McDonald’s is a name no one needs an introduction to; OSI Group, not so much. OSI Group was one of McDonald’s first partners and has a long history even before McDonald’s. OSI began as a humble butcher shop in 20th century Chicago, owned by a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky.
Otto Kolschowsky came to America to make a better life for himself and his family. Two years after arriving in Chicago, he opened a retail meat market with a butcher shop in the back. At first, he was content with serving his community but soon wanted more.
His first store was in Oak Park, a small suburb in Chicago. By the end of the First World War, he moved his company across town to Maywood and expanded into the wholesale market. Like many immigrant businesses in the 1920s, Kolschowsky changed his company’s name to something more pronounceable; Otto & Sons was born in 1928.
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At the end of the Second World War, the United States experienced an economic boom, and suburbs and businesses popped up all over the country. In the midst of the demand and inventiveness, two of the current world’s largest companies formed a partnership.
In 1995, in Des Plaines, Illinois, Ray Kroc raised the first Golden Arches of McDonald’s. Before opening McDonald’s, Ray Kroc owned a franchise restaurant for Richard and Maurice McDonald. He approached them with an idea for a new franchising model, and the Des Plaines location was his first attempt.
Before McDonald’s opened, Kroc also approached Kolschowsky’s sons about joining his venture. He wanted them to supply his restaurant with ground beef. As McDonald’s boomed, Otto & Sons began investing in new technologies. By the 1970s, Otto & Sons was one of four suppliers working with McDonald’s, and the company transformed into OSI Industries.
OSI Industries transformed the food industry. OSI Group has over 65 facilities in 17 countries, all continuously searching for new flavors and products. From a little butcher shop, OSI sprouted into an award-winning multibillion-dollar conglomerate. OSI Group is one of the leading food supplier around the world.
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