With OSI Industries comes a story with evidence of the 20th century American economic evolution and history. It was founded by German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky, part of the quarter of people that made up Chicago, Illinois at the time. This was at Oak Park, Chicago in 1909. The company has evolved from a small retail butchery to an organization that has deserved the ranking of the likes of Forbes. They were placed at position 58 in the most significant private organizations, banking sales revenues of 6.1 billion dollars.
The journey to growth continues as Otto moves to Maywood, Chicago within a decade and by the end of the First World War. He runs from retail dealing with wholesale dealing. In 1928, he incorporated his sons to become a family business, and it was branded, Otto & Sons. The company gained stability, and even after the Second World War, it was still standing and successfully running. Still, on an upward trajectory, Otto & Sons formed an alliance that would act like rocket fuel to their business.
This was after the post-war economic expansion when they agreed to supply to Ray Croc’s McDonald’s. Ray had bought the brand and restaurant out from a couple in which he was their franchise Agent. The couple was Richard and Maurice McDonald. Before he opened the first McDonald’s in 1955, Ray and Arthur & Harry Kolchowsky, had a handshake agreement to become the franchise’s primary ground beef supplier.
With the business, McDonald’s brought, there were technological breakthroughs and more significant steps of expansion. They incorporated cryogenic food processing where liquid nitrogen was used to freeze food quickly. This came with the perks of cost reduction and development. In 1973, Otto & Sons developed a plant equipped with the updated technology solely dedicated to serving McDonald’s.
The other businesses were separated and served under the Glenrock Brand. With this long-standing relationship, Otto & Sons became one of the four core suppliers of the franchise. It changed its name to OSI for better recognition of the nature of its business. As McDonald’s broke into the global market, OSI Industries followed suit venturing into almost every continent from Europe, Australia, Asia, and South America it’s first no family CEO, Sheldon Lavin led its first global ventures, as Otto & Sons approached retirement.
OSI Industries started out in their founder’s root of origin, Germany in 1978 and expanded to Spain in 1980. Recently expanding to even the chicken business, other giant food franchises have also enlisted the supplying services of OSI Industries. They include Papa John’s, Burger King, Subway, Starbucks, and Yum. Its business has been steadfast and unwavering due to its consistent dedication to their customer’s satisfaction and satisfaction for over a century.
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