OSI Group is today the biggest food providers worldwide and has employed more than twenty thousand people in sixty-five outlets in seventeen countries. Today OSI is a global name, and not only does the group give quality customer service but also ensures their employees are happy and proud. This is in line with their founding philosophy from the days the company was a humble startup in the 20th – century. The group has since grown to a multi-national food company and gets better by the day as it continually evolves each day to greater heights.
Like most great achievements in the United States are immigrant influenced, so does OSI. At the dawn of the 2oth century, a German –immigrant by the name, Otto Kolschowsky settled in Chicago, Illinois. At the time immigrants of German roots comprised a quarter of the people living in Chicago. Kolschowsky was among these people and two years later he would start a humble vendor meat market and a single butchery to service meat needs for his community. Kolschowsky had a knack for business and after ten years at the summary of World War 1, he had graduated to a wholesaler. Consequently, the business would outgrow the space and Kolschowsky moved it to Maywood, a Chicago suburb. His sons would later take over and rebrand the business to Otto & Sons.
Fateful business partnership
At around 1955, Ray Kroc piloted the 1st McDonald’s restaurant, in Des Plaines, Illinois. Arthur and Harry the sons of Kolschowsky were the men of the hour as they signed a deal with Kroc to supply the franchise with beef. Years later when Kroc would fully own the McDonald’s corporation, Otto & Sons was the biggest benefactor as they would advance their supply to all McDonald’s franchises.
Transition to OSI
In the next twenty years, McDonald’s franchises had grown to global status. Their primary product was the hamburgers and hence Otto & Son had to match up with the demand. Given that Otto & Sons were among the only four suppliers of McDonald’s growth was exponential. It followed that in 1975 Otto & Sons would rebrand to OSI Group. This was informed by their growth over the years and the new management that was beginning to take charge. OSI Group would open a facility in West Jordan, Utah in 1977 which was their first outside Chicago. The concentration of more facilities in the US would follow and eventually lead to global locations in South America and Europe.
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The company has received many awards in line with the environmental efforts OSI has initiated. These awards include Globe of Honor from British Safety Council which they received in 2016 and Environmental Recognition Award from the North American Meat Institute (NAMI. Additionally, the company is the recipient of the prestigious California Green Business Award which it was awarded in 2016.