OSI Group is a food distribution company that has built its reputation over many decades. The company started as a family business in Oak Park, Illinois. Otto Kolsckowsky began with a meat market and slowly developed an organization that became known throughout the area for it’s quality and efficiency. Otto called his company Otto and Sons. It evolved from a meat market to a product distributor to other food businesses in the vicinity. Decades later Otto and Sons was discovered by Ray Kroc. Ray Kroc was the CEO of the McDonald’s organization. They were looking to open restaurants in Des Plaines Illinois and needed a trusted meat provider for their operation.
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Otto and Sons was chosen and the relationship between the two organizations began. Otto and Sons made efforts to maintain the production level that McDonald’s expected. They introduced innovations such as liquid freezing tunnels and cryogenic freezing. This allowed them to store enormous amounts of meet while preserving its freshness. There was also the patty cutting machine. The patty cutting machine enabled Otto and Sons to deliver a product to McDonald’s in the exact form they needed to use it. These business moves put Otto and Sons in the favor of Ray Kroc. Over time they became the exclusive distributor of meat to the McDonald’s organization.
OSI continued to expand it’s operation. They opened plants in West Chicago with the intention of doing business with other large fast food organizations. In 1975 the company changed its name to OSI Industries. OSI was named the 136 largest private company in the United States by Forbes. They currently operate 65 different meat plants in 17 different countries. OSI provides service to several large fast food chains including Papa John’s Pizza. Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Subway.
OSI purchased Tyson Foods for 7.4 million dollars. The plant was scheduled to shut down. The buyout saved several hundred jobs.
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