June 24, 2018 · Business Leader, Company

OSI Group is a famous production and food processing company that has been in existence for the past 100 years. The company was established in Chicago in 1909 and has remained committed to providing outstanding services to its clients. At a century old, OSI Group has expanded to open branches in other parts of the world. It also boasts of an increased number of employees who have been performing exemplary well for many years. Through this journey, we want to understand what has made the company remain relevant in the limelight for the past years. The company’s roots date back to the early 20th century during the German migration to Chicago. During this time, Otto Kolschowsky a member of the German community saw a need of developing a small shopping market where people of his community would buy meat. He established a meat retail market in 1909 which performed well in the first 10 years of its operations. Later after the First World War, Otto Kolschowsky expanded his business to other parts of the Chicago town.
The company continued making strides in the provision of excellent services and after the Second World War, the company changed its name to Otto & Sons. Due to modernization experienced after the second world wars, the new restaurant started developing in Chicago. The first McDonald’s restaurant was opened in Chicago in 1955. The company signed an agreement with the Otto & Sons to supply them with meat. As such, this was the breakthrough of the company that would later transform into OSI Group. With the emergence of a cutting-edge technological advancement, the company was tasked with supplying McDonald’s restaurants with quality meat that would satisfy customer needs. The sprouting of restaurants across the world meant that the OSI Group would diversify ways of transporting quality food products over a long distance to reach the expanding market.
The good corporation between the two companies’ saw OSI Group built one of the most sophisticated and state of the art facility in West Chicago. The facility was used to freeze hamburger patties which are a favorite McDonald’s restaurants delicacy. Due to the advanced technological changes, the company changed its name to OSI Industries in 1975. It has continued growing fast and in 1979, they opened the first plant outside Chicago. This signified the spirit of expansion and later moved to other parts of the region including Utah, West Jordan, and North America. OSI Group Buys Former Tyson Foods Plant in Chicago

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