The History of OSI Group – America’s Top Food Supplier

OSI Industries is a true story of the American dream. The company began as a small family owned butchery to an international supplier of food. In fact, OSI Industries is still growing to this day, continuing to exceed expectations and break new ground.

Otto & Sons was the original name of the business, operated by Otto Kolschowsky, an immigrant, and his family. This was in the early 1900s, when Chicago had a large German-immigrant population.

Otto & Sons’ first big break came in the form of fast food giant McDonald’s, which, at the time, was just beginning to expand. Otto & Sons was the first supplier of beef to McDonald’s. This was in 1955, and the first McDonald’s opened in Des Plaines, Illinois. McDonald’s continued to grow until the point when Otto & Sons primary responsibility was supplying McDonald’s with fresh hamburger meat.

It would take 20 more years for Otto & Sons to transform into OSI, the name that went on to represent that company all over the globe. 1977 saw the company open its first manufacturing facility outside of their home state of Illinois. With McDonald’s incredible success, OSI Industries had to expand in order to keep up their responsibilities. In 1978, when McDonald’s went international, so did OSI. First came Germany then Spain; now, OSI is operational all over the United States and Europe.

Another period of great expansion for OSI was the 1990s and 2000s. OSI Industries expanded their horizons beyond Europe, expanding operations to India and Australia. In 2002, OSI even moved into China.

The last 15 years have seen expansion into Japan, additional expansion in Europe and Asia, and new buildings in their home state of Chicago. OSI now has a building located just outside of Chicago in a town called Aurora. The company has also began acquiring subsidies. Recently, OSI Industries has purchased Baho Food and Flagship Europe, which they renamed to Creative Foods Europe.

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