The OSI Group: From Small Family Meat Market To Among The Largest Private Companies

The OSI Group is a worldwide leader when it comes to providing the food industry with quality products as well as custom solutions.

With 20,000 employees in its more than 65 facilities spread out over 17 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, North America and Eastern and Western Europe, the company is known for the excellent employment opportunities and careers it offers. And the OSI Group continues to grow. The company recently purchased Baho Food, Tyson Food Plant and Flagship Europe. This has helped it to bolster its position as being among the top 100 food companies in the United States.

The company was founded in 1909 in Oak Park, Illinois by Otto Kolschowsky as a family meat market. It expanded into the wholesale meat trade in 1917. In 1928 the company’s name was changed to Otto & Sons. It continued to grow by getting an exclusive contract to provide the young McDonald’s company with fresh ground beef patties. Serving McDonald’s became it’s primary focus. When Otto & Sons acquired specially developed liquid nitrogen freezing tunnels, patty-forming machines and other types of cryogenic technology and opened a West Chicago based high-volume meat plant in 1973, it also created the Glenmark unit to serve its non-McDonald’s clients.

In 1975 Otto & Sons changed its name to OSI Industries, but it still continued to supply the food service industry, including Illinois based supermarkets and restaurants, with quality processed and specialty meats. Today the company produces bacon, hot dogs, meat patties, dough, fish, poultry, pork, pizza and vegetable products for the worldwide market. That includes supplying meat for western fast food chains doing business in China like Papa John’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Subway and Starbucks. The company’s facilities have received numerous health and safety awards.

The OSI Group has grown form a small, family-owned meat market to an internationally known leading food service industry meat provider with myriad products and vast capabilities. In 2016, Forbes had the OSI Group listed as number 58 in its ranking of the largest private companies. At that time the company had in excess of $6.1 billion in assets.

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