Timeless Brand, Timeless Excellence: OSI Industries
Worldwide food distribution is an operation that requires consideration and strategic vision. To be considered as one of the best food suppliers for many decades is nothing short of amazing in itself. OSI Industries has set a standard for what it means to be successful over a lengthy period of time. What has made OSI Industries so successful? With humble beginnings at the turn of the 20th century, Otto Kolschowsky was a member of the German immigrant experience in Chicago. Two years after arriving in the United States, Otto Kolschowsky opened a meat market to serve the German community he was apart of. This was the beginning. His business did great and he later expanded into wholesale. Due to his success as a businessman, he later renamed his company Otto & Sons in 1928.
Although the United States has had 2 two major wars, Otto & Sons continued to thrive as an industry leader. The humble beginnings of OSI Industries. The sons of Otto, Arthur and Harry, made a strategic agreement with Ray Kroc. This was before Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s. This agreement was to be the first supplier of fresh ground beef. Years later when Ray eventually bought out the McDonald’s brand and became the CEO, the relationship with Otto & Sons would only flourish as well. Having the association with one of the world’s famous fast food restaurants proved to be key to the long-term success of OSI Industries.
This would prove to be a stroke of genius as the years to come were filled with continued expansion and growth. Global expansion was next on the list as OTTO & Sons became the industry standard for food production. One of the main components of OSI Industries is to have state-of-the-art facilities that are current with technological advancements. In 1973, the first major plant was dedicated to McDonald’s. After that, the global presence of OSI would soon follow. Having transitioned over time is what allowed OSI to remain a benchmark in the food supply business because not only is food produced, but ways to better produce the food are enacted as well. Truly a symbol of success today.