OSI Industries is a century-old enterprise that was started at a time when the population of German Immigrants in Chicago was at its par. Otto Kolschowsky, one of the immigrants started what was a butcher shop with the aim of making ends meet for him and his two sons. In a decade the business was doing so well that Otto decided to relocate it from the original Oak Park area in Illinois to the Maywood area in Chicago as well. With the relocation, he also rebranded the business from a butcher shop into a meat wholesale business. Within a few decades, the business, which at the time went by the name Otto and Sons began doing more than trading meat at a wholesale level and started processing a variety of meat products. Business kept booming even as the company kept changing ownership after the demise of Otto Kolschowsky.
The growth of the company and transition into OSI Industries
In the mid-1950s, Otto and Sons got commissioned by the McDonald chain of restaurants as one of its only three suppliers. The growth of the franchise leads to the growth of Otto and Sons as its avenue also grew. In the year 1970, the company was looking to adopt the Cryogenic processing model and needed a lot of funds to do so. So the company took in new investors among them Sheldon Lavin who became the main shareholder and took over the leadership of the company as the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman as well. The company was able to adapt the modern processing model and increase its business and this eventually led to the growth of the company at a national level. In the year 1975, Otto and Sons were renamed to the OSI Industries following the launch of its new processing plant with freezing tunnels.
By the beginning of the 2000 era, OSI industries had become an international business. The company was operating the GenOSI food processing firm in the Philippines that was established through its collaboration with the Alaska Milk Corp. from then, it has been an uphill journey for OSI industries which now operates several facilities in more than a dozen countries in different parts of the globe making revenue of more than six billion dollars.
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