In the early 19th century, most Germans immigrated to the US, and some settled in Chicago, Illinois. One of the immigrants, Otto Kolschowsky, invested in the meat retail market. Although Otto Kolschowsky didn’t know much about the meat industry, he grasped the basics after some time. Eventually, he grew his business into a wholesale entity. He also opened up a branch in a Chicago suburb known as Maywood. After many decades in the industry, the company underwent transitions, and the corporation is now known as OSI Group.
About OSI Group
In 1928, Otto Kolschowsky started working together with Arthur and Henry, his sons. Otto Kolschowsky saw it befitting to rename the business into Otto & Sons. In the 1970s, the company also transitioned into OSI Group, an international food processing company. Over the years, Otto & Sons became a household name in the meat industry business thereby attracting clients such as McDonald’s. By working with the McDonald’s restaurant, Otto & Sons grew extensively due to the high demand for processed meat products by the fast food joint.
The partnership went on for many years, and both companies triggered each other’s growth. As the McDonalds restaurant launched more food outlets, the more the demand for meat products grew. Thus, Otto & Sons utilized their profits to increase their food processing capacity. In the 1960s, Otto & Sons had to look for a food preservation method that would enable them to preserve the freshness of their products while transporting them to the McDonald’s food outlets that were not close to their food processing plants. The company was fortunate to come across a food preservation method that involved the use of liquid nitrogen to keep food in its frozen state. This discovery ensured that McDonalds and Otto & Sons became close business partners.
One of Otto’s sons approached their retirement age in the 1970s. Before handing over the company’s leadership to Sheldon Lavin, they renamed Otto & Sons to OSI Group. Under the care of Sheldon Lavin as the CEO, the company has embraced sustainability and innovation. OSI Group is now producing processed meat in an environmentally friendly manner.
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