If the Guinness Book of World Records would feature the most inspiring success stories in the United States of America, OSI Group takes a vantage position beating thousands of other companies in the same field. After his debut in America as a German immigrant, Otto Kolschowsky did not lay down waiting for relief from his new home. Armed with nothing but a sole idea in 1909, Otto started off his escapade into the food processing industry with a little butchery in Oak Park, situated in the outskirts of Illinois. Despite the many challenges meted upon him as a foreigner, his success has proven that sheer hard work and determination is mandatory for one’s success.
Otto’s exceptional expertise in service delivery and customer relations skyrocketed the demand for his products, and the booming business called for the meat shop’s expansion. His new-found base in Maywood, Chicago earmarked the transition from a retailer to becoming one of the leading wholesale meat processors in the region. With its operations’ impact being felt in and across Chicago, it was time to restrategize, and in 1928, the business rebranded to Otto & Sons. This move cemented its position in the industry and withstood various storms over decades up until the world wars.
The aftermath of Second World War came as a blessing in disguise for Otto & Sons, as the spirited effort to rejuvenate the economic activities in America led to the growth of new towns, whose food needs had to be fully met. McDonald’s restaurant brokered an agreement with Otto & Sons to be its primary supplier of fresh beef. Within no time, McDonald’s had spread its wings, covering almost all cities and towns in America which in turn put Otto & Sons on the limelight by establishing a plant for their products in 1973. In 1975, the thriving company rebranded to OSI Group.
Over the years, the company has embraced technology in its operations in a bid to ensure they deliver high quality and quantity products. The firm built a plant for flash freezing food with liquid nitrogen for McDonald’s. This was cost effective and strengthened the relations between the two companies as a producer and consumer.
Brief Overview Of The Company’s Achievements
With its notable influence in the food market, OSI Group featured in the American Forbes as one of the largest private companies with its net worth estimated at $6.1 Billion.
OSI Group achievements have enabled them to sneak their way into the Global Meat Market growth report of 2018. The story is based on its market dominance, use of technological advancement in ensuring high-quality standards of meat, growth status of the company from a mere butchery to a billion-dollar mogul, and the company’s impact of the society.
The OSI Group prides itself on having a workforce of more than 20,000 employees.