The Evolution of OSI Group

With its main offices in Aurora, Illinois, OSI Group is an American company that is privately held. The company is involved in meat processing and serves food service industries and retail. OSI Group was started in 1909 as a small family meat market by Otto Kolschowsky who was an immigrant from Germany. The family meat market grew into a wholesale meat trade in 1917 and moved to nearby Maywood which is a Chicago suburb. In 1928, Otto named the company Otto & Sons and the company went on to acquire a reputation as a reliable company that offered high quality meats.

After McDonalds started flagship store in 1955, Otto & Sons was chosen as the exclusive supplier of beef patties that were freshly grounded. This deal was made between The CEO and Founder of McDonalds, Ray Kroc and the Otto Kolschowsky’s sons. After a short time, the relationship between the two grew and Otto & Sons became the main suppliers of beef to all the local McDonalds restaurants. The company later converted name to OSI Group in 2004 and then became supplying their food products to the international market. OSI group is headed by Sheldon Lavin who is the company’s Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for overseeing the more than 20,000 employees of the company as well as implementing the strategic plans of OSI Group.

OSI Group has its zonal offices located in Europe, America and also the Asia Pacific. The food company offers its customers products for lunches, breakfast, side dishes, desserts, entrees as well as snacks. Some of the products that are produced by OSI Group include breakfast sausages, specialty sausages, bacons, pork products and cooked beef, processed and raw chicken products and dough based products. Forbes listed OSI Group in 2011 as number 136 on the largest private companies in America. This was as per its annual revenue which was $3 billion by then. With its presence in 17 countries across the world, OSI Group has over sixty five facilities. Over the many years the company has been in operation, it has managed to win numerous awards such as environmental management awards and management of safety and health risks awards.

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