OSI, out of Illinois, is one of the largest private business corporations in the United States. This Forbes Top 100 company is one one of the largest food providers for both retail and the food service industry.
Founded by Otto Kolschowlsky in 1909, the the company started as a meat market in the Chicago Suburb of Oak Park. As their market grew, it took on supplying wholesale meats and inevitably outgrew their shop moving to nearby Maywood in 1917, another Chicago suburb. Here they changed their name to Otto and Sons to OSI Group and developed a solid reputation as a major, high-quality meat supplier.
In 1955, with a handshake, Otto and a young restaurateur named Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds, made a deal that would forever change the company into a national and later international company. The two were able to form a bond in business as well as personally that endured through many years. Cryogenics paved the way for the flash freezing of beef making long distance shipping possible. This allowed McDonalds to buy from just a few frozen beef suppliers, and Otto and Sons won the contract to be one of four companies that supplied the restaurant super chain.
After years of high performance delivery and high quality beef supplies, the company changed their name to OSI Industries. They have diversified, and now supply other major chains like Subway, Starbucks, Papa Johns and Pizza Hut. They have also made solid acquisitions at the production end as well with the purchase of a Tyson Foods plant in Illinois, Baho Foods a Dutch specialty meats supplier and Flagship Europe, a diversified frozen food supplier.
Through the years, OSI has proven to be an award-winning employer, a positive community member and a preeminent performer in the food service industry.
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