How the Company Began
Currently ranked as one of the largest privately owned meat processing company in the United States, OSI Food Solutions was started in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky. Mr. Kolschowsky was originally from German and started his meat business two years after settling down in his local area in Chicago. The business continued to flourish and with time he expanded to open another of its branch that would supply both in retail and wholesale at Maywood, Chicago. What’s more, as a determined businessman, Mr. Kolschowsky would then transform his business into a fully-fledged company in which he did in 1928, branding it as Otto & Sons.
Moreover, Otto & Sons Company continued to grow exponentially and focussed in providing quality meat products, which saw it become a major partner to one of the largest food chains at the time. This was a game changer for the company as having partnered with the McDonald’s, a strong food chain brand that is successful to date, meant favorable outcomes for the business. Besides, the deal was closed in 1955, after a businessman by the name Ray Kroc from Illinois acquired the rights to franchise for the McDonald’s through his business that involved selling of burgers. Otto & Sons Company again benefited from this as they became the primary supplier of ground beef patties to the business that was based at Des Plaines, Illinois.
The Growth and Expansion of OSI Food Solutions
Otto & Sons Company opened its first meat plant in 1973 with its main aim as the processing of higher volumes of the meat products in West Chicago. The plant included an additional mechanism of freezing the meat with liquid nitrogen for better preservation and an introduction of a better design to shape the meat patties. Currently, OSI Food Solutions, which rebranded to its current name in 1975, has its presence in 17 countries and in three of the world’s continents. The company further has employed more than 20,000 employees who are based in its over 65 business premises. Also, as a global leader in the meat processing business, OSI Food Solutions continues to grow its business where an example is when it recently doubled its capacity to process chicken in Spain.