Sitting at a revenue of 6.1 billion dollars, ranked 58th on the wealthiest private companies list in the USA and having employed over 20,000 employees all around the world, OSI, is among the largest meat processing company in America and has a long relationship with McDonalds, one of the largest fast food company in the world.
OSI started from very humble beginnings. A German migrant, Otto Kolschwosky had just moved to Chicago, Illinois which was the central district for industrial activities in the country. After the end of two years since migrating, he established a butchery in Oak Park and worked hard on it, and after ten years he moved it to Maywood. The business was thriving, and he had it renamed to Otto & Sons in 1928. During the boom in economic activity in the post-war era, Ray Kroc, a franchise agent under Richard & Maurice McDonalds opened up the first McDonalds in Indes Plainnes. He had made a pact with Otto’s sons, Arthur, and Harry to supply him with fresh meat for his business.
Kroc later bought out the McDonalds trade and Otto & Sons kept supplying him with meat as his business expanded. McDonalds demand continued to grow, and the weight was on Otto & Sons to supply. With the invention of cryogenic food processing, it made it easier for them to handle the high requests. In 1973, Otto & sons set-up a plant specifically to supply McDonald in West Chicago.
Due to the growth in the company’s reputation, they changed their name to OSI Group McDonalds to reach out to more markets. Due to the growth of the small business into a large-scale supplier, the OSI Group McDonalds needed more professional management, and Sheldon Lavin joined them as a partner in 1975. Sheldon was their financial consultant and had been a source of funding for them in 1970.
In 1977, OSI Group ventured outside Chicago in West Jordan, Utah which was in line with OSI Group McDonalds fast growth in the market. In the 1980s, Sheldon Lavin took over the leadership since breaking out into the international sector required a person with experience and proper expertise to manage such a business with such a large scope of operation. The two companies have continued working together up-to-date.
Over the years OSI Group McDonalds has evolved into one of the most important meat suppliers with international quarters in Austria, Poland, Mexico, Brazil, and the Philippines.
For more information about OSI Group McDonalds, just click here.