OSI Industries began as a meat market in the early nineteen hundreds. Its founder came to the United States from Germany and was looking to establish himself as a legitimate businessman in the new country. Otto Kolshowsky founded the meat market and ran it with his family in the Chicago area. He was able to establish relationships with other businesses in the area and soon became a trusted supplier of product. The company spread out to the suburbs of Chicago with a new facility in 1928. Otto Kolshowsky called his company Otto and Sons.
Otto and Sons came to the attention of Ray Kroc in the 1950’s. Ray Kroc was the leader of the thriving McDonald’s Corporation. He was looking for a trusted supplier of product as he pushed into the Illinois region. Otto and Sons was selected to take on the task. They had put themselves in a position to grow with the McDonald’s Corporation.
Otto and Sons expanded alongside the McDonald’s Corporation and was eventually selected to be one of its for primary meat suppliers. The company met this challenge by introducing new technology to the world of meat manufacturing. The meat patty cutting machine and cryogenic freezing chambers allowed the food manufacturer to save the McDonald’s Corporation a tremendous amount of money by shaving man hours and reducing waste.
Otto and Sons became OSI Industries in 1975. After seven decades of business the original founders were prepared to settle into retirement. Leaders at OSI knew that a different vision was needed to push the company in the desired direction. Sheldon Lavin was selected as Chairman and CEO. He led OSI Industries to international success.
OSI Industries establish itself as a groundbreaking player in food manufacturing by building a state-of-the-art meat processing plant in 1973. This project was dedicated to meeting the needs of the McDonald’s Corporation. However, at this point OSI was prepared to venture out and entertain other clients in the food industry. New facilities were opened in West, Jordan Utah as well as international locations in Brazil, Hungary, Mexico, Pacific Rim in Poland.
OSI Industries has continued to spread its influence by acquiring other organizations organizations in the industry such as Flagship Food Group and Baho Foods. Each of these businesses specialize in different aspects of the food manufacturing industry. This gives OSI the diversity needed to reach different markets in the industry.