Otto Kolschowsky founded what would become OSI Group in 1909. In the early 20th century, Chicago was a landing place for immigrants looking to head further west. Otto Kolschowsky was a German immigrant who decided to stay in Chicago, as one-fourth of the population was of German descent.
Two years after getting settled, Kolschowsky opened a small retail meat market and a butcher shop. As Chicago grew around him, his shop became a part of the community. By the end of the First World War, his company moved to another community and expanded into wholesale markets.
By the end of the Second World War, his company turned into Otto & Sons and became part of the American community. After the war, circumstances led two similarly small businesses to form one of the most powerful alliances of today. With the help of each other, McDonald’s and OSI Group grew into two of the most successful companies in the world.
When Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s in Des Plaines, Illinois, he wanted Otto & Sons to provide the restaurant with fresh ground beef. Initially, McDonald’s was part of the McDonald’s family business, but Ray Kroc bought the brand after a few years of success.
With Kroc in charge, McDonald’s adopted his view on serving food. Kroc believed that every burger should be made to each customer’s wants. That meant that the beef needed to run these restaurants required to be in constant supply. This presented problems for many of the restaurant’s suppliers, but Otto & Sons stepped up their game.
In the 70s, the company began investing in cryogenic freezing technology. In 1975, they introduced these machines into their production to keep up with McDonald’s high demand. Soon, they became one of only four suppliers McDonald’s used.
Soon after that, Otto & Sons transformed into OSI Industries. Now, OSI Group has dozens of facilities in 17 countries and employees 20,000 employees. While McDonald’s grows in the public eye, OSI Group continues growing discretely. OSI became one of the leading food manufacturer in the world.
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