OSI Industries has stood the test of time. It has been in business for over 100 years and continues to set the standard for other enterprises in its industry. The food manufacturing giant began as a small family-owned company in the Chicago area in the early 1900’s. OSI was previously known as Otto & Sons. It was founded by a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowky. Kolschowsky established himself as a reliable businessman of the time. He supplied product to local restaurants and markets in the area. In the 1950’s Otto & Sons was discovered by Ray Kroc of the McDonald’s Corporation. Ray Kroc selected Otto & Sons to be his meat supplier in the Illinois area.
Over the years the relationship grew with the McDonald’s Corporation and the family-owned organization was picked to be the sole supplier of meat to McDonald’s. Otto & Sons experienced tremendous growth along with the McDonald’s Corporation. They built a state-of-the-art meat processing plant in order to support their contract with McDonald’s. The meat processing plant featured many innovative concepts such as the meat patty cutting machine and cryogenic freezing chambers. Otto & Sons began to do international business around the 1960’s and 70’s.
At this point the organization became known as OSI Industries. A partnership with K&K Foods in Taiwan spawned the creation of OSI’s Asia Pacific Division. The company continued to spread throughout the Pacific Rim and into Central America. OSI Industries currently has working relationships with other major food chains such as Starbucks, Subway, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s Pizza. There are 65 plants operating in 17 countries. OSI has an international workforce that supports the continuous growth that the company has made throughout the years. OSI Industries was recognized by Forbes as the 58th largest privately owned company in the world with a net worth of over six billion dollars.