The OSI Group is the leading protein product manufacturers in the United States. They have included in the Forbes list of the most successful companies in the country, and they are already expanding their presence overseas. Despite the international recognition of the OSI Group’s brand, the company still looks back to their humble beginnings, back in the 1910s when an immigrant from Germany decided to establish his meat shop in the state of Illinois.
The OSI Group was founded by Otto Kolschowsky, shortly after he arrived in the United States. He wanted to establish his own business to provide for his family, and he thought that creating a small meat shop would be enough to feed his family. The meat shop that he established gathered a lot of customers because of the quality of meat that he sells. Later on, he had to make another branch because of the growing demand for his product. The business was known back then as Otto & Sons, a brand he patented in 1928. The business continued to become successful, and it started getting the attention of big brands in the food industry. Their partnership with McDonald’s in the 1950s changed the whole company forever.
As McDonald’s is just starting their dominance in the food industry, the company wanted to look for trustworthy business partners that would provide them with the best beef patty. Knowing the reputation of Otto Kolschowsky’s company, McDonald’s offered a deal with the company, urging them to be their official suppliers of beef patties. The German immigrant agreed with the deal, and a formal partnership began. As McDonald’s influence grew around the world, Otto Kolschowsky’s company benefited, and they also had to expand because McDonald’s keep on expanding. With the introduction of newer technologies in food preservation, McDonald’s had to terminate with contracts with other suppliers, but it was a different story for Otto Kolschowsky. McDonald’s kept their partnership with him, providing the company for growing further.
Today, after the ownership was transferred from the Kolschowsky family to other investors within the company, the OSI Group still proves that they are the best protein manufacturers in the country. The OSI Group stated that the company now has 65 facilities around the world, and they are actively operating in 17 countries. They also had 20,000 employees as of the present year, and it is projected to increase further as the company develops new ways of handling food products. A Century of Innovation at OSI Group