OSI Group is a shining example of the American Dream. It was founded by a German immigrant over 100 years ago. Otto Kolschowski managed to start the company only two years after arriving to the United States. It began as a meat market in Oak Park, Illinois. Otto became the primary meat supplier to every local food business within the general area. He named is company Otto and Sons.
OSI Group rapidly expanded over the years and solidified itself as the primary meat distributor in Illinois. Decades later the fledgling McDonald’s franchise was looking to set up shop in Des Plaines, Illinois. They were opening a new restaurant and needed a local supplier to meet there demanding needs. Otto and Sons were selected for the job. OSI Group proved that they could handle the stress of being the meat supplier of McDonald’s by modifying their business operation to accommodate its most important client.
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Otto and Sons introduced the patty cutting machine. It allowed them to deliver the product to McDonald’s in the form that they intended to use it. It saved the food giant a tremendous amount of time and money. Cryogenic freezing was another innovation that accommodated the needs of McDonalds. Otto and Sons were able to maintain a large stock of product while maintaining its freshness. McDonald’s soon realized that they did not have to use multiple companies in order to satisfy their product needs around the country. OSI Group became McDonald’s primary meat distributor.
In 1975 Otto and Sons changed its name to OSI Industries. OSI took its business model and applied it to other food organizations throughout the industry. They have been able to secure the business of companies such as Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza, Starbucks and Subway. They provide several different food products and have plants operating in 17 countries.