OSI Group is a worldwide food distributor that has its humble beginnings in Oak Park, Illinois. The company was founded as a meat market in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky. Otto used his ambition and business-savvy to grow the company into a force in the local area. He named his new enterprise Otto and Sons and began distributing meat to other businesses in the area.
The food industry continued to grow. McDonald’s was a phenomenon that was spreading across the country. Its CEO Ray Kroc was looking for a meat distributor for their new restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois. He chose Otto and Sons. The company developed a strong relationship with McDonald’s over the coming years. Otto and Sons had the vision to understand the needs of a giant organization such as McDonalds. They implemented cryogenic freezing in order to maintain large amounts of product while preserving freshness. This allowed Otto and Sons to supply McDonald’s with the tremendous amount of product that they were continuing to need on a regular basis. They also introduced the patty cutting machine. This innovation made it possible for Otto and Sons to deliver the meat to their largest client exactly the way they needed. Ray Kroc eventually made Otto and Sons its exclusive provider of meat.
Otto and Sons changed its name to OSI Industries in 1975. They continued to expand their operations by opening a plant in West Chicago in order to provide services to other large restaurant chains. There are currently 65 plants operating in 17 different countries. OSI is the provider of food supplies to several different major fast-food organizations including Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza, Subway and Starbucks. It was named the 136th largest privately owned company in the United States by Forbes.
Company growth means more opportunity for those who are looking for careers in the industry. OSI has hiring bases in areas such as Poland, Germany, Hungary, the UK, Asia-Pacific and the United States.