 4 of their original beef providers were dropped. In 1975, Otto and Son’s officially changed its name to OSI Industries, later changing it to the OSI Group as it began to assimilate other food service or foodstuff production companies around the world.
One of OSI’s latest acquisitions has been the dutch manufacturing company known as Baho Foods. The company is well known for its production of convenience snacks, such as chips and pretzels. With the acquisition of the dutch company, the american based company continues to expand into Europe, strengthening the influence it already has across the globe. Looking more locally, OSI also acquired a new production facility. The old Tyson Food plant, located in Chicago, measures at 200,000 square feet of production floor, which will surely allow OSI to expand its american production capabilities, while growing its international production along with it.
This even growth will allow the company to great expand in size further solidifying its place in the country as a significant company.OSI’s modern day success, tied with its humble beginning paint a picture of a company of incredible ability, and a company that should certainly be watched in the coming years.
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