The Success Story of OSI Group

OSI Group is a privately owned company in America. It processes meat that services both the food and retail service industries. The company has its international headquarters in Aurora, Illinois. OSI Group was started by Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant. He began by opening a family meat market in Oak Park, Illinois in 1909. He later went on to expand the business into a wholesale meat trade after which he relocated his business to Maywood in 1917. The company gained the name Otto & Sons in 1928. The company acquired a reputation for delivering meat that was of high quality over some decades.

Otto & Sons was chosen to become the supplier of ground beef patties after McDonald’s opened its first store that was located in Des Plaines, Illinois. The heirs of McDonald’s and Otto & Sons formed a strong working relationship over the years that followed. Otto & Sons became the leading suppliers of beef to the growing McDonald’s restaurants.

Otto & Sons launched its first high-volume meat plant in 1973 in West Chicago. This meat plant had liquid nitrogen freezing tunnels and patty-forming machines. It was at the same time that it created a separate unit known as GlenMark. These were small-scale local projects that supplied specialty meat and processed meat to local restaurants and area supermarkets. Otto & Sons changed their name to OSI Industries in 1975. OSI Group went into a licensing agreement in 1999 with Best Chicago Meat Co. LLC for the GlenMark brand. Best Chicago Meat fully acquired the GlenMark brand in December 2011.

Forbes listed OSI Group as 136th largest private company in America in 2011. This was based on the OSI’s annual revenues of 3 billion dollars. OSI Group also ranked 58th on the Forbes list of the largest private companies in America in 2016. OSI Group produces many private label brand foods and has over 65 facilities in 17 nations all over the world. They are situated in the Asia-Pacific, Western and Eastern Europe, and North America. OSI Group is also involved in co-packing big brand name items for its different Retail and Foodservice customers.

Some of the products produced by OSI include fish, hot dogs, vegetable, dough products, pork, bacon, poultry, and meat patties. OSI Group also supplies meat products to Western fast food chains in China like Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza, and Subway. OSI Group has received several awards over the years including the award for Management of Health and Safety Risks and Environmental Management.

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