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The OSI Group: From Neighborhood Meat Market To Global Leader

The OSI Group has a 109 year tradition of excellence. It started in 1909 when Otto Kolschowsky founded his meat market in Oak Park, Illinois. The company was known for its quality meat and within the next decade began providing wholesale meat for supermarkets and restaurants in Illinois. Today the company’s headquarters is in Aurora, Illinois, it has branches on 5 continents, millions of customers worldwide and is a global leader in the food processing industry. The OSI Group has expanded its offerings to include innovative, culturally-diverse fish, meat, vegetable and dough products. OSI Group acquires Baho Food.

By 1928, Otto Kolschowsky’s meat market had expanded into larger facilities in Maywood, Illinois, changed its name to Otto & Sons and had become a very important community institution. Good fortune smiled on Otto & Sons in 1955 when Ray Kroc chose them to provide beef patties for his fledgling McDonald’s franchise in Des Plaines, Illinois. As new McDonald’s began popping up all over the country, Otto & Sons’ fortune soared. They purchased the latest flash-freezing technology in the 1960s to be able to transport the beef patties around the country. In 1973, the company built a plant that focused on producing the products McDonald’s wanted.

The late 1970s saw Sheldon Lavin helping the company get the financing they needed for further expansion. When Arthur and Harry, the sons of Otto Kolschowsky, retired, Lavin became CEO. He renamed the company the OSI Group to better reflect his global vision for it and set about expanding the company’s customer base, building processing facilities, acquiring companies and doing joint ventures throughout North America, Central and South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. Today, the OSI Group has 65 processing plants in almost 20 countries and millions of customers around the world.

The company’s commitment to producing the highest quality products hasn’t changed. They have diversified their product line and garnered praise for their ability to create unique products to meet the dietary preferences of people from many different cultures. The OSI Group has also won numerous awards for its environmental sustainability practices and employee loyalty for its generous benefits program.

Contact OSI Group: www.osieurope.com/en.html




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