OSI Group has a long-standing reputation in the food supply industry. It is a multi-billion-dollar organization that has its roots in Oak Park, Illinois. It was founded as a meat market by a German immigrant in 1909. Otto Kolschowski started the market with his family. A few years later he named the organization Otto and Sons.
Otto branched off from the simple idea of a meat market. He soon realized that their services could be of use in every aspect of the food industry. Otto and Sons focused their efforts on supplying product to other companies who were in need of a top quality service. They developed a fantastic reputation. Decades later Otto and Sons were contacted by McDonald’s CEO Ray Kroc. Ray Kroc was expanding his growing enterprise into Des Plaines, Illinois. He was looking for a supplier that he could depend on to match the tremendous needs that McDonald’s was going to demand. Otto and Sons were up to the challenge and eventually became the exclusive provider of meat to the McDonald’s organization. They were able to introduce innovations such as cryogenic freezing and the patty cutting machine. These creations put Otto on Sons ahead of all of the other distributors that McDonald’s was using at the time to maintain production. Cryogenic freezing and liquid nitrogen tunnels allowed the meat distributor to maintain a large stock of product without sacrificing freshness. The patty cutting machine catered to the needs of McDonald’s specifically. Otto and Sons were able to deliver a product that was ready for use right away.
Otto and Sons eventually became OSI Industries. OSI Industries is now an international organization that supplies food product to several different fast food chains and supermarket organizations. It has 65 plants in 17 countries. OSI is considered to be the 136th largest privately owned company in the United States by Forbes.