OSI Group is a multi-billion-dollar food distribution company that has its humble beginnings in Oak Park, Illinois. The company was founded as a meat market by Otto Kolsckowsky in the early 1900’s. Otto was a forward thinker who was able to develop his company into a leading distributor of meat within the Oak Park area.
Over the years he developed a reputation for delivering a great product. He named his company Otto and Sons. Otto and Sons became the leading supplier of meat in Illinois. They were eventually discovered by Ray Kroc. Ray Kroc was the CEO of McDonald’s. McDonald’s was looking to open its first restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois in the 1950’s. He chose Otto and Sons to be his meat supplier for the region. Otto and Sons introduced several innovations that won the favor of the McDonald’s CEO. Cryogenic freezing was a new concept that allowed the meat supplier to maintain large amounts of product on hand. These capabilities catered to the tremendous need for meat by the growing restaurant franchise. Otto and Sons also introduced the patty cutting machine. Otto and Sons would be its exclusive meat provider.
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Otto & sons became OSI Industries in 1975. The company expanded its operations to include other fast food chains such as Papa John’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Subway. There are 65 plants operating in 17 different countries. The company is an equal opportunity employer and conducts recruiting operations in the UK, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Asian Pacific and the United States.
Forbes named OSI group as the 136 largest privately owned company in the United States. OSI recently purchased Tyson Foods. It was an attempt to expand operations and save several hundred jobs at the Tyson Food plant.
More information about OSI Group at http://www.osigroup.com/about-us/