OSI Industries is a meat processing and wholesale foods company with holdings all across the US and an international presence that’s made it the 10th largest meat supplier in the world, and the 58th largest privately-owned company in the US. Its current net worth is $6.2 billion and it has about 55 processing plants total in its name, though there are additional subsidiary farms such as Amick Farms and Fair Oaks Farms and its also the parent of Nation Pizza and Foods. OSI Industries grew into the company it is today largely because of the main company they supply to the McDonald’s Corporation; but OSI is also led by men of high acumen and it’s invested in advanced food research capabilities.
The company is one of the oldest running meat wholesale companies in the US that was started back in 1909. Otto Kolschowsky moved to the Chicago area that year in hopes of having success providing for his family by opening an butcher shop and providing processed meats to various customers. Over the next 40 years that butcher shop became a meat center that became known as Otto & Sons, and its partnership with McDonald’s began in 1955. 20 years later after Sheldon Lavin came to the company and helped it open some large manufacturing plants, it was named OSI Industries. Three years later it opened first plant in Germany, and that became the start of OSI Europe and its flagship companies which have now added Baho Food and OSI Spain. OSI China began in the late 1980s and GenOSI in the Philippines opened its first plant in 1990.
OSI Industries has never truly left its roots because with every company they’ve acquired around the globe, they’ve taken the approach of adding the company’s managers and employees to the OSI family as opposed to taking a ground zero approach. This is in part because OSI Industries does want to get to know the local customers well, and building on a company’s relationship with those customers is one way to do it. But they also like to think of themselves as a family-run company even with their large size and as Lavin and President David McDonald would say, they don’t consider the company to be a top-run company. OSI Industries received a great honor from the British Safety Council in 2016 for top workplace safety practices known as the Globe of Honour.