The tale of “The Golden Arches” begins hand in hand with OSI Industries; a world wide quality food provider of humble beginnings. The veritable “Tale of two cities” (not the Dickens classic novel), one city; Chicago, and the other; San Bernardino California. Richard and Maurice McDonald + Ray Kroc + Otto Kolschowsky + 100 years of hard work = Success!
Not just any ol’ success, but perhaps the greatest success story this world has ever seen. The great McDonald’s restaurant chain is, of course, known by everyone alive, and shows no signs of slowing down. Few are familiar with how McDonalds’s restaurants got all the beef for their now world famous hamburgers. Well, therein lies the tale of Chicago and an immigrant from Germany named Otto Kolschowsky.
From those days a mere 100 or so years ago, Otto began his small business providing meat products and butcher services to his fellow Americans. The partnership began with McDonald’s restaurants and Ottos little meat market has now become one of the largest food companies in the world and they are going strong.
OSI Industries (“O” for “Otto” and “S” for “Sons”) has enjoyed great success from those wonderful days in the early 1900’s, and today their reach is global and their services are many and their products are first rate. We probably all consume something from their company every day.
Food is nothing if not creative. The phrase ‘Culinary Arts’ is after all, an accurate description of what They are all about. With their expansion into Chicken and poultry, the creative teams at OSI Industries are not only providing the staples for the world, they are creating new ways to prepare and deliver quality dishes. Their wide range of products and services is meeting the world wide demand for DANG GOOD FOOD!
They may not sound like a fancy French culinary ristorante, but rest assured, they are on the cutting edge of feeding the world. With a new global trading platform based in Germany (wasn’t Otto from Germany?), OSI Industries has broadened their footprint and they continue to grow in amazing ways.
Their creative abilities, which come from the best employees there are, allow them to not only maintain industry standards, but raise the bar and set new standards for the world to emulate (and envy, to be sure.)
From the beginnings of a small meat market, to a world supplier of not only meat, but vegetable products as well, the future of OSI Industries is bright, and despite being well fed, their clients and customers are hungry for more.
A company does not reach world class levels by accident. The work is hard and the hours are long. However, each and every of the 20,000 plus employees around the world are dedicated to their efforts and the ends are always satisfying. Great products and services come from great people, there is no other way for such great success to happen.Hold the onions please.
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OSI industries are one of the largest food distributor and provider in the word. The industry has over twenty thousand employees in seventeen countries. OSI industries dates back to 1909 when Otto Kolschowsky, a German- immigrant living in Chicago, Illinois moved to Oak Park which is the west side of Chicago and opened a small butcher shop which was also a retail market. He used this shop to serve the members of his community. At this time Germans made up a quarter of Chicago’s population. The city was an entry area for immigrants who were setting off to start farms on plains. For ten years since opening OSI, he did a very commendable job and was able to expand his business to a wholesale venture. This transition enabled him to move to Maywood, a suburb of Chicago.
Otto, after another decade had made the business family based and rebranded to Otto and Sons in the year 1928. Before the year 1955 when McDonald’s Restaurant was opened, Kroc who bought the company had a handshake agreement with Arthur and Harry, Otto’s sons who made them the first fresh ground beef suppliers. This agreement was a real groundbreaker for Otto and Sons.
OSI industries grew with the growing McDonalds restaurant since the main product from the restaurant were hamburgers thus they need to make their products consistent and affordable. They were also tasked with the responsibility to make sure that they transport the product for long distances to the widening range of Restaurants. They later came up with a way to keep the product fresh through flash freezing.
Through the relationship between OSI and McDonalds, OSI industries became one of the four main suppliers nationwide. They later in 1973 built their first plant dedicated to McDonald’s only. It was located in West Chicago Illinois. State of the art advanced technology and machinery was installed for flash freezing the burger patties. OSI industries became a tow truck company, a local supplier and a growing provider in the Midwest thus becoming among the greatest corporations in the world. Including the transition into the greatest carnation, Otto and Sons in the year 1975 became OSI Industries. With the major transition, Otto and Sons were approaching retirement, in light of this, Sheldon Lavin became a partner.
OSI industries speared into the international market starting with Germany, their place of origin in 1978 and in 1980 to Spain. From then on OSI industries became unstoppable and over the years has branches in Brazil, Austria, Mexico, Hungary, Poland, and Pacific Rim in the late 80’s and 90’s. Taiwan in 1987, the Philippines in 1990, being 1992, Shanghai 1996.these and more markets have been explored and others enlarged. All this has been done under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin as the CEO.
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