OSI Group was founded by Otto Kolschowsky in 1909 as a butcher shop. The business grew steadily to move to Maywood and become a meat wholesaler. It has since then made the right steps and grown steadily to become one of the largest food providers in the world.
Otto Kolschowsky named the business Otto & Sons in 1928. Otto Kolschowsky was a German immigrant and no one could have anticipated that OSI Group would become this big over a century later. Mr. Kolschowsky met with Ray Kroc and made a partnership deal that saw OSI Group McDonalds grow together and help each other each step of the way. The deal was finalized and Otto & Sons started supplying the network of restaurants with fresh ground beef. Later, Ray Kroc acquired McDonalds fully and became McDonalds Corporation.
Otto & Sons started straining to keep with McDonalds’ franchising model requirements. The model required restaurants to provide consistent and quality products. In turn, the meat provider was required to supply consistent products. However, in the 1960s, flash freezing technology came in to salvage the situation by reducing costs. Otto’s business upped their game and OSI Group McDonalds partnership continued to grow stronger.
McDonalds decided to reduce the number of its suppliers. Otto & Sons was among the main four groups that were maintained. It continued to supply quality, consistent and affordable products to the ever-growing McDonalds’ chain of restaurants. It even built a plant in West Chicago, Illinois that was dully dedicated to processing McDonalds’ products. In the 1970s, Otto & Sons was rebranded into OSI Group.
OSI Group has grown to an extent that it was pursuing the possibilities of going global. By 1980s, the OSI Group was a two-track company, a level of a full-fledged manufacturer. It was around this time that Sheldon Levine was brought on board to take after Otto’s sons who were almost retiring. Sheldon Levine strengthened the OSI Group McDonalds business relationship further and worked to expand into overseas. He was even offered an opportunity to become a partner in the company. OSI Group McDonalds came together in a joint venture to take their services to Germany.
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