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The History of OSI Industries

The OSI Group is one of the most important companies in the 21st Century. However, such a high level company has humble origins. An article on the website Gazette Day describes the history of the company. It all began with a German immigrant in the windy city of Chicago named Otto Kolschowsky. He opened his first business in 1909, and by 1928, he was able to expand and re-brand the business to Otto & Sons. Shortly after in 1955, a man named Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s in Illinois. Otto Kolschowsky teamed up with him to be the sole meat supplier for the new restaurant. Little did either of them know, McDonald’s would soon become of the most recognizable global brands.

Over the next few decades, Otto & Sons worked hard to expand its distribution network. In the 1960s, the concept of flash freezing was invented. Freezing the food allowed for reduced costs and shipping longer distances. By 1973, Otto & Sons had created the first full fledged plant devoted to making meat for McDonald’s. In order to reflect the expansion of the company, the name was changed to OSI Industries in 1975. During that same year, a new partner named Sheldon Lavin was added to the company. From this point onward, OSI Industries expanded into the global sphere with McDonald’s at the forefront.

Sheldon Lavin was promoted to CEO in the early 1980. OSI Industries’s international expansion only continued. In addition to serving McDonald’s, they have expanded into other sectors of the food industry. There have been many up and downs over they years, the rise from a small shop into a mega global company is nothing short of remarkable. These days the company is ranked #58 on the 2016 Forbes list of top private corporations. They have also won several awards over the years for environmental options. OSI Industries may have started small, but its impact in the 20th and 21st century can not be overstated.

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