Defining OSI Group

Posted on January 26, 2017 By

OSI Group is an American company that supplies meat and meat products to the retail and food services industries. Otto Kolschowsky is the founder of OSI Group which he began as a small family meat market in 1909 in Oak Park, Illinois. The company has its headquarters in Aurora, Illinois.

OSI Group has developed to become an internationally recognized company over the years. Otto expanded his small family meat market into a wholesale meat trade. He moved to Maywood in 1917. Otto named his company Otto & Sons in 1928. The meat company gained a reputation as a supplier of high-quality meat.

Otto & Sons became the supplier of fresh ground beef patties to McDonald’s after it started its first restaurant. The two went on to create a strong bond over the years with Otto & Sons becoming the major suppliers of all McDonald’s restaurants. Otto & Sons grew as McDonalds continue to grow and open more restaurants. Otto & Sons opened its first meat plant of high-volume in West Chicago in 1973. The newly opened facility consisted of machines for forming patties and liquid nitrogen freezing tunnels. Otto & Sons decided to change their name to OSI Industries in 1975. The company also launched a separate unit referred to as GlenMark. OSI signed a licensing agreement with Best Chicago Meat Company, LLC in 1999 which went on to fully acquire the unit in 2011.

Forbes listed OSI Group at 58th position on its list of America’s largest private companies in 2016. The company was also ranked 136th on Forbes list of the largest private businesses in America in 2011. OSI Group is always committed to offering food products of the highest qualities to its customers. It has more than 65 facilities in 17 states globally. OSI produces many private label food brands. OSI Group produces products such as vegetable and dough products, hot dogs, pork, meat patties, fish, bacon, Pizza, and poultry. The company has received numerous awards like the award for environmental management and administration of health and safety risks. OSI Group is a supplier of meat products to fast food chains in China including the Papa John’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, and the Subway.

OSI Group has grown to be a household name since its inception. This is attributed to good leadership and its commitment to its strategic goals. The company has employed more than 20,000 employees across its facilities.

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