OSI Industries began as a small meat market in the Chicago, Illinois area. Otto Kolshowsky was an immigrant from Germany who had a vision from the very beginning. He started his company with a simple business model. Over time Otto and Sons evolved into the number one meat supplier for all other food business in the local region. He was able to turn supermarkets and restaurants into loyal clients. This technique helped Otto and Sons build a solid reputation the food industry.
Success continued for Otto and Sons. By the 1950s, Otto Kolschowsky’s Sons had taken over the business. They got the attention of Ray Kroc. Ray Kroc was the head of the growing McDonald’s franchise. He was looking to move into the Illinois region and needed a meat supplier that could handle his level of output. At this time McDonald’s used hundreds of meat suppliers throughout the country in order to satisfy their huge consumer demands. Otto and Sons began as one of the many contractors. However, they would separate themselves as a forward thinking organization that assisted McDonald’s in it’s enormous growth. They introduced several innovations such as the meat patty cutting machine and cryogenic freezing chambers in order to help McDonald’s run a more efficient operation. The cryogenic freezing chambers allowed Otto and Sons to maintain large amounts of inventory that would be readily available and able to ship to any destination. The patty cutting machine empowered the huge restaurant chain as they continued to develop more franchises across the country. Before long McDonald’s became an international organization. Otto and Sons was its exclusive meat supplier by this time.
Otto and Sons changed its name to OSI Industries and continued to expand its influence on the food industry. It was listed by Forbes magazine as the 136th largest privately owned company in the United States. OSI Industries holds a diversified client base that includes Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Papa John’s Pizza and the Subway. The company has implemented a very intricate set of hiring practices that allows them to operate in every region of the world. They recruit talent in the Asian-Pacific, Poland, Hungary, the Americas and the United Kingdom.
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