OSI Group was the first family meat market established in a German-immigrant community in Chicago, Illinois. Starting in 1909, they went through many changes to become one of the largest food providers in the world. The founder, Kolschowsky began as a small meat market and butcher shop, built it to a family wholesale business – rebranded as Otto & Sons – in 1928, and then finally met their fated business alliance that would expand everything. The OSI Group McDonalds dynamic duo was the magical combo that helped this small meat shop grow into 20,000 employees at 65 facilities in 17 countries.
The OSI Group McDonalds duo was made possible even before Ray Kroc opened his first McDonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois in 1955. Prior to opening, Kroc had partnered with the sons of Otto Kolschowsky, Arthur and Harry, to establish its first fresh ground beef supplier for the planned franchising dream. This relationship proved the test of time and helped each other bring the duo into franchising history. View OSI Group McDonalds profile at Linkedin
Over two decades, the OSI Group McDonalds duo transformed from a regional supplier to a global corporation. The more customers the duo managed to reach, the more pressure there was to find new technology and more facilities it would take to keep up the supply demand. In the late 1960s came the discovery of flash freezing which improved product expansion and a reduction in cost. This historic bond maintained over time; OSI Group is now one of four core food supplies for the McDonalds franchise. With the new advancements and the OSI Group McDonalds bond, Otto & Sons evolved into OSI Industries in 1975. With the further expansion to the international sectors, the sons of Otto & Sons began to retire and pass the torch to Sheldon Lavin in 1975. Lavin was no stranger; he served as their investment consultant and aided in their capitalization efforts since 1970. He later becomes chairman and CEO in the early 1980s, bringing much investing and executive banking experience with him.
Growth after that point seemed like second nature for them. After expanding to Utah, Germany, and Spain, OSI Group became a multinational corporation. Now OSI Industries is one of the world’s most vital food providers built on expansions in Brazil, Austria, Mexico, Poland, Hungary, and the Pacific Rim. Both sides seemed to have benefited from the OSI Group McDonalds partnership and will forever go down in franchising history.
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